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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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Cartoonist, journalist and lover of all comics! Here to encourage you to read Fantagraphics books and then pass them on to your friends AND family. Especially those Eros ones. Graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies.

$25 Eleanor Davis Drawings
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Eleanor Davisart showsart 10 Oct 2014 8:12 AM

Davis 
TODAY, Eleanor Davis will be livestreaming her drawing process and making cute 3"x3" drawings to support a friend in need from 10AM-10PM EST.

Here's what Eleanor says: "My friend Kyle needs a wheelchair van!! Living in Mesa Arizona he's trapped in his apartment without one! I'm doing a drawing marathon to benefit Kyle's GoFundMe to get him a van. On September 10th, from 10am to 10pm, I'm trying to raise $1,000 in a DRAWING MARATHON. I will be making 40+ pen-and-ink artworks & posting them on tumblr and twitter as I make them. And, HEY!!! You can watch me drawing them in real time on this livecam!!!!"

Davis Van
These drawings are 3"x3" pen and ink on watercolor paper. Eleanor will be numbering the pieces as she posts them and you purchase them via number. All the money will be donated to Kyle's GoFundMe
Davis


STANFORD: A Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez Talk
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Mario HernandezLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 7 Oct 2014 2:39 PM
Love and Rockets
ALTERNATIVE COMICS: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
 
This Thursday, October 9th at Stanford University, not one but ALL three of the Hernandez Brothers are meeting to give a free talk from 5:30-7:30pm.This event will celebrate alternative comics by bringing renowned artists, the Hernandez Brothers, or Los Bros Hernandez, as they are often called, to campus. As perhaps its most well-known figures, the Hernandez Brothers offer unique insight into the complex dynamics of the alternative comics industry. Love & Rockets, the brainchild of Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez, emerged from the confluence of punk rock culture and the Latino community in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Subversive and groundbreaking, Love and Rockets would come to virtually define alternative comics. With its cast of highly individual, strongly-characterized women, its richly rendered and evocative depictions of barrio life, masterful cartooning and characters that aged in real time, Love and Rockets set the stage for an incredible flowering in alternative comics not seen since the 60s. This public panel discussion will feature Jaime, Gilbert and Mario Hernandez, in conversation with Ramon Saldivar (Professor, English & Comparative Literature, Stanford) and Scott Bukatman (Professor, Film & Media Studies, Art & Art History, Stanford). This event will address the history of alternative comics writ large, and the crucial roles of the Hernandez Brothers, or Los Bros Hernandez, in this story, as artists, independent producers, and Latinos. There will also be a book sale.

This event is possible thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of the Stanford Arts Institute, the Graphic Novel Project and the Creative Writing program, the Program in Modern Thought and Literature, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, the American Studies program and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
 Luba and Her Family Jaime Love Bunglers
This event is free and open to the public. More information here.
Stanford University 
Annenberg Auditorium
Cummings Art Building
50 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305







PORTLAND: Gridlords and Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmanneventsart shows 7 Oct 2014 2:18 PM
Cute Dudes
Portland, we know, you've just got too much party for the square mileage. Tough cookies though because we've got Simon HanselmannMichael DeForge and Patrick Kyle joining Gridlords performance on Friday, October 10th (right after the Milburn and Stechschulte signing at Floating World!) at the IPRC.
GridLords
 
$5 to get in or free with book purchase. Gridlords recently interviewed Patrick Kyle so get the knitty-gritty from this member of the Cute Boy Alert tour. "My goal is generally just to create nice compositions, but people can derive whatever meaning they like from those images..." Read more on Kyle's process, the tradition of repetitious images and more on their site.  
Tour Poster
Independent Publishing Resource Center
1001 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
503.827.0249






Lucy Knisley's New and Improved Website!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under webcomicsLucy Knisleyart 7 Oct 2014 1:09 PM
Age of license
Fantagraphics' cartoonist Lucy Knisley just unveiled a new website and it is a thang of beauty! It comes to your computer via wifi complete with some quality photos of her comics like *coughcough* An Age of License and some peaks at pages from Displacement from your favorite comics publisher. Really, you need to go see the photos on her site, we can only handle 450 pixels-wide and gosh-darn-it, nice photos of watercolor chips are like artist porn. Still on the fence about her books? Read some original webcomics there or read a short preview on our website. 
 
You can also see examples of her work for hire and commissions, should you yourself want to snag an original drawing or watercolor. Just a word to the wise from Knisley herself, "Just, uh, don't look at it on your mobile platform yet. Ahem. Still working on that part." 
YUMMO 
PORTLAND: Hanselmann + DeForge + Kyle to hit Floating World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 7 Oct 2014 11:59 AM

Hanselmann
Code Cute, Code Cute! The Cute Boy Alert is hitting Portland and hitting it HARD. On Thursday, October 9th from to 5pm-8pm, Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be throwing off their coats and letting their hair out, ready to hit the dance floor.

Nearing the end of their world tour, Simon is celebrating the release of his 'stoner tragedy' Megahex, made popular on his Girl Mountain Tumblr, now available in a sexy hardback from Fantagraphics. Poverty, misanthropy, depression all fogged up in substance abuse grace these watercolored pages but you'll still be rolling in tears laughing so hard by the end of it. Meanwhile, Michael DeForge is continuing his long line of one-person short story anthologies, Lose #6 (first published online 5 years ago) out from Koyama Press. Often hailed as the next Daniel Clowes, DeForge is a prolific cartoonist with only more great ink to flow from his pen. Also from the Toronto-based publisher, illustrator and cartoonist Patrick Kyle is signing his newest comic, Distance Mover, a collection of sci-fi stories featuring the improbable vehicle of the same name that moves a Mr. Earth across the world. 
the books
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209




Kipp Friedman at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kipp Friedmanevents 6 Oct 2014 1:40 PM

Barracuda in the Attic  
On Thursday, October 16th, author Kipp Friedman will be presenting at the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. His Fantagraphics' book, Barracuda in the Attic, has captured the nostalgia of the 70s in New York and LA, all wrapped up in a comedic family dynasty. His reading is 5pm at the Central Library (The Bubbler).

Perhaps Kipp will talk about shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald...it'll be just racy enough to make a librarian or two SSSSHHH him. 

Kipp
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
201 W Mifflin St
Madison, WI 53703
608.266.6300






PORTLAND: Lane Milburn + Conor Stechschulte
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lane MilburneventsConor Stechschulte 6 Oct 2014 1:00 PM
Amateurs
From their days not too long ago as part of Closed Caption Comics to simultaneously releasing books via Fantagraphics, friends and former roommates Conor Stechschulte and Lane Milburn have a lot to be happy about. Maybe you've seen Stechschulte's Lurking/Nocturners, Water Phase or The Amateurs amongst a pile of mini-comics at your friend's place. Seeing the brilliance in the brutal, Fantagraphics has taken Stechschulte's 60 page comic and printed in with a gorgeous uncoated texture cover stock that you'll soon be gripping, hands dripping with fear sweat. Meanwhile, Xeric-award winner Milburn went on to produce Death Trap and then finally the sci-fi epic, Twelve Gems, with Fantagraphics. Following the words of a mad-man scientist, three of the galaxy's best mercenaries will search the stars and darkness in between for each of the powerful yet mysterious gems.

And now Stechschulte and Milburn will team up once again for a signing at your favorite Portland comic store, Floating World. From 4-7pm on Friday, October 10th you can chuckle and guffaw along with these talented cartoonists and get your graphic novels signed! You'll get out just in time to go see Grid Lords too!

Conor Twelve Gems
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209
503.241.0227




SAN FRAN: Hanselmann, DeForge and Kyle at Mission Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmanneventsEd Luce 6 Oct 2014 11:50 AM
poster
The boys are rolling into Mission Comics and Art right as everyone is waking up from APE! Simon Hanselmann is casting spells right and left with his bong magic in Megahex, while Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are taking readers on epic, strange journeys in their books, Lose #6 and Distance Mover respectively. It all starts on Tuesday, October 7th at 5pm!
Books
Also joining the illustrious line-up is everyone's favorite, Ed Luce, of Wuvable Oaf! His Fantagraphics' collected edition is coming out next March but he has a ton of single issues and fun comics like the Music Mini (choose from one of four crazy covers) to read and rock out to!
Luce Mini Comics 
Mission Comics
3520 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110






OAKLAND: Surprise double stop from Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannMegahexevents 3 Oct 2014 3:11 PM
Megahex 
Monday, October 6th, we have a last minute addition to the Cute Boy Alert tour and we know you'll love this rocking 2-stopper in Oakland, California, for the new releases Megahex (Fantagraphics), Lose #6 (Koyama Press) and Distance Mover (Koyama Press)
 
FIRST, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are heading to the Naming Gallery (335 15th Street, Oakland, California 94612). If you like live music, projectors and *sweat*, know that the doors at 5 pm. Feautring the musical talents of DJ Tender Lloyd, Ted the Block, Creep Highway, and girlmountain. The Cute Boy Alert guys: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will also have a gallery show and book signing. 

Books
Then you can hustle butt over to Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609) for live music and drinks from 8pm-10:30pm (doors at 7pm). The tunes will be blasting from Creep Highway, girlmoutnain, Candy Boyz and more special guests TBA. Then at 10:30-midnight, everyone chill the hell out because the guys are gonna sign some comics! Have fun, this party is gonna be bigger than the McRibs groupie parties.

Flip off 

LOS ANGELES: Secret Headquarters invaded by Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 3 Oct 2014 11:03 AM
Simon
Continueing to ride the high and wave of pleasured comics readers every where, seen laughing or observing their comics through slit eyes, Cute Boy Alert is about slide into Secret Headquarters with the sole intent of rocking your pages. We've probably bored you with their tour details, LA, until you slammed your fists on the table screaming "GET TO ME!" Your time is now! Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Michael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) are signing copies of their newest comics in your favorite comic store on Sunday, October 5th at 5pm. Come for the signings, stay for the fun!Secret Headquarters  
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.666.2228
Books