Minneapolis, MN - Black River has been rattling bones up and down the coast with its release. Which means it'll fit right in at Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis tonight! This volunteer run book store and community space is the bees knees, and we're so excited that they're hosting Josh Simmons and 2D Cloud's Nic Breutzman for a signing that will begin at 7 PM.
Wednesday, May 6th
Dubuque, IA - Party town USA just happens to by Dubuque, Iowa. Don't believe me? Just look at that poster by Victor Cayro! Monks Kaffee is throwing a comics rager in honor of Josh Simmons and Black River. They'll be joined by guests Becca Kacanda and Victor Cayro, and special music guests. In addition to signing books, there'll be a screening of three short films by Josh. Festivities kick off around 9 PM!
Thursday, May 7th
New York, NY - What can I say that this amazing poster hasn't already said? I'll just throw my 2 cents in by telling you that if you have the ability to go to any of these events, do it! From 6-8 PM at the publishing non-profit, Printed Matter, Ed Luce will be signing copies of the Wuvable Oaf collection. Printed Matter feels like a New York institution, which is of course why they're moving to a bigger and better location. This will be one of the last times to catch them in their original spot, and what a great send off to have Luce and Oaf there to celebrate!
Chicago, IL - Next stop for Josh Simmons and his wayward books is Quimby's! One of the finest independent bookstores the midwest has to offer, Quimby's will will open it's doors to Black River and its creator. If you find yourself Chicago bound, or maybe you live there already, get on over to Quimby's at 7 PM to get a signed copy of Black River, a dope black light poster, a beautiful print, and a look of approval from your father, the one you've always wanted.
Saturday, May 9th - Sunday, May 10th
Toronto, ON - All weekend long our great neighbors to the North will be hosting the annual Toronto Comic Art Festival, or TCAF, at the awesome Toronto Reference Library. And Fantagraphics will be on hand to sell you books, say nice things about your hair, and give you high-fives (but mostly sell you books). Check out our full breakdown of Fanta at TCAF, with our signing schedule, where you can see our artists on panels, and where to find us. This event is FREE to the public!
Monday, May 11th
Dearborn, MI - The good times continue to roll this week with a stop at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan on the Black River tour. If you can't get to the mind-altering post-apocalyptic comics, then get the mind-altering post-apocalyptic comics to come to you! Beginning at 5:30 PM, they'll be showing Josh's hand crafted films, with the signing to immediately follow.
Seattle, WA - It's undeniable the influence that Harvey Kurtzman has had on an entire generation of cartoonists, humorists, and people who like to laugh. As the founder of MAD Magazine, his influence has left an indelable mark in American culture. But what about the man himself? The new biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, by author Bill Schelly has exhaustively researched the man and his career, and is coming to The University Bookstore on May 7th. Join us for a launch party in celebration of the book's release! Schelly will present the must-have new book and discuss the fascinating man behind it.
Festivities kick off at 7 PM. Make sure to stick around after the presentation to get your copy signed by Schelly.
Universty Bookstore 4326 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
Humanities Washingon, one of the best and most creative organizations in the state, has chosen Megan Kelso to participate in the 2015-16 Speakers Bureau! What Speakers Bureau does is create a roster of cultural experts and scholars who travel to all corners of the state to provide diverse public presentations that "encourage audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation."
A Seattle cartoonist, Megan Kelso is the creator of Queen of the Black Black , Artichoke Tales, and The Squirrel Mother for Fantagraphics, as well as the "GirlHero" mini comic. Megan's unique lecture that she'll be taking on the road with her is titled "Comics Can Take Us Places". From Humanities Washington:
"What role does a sense of place play in cartoons and comic storytelling? How does place influence the character and plot of these images and the stories they tell? As a visual medium, comics tap directly into our sense of memory, time and place - sometimes without words. In this fascinating presentation, cartoonist Megan Kelso explains how she uses memory, her own life, research, and photo references to create sequential panels that evoke the feeling of a specific, inhabited world. Kelso illustrates the presentation with examples of her work and pictures of places that have inspired her to share how central the role of place is to these popular art forms, particularly from storytelling and social commentary perspectives."
(The Squirrel Mother 2010)
Megan's next stop around the state will be on Saturday, May 2nd in Olympia, WA at the Tumwater Timberland Regional Library in conjuction with the library's comic celebration day. Check back into Megan's blog for updates on where she'll be next. OR if you're a non-profit/school/library etc, find out how you can apply to have Megan speak to your organization!
New York, NY - The man of many talents, Ed Piskor will be joined by notable New Yorkers in the hip hop scene to discuss the dynamic intersectionality of hip hop and comics in an event called New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Beginning at 6 PM in room L104, head to The New School for a visual and verbal presentation that includes special guests:
Eric Orr - creator of "Rappin' Max Robot", the first ever Hip-Hop comic book. Orr is a graphic designer, illustrator, graffiti artist, and visual innovator.
Jazzy Jay - a DJ and produver whose career began in the '70s as a DJ for Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation.
DJ Johnny "Juice" Rosado - best known for his work as producer and DJ artists such as Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders and the New School, and DMC.
All moderated by Patrick Reed, who puts together Hip Hop and Comics panels at conventions all across the country. He also contributes to Comics Alliance and edits Depth of Field magazine.
If you can't get enough comics or Ed at FCBD just down the street, this is the place to scratch that itch!
The New School University Center 63 5th Ave New York, NY
A tour of oaf proportions is the only fitting way to celebrate the imminent release of the epic Wuvable Oaf collection, by the one and only, Ed Luce. You may have caught glimpses of him if you're a frequenter of Seattle or Portland, but now the East Coast and back is about to get some wuv!
May 7th - Printed Matter Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists' books. Through their open submission policy, they circulate over 32,000 books annually, and provide numerous educational resources to publishing newbies and veterans alike. We're honored that they're hosting the New York release of Oaf. Ed will be signing from 6-8 PM, with copies of the beautiful beast on hand!
May 7th & 8th - Queers & Comics If you're at all interetsted in the history, the LGBTQ rights, comics culture, and anything inbetween, you must check out the Queers & Comics conference. Ed Luce, amongst many other notable cartoonists and figures, will be engaging in panels and presentations about the intersection, the history, and the business of queers and comics.
May 9th & 10th - TCAF Toronto Comics and Art Fest boasts some formidible guests at this year's convention, including a number of Fanta artists. But we understand if a big reason you head to this FREE show is to catch up with featured guest, Ed Luce. TCAF is seeing the premier Canadian release of Wuvable Oaf. A full breakdown of the signing schedule, panels, and tables is forthcoming!
Check back on Flog for tour updates, including the next stretch of Oaf dates!
New York City - We know you have options in New York about where to get your free comic fix this coming Saturday during the national Free Comic Book Day holiday. But are any of those stores besides Forbidden Planet bringing in Dash Shawand Ed Piskor for a signing? Didn't think so! Starting at Noon the Union Square store will be hosting these top notch artists to sign copies of their books. Titles they'll have on hand include "Cosplayers", and Doctorsby Shaw, and the award-winning, action-packed Hip Hop Family Tree series by Piskor.
FCBD can be competetive, but we hope you get lucky with a copy of our Hip Hop Family Tree three-in-one. Featuring Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw's Cosplayers! Piskor's half features excerpts from all three existing HHFT volumes, plus the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation and exclusive pinups by R Crumb, Scotting Young, Jim Rugg, Ben Marra, and more...! Shaw's side delivers an all-new, 24-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers. Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With exclusive wraparound cover by Piskor.
This annual tradition of free comics has turned into one of the most poppin' days of the year for many stores. Cosplayers, special sales, and in-store guests. A lot of work goes into throwing a FCBD, and no one works harder than Forbidden Planet. Line up early to get your free books, and then stick around for this signing mash-up that leads the pack in showing just how diverse comics can be as a medium. (But we won't tell if you slept outside waiting for the new Avengers movie.)
Forbidden Planet NYC 832 Broadway New York, NY 10003
New York, NY - Queers and comics are combining forces and heading to NYC for a two day Queers & Comics conference at CUNY that will offer two days of panels, workshops, presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art; sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). The history of queers in comics is long and rich, producing some of the most groundbreaking cartoonists of the past 40 years. From punk zines sold in queer bookstores and cafes, and now to the stage of Broadway, queer comics have been as diverse as those making them. Which makes this conference an important venue to continue the understanding and creation of queer stories.
Keynote presentations from Howard Cruse and Allison Bechdel, and speical guest Gengorah Tagame headline this event, while 100's of cartoonists and scholars from all over the world come together and present to an eager audience of publishers, editors, academics, and readers alike.
Some panel highlights that feature Fantagraphics artists include:
Chicago, IL - We've been hogging all the advance event copies of The Complete Eightball to ourselves here in the Pacific Northwest, so now it's the midwest's turn to get a crack at this gorgeous and vibrant collection. Eightball creator Daniel Clowes will be at Quimby's Bookstore on Thursday, April 30th to sign your fresh copies, still with that new baby smell.
It was no surprise that the Fantagraphics Bookstore, Linework, and Powell's City of Books all sold out of their event copies of the book, and Quimby's will be your last chance to get it before hitting shelves in June. Pre-order and Kickstarter copies will be in stock shortly!
Get yourself and your closest friends and frenemies to Quimby's on the 30th by 7 PM for a trascendental book signing with Daniel Clowes, cited as one of comics most influential cartoonists.
Clowes signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery
This weekend, our master of horror, Josh Simmons, kicks off his Black River tour with three stops around the Pacific Northwest. After a successful weekend at Portland's Linework NW festival, Josh is hitting the road and heading to Canada. On Friday, April 24th, catch Josh in Vancouver at Lucky's for a book signing and screening of three shorts by Simmons, beginning at 7 PM.
Next stop, Seattle! Saturday, April 25th, our very own Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting Josh in Georgetown, also with a signing and screening. He'll be joined by the Intruder gang for the release of Intruder #15, one of the most adventurous comics collectives out there. Festivities kick off at 6 PM.
Each stop along the tour will feature these limited black light posters created by Simmons, and only available during the tour. Other prints featuring a gorgeous black and white interior of Black River, and the full color cover of The Furry Trap will also be on hand for you to get your hands on!
Chicago, IL - A strong comics community exists in Chicago, and for the third year in a row it's banding together again for the annual fundraiser to support CAKE or, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. This year features a delicious lineup of artists auctioning off original works during a silent and live bidding, with all proceeds going to this year's CAKE.
CAKE takes places June 6th-7th, and this FREE show is open to the public from 11 AM-6 PM. More details about Fantagraphics at CAKE to come! In the meantime, consider making a stop at CAKE Bake this Saturday, and get loaded up on excellent art treats that'll satisfy more than just a sweet tooth.