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Down with OPP*: The Big Feminist But
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ulli LustRon Regé Jrjeffrey brownGabrielle BellFantagraphics BookstoreDown with OPPAndrice Arp 25 Jun 2013 12:00 PM


* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me.

I'm a big fan of anthologies -- I think they're a fantastic way of discovering new artists whose work you might be unfamiliar with, nestled beside the work of some of your favorites.  So, I was excited to see on our shelves The Big Feminist But: Comics About Women, Men, and the IFs, ANDs, & BUTs of Feminism, edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly.

There a quite a few Fantagraphics artists included: Ron Regé, Jr. submits the transcendent piece "Adam & Lilith," while Ulli Lust teams up with Kai Pfeiffer for "Her Fat Feminist Ass." There's also Gabrielle Bell's piece on Valerie Solanas, and Justin Hall, our delightful editor of No Straight Lines, turns in a fantastic piece on gay marriage. Mome-veteran Andrice Arp contibutes a collaboration with Jesse Reklaw, and Jeffrey Brown makes an appearance with "Doesn't This Baby Realize We're Trying to Redefine Gender Roles?". 

That's just a sampling of the artists in this thoughtful self-published anthology, and I did indeed discover some new artists who I'm now curious about!

Perhaps you will too, when you pick up this collection at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 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.

Kim Deitch at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 25 Jun 2013 10:13 AM

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley is the dazzling new story from Kim Deitch, about a young woman from upstate New York, cast to star in the mysterious film, The Goddess of Enlightenment.

So, it seems perfect for Kim to present his latest work on the opening night of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, at the historical Castro Theater on Thursday, July 18th!

It will be an amazing, enlightening evening, as they'll be screening the rarely-seen Louise Brooks film Prix de Beauté, starting at 7:00 PM. And then stick around afterwards as the adventures continue with our own Kim Deitch signing his most recent masterpiece, presented in "widescreen" format!  

The Castro Theatre is located at 429 Castro Street, at Market Street. Tickets to the screening are available online here.

Hip Hop Family Tree at Cola-Con in Columbia, SC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 24 Jun 2013 10:13 AM

Cola-Con in Columbia, SC

Mark your calendars: Ed Piskor is bringing Hip Hop Family Tree to the 2nd Annual Cola-Con, a convention where comics meets hip hop -- so basically, the perfect place for Piskor to be!

Held in Columbia, SC, on October 25th & 26th, Cola-Con features comic book artists, vendors, visual artists, lectures, panels and music.  Ed will bring tha noise with a talk on the history of hip-hop music, everything from Grandmaster Flash to Public Enemy, and will be signing copies of his book!

Hip Hop Family Tree

Cola-Con will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, located at 1101 Lincoln Street. 

Cathy Malkasian and Dash Shaw at the California College of the Arts San Francisco!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDash ShawCathy Malkasian 17 Jun 2013 10:13 AM

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

In celebration of the arrival of the inaugural class of MFA in Comics graduate students, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco will host a summer guest speaker series featuring some of comics' most talented creators.

On Friday, July 5th, CCA kicks off the series with a bang, with special guest Cathy Malkasian! Cathy will be discussing her work in the animation industry, as well as her most recent book, Wake Up, Percy Gloom!

This lecture will take place on CCA's San Francisco campus in the Graduate Writers Studio at 195 De Haro Street. 

Wake Up, Percy Gloom!

And then on Friday, July 26th, CCA closes out the month-long series with Dash Shaw! Dash's discussions on his work and his latest book, New School, are not to be missed. 

Dash's discussion will take place on CCA's San Francisco campus in the Timken Lecture Hall on 1111 Eighth Street.

New School

Both lectures begin at 6:00 PM! More information about the MFA in Comics program available at cca.edu/mfacomics.

BZZZ! New Johnny Ryan T-Shirt is a CUT Above!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJohnny Ryanfashion 11 Jun 2013 11:13 AM

Johnny Ryan t-shirt

Have you given yourself a headache waiting for the release of Prison Pit Book 5? UK-based independent t-shirt label Bottle Of Smoke has unleased a new Johnny Ryan t-shirt just for you!

CMYK process print (as you can see above) on an organic, 100% cotton white t-shirt. Majestic to all of the senses.

Johnny Ryan t-shirt

Available now at bottleofsmoke.co.uk.

Trina Robbins Presents Wonder Women: On Paper and Off!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina Robbinsmary fleenerJoyce Farmereventsart shows 10 Jun 2013 10:13 AM

Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

Legendary comics "herstorian," Trina Robbins, is bringing a chunk of her astounding collection of women's comics to the Women’s History Museum of California in San Diego this summer!

(The entire collection has NEVER been shown, she notes!)

Wonder Women: On Paper and Off explores the avenues women have made in the comic and graphic industry.  This exhibition follows the history of women in comics starting in the 20th century as artists and characters through today’s cartoon and graphic illustrations.

The exhibit, which opened this past Friday, June 7th, also features contributions from contributions from Joyce Farmer, Mary Fleener, Carol Lay, Ron May (collector), Peiter Ortiz (collector), Mimi Pond, and Andrea Tsurumi.

On Thursday, July 18th at 7:30 PM, Trina will be joined by Mary, Carol, and Ramona Fradon, for a panel discussion of their experiences of working in the comic industry, followed by a signing of her upcoming collection Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013!

Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013

The Women's Museum of California is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

Charles Burns Art Exhibit in New York City!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsCharles Burnsart shows 6 Jun 2013 10:13 AM

Black Hole before and after

The Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York City is hosting an exhibition of portraits by Charles Burns that were published on the cover of The Believer magazine between 2003 and 2013, and that's cool, but y'know what's even cooler? The accompanying exhibit: Before & After Portraits from Black Hole!

In these comic grotesque portraits, themes of adolescent alienation and sexual awakening mingle with imagery of mutation, disease, and violence. Each smiling, yearbook-style portrait is accompanied by a Dorian Gray-like counterpart, picturing the same teenager with some troubling facial alteration.

Charles Burns Art Exhibit in New York City

Go, and take in all the exquisite work of the master Charles Burns! The Adam Baumgold Gallery is located at 60 E. 66th Street in New York City. The exhibit runs through July 26th, 2013.

The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDaniel Clowesart shows 5 Jun 2013 6:13 AM

The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!

Chicago hosts some hometown love for their prodigal son Daniel Clowes with the exhibit Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, opening June 29th at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!

This retrospective of Clowes's work presents more than 125 original drawings and artifacts. You might remember when the exhibition first appeared at the Oakland Museum of California Art -- the city that Chicago-born Clowes now calls home -- but, the show will be expanded significantly for its MCA Chicago presentation!

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. The exhibit runs through October 13, 2013.

Jaime Hernandez at the 2013 Copenhagen Comics Festival!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jaime Hernandezevents 30 May 2013 12:26 PM

Jaime Hernandez at the 2013 Copenhagen Comics Festival

It's the Love and Rockets European Vacation

After his appearance at Comica: The London International Comics Festival, the great Jaime Hernandez heads to Denmark as a special guest of the 2013 Copenhagen Comics Festival!

This Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd, Jaime will be at Øksnehallen, signing your well-worn copies of Speedy Ortiz Dør or Mekanix or other translated titles that have an "o" with a slash through it!

2013 Copenhagen Comics Festival!

Øksnehallen is located at Halmtorvet 11, situated in the heart of the old meat district in the centre of Copenhagen.

Lorenzo Mattotti at the Society of Illustrators in NYC Tonight!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Lorenzo Mattottievents 30 May 2013 10:32 AM

Lorenzo Mattotti

Legendary Italian illustrator and cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti is making a rare stateside appearance TONIGHT, Thursday, May 30th, at the Society of Illustrators in New York City!

Join Lorenzo at 6:30 PM as he presents his latest work, OLTREMAI, and as he discusses his life as an illustrator -- including his work on the Eisner-nominated The Crackle of the Frost, and The Raven, his collaboration with Lou Reed! 

Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students/seniors. The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street.


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