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Johnny Ryan Collection for H&M!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJohnny Ryanfashion 16 Mar 2012 11:20 AM


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...

 

Johnny Ryan Summertime Fun



Stan Sakai at WonderCon This Weekend!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stan Sakaievents 14 Mar 2012 12:53 PM

Stan Sakai at SDCC 2007

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.

The Hernandez Bros. at CSUN in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mario HernandezLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 14 Mar 2012 12:32 PM

Los Bros Hernandez at CSUN

It's Back to School time for the Hernandez Brothers!

Gilbert, Jaime, & Mario will be the guests of honor, speaking to Professor Charles Hatfield's class on Monday, March 26th at the California State University, Northridge (in greater Los Angeles).

Class will be in session from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319. And, no test anxiety -- you don't have to be a student to attend! This event is free, open to the public, and is sure to be an inspiring and entertaining evening!

Graphic Novel Realism with Paul Karasik at NIU!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul KarasikMark NewgardenJoyce FarmerJaime Hernandezevents 14 Mar 2012 11:35 AM

The Northern Illinois Unversity Art Museum in DeKalb, IL is keepin' it real this Spring with the exhibition “Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics,” curated by our own Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist, artist and editor, Paul Karasik!

The exhibit runs from Tuesday, March 20th through Friday, May 25th and features the work of Joyce Farmer, Jaime Hernandez, Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, as well as Jason Lutes, Seth and James Sturm.

Paul states, “These seven artists are united by a rigorous working process utilizing a variety of source materials that ground their comics in the real world, no matter how fantastic their tales.”

DeKalb residents are in luck, as there is a wealth of lectures, workshops, and panels happening on campus throughout the run of the show, including a screening of the film Ghost World on April 25th.

“Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics” can be found on the west-end first floor of Altgeld Hall. Exhibitions and lectures are free; donations are appreciated.

Clowes & Kalesniko Featured in LitGraphic Exhibition!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mark KalesnikoeventsDaniel Clowes 12 Mar 2012 12:59 PM

LitGraphic logo

Earlier this month, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY kicked off their exhibit, LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel, an "examination of the use of sequential art as a significant form of visual communication, placing specific emphasis on the art of the contemporary graphic novel."

Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

The exhibit features more than 200 original art works, including paintings, drawings, storyboards, and more, including work from our own Mark Kalesniko's Mail Order Bride!

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

And on Thursday, March 22, they'll be screening the film version of the Daniel Clowes classic Ghost World in the museum auditorium, at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel runs through Sunday, April 29th. This exhibit is open to the public. Students with valid ID get reduced admission. Children age 6 and under are admitted for free. The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute campus is located at 310 Genesee Street in Utica, New York.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 3/12-3/19
Written by janice headley | Filed under Joyce FarmereventsCharles Burns 12 Mar 2012 12:00 PM

Charles Burns exhibit in Belgium

Tuesday, March 13th

Leuven, Belgium:  It's your last chance to check out the amazing Charles Burns exhibit at the Museum M Leuven, featuring more than 200 works, including original comic pages from Black Hole, as well as sketches and illustrations for magazines and books, his photographs. Can't make it to Belgium before Tuesday? See below or click here to watch video of Mr. Burns himself walking through the exhibit! (more info)

Joyce Farmer

Thursday, March 15th

Los Angeles, CA:  Join Joyce Farmer at the Los Angeles Public Library for the panel "From the Outside Looking In: Writers Finding Their Place in Los Angeles." Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin will be moderating the discussion with Joyce and fellow L.A.-based writers Bernard Cooper, Lynell George, Marisela Norte, and Michael Tolkin. (more info)

Joyce Farmer at the Los Angeles Library!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Joyce Farmerevents 5 Mar 2012 4:10 PM

Joyce Farmer loves L.A.!

And she'll be discussing the reasons why on Thursday, March 15th at the Los Angeles Public Library as part of the panel "From the Outside Looking In: Writers Finding Their Place in Los Angeles."

Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin will be moderating the discussion with Joyce and fellow L.A.-based writers Bernard Cooper, Lynell George, Marisela Norte, and Michael Tolkin. What does living in that city offer writers and book artists? What are the freedoms and the challenges of being outside the traditions and trends of literature?

These questions and more will be pondered beginning at 7:00 PM in the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Los Angeles Public Library [ 630 W. Fifth Street ].

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 3/5-3/12
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffShagRoberta GregoryPeter BaggePat MoriarityJoost SwarteJohnny RyanJim WoodringJack DavisFrank SantoroFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen ForneyDiane Noominart shows 5 Mar 2012 9:54 AM

Diane Noomin at the Yeshiva University Museum

Monday, March 5th

New York City, NY: Groundbreaking artist Diane Noomin will be making a rare appearance to celebrate the release of  her first-ever collection Glitz-2-Go at the Yeshiva University Museum! This event is part of the Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women exhibit currently running through April. Diane will be introduced by Dan Friedman, the Arts & Culture Editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. (more info)

Wednesday, March 7th

Seattle, WA: It's your last chance to check out our group exhibition "Funny Valentines: A Tribute to Jack Davis," a celebration of legendary artist Jack Davis featuring original artwork by Peter Bagge, Nikki Burch, Art Chantry, Tom Dougherty, Jesse Edwards, Ellen Forney, Art Garcia, Roberta Gregory, Charles Krafft, Jason T. Miles, Pat Moriarity, Tom Neely, Joe Newton, Ries Niemi, John Ohannesian, Augie Pagan, Eric Reynolds, Bob Rini, Johnny Ryan, Frank Santoro, SHAG, Matthew Southworth, and Jim Woodring. (more info)

Thursday, March 8th

• Paris, France: Joost Swarte debuts an art show at the Bienvenue à la Galerie Martel, and will be in attendance signing copies of Is That All There Is? (or as it is known in France, Total Swarte). More information about this event is coming to the FLOG soon!

Real Comet Press: A Retrospective invitation

Saturday, March 10th

Seattle, WA: The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the legacy of local arts activist Cathy Hillenbrand with “Real Comet Press: A Retrospective.”  This exhibition features art, graphics and book works by regional artists nurtured by Real Comet Press including Lynda Barry, Michael Dougan, Art Chantry, and Ruth Hayes, among others.  A limited number of out-of-print Real Comet Press titles will be available for sale (including the iconic Lynda Barry poster “Poodle with a Mohawk”). (more info)

Max Retrospective Moves to Madrid!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Maxeventsart shows 1 Mar 2012 12:24 PM

My, oh my! Remember that Max retrospective exhibition showing in Mexico last year? It's moved to a museum in Madrid! Magnificent!

Max wrote the following on his blog:  "I never dreamed one of my drawings could hang so big in a urban scenery, but there it is, on the wonderful neoclassical front of the Cervantes building in Alcalá street, facing the Bank of Spain. Hundreds of thousands of people walked right below it on last Sunday's demonstration against the new Work Reformation Law. Maybe some of them noticed that the figure on the first panel stands for an unemployed worker (the factory chimney on the background being not active). "

Occupy Madrid, Max!!!

Titled Panóptica, the exhibit spotlights his work from 1973-2011 with 120 original pieces, including posters, childrens books, magazine illustrations, and more. There are more in-depth photos online here.

The exhibition runs at the Instituto Cervantes [ Exhibition Hall, C/ Alcalá ] in Madrid through May 13, 2012.

Listen, Los Angeles! Pat Thomas at BookSoup!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 29 Feb 2012 12:39 PM

BookSoup Tweet on Listen, Whitey!

Our friends at BookSoup may be speechless, but our editor/curator Pat Thomas is not! And you can listen up on Wednesday, April 4th, as he gives a presentation on the "considerably grand" new book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

He'll be giving an in-depth look at this fascinating collection from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, and lemme tell ya, Pat's presentations are fascinating, and you will not want to miss it!

BookSoup is located at 8818 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, CA.


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