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This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 8/5-8/12
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael J VassalloJosh SimmonsJack KirbyeventsDash ShawChuck ForsmanBlake BellBen Catmull 5 Aug 2013 11:13 AM

Wednesday, August 7th

Brooklyn, NY:  Celebrate the release of The End of the Fucking World with artist Charles Forsman at Bergen Street Comics! An exhibit of original artwork from the book will be on display (and for sale)! (more info)

Portland, OR: Don't miss Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons signing at Floating World Comics! It's a creature double-feature of Ghosts and Ruins and The Furry Trap! (more info

The Secrets Behind The Secret History of Marvel Comics

New York City, NY: Discover the secrets behind The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire at the Society of Illustrators! 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! Pre-order the book through us, and pay only $7 admission! (more info

Dash Shaw at Velocity Comics

Thursday, August 8th

Richmond, VA: Don't miss this! Dash Shaw brings his animation and comic slideshow presentation to Velocity Comics tonight -- his talks are always compelling and fascinating, so get there on time! (more info)  

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

The Furry Trap by Josh Simmons

Saturday, August 10th

Seattle, WA: Get ready for an evening of frightening fun as Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons sign their most recent works at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 9:00 PM! You better go, or the Jibblers might get mad. (more info)  

Ben Catmull & Josh Simmons at Floating World Portland!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Josh SimmonseventsBen Catmull 1 Aug 2013 11:13 AM

Ben Catmull & Josh Simmons at Floating World Portland!

Get ready for a night of frightening fun as two of our excellent artists descend upon Floating World Comics on Wednesday, August 7th!

Join Ben Catmull as he unveils his latest work, Ghosts and Ruins -- a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses.  Also on the bill that evening is Josh Simmons, who will be signing his most sinister work yet, The Furry Trap!

Both gentlemen will be signing from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, so don't miss it! Floating World Comics is located at 400 NW Couch St. in downtown Portland.

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball Drawings at the Yogi Berra Museum!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Willard Mullinevents 31 Jul 2013 10:30 AM

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball Drawings at the Yogi Berra Museum!

Talk about a home run! We are thrilled to be presenting Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 at the one and only Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, NJ!

On Sunday, September 15th, come enjoy an exhibit of Willard Mullin's legendary sports cartoons, along with a discussion and book signing with authors Hal Bock and Michael Powers. The discussion and signing will run from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center is located on the campus of Montclair State University at 8 Yogi Berra Drive, appropriately enough!  To RSVP or purchase a book, call (973) 655-2378.

Charles Peterson Captures Soda Pop at the Fantagraphics Bookstore!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDanny Bland 30 Jul 2013 12:13 PM

OH MAN! Are you kidding me?! During the recent Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery was thrilled enough to host a day of events celebrating comics and our role in Sub Pop's history.  But to have the store captured on film by world-renowned photographer Charles Peterson himself?!  Holy hell!!!

(And, it goes without saying, all photos are copyright Charles Peterson, so be cool, for real.) 

Here Charles takes a crowd shot during our panel with him, Peter Bagge, Danny Bland, and Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt. It's like one of his classic Nirvana crowd shots, but y'know, with books! (And nice Love & Rockets t-shirt, dude-to-the-left!) 

Shortly after the panel concluded, Danny took the mic again for a reading of his forthcoming novel In Case We Die, which takes place in Seattle during the '90s. Sure were a lot of ladies at this reading...

Danny read a passage of the first time the book's unapologetic protagonists, Charlie Hyatt and Carrie Finch, try heroin. I couldn't help but notice a few audience members cringing at how descriptive his words were! 

Musician Greg Dulli, frontman for Afghan Whigs, The Gutter Twins, and more, also took the mic for a reading.  I believe his passage began with the sentence, "Her tits looked amazing."

Another great portrait by Peterson -- of course, he's only capable of great photography, amiright?

You can check out the full-set of Peterson's photos from Sub Pop Silver Jubilee at his website here. Thank you, Charles, for capturing us in your beautiful iconic style -- what an honor! 

If you're in Seattle, drop by All-City Coffee to see the exhibit CP25/SP25, featuring 25 arresting images by Peterson commemorating 25 years of the Sub Pop phenomenon. And hey, you can purchase some of those photos next door at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, which has our own Sub Pop exhibit up through August 7th.

Our store is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.

Ghosts and Ruins Book Launch with Ben Catmull in Oakland!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsBen Catmull 30 Jul 2013 11:13 AM

Ghosts_Ruins

It may be summer, but celebrated artist Ben Catmull will bring the darkness with the hometown launch of his latest work, Ghosts and Ruins!

On Thursday, August 1st, at 7:00 PM, we'll celebrate the release of this beautiful book at Diesel, A Bookstore. Take in the wonder of the haunted houses within the pages, each lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of the scene.

In Ben's words, it is "...a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses, their strange histories, and the experiences of those brave enough to visit. It is highly recommended that you read this book alone late at night in the dark, far away from civilization, preferably during a power outage."

Diesel, A Bookstore is located at 5433 College Avenue in Oakland.

This Week(end) in Fantagraphics Events: 7/26-7/28
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLilli CarréJohnny RyaneventsDash ShawCharles Burns 26 Jul 2013 1:46 PM

Cathy Malkasian and Dash Shaw at the California College of the Arts San Francisco!

Friday, July 26th

San Francisco, CA:  The California College of the Arts concludes their summer "Comics in the City" series with special guest Dash Shaw! Dash's discussions on his work and his latest book, New School, are not to be missed. (more info)

New York City, NY:  It's your last chance to see the Charles Burns exhibit at the Adam Baumgold Gallery, Before & After Portraits from Black Hole! (more info)

Johnny Ryan's Chicks with Dicks

Saturday, July 27th

Los Angeles, CA: Johnny Ryan's solo art show, Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks, opens at Мишка! Johnny will also be debuting two exclusive new t-shirt designs, available only at this art show. (more info)

Chicago, IL:  The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is hosting the all-day event Saturday Strip, featuring Paul Hornschemeier and Lilli Carré alongside many other awesomely talented artists during panels and workshops. (more info)

Jaime Hernandez: 30 Years of Locas at the MCAD Gallery Minneapolis!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jaime Hernandezevents 26 Jul 2013 12:46 PM

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 3:23 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 12:30 PM

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 12:13 PM

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.


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