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Storyboarding with Stephen DeStefano at MoCCA
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoevents 6 Jun 2011 11:13 AM

Stephen DeStefano

Class is back in session with Professor DeStefano!

As you may already know, our award-nominated Lucky In Love artist Stephen DeStefano also has quite the background in animation, working on such favorites as The Ren & Stimpy Show, Earthworm Jim, and The Venture Brothers (a personal obsession for me and Mike). There is a reason he is regarded in the industry as "The Guru of Storyboarding"!

And New Yorkers are in luck, as his popular MoCCA class "How to Do Storyboards for Animation" is back and expanded to four sessions, happening every Monday this month from 6:30 to 9:00 pm! While the class will focus on storyboarding for TV animation, you can bet DeStefano will touch upon other formats as well. I mean, clearly, he is a master at both!

Fantagraphics Fashion with Fenwick
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ray Fenwickfashion 3 Jun 2011 1:55 PM

Ray Fenwick dress for Threadless.com

Want. WANT. WantWantWantWantWant.

Are you kidding me?!  One of the few things I love as much as comics is fashion, so a dress featuring a print designed by artist Ray Fenwick is almost too much for me to handle. 

Titled "Toothpick Swarm," this cotton jersey dress from Threadless.com features Fenwick's immediately-identifiable illustration work in a bold tomato-red print. 

Ray Fenwick tee for Threadless.com

And fellas, Fenwick has you covered, too, with the "S.S. Aimless" tee, also available through Threadless.com.  Um... I kinda want this, too.

Of course, if you'd rather read it than wear it, just click here to get your copy of Mascots, if it's not on your bookshelf already. More of Fenwick's energetic work in his signature surrealistic style, and less laundry.

We Can Be Heroes... Just For Three Days
Written by janice headley | Filed under Roger LangridgeeventsDrew Weing 3 Jun 2011 12:50 PM

Heroes Con logo

Heroes Con is this weekend, June 3rd through 5th, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.  And while Fantagraphics won't be there ourselves, a couple of our awesome artists will be in attendance!

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Visit Drew Weing in the Artists Alley at Booth 423! According to his Twitter Account, it's your chance to get one of the last few precious copies of the first printing of his acclaimed debut novel Set to Sea.  He'll also have some mini-comics and original art for sale.

Drew's got panels on:

Saturday, June 4th
• 1:30 PM // Designing Comics, Room 203A

Sunday, June 5th
• 2:30 PM // The Web Comics: Solo Shocker, Room 207BCD

Fred the Clown by Roger Langridge

And say hello to Roger Langridge, who will also be in the Artists Alley at Booth 518, all the way from London! According to his blog, he will also have some original art, so go check it out!

You can also check out Roger's panels:

Saturday, June 4th
• 12:00 PM // Approaches to Humor, Room 209

Sunday, June 5th
• 11:30 AM // Hammer Time (or more specifically it’s Mjolnir Time), Room 207BCD
•  4:00 PM // Adapting Licensed Properties to Comics, Room 209

Get more details about Drew and Roger's panels at the Heroes Con website!




Midnight Madness in Minneapolis
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 3 Jun 2011 11:13 AM

Jim Woodring

As the clock strikes midnight, we invite you to join Jim Woodring in the shadows of the sculpture garden...

No, it's not the plot of a Kubrick film; it's Nightshift, a special dusk-to-dawn event at the garden of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN!

This unique event features live music, collaborative drawing, bedtime stories, and even a Busby Berkeley–style sleeping bag choreography!

And at midnight, Jim will be giving a demonstration of the infamous giant pen. Stop by the Walker Cinema room to observe and converse with this artistic genius!

Nightshift begins at 9:00 PM this Saturday, June 4 and runs until 6:00 AM the next morning at the Walker Art Center [1750 Hennepin Ave.]. The event is completely free, and you'd be a lunatic not to go.

Peanuts & Prose with Monte Schulz
Written by janice headley | Filed under PeanutsMonte SchulzeventsCharles M Schulz 2 Jun 2011 11:13 AM

Author Monte Schulz

Residents of San Francisco should head over to the Cartoon Art Museum tonight as they welcome author Monte Schulz! Schulz will talk about growing up with his father, Peanuts artist Charles M. Schulz, and how "Sparky" influenced his own writings. It's sure to be an engaging evening for all!

The Last Rose of Summer

Following the presentation, Schulz will be signing copies of his latest novel, The Last Rose of Summer.  The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street in San Francisco.  The event runs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and is free and open to the public!

Stan Sakai at the Phoenix Comicon This Weekend
Written by janice headley | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan Sakaievents 26 May 2011 2:39 PM

Phoenix Comicon 2011 logo

Stan Sakai, at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con

Meet Stan Sakai this weekend at the Phoenix Comicon 2011, kicking off Thursday, May 26th and running through Sunday, May 29th. He'll be there all weekend, signing at Booth #427!

You can also catch him on Friday, May 27th at 1:30 pm, in the panel "Nuts and Bolts of Comics Creation," where he'll talk about how to take a comic book concept from idea to reality, alongside some fellow pros in the industry.

And you can hear him again on Saturday, May 28th at 1:30 pm, in the panel "Rockstar Animals in the Comic Book World," as he discusses having animals as the lead character in a comic book!

It sounds like a great weekend to get your Usagi Yojimbo box sets and books signed! (And while you're at it, be sure to wish Sakai-san a "Happy Belated Birthday"! It was this past Wednesday!)

Santiago Steals Home at Pittsburgh Signing
Written by janice headley | Filed under Wilfred Santiagoevents21 26 May 2011 11:13 AM

Wilfred Santiago signs at Phantom of the Attic, Pittsburgh

Tons of thanks to Phantom of the Attic and to artist Wilfred Santiago for sharing these great pics on the Facebook fan page for 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente!  It looks like it was an amazing signing last weekend in Pittsburgh, the very city where Clemente got his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

You can check out more pics from the event on the Fantagraphics Flickr, and you can also watch this great video capturing the signing, in case the embedded video doesn't play below.

The staff at Phantom of the Attic

Thanks so much again to our hosts at Phantom of the Attic!

And Chicago comics fans, you're up to bat as Wilfred Santiago will be signing this Saturday at Chicago Comics [3244 N. Clark Street] at 3:00 pm! Don't miss it!

Santiago at Chicago Comics This Saturday
Written by janice headley | Filed under Wilfred Santiagoevents21 24 May 2011 11:13 AM

Wilfred Santiago 21 signing at Chicago Comics - flyer

Hey Chicago! This Saturday, May 28th, cartoonist Wilfred Santiago will be at Chicago Comics signing his latest graphic novel 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.

Wilfred Santiago at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Wilfred Santiago signs 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.

Chicago Comics is located at 3244 N. Clark Street, and the signing starts at 3:00 pm!

Fantagraphics Goes Down Under
Written by janice headley | Filed under Robert CrumbJim WoodringGary Grothevents 18 May 2011 11:13 AM

Graphic Festival

Who wants to be one of a mere ten students to take a class from the great Jim Woodring on the art of inking with a dip pen and ink? 

Well, all you gotta do is get yourself to Australia for GRAPHIC, a two-day long festival held at the Sydney Opera House, August 20th and 21st.

Jim will also be part of a panel on Wordless Storytelling, and he'll narrate a slideshow about himself titled Please Stand By.

Are you tripping out yet? Well, speaking of "tripping out," Jim is also doing a panel on Altered States... with R Crumb.

Yes, the legendary Crumb will also be in attendance, participating in a conversation with our own Gary Groth, and even performing a one-off concert with Australia’s own ragtime outfit Captain Matchbox.

It all sounds like one of the most surreal comics events you could possibly go to. Updates can be found at the GRAPHIC Facebook page.

Megan Kelso at the Olympia Comics Festival
Written by janice headley | Filed under Megan KelsoJim BlanchardeventsAndrice Arp 17 May 2011 2:35 PM

Olympia Comics Festival poster

Olympia, WA is a city well-known for its DIY ethos, so it's perfect that the guest of honor at this year's Olympia Comics Festival is Megan Kelso, an artist who self-published her influential mini-comic Girlhero throughout the '90s.

And, it's also appropriate that we will be debuting the reissue of her collection Queen of the Black Black at the festival! YES!

Queen of the Black Black compiles Megan's early Girlhero strips, along with a few other things, into a wonderful redesigned volume. The original limited edition pressing of this came out nearly a decade ago and has been long, gone, out-of-print, people. On a personal note, I'm just overjoyed that Fantagraphics is getting to reprint it. This is a book that NEEDS to be out there.

Queen of the Black Black - Megan Kelso

And there are so many opportunities to hear more about it, and all her books, from Ms. Kelso herself, this Saturday, May 21st

Not only will Megan be there, but Mome artist (and another DIY champion herself) Andrice Arp will be at the festival. I'm waiting for Olympia to explode from the awesome when Andrice and Megan do their panel.

Plus, the incomparable Jim Blanchard will have a table at the show, and the great Jason T. Miles will be there with his zine distro Profanity Hill, which is just chock-full of awesome.

Bring cash, everyone.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM //  Capitol Theater [206 5th Ave. SW]
Introduction and live music by Spiritual Successor(us)
Interview with Paul Chadwick
Rick Perry presents a classic animated short
Super Fun Contest
Interview with Megan Kelso
Stand-up comedian Morgan Picton makes comics funny again
Why Not Do Some Improv About Comics?
Interview with Larry Gonick
Unintentionally Funny Comics
Closing Remarks

1:30 - 6:00 PM // The Olympia Center [222 Columbia St. NW]
2:00 PM – Third Wave Feminism in Comics with Megan Kelso and Andrice Arp [Room 101/102]
3:00 PM – Meet Megan Kelso [Room 103]

5:30 - 7:00 PM //  Danger Room Comics [201 4th Ave. W]
Book signing with Megan Kelso













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