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Jim Flora's Tenement K Print Out Now!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim FloraIrwin Chusidart 27 Oct 2013 11:13 AM

Jim Flora's Tenement K Print

Vacancies are available for a brand new Jim Flora art print, released just last week!

Titled Tenement K, this limited edition fine art print features residents who are bawdy, musical, criminal, and/or exhibitionistic. Doesn't matter if you're rowdy, serpentine, or headless — the landlord will rent you a room. If you were a mutant miscreant, you'd be home by now.

The previously unpublished and uncirculated work, which dates from the 1940s, is owned by a private collector who allowed them to have the work professionally photographed for print reproduction. Although the work is untitled, they have provisionally named it Tenement K to differentiate it from other untitled Jim Flora works.

Only forty prints of Tenement K were produced for this edition, so don't delay -- move in today !

The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora

You can get yourself some more Jim Flora beauty in our brand new collection The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, available now!

(Un)covering Guantanamo at NYU School of Law!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Janet Hamlinevents 24 Oct 2013 9:13 AM

Sketching Guantanamo

On Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00 PM, the NYU School of Law presents a special panel: (Un)covering Guantanamo: Reporting On Some of the World’s Most Controversial Trials

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the ACLU are delighted to bring together a panel of speakers with unparalleled experience depicting and reporting on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the military commission trials taking place there.

Included on this panel are Janet Hamlin, artist behind Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, and Carol Rosenberg, who wrote the foreword for the book.

This distinguished group of journalists will address the challenges and opportunities of covering the most important terrorism trials of our time at an off-shore military base, discuss long-standing allegations of censorship and excessive secrecy, and consider the extent to which the United States government has succeeded (or not) in managing the public image of Guantanamo and the military commissions. They will also discuss the fates and stories of the detainees they have covered.

Join them at Furman Hall [ 245 Sullivan Street ] on the 9th Floor in the Lester Pollack Room. A valid ID and RSVP is required for admission to this event. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by November 6th. This event will be followed by a brief reception.

Kipp Friedman Brings Barracuda in the Attic to NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kipp Friedmanevents 23 Oct 2013 5:47 PM

Barracuda in the Attic attacks New York City on Monday, December 16th!

Join Kipp Friedman in conversation with fellow writer Jay Ruttenberg at the 2A Bar! Starting at 8:00 PM, Kipp will share stories about growing up and getting into hi-jinx on both coasts with his brothers Drew and Josh Friedman. 

2A Bar is located at 25 Avenue A in Manhattan, at the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. Admission is free, drinks are cheap -- you shouldn't miss it!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/21-10/28
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggeeventsEd Piskor 23 Oct 2013 1:28 PM

Peter Bagge
photo credit: Joshin Yamada, Stumptown 2012

Wednesday, October 23rd

New York City, NYPeter Bagge brings his new Drawn & Quarterly title The Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, to Book Culture at 7:00 PM! (more info)

Thursday, October 24th

Brooklyn, NY:  And then Peter Bagge heads to WORD for a signing across the water at 7:00 PM! (more info)

HHFT

Friday, October 25th

Columbia, SC:  And Ed Piskor is bringing Hip Hop Family Tree to the 2nd Annual Cola-Con, a convention where comics meets hip hop -- so basically, the perfect place for Piskor to be! (more info)

Saturday, October 26th

Columbia, SC:  Day 2 to find Ed Piskor and Hip Hop Family Tree at the 2nd Annual Cola-Con! Ed will bring tha noise with a talk on the history of hip-hop music, everything from Grandmaster Flash to Public Enemy, and will be signing copies of his book! (more info)

Sunday, October 27th

Toronto, ON:  Someone bring Peter Bagge some of those famous Canadian donuts to his signing at IFOA: the International Festival of Authors on this night! (more info)

AAIEEE! Art Exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Lilli CarréGary PanterChris Wareart shows 22 Oct 2013 4:09 PM

"AAIEEE!!!!!!"

...is just what you'll say when you check out this latest art exhibit at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin!

The AAIEEE! exhibition transcends the comic book of times past and reiterates how potent imagery can be. It presents works by emerging and established comic book artists like our own Lilli Carré (whose work is shown above) and Gary Panter, alongside Chris Ware, Souther Salazar, Karl Wirsum and the Chicago collective, Trubble Club. AAIEEE! is part of The Open Eye, a collection of shows around Ray Yoshida's work, collections, and influence.

AAIEEE! runs through February 16, 2014. The Kohler Arts Center is located at 608 New York Avenue in Sheboygan, situated along Interstate 43 in east central Wisconsin.

Ellen Forney Residency at Town Hall Seattle Tonight!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEllen Forney 20 Oct 2013 12:13 PM

Ellen Forney
photo credit: Jacob Peter Fennell

Have a creative itch you just can't scratch? Let Ellen Forney help you, tonight, Sunday, October 20th, at Town Hall in Seattle!

As Town Hall's fall season Artist in Residence, Ellen is joining forces with Cornish College theater professor Kathleen Collins to present "Scratch Night" -- "scratch" is as in "scratch paper," like an experiment, Ellen explains, not like a scratchy wool sweater!  

Together, Ellen and Kathleen will lead this dynamic, interactive workshop exploring the analogous skills and concepts that fuel their apparently disparate artistic mediums. “There’s so much acting in comics!” Forney says. “A cartoonist has to be the writer, director, and all the actors – just on paper.” No matter your preferred medium/practice — performance, literary, visual arts — breaching traditional boundaries enriches our experience of creating and understanding.

So, bring a sketchbook and your favorite pen or pencil, and wear comfy clothes! The fun begins tonight at 7:00 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public, and you are strongly encouraged to "RSVP" so they have an idea of how many people to expect. Beautiful Town Hall is located at 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle.

Kipp Friedman in Conversation in Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kipp Friedmanevents 18 Oct 2013 8:13 AM

Kipp Friedman is bringing the Barracuda to The Book Cellar in Chicago on Wednesday, November 13th!

Join Kipp for a conversation at 7:00 PM with fellow author Barry Wightman as they discuss Barracuda in the Attic, Kipp's memoir about growing up and getting into hi-jinx on both coasts with his brothers Drew and Josh Friedman.  Perhaps Kipp will talk about shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald... it's sure to be a fascinating and hilarious evening!

The Book Cellar is located at 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago.

This Is How He Drew Her: Jaime Hernandez Talk in Pasadena!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezevents 17 Oct 2013 12:13 PM

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

If you live in Pasadena, you better attend this! Quoted directly from their press release:

Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the famed Los Bros Hernandez's alt-comic Love and Rockets, is a legend with fans everywhere. Among the most notable is Pulitzer Prize-winning author (and comics and graphic novels lover) Junot Diaz, who's cited Los Bros as a major influence on both his writing and his sensibilities.

This month the much-anticipated deluxe edition of Diaz's short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her, comes out. But the buzz hasn't been about the stories, because this time the big story's actually been the pictures -- drawn by the unmistakable hand of Jaime Hernandez.

On Monday, November 4th, 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.

This incredible event is free, and open to the public. Doors are at 7:00 PM, and you better be in your seat by 7:30 PM. The Crawford Family Forum is located at 474 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

Listen NY! Pat Thomas Returns with the Sights and Sounds of Black Power!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 17 Oct 2013 7:13 AM

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

Start spreadin' the news, New York! For one weekend this fall, author Pat Thomas is bringing Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 back to town.

Join him at the appropriately-named Revolution Books [ 146 West 26th Street ] on Monday, November 4th at 7:00 PM. 

And then cross the bridge on Tuesday, November 5th for a reading at the "Student Center" [ at East 27 Street and Campus Road ] of Brooklyn College, CUNY at 2:15 PM.

At both events, Pat will be spinning discs, lecturing via a multi-media presentation, and signing both the book and the companion CD and LP on Light in the Attic Records. 

Both events are free and open to the public. Come find out for yourself why Spin Magazine listed Listen, Whitey! on its Top 10 music books of the year list!

Jim Flora's Mambo For Cats Print Back in Stock!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim FloraIrwin Chusidart 16 Oct 2013 12:46 PM

 Jim Flora's Mambo For Cats

To celebrate the publication of The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, our fourth anthology of Jim Flora artwork — and one which features all of Flora's known album covers — the infamous Mambo for Cats is dancing yet again!

Although the original print run sold out last year, a new revived edition is now available. It's about album-cover size (40% smaller than the original screen print), and is produced on different paper with different inks thru an entirely different printing process (inkjet, or giclée). One other significant difference: the screen print was on cream-colored stock; the giclée stock is white. 

Pounce on the limited edition launch price while you can!