Kick off 2014 with the fourth annual Graphic Novel Panel, held by our friends at the Seattle Graphics Arts Guild! Every year, it just gets better and better, and here's what you can expect on Saturday, January 25th:
From 10:00 AM to Noon, the amazing Megan Kelso will lead a workshop on "Comics for Writers" -- This workshop is for writers who are interested in comics and want to dip their toe in but who may be self-conscious about their drawing skills. Perfect! Megan will lead the class in both drawing and writing exercises -- all drawing abilities are welcome!
The great David Lasky will also teach a workshop on "How to Make Your Own Mini-Comic"! He will guide you in booklet-making, the grammar of comics, and simple character design. Supplies and basic drawing tips will be provided. Drawing skills are helpful, but not necessary; the only prerequisite is a desire to communicate through the medium of comics.
Later that afternoon at 1:00 PM, our own Kristy Valenti will be on the Graphic Novel Panel, alongside Matthew Southworth, Crystal M. Rollins, Quenton Shaw, Travis Bundy, and moderator Mark Monlux. How do you get started? What are the essential tools? How do you build a career in today’s publishing climate? These are just some of the questions they'll explore in this panel! (And check out a great chat with Kristy here!)
This event is open to the public, and you can get your tickets here for either the class, the panel, or the whole shebang! Tickets are not needed to attend the after-party.
The Graphic Novel Panel 2013 takes place at the Seattle Design Center [ 5701 6th Avenue South, Plaza Building, Suite 370 ]. The Plaza Building entrance is on Orcas between 5th & 6th. Suite P370 is on three floors up from street level. Take the elevator to first floor, then glass elevator to third floor. From the Atrium Building cross the sky bridge to Plaza Building, take glass elevator to third floor. Free parking!
And, of course, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.
Jocks and art nerds unite over the awesomeness of these Nike t-shirts, as designed by our own Ron Regé, Jr!
As Ron explains over Facebook, he did these drawings back in 2009, and never knew what they had done with them until now! The shirts don't seem to be available directly from the Nike website (believe me, I looked!), but you can findthemoneBay. (cough)
Swoon, just look at that stunning lettering! It almost makes me want to work out! (But not really.)
On January 7th, our friends at the Society of Illustrators launched the wonderful new exhibit, The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues!
Stop by and marvel at artwork by Charles Rodrigues, the sick mind behind some of the most outrageous, inventive, and offensive cartoons ever to appear in mass circulation magazines, including Stereo Review, Playboy, and (from its very first issue) the National Lampoon.
They'll be hosting a Happy Hour and Reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, January 29th from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket, buffet included.
Come celebrate the beautiful new graphic novel from Portland-based artist Julia Gfrörer. Called “moving” by The Comics Journal, Black is the Color is the sorrowful tale of an unfortunate sailor’s abandonment, and his melancholy meeting of a mermaid named Eulalia.
Come meet the artist noneother than Phoebe Gloeckner has called, "amongst the most promising artist/authors of her generation. Her work is spare and elegant, yet the hand of the artist is always evident in her line. Her characters inhabit cold or desolate environments, often on the brink of inanition or beyond, yet still yearning to love and be loved."
Escape a bleak winter chill for a night of comic shop talk beginning at 7:00 PM! You can either buy the book from The Strand or buy a $15 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in The Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
WHOA. Feast your eyes at this exquisite original artwork from Ron Regé, Jr. As Ron explains on his Tumblr, "I've made 2 of these large fold-out drawings on that red dropcloth kraft paper stuff. I'm gonna put them in plastic envelopes and let people check them out at my Cartoon Utopiashow at The Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle next week."
Lucky us! And lucky you, if you join us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 11th! We're so honored to host an exhibit and signing with the artist himself, who will be arriving from L.A. with this beautiful original artwork in tow! What other magical goodies will he have with him? You'll just have to join us from 6:00 to 9:00 PM this Saturday to find out!
The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.
This month, Portland celebrates a former resident of theirs: Jesse Reklaw!
Join Pony Club Gallery tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 PM for the opening reception of The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, Couch Tag. I dearly hope there will be pages from the piece "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics).
Pony Club Gallery is located at 625 NW Everett Street in Portland. The exhibit runs through January 31st.
Well, frankly, these stories must be told every-damn-where! But, starting January 16th, 2014, the Rutgers-Camden’s Stedman Gallery will become a haven for artists displaying comix versions of their life stories through a marriage of drawings to text.
Such as Carol Tyler, who shares on her blog that some pages of original art, including a few from You'll Never Know, will be on display! (She also shares that "Mr. Compulsive Narrative himself Justin Green shares some original Binky Brown pages," adding, "that alone is worth the effort to go see this exhibit.")
Original pages will also be on display from Ellen Forney, Julie Doucet, David Small, Gilad Seliktar, and many, many more!
• Portland, OR: Don't miss a reading and signing with Jesse Reklaw at Floating World comics tonight! From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Reklaw will be signing copies of his graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite. (more info)
Friday, December 20th
• Chicago, IL: Lilli Carré debuts a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, part of the MCA's Chicago Works series, focusing on new work being made by emerging and established Chicago artists. She's created all new work for the show, including projected animation, works on paper, and a series of ceramic pieces. The show will be up through April 15th, but why wait? Go today! (more info)
• Mexico City, MX: Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd launch a stunning new art show, titled Challengers of the Unknown, atGuru Gallery Shop tonight! Come see Esther's glittered saucer paintings and collaged foil/pencil drawings. Mark will be exhibiting a group of new comic-inspired works, and debuting a limited edition zine with original drawings. (more info)