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Category >> Bill Griffith

VIVA LA COMIX
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under VIVA LA COMIXBill GriffithAl Floogleman 17 Jul 2009 12:33 PM

From ARCADE #4 , winter 1975, edited Al Floogleman & Griffy

"Your violent thrashings stir me.  From where are you people pulling the energy?  It's a great trick, awareness and buoyancy.  Yours is still the art 'that knows not its name,' down and dangerous, some of the only art around still life-impelled beyond its theory (that's decadence).  There's a lot of dada ghosts riding their hopes on you; stay as unregenerate as you are."

 - Ken Jacobs 

 

Six years ago I believed the above quote was just as relevant in 2003 as it probably was in 1975 to what was once commonly refered to as "Underground Comix" and then later commonly referred to as "Alternative Comics." 

Move over, Steelers: Zippy Does Pittsburgh!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsBill Griffith 2 Feb 2009 8:12 AM
Zippy's Pittsburgh and More: The Art of Bill Griffith
At The ToonSeum, February 7 to March 31, 2009

PITTSBURGH -- The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of cartoon art, presents Zippy's Pittsburgh and More: The Art of Bill Griffith, February 7 through March 31, 2009.

Zippy's Pittsburgh and More is an exhibit of Griffith's original comic art, with several strips featuring Pittsburgh landmarks as settings. "Our location at the Children's Museum has a certain surreal quality that lends itself well to Zippy," said ToonSeum Executive Director, Joe Wos. "Giant inflatable ice cream dinosaurs, twenty-foot cranes made of old gas station signs, and of course a museum of cartoon art, all seem to fit quite well in Zippy's world!" The artist agrees, saying "For me, Zippy is funniest when his craziness bumps up against the ‘real world', which is why I put him in diners and have him talking to Bob's Big Boy. It doesn't get much more real than Pittsburgh, PA - it's Zippy Country!"

Zippy the Pinhead, one of the unlikeliest daily comic strips in the history of newspapers, initially appeared in underground comix in the early 1970s, and was first published as a daily strip in the San Francisco Examiner in 1985. The following year, King Features picked up the strip for worldwide syndication. Zippy's creator Bill Griffith describes the character as the "wise fool," who "knows nothing at all and everything at once." His twisted response to all forms of high and low culture forces us to take a fresh look at words and images that permeate our consciousness daily.

Bill Griffith will appear for a special book signing at Phantom of the Attic Comics in Oakland, on Saturday, February 21, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The book signing is sponsored by Phantom of the Attic and Copacetic Comics.

The ToonSeum is Pittsburgh's museum of cartoon art, currently housed within the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children's Way, on the North Side). Entry to the ToonSeum is free with paid admission to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (Adults- $10, Children under 18 and Seniors - $9, Children under 2- Free). Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.toonseum.com or call (412)325-1060

Pittsburgh City Paper is the media sponsor for Zippy's Pittsburgh and More.

 


Daily links: 1/19/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadSergio PonchioneKevin HuizengaDash ShawDaniel ClowesChris WareBob LevinBob FingermanBill Griffith 19 Jan 2009 3:20 PM

• List: Aron Nels Steinke presents his Top Ten of 2008, including Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga

• List: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner declares Bob Levin's Most Outrageous: The Trials and Trespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester one of the "five most criminally ignored books of 2008"

• Review: Rob Clough examines Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione

• Review/Things to see: French cartoonist Olive Booger posts her impressions of Bottomless Belly Button (original French; Google translation) with bonus fan art!

• Blurb: Irregular Orbit devotes 9 perfectly-chosen words to Zippy: Connect the Polka Dots by Bill Griffith

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch concludes their three-parter with Bob Fingerman

• Interview: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon found a video file of Jonathan Lethem interviewing Daniel Clowes at the 2005 MoCCA Festival; he can't remember where it came from but he's posted it anyway

• Things to see: Steven Weissman's HLK

• Oddity: "Chris Ware can show Video Games the path to manhood"

Attention Seattle: SAVE ZIPPY!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Bill Griffith 6 Jan 2009 5:27 PM

Barely a month after Bill Griffith graced our emerald city with a fantastic exhibition and book release party, less than a week after he published an homage to our quirky town and his visit, the Seattle P-I has returned the favor by unceremoniously dropping Zippy the Pinhead from its daily print edition, effective this morning. This should be considered an affront to Mr. Griffith, to Seattle's own Fantagraphics, and to all remaining conscious and literate readers of the newspaper. With Zippy gone, enjoy your Funky Winkerbean when you're stuck waiting somewhere with nothing to read but that section of the paper.  We would be most grateful if you would consider  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  (NOTE: new, better email link added) and asking them to bring back America's -- and Seattle's -- favorite pinhead. We will post updates as we get them. 

UPDATE: Better email link added above, and I've also been told fans can voice their complaints by telephone by calling the PI's Reader Representative at 206.448.8007. 

New Comics Day 12/17/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadnew releasesNew Comics DayBill Griffith 17 Dec 2008 10:51 AM
This week comics shops across the U.S. are scheduled to receive one new book from us: Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith. Hit that link for more info and previews of this brand new Zippy the Pinhead collection.
New wallpaper downloads: The Lagoon, Zippy
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadwallpapersmetaLilli CarréBill Griffith 9 Dec 2008 4:44 PM

We have a new duo of downloads with which to decorate your desktop! Just click on the size below that matches your monitor resolution -- find more info (and lots more choices) on our downloads page.

The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1152 x 864 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 720 | iPhone

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith
800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1152 x 864 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 720 | iPhone



Signed bookplate update: Bill Griffith, Josh Simmons
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesJosh SimmonsBill Griffith 3 Dec 2008 3:29 PM

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg signed bookplate - Bill Griffith

The next best thing to a signed edition: with select books we'll include a signed "ex libris"-style bookplate, and best of all, it's FREE! The latest additions to our selection are Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith (above) and Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons (below). We also have a restock of plates for Josh's House.

Some conditions apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!

Jessica Farm signed bookplate - Josh Simmons

Now in stock: Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadnew releasesBill Griffith 28 Nov 2008 2:50 PM

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg
By Bill Griffith

This new Zippy collection is an unexpected departure from previous editions: most of the strips in this volume chronicle the strange history, people and social mores of Zippy’s hometown, “Dingburg,” the only city in the U.S. inhabited entirely by pinheads — well, aside from Washington, D.C., and certain sections of Newark.

Take a tour of Dingburg’s “Beatnik District,” experience the festive holiday season of “Nordisk,” meet Dingburg’s resident Cubist, watch as citizens capture Donald Trump’s wig in a raid on an Atlantic City casino, and find out (at last) exactly why Zippy and his fellow Dingburgers speak in non sequiturs (it’s the water).

Reader response to this new Dingburg “story thread” has been loud and approving, with many asking for directions to the fabled enclave, somewhere “17 miles west of Baltimore.” Detailed maps will be provided on the new book’s endpapers.

Dingburg’s own favorite comic strips are also on display. Marvel at the baffling success of “Fletcher & Tanya” and the Dingburg kids’ favorite online comic, “Unibrow Versus The Universe.”

Also in this isue: the revealing “Little Zippy” series, in which Zippy’s magical and very weird childhood is laid bare.

And, finally, Zippy and J. Edgar Hoover (remember him?) cavort in tutus and play with loaded guns. Welcome to Dingburg!

160-page b&w/color 8.5" x 9" softcover with wraparound foldout cover • $18.99
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Bill Griffith event images
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadvideoFantagraphics BookstoreeventsBill Griffithart shows 10 Nov 2008 10:53 AM

A couple of things to watch out for in this set of photos and videos from Saturday night's Bill Griffith appearance and exhibit at our storefront: 1) the fan who gets her Zippy tattoo signed and hightails it out the door to the tattoo parlor down the street to have it inked in permanently; 2) our brand-new Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery canvas tote bags, available only at the store for the low price of $14.95. We love us a slideshow, and it's embedded above; click here if you can't see it and/or to view it in a new window, or click here to browse through images at your own speed.

Preview video/slideshow: Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadvideopreviewsnew releasesBill Griffith 5 Nov 2008 3:03 PM

If you follow us on Flickr, you saw this preview of the upcoming new Zippy the Pinhead book Welcome to Dingburg pop up a few days ago. If you don't... here it is! Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window. (And don't forget to join us and Bill Griffith at the book launch party/exhibit opening at our bookstore on Saturday night!)