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No, YOU Shut Up!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ivan Brunettihooray for HollywoodeventsDaniel Clowes 26 Sep 2011 11:13 AM

Shut Up Little Man

Remember that documentary that Eric was talking about last week, featuring interviews with Dan Clowes and Ivan Brunetti?

Well, I just got word from our friends at the Northwest Film Forum here in Seattle that it's screening there through September 29th! Holy crap, go see it.

Devin, Gary & Ross at Union Pool, Brooklyn
Written by janice headley | Filed under rockGary Panterevents 23 Sep 2011 12:21 PM

Devin, Gary & Ross logo

Gary Panter's psychedelic-rock combo is hitting the streets of Brooklyn this weekend! Catch Devin, Gary & Ross at Union Pool [ 484 Union Ave ] on Saturday, September 24th. Don't miss the merch table — Gary usually brings some customized one-of-a-kind collage-style CDs!

Even More Mishegas with Drew Friedman!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 23 Sep 2011 11:13 AM

Driew Friedman at the Friars Club, 2011

WOW! From all the reports we've been seeing online, it sounds like Drew Friedman's book party at the legendary Friars' Club was a legend in its own right! Thanks to everyone who came out for the event, and thanks so much to The Friars Club for hosting the release party for Even More Old Jewish Comedians!

[ All photos courtesy of Drew Friedman's blog! ]

 Drew Friedman book release party at The Friars Club

Just look at that line outside The Friars Club! The event was packed!

Drew Friedman book release party at The Friars Club

According to a report from Ronald L. Smith, comedian/cover model Stewie Stone remarked, "If you told 'em there was a buffet today, an early bird dinner, there would be twice as many people here!" HA!

As the NY Daily News reports, Friedman pointed to Stone and said, "How could I not put that face on the cover of the book. I know what sells!"

Drew Friedman book release party at The Friars Club

It may be Stewie Stone's mug on the cover, but on the back of the book, there's a blurb from comedian Gilbert Gottfried!  Doesn't he look thrilled about it!?

Al Jaffee and

And look! It's our own Humbug legend Al Jaffee seen here with "Handsome" Dick Manitoba!

Drew Friedman & Abe Vigoda

And speaking of "handsome," look, it's Abe Vigoda!

There are tons more wonderful photos to check out at Drew Friedman's blog, and over at the New York Photoscene blog! (No wonder Drew draws these guys! Such great expressions!) Get yourself a copy of Even More Old Jewish Comedians today!

Leslie Stein at Secret Headquaters TONIGHT!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Leslie Steinevents 23 Sep 2011 10:30 AM

Leslie Stein West Coast 2011 tour poster

California! Get ready to look into the Eye of the Majestic Creature as Leslie Stein kicks off her West Coast mini-tour TONIGHT at Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles!

The event starts at 7:00 PM, and the staff promises "boozy beverages" will be in supply. I'll bet Leslie will also have a supply of her latest comic, Eye of the Majestic Creature #5! It's a beaut!

Secret Headquarters is located at 3817 W. Sunset Blvd. Don't miss this rare West Coast appearance from this Brooklyn-based artist!

SPX 2011: Now With Even More Photos!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLeslie SteinJohnny RyaneventsDiane Noomin 21 Sep 2011 10:51 AM

[ Hey, I promised you we'd have some photos from Kim's awesome wife, didn't I? -- janice ]

Kim Thompson's wife Lynn Emmert went to SPX and came back with a mini photo gallery. Kim wrote the captions.

Fantagraphics at SPX 2011
Diane Noomin confronted with evidence of past crimes by looming fan.

Fantagraphics at SPX 2011
Diane Noomin and Johnny Ryan signing away, as Conrad Groth (in striped shirt) practices the Groth charm.

Fantagraphics at SPX 2011
Remember when comic book conventions were pretty much guys only? Do you miss those days?

Fantagraphics at SPX 2011
Leslie Stein with her new book.

Fantagraphics at SPX 2011
Paul Hornschemeier wields patented "please buy my book" puppy-dog gaze, honed by years of convention-going. Leslie, you should be paying attention!

Fantagraphics at SPX 2011
End-of-convention exhaustion or imminent Cyclops-like death-ray eye blast? You decide.





Fantagraphics APE 2011 Programming Schedule
Written by janice headley | Filed under Shannon WheelerJim BlanchardeventsDaniel Clowes 21 Sep 2011 2:29 AM

APE: Alternative Press Expo is only a week-and-a-half away, on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco, CA!  Start making plans now to check out panels featuring these Fantagraphics artists:


Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Saturday, October 1st

3:00 PM // A Discussion with Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine
Critically acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling cartoonists -- and APE special guests -- Daniel Clowes (The Death-Ray, Ghost World, Wilson) and Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Shortcomings) are both professional peers and friends, having met over a decade ago when both lived in the East Bay. TheComicsJournal.com editor and PictureBox publisher Dan Nadel talks to the two artists about their work, their friendship, and the comics medium.

4:00 PM // Spotlight on Shannon Wheeler
From stapling 21,000 minicomics, to shooting comic books with a .22, to creating operas, to publishing cartoons with The New Yorker, APE special guest Shannon Wheeler must be drinking too much coffee, man. Recently, his collection of rejected cartoons I Thought You Would Be Funnier won the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication. Wheeler and his trusty sidekick BOOM! Studios marketing director Chip Mosher talk about the best ammunition to use on a comic, Japanese bootleg shirts, and drawing dead granddads in fishnet stockings with swastika panties. Shannon Wheeler once also created Too Much Coffee Man, so they'll probably talk about that, too.

6:00 PM // Drawing Inspiration: The Secrets of Comics Creativity
Ever wonder where your favorite author or artist gets his or her inspiration? Now you can find out as moderator Charles Brownstein (executive director, CBLDF) joins APE special guests Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Craig Thompson (Habibi), Matthew Thurber (1-800 MICE), and Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water), plus Tom Neely (The Wolf) for an in-depth discussion of what gets their creative juices flowing and the secrets of what inspires them.

Oil & Waters by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler

Sunday, October 2nd

12:00 PM // Indie Cartoonist Survival Guide: Part 3
Cartoonist Keith Knight moderates this panel (in its third appearance at APE), featuring a lineup of successful independent creators who share their stories, methods, techniques, trials, and tribulations concerning making a living as a so-called Indie Cartoonist. Shannon Wheeler (I Thought You Would Be Funnier), Dan Cooney (Dan Cooney Art), Andy Ristaino (Adventure Time), and Rebecca Sugar (Pug Davis) all chime in.


Looks like you can find us at our usual spot at APE, tables 112-115! (And yes, as usual, our good friends Jim Blanchard and J.R. Williams will be at table 116!)

[ Please note: this is a severely truncated map, just to give you an idea where you can find us!  The Concourse Exhibition Center is too wide to fit on the FLOG, so check out a PDF map here. ]

So, get ready for another exciting APE and stay tuned to the FLOG for more details, including our signing schedule and list of debuts!



Twain in the Membrane: Desert Island Print
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanmerchevents 20 Sep 2011 5:12 PM

Michael Kupperman print for Desert Island

Michael Kupperman ponders the possibilities of Mark Twain's passing in this positively perfect print for Desert Island in Brooklyn. (My favorite possibility? Shot in the crotch.)

Get your own copy of this historically accurate print on Thursday, October 13th, at the book release party for Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010.  Store owner Gabriel Fowler notes that if there are any prints leftover at the end of the night (unlikely!), they'll be available online.

Keep an eye on all our Twain in the Membrane tour dates on the Fantagraphics Events page!

Taking Punk to the Masses Tour: Downtown Seattle (UPDATED)
Written by janice headley | Filed under Taking Punk to the Massesevents 20 Sep 2011 3:47 PM

UPDATE: Corrected with updated date and time!

The Northwest tour for Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind has been hitting some pretty rockin' places, from record stores to college bookstores, but tomorrow's event is totally classy!

Join EMP curator/editor Jacob McMurray on Wednesday, September 28th at the Pan Pacific Hotel in downtown Seattle for a reading and discussion of the "grunge" era in a completely non-grunge-y locale!

Your $30 registration includes a copy of the book, and complimentary appetizers. Seating and noshing starts at 5:30 PM, and the presentation starts at 6:00 PM.  RSVP to 206.654.5005 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Note: seating is limited, so don't delay!

Page from Taking Punk to the Masses
From the pages of Taking Punk to the Masses.

Wanna find out more reasons why Washington State is a cool place to live? Why not visit Seattle? If you book a room at the Pan Pacific Hotel in the "Nirvana Room Package," you'll get a signed copy of Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind, as well as passes to the EMP exhibit! Note: do not treat your hotel room like a rock star.

Power Up This Weekend at the Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by janice headley | Filed under Warren BernardFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDrawing Power 20 Sep 2011 1:24 PM

Drawing Power flyer

This is one powerful event, indeed.

This coming Saturday, September 24th, two crazy forces of talent will collide in one evening at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

Editor Warren Bernard (you may know him as the Executive Director of SPX) will present a slideshow and discussion for his brand-new Fantagraphics title Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising. The exhibit of vintage advertising material looks tremendous, and Warren's slideshows are not to be missed!

And the evening only intensifies in power with the addition of special guest, L.A.-based artist Tom Neely, who is currently on a west coast tour for his brand-new "painted novel," The Wolf

The Wolf West Coast tour poster

I got my first glimpse of The Wolf at the San Diego Comic Con this past summer. Oh, Tom didn't have a booth, no siree. He was strolling down the aisles, selling the thing straight out of his wheeled suitcase. I'm sorry, but it doesn't get more punk rock than that.

And then we started flipping through it... holy hell. The artwork was so dark and intense and beautiful. I may have caught our warehouse champ Ajax wiping a tear from his eye. (He's gonna kill me for sharing that.) (Okay, in his defense, maybe it was a flake of dried blood.)

The juxtaposition of these two diverse individuals appearing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on the same night will be a powerful one indeed!

The event starts this Saturday, September 24th at 6:00 PM. Warren Bernard will give a slideshow presentation, followed by a video installation by Tom Neely. Both gentlemen will sign their books throughout the following reception until 8:00 PM.

The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.

For the Benefit of Robots
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mark ToddJohn PhameventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor DavisAndrice Arp 20 Sep 2011 12:13 PM

Mark Todd for Giant Robot

Even robots need love, too, especially the giant ones.

And on Saturday, September 24th, Giant Robot 2 kicks off the exhibit "Robots," a benefit for their esteemed gallery space in Los Angeles.

Since opening their doors in 2003, GR2 has hosted exhibitions featuring many Fantagraphics artists on their walls, and this upcoming exhibit is no exception, featuring work by Andrice Arp, Eleanor Davis, John Pham, Mark Todd (whose artwork is shown above), and Esther Pearl Watson, among dozens of other incredibly talented folks. 

GR2 shows don't push their artists into contracts, and attendance is always free. If you've ever enjoyed any of their exhibits, we encourage you to support GR2 so they can continue to support independent artists for years to come!

"Robots" runs from September 24th to October 12th at GR2 [ 2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles ], with an opening reception this Saturday from 6:30 - 10:00 PM

 


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