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Trina Robbins and Ed Piskor at The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinseventsEd Piskor 12 Feb 2014 2:13 PM

Make your picks at PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo

On Saturday, March 22nd, you can meet two of the awesome people on our roster: Ed Piskor, artist behind Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981, and Trina Robbins, the author of Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo is held at the Federation of Teachers at 10 South 19th Street in the city's South Side neighborhood.

Ron Regé, Jr. Cartoon Utopia Exhibit in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ron Regé Jrevents 12 Feb 2014 9:13 AM

Los Angeles, brace yourself for the wonder of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia, coming March 1st to the gallery Dem Passwords in Los Angeles!

Ron relates on his blog, "If you were to go way back in the archive of this blog, you would notice me talking about The Cartoon Utopia as of a set of concepts & ideas that I was creating art with, not simply the title of my book. The project started as a set of drawings that were displayed in solo art shows around the world."

The utopia lives on! A year after the book's release, Ron is debuting the exhibit Cartoon Utopia 2014, featuring brand-new drawings that he's been working on since the beginning of the year!  Like this one:

Don't miss the launch of Cartoon Utopia 2014Dem Passwords is located at 5413 West Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles. 

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/10-2/17
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsTony MillionaireSteven WeissmanRon Regé JrJordan CraneJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGraham ChaffeeeventsEsther Pearl WatsonDash ShawConor StechschulteBen Catmull 11 Feb 2014 1:33 PM

Tuesday, February 11th

New York City, NY: The NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium will host a lecture from Conor Stechschulte, along with Christopher Adams, at the Kellen Auditorium in Parsons The New School at 66 Fifth Ave. (more info)

Prison Pit Book Five Signing

Friday, February 14th

Los Angeles, CA: Spend Valentine's Day with Cannibal Fuckface and Johnny Ryan at Secret Headquarters for the book launch party for Prison Pit Book 5! (more info)

San Francisco, CA: "Herstorian" Trina Robbins will be speaking on graphic novels for teens and tweens at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference! (more info)

Sunday, February 16th

Los Angeles, CA: Join us at the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest with our special guests Johnny Ryan, Jaime Hernandez, Esther Pearl Watson, Tony MillionaireBen Catmull, Ron Regé, Jr., Graham Chaffee, Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman! WHOO! (more info)

San Francisco, CA: At 4:00 PM, Trina Robbins will be discussing research and her work on her comprehensive new collection Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference! (more info


Trina Robbins at the San Francisco Writers Conference!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina Robbinsevents 10 Feb 2014 12:13 PM
Trina Robbins

We're excited to announce that our awesome "herstorian" Trina Robbins will be a special guest at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference!

The conference begins on Thursday, February 13th, and runs through Sunday, February 16th. Trina will be speaking about graphic novels for teens and tweens on Friday at 4:30 PM, and about research on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Register now for the conference, and come here Trina talk about her comprehensive new collection Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries!

ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/pretty-in-ink-american-women-cartoonists-1896-2013.html?vmcchk=1#sthash.zOWeG91Y.dpuf

On her blog, Trina writes, "If you come to my presentations or run into me on the floor, please stop and say hello; I am always up for a coffee break at the conference’s Cafe Ferlinghetti."

The San Francisco Writers Conference takes place at the Mark Hopkins Hotel at 999 California Street, located at the crest of famed Nob Hill at the intersection of three cable car lines. It is within walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown and the Financial District, as well as a short ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. For more travel details, visit their website here


Conor Stechschulte at the NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsConor Stechschulte 10 Feb 2014 10:33 AM

On Tuesday, February 11th, the NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium will host a lecture from Conor Stechschulte, along with Christopher Adams, at 7:00 PM!

Stechschulte will present a comprehensive look at the ideas and influences that lead to the making of The Amateurs, his debut graphic novella about a severed human head that still seems to be talking. Stechschulte will discuss the lessons he learned while making the book, and discuss how he's applied those lessons to his current comics work. He adds: "Other topics that may or may not be glancingly addressed: accidental dismemberment, the true sound a screaming pig makes, drawing comics while standing up, and what affineurs and cartoonists have in common."

Don't miss this chance to learn more about this up-and-coming artist!

The NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium will take place at the Kellen Auditorium in Parsons The New School at 66 Fifth Ave. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Fantagraphics at the 2014 Los Angeles Zine Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanRon Regé JrLove and RocketsJordan CraneJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGraham ChaffeeeventsEsther Pearl Watson 7 Feb 2014 11:43 AM

Forget these icy cold temperatures -- Fantagraphics is heading to sunny L.A., baby! Join us on Sunday, February 16th for the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest!

It's gonna be HOT, in a figurative, if not literal, sense:  our own Ron Regé, Jr. will be presenting a multi-media presentation for The Cartoon Utopia, and the great Esther Pearl Watson will be hosting the excellent Zine Hut with her husband, artist Mark Todd!

And for the real scorcher: Jaime Hernandez will be the Keynote Speaker! He'll be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, discussing his groundbreaking work on the legendary Love and Rockets series! 

Don't miss any of our special signings:

11AM - NOON: Johnny Ryan and Jaime Hernandez
NOON - 1PM: Jaime Hernandez and Esther Pearl Watson
1PM - 2PM: Tony Millionaire and Ben Catmull
2PM - 3PM: Ron Regé, Jr. and Graham Chaffee
3PM - 4PM: Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman

This wonderful event is FREE and open to all, so, come by and see us from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!

L.A. Zine Fest is located at the Helms Bakery District Parking Garage (between La Dijonaise and Vitra) on 8703 Washington Blvd. Check out their website for lots of helpful tips on how to get there and where to park, and heads up, two lanes of traffic on the 405 from Getty Center Dr. north to Ventura Blvd will be closed! (They're calling it "jamzilla"!)



Tito On Ice at the Portland International Film Festival!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Max Anderssonevents 7 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

Portland! It's finally your chance to see the debut feature-length film Tito on Ice by world-famous cartoonist and filmmaker Max Andersson

After rave screenings in Seattle, Ottawa, and Vancouver, you can see how fantastic this is for yourself at the 37th Annual Portland International Film Festival this weekend!  

Screenings are scheduled for Sunday, February 9th at 3:00 PM at Cinemagic, and on Sunday, February 16th at 1:00 PM at Cinema 21 (small theaters).

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.

Listen LA! Pat Thomas Brings the Sights and Sounds of Black Power!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 4 Feb 2014 4:13 PM

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

On Saturday, February 15th, noted author Pat Thomas will engage in a lively discussion of the soundtrack that accompanies the Black Power movement with his award-winning book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!

Join him at the appropriately-named Revolution Books in Los Angeles at 3:00 PM!

He'll be joined by special guest Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music (Chicago Review Press). Together, they'll examine the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s, as these books explore the relationship of soul music to the Black Power movement from the vantage point of the musicians and black revolutionaries themselves.

Revolution Books is located at 5726 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles.
This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/3-2/10
Written by janice headley | Filed under Virgil PartchRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJoseph LambertFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Forsman 4 Feb 2014 12:13 PM

The Cartoon Utopia

Wednesday, February 5th

Seattle, WA: Seattle, this is your last chance to see our insanely beautiful exhibit of work from the legendary Ron Regé, Jr., including these exquisite fold-out drawings which are just 1000% more beautiul in person! Get thee to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery while you can! (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Thursday, February 6th

Portland, OR: And Portland, don't miss the opening reception for Julia Gfrörer's exhibit Play Dead at Floating World Comics, showcasing the original art to her exquisite book, Black is the Color! If you haven't picked this up yet, now is the time: she might even draw a gorgeous mermaid for you! (more info)

Paul Hornschemeier

New York City, NY: New York, you lucky city, don't miss a visit from the great Paul Hornschemeier as he discusses his latest collection, Artists Authors Thinkers Directors, at The Strand Bookstore, starting at 7:00 PM. (more info)

Charles Forsman and Joseph Lambert Signing in Belgium

Saturday, February 8th

Brussels, BE: Hot off an exciting weekend at Angoulême, Charles Forsman, Mome-veteran Joseph Lambert, and our pal Alec Longstreth will be signing at the Librairie Multi BD from 4:00 to 6:30 PM! (more info)

Seattle, WA: Don't miss the opening reception at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for our latest show of art and artifacts from the book Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, celebrating the legacy of this notorious cartoonist! (more info


Stan Sakai at the Michigan State University Comics Forum!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stan Sakaievents 30 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

This February, Michigan State University will host their annual MSU Comics Forum, an event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.

And this year's keynote speaker is noneother than the great Stan Sakai! On Friday, February 21st, Stan will be speaking from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater. Sakai-san will be discussing his long-running anthropomorphic animal series, Usagi Yojimbo, and talking about his wonderful, highly-acclaimed 30+ year career! 

MSU Comics Forum will take place at Snyder/Phillips Hall at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.


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