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Bill Griffith Book Signing & Talk in New London, CT!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsBill Griffith 3 Dec 2013 9:03 AM

Bill Griffith

Zip on over to the Monte Cristo Bookshop for a signing and discussion with noneother than Bill Griffith!

On Saturday, December 14th, you can hear a talk from this legend of underground cartooning, and get your Zippy's signed!  If you haven't gotten one yet, this would be a great time to get a copy of Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries, which comprises a full two and a half years' worth of dailies and full-color Sundays!

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith

The fun will start at 7:00 PM! Monte Cristo Bookshop is located at 38 Green Street in New London, Connecticut. 

Fantagraphics at Short Run Small Press Fest Seattle!
Written by janice headley | Filed under T Edward BakstaffRoberta GregoryPeter BaggePat MoriarityNate NealMomeMichael DowersMegan KelsoLilli CarréJulia GfrörerJosh SimmonsJim WoodringJim BlanchardFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEroyn FranklinEric ReynoldsEllen ForneyDavid LaskyDash ShawAndrice Arp 22 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Fantagraphics is thrilled to be part of the third annual Short Run Small Press Fest here in Seattle on Saturday, November 30th at historic Washington Hall in the Central District. Even though Short Run is a festival spotlighting self-published works, limited editions, and handmade books, Fantagraphics will have a presence in many, many ways, as you will see below...

• Visit the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery at Table L-51 on the first floor of Washington Hall! We'll have an excellent array of independent comics in stock from publishers who weren't able to make the trek to Seattle, like Koyama Press, Uncivilized Books, PictureBox, and more.

Plus, throughout the day, Manager/Curator Larry Reid will be joined by special guests who got their start in small press: our own Ellen Forney, who self-published her title I Was Seven in '75 with a Xeric Grant, and Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, which started as a zine back in 1979. Stop by the table for a chat -- all three of them have tons of experience and knowledge about self-publishing that they'd love to share with you!

•  All throughout the day, Short Run will be screening animation, including pieces from our own Dash Shaw and Lilli Carré, alongside Reel Grrls, SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team), and dozens of other animators from around the country. Screenings take place on the balcony level of Washington Hall.

•  Many Fantagraphics artists will be exhibiting with tables of their own, including legends like Peter Bagge [A-4], Jim Woodring [C-13], Jim Blanchard [A-3], and Michael Dowers [as Brownfield Press, B-6], alongside up-and-coming artists like Josh Simmons [D-18], Nate Neal [coming all the way from Brooklyn! C-15], Julia Gfrörer [E-24], and Mome veterans Andrice Arp [F-27] and T Edward Bak [J-45]. PHEW!

• Fantagraphics staffers Jason T Miles [C-11] and Jen Vaughn [landing] will be exhibiting with comics of their own!

• And then there's the panels (all taking place on the first floor)!

---> 12:20 PM: Women in Comics // Our own Megan Kelso will lead and moderate a panel focused on the females with panelists Geneviève Castrée, Gabrielle Gamboa, Roberta Gregory, Julia Gfrörer, and Virginia Paine. I have to say, Megan has been doing some amazing planning and research for this panel, and it is not to be missed!

---> 2:40 PM : The World of Comics // A survey of comics around the globe with Jason T Miles, Pat Moriarity, David Lasky, and Leonard Rifas. (Inspired by our own Kim Thompson.)

But, wait! There's more... The day before Short Run Small Press Fest, Friday, November 29th, they'll be hosting Read/Write, a day of panels, workshops, and more at the Vera Project, including... 

---> 2:00 PM : DIY Publishing in the Digital Age Panel // With our Associate Editor Eric Reynolds, plus Bruce Rutledge (Chin Music Press), self-publisher Alec Longstreth, and moderator Zack Soto (Study Group).

•  And for full-disclosure, I, Janice, your friendly Flogger, should mention I'm one of the organizers this year, so there's that...!

For the complete Short Run Seattle schedule, including Read/Write on Friday, November 29th at the Vera Project [ Warren & Republican Ave North ], and Short Run Small Press Fest on Saturday, November 30th at Washington Hall [ 153 14th Avenue ], visit shortrun.org! Both events are FREE and open to the public! See you there!

Kim Deitch Exhibition at the Scott Eder Gallery Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kim Deitcheventsart shows 18 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Kim Deitch Scott Eder

Get ready for the most splendorific show to hit the Scott Eder Gallery: an exhibition of art by Underground Comix legend Kim Deitch!

Spanning 30 years of work, the show will feature art from his most recent graphic novel, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, and includes pieces from classics such as The Search for Smilin' Ed, Stuff of Dreams... and the infamous cat, Waldo.

The show opens on Friday, December 6th, with an artist reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with the delightful Mr. Deitch himself. In addition to original artwork, silkscreen prints, t-shirts, and signed books will be available for purchase. (I hereby implore someone to get me a t-shirt, thanks.)

The Scott Eder Gallery is located at 18 Bridge St. #2-I, Brooklyn. You've got until January 25th to view the exhibit, so don't miss out!

Lilli Carré's Eyeworks Animation Festival Brooklyn Screenings!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Lilli Carréevents 15 Nov 2013 11:13 AM

This weekend, Lilli Carré's acclaimed animation festival Eyeworks will screen at the Pioneer Works Center for Art & Innovation in Brooklyn.

Screenings take place today, Friday, November 15th, at 8:00 PM, and tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th, at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are available online here, and the duel-day festival pass comes with a free silkscreened poster.

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation was founded by Carré and Alexander Stewart in 2010 to showcase outstanding experimental animation of all sorts, and the range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods.

Pioneer Works is located at 159 Pioneer Street, between Imlay & Conover streets, in Brooklyn.

Hip Hop Family Tree Signing with Ed Piskor in Chapel Hill, NC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 15 Nov 2013 10:07 AM

That's right! Chapel Hill Comics are gonna funk you right on up with a signing of Hip Hop Family Tree this Saturday, November 16th with the funkmaster Ed Piskor! Join in the fun from 6:00 to 9:00 PM!

If you love hip hop, you will love everything about this book:  Piskor's exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. 

Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 W Franklin Street in the fine, fine city of Chapel Hill, NC. They'll also have copies of Ed's hacker comic masterwork, Wizzywig!

An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers in Columbus, OH!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 14 Nov 2013 7:13 PM


photo credit: Stephanie Rivers

It's time for the Billy Ireland Festival of Cartoon Art, and this year, they've got even more to celebrate as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University is moving into wonderful new, expanded facility in Sullivant Hall! All weekend long, they're breaking in the new building with comics events, including this very special evening with Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, this Saturday, November 16th!

Kicking off at 7:30 PM, join them for a freewheeling conversation between these alternative comics legends as they discuss their groundbreaking series Love & Rockets, and their ongoing stories about Latino and Latina life, love, and punk rock on both sides of the border. 

Admission is free for Ohio State students with BUCK ID, or $5 for the general public, and available online here

(By the way, check out that sweet festival logo below, designed by our very own Paul Hornschemeier!)


Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball Drawings at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Willard Mullinevents 14 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Get ready to play ball! Editor Hal Bock is steppin' up to the plate in New York City with our beautiful collection Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972!

Join him on Thursday, December 5th starting at 7:00 PM at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse for a signing and discussion about the great Willard Mullin, voted "Sports Cartoonist of the Century" upon his retirement by his peers. (We're also told this talk will be filmed for a later podcast, so stay tuned!)

Bergino Baseball Clubhouse is located at 67 East 11 Street in the landmark Cast Iron Building in Greenwich Village, New York City. Be sure to get there early to check out the handcrafted baseballs they've got in stock!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 11/11-11/18
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsNo Straight LinesKipp FriedmanJoe SaccoJanet Hamlinevents 13 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Wednesday, November 13th

Chicago, ILKipp Friedman is bringing Barracuda in the Attic to The Book Cellar! Join him for a conversation with fellow author Barry Wightman starting at 7:00 PM! (more info)

San Francisco, CA:  Join Trina Robbins from 10:00 AM to Noon for the panel "Brave Women in Comix Then & Now: San Francisco Comix Scene from 1970 to Today" at the California College of the Arts! Also on the panel will be her fellow underground comixpioneer Mary Wings, who just happens to be in our award-winning anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics!  (more info)

Sketching Guantanamo

New York City, NY:  The NYU School of Law presents a special panel: (Un)covering Guantanamo: Reporting On Some of the World’s Most Controversial Trials, featuring Janet Hamlin, artist behind Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, and Carol Rosenberg, who wrote the foreword for the book.   (more info)

Thursday, November 14th

Seattle, WAJoe Sacco presents his new book The Great War to Town Hall tonight, starting at 7:30 PM! (more info)

Brave Women in Comix Then & Now Wednesday in SF!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsNo Straight Linesevents 12 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

You simply can't have a panel about "brave women" in comics without having our own Trina Robbins in the mix!

So, join them on Wednesday, November 13th from 10:00 AM to Noon for the panel "Brave Women in Comix Then & Now: San Francisco Comix Scene from 1970 to Today." As you no doubt know, that city was the epicenter for "American Underground Comixs" in the '60s and '70s, breaking ground for new genres in comixs for women, gays, Latinos, and other diverse groups. This is sure to be a rare intellectual and art event that will bring forth unknown and inspirational dialogue from a feminine and historical perspective.

Along with Trina, the spirited round table discussion will also include Maureen Burdock of Laydeez Do Comix, Heather Plunkett from the Cartoon Art Museum, Isis Rodriguez of My Life as a Comic Stripper, and fellow pioneer Mary Wings from San Francisco's underground comix scene, who just happens to be in our award-winning anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics!

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics

 

Be sure to ask Trina about her fantastic new book Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 -- a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries!

The San Francisco branch of the California College of the Arts is located at 1111 Eighth Street. This event is FREE, and open to the public.

Presenting the Jim Woodring Presspop Figurines of Yo La Tengo!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim Woodring 6 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

I've been meaning to write about this for a while now, but frankly, there aren't words strong enough to describe my excitement for this collaboration between two of my all-time favorite artists, Jim Woodring and Yo La Tengo!

Their love story goes a long ways back, as we mentioned on the FLOG earlier this year when we premiered the band's most recent release Fade at the book launch party for Jim's collection Problematic: Sketchbook Drawings 2004-2012.  And now Jim has taken the artwork for Fade and interpreted it into The Tree, a set of three figurines and a DVD produced by our friends at PressPop! We'll let them describe the rest:

Experience the magical collaboration of Yo La Tengo and Jim Woodring. The three band members, Ira, Georgia and James come to life as 3 original characters in the land of “the Tree!”

Present/past/future, the real/unreal, visible/invisible, sadness/joy…… "the Tree” will grow, enveloping all. And the ecstatic creatures that inhabit “the Tree” are the 3 beings blessed by the god of music. The curtain has been raised for Woodring’s mysterious and psychedelic dream land. But the story has just begun……

This product is a set of DVD and 3 soft-vinyl dolls. The DVD contains an original animation (5:20 minutes) of a mind-blowing colorful dream world that centers on “the Tree” and the 3 whimsical characters. It is made by a Japanese production company that specialize in hand-drawn animation: drop. And of course, All NEW music by Yo La Tengo! The 3 colorful soft-vinyl dolls were sculpted by Japanese master sculptor: Tomohiro Yasui. Beautiful packaging design by Jim Woodring with a bonus comic on the back.


photos courtesy of James McNew

As you can see, the resemblance is striking! These figures are currently available (in incredibly limited quanties) at the merch table on the band's European tour, or you can also pre-order a set of your own at the Matador Records website. I am already planning for them to take a ride on Mr. Bumper, and maybe get in some battles with Lorbo.