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Stan Sakai at the Michigan State University Comics Forum!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stan Sakaievents 30 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

This February, Michigan State University will host their annual MSU Comics Forum, an event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.

And this year's keynote speaker is noneother than the great Stan Sakai! On Friday, February 21st, Stan will be speaking from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater. Sakai-san will be discussing his long-running anthropomorphic animal series, Usagi Yojimbo, and talking about his wonderful, highly-acclaimed 30+ year career! 

MSU Comics Forum will take place at Snyder/Phillips Hall at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/27-2/3
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJesse ReklaweventsCharles Rodrigues 29 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

	The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues

Wednesday, January 29th

New York City, NY: The wonderful Society of Illustrators will host a special Happy Hour event in honor of the exhibit, The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues! The reception goes from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. A $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket, buffet included. (more info)

The Artwork of Couch Tag

Friday, January 31st

Portland, OR: It's your last chance to Jesse Reklaw's exhibit The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, at Pony Club Gallery. Don't miss it! (more info)

BlackIsThePoster

Saturday, February 1st

Seattle, WA: This Saturday finds rising star Julia Gfrörer signing the sensational new book Black Is the Color. Her story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a nefarious mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. (more info)

Los Angeles, CA: Stop by the Secret Headquarters table at the L.A. Art Book Fair from 3:00 to 4:00 PM for a signing with Paul Hornschemeier! Now's your chance to get his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors signed! (more info)


Kevin Huizenga Reading & Discussion at Bryn Mawr College!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kevin Huizengaevents 27 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

Kevin Huizenga Reading & Discussion at Bryn Mawr College

We're thrilled to share that the great Kevin Huizenga will be performing a reading on Thursday, February 27th at Bryn Mawr College!

Join the acclaimed artist behind the Ignatz-Award-Winning series Ganges in the Quita Woodward Room in Thomas Hall from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  After his reading, he'll be joined by Shiamin Kwa, the Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, for a public discussion.  Light refreshments will be served.

Thomas Great Hall is located at Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA. 

Johnny Ryan Valentine's Day Signing for Prison Pit Book Five!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Johnny Ryanevents 24 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

Prison Pit Book Five Signing

When you think of Valentine's Day, I know you think of Cannibal Fuckface. So, forget the candy and flowers, and get your sweetheart something truly romantic: Prison Pit Book 5!

On Friday, February 14th, join Johnny Ryan at Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles for a celebration of undying love: In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit. Clearly, it is a love for the ages.

The signing begins at 7:00 PM! Secret Headquarters is located at 3817 W Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew FriedmanBlabart shows 23 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman

Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.

Old Jewish Comedians

Short biographies of each comedian will accompany each portrait. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.

The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.

All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.

This Week(end) in Fantagraphics Events: 1/20-1/27
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat ThomasMegan KelsoKristy ValentiKim DeitcheventsDavid Lasky 22 Jan 2014 2:13 PM

Kim Deitch Scott Eder

Saturday, January 25th

Brooklyn, NY:  New Yorkers, this is your last dang chance to view the exquisite Kim Deitch exhibit at the Scott Eder Gallery, spanning 30 years of work from his most recent graphic novel, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, to classics such as The Search for Smilin' Ed, Stuff of Dreams... and the infamous cat, Waldo! Don't be a fool! Go! (more info)

Seattle, WA:  It's time for the fourth annual Graphic Novel Panel at the Seattle Design Center, with an after-party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! Megan Kelso and David Lasky lead workshops, and Fantagraphics staffer Kristy Valenti will be on a panel... if I were gonna be in town, this is definitely where I'd be! (more info)

Oslo, Norway:  Author Pat Thomas brings his award-winning book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the Off the Page Festival in Oslo! Don't miss his always riveting slideshow presentation! (more info)

Dash Shaw Talks Animation & Film at Elizabethtown, PA!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 21 Jan 2014 11:33 AM

Dash Shaw

Animation, peace and spiritualism are subjects of interest this February at Elizabethtown College's Bowers Writers House, and on Wednesday, February 12th, our own Dash Shaw will visit for a talk!

Starting at 8:00 PM, the award-winning animator and cartoonist will discuss "Animation and Film."

All events are free and open to the public.  The Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College is located at 840 College Hill Lane.

Play Dead: Art Exhibit & Book Release with Julia Gfrörer in Portland!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Julia Gfrörereventsart shows 20 Jan 2014 2:43 PM

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

This February, Julia Gfrörer will present the exhibit Play Dead, at Floating World Comics in Portland, showcasing the original art to her exquisite new book, Black is the Color. Join Julia on Thursday, February 6th for the opening reception for her exhibit and a book signing from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Black is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario. Julia Gfrörer’s delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer’s prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.

Floating World Comics is located at 400 NW Couch St. in downtown Portland. The exhibit runs through February 28th.

Black is the Color

Pat Thomas Brings Listen Whitey to Off The Page Oslo!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 20 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

On Saturday, January 25th, author Pat Thomas will tell the Norweigans, "Listen, Whitey!

Thomas brings his award-winning book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the Off the Page Festival in Oslo. It's a music festival without music -- only in its third year, this collaboration between nyMusikk and The Wire is devoted to music criticism, audio culture and sonic experiences featuring a host of international speakers, like Pat!

Off the Page takes place at Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo.

Listen Whitey

Jim Woodring’s Big Egypt Parlor Sphinx is Back!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim Woodring 15 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

It's true! A few years ago, the mighty Jim Woodring teamed up with toy designers Cardboard Spaceship for this exclusive resin figurine of the Big Egypt Parlor Sphinx

(As Jim describes on his Facebook page, "You can't tell from the image, but the label on the box was designed to look in all ways as if it were made in occupied Japan."  Haw!)

Vinylpulse.com has some shots of the sculpts for the lil' guy. The finished resin figurine measures approx. 4" tall by 5" wide.

This toad is a prince, and we're happy to see him back in production! Hurry and get yours before he hops away and goes out-of-print again.


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