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Jason Exhibit on Display Now in Brussels
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jasonevents 29 Nov 2011 12:16 AM

Jason Exhibit at the Librarie Multi BD

Our friends at the Librarie Multi BD in Brussels launched an exhibit last week spotlighting the great Jason, and his work with Fabien Vehlmann on Isle of 100,000 Graves.

The exhibit also features original artwork from Hey, Wait..., The Left Bank Gang, and Why Are You Doing This?.

The exhibit runs through December 24th at the Librarie Multi BD [ 122-124 Bd Anspach B-1000 Bruxelles ].  And even if you can't make the exhibit, be sure to check out their website for some adorable shots of Jason checking out the exhibit himself!

Photos From the Max Retrospective in Mexico
Written by janice headley | Filed under Maxevents 28 Nov 2011 12:33 PM

Max Retrospective

Remember that Max retrospective exhibition we were telling you about, that was opening in Mexico in November? Hey, it opened! And we've got some photos, courtesy of the artist!

Max Retrospective

Titled Panóptica, the exhibit spotlights his work from 1973-2011 with 120 original pieces, including posters, childrens books, magazine illustrations, and more.

Max Retrospective

The exhibit runs through January 22, 2012 at the Centro Cultural de España [ Guatemala, 18 col. Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México ]. If you can't make it to Mexico by the end of January, Max promises to post more photos over at his blog, so check it out!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 11/28-12/4
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve DuinShannon WheelerPaul NelsonOil and WaterMichael KuppermanKim DeitchKevin AveryJosh SimmonsJack DavisGary GrotheventsDash ShawAl Columbia 28 Nov 2011 10:49 AM

Today, we're kicking off a new weekly round-up of our Fantagraphics events, on an especially busy week for us! Mark your calendars, and go meet some of our artists:

Oil & Water

Monday, November 28th

Portland, OR: Meet Oil and Water author Steve Duin and artist Shannon Wheeler at Powell's Bookstore at 7:30 PM.

Everything Is An Afterthought

Thursday, December 1st

Brooklyn, NY: Join author/editor Kevin Avery at Barnes & Noble Park Slope at 7:00 PM for a discussion and signing for Everything is an Afterthought: The Life & Writings of Paul Nelson

New York City, NY: Legendary cartoonist Jack Davis will be at the Strand Bookstore at 7:00 PM for a discussion and signing of Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture with Fantagraphics' own Gary Groth.

Friday, December 2nd

Brooklyn, NY: Meet Jack Davis at the opening of his exhibit at the Scott Eder Gallery, held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival.

Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Fest

Saturday, December 3rd

Brooklyn, NY: Join Fantagraphics at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival from 12:00 - 9:00 PM, with special guests Al Columbia, Jack Davis, Kim Deitch, Michael Kupperman, Dash Shaw, and Josh Simmons.  Signing schedule to be announced soon on the FLOG!

Oil and Water at Powell's Books Tonight!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve DuinShannon WheelerOil and Waterevents 28 Nov 2011 10:26 AM

Oil and Water

Oil and Water continues to spread across Portland, Oregon, in an environmentally-friendly way!

Join author Steve Duin, columnist for The Oregonian, and Eisner-winning artist Shannon Wheeler tonight at the celebrated Powell's Books for a discussion of this powerful book, with a signing to follow! The event starts at 7:30 PM.

Powell's City of Books is located at 1005 W Burnside, Portland.

Kolor Klimax Signing and Pre-Release Party Pics
Written by janice headley | Filed under Matthias Wivelevents 25 Nov 2011 1:02 PM

Kolor Klimax pre-release party

This coming March, Fantagraphics releases the comics collection Kolor Klimax: Nordic Comics Now... and when the Nords say "now" they mean it, as editor Matthias Wivel has already thrown a "Pre-Release Party" for the book last week in Copenhagen!  You can view more pictures from the party here.

And the fun doesn't stop, as today Friday, November 25th, there will be (was?) a signing at the comic book store Fantask [ St. Pedersstræde 18, Copenhagen ]. Wivel will be (was?) joined by artists Peter Kielland, Johan F. Krarup, Mårdøn Smet and Thomas Thorhauge.

Nordic Comics NOW, indeed!

[Ed. note: Edited to reflect the fact that we may have gotten this posted a little late -- sorry!]

Lou Reed Signing The Raven in Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Lou ReedLorenzo Mattottievents 23 Nov 2011 8:45 AM

The Raven by Lou Reed & Lorenzo Mattotti

Forget about Black Friday. It's time to get in line for Black Monday, when Lou Reed descends upon Brooklyn on December 12th!

Join Lou at BookCourt [ 163 Court Street ] at 7:00 PM.  He will be signing and discussing The Raven, his collaboration with legendary Italian illustrator and cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti, based on the work of Edgar Allen Poe.

The last time Lou signed The Raven, The New Yorker was there to report: "Mattotti's illustrations, which were projected in a slide show, saturated the room with a kind of terror and despair. There was also something about the sound and sudden fits of fury in Reed's voice that seemed to mirror Poe's tormented vision."

As if you needed further convincing, this event is free. Don't miss this one, Brooklyn!

Crime Stoppers with Michael Kupperman Tomorrow in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 21 Nov 2011 8:26 AM

Join Michael Kupperman tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 22nd, for the second installment of his new monthly comedy series The Crime Stoppers Club, a collaboration with Kate Beaton!

This month, they welcome special guests Lauren Weinstein, Bridey Elliott, Lizz Hickey and Russell Christian for a night of hilarious abandon and storytelling at Luca Lounge [ 222 Avenue B, NYC ].

Fight crime with The Crime Stoppers Club every month in New York City -- you can follow them here on Facebook!

The Heroes from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Photo Round-Up
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezevents 21 Nov 2011 12:51 AM

Cheese Biscuit and The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.

Mmmm! Cheese biscuits and Love & Rockets sure go great together, as a buncha folks found out this past weekend in Charlotte, NC!  Our friends at the comic shop Heroes Aren't Hard to Find hosted a discussion group for The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. -- concentrating on Death of Speedy and Flies on the Ceiling -- and it looks like it was a ton of fun!

Heroes Discussion Group for The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.

See what I mean??? And, hey, there's cartoonist Dustin Harbin back there in the stripes!

 Heroes Discussion Group for The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.

Nice to see a book from the original collection was brought out for the discussion!

 Heroes Discussion Group for The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.

Hi to you, too, Maggie!

Heroes Discussion Group for The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.

Sigh... Isn't this one of the happiest photos ever?

All photos are © Heather Mobley, and you can view the entire set here on Flickr!  So, who else is discussing Love & Rockets at their Book Club?  Let's get L&R discussion groups goin' across the globe!

Oil and Water at the Wild Arts Festival This Weekend
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve DuinOil and Waterevents 18 Nov 2011 3:11 PM

Wild Arts Festival

This weekend, it's the Wild Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon, a 2-day event celebrating books and arts, to benefit the Audubon Society of Portland.

Oil & Water

And on Sunday, November 20th, the authors of Oil and Water will be signing from 12:00 - 4:00 PM! Meet writer Steve Duin, a columnist for The Oregonian, and editor Mike Rosen, and hear more about the PDX2Gulf trip they took with three Aubudon staffers to the Gulf Coast back in 2010.

And make a note in your calendar, 'cause the authors will be back at the Aubudon in February to give a "Nature Night" presentation! 

The Wild Arts Festival is held at Montgomery Park [ 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland ].

The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora Exhibit Opens in NYC
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Floraeventsart shows 18 Nov 2011 8:54 AM

An exhibit of Jim Flora's curiously sinister art opens tomorrow night, Saturday, November 19th, in the curiously sinister city of New York, and you do not want to miss this!

The Dorian Grey Gallery is proud to present the very first posthumous New York exhibit and sale of Jim Flora original art, curated by our own Flora archivist Irwin Chusid, in conjunction with gallery owner Luis Accorsi and director Christopher Pusey.

It's gonna be a doozy: Offerings include temperas on paper; woodcut prints (vintage and new); medium and large acrylics on canvas; pen & ink drawings on paper; fine art and screen prints, and branded Flora paper merchandise. Many of these exhibited works have NOT been previously published in our three Fantagraphics anthologies!

The opening reception is this Saturday night from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and will include a live music set by the Cracked Latin trio, featuring gallery owner/vocalist Accorsi along with guitarist/vocalist Lane Steinberg and percussionist Charlie Zeleny. Zowie!

The Dorian Grey Gallery is located at 437 East 9th Street (between 1st and A) in New York City.  The exhibit runs through January 8th.