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Kim Deitch Exhibition at the Scott Eder Gallery Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kim Deitcheventsart shows 18 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Kim Deitch Scott Eder

Get ready for the most splendorific show to hit the Scott Eder Gallery: an exhibition of art by Underground Comix legend Kim Deitch!

Spanning 30 years of work, the show will feature art from his most recent graphic novel, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, and includes pieces from classics such as The Search for Smilin' Ed, Stuff of Dreams... and the infamous cat, Waldo.

The show opens on Friday, December 6th, with an artist reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with the delightful Mr. Deitch himself. In addition to original artwork, silkscreen prints, t-shirts, and signed books will be available for purchase. (I hereby implore someone to get me a t-shirt, thanks.)

The Scott Eder Gallery is located at 18 Bridge St. #2-I, Brooklyn. You've got until January 25th to view the exhibit, so don't miss out!

Lilli Carré's Eyeworks Animation Festival Brooklyn Screenings!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Lilli Carréevents 15 Nov 2013 11:13 AM

This weekend, Lilli Carré's acclaimed animation festival Eyeworks will screen at the Pioneer Works Center for Art & Innovation in Brooklyn.

Screenings take place today, Friday, November 15th, at 8:00 PM, and tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th, at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are available online here, and the duel-day festival pass comes with a free silkscreened poster.

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation was founded by Carré and Alexander Stewart in 2010 to showcase outstanding experimental animation of all sorts, and the range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods.

Pioneer Works is located at 159 Pioneer Street, between Imlay & Conover streets, in Brooklyn.

Hip Hop Family Tree Signing with Ed Piskor in Chapel Hill, NC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 15 Nov 2013 10:07 AM

That's right! Chapel Hill Comics are gonna funk you right on up with a signing of Hip Hop Family Tree this Saturday, November 16th with the funkmaster Ed Piskor! Join in the fun from 6:00 to 9:00 PM!

If you love hip hop, you will love everything about this book:  Piskor's exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. 

Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 W Franklin Street in the fine, fine city of Chapel Hill, NC. They'll also have copies of Ed's hacker comic masterwork, Wizzywig!

An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers in Columbus, OH!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 14 Nov 2013 7:13 PM


photo credit: Stephanie Rivers

It's time for the Billy Ireland Festival of Cartoon Art, and this year, they've got even more to celebrate as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University is moving into wonderful new, expanded facility in Sullivant Hall! All weekend long, they're breaking in the new building with comics events, including this very special evening with Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, this Saturday, November 16th!

Kicking off at 7:30 PM, join them for a freewheeling conversation between these alternative comics legends as they discuss their groundbreaking series Love & Rockets, and their ongoing stories about Latino and Latina life, love, and punk rock on both sides of the border. 

Admission is free for Ohio State students with BUCK ID, or $5 for the general public, and available online here

(By the way, check out that sweet festival logo below, designed by our very own Paul Hornschemeier!)


Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball Drawings at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Willard Mullinevents 14 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Get ready to play ball! Editor Hal Bock is steppin' up to the plate in New York City with our beautiful collection Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972!

Join him on Thursday, December 5th starting at 7:00 PM at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse for a signing and discussion about the great Willard Mullin, voted "Sports Cartoonist of the Century" upon his retirement by his peers. (We're also told this talk will be filmed for a later podcast, so stay tuned!)

Bergino Baseball Clubhouse is located at 67 East 11 Street in the landmark Cast Iron Building in Greenwich Village, New York City. Be sure to get there early to check out the handcrafted baseballs they've got in stock!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 11/11-11/18
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsNo Straight LinesKipp FriedmanJoe SaccoJanet Hamlinevents 13 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Wednesday, November 13th

Chicago, ILKipp Friedman is bringing Barracuda in the Attic to The Book Cellar! Join him for a conversation with fellow author Barry Wightman starting at 7:00 PM! (more info)

San Francisco, CA:  Join Trina Robbins from 10:00 AM to Noon for the panel "Brave Women in Comix Then & Now: San Francisco Comix Scene from 1970 to Today" at the California College of the Arts! Also on the panel will be her fellow underground comixpioneer Mary Wings, who just happens to be in our award-winning anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics!  (more info)

Sketching Guantanamo

New York City, NY:  The NYU School of Law presents a special panel: (Un)covering Guantanamo: Reporting On Some of the World’s Most Controversial Trials, featuring Janet Hamlin, artist behind Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, and Carol Rosenberg, who wrote the foreword for the book.   (more info)

Thursday, November 14th

Seattle, WAJoe Sacco presents his new book The Great War to Town Hall tonight, starting at 7:30 PM! (more info)

Brave Women in Comix Then & Now Wednesday in SF!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsNo Straight Linesevents 12 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

You simply can't have a panel about "brave women" in comics without having our own Trina Robbins in the mix!

So, join them on Wednesday, November 13th from 10:00 AM to Noon for the panel "Brave Women in Comix Then & Now: San Francisco Comix Scene from 1970 to Today." As you no doubt know, that city was the epicenter for "American Underground Comixs" in the '60s and '70s, breaking ground for new genres in comixs for women, gays, Latinos, and other diverse groups. This is sure to be a rare intellectual and art event that will bring forth unknown and inspirational dialogue from a feminine and historical perspective.

Along with Trina, the spirited round table discussion will also include Maureen Burdock of Laydeez Do Comix, Heather Plunkett from the Cartoon Art Museum, Isis Rodriguez of My Life as a Comic Stripper, and fellow pioneer Mary Wings from San Francisco's underground comix scene, who just happens to be in our award-winning anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics!

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics

 

Be sure to ask Trina about her fantastic new book Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 -- a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries!

The San Francisco branch of the California College of the Arts is located at 1111 Eighth Street. This event is FREE, and open to the public.

Presenting the Jim Woodring Presspop Figurines of Yo La Tengo!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim Woodring 6 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

I've been meaning to write about this for a while now, but frankly, there aren't words strong enough to describe my excitement for this collaboration between two of my all-time favorite artists, Jim Woodring and Yo La Tengo!

Their love story goes a long ways back, as we mentioned on the FLOG earlier this year when we premiered the band's most recent release Fade at the book launch party for Jim's collection Problematic: Sketchbook Drawings 2004-2012.  And now Jim has taken the artwork for Fade and interpreted it into The Tree, a set of three figurines and a DVD produced by our friends at PressPop! We'll let them describe the rest:

Experience the magical collaboration of Yo La Tengo and Jim Woodring. The three band members, Ira, Georgia and James come to life as 3 original characters in the land of “the Tree!”

Present/past/future, the real/unreal, visible/invisible, sadness/joy…… "the Tree” will grow, enveloping all. And the ecstatic creatures that inhabit “the Tree” are the 3 beings blessed by the god of music. The curtain has been raised for Woodring’s mysterious and psychedelic dream land. But the story has just begun……

This product is a set of DVD and 3 soft-vinyl dolls. The DVD contains an original animation (5:20 minutes) of a mind-blowing colorful dream world that centers on “the Tree” and the 3 whimsical characters. It is made by a Japanese production company that specialize in hand-drawn animation: drop. And of course, All NEW music by Yo La Tengo! The 3 colorful soft-vinyl dolls were sculpted by Japanese master sculptor: Tomohiro Yasui. Beautiful packaging design by Jim Woodring with a bonus comic on the back.


photos courtesy of James McNew

As you can see, the resemblance is striking! These figures are currently available (in incredibly limited quanties) at the merch table on the band's European tour, or you can also pre-order a set of your own at the Matador Records website. I am already planning for them to take a ride on Mr. Bumper, and maybe get in some battles with Lorbo.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 11/4-11/11
Written by janice headley | Filed under Roberta GregoryPat ThomasMegan KelsoJoe SaccoJaime HernandezeventsDavid LaskyDash Shaw 4 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

This Is How He Drew Her: Jaime Hernandez Talk in Pasadena

Monday, November 4th

Pasadena, CA:  The great Jaime Hernandez comes to The Crawford Family Forum for an evening of art, books, and conversation. KPCC FM "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson talks with Hernandez about his latest work, how it relates to Love and Rockets, and where his future's taking him. (more info)

New York City, NY: Author Pat Thomas will be spinning albums, and signing and lecturing about Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 at the appropriately-named Revolution Books at 7:00 PM. (more info)

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

Tuesday, November 5th

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn, you're not left out -- Pat Thomas brings Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the "Student Center" [ at East 27 Street and Campus Road ] of Brooklyn College, CUNY at 2:15 PM. (more info)

Wednesday, November 6th

Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics artists Megan Kelso, Roberta Gregory, and David Lasky, along with fellow local artists Colleen Frakes and Stan Shaw will appear at the Seattle Public Library at 7:00 PM to discuss their artistic careers and their contributions to the Graphic Canon anthology! (more info)

Seattle, WA: It's your last chance to view Jim Woodring's giant drawings at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! Stop by, and maybe Larry will let you hold the giant pen! (more info

Dash Shaw Comic Arts Brooklyn

Friday, November 8th

Brooklyn, NY: Comic Arts Brooklyn kick off their debut with an evening of animation from Dash Shaw at Spectacle! Come see limited Animation shorts, including the "very best episode" of Robotech! (more info)  

Saturday, November 9th

Seattle, WA: The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery proudly presents Marathon: A Short Run Art Show curated by noneother than Larry Reid, featuring artwork by exhibitors in the upcoming Short Run Small Press Fest in Seattle, ! (more info)  

Brooklyn, NY: Lots of Fantagraphics artists will be exhibiting at the grand debut of Comic Arts Brooklyn! Don't miss it! (more info)  

Sunday, November 10th

Portland, OR: Kicking off his tour for The Great War, it's Joe Sacco at Powells Books tonight at 7:30 PM! (more info)
This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/28-11/4
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffPat ThomasLove and RocketsJaime HernandezeventsBen Catmull 30 Oct 2013 5:13 AM

Thursday, October 31st

San Francisco, CA: Kick off Halloween with Ben Catmull! He'll be signing his gorgeous new book Ghosts and Ruins at Mission: Comics & Art starting at 5:30 PM. (more info)

Friday, November 1st

Tacoma, WA:  Our Marketing, PR, and Outreach Maven Jen Vaughn will be part of the panel "Drawing for a Living: Making Money as an Artist" at Pacific Lutheran University from 2:00 to 4:00 PM! This event is totally free, with no reservations necessary. (more info)

Saturday, November 2nd

Tacoma, WA:  And Jen Vaughn returns to Tacoma for the Jet City Comic Show! Don't miss her on the panel "Digital Comics: Past, Present and Future," starting at 11:00 AM. (more info)

This Is How He Drew Her: Jaime Hernandez Talk in Pasadena

Monday, November 4th

Pasadena, CA:  The great Jaime Hernandez comes to The Crawford Family Forum for an evening of art, books, and conversation. KPCC FM "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson talks with Hernandez about his latest work, how it relates to Love and Rockets, and where his future's taking him. (more info)

New York City, NY: Author Pat Thomas will be spinning albums, and signing and lecturing about Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 at the appropriately-named Revolution Books at 7:00 PM. (more info)