We've been using the Latin alphabet since roughly 700 B.C., but as a language, and an art form, it's continuously evolving. Niko Vassilakis has been astutly aware of it's possibilies as an aural, oral, and ocular medium, and seeks to combine all those senses familiar with words and the alphabet into a visual display of poetry.
Silvermine Arts Center of Norwalk, CT is hosting a month long art exhibit that is all about that funky art of Jim Flora. An opening reception is scheduled for September 19th, from 6-8 pm to celebrate and groove to the iconic jazz inspired pieces. Currated by the co-archivist of the Jim Flora collection, Irwin Chusid has included some never seen before original paintings, woodblock carvings and intaglios.
The exhibit, The Mischievious Art of Jim Flora: A Fine Art Retrospective will run from September 20 - November 2. But if you can't make it out to Connecticut (though you really should; the leaves are changing colors and I hear it's just GORGEOUS this time of year), you can always pick up a copy of The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, co-edited by the show's currator!
The now out of print collection, The Mischievious Art of Jim Flora will get new life in this lively art show!
Philadelphia, PA: The Wild Boyz Tour is wildin out in Philly tonight with a signing at Locust Moon Comics. In addition to Hanselmann, Deforge, and Kyle, they will be joined by Annie Mok, Noel Freibert, and Portland extraordinaire, Farel Dalrymple. This signing begins at 7 pm, but the good times continue the next day (17th) at LAVA Space when everyone magically turns into musicians! (More Details)
Friday, September 19
Seattle, WA: The highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed books, The Hive and X'ed Out, is finally being released and long time friend-of-Fanta and author, Charles Burns will be back in Seattle at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 6-8 pm to drop his new baby, Sugar Skull. Come party at the best bookstore in the business! (More Details)
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration and exploration of exploitative art and images in cinema. Currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash, the exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater; tonight's film is the sci-fi adaption of The Omega Man, featuring everyone's favorite gun slinger, Charlton Heston. (More Details)
Brooklyn, NY: No sleep till the next leg of our Fantagraphics tour, which just happens to be in Brooklyn! 8 pm, at the beautiful Bergen Street Comics, the whole gang is getting together to sign books and be merry. The gang for this stretch includes: Eleanor Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Simon Hanselmann as well as Michael Defore, Patrick Kyle, Matthew Thurber, and Alex Degen. That's a lot of people hanging out at one store, at one time. And you can be one of them! (More Details)
Sunday, September 21
Brooklyn, NY: If you're skipping church this morning it better be because you're headed to the Brooklyn Book Fest at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, running from 10-6 pm! There is a slew of great vendors attending, but you'll want to hit up the best of all (us, Fantagraphics) because we'll have the best books and signings in the business! Additionally, there are more amazing panels and book debuts than you can shake a stick at. Catch all the details here.
Seattle, WA: Something about fall screams psychological thriller, and few do it better than Chris Wright in his seminal book, Blacklung. He, and that gruelling pirateship thrill ride of a book, will be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 3-5 pm. Stop by to get your hands on a great work that will be perfect to read right before you fall asleep! (More Details)
Monday, September 22
Brooklyn, NY: On her whirl-wind tour with the beautiful, inspiring, heartbreaking (and almost sold-out) graphic novel debut, How to Be Happy, Eleanor Davis will be stopping by indie oasis, Desert Island Comics, to delight and educate audiences with her carefully crafted presentation. Beginning at 7:30 pm, come learn about the relationship between art and the artist, and see what it takes to create a New York Times Bestseller, and stay until 9 to get said Bestseller signed. (More Details)
As a part of our cute boy/boys of summer/wild boyz tour, these dapper dans are headed to Philadelphia's Locust Moon Comics for a two day signing and music event. Did you think SPX would poop these guys out? We're just getting started!
Join Megahexauthor, Simon Hanselmann, and artists Michael Deforge, and Patrick Kyle on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm for a signing and hangout spectacular. Joining them on this night are the very special, and also very cute, guests Farel Dalrymple, Annie Mok and Noel Freibert.
Richmond, VA: Don't be tardy! Starting at 6 pm, Janet Hamlin will be giving a lecture at the University of Richmond recounting her experiences as the only person allowed to visually capture the courtroom during the Guantanamo Bay trials. Her drawings have been collected in Sketching Guantanamo, and this lecture will kick off a new limited engagement exhibit at the University featuring her work. (More Details)
Friday, September 12
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration and exploration of exploitative art and images of cinema. Currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash, the exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater; today's film is the monster classic, Every Which Way but Loose. (More Details)
Saturday, September 13
Bethesda, MD: Dang, kids. Is it that time of year again? The biggest and bestest small press and alternative comic shindig, Small Press Expo is back! Doors open at 11 am, and there is a veritable slew of people to see, things to buy, and panels to attend. Jacq and Gary Groth will be holding down daily signings at booth w57-61, which today includes: Eleanor Davis, Ed Piskor, Drew Friedman, Chuck Forsman and many, many others. Get the full breakdown of the best weekend of your life here.
Seattle, WA: The gorgeously oversized art book, Film Noir 101, will be the subject of a new in store installment at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery starting today! And to begin this new feature, author of the book, Mark Fertig will be giving a slide presentation at 6 pm, with a signing to follow. (More Details)
Sunday, September 14
Bethesda, MD: Above is a map to help you remember where the best SPX booth will be. Along with more signings, more panels, and more awesome, are a slew of debut books that you wont even find in stores yet: BUMF, The Lonesome Go, Fukitor. My fingers would fall off if I tried to list them all here. Since Jen already typed her little fingers off with the full rundown, check out her post! Doors open at 12 noon!
Monday, September 15
Cambridge, MA: Today, beginning at 7 pm, Ed Piskor will be kicking it old and new school at the halls of Harvard University with a discussion of his Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's free and open to the public, with a signing to follow! (More Details)
Takoma Park, MD:Eleanor Davis, hot off of her weekend at SPX, will be giving a beautiful slideshow presentation as a part of their Politics and Prose series. Her most recent book, How to be Happyis the topic of discussion for this moving a personal presentaion and discussion. Library events are the best events, so get some social capital at our nation's capitol. Presentation begins at 7:30 pm. (More Details)
Rec rooms to reading rooms, hip hop has come a long way. And it's making a stop along its continuous way to the top at the Harvard Book Store. Master cartoonist and hip hop historian, Ed Piskor will be schooling the audience with a discussion on his two volume Hip Hop Family Tree series; covering history, legend, art, and the subtley obvious crossover between hip hop and comic books. This FREE event is co-sponsored by the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University, a permanent group that sponsors and facilitates the advancement of art and scholorship in hip hop through leadership and community involvement.
For all audience members who attend this FREE event, you'll get 20% off at the book store when you purchase a copy of their featured book, Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2. That's a great way to support the academic and artistic community while getting yourself a sweet deal.
The FREE discussion begins at 7:00 pm, and will be followed by a book signing. Get educated, son.
No one will argue that noir films, and posters of cinema past were true works of art; capturing the subtle thrill of a riddle yet to be experienced. This handsome book with critical commentery from Fertig, and an introduction from director, William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Killer Joe).
The reception begins this Saturday at 6 pm, and the exhibition runs from September 13th-November 10th.
As one of the only sketch artists allowed to witness the 9/11 trials, since audio and recordign equipment are banned, Hamlin was presented with unique challenges in relaying some of the only visual evidence of the trials. If you're a lecture person, this is on your must see list. If you're not a lecture person, you will be after hearing this fascinating story.
Though the official gallery opening for one of the funniest cartoonists of the last 40 years is on the 30th of August, you wont want to miss the evening reception with M.K. Brown herself, as she gives guided tours through her own exhibition at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. This once in a lifetime reception runs from 4-6 pm, and is completely FREE and open to the public.
Brown's cartooning style combines oddball surrealism, with everyday frustrations and obervances to give her audiences a full body laughing experience; relevant to all generations and moments in time. She's a one-of-a-kind cartoonist, and this exhibit and retrospective is the perfect way to take it all in. Of course if you can't make it to San Fran, do yourself a favor and pick up the first comprehensive look at her career, collected inM.K. Brown Stranger than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013.
The exhibit runs from August 30, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Seattle, WA: We here are Fantagraphics are already pretty privy to how much of a genius our boss, Gary Groth, is. Finally the World is standing up to take notice! And by the World, I mean The Stranger Genius Awards for Literature. Books editor, Paul Constant will be presenting a showcase at the Frye Art Museum for all the literature geniuses, including Gary, visual poet, Shin Yu Pai, and writer of the current Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson. Tickets $10, with mingling and drinks beginning at 5:30. 21+ (More details)
Saturday, August 30th
Chicago, IL: Purveyors of the finest comics, Quimby's Bookstore of Chicago will be hosting the prince of spaces escapades, Lane Milburn, as he parties with the public to celebrate the release of his sci-fi epic, Twelve Gems! A Heavy Metal saga meets your math class compositon notebook in this beautiful space opera that traverses the cosmos. The boogying starts at 7 pm. (More details)
Los Angeles: As a part of the Everything Is Festival at the Cine Family, Prison Pit cartoonist, Johnny Ryan will be freaking audiences out by screening the animated version of Prison Pit Book One. Joining him on a panel to follow with be noted comedians and bad boys, Rick Shapiro and Blake Anderson. Begins at 2:30 pm. Get tix quick! (More details)
Houston, TX: Amazing Houston Comic Con will be hosting a slew of the comic industry's most notable artists, and joing them is of course Mr. Ed Piskor of Hip Hop Family Tree! He will be around Friday and Saturday, and will hopefully ask Rob Liefeld what he thought of the special HHFT #300, found in your forthcoming deluxe box set. (More details)
Decatur, GA: If you find yourself in the dirty south this weekend, get a little dirtier by hanging out with a bunch of authors of cartoonists at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this weekend where Eleanor Davis and Ed Piskor will be giving you the down low on their works. Eleanor and Liz Prince will be giving a presentation this day at 1:45 pm titled, "How to be Graphic" - told you the south was dirty - (More details)
Sunday, August 31st
Decatur, GA: Ed Piskor is doubling up on events this weekend and making his way across the great American landscape to bring a launch of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2, and a moderated panel to follow, where he'll discuss the only two things that still make sense in the world, hip-hop and comic books. Scoot on down to the Marriott at 5 pm! (More details)