For the first time ever, Fantagraphics will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival! Come visit us this Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00 - 9:00 PM for a wealth of debuts, artist appearances, and the great Gary Groth manning the table!
Gary will be joined by a truly all-star cast of artists for our first BCGF:
Where can you find all this awesome? Fantagraphics will be in the downstairs section at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church [ 275 North 8th Street ], at tables 31 & 32:
And finally, make sure you don't miss our artists in these panels! These will all take place at Union Pool [ 484 Union Avenue # A ], and the panels are free and open to the public:
1:30 PM // JACK DAVIS Q+A
Legendary cartoonist Jack Davis made his mark producing horror and war stories for EC Comics, before finding his métier in satire as one of the original (and longest running) artists for MAD Magazine. As a prolific illustrator, Davis defined the caricatural style of the 1960s and 1970s—and beyond. In this rare public appearance, Davis will discuss his career with Fantagraphics co-publisher Gary Groth and illustrator Drew Friedman.
[ Jack Davis fans, please note: he will also be appearing on Friday, December 2nd at the opening of his exhibit at the Scott Eder Gallery! Don't miss it! ]
2:30 PM // GESTURAL AESTHETICS
As comics have evolved beyond their commercial roots toward more individualistic modes of expression, they have been infused with new influences from other fields of art including printmaking, collage and painting. Additionally, new printing technologies have permitted the reproduction of artwork that more closely shows the work of an artist’s hand. Austin English, Dunja Jankovic and Frank Santoro will discuss new aesthetics in comics with moderator Bill Kartalopoulos.
6:00 PM // THE LANGUAGE IN COMICS
The recent embrace of graphic novels by the publishing industry has led to misguided attempts to evaluate comics according to the standards and conventions of literary fiction. The writing in comics occupies a more peculiar place, with its own constraints and opportunities. John Porcellino, Gabrielle Bell, and David Sandlin will discuss the particular demands of writing within a visually-driven form in this conversation moderated by novelist Myla Goldberg.
So, get ready! And we'll see you in Brooklyn this Saturday!
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!
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!
Titled Panóptica, the exhibit spotlights his work from 1973-2011 with 120 original pieces, including posters, childrens books, magazine illustrations, and more.
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!
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.
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!]
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!
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!
See what I mean??? And, hey, there's cartoonist Dustin Harbin back there in the stripes!
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 ].
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