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Zak Sally Signing and Art Show in Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Zak Sallyeventsart shows 25 Feb 2012 2:13 PM

Zak Sally
Zak Silly // photo credit: Jason T. Miles

Celebrate Sammy with Zak Sally in Chicago! 

As we've reported on the FLOG, Zak has just released Sammy the Mouse Vol. 1, a self-published, self-printed collection of the first three issues of his Eisner-nominated Ignatz series. It is a handcrafted thing of beauty, and you can behold it yourself on Friday, March 23rd at Quimby's [ 1854 W. North Ave. ] at 7:00 PM.

Zak will be joined by John Porcellino and Dale Flattum, making this an event you surely cannot miss!

And then on Saturday, March 24th, this trio of talented men will be at Johalla Projects [ 1821 W. Hubbard St, Suite 110 ], for the opening reception of "Physical Evidence," a show of their comics, printmaking, zines and more!

Chicago comics fans are in for a wonderful weekend! Don't miss it!

Listen, Whitey! on WNYC's Soundcheck!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomas 22 Feb 2012 7:34 AM

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

The sounds of Black Power are all over the radio airwaves today, thanks to Pat Thomas, editor and curator of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!

Not only will he be a guest on KEXP this evening at 6:30 PM PT, but you can also hear him across the nation on WNYC's Soundcheck!

He'll be spotlighting Motown Records' obscure subsidiary label Black Forum, formed in the early 70s as an outlet for their political releases, but lost to music history... until now!

Pat will be LIVE on Soundcheck at 2:00 PM ET, and there's several options for listening in:

• NYC: 93.9 FM WNYC (show will repeat at 10:00 PM ET)
Detroit: 101.9 FM WDET (show will repeat at 10:00 PM ET)
US: Sirius XM channel 121
Worldwide: the show will be archived online at WNYC.org


Listen to Listen, Whitey! on KEXP!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomas 21 Feb 2012 12:12 PM

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

Hear the sounds of Black Power this Wednesday, February 22nd as editor/curator Pat Thomas will be on the best radio station in the world, KEXP!

[Sorry... full disclosure: I work at KEXP when I'm not at Fantagraphics!]

Pat will be a special guest on The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy, and not only will he be talking about the new book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, but he'll be playing tracks from the companion CD on Seattle's own Light in the Attic records!

So, tune in at 6:30 PM PT -- 90.3 FM on your radio dial, if you live in Seattle, and streaming online, around the world, in mulitple formats at KEXP.ORG!

And don't forget: Pat will be giving a 90-minute presentation of Listen, Whitey! on Thursday, March 1st at the historic Washington Hall in Seattle! More details, including ticket information, can be found on the FLOG here.

Drew Friedman Does it HIS WAY at the Scott Eder Gallery!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew Friedmanart shows 21 Feb 2012 10:19 AM

Drew Friedman My Way at the Scott Eder Gallery

Regrets? You'll have a few if you don't make it out to the Scott Eder Gallery for the opening reception of Drew Friedman: My Way, his very first New York gallery show of comic strip and illustration art!

It's also the official re-release party for the hotly-anticipated Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental, Drew's first anthology, co-written by Josh Alan Friedman. Yes, it's finally back in print in sturdy hardcover, with brand new front and back covers!

It all goes down on Friday, April 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, so kick off your MoCCA weekend right with the largest display of Drew's original artwork to date! What will be on the walls? Well, Drew tells us:

The show will consist of 40 pieces, the earliest dating back to 1982. On display will be many comic strips which were originally collected in the first anthology of my work, Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental. The timeline of the show ranges from my first comic strips (some written by Josh Alan Friedman) many of which originally appeared in RAW, Weirdo, High Times, Heavy Metal and National Lampoon, to comics created for Blab!, American Splendor and "Howard Stern's Private Parts", and more recent illustration work for created for Entertainment Weekly, MAD, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. Many beloved and familiar faces will be included: Tor Johnson, Shemp Howard, Wayne Newton, talk show host Joe Franklin, etc... the semi-famous, obscure, forgotten and maligned human beings who have resinated with me my entire life and whose legacy I've attempted to keep alive in my work. As my father, the author Bruce Jay Friedman has pointed out: "Drew notices the people that no one else pays attention to."

Alcoholic refreshments, Sodi waters, Artisan Cheeses, Crackers, Gefilte fishes, Pigs in the blankets, Wing Dings, lobster bibs, etc, will be served for your dining pleasures. There will be books, prints, and free My Way event posters! The Scott Eder Gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street, Suite 2i, in Brooklyn, New York.

Emerald City Comicon Pinball Party!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 20 Feb 2012 12:40 PM

Mark your calendars, and start, uh... NOT practicing for the Fantagraphics Emerald City Comicon Pinball Party!

Convention guest Jim Woodring will be your host for the evening on Saturday, March 31st at Shorty's in Seattle. And the highlight of the event will be a low-score pinball tournament. Tank it without tilting, and you could win this beautiful backglass from a forthcoming custom-made Frank pinball machine! (As seen above, and currently on display at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! Bee-yoooo-tiful!)

More details coming soon about the Emerald City Comicon, and our fun-filled after-party! See you there!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/20-2/27
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEleanor DavisCharles Burns 20 Feb 2012 11:48 AM

12 Beers of the Apocalypse: Rapture

Tuesday, February 21st

Seattle, WA:  Join us at the Elysian Brewing Company for the release of Rapture, the second beer in our 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series featuring labels with the artwork of Charles Burns! Please note the updated time for the survival demo in the graphic above! (more info

Thursday, February 23rd

New York City, NY:  Head over to the Society of Illustrators for a discussion and Q&A with Mome contributor Eleanor Davis, along with fellow artists Jillian Tamaki and Lisa Hanawalt!  (more info)

Eleanor Davis at the Society of Illustrators, NYC
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEleanor Davis 16 Feb 2012 12:26 PM

Eleanor Davis at the Society of Illustrators, NYC

Join Mome contributor Eleanor Davis for a lecture and Q&A, along with fellow artists Jillian Tamaki and Lisa Hanawalt!

Titled "Work Plus Play," this talented trio will be spotlighted by the Society of Illustrators [ 128 East 63rd Street, New York City ] on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  

Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members, and $7 students, and are available online here.

Woodring Wear Now In Full Color!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim WoodringfashionFantagraphics Bookstore 16 Feb 2012 11:00 AM

Jim Woodring t-shirt in color

WHOA! Jim Woodring wear is now in full-fantastical-color with these terrific tees from our friends at Americaware!

Get the Pups in Paradise or a new design, Frank Tours the Planets, which borrows its design from the 2010 Oslo Comics Expo tee you've surely envied seeing our own Marketing Maestro Mike Baehr modeling at conventions!

Woodring Frank in Space t-shirt

And don't forget: with every Americaware order, you'll get a 20% off coupon to use when ordering from us!

Get Ready for the Rapture at Elysian Brewing Company!
Written by janice headley | Filed under mercheventsCharles Burns 14 Feb 2012 4:15 PM

The Rapture is coming!!!

Don't fear -- it's just the second beer in our 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series, a collaboration with our friends at the Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle. This heather ale will be available on draft, and in exclusive bottles with labels featuring the artwork of the great Charles Burns!

Join us on Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00 PM for the official tapping of the Rapture ale, followed by an all-important survival demo, and beer blessings til 9:00 PM, because really now, we could all use a blessing (and a beer!) in these uncertain times.

And don't forget to bring your Apocalypse Beer Survival Guide to this event to collect your second survival stamp. If you missed the first party, don't worry, we will have more guides available at this event. Fill your book with survival item stamps at our Apocalypse events throughout the year for an outstanding experience at our final End of the World Celebration on 12.20.12!

So, come survive the rapture with us at Elysian Brewing Comapny, located at 1221 E. Pike Street in Seattle! Don't forget: the end is BEER!

UPDATE: Please note the updated time for the survival demo!

Bill Griffith: Lost & Found Signing in Hartford
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsBill Griffith 14 Feb 2012 12:51 PM

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found - Comics 1969-2003

Hey Hartford, CT! Zip on over to our book signing with underground comix legend Bill Griffith, and help him celebrate the release of the collection Lost and Found: Comics 1969-2003!

Bill Griffith: Lost & Found collects hundreds of Griffith’s early underground comics, most of them long out of print and unavailable. Much of the work will be unfamiliar and a real revelation to those readers who only know Griffith from his long-running Zippy strip.

He'll be signing and reading from this much-anticipated book on Saturday, March 3rd.  The zany fun starts at 3:00 PM, so don't miss your chance to meet this living legend of comics! 

Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT. This event is free and open to the public!


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