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Steve Brodner Delivers Jack Davis Lecture at UGA!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve BrodnerJack Davisevents 17 Mar 2014 10:30 AM

The annual Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture will be held this week, and noneother than savage editorial cartoonist/illustrator Steve Brodner will present a public lecture for the occasion!

Join Steve on Thursday, March 20th at 5:30 PM for Game of Thrones: The Political Art of Steve Brodner, at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia!

The UGA explains, "the intent of the Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist program is to honor Jack and his contributions to our popular culture, and to bring outstanding professional illustrators who share in this tradition to the UGA campus for a public lecture and creative exchanges with students and faculty."

Steve adds: "It is a great honor. Not only to be asked to join fellow artists who truly appreciate the traditions of satirical journalism, but also to celebrate the great Jack Davis, who is an alum. I have met Mr. Davis and can tell you a more gentle and courtly man you could not hope to meet. As an artist he is, for me, a paragon of the kind of work that fired me up in the very beginning. If ever there was a perfect illustrator, he is it."

So, come celebrate Jack in his 90th year (!!!) in the Lamar Dodd School of Art building on the campus of the University of Georgia [ 270 River Road ] in Athens, Georgia.

Tim Kreider Discussion at Headquarters Library in Gainesville, Florida!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tim Kreiderevents 14 Mar 2014 10:13 AM

Celebrated essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider will discuss his work and career in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday, March 22nd!

Join them starting at 2:00 PM at The Headquarters Library, and hear Kreider talk of his work for The New York Times, and reflect on his long-running cartoon, The Pain--When Will It End?  Kreider's most recent collection, Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009, is even more apocalyptic, deranged, and hilarious!

This event is free and open to the public. The Headquarters Library is located at 401 E. University Avenue in Gainesville, FL. 

Fantagraphics at the 2014 Asbury Park Comicon!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggeMiss Lasko-GrossHarvey KurtzmaneventsCharles ForsmanBob Fingerman 11 Mar 2014 10:39 AM

Yo, Jersey! Several Fantagraphics artists will be guests of honor at the 2014 Asbury Park Comicon on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th!

This year's special guests include Peter Bagge, Bob Fingerman, Charles Forsman, and Miss Lasko-Gross, among many others, but these are clearly the best. 

Not only can you get your books signed by these folks, but you can also catch some panels throughout the weekend, particularly on Saturday, on the lower level of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Such as:

Saturday

•  1:00 PM // The World of Harvey Kurtzman: Denis Kitchen on the life and art of the incredible Harvey Kurtzman, creator of Mad magazine, Little Annie Fannie, Frontline Combat, Help Magazine and much more.

•  4:00 PM // The Neat Stuff in Mind of Peter Bagge: Funny book creator Peter Bagge in conversation with Jon B. Cooke.

There's some other panels, but y'know, those are clearly the best. 

And, just when you think it can't get better: performing at the Comicon After-Party on Saturday night, it's The Julie Ruin, a project from Kathleen Hanna, former lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre! Holy crap!

The Asbury Park Comicon runs from 10 AM to 6 PM each day at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, located at 1401 Ocean Blvd. Visit their website for travel help, including the tip: "Have some self-respect -- don't take the bus."

The Amazing Art of Jim Flora Exhibit in Connecticut!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Floraeventsart shows 10 Mar 2014 10:39 AM

In celebration of what would've been Jim Flora's 100th birthday, the Rowayton Arts Center in Rowayton, CT, presents the exhibit The Amazing Art of Jim Flora.

This wonderful show is truly a family affair: it's curated by Jim's son, Joel Flora, and both Jim and his wife, Jane, were founding members of the RAC, and active members until their deaths (she in 1985; he in 1998).

About a dozen large pieces that represent just a fraction of Flora's long career will be displayed in the Portside Gallery.

Of his father's work, Joel Flora says, “My father had a wonderfully open and fertile imagination and I admired how he could access this store of fantastic images at will.”

The Rowayton Arts Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue. This wonderful exhibit will be on display through through March 29th. Can't make it to Connecticut this month? Feast your eyes on our collections of Flora's vibrant work, including our most recent collection, The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora!

Freak Scene East Group Art Show in Philadelphia!
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffJohnny RyanJim RuggJason T Milesevents 4 Mar 2014 10:13 AM

Get your freak on with a new art show opening Friday, April 4th in Philadelphia!

Titled Freak Scene, this group show spotlights the current stars of underground comix, like Johnny Ryan, our own Jason T. Miles, Mome-contributor Jim Rugg, and a whole host of fellow freaks, including several Seattleites!

The opening reception kicks off at 6:00 PM.

Space 1026 is located at 1026 Arch Street in Philadelphia. 

Trina Robbins Presents Pretty In Ink in Pittsburgh!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina Robbinsevents 28 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

If you were at San Diego Comic-Con last year, you may have had a chance to see the Wonder Women: On Paper and Off exhibit. And if not, it's now heading to the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh!

The collection of our "herstorian," Trina Robbins, this exhibit explores the role of women as artists and in the workplace of the comics industry, and the way the way women have been portrayed in the art form of comics. 

And on Thursday, March 20th, Trina will present her latest book Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, a compendium of accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists. (Plus, a few days later, you can see Trina at PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo!)

PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo

The ToonSeum is located in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District at 945 Liberty Avenue.

Oh Panoptica Ficcio! Max Exhibit in Barcelona!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Maxeventsart shows 26 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

In 2012, a retrospective exhibition of Max's work, titled Panóptica, traveled through Europe with stops in Valencia, Madrid, Mexico City, and several cities in Brazil! (You can see some photos from those stops on the FLOG here and here.)

On Tuesday, March 11th, the Arts Santa Monica Museum in Barcelona opens a new exhibit from Max, continuing where his retrospective show left off: Oh Panòptica Ficció!

The exhibit will be accompanied by a comics workshop on March 20th-22nd, and a concert by Pascal Comelade + Bel Canto Orquestra on March 20th with Max drawing along.  The exhibit itself will run through Sunday, April 13th.

And don't forget, we'll be releasing Vapor this year! Max once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/24-3/3
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJim Ruggevents 25 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

Foxing & Friends flyer

Wednesday, February 26th

Seattle, WA: Stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for Foxing & Friends, a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Friday, February 28th

Portland, OR: It's your last chance to see the Julia Gfrörer exhibit Play Dead, at Floating World Comics in Portland, showcasing the original art to her exquisite new book, Black is the Color. Go drown in its beauty! (more info)

Saturday, March 1st

Los Angeles, CA: Don't miss the opening reception of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia exhibit at the gallery Dem Passwords! Ron will be unveiling some amazing large-scale paintings that you'll definitely want to see! (more info)


Esther Pearl Watson & Lilian Todd Art Exhibit in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 24 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

That stunning work of art above, from Esther Pearl Watson, is titled "Mother and Daughter Work to Change the Future" -- and it's the perfect piece for this upcoming art show featuring Esther collaborating with her daughter, Lilian Todd! 

Esther and Lilian will debut their first collaborative art pieces in an upcoming group show, opening on Thursday, March 6th! Together, these two creative ladies work to change the future with their surreal, intergalactic pieces. Congratulate them in person at the opening reception, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The group show Amazon Solitaire, curated by Akina Cox, will be on view at the Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through March 27th.

And, don't forget about Esther's solo work, like the upcoming release of Unlovable, Vol. 3!!! 

Ron Regé, Jr. Presents Cartoon Utopia at Spiritual Arts Night!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ron Regé Jrevents 22 Feb 2014 2:13 PM

Celebrate the brand new lunar Year of the Horse with noneother than Ron Regé, Jr. this Sunday, February 23rd!

Tomorrow night, the all-ages non-profit place pehrspace kicks off their new series, Pehrtalks, with "Spiritual Arts Night," an evening to explore the varied mysteries of the metaphysical arts. Five expert practitioners of different disciplines will form a panel to introduce their crafts and answer questions from the audience. There will be art, musical meditation, and light refreshments!

At 8:15 PM, Ron will give a presentation on The Cartoon Utopia, his graphic novel masterpiece that focuses on ideas that he's become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.

✦ ✦ ✦
7:30 Mingle, drink herbal tea, and start feeling magical.
7:45 Solaris, "Zodiac Forecast"
8:00 Melinda Lee Holmes, "Wearable Magic, Crystal and Moon Guidance"
8:15 Ron Rege Jr, Cartoon Utopia
8:30 Marcella Kroll, "Ancestral Karma Healing: how clearing the past can heal our future"
8:45 Jessica Snow, "Compassionately unlocking the treasures within"
9:00 Questions
9:30 Sonic Meditation by Brian Griffith
9:45 Get really peaceful!
✦ ✦ ✦

Admission is $3 at the door, which will go to the guest speakers. Bring a pillow or something else to sit on.

pehrspace is located at two blocks south of Temple in Historic Filipinotown at 325 Glendale Blvd. (Note: finding them the first time may be difficult. They are in the back of the Glen Village parking lot, behind a short palm tree. You won't see it from the street; you'll have to come into the parking lot.)












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