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Fantagraphics at the 2014 Los Angeles Zine Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanRon Regé JrLove and RocketsJordan CraneJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGraham ChaffeeeventsEsther Pearl Watson 7 Feb 2014 10:43 AM

Forget these icy cold temperatures -- Fantagraphics is heading to sunny L.A., baby! Join us on Sunday, February 16th for the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest!

It's gonna be HOT, in a figurative, if not literal, sense:  our own Ron Regé, Jr. will be presenting a multi-media presentation for The Cartoon Utopia, and the great Esther Pearl Watson will be hosting the excellent Zine Hut with her husband, artist Mark Todd!

And for the real scorcher: Jaime Hernandez will be the Keynote Speaker! He'll be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, discussing his groundbreaking work on the legendary Love and Rockets series! 

Don't miss any of our special signings:

11AM - NOON: Johnny Ryan and Jaime Hernandez
NOON - 1PM: Jaime Hernandez and Esther Pearl Watson
1PM - 2PM: Tony Millionaire and Ben Catmull
2PM - 3PM: Ron Regé, Jr. and Graham Chaffee
3PM - 4PM: Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman

This wonderful event is FREE and open to all, so, come by and see us from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!

L.A. Zine Fest is located at the Helms Bakery District Parking Garage (between La Dijonaise and Vitra) on 8703 Washington Blvd. Check out their website for lots of helpful tips on how to get there and where to park, and heads up, two lanes of traffic on the 405 from Getty Center Dr. north to Ventura Blvd will be closed! (They're calling it "jamzilla"!)



Tito On Ice at the Portland International Film Festival!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Max Anderssonevents 7 Feb 2014 9:13 AM

Portland! It's finally your chance to see the debut feature-length film Tito on Ice by world-famous cartoonist and filmmaker Max Andersson

After rave screenings in Seattle, Ottawa, and Vancouver, you can see how fantastic this is for yourself at the 37th Annual Portland International Film Festival this weekend!  

Screenings are scheduled for Sunday, February 9th at 3:00 PM at Cinemagic, and on Sunday, February 16th at 1:00 PM at Cinema 21 (small theaters).

Bosnian Flat Dog

To promote their Fantagraphics book Bosnian Flat Dog, Andersson and fellow Swedish artist Lars Sjunnesson toured the countries of former Yugoslavia with a mummified Marshal Tito in a refrigerator.

Now comes the documentary, Tito on Ice, which takes Super 8 footage of their tour and animates it with cardboard cutouts and garbage and other recycled materials. The result is a surreal trip through the Balkans that is part promotion, part performance art, and part history of Marshal Tito and the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. It’s also about the underground arts and music venues that popped up when the country split apart.

Through it all there is a comics creator’s eye at work: live-action interviews suddenly switch to animation, and more than 50 sets were built for the film, all shot and animated on Super 8 film. Tito on Ice is a joyous trip through the war torn subconscious of an underground artist.

Listen LA! Pat Thomas Brings the Sights and Sounds of Black Power!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 4 Feb 2014 3:13 PM

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

On Saturday, February 15th, noted author Pat Thomas will engage in a lively discussion of the soundtrack that accompanies the Black Power movement with his award-winning book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!

Join him at the appropriately-named Revolution Books in Los Angeles at 3:00 PM!

He'll be joined by special guest Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music (Chicago Review Press). Together, they'll examine the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s, as these books explore the relationship of soul music to the Black Power movement from the vantage point of the musicians and black revolutionaries themselves.

Revolution Books is located at 5726 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles.
This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/3-2/10
Written by janice headley | Filed under Virgil PartchRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJoseph LambertFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Forsman 4 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

The Cartoon Utopia

Wednesday, February 5th

Seattle, WA: Seattle, this is your last chance to see our insanely beautiful exhibit of work from the legendary Ron Regé, Jr., including these exquisite fold-out drawings which are just 1000% more beautiul in person! Get thee to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery while you can! (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Thursday, February 6th

Portland, OR: And Portland, don't miss the opening reception for Julia Gfrörer's exhibit Play Dead at Floating World Comics, showcasing the original art to her exquisite book, Black is the Color! If you haven't picked this up yet, now is the time: she might even draw a gorgeous mermaid for you! (more info)

Paul Hornschemeier

New York City, NY: New York, you lucky city, don't miss a visit from the great Paul Hornschemeier as he discusses his latest collection, Artists Authors Thinkers Directors, at The Strand Bookstore, starting at 7:00 PM. (more info)

Charles Forsman and Joseph Lambert Signing in Belgium

Saturday, February 8th

Brussels, BE: Hot off an exciting weekend at Angoulême, Charles Forsman, Mome-veteran Joseph Lambert, and our pal Alec Longstreth will be signing at the Librairie Multi BD from 4:00 to 6:30 PM! (more info)

Seattle, WA: Don't miss the opening reception at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for our latest show of art and artifacts from the book Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, celebrating the legacy of this notorious cartoonist! (more info


Stan Sakai at the Michigan State University Comics Forum!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stan Sakaievents 30 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

This February, Michigan State University will host their annual MSU Comics Forum, an event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.

And this year's keynote speaker is noneother than the great Stan Sakai! On Friday, February 21st, Stan will be speaking from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater. Sakai-san will be discussing his long-running anthropomorphic animal series, Usagi Yojimbo, and talking about his wonderful, highly-acclaimed 30+ year career! 

MSU Comics Forum will take place at Snyder/Phillips Hall at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/27-2/3
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJesse ReklaweventsCharles Rodrigues 29 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

	The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues

Wednesday, January 29th

New York City, NY: The wonderful Society of Illustrators will host a special Happy Hour event in honor of the exhibit, The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues! The reception goes from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. A $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket, buffet included. (more info)

The Artwork of Couch Tag

Friday, January 31st

Portland, OR: It's your last chance to Jesse Reklaw's exhibit The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, at Pony Club Gallery. Don't miss it! (more info)

BlackIsThePoster

Saturday, February 1st

Seattle, WA: This Saturday finds rising star Julia Gfrörer signing the sensational new book Black Is the Color. Her story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a nefarious mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. (more info)

Los Angeles, CA: Stop by the Secret Headquarters table at the L.A. Art Book Fair from 3:00 to 4:00 PM for a signing with Paul Hornschemeier! Now's your chance to get his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors signed! (more info)


Kevin Huizenga Reading & Discussion at Bryn Mawr College!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kevin Huizengaevents 27 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

Kevin Huizenga Reading & Discussion at Bryn Mawr College

We're thrilled to share that the great Kevin Huizenga will be performing a reading on Thursday, February 27th at Bryn Mawr College!

Join the acclaimed artist behind the Ignatz-Award-Winning series Ganges in the Quita Woodward Room in Thomas Hall from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  After his reading, he'll be joined by Shiamin Kwa, the Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, for a public discussion.  Light refreshments will be served.

Thomas Great Hall is located at Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA. 

Johnny Ryan Valentine's Day Signing for Prison Pit Book Five!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Johnny Ryanevents 24 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

Prison Pit Book Five Signing

When you think of Valentine's Day, I know you think of Cannibal Fuckface. So, forget the candy and flowers, and get your sweetheart something truly romantic: Prison Pit Book 5!

On Friday, February 14th, join Johnny Ryan at Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles for a celebration of undying love: In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit. Clearly, it is a love for the ages.

The signing begins at 7:00 PM! Secret Headquarters is located at 3817 W Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew FriedmanBlabart shows 23 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman

Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.

Old Jewish Comedians

Short biographies of each comedian will accompany each portrait. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.

The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.

All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.

This Week(end) in Fantagraphics Events: 1/20-1/27
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat ThomasMegan KelsoKristy ValentiKim DeitcheventsDavid Lasky 22 Jan 2014 1:13 PM

Kim Deitch Scott Eder

Saturday, January 25th

Brooklyn, NY:  New Yorkers, this is your last dang chance to view the exquisite Kim Deitch exhibit at the Scott Eder Gallery, spanning 30 years of work from his most recent graphic novel, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, to classics such as The Search for Smilin' Ed, Stuff of Dreams... and the infamous cat, Waldo! Don't be a fool! Go! (more info)

Seattle, WA:  It's time for the fourth annual Graphic Novel Panel at the Seattle Design Center, with an after-party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! Megan Kelso and David Lasky lead workshops, and Fantagraphics staffer Kristy Valenti will be on a panel... if I were gonna be in town, this is definitely where I'd be! (more info)

Oslo, Norway:  Author Pat Thomas brings his award-winning book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the Off the Page Festival in Oslo! Don't miss his always riveting slideshow presentation! (more info)