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33 Days with Pat Thomas This Saturday
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 7 Dec 2011 12:21 PM

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 won't be out until February 2012, but author/editor Pat Thomas has another music-related book he's celebrating this Saturday, December 10th here in Seattle.

Join Pat at Vermillion as he hosts a reading for the book 33 Days: Touring In A Van, Sleeping on Floors, Chasing A Dream by Bill See. As Pat describes it: "If you remember when R.E.M was an indie-rock band, when the Minuteman were a source of political inspiration, when the Dream Syndicate was the most visceral guitar band in America, when college radio and not the internet was the only way to discover new music, when fanzines and not Facebook was how you made new friends, then Bill See's book about being 'on the road' with his band Divine Weeks in 1987 will entertain and inspire you...along the way the band discovers not just America, but themselves."

Pat welcomes both author Bill See and Divine Weeks' guitarist Raj Makwana. They'll also be joined by Fantagraphics friend, local journalist Chris Estey, who will be doing a reading as well. This free event starts at 6:00 PM at Vermillion [ 1508 11th Ave, Seattle ].

Oil and Water Signing in Vancouver, WA This Saturday
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve DuinShannon WheelerOil and Waterevents 6 Dec 2011 11:27 AM

Oil and Water

I Like Comics likes Oil and Water, and this Vancouver, WA comic shop will be hosting a signing this Saturday, December 10th!

Author Steve Duin, columnist for The Oregonian, and Eisner-winning artist Shannon Wheeler will be signing from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. And a personalized copy of Oil and Water would make an awesome holiday gift, y'know.

I Like Comics is located at 2101 E. 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver WA.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 12/5-12/11
Written by janice headley | Filed under Walt KellyTony MillionaireTim HensleyT Edward BakSteven WeissmanRenee FrenchMichael KuppermanMartin CendredaLilli Carréjon vermilyeaJohnny RyanJohn PhamJesse MoynihanJeremy TinderJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor DavisBen Jonesart showsAndrice ArpAnders Nilsen 5 Dec 2011 12:48 PM

Thanks to everyone who came by and bought books at the Fantagraphics tables at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival this past weekend! Here's a look at what events are coming up this week:

Wednesday, December 7th

Los Angeles, CA: It's your last chance to see the The Art of Problem Solving at Giant Robot, a spotlight on the animated series from Ben Jones, featuring fellow Fantagraphics artists Jon Vermilyea and John Pham on staff. Make a pizza date out of it! (more info)

•  Seattle, WA: It's also your last chance to see the Short Run Art Show at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! Curated by Kelly Froh, the exhibit features original comix art, illustration and book works by Max Clotfelter, Patrick Keck, Martine Workman, Elaine Lin, Jason T. Miles, Chris Cilla, Andrice Arp, Tim Root, Billis Helg, Marc Palm, Eroyn Franklin, Tom Van Deusen, Tim Miller, Tory Franklin, Jesse Reklaw, Sean Christensen, and Erin Tanner. (more info)

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Release Party

Friday, December 9th

Brooklyn, NY: Get thrizzled with Michael Kupperman at Bergen Street Comics and celebrate the release of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7! (more info)

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

Saturday, December 10th 

Seattle, WA: The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of Pogo: Through the Wild Blue Wonder, Volume 1 of the Complete Comic Strips with “Playing Possum: The Pogo Art of Walt Kelly.” This exhibition of original Walt Kelly strips coincides on the occasion of the bookstore’s 5th anniversary gala.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Sawsome, a female saw and banjo duet. (more info)

Los Angeles, CA: Join Tony Millionaire at the third annual Feral House/Process Media Winter Solstice Celebration at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery. He'll be signing copies of his gorgeous new collection 500 Portraits. (more info)

Los Angeles, CA: The Giant Robot Post-It Show 7 opens, curated by husband-wife team of Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd, and featuring work from Andrice Arp, T. Edward Bak, Lilli Carre, Martin Cendreda, Eleanor Davis, Renee French, Tim Hensley, Jaime Hernandez, Jesse Moynihan, Anders Nilsen, John Pham, Johnny Ryan, Jeremy Tinder, Jon Vermilyea, Esther Pearl Watson, and Steven Weissman. (more info)

Jack Davis at the Scott Eder Gallery Brooklyn Tonight!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jack Daviseventsart shows 2 Dec 2011 8:28 AM

Drawing Pop Culture: The Art of Jack Davis poster

Thank you so much to everyone who made it out to The Strand last night as our own Gary Groth chatted with the legendary cartoonist Jack Davis!  If you missed out, or you're just MAD for more, you're in luck!

Tonight, Friday, December 2nd, the Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn is proud to present an exhibit showcasing Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture, with the artist himself in attendance! (And it's his birthday so you can wish him a happy birthday in person!)

In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, the iconic artist will present a collection of his ingenious drawings from across his half-century long career. Included are watercolors used on the cover of Time and TV Guide; comic book pages from MAD; Davis' famously gnarled football illustrations; and a rogue's gallery of cowboys, hunters and frustrated politicians. Plus, there will be a surprise or two from his classic Bill Gaines' 1950's EC Comics The Crypt of Terror and Two-Fisted Tales. This exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the process and career trajectory one of America's greatest visual commentators.

Join Jack Davis at the opening reception, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Scott Eder Gallery [ 18 Bridge St. #2i, Brooklyn ]. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival (where you can also meet Jack on Saturday, December 3rd)!

Jack Davis at the Scott Eder Gallery

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Tony Millionaire
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tony Millionaireevents 1 Dec 2011 12:47 PM

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Join our own Tony Millionaire at the third annual Feral House/Process Media Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday, December 10th in Los Angeles! 

Tony will be a guest among a whole host of amazing artists, authors, directors, and more. He'll be signing copies of his gorgeous new collection 500 Portraits, and according to his Twitter account, he'll be selling some original artwork, too! Just in time for the holiday shopping season!

So, make plans now to join Tony from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery [ 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles ].

Thrizzle Release Party at Bergen Street Comics!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 1 Dec 2011 9:45 AM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Release Party

Brooklyn! Prepare to get thrizzled!

Join Michael Kupperman at Bergen Street Comics on Friday, December 9th as we celebrate the release of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7!

There is so much goodness in this new issue: there's an appearance from our old friends Snake ‘n’ Bacon! It's the debut of Quincy, M.E.! There's even a photocomic starring comedian Julie Klausner! And there's even more thrizzle to be had!

So, get your copy and get it signed by Mr. Kupperman himself! The fun starts at 8:00 PM at Bergen Street Comics [ 470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn ]!

Steve Brodner in Being American at the Visual Arts Gallery NYC
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve Brodnerevents 1 Dec 2011 8:34 AM

We're excited to announce that satirical illustrator Steve Brodner is part of an exhibit currently showing at the SVA Visual Arts Gallery in NYC. Tonight, Thursday, December 1st, they'll be celebrating with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM!

Titled "Being American," this collection was curated by Francis Di Tommaso who says, “The twenty artists in this show have twenty stories to tell about the experience of being American today. Though many would not normally exhibit in the same venue — the work of some is almost never seen outside of the printed page — they all have immediately accessible and also exquisitely nuanced commentaries to make on American culture.”

That's one of Steve's pieces in the show above, and you can check out his blog to see a few more, or check them out in person if you live in New York City! The exhibit runs through December 21st.

Kevin Avery Signing in Brooklyn Thursday Night
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul NelsonKevin Averyevents 30 Nov 2011 9:08 AM

Everything is an Afterthought: The Life & Writings of Paul Nelson

Author/editor Kevin Avery continues his New York tour with a signing on Thursday, December 1st at the Barnes & Noble Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY!

He'll be signing copies of Everything is an Afterthought: The Life & Writings of Paul Nelson. And it's a great opportunity to learn even more about the pioneering Rolling Stone critic Nelson as the discussion will cover Avery's other collection, Conversations with Clint 1979-1983: Paul Nelson’s Lost Interviews with Clint Eastwood (Continuum Books).

The event kicks off at 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble Park Slope [ 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn ].

Jack Davis Signing at The Strand NYC
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jack DavisGary Grothevents 30 Nov 2011 8:33 AM

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture

Oh, New York City... I know you've already bought your tickets for this, right? RIGHT?!

'Cause holy hell, you do not want to miss this incredible event.  The legendary MAD Magazine cartoonist Jack Davis will be at the Strand Bookstore on Thursday, December 1st for a discussion and signing for Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture.

How often do you get the chance to hear Jack Davis speak about his extensive and influential career?  And how often are we able to pair him on stage with our one and only Gary Groth leading the interview?

You can either buy the book or a $10 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event, but I'm sure you've already done that, RIGHT? Both options admit two people.

So, join Jack and Gary for this exciting event Thursday night at 7:00 PM, in the Rare Book Room on the 3rd Floor of The Strand [ 828 Broadway (at 12th St.) ].

And don't forget, Jack will be signing at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Fest this Saturday, too, and has an exhibit opening at the Scott Eder Gallery on Friday... Oh, you lucky, lucky city.

Fantagraphics at the 2011 Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival
Written by janice headley | Filed under Zak SallyVictor KerlowTony MillionaireTom KaczynskiSammy HarkhamMichael KuppermanMark NewgardenLeslie SteinKim DeitchJosh SimmonsJoseph Lambertjon vermilyeajohn kerschbaumJesse MoynihanJasonJack DavisGreg SadowskiGary PanterGary GrothGabrielle BellFrank SantoroeventsDrew FriedmanDash ShawChuck ForsmanBen CatmullAl Columbia 29 Nov 2011 8:10 AM

For the first time ever, Fantagraphics will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival! Come visit us this Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00 - 9:00 PM for a wealth of debuts, artist appearances, and the great Gary Groth manning the table!


Gary will be joined by a truly all-star cast of artists for our first BCGF:

1PM: Josh Simmons
2PM: Kim Deitch
3PM: Dash Shaw
5PM: Jack Davis
6PM: Michael Kupperman
7PM: Al Columbia

And even more of our artists will be exhibiting at the show, including Gabrielle Bell, Ben Catmull, Charles Forsman, Drew Friedman, Sammy Harkham, Tom Kaczynski, John Kerschbaum, Victor Kerlow, Joseph Lambert, Mark Newgarden, Jesse Moynihan, Gary Panter, Zak Sally, Leslie Stein, and Jon Vermilyea... PHEW! Pick up their books from our table, and then seek these artists out at their own!


Bring a big bag, because you'll also wanna pick up our excellent debuts at the festival!

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture - A Career Retrospective 500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture by Jack Davis
500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Action! Mystery! Thrills! Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-45  Jason Conquers America

Action! Mystery! Thrills! Great Comic Book Covers 1936-1945 edited by Greg Sadowski
Jason Conquers America by Jason


Where can you find all this awesome? Fantagraphics will be in the downstairs section at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church [ 275 North 8th Street ], at tables 31 & 32:


And finally, make sure you don't miss our artists in these panels!  These will all take place at Union Pool  [ 484 Union Avenue # A ], and the panels are free and open to the public:

1:30 PM // JACK DAVIS Q+A

Legendary cartoonist Jack Davis made his mark producing horror and war stories for EC Comics, before finding his métier in satire as one of the original (and longest running) artists for MAD Magazine. As a prolific illustrator, Davis defined the caricatural style of the 1960s and 1970s—and beyond. In this rare public appearance, Davis will discuss his career with Fantagraphics co-publisher Gary Groth and illustrator Drew Friedman.

[ Jack Davis fans, please note: he will also be appearing on Friday, December 2nd at the opening of his exhibit at the Scott Eder Gallery! Don't miss it! ]

2:30 PM // GESTURAL AESTHETICS

As comics have evolved beyond their commercial roots toward more individualistic modes of expression, they have been infused with new influences from other fields of art including printmaking, collage and painting. Additionally, new printing technologies have permitted the reproduction of artwork that more closely shows the work of an artist’s hand. Austin English, Dunja Jankovic and Frank Santoro will discuss new aesthetics in comics with moderator Bill Kartalopoulos.

6:00 PM // THE LANGUAGE IN COMICS

The recent embrace of graphic novels by the publishing industry has led to misguided attempts to evaluate comics according to the standards and conventions of literary fiction. The writing in comics occupies a more peculiar place, with its own constraints and opportunities. John Porcellino, Gabrielle Bell, and David Sandlin will discuss the particular demands of writing within a visually-driven form in this conversation moderated by novelist Myla Goldberg.


So, get ready! And we'll see you in Brooklyn this Saturday!