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Category >> Charles Burns

Comics: Philosophy & Practice at the University of Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under SethRobert CrumbJustin GreenJoe SaccoIvan BrunettiGary PantereventsDaniel ClowesChris WareCharles BurnsCarol TylerAline Kominsky-Crumb 13 Apr 2012 10:49 AM

Hey Chicago! Stop whatever you're doing (yes, that means reading the FLOG) and go register for this NOW! Space is limited, and you do NOT want to miss out.

It's the Comics: Philosophy & Practice conference at the University of Chicago, held May 18th-20th.  And the line-up will make any comics-fan's head spin: it features Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Gary Panter, Joe Sacco, Carol Tyler, and Chris Ware, as well as Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Phoebe Gloeckner, Justin Green, Ben Katchor, Françoise Mouly, Seth, and Art Spiegelman... WOW.

Oh, and did I mention it's FREE? Why are you still reading this?! Registration opens TODAY (Friday, April 13th), but space is limited, so don't delay!

Video: Charles Burns speaks at RIT
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoCharles Burns 1 Apr 2012 9:24 PM

It's a Charles Burns fan's dream (and who among us isn't a fan?): over 90 minutes of Charles speaking about his life and work in a talk given as part of the Caroline Werner Gannett "Visionaries in Motion V" Series of lectures at the Rochester Institute of Technology. (Hat tip: Mike Lynch.)

Elysian Brewing taps Fallout TONIGHT!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsCharles Burns 21 Mar 2012 3:35 PM

Elysian Brewing Fallout flyer

Last-minute beer alert! Elysian Brewing Company debuts Fallout, the third in the series of 12 Beers of the Apocalypse featuring the artwork of Charles Burns, tonight at their Elysian Fields location in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle! Click the flyer above for legible details.

Real Comet Glows at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burnsart shows 14 Mar 2012 2:16 PM

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The Real Comet Press Retrospective reception at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday was a festive affair.

Poodle

A very special canine friend appeared courtesy of former Fantagraphics administrative assistant Kirsten Olsen and her husband Greg: the infamous "Poodle With a Mohawk" in person.

fallout

DJ Russ of Fallout fame with the Charles Burns-inspired beer of the same name, which made its debut at the party.

Dougan

Northwest comix legend Michael Dougan appeared to sign copies of East Texas and pay tribute to his first publisher. What a fun event.

[Ed. Note: Stay tuned for even more photos and video from the event!]

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 3/12-3/19
Written by janice headley | Filed under Joyce FarmereventsCharles Burns 12 Mar 2012 11:00 AM

Charles Burns exhibit in Belgium

Tuesday, March 13th

Leuven, Belgium:  It's your last chance to check out the amazing Charles Burns exhibit at the Museum M Leuven, featuring more than 200 works, including original comic pages from Black Hole, as well as sketches and illustrations for magazines and books, his photographs. Can't make it to Belgium before Tuesday? See below or click here to watch video of Mr. Burns himself walking through the exhibit! (more info)

Joyce Farmer

Thursday, March 15th

Los Angeles, CA:  Join Joyce Farmer at the Los Angeles Public Library for the panel "From the Outside Looking In: Writers Finding Their Place in Los Angeles." Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin will be moderating the discussion with Joyce and fellow L.A.-based writers Bernard Cooper, Lynell George, Marisela Norte, and Michael Tolkin. (more info)

Don't Miss This: The Real Comet Cometh!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under eventsCharles Burnsart showsArt Chantry 9 Mar 2012 1:21 PM

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Visitors to the Real Comet Press Retrospective at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday will be among the first people on the planet to sample the latest Charles Burns-themed beer from Elysian Brewing. The 3rd installment of the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse, offically released on March 21, is a green cardamom ale called Fallout. That's appropriate becuase DJ Russ Fallout will be spinning art damaged punk platters from the 80s in honor of the heyday of Real Comet Press.

 BarryPainting

We have an amazing array of wonderful artworks, iconic graphics, rare books and long out-of-print comix by the many gifted authors, artists, critics, and cartoonists that helped lay the foundation for Seattle's later ascendence to the forefront of global pop culture. Real Comet Press publisher Cathy Hillenbrand is a goddam civic treasure. Join hosts Michale Dougan, Art Chantry, and Ruth Hayes as we show our appreciation for Cathy's countless contributions to the cultural climate of the region. 

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/20-2/27
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEleanor DavisCharles Burns 20 Feb 2012 10:48 AM

12 Beers of the Apocalypse: Rapture

Tuesday, February 21st

Seattle, WA:  Join us at the Elysian Brewing Company for the release of Rapture, the second beer in our 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series featuring labels with the artwork of Charles Burns! Please note the updated time for the survival demo in the graphic above! (more info

Thursday, February 23rd

New York City, NY:  Head over to the Society of Illustrators for a discussion and Q&A with Mome contributor Eleanor Davis, along with fellow artists Jillian Tamaki and Lisa Hanawalt!  (more info)

Get Ready for the Rapture at Elysian Brewing Company!
Written by janice headley | Filed under mercheventsCharles Burns 14 Feb 2012 3:15 PM

The Rapture is coming!!!

Don't fear -- it's just the second beer in our 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series, a collaboration with our friends at the Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle. This heather ale will be available on draft, and in exclusive bottles with labels featuring the artwork of the great Charles Burns!

Join us on Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00 PM for the official tapping of the Rapture ale, followed by an all-important survival demo, and beer blessings til 9:00 PM, because really now, we could all use a blessing (and a beer!) in these uncertain times.

And don't forget to bring your Apocalypse Beer Survival Guide to this event to collect your second survival stamp. If you missed the first party, don't worry, we will have more guides available at this event. Fill your book with survival item stamps at our Apocalypse events throughout the year for an outstanding experience at our final End of the World Celebration on 12.20.12!

So, come survive the rapture with us at Elysian Brewing Comapny, located at 1221 E. Pike Street in Seattle! Don't forget: the end is BEER!

UPDATE: Please note the updated time for the survival demo!

Daily OCD: 2/6/12
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsNoah Van SciverinterviewsFantagraphics BookstoreErnie BushmillerDiane NoominDaily OCDCharles BurnsBill Griffith 6 Feb 2012 7:50 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found - Comics 1969-2003

Review: "While other colleagues have seen their short stories and graphic novels draw serious attention in literary circles, Griffith remains the 'Are we having fun yet?' guy to many. Perhaps the long-overdue collection Lost and Found: Comics 1969-2003 will change that. Leaning heavily on the stories Griffith drew in the early ’70s for undergrounds like Young Lust, Short Order Comix, and the revolutionary Arcade, Lost and Found shows off more facets of Griffith, putting his obsessions with Hollywood, suburbia, and a certain type of corporate cockiness into a larger context." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Glitz-2-Go

Review: "Diane Noomin has seen her work scattered around anthologies like Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters since she made her comics debut in 1972, but has never received the dedicated study afforded by her new book Glitz-2-Go: Collected Stories, which brings together nearly 200 pages of Noomin’s work.... From the cluttered panels to the bracing honesty, these strips are very much of a piece with the original underground comics movement, and may not be immediately accessible to people unused to that tradition. But for those who fondly remember the glory years of Dori Seda, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Joyce Farmer, and Roberta Gregory, it’s a pleasure to see Noomin get her own showcase." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Nancy Is Happy

Review: "...Nancy possesses in spades the quality common to all great art — a singularity of vision.... The clarity and unity of purpose made it quite impossible to miss a single punch line. Nancy  is simplistic, yes — but it is simplistic by design, a strip without clutter, diagrammatic in its relentless formalism. Set against today’s comic-strip landscape, where Doonesbury has the ambition and scope of the Great American Satirical Novel and even gentle family comedies like Zits and Foxtrot boast character casts expansive enough to baffle a new reader, the dumbness of Nancy starts to look like some kind of genius. The roly-poly, Brillo-mopped mischief-maker and her lowlife pal Sluggo stand eternal, as iconic as the puppets in a Punch and Judy show or the Columbines and Harlequins of commedia dell’arte." – Jack Feerick, Kirkus Reviews

Elysian Nibiru label - Charles Burns

Review: "At 7.6% ABV, Nibiru is a beer that doesn’t pull any punches, but its potency is disguised by the refreshing herbal and citrus flavours on offer. Like its European cousin, Duvel, it's light enough to be easy-drinking, but the intensity of alcohol mean that it’s a beer that demands to be savoured." – Gavin Lees, Graphic Eye

Noah Van Sciver

Interview (Audio): On the new episode of the Mostly Harmless Podcast, host "Dammit Damian" chats with Noah Van Sciver about "how Noah got into making comics, his family and making comics for a living," among other topics

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Scene (Video): Graphic Eye's Gavin Lees captured Jim Demonakos & Mark Long's slideshow presentation of their graphic novel (with Nate Powell) The Silence of Our Friends on video at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this past Saturday

Portraits of Tony Millionaire's 500 Portraits Signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 23 Jan 2012 6:39 PM

Tony Millionaire: Portraits at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Seattle

Hey look, photos I took at Tony Millionaire's "Portraits" art show & book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery a couple weeks ago! It's always a blast when Tony's in town and we had a fantastic crowd for the event — thanks to everybody who came out! The show continues for a couple more weeks so get on down to see it.

Everybody who got their copy of 500 Portraits signed got a quickie portrait of themselves in it as well, with Tony barking instructions at the subjects ("DON'T SMILE!") — there's Tony working on one above. Below, Tony adds facial hair to his portrait of John Hodgman, as per Hodgman's promise to do the same for anyone who brings him a copy of the book:

Larry Reid introduces his masterful smash-hit short film "Everybody Loves Drinky Crow" as some DOOK DOOK DOOKing goes on:

A still from said film... drink, Drinky, drink!:

Surprise! Charles Burns was in town and made a guest appearance! Here he's chatting with Lynn Emmert & Eric Reynolds:

Fantagraphics' own Ian Burns gets in on the action and gets Tony's addition to his Animal sketchbook — you can see the finished product and a few more snaps from the evening on the blog of our own Stephanie Hayes:

A view of the exhibit — get a closer look at the artwork and see more photos from the evening on our Flickr page!

(Thanks to Janice for help with this post, including the headline!)