Join our own Gary Panter at Shelf Life 2, a one-day event in Los Angeles featuring panels, workshops, a bazaar, and more! This "big day for small press" is tomorrow, Saturday, March 24th at the University Park Campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Gary is teaming up with graphic designer Chip Kidd for a special panel, moderated by Byron Coley. That kicks off at 12:30 PM in the Gin D. Wong Auditorium (Harris Hall 101).
And then stick around to check out all the small press exhibitors, and take some workshops on everything from bookbinding to storytelling to surviving an upcoming zombie apocalypse. Y'know. The essentials.
This event is FREE, so you have no excuse not to go... unless your excuse is that you don't live in L.A.
What?! Not only did she run a publishing house, but she ran a club? Stop being so cool, Cathy! Matchbooks designed by Lynda Barry.
Rad flipbooks by Ruth Hayes.
Michael Dougan shares a Texas motto.
I am so grateful to Larry for bringing Real Comet Press into the spotlight, because it's an amazing, inspiring chapter in Seattle's small-press history. I'm totally enamoured with its founder Cathy Hillenbrand: she built this little publishing empire out of her home, supporting the works of artists like Michael Dougan, Art Chantry, Ruth Hayes, and one of my heroes, Lynda Barry. As you can see in this video that Mike captured, I'm not the only enamoured of Cathy (she's the one in the striped dress):
And Cathy Hillenbrand will also be at the Emerald City Comicon for our panel "Northwest Noir: Seattle's Legacy of Counterculture Comix." Comicon attendees can check that out on Friday, March 30th at 6:00 PM in Room 3AB.
Visit us at Booth 704 from Friday, March 30th through Sunday, April 1st at the Washington State Convention Center. We're bringing a special collection of titles from seminal Seattle names like Peter Bagge, Megan Kelso, and Charles Burns. And joining us will be some of those brilliant talents from right here in the Northwest, from artists to editors! Special guests include:
Ellen Forney: Named "Best Local Cartoonist" last year by the Seattle Weekly! (top left / photo by Mike Urban)
Jim Woodring: Recipient of The Stranger Genius Award in Literature in 2010! (top right)
On Friday, March 30th at 6:00 PM, Fantagraphics is proud to present the panel Northwest Noir: Seattle's Legacy of Counterculture Comix in room 3AB:
In the mid-seventies a trio of gifted cartoonists emerged from The Evergreen State College in Olympia: Seattle's Lynda Barry and Charles Burns, and Matt Groening from Portland. Their influence helped attract a new generation of cartoonists that fashioned a new comix movement. Among them; Jim Woodring, Joe Sacco, and Peter Bagge. Coupled with this new comix movement was the creation of prominent publisher Fantagraphics Books. The global popularity of the Grunge movement elevated alternative comix to unprecedented heights and firmly established the region as the center of this new form. By the dawn of the millennia, Seattle and Portland boasted no fewer than 6 alternative comix publishing houses. Learn more about the connection between the Northwest and "Alternative" comics in this lively panel Q&A. Panelist include cartoonists Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney, Real Comet Press publisher Cathy Hillenbrand, and Fantagraphics Books associate publisher Eric Reynolds. Moderated by Larry Reid of Fantagraphics Bookstore.
Booth 704 is located right in the frontline of the exhibitor floor, in the second row as you cross the Sky Bridge. Please note: this is a condensed version of the map. You can view the full map here.
Don't miss the action at Shorty's pinball emporium as Fantagraphics Bookstore presents the Emerald City Pinball Party on Saturday, March 31 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM following the Emerald City Comicon. Hosted by celebrated Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring, this festive affair promises free fun for all comix and pinball enthusiasts over the age of 21.
The highlight of the evening will be a pinball competition with prizes galore, including the grand prize of a colorful Jim Woodring-designed back glass from the forthcoming Frank pinball machine (currently in development.) Other prizes include Jim Woodring hoodies and tee shirts from Americaware, signed copies of Woodring's graphic novels Weathercraft and Congress of the Animals (finalists in consecutive years for the Los Angeles Book Prize), coveted out-of-print issues of Jim and Frank comix, and other Woodring rarities.
In an effort to level the playing field -- so to speak -- pinball tournament contestants will be vying for the lowest score. That's right! Tank it without tilting; the worst games win the best prizes. It's harder than it sounds, but requires little in the way of actual pinball prowess.
Shorty's is located at 2222 2nd Avenue in Seattle's lively Belltown neighborhood, just a few blocks northwest of the Washington State Convention Center, site of the Emerald City Comicon on March 30, 31 and April 1.
Visit the bookstore or Fantagraphics booth at the convention for more details on the Emerald City Pinball Party and other exciting events.
This coming weekend, Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th, New York City will celebrate their own with Comic New York: A Symposium, bringing together "creators and academics to discuss the intertwined histories of American comics and the town where they were born."
There is a stellar jam-packed schedule in place for the weekend, and here are a few panels featuring Fantagraphics' own that you should check out!
Saturday, March 24th
3:00-4:00 PM: Alternative New York • Bill Griffith • R Sikoryak • Charles Brownstein • Julia Wertz • Moderator: Gene Kannenberg Jr.
Sunday, March 25th
1:30-2:30: New York as Breeding Ground • Al Jaffee • Miss Lasko-Gross • Tracy White • Dean Haspiel • Moderator: Danny Fingeroth • Dedicated to the memory of Jerry Robinson
She'll be celebrating the release of her latest book Snow White, but be sure to bring your copies of her Fantagraphics release The Magic Bottle for signing!
And then later that night, Camille will be a special guest at our Emerald City Comicon Pinball Party at Shorty's, right down the street from Roq La Rue [ 2312 2nd Avenue, between Bell and Blanchard ]. All the Fantagraphics fun will be right there in the Belltown neighborhood! See you there!
You'll actually want to go to Summer School when Ignatz-nominated artist Tim Lane is teaching!
Professor Lane will be conducting a project-based workshop on the graphic novel and graphic short fiction for students seriously interested in producing their own graphic fiction. Participants will look at work from Tim's fellow Fantagraph-ians Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, and Kim Deitch, among others.
The class runs from May 21st through June 22nd at The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts [ 1 Brookings Drive ] at Washington University in St. Louis. Registration deadline is May 15th, and you don't have to be a university student to register! Click here for more information.
On Saturday, May 5th, Mario will be signing copies of Love & Rockets from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. And on Sunday, May 6th, from 1:15-2:00 PM, he'll be doing a very special reading from Love & Rockets, followed by a Q&A! Mario? Theatrical? Yes, it's true!
Mario (yes, Mario!), Gilbert, & Jaime at the San Diego Comic-Con 2011
The Cartoon Art Museum [ 655 Mission Street between New Montgomery and Third Streets ] is around the corner from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and a dozen other museums which comprise the Yerba Buena Gardens cultural district of San Francisco’s South of Market area.
• DeKalb, IL: The Northern Illinois Unversity Art Museum debuts the exhibition “Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics,” curated by our own Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist, artist and editor, Paul Karasik, and featuring work from Joyce Farmer, Jaime Hernandez, Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, as well as Jason Lutes, Seth and James Sturm. (more info)
• Seattle, WA: The idiosyncratic work of cartoonist Lynda Barry, a Seattle native, is the subject of a new book by Portland author Susan E. Kirtley. Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass is the first comprehensive critique of this influential American artist. Kirtley will discuss her book with Real Comet Press publisher Cathy Hillenbrand, who published Barry’s first four books, at 6:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. An informal reception and book signing will follow the discussion. (more info)
• New York City, NY: Comic New York: A Symposium kicks off at Columbia University, with a wealth of panels, including one with our own Bill Griffith! Stay tuned to the FLOG for more information about this event, coming soon!
• Northridge, CA: Gilbert, Jaime, & Mario Hernandez will be speaking to Professor Charles Hatfield's class on Monday, March 26th at the California State University, Northridge (in greater Los Angeles). This event is open to the public, not just students! (more info)
A typical Johnny Ryan fan // photo courtesy of H&M.com
Yes, our Johnny Ryan puts the hurl and mucus in H&M with his brand-new collection for the Swedish fashion empire that is quickly sprouting up stores around the USA. (Think IKEA for clothes.)
Johnny was one of four guest artists for the Spring 2012 Divided collection, and his work can be found on two tees (seen below) and that fetching tank top, above.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like online purchasing is available in the US, so you'll have to venture out to one of their locations to get one. I, myself, will be attempting to buy some this weekend. I'll keep you posted...
Wondering where Stan Sakai is gonna be this weekend??? ...Oh, right, it's in the headline.
Yes, Sakai-san will be at WonderCon this weekend, and you can find him all three days at Table D-4, as in bring dollars 4 buying copies of the very early Usagi Yojimbo trades and some art, as he reports on Facebook he will have on hand.
WonderCon runs from Friday, March 16th to Sunday, March 18th, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
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