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The Heroes from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Photo Round-Up
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezevents 20 Nov 2011 11:51 PM

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 2:11 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 7:54 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.

Giant Robot's Post-It Show 7 Curated by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tim HensleyT Edward BakSteven WeissmanRenee FrenchMartin CendredaLilli Carréjon vermilyeaJohnny RyanJohn PhamJesse MoynihanJeremy TinderJaime HernandezeventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor Davisart showsAndrice ArpAnders Nilsen 17 Nov 2011 10:13 AM

Giant Robot's Post-It Show 7 Curated by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd

It's that time of year again! The time of year where a flock of Fantagraphics artists participate in the annual Giant Robot Post-It Show, and like last year, it will be curated by the inspirational husband-wife team of Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd

Each sticky note masterpiece is priced to move at a mere $20!  YES. You can own a one-of-a-kind piece of art for $20 lousy bucks from artists like our own: 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

The Giant Robot Post-It Show 7 runs from December 10th through 29th at GR2 [ 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA ] with an opening reception event on Saturday, December 10th from 6:30 - 10:00 PM. It's "cash-and-carry," so don't forget your bag-and-board!

Kalesniko and Kupperman at the 2011 Miami Book Fair This Weekend
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael KuppermanMark Kalesnikoevents 17 Nov 2011 7:13 AM

Miami Book Fair logo

Hey Miami! Spend the weekend with two of our favorite artists with the initials "MK" as Mark Kalesniko and Michael Kupperman head to the 2011 Miami Book Fair!

 

Saturday, November 19th at 3:30 PM

Lives Real and Imagined: Michael Kupperman on Mark Twain's Autobiography: 1910-2010; Jim Ottaviani on Feynman and Ray Fawkes on One Soul

Sunday, November 20th at 4:00 PM

Comics and Autobiography: Mark Kalesniko on Freeway, Jason Shiga on Empire State: A Love Story (or Not); Jennifer Hayden on Underwire. Moderated by John Hogan, editor, Graphic Novel Reporter


Both panels take place at the Prometeo Theatre (Building 1, 1st Floor, Room 1101), and the whole Miami Book Fair takes place at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The whole weekend is jam-packed with literary good times, so don't miss it!

Oil & Water Book Release Party Tonight in Portland!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steve DuinShannon WheelerOil and Waterevents 16 Nov 2011 10:13 AM

Oil & Water by Steve Duin & Shannon Wheeler

Fantagraphics invites you to help celebrate the release of Oil and Water tonight, Wednesday, November 15th at Bridge City Comics in Portland!

Both Steve Duin, columnist for The Oregonian, and Eisner-winning artist Shannon Wheeler will be in attendance from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Get your copies of Oil and Water signed, and find out more about what happened when ten Oregonians traveled to the Gulf Coast in August 2010 to plumb the devastation wrought by the Deepwater Horizon spill.  

This event is free and open-to-the-public, so be sure to drop by! Bridge City Comics is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave. in the bridge-festooned city of Portland.

Michael Kupperman Takes On The Scarlet Empress
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 15 Nov 2011 10:13 AM

The Scarlet Empress

Let's all go to the movies with Michael Kupperman!

Comedian and Emmy-award winning Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan has devised the "Closely Watched Films" series, for "hardcore movie nerds and beginning cinephiles alike." And on Wednesday, December 7th, Kupperman will join him at 92Y Tribeca [ 200 Hudson Street, NYC ] for a look at the 1934 film The Scarlet Empress, starring Marlene Dietrich. 

Together, they will discuss "rare bursts of Hollywood madness, von Sternberg’s Svengali relationship with Dietrich and whether historical accuracy is ever necessary." And based on Kupperman's latest, Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010, I'm gonna say the answer to that last part is... naw.

Wear Some Underworld With Your Underwear!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchKazfashion 14 Nov 2011 10:13 AM

Underworld by Kaz Store Banner

Well, whether or not you wear underwear is really more of a personal decision, but you can now get yourself a snazzy tee featuring artwork from long-running Harvey-award-nominated comic Underworld by Kaz!

And to celebrate the opening of their shop, all tees are discounted for the first week only.  We're not entirely sure when this offer expires, so click over there today!

International Society of Caricature Artists Honors Drew Friedman
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 14 Nov 2011 9:48 AM

Drew Friedman, photo by K. Bidus
photo credit: K. Bidus

Cheer up, good sir! This year, the International Society of Caricature Artists have named Drew Friedman as their Guest-of-Honor at this year's convention. And all I gotta say about that is, daaamn straight!

The 2011 convention runs November 13th through 18th in St. Pete Beach, Florida, and unfortunately, it's only open to members of the ISCA, but if you happen to be one, you can look forward to what's sure to be a delightful keynote address from Drew!

Congratulations, Drew!!!

CORRECTION: Drew informs us that day passes to the convention are available to the general public! –Ed.

Live Comix Block with Leslie Stein at BookCourt!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Leslie Steinevents 14 Nov 2011 7:13 AM

Leslie Stein at BookCourt

Book it to BookCourt this Wednesday, November 16 for a presentation with our own Leslie Stein!

It's all part of the "Cousin Corinne's Live Comix Block" series, as MC'ed by Dean Haspiel.  Jennifer Hayden and George O'Connor are also on the bill this week.

The fun starts at 7:00 PM, and later in the evening, she'll be signing copies of Eye of the Majestic Creature -- so, head on over to BookCourt [ 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY ] this Wednesday!