Us neither! But you've only got a couple more days to check out the "Lovesick" exhibit from Seattle's own Bureau of Drawers cartoonist collective. If you haven't had a chance to see this collection of original art, handmade books and prints, get yrself down to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery tout de suite!
And THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to our opening night on Valentine's Day weekend! It was, indeed, lovely to see everyone out, supporting our local comic scene, and show-goers were serenaded by Bureau of Drawers members Dennis Driscoll and Sean Robinson of Landlord's Daughter. We've got video from eachperformance below:
The great Drew Friedman was recently a guest on the WFMU radio show Fool's Paradise, discussing everything from, "Drew's early career, Tor Johnson sightings, the healing power of Joe E Ross and Drew's latest masterwork, Sideshow Freaks (Blast Books). Zagnut bars will also be referenced."
If you forgot to tune in, you can listen to the archive here! And toss those guys a few bucks -- it's the WFMU 2011 Marathon through March 13th!
I may be a vegetarian, but how can anyone resist MEAT, an art show opening Thursday, March 3rd at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles?
Our very own Michael Kupperman will have some savory art delights, along with a bunch of other carnivorous artists. (Charlyne Yi??? Yay!)
The opening reception runs from 7-10 pm, and Alie and Georgia (of Drinks with Alie and Georgia) will be on hand to make some special meat-themed cocktails for the show. Again, I may be a vegetarian, but mmmmm!
Get your book signed by Megan Kelso! // Pic taken at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
The 9th Annual Emerald City Comicon is just days away, Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th at the Washington State Convention Center, and Fantagraphics is thrilled to represent the finest in alternative comics!
Oh, and you know what else we'll have? The acclaimed Artichoke Tales and The Squirrel Mother, and on Sunday, March 6th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, the Ignatz Award-winning artist Megan Kelso will be signing at our booth, space #808!
And you can catch Pete later that night playing with his pop combo, Can You Imagine? Fantagraphics and fellow indie-comic publishers Top Shelf Productions are proud to present an Emerald City Comic-Con after-party on Saturday, March 5th at the Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous. (Also on the bill is The Rheas, fronted by Eric Reynolds, our Associate Publisher, and Matthew Southworth, frontman for The Capillaries, and co-creator of the comic Stumptown. Yours truly will be spinning tracks between the bands, so don't miss it!)
Join Jacques at the Fantagraphics booth at space #808! He'll be signing copies of Portable Grindhouse, and showing film footage, on Friday, March 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
[Jacques will also be joining our friends at the Northwest Film Forum on Friday, March 4th for the opening night of Metalhaus: 1977-1995, a series of heavy metal concert footage, curated by Jacques and Darren Aboulafia! Badass! ]
Irwin at the Jim Flora exhibit opening, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 9/22/07
Our friends at WFMU are kicking off their 2011 Marathon on February 28th, but you can get a jump-start with a pledge now, and like last year, perhaps walk away the owner of Irwin Chusid, editor of our fabulous Jim Flora collections. More details await you here!
I am reeling with jealousy at everyone who lives in Orange County right now, because this Thursday you have a chance to see Jaime Hernandez speak (for FREE!) at the Fullerton Public Library.
It's part of the "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" spearheaded by the awesome-indeed journalist Gustavo Arellano. Arellano is perhaps best known for his syndicated column "¡Ask a Mexican!" which appears in the OC Weekly. He's even the recipient of the "Colbert Bump." And he was nice enough to chat with Fantagraphics about Jaime's work!
How did you first discover "Love & Rockets" and Jaime Hernandez?
I discovered Love & Rockets and Jaime's work like all Mexican nerds—in high school. My best friend was into graphic novels and comics, and one day, I noticed a section of his bookcase that had the only Hispanic surname in the bunch—"Hernandez." It was a collection of Love & Rockets—can't remember which one, but I began reading and haven't stopped since.
Which character do you relate the most to and why?
Maggie, of course. She reminds me of many of the Chicanas I've known—someone who was cute-as-fuck in her youth, but turned beautiful as she aged and grew bigger. Maggie might not be living the life she envisioned as a young punker working the prosolar circuit—might even feel sad at her status in life—but she nevertheless remains optimistic, and feels life will become better.
Do you have a particular favorite book or storyline of Jaime's?
Death of Speedy, for sure. I didn't grow up in an environment like Hoppers, but I knew many who did. The whole story arc, between defending turf and love and mistaken identity and pride, could've easily been told in a stereotypical fashion, as it almost always does. But Jaime's take is beyond humanistic—it's Joyceian in its dexterity of emotions and conflict.
Seriously, can you imagine how engaging this event is going to be? Well, if you live in the area, you don't have to imagine! The Fullerton Public Library is located at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA (714) 738-6333. Jaime and Gustavo will begin their discussion at 6:30 p.m., so don't be late!
This series is sponsored by the Cal State Fullerton Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies, the Fullerton Public Library, and the Hibbleton Gallery.
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