|RHINEBECK: Lucy Knisley returns home|
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In honor of her travelogues An Age of License and the newly pressed Displacement, Lucy Knisley is having a signing at her hometown bookstore: Oblong Books and Music. In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Oblong Books has been around for 35 sweet years run by the Hermans family and is sure to please. See you there! (Photo Credit: Kitty Sheehan)
Fantom Comics of Washington D.C. invites you to visit this world for a night on Thursday, January 22nd when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.
Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers which screened at Outfest; Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at MASSIVE; and editor of the blog Gay Manga!.
Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers.
Giovanni's Room of Philadelphia invites you to visit this world for a night on Tuesday, January 20th when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 6pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.
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The party you've been waiting your whole lifetime is here! On Thursday, January 22nd join Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams and Paul Mavrides at City Lights in San Francisco. They'll be in discussion with Gary Groth and Ron Turner (of Last Gasp) about The Complete Zap Comix. These legends start talking at 7pm on the dot, be there five minutes early if you need a smoke break. This nearly sold-out collection will be yours for the buying, theirs for the signing and for your family to argue about who will carry it home.
In 1968, when underground comics were just strating to emerge, Robert Crumb's released his classic solo first issue of Zap. By the second issue, he had assembled a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. Together they created a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap - every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists - in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams.
"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." -Dana Jennings, The NY Times
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This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions
by Frank Stack
224-page black & white 7.75" x 10" softcover • $24.99
"Foolbert Funnies is a definitive collection of comic art by one of the quirkiest and most intriguing artists to emerge from undergrounds. As a former college art professor, Frank Stack brought a unique approach to his art, blazing his own trail. And what could be more appropriate for an underground comics cartoonist than that?" –Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
Spawn of Mars
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein
216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
"…the reason I'm almost guaranteed to eventually pick this up: shelf porn. I'd probably buy 'Wally Wood sci-fi reprints' as a digest, but this is going to eventually look so damn good on the oversized shelf. It's the smuggest reason to buy anything ever, but I don't care." –Jim Dandendeau, Topless Robot
A Valentine for Charlie Brown
by Charles M. Schulz
72-page two color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-804-5
"Schulz was truly one of the game's great ambassadors." - Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey
"Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book." - The Comics Reporter
Your favorite Duck artist is appearing at the local Seattle convention, ECCC just announced that Don Rosa will be appearing in person, in the flesh and definitely in the feather! Emerald City ComiCon runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th and we have quite a burgeoning cartoonist line-up for you so far with Rosa, Knisley and Luce! More news and special guests here.
This weekend, amazing cartoonists Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger will be appearing as special guests at Wizard World: NOLA edition. Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 9-11th you can find them signing copies of their new graphic novel The Late Child and Other Animals, 7 Miles a Second plus other non-Fantagraphics work at the Ernest J. Morial Convention Center.
Marguerite will be on a panel at WWII on Sunday.
3:30 - 4:15PM 1940: WORLD WAR II AND COMICS: THE JOKER, ROBIN, THE FLASH, CAPTAIN AMERICA, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AND THE SPIRIT! (ROOM 245)
75 years ago, in 1940, as the Nazi conquest of Europe continued and the Battle of Britain raged, the United States watched from the sidelines while instituting the first peacetime draft. At the same time, the world of comics was experiencing an incredible sustained period of invention, as The Joker, Robin, Green Lantern, the Flash, Hawkman, the Spirit, Catwoman, and Captains America and Marvel all debuted! (Not to mention the debuts of pop culture icons Bugs Bunny, and Brenda Starr, and classic movies Fantasia and The Great Dictator!) Showing and discussing historical and cultural factors that made that year so important is a panel including Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America; Parsons/The New School), Sherri Craig (Southeastern Louisiana University), Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of the founder of DC Comics, about whom she's co-writing an upcoming book), Dr. Travis Langley (author of Batman and Psychology), Marguerite Van Cook (The Late Child and Other Animals), and Danny Fingeroth (co-editor of The Stan Lee Universe).
Buy your tickets in advance online, they are already sold out of Saturday-only tickets. And check out the site for more guest announcements or figure out which brow-heavy stoic dude-vampire is attending from that show your niece and nephew like.
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 3pm - 8pm
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10am - 7pm
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 11am - 5pm
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The time is drawing nigh! The Scott Eder Gallery is proud to unveil a new Jim Woodring art show You Drive! this Saturday, January 10th at their storefront (18 Bridge St. #2i) in Brooklyn. Should you be in attendance opening night, the reception will being at 6pm on the dot and Woodring himself will be there. More details here but you know you want to go and immerse yourself in his world.
Can't make it out? You can always call the gallery and buy a/ALL the paintings (718.797.1100)! You can also enjoy his latest comics collection, JIM, currently garnering rave reviews.
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. McNally Jackson Books of New York invites you to visit this world for a night on Sunday, January 18th when the editors and designers behind the anthology gather for release party. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. The gang will also have some shirts (see below!) on sale and some
Whether you are previously a fan of gay manga or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From Jiraiya to Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa to Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga.
Check out the crazy fun that was had a that the Massive release party in Tokyo! Safe for work if you work at like an underwear store, have a cool boss or can articulate how modern gay manga relates to your job as [insert job here].
Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers which screened at Outfest (radqueers.com); Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at Massive Merch and is the editor of the blog Gay Manga!.
Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
See you there! Don't get left be-hind without a copy of the year's hottest comics anthology!
Trot out of your flat and shake off the holiday malaise Wednesday, January 14th as Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger make a guest appearance at Gosh! Comics in London. On a world tour for The Late Child and Other Animals, Van Cook and Romberger will join the monthly comics discussion group at Gosh! called Process and discuss this beautiful, poignant graphic memoir.
The good stuff starts at 7pm on the nose so don't be late for The Late Child, lest we make some terrible Big Ben jokes from across the pond. The Late Child and Other Animals is not only a gorgeous graphic novel by this comics power couple but damn good read as the generational struggles of a mother and daughter come to light after WWII. See you there!
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