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Fantagraphics at the 2014 Emerald City Comic-Con!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stan SakaiMichel GagneKristy ValentiGary GrotheventsEric ReynoldsEllen Forney 20 Mar 2014 10:13 AM

Join Fantagraphics for our hometown show, Emerald City Comicon, on Friday, March 28th through Sunday, March 30th!

We'll be joined by a slew of special guests, including Stan Sakai, Ellen Forney, Michel Gagné, and Fantagraphics editors, Gary Groth, Eric Reynolds, Mike Catron, and Kristy Valenti!

Friday, March 28th
4:30-5:30 PM            Ellen Forney

Saturday, March 29th
1:00-2:00 PM           Gary Groth, Eric Reynolds, Mike Catron, Kristy Valenti

[Our editorial dream team will also be appearing on the panel Fantagraphics Books: Forecasting the Future of Misfit Lit
, on Saturday, March 29th. The Stranger's Paul Constant will lead the fantastic four in a discussion at 1:00 PM in Room TCC 301. Don't miss your chance at some first-hand scoop on our future projects!]

3:00-4:00 PM            Michel Gagné

Sunday, March 30th
11:00-11:30 AM            Stan Sakai

Seattle's lovable scamp, and the Manager and Curator of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Larry Reid will be more than happy to sell you some comics from Booth 207, up on the fourth floor. Please note: this is a condensed version of the map. You can view the full map here.

But wait! There's even more panels you can check out when you're not at our booth! 

Friday, March 28th // The Wit and Wisdom of Webcartoonists Veteran creators Jennie Breeden (The Devil's Panties), Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots), and Shaenon Garrity (Skin Horse, Monster of the Week), will share insights gleaned from a collective 38 years of webcomics experience. Moderated by Fantagraphics' Kristy Valenti.  [ Room: HALL D (602-603) / 1:40 PM - 2:30 PM ]

Saturday, March 29th // What We Mean When We Say "Comics" Comics have become more diverse and divergent in recent years than possibly ever before, as a medium, an industry and a community. But what, exactly, are we talking about when we say "comics," anyway? Join panelists Kurt Busiek, Chris Roberson, Jen Vaughn, Shannon Watters, and Allison Baker as they discuss all things "comic." [ Room: HALL C (610) / 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM ]

Saturday, March 29th // It's More Than Drawing: Exploring Other Careers in the Comics Industry Working in the comic industry is not just limited to being an artist. Taking an initial comic concept through its steps to become a finished product takes a small army. From storyline creators and concept artists to the teams behind comic creation technology and tools, there are options in comic-focused career paths. Join panelists (including Fantagraphics' Mike Catron) as they discuss the growing spaces and emerging positions in the comics industry, share their personal advice and insight and even shed light on how they broke into their current job market. [ Room: 2B / 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM ]

Emerald City Comicon is held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in bustlin' downtown Seattle.


Glenn Bray Turns The Blighted Eye Towards Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Glenn Brayevents 19 Mar 2014 3:13 PM

Collector extraordinaire Glenn Bray will make a hometown appearance to sign his gorgeous new tome, The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection!

Join him on Sunday, April 6th at Arcana: Books on the Arts, and hear firsthand stories about his mind-boggling collection of original comic art, amassed over the last nearly 50 years -- Charles Addams, Carl Barks, Charles Burns, Al Capp, Dan Clowes, Jack Cole, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Kim Deitch, Will Elder, Al Feldstein, Virgil Finlay, Drew Friedman, Chester Gould, Justin Green, Rick Griffin, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, George Grosz, V.T. Hamlin, Jaime Hernandez, George Herriman, Al Hirshfeld, Graham Ingels, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Gary Panter, Virgil Partch, Savage Pencil, Peter Pontiac, Charles Rodrigues, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Schulz, Gilbert Shelton, Joost Swarte, Stanislav Szukalski, Irving Tripp, Chris Ware, S. Clay Wilson, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood, Jim Woodring, Art Young, and — it should go without saying — many more.

The signing runs from 3:00 to 5:00 PMArcana: Books on the Arts is located at 8675 W Washington Blvd in Culver City, Los Angeles.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 3/17-3/24
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsTim KreiderSteve BrodnerJack DavisGary GrotheventsEd Piskor 18 Mar 2014 9:13 AM

Thursday, March 20th

Pittsburgh, PA: Herstorian Trina Robbins brings her collection, Wonder Women: On Paper and Off, to the ToonSeum, and will be giving a special presentation to museum goers at 7:30 PM (tickets available here)! (more info)

Athens, GA: Cartoonist/illustrator Steve Brodner will present this years annual Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia! (more info)

Saturday, March 22nd

Pittsburgh, PA: Ed Piskor, Trina Robbins, and our very own Gary Groth will be special guests at PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo, held at the Federation of Teachers! (more info)

Gainesville, FL:  Celebrated essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider will discuss his work and career at The Headquarters Library at 2:00 PM! (more info)

Sunday, March 23rd

Pittsburgh, PA: Last chance to meet Ed Piskor, Trina Robbins, and the great Gary Groth at PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo, held at the Federation of Teachers! (more info)

Steve Brodner Delivers Jack Davis Lecture at UGA!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve BrodnerJack Davisevents 17 Mar 2014 9:30 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 9:13 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 9:39 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 9:39 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 9:13 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 9:13 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 10:13 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.