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Jaime Hernandez: 30 Years of Locas at the MCAD Gallery Minneapolis!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jaime Hernandezevents 26 Jul 2013 11:46 AM

Jaime Hernandez: 30 Years of Locas

Last week launched a most amazing exhibit: Jaime Hernandez: 30 Years of Locas (and Counting) at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design!

Curated by our very own Zak Sally, the exhibit features Hernandez' work from 1977 to the present, including original art from Hernandez' personal collection as well as posters, prints, publications, and historical production pieces from our archives.

And on Friday, August 16th, Jaime will be the special guest at an artist's reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, surrounding a talk at 7:00 PM in Auditorium 150. 

This exhibit only runs through August 18th, 2013, so see it while you can! See it multiple times! And if you'll be in town for Autopic, stop by and see it. Just go see it!

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is located at 2501 Stevens Avenue, just south of downtown Minneapolis, next to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children’s Theatre Company.
The Secrets Behind The Secret History of Marvel Comics in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mort WalkerJack KirbyHank KetchameventsDan DeCarloBlake BellBill EverettAl Jaffee 25 Jul 2013 2:23 PM

The Secrets Behind The Secret History of Marvel Comics

The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire comes out this Fall, but New Yorkers can get a sneak peek much sooner at the Society of Illustrators!

On Wednesday, August 7th at 7:00 PM, authors Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo will pull back the curtain and reveal the secrets behind this comprehensive exposé that will blow a hole in your perception of the origins of Marvel Comics! See a deluge of some never-before reprinted work from creators like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Matt Baker, Al Jaffee, Dave Berg, Dan DeCarlo, Stan Drake, Mort Walker, Hank Ketcham, Frank R. Paul and so many more!

Host Danny Fingeroth will interview the authors about the making of the book. After the slideshow presentation, there will be an audience Q&A, followed by a book signing session for all three men. This book isn't slated to be in stores until November, so now's your chance to scoop up an early edition!

Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students/seniors, and are available online here. (Pre-order the book through us, and pay only $7 admission!) The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street.

The End of the Fucking World Book Launch in Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsChuck Forsman 25 Jul 2013 11:30 AM

The End of the Fucking World kicks off in Brooklyn at Bergen Street Comics, and sorry, but I will never get tired of saying that title. 

Meet perspiring artist Charles Forsman on Wednesday, August 7th as we celebrate the release of his debut graphic novel, a stunning tale of James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience that takes a more nihilistic turn that threatens both of their futures.  It's sure to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013, and you can be one of the very first to get your sweaty hands on it!

Plus, original pages from the book will be on display (and on sale!) for the rest of the summer! Be there at 8:00 PM to meet the man (he's really not as sweaty as he drew himself), have some drinks, view the artwork, and get yourself this masterful new novel.

Bergen Street Comics is located at 470 Bergen Street in Brooklyn.

Tony Millionaire Gets Mathematical with Adventure Time in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tony Millionaireevents 24 Jul 2013 11:13 AM

Lumpy Space Princess by Tony Millionaire

Oh my glob, you guys! The great Tony Millionaire is one of the featured artists in the forthcoming release The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia: Inhabitants, Lore, Spells, and Ancient Crypt Warnings of the Land of Ooo Circa 19.56 B.G.E. - 501 A.G.E, out later this month from our friends at Abrams. (FYI: Renee French is another featured illustrator!) 

And on Saturday, August 3rd, the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles will be hosting an awesomely algebraic book launch party with Tony! More details will be announced soon, but be sure to mark your calendar now. 

The La Luz de Jesus Gallery is located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd.

Devin, Gary & Ross West Coast Tour!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Gary Panterevents 23 Jul 2013 12:00 PM

West coast, get ready! The legendary Gary Panter is hitting the road with his avant-garde noise combo, Devin, Gary & Ross, opening for Sub Pop Records' dynamic duo No Age.

08-18 Arcata, CA - MexNwoW
08-19 Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza
08-20 Seattle,WA - Washington Hall
08-21 Portland, OR - Backspace
08-22 Chico, CA - Cafe Coda
08-23 Berkeley, CA - Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
08-24 Bolinas, CA - TBA

Sadly, tour dates are too tight for us to arrange any book signings, so you'll just have to bring your copies of Dal Tokyo to the concert venues to get 'em signed.

Or, if you'll be attending here in Seattle, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be set-up at Washington Hall with plenty of Panter publications for purchasing! (Plus,who knows what they'll have at the merch table themselves!)





Fantagraphics T-Shirt Blow-Out Sale at Americaware!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggemerchJim WoodringJim BlanchardfashionBasil Wolverton 23 Jul 2013 11:00 AM


photo credit: our good pal Jonas Seaman

It's sad, but true: our good friends at Americaware are calling it a day -- so this is your very, very last chance to score some comfy tees and hoodies featuring artwork by comics legends Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Basil Wolverton and Jim Woodring.

Quantities are super-limited (I'm already seeing "out-of-stock" notices on their website!), and these designs will not be reprinted! Don't miss out!

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Johnny Ryan's Chicks with Dicks in Los Angeles This Saturday!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJohnny Ryanfashioneventsart shows 21 Jul 2013 9:25 PM

Johnny Ryan's Chicks with Dicks

Johnny Ryan will be whippin' it out with a solo art show, Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks, opening this Saturday, July 27th at Мишка in Los Angeles!

Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks will feature over sixty illustrations based on Jack Chick religious pamphlets from the 1960s onward. Our friends at Мишка explain: "For those who aren't historians on religious propaganda from fifty years ago, Jack Chick was an artist who published wild fire and brimstone comics about everyone going to hell for pretty much any minor offense. The comics read as a something an Evangelical Sunday school teacher might create, if they were possessed by the same demons that inspire death metal cover art. Obviously, Chick was very successful in saving souls of the damned, and obviously Johnny Ryan needed to recreate these images with dicks inserted throughout."

Johnny will also be debuting two exclusive new t-shirt designs, available only at this art show (pic swiped from his Instagram, below, and yes, he's back on there!):

Johnny Ryan's Chicks with Dicks

The opening reception for Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks runs from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.  There'll be booze and some blasphemous tunes to really cement your place at the left hand of Beezlebub. There'll also be some regular Johnny Ryan pieces for sale as well, for all of you more pious folks. Мишка is located at 128 S. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles.

Introducing the Second Elysian Jim Woodring Oddland Beer!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Woodringart 18 Jul 2013 10:13 AM

Woodring Oddland Spiced Pear Beer

You may recall, our own Jim Woodring has teamed up with local beer experts Elysian Brewing Company for a new line of flavors dubbed the Oddland Series!  Here's how the collaboration works: Elysian comes up with a kooky flavor, runs it past Jim who sketches an idea; the recipe is tweaked, ingredients secured, and we're off to Oddland!

For the second flavor in the series, the brewers at Elysian present the Oddland Spiced Pear Ale, brewed with pears, Northwest premium 2-row and German Cara-hell malts, bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Yakima Cascade and Czech Saaz hops. Cumin and cardamom give it a heady and exotic touch, offsetting a drinkable and refreshing beer of 6.25% alcohol by volume.

Jim's label is also exotic and heady: a buxom songstress sitting on a rock, accompanying herself on a banjo, surrounded by blue alligators and many eyeballs. I'm drunk just looking at it!

Available in stores and on draft beginning July 15th, and at the Oregon Brewers Festival July 24-28 on the Willamette waterfront in Portland. 

Lilli Carré and Paul Hornschemeier at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLilli Carréevents 12 Jul 2013 10:13 AM

Bubbleheads by Paul Hornschemeier

In conjunction with the exhibit Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is hosting the all-day event Saturday Strip on Saturday, July 27th, showcasing all that is amazing in the world of independent comics, cartoons, and animation in their town! 

Paul Hornschemeier will discuss the Chicago comics scene, and Lilli Carré will give tips on how to make your own mini-comics and animated films, alongside many other awesomely talented artists during panels and workshops.

You can also buy rare books and original artwork at a pop-up comic fair co-presented by the MCA Store and Chicago’s renowned Quimby’s Bookstore; enjoy screenings of animated short films programmed by the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation; and take part in a large-scale, collaborative comic jam with local comic collective Trubble Club. 

Phew! And all this awesome comics madness is FREE with museum admission, and you know you were gonna go see that Daniel Clowes exhibit for the second time anyway.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is located at 220 E Chicago Avenue, just one block east of Michigan Avenue, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. 

Fantagraphics Bookstore at the Anacortes Unknown Music Series!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Jul 2013 10:13 AM

Anacortes Unknown Music Series

Larry and Janice will be bringing the grungey-ness of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to the loveliness of Anacortes, WA, for the Unknown Music Series! (What? The store is grunge-y! Have you looked at the floor? Don't!)  Now in its third year, this summer music & arts festival is co-organized by Northwest comic artist Geneviève Castrée.

On Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st, we'll be on-site during the festival's Small Press Book Fair, carrying a handful of our titles alongside some of the self-published mini-comix and zines that we carry at the store.

Not only will the festival host a book fair, but there will also be a rummage sale, a talent show, and, of course, tons of music from Mount Eerie, Ô Paon, LAKE, D+, Hive Dwellers, Karl Blau, Ashley Eriksson, and many, many more. (In fact, several of these artists have performed at our store!)

If you haven't been to Anacortes yet, this is the weekend to do it! Passes are on sale NOW, so don't hesitate, because the full passes usually sell out. Come by our table and say hi!


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