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Frank Stack Exhibit Opens Friday in Kansas City!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Frank Stackeventsart shows 17 Jan 2012 11:28 AM

Joyce Farmer and Frank Stack at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Everyone adores Frank Stack! // seen here with Joyce Farmer, San Diego Comic-Con 2011

Good thing the Charlotte Street Foundation presents an exhibit on underground comix legend Frank Stack, titled: Good Thing I Used a Pseudonym: Work From a Three-Part Career: Frank Stack as Painter, Connoisseur, and Incognito as Graphic Novelist Foolbert Sturgeon.

PHEW! You gotta have a long title for an exhibit encapsulating Stack's five-decade-long career! Not to mention, this is the very first exhibit of Frank's that will include his traditional artwork made under his real name alongside the comix he created as "Foolbert Sturgeon." A very special exhibit, indeed!

The opening reception is this Friday, January 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, and the exhibit will run through March 3, 2012.

And on Saturday, January 21st, join Frank Stack along with curators Anne Thompson and Nathan Boyer for a public discussion of his work at 2:30 PM.  Anyone who saw his panel at San Diego Comic-Con last year can tell you, you will not want to miss this as Frank is a delightful and brilliant storyteller!

It all goes down at Project Space [ 21 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO ], a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project venue.

Alexander Theroux at The Strand NYC Thursday Night!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsAlexander Theroux 17 Jan 2012 8:59 AM

Estonia by Alexander Theroux

This Thursday, January 20th, join acclaimed author Alexander Theroux for a "ramble through" his latest work, Estonia: A Ramble Through the Periphery.

He'll be speaking at the infamous Strand Bookstore in NYC, discussing what happened when he joined his wife — artist Sarah Son-Theroux, whose work adorns the cover — on her Fulbright Scholarship to Estonia.

Let Theroux's razor-sharp writings transport you to this fascinating country without having to leave your seat in the Rare Book Room on the 3rd Floor of The Strand [ 828 Broadway (at 12th St.) ].

The event kicks off at 7:00 PM, and you can either buy Estonia from The Strand or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one person.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/16-1/22
Written by janice headley | Filed under MaxLilli CarréFrank StackeventsAlexander Theroux 16 Jan 2012 10:59 AM

Lotsa reasons to brave the cold this week, or in the case of that Max retrospective, um, the sun. Check it out:

Estonia by Alexander Theroux

Thursday, January 19th

New York City, NY: Join author Alexander Theroux at the Strand Bookstore for a discussion and signing of his latest work, Estonia. You can either buy Estonia from The Strand or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one person. (more info)

Friday, January 20th

•  Kansas City, MO: The name of this exhibit says it all: "GOOD THING I USED A PSEUDONYM: Work From a Three-Part Career: Frank Stack as Painter, Connoisseur, and Incognito as Graphic Novelist Foolbert Sturgeon." This is the first exhibition that will include Stack’s all-important comics work. The opening reception is from 6-9 PM, and the exhibit runs until March 3, 2012. (more info)

 

Lilli Carre exhibit in Chicago

 

Saturday, January 21st

•  Chicago, IL: It's your last chance to see the Lilli Carré exhibit at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex! Don't miss this collection of Lilli's comic artwork, recent string drawing pieces, and a projection of her short animated films she describes as “moving drawings.” (more info)

•  Kansas City, MO: In conjunction with the aforementioned exhibit "GOOD THING I USED A PSEUDONYM: Work From a Three-Part Career: Frank Stack as Painter, Connoisseur, and Incognito as Graphic Novelist Foolbert Sturgeon," Frank Stack himself will appear at Project Space for a discussion with curators Anne Thompson and Nathan Boyer at 2:30 PM. (more info)

Max Retrospective Exhibition in Mexico

Sunday, January 22nd

•  Mexico City, Mexico: Say "adios" to the Max retrospective exhibition, Panóptica, which closes this weekend at the Centro Cultural de España. The collection features his work from 1973 to just last year. (more info and photos)

Join Fantagraphics at the Seattle Graphic Novel Panel and After-Party!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Megan KelsoFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 Jan 2012 4:26 PM

Seattle Graphic Arts Guild logo

Fantagraphics is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2012 Graphic Novel Panel, held by our friends at the Seattle Graphics Arts Guild

On Saturday, January 28th, join us at the Seattle Design Center in Georgetown for a discussion on creating, publishing and marketing the graphic novel.

Megan Kelso

And who better to be on this panel than longtime queen of the scene, our own Megan Kelso? She'll be joined by Matthew Southworth (Stumptown), Brandon Jerwa (Battlestar Galactica, Highlander, G.I. Joe), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), and Chuck Messinger (owner of Comic Evolution, Editor-in-Chief at Creative Edge Press).

Led in conversation by moderator Mark Monlux (The Comic Critic Presents Seldom Seen Films), they'll discuss:

Writing: structure, how to write a graphic novel, what tools you need to market your ideas.

Artwork: developing a storyboard, what to consider ahead of time, existing guidelines, examples, good & bad

Publishing & Marketing: establishing business, marketing, and production plans, how publishing is changing.

This event is open to the public, and you can get your tickets here. The Graphic Novel Panel runs from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Seattle Design Center [ 5701 6th Avenue South, Plaza Building, Suite 370 ].

And then join us for the after-party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 4:30-6:00 PM.  It'll be a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, and discuss what you've learned from the panel!

Fantagraphics co-sponsors this event with Emerald City Comicon and AIGA Seattle. See you there!

UPDATE 1/27/12: Our own Kim Thompson joins the panel discussion as a last-minute addition!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/9-1/15
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 10 Jan 2012 11:31 AM

Thanks to all the Northwest Tony Millionaire fans who kicked off the new year with us last week by getting your copies of 500 Portraits signed! Here's what's going on this week:

Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman

Wednesday, January 11th

Brooklyn, NY: Join the mighty Mr. Michael Kupperman for a visual presentation on the jacket art he designed for NY-based publisher Solid Objects! He'll be joined by the respective authors of those attractive tomes, Jake Bohstedt Morrill and Jim Shepard, starting at 7:30 PM at Greenlight Books.  Not only will those guys be reading from their books, but Michael will be doing a reading from Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010! It's a jam-packed night of art and literature and, hey, there will even be a wine and food reception! (more info)

And that's it. Stay tuned to the Flog for more excellent events, always!

Stinck It Up With Stinckers on Etsy!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanmerchJohnny RyanDaniel Clowes 5 Jan 2012 11:38 AM

Daniel Clowes Stinckers

Flog readers surely know all about Stinckers, the super-fun line of vinyl stickers produced by Steven Weissman & Mats?!.

Well, we're happy to announce that they've just launched an Etsy store as a one-stop shop for uncut production sheets of stincky fun, including designs from Daniel Clowes (as seen above, designed for Meltdown Comics in L.A.) to Johnny Ryan to (well, of course) Steven Weissman! They are quite suitable for framing, and shipping is free!

Steven Weissman Stincker sheet
This one's Steve's stincker sheet...

Johnny Ryan Stincker sheet
And heeeerree's Johnny's!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/2-1/8
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tony MillionaireJim FloraIrwin Chusidevents 3 Jan 2012 11:00 AM

Make it your New Year's Resolution to go out to more comics events! The Fantagraphics Flog can help!

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Thursday, January 5th

Portland, OR:  Floating World Comics proudly presents an art exhibit and a signing with Tony Millionaire! He'll be autographing his latest collection 500 Portraits, along with his other titles, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Heck, we've watched the man sign body parts before, so don't be shy! (more info)

Saturday, January 7th

Seattle, WA: And it was at Tony's last signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery that we watched him sign someone's arm, who then headed down the street to get it permanently tattooed! We hope that person, and all Seattleites, will join us from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for another fun-filled signing, this time for 500 Portraits. We'll be launching an exhibit of work from that collection, plus our Store Curator Larry Reid will debut the short live-action film "Everybody Loves Drinky Crow." (more info)

Sunday, January 8th 

New York City, NY: This is your last week to check out the Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora exhibit at the Dorian Grey Gallery. The 60-year retrospective, curated by our own Flora archivist Irwin Chusid, closes this Sunday. (more info)

Tony Millionaire Art Show & Book Signing at Floating World, Portland
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tony Millionaireevents 29 Dec 2011 11:58 AM

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Break out the beer, Portland, 'cause the great Tony Millionaire is headed your way on Thursday, January 5th!  

Our friends at Floating World Comics will be helping him toast his latest masterpiece, the gorgeous collection 500 Portraits!

Not only will Tony be signing, but there will be an art show of work from the book, spanning two decades of illustrations that Tony created for The Believer, as well as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Ephemera Press Historical Maps, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

So, come celebrate with our masterful millionaire from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at Floating World Comics [ 400 NW Couch Street, Portland ]!

Crime Stoppers with Michael Kupperman Tomorrow in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 26 Dec 2011 12:38 PM

50 years from now, if you say "I was at the Crimestoppers Club show in the East Village Dec 27th, 2011" your grandkids may stop kicking you! --Michael Kupperman

Protect your shins in the future, and be there at Luca Lounge [ 222 Avenue B, NYC ] for the latest installment in the monthly comedy series The Crime Stoppers Club, with your hosts Michael Kupperman and Kate Beaton!


photo credit: Edwina Hay

All sorts of mid-holiday-week merriment is in store for Tuesday, December 27th, with special guests Julia Wertz, Anthony DeVito, Mitch Magee, and Mark Twain, star of the acclaimed Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010!

Word has it, Twain will be teaming up with comedian Julie Klausner to read a scene from Shakespeare's lost play!  You may recognize Klausner from the photocomic in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7, and if you haven't gotten your copy yet, you might WIN ONE in some easy games of chance!

So, don't miss out! And make it your new year's resolution to fight crime with The Crime Stoppers Club every month in New York City -- you can follow them here on Facebook!
Kupperman: Master of Book Covers
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 21 Dec 2011 11:08 AM

Well, clearly, anyone can see from the covers of  Tales Designed to Thrizzle that Michael Kupperman is, indeed, a master of book covers! And sometimes, he even lends those talents to other people's books!

On Wednesday, January 11th, you can join Michael for a visual presentation of his jacket art for the two books seen above. Both books are released by NY-based publisher Solid Objects, who is being celebrated at this event at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn!

Editors Max Winter and Lisa Lubasch will kick off the event at 7:30 PM, with readings by authors Jake Bohstedt Morrill and Jim Shepard, and a demonstration in awesome from Kupperman, as he discuss his work on those covers.

Greenlight Books is located at 686 Fulton Street 
(at South Portland)
 in Brooklyn, NY.

[ Edited to add: Just when you thought this event couldn't get better, we just found out from editors Max & Lisa that Kupperman will also be doing a reading of Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010! Awesome! ]


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