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This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/2-1/8
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tony MillionaireJim FloraIrwin Chusidevents 3 Jan 2012 10:00 AM

Make it your New Year's Resolution to go out to more comics events! The Fantagraphics Flog can help!

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Thursday, January 5th

Portland, OR:  Floating World Comics proudly presents an art exhibit and a signing with Tony Millionaire! He'll be autographing his latest collection 500 Portraits, along with his other titles, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Heck, we've watched the man sign body parts before, so don't be shy! (more info)

Saturday, January 7th

Seattle, WA: And it was at Tony's last signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery that we watched him sign someone's arm, who then headed down the street to get it permanently tattooed! We hope that person, and all Seattleites, will join us from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for another fun-filled signing, this time for 500 Portraits. We'll be launching an exhibit of work from that collection, plus our Store Curator Larry Reid will debut the short live-action film "Everybody Loves Drinky Crow." (more info)

Sunday, January 8th 

New York City, NY: This is your last week to check out the Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora exhibit at the Dorian Grey Gallery. The 60-year retrospective, curated by our own Flora archivist Irwin Chusid, closes this Sunday. (more info)

Tony Millionaire Art Show & Book Signing at Floating World, Portland
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tony Millionaireevents 29 Dec 2011 10:58 AM

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Break out the beer, Portland, 'cause the great Tony Millionaire is headed your way on Thursday, January 5th!  

Our friends at Floating World Comics will be helping him toast his latest masterpiece, the gorgeous collection 500 Portraits!

Not only will Tony be signing, but there will be an art show of work from the book, spanning two decades of illustrations that Tony created for The Believer, as well as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Ephemera Press Historical Maps, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

So, come celebrate with our masterful millionaire from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at Floating World Comics [ 400 NW Couch Street, Portland ]!

Crime Stoppers with Michael Kupperman Tomorrow in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 26 Dec 2011 11:38 AM

50 years from now, if you say "I was at the Crimestoppers Club show in the East Village Dec 27th, 2011" your grandkids may stop kicking you! --Michael Kupperman

Protect your shins in the future, and be there at Luca Lounge [ 222 Avenue B, NYC ] for the latest installment in the monthly comedy series The Crime Stoppers Club, with your hosts Michael Kupperman and Kate Beaton!


photo credit: Edwina Hay

All sorts of mid-holiday-week merriment is in store for Tuesday, December 27th, with special guests Julia Wertz, Anthony DeVito, Mitch Magee, and Mark Twain, star of the acclaimed Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010!

Word has it, Twain will be teaming up with comedian Julie Klausner to read a scene from Shakespeare's lost play!  You may recognize Klausner from the photocomic in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7, and if you haven't gotten your copy yet, you might WIN ONE in some easy games of chance!

So, don't miss out! And make it your new year's resolution to fight crime with The Crime Stoppers Club every month in New York City -- you can follow them here on Facebook!
Kupperman: Master of Book Covers
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 21 Dec 2011 10:08 AM

Well, clearly, anyone can see from the covers of  Tales Designed to Thrizzle that Michael Kupperman is, indeed, a master of book covers! And sometimes, he even lends those talents to other people's books!

On Wednesday, January 11th, you can join Michael for a visual presentation of his jacket art for the two books seen above. Both books are released by NY-based publisher Solid Objects, who is being celebrated at this event at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn!

Editors Max Winter and Lisa Lubasch will kick off the event at 7:30 PM, with readings by authors Jake Bohstedt Morrill and Jim Shepard, and a demonstration in awesome from Kupperman, as he discuss his work on those covers.

Greenlight Books is located at 686 Fulton Street 
(at South Portland)
 in Brooklyn, NY.

[ Edited to add: Just when you thought this event couldn't get better, we just found out from editors Max & Lisa that Kupperman will also be doing a reading of Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010! Awesome! ]

Awesome Possum at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Written by janice headley | Filed under Walt KellyFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 19 Dec 2011 12:05 PM

Playing Possum: The Pogo Art of Walt Kelly at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Seattle

Thank you so much to everyone who braved the chilly weather to attend the opening of "Playing Possum: The Pogo Art of Walt Kelly" at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last weekend! 

Choir of the Sound at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

The festivities kicked off with a harmonious performance from local choral group Choir of the Sound, featuring Fantagraphics photojournalist (and wife of our own Kim Thompson), the lovely Lynn Emmert!  They performed a Walt Kelly original, as well as a Christmas classic, before heading out to spread holiday merriment along the streets of Georgetown!

Sawsome at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

More musical accompaniment was provided by the trio Sawsome, who performed a delightful set featuring banjo, saw, guitar, and accordion -- a perfect accompaniment to the swampy-styles of Pogo!

Playing Possum exhibit at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Of course, everyone was excited to take in the Pogo originals, including 12 dailies and 4 Sunday strips. We sold quite a few on opening night, but there are still some available, so come by the Fantagraphics Bookstore and have a look before the exhibit closes on January 4th!  You can see some closer shots over at the Fantagraphics Flickr page.

Larry Reid of Fantagraphics and Santa

And even Santa dropped by to take in the exhibit, seen here chatting with Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid!  I wonder what Larry asked for Christmas!

This fun event also happened to be the bookstore’s 5th anniversary party, so we just want to take a minute to thank everyone who has supported our storefront for the past five years!  We have more exciting events in store for you in 2012 (like our upcoming Tony Millionaire signing!), so here's to another five years and many more!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 12/19-12/25
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve BrodnerJasonevents 19 Dec 2011 10:57 AM

It's a quiet week for events, no surprise there! But there's always something going on for Fantagraphics, and lots of exhibits are still up and running if you're looking for something to see!

Wednesday, December 21st

New York City, NY:  It's your last chance to see the exhibit "Being American" at the SVA Visual Arts Gallery, featuring pieces by satirical illustrator Steve Brodner! (more info)

Jason Exhibit at the Librarie Multi BD

Saturday, December 24th

Brussels, Belgium: It's also your last chance to see the exhibit at the Librarie Multi BD, spotlighting Jason, and his work with Fabien Vehlmann on Isle of 100,000 Graves! The exhibit also features original artwork from Hey, Wait..., The Left Bank Gang, and Why Are You Doing This?. (more info)

Sunday, December 25th

Your House: If you're into the holiday thing, hopefully there will be plenty of Fantagraphics books under your Christmas tree for you to open and enjoy! Happy holidays!

Jim Flora Presentation Tomorrow Night in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Floraevents 16 Dec 2011 8:01 AM

As we reported last month, a retrospective of Jim Flora's curiously sinister art is currently on display at the Dorian Grey Gallery in New York City.

And this Saturday, December 17th, you can satisfy your sinister curiosity with a slideshow presentation and talk with Flora archivist Irwin Chusid!

Irwin will present a talk about the artist's life, accompanied by a digital projection of over 100 spectacular works from the Flora collection. The wine begins pouring at 4:00 pm, with the presentation starting at 5:00 pm sharp. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so arrive early!

Untitled tempera, early 1940s by Jim Flora
untitled tempera, early 1940s

The Dorian Grey Gallery is located at 437 East 9th Street (between 1st and A) in New York City. The exhibit runs through January 8th.

Michael Kupperman Signing in Staten Island Tomorrow!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 15 Dec 2011 7:56 AM

Michael Kupperman signing at Comic Book Jones

Michael Kupperman is helping Comic Book Jones celebrate their 4th anniversary!

Join Michael tomorrow Friday, December 16th at this Staten Island comic book store for a fun-filled afternoon of signings, plus 25% off everything in the store! Why, that happens to include Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 and Tales Designed to Thrizzle!

As of this typing, there's no set signing times, but we'll keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook as soon as we get more details! Comic Book Jones is located at 2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

UPDATE: Comic Book Jones let us know "He will be appearing at 4pm and will be staying for a few hours."

Queer Comics Project Art Show This Saturday!
Written by janice headley | Filed under No Straight LinesJustin Hallevents 13 Dec 2011 11:08 AM

Queer Comics Project flyer

This weekend in San Francisco, get a hint of what's to come in our upcoming anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall!

Justin recently taught the Engage: Queer Comics Project class at the California College of the Arts, and now his students are curating an art show opening this Saturday, December 17th at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum.

The show will feature art from LGBTQ comics over the last four decades made by local creators, as well as a film composed of interviews of major figures in queer cartooning conducted by the students, and Quiltbag, a zine of original material created by the students themselves. 

Among the featured artists is our very own Trina Robbins!  Other artists featured in the show include: Burton Clarke (Gay Comix), Jaime Cortez (Sexile), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille), MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell), Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), Christine Smith (The Princess), Mary Wings (Come Out Comix), and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time).

Plus, there will be comics-inspired drag performances by the uncanny Sue Casa, Trangela Lansbury (ohmygod, best name ever), Karma Zabetch, and others. The party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum [ 655 Mission Street, San Francisco ].

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics

And No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall, is slated for release in April 2012!  Stay tuned to the FLOG for pre-sale details!

A Special Kevin Avery Signing Tonight in Brooklyn
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul NelsonKevin Averyevents 13 Dec 2011 7:14 AM

Back in 1973, this ad in Billboard magazine quoted renowned Rolling Stone journalist Paul Nelson in promotion for an album by musician Elliott Murphy, a singer-songwriter who Nelson helped discover.

"Since Elliott Murphy and his work will be with us as long we have rock & roll, I suggest we play it now..." -- Paul Nelson, Rolling Stone

And Elliott Murphy will be playing that music tonight at BookCourt in Brooklyn, alongside author/editor Kevin Avery, who will be doing a signing and discussion for Everything is an Afterthought: The Life & Writings of Paul Nelson.

This is a very special chance to not only hear the words that Nelson wrote, but to hear the music that inspired those words.

The event starts at 7:00 PM, and BookCourt is located at 163 Court Street in Brooklyn, between Dean and Pacific.