We'll have more Fanta-specific news about this show soon, but I liked this new Jeffrey Brown poster enough that I wanted to share. Oh, there is some news to share: Jordan Crane has been added! Jordan will be signing at Emerald City as well as having an art show opening at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery that same weekend. Make your travel plans now!
Are you reading Dash Shaw's BodyWorld? Jog is. And he reminds me to tell you that you should, too, because it's free and good! Speaking of free and good, are you reading Jason's Low Moon in the New York Times? Same deal.
Also, if you in in NYC this coming weekend, Paul will be signing books at Jim Hanley's Universe on Friday, March 14 from 5-7. After the Karasik signing, head on over to Rocketship in Brooklyn for a Hotwire nightcap at 8PM!
This June, we're publishing Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, a 720-page bombshell of a graphic novel. In a cunning gambit to milk the market for all it's worth, Dash and art director Jacob Covey have come up with a masterstroke of economic manipulation: The Bottomless Belly Button will be published with two different covers! The Bottomless Belly Button tells the story of the Loony family. After 40-some years of marriage, Maggie and David Loony shock their children with their announcement of a planned divorce. The announcement sparks a week-long Loony family reunion at Maggie and David's creepy (and possibly haunted) beach house, with each family member stumbling blindly around one another, often ignoring their surroundings and consumed by their own conflicts.
The two covers of Bottomless will feature Maggie (Mom) and David (Dad) Loony. There will be exactly 50% made of the mom and 50% made of the dad (in a gorgeous white and black pantone on Kraft cover stock). Now, Jacob and Dash will tell you that this whole idea is conceptually great because the story is all about the splitting up of the family through the mom and dad's divorce, blah blah blah, but let's make no mistake, this is speculative publishing at its most mercenary. COLLECT THEM ALL!
You're all invited to join a stellar group of accomplished cartoonists in the "Friends of the Nib Comics Jam" at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, March 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Celebrated cartoonist and visual artist Jim Woodring will preside over the activities, which will include a guest appearance by New York underground comix legend Kim Deitch. Aspiring cartoonists of all ages are encouraged to participate in this lively session, which will include a rare screening of Deitch's 1960 short film "Dial M for Monster."
Friends of the Nib is an informal cartoonists' solon formed by Woodring that meets weekly at Café Racer in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood. Acclaimed artists such as Ellen Forney, David Lasky and animator Bruce Bickford regularly attend to mentor emerging cartoonists and network with their peers. Kim Deitch is among America's most prominent and influential alternative cartoonists. The astonishingly sophisticated animated and live-action film short "Dial M for Monster" he created as a teenager with his friend Tony Eastman has become legendary among Deitch fans; it was never released, and has only been shown a handful of times in small venues. Prior to the 7:30 screening, he will introduce the film with a brief media presentation.
Admission is free to the public of all ages. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. in Seattle's Georgetown industrial arts district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. The "Comics Jam" coincides with the monthly "Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack." Over 30 galleries, studios, nightclubs, boutiques, and cafes participate in this colorful showcase of Georgetown's creative diversity. See you then.
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