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BZZZ! New Johnny Ryan T-Shirt is a CUT Above!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJohnny Ryanfashion 11 Jun 2013 12:13 PM

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 11:13 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 11:13 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 7:13 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 1:26 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 11:32 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.

Mario Hernandez at the Latino Comics Expo San Francisco!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mario HernandezLove and Rocketsevents 28 May 2013 11:13 AM

Mario Hernandez at the Latino Comics Expo San Francisco!

We're excited to announce that Love & Rockets co-creator/living legend Mario Hernandez will be a special guest at the Third Annual Latino Comics Expo in San Francisco. 

Join Mario on Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd for the nation’s first convention focusing on Latino creators and Latino-themed subject matter at the Cartoon Art Museum.

All events are open to the public and are included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission Street, near Yerba Buena Gardens between New Montgomery and Third Street in San Francisco. 

Fantagraphics at the International Comic Arts Forum in Portland!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tommi MusturiT Edward BakMegan Kelsoevents 21 May 2013 10:45 AM

Portland, get ready for a lot of cool accents in the comics community this weekend as the Rose City hosts the 2013 International Comic Arts Forum!

From Thursday, May 23rd through Saturday, May 25th, you are invited to attend this annual academic conference, featuring Fantagraphics special guests Megan Kelso, Tommi Musturi, and T. Edward Bak!

The entire weekend is jam-packed with wonderful panels, discussions, and papers, but here are a few highlights we thought you'd particularly enjoy! (... 'cause they feature our artists!... )

Kolor Klimax

Thursday, May 23rd

7:30 - 9:00 PM // A Celebration of Finnish Comics at Floating World Comics: Comics illustrator Tommi Musturi, whose work is featured in Kolor Klimax: Nordic Comics Now, and editor Ville Hänninen will discuss their work on Finnish comics at Floating World Comics [ 400 NW Couch Street ]. A pre-talk reception begins at 6:30 PM, with a Q&A to follow the talk.

Friday, May 24th

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM // Women & Politics: Alisia Chase will present “Matrixial Graphics:  Motherhood and Politics in Megan Kelso’s Watergate Sue" at the University of Oregon's White Stag Building [ 70 NW Couch Street ].

Palestine

Saturday, May 25th

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM // Self, Memory, Perception:  Josina Robb will present "The Spatiality of Voice: How Joe Sacco’s Palestine Takes Up the Ethos of New Journalism" at the University of Oregon's White Stag Building [ 70 NW Couch Street ].

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM // Roundtable: Comics and the Pacific Northwest:  With comics creators Megan Kelso, Greg Rucka, and T. Edward Bak. Moderated by Ben Saunders at the University of Oregon's White Stag Building [ 70 NW Couch Street ]. 

All these wonderful panels and events are totally FREE! All you gotta do is register online here

Max Andersson at the Seattle International Film Festival!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Max Anderssonhooray for Hollywoodevents 20 May 2013 11:13 AM

Tito on Ice

Fantagraphics is thrilled to welcome world-famous cartoonist and filmmaker Max Andersson to town for the Seattle International Film Festival. He'll be screening his first feature-length film Tito on Ice at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on Sunday, May 26th at 8:00 PM, with an encore screening on Tuesday, May 28th at 3:30 PM.

Bosnian Flat Dog

To promote their Fantagraphics book Bosnian Flat Dog, Andersson and fellow Swedish artist Lars Sjunnesson toured the countries of former Yugoslavia with a mummified Marshal Tito in a refrigerator.

Now comes the documentary, Tito on Ice, which takes Super 8 footage of their tour and animates it with cardboard cutouts and garbage and other recycled materials. The result is a surreal trip through the Balkans that is part promotion, part performance art, and part history of Marshal Tito and the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. It’s also about the underground arts and music venues that popped up when the country split apart.

Through it all there is a comics creator’s eye at work: live-action interviews suddenly switch to animation, and more than 50 sets were built for the film, all shot and animated on Super 8 film. Tito on Ice is a joyous trip through the war torn subconscious of an underground artist. 

Max will be in town on Sunday night to introduce the film and engage in a Q&A afterwards. Fantagraphics will be on site, selling you copies of Bosnian Flat Dog to get signed. Tito on Ice is screening at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, located at 511 Queen Anne Avenue North. See you there!

Jaime Hernandez at COMICA: The London International Comics Festival!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezevents 17 May 2013 1:13 PM

Jaime Hernandez self-portrait

As we mentioned yesterday on FLOG, comics legend Jaime Hernandez is returning to London after nearly twenty years, and he'll be the guest-of-honor at a special Comica Conversation, hosted by Comica: The London International Comics Festival, on Thursday, May 30th!

Jaime will discuss the lives and loves of his crazy ‘locas’ -- Maggie and Hopey -- and other much-loved characters from the independent phenomenon Love and Rockets.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the event starts at 6:30 PM sharp! The discussion runs through 8:00 PM, followed by a signing. 

Tickets are selling FAST, and they've already moved the event to a larger venue to accomodate all you Love and Rockets fans!  Do not sleep on this: get your tickets today either online, or by calling the box office at 020 7871 3515.

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Don't let the name fool you: the Ciné Lumière Cinema at the Institut Francais is located in London at 17 Queensberry Place. The nearest tube station is at South Kensington on the Piccadilly, Circle & District lines.


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