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Seattle Gets Drawn to Drawing Power!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Warren BernardFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDrawing Power 30 Sep 2011 2:47 PM

Tom Neely and Ajax Wood say hello

Thank you so much to everyone who made it out to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last weekend for our signings with Warren Bernard, editor of Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising, and Tom Neely, artist behind The Wolf!

Here's artist Tom Neely and warehouse champ Ajax Wood saying hello!

Larry Reid introduces Warren Bernard

We were thrilled to have editor Warren Bernard in attendance, barely recovered from the most successful SPX: Small Press Expo yet! Here, store curator Larry Reid introduces him to the crowd...

Warren Bernard presents Drawing Power

Warren's slideshow presentation had the audience riveted and clambering for copies of Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising once it was over! You can check out more photos of the presentation at the Fantagraphics Flickr page, and you can listen to audio from his D.C. presentation here on the FLOG!

Gary Groth demonstrates his powerful swivel-arm action to Jim Woodring and Tom NeelyJason T. Miles and Warren Bernard stay safely in the background.

Wolftrap Wine at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Wolftrap wine was served for the occasion!

Tom Neely

What goes good with red wine? Ah, yes... (Just kidding... white wine's better for chihuahuas...)

You can check out more photos of this fun event at the Fantagraphics Flickr page! It was a wonderful time! Thanks to all attendees, and thanks especially to Warren & Tom!

And we hope everyone will return to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, October 1st as we present Oil and Water, with journalist Steve Duin and editor Michael Rosen in attendance!  See you there!

Power Up This Weekend at the Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by janice headley | Filed under Warren BernardFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDrawing Power 20 Sep 2011 1:24 PM

Drawing Power flyer

This is one powerful event, indeed.

This coming Saturday, September 24th, two crazy forces of talent will collide in one evening at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

Editor Warren Bernard (you may know him as the Executive Director of SPX) will present a slideshow and discussion for his brand-new Fantagraphics title Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising. The exhibit of vintage advertising material looks tremendous, and Warren's slideshows are not to be missed!

And the evening only intensifies in power with the addition of special guest, L.A.-based artist Tom Neely, who is currently on a west coast tour for his brand-new "painted novel," The Wolf

The Wolf West Coast tour poster

I got my first glimpse of The Wolf at the San Diego Comic Con this past summer. Oh, Tom didn't have a booth, no siree. He was strolling down the aisles, selling the thing straight out of his wheeled suitcase. I'm sorry, but it doesn't get more punk rock than that.

And then we started flipping through it... holy hell. The artwork was so dark and intense and beautiful. I may have caught our warehouse champ Ajax wiping a tear from his eye. (He's gonna kill me for sharing that.) (Okay, in his defense, maybe it was a flake of dried blood.)

The juxtaposition of these two diverse individuals appearing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on the same night will be a powerful one indeed!

The event starts this Saturday, September 24th at 6:00 PM. Warren Bernard will give a slideshow presentation, followed by a video installation by Tom Neely. Both gentlemen will sign their books throughout the following reception until 8:00 PM.

The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.

SPX 2011: Now With Photos!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Warren BernardPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsKim ThompsonJoseph LambertJohnny RyanJim WoodringJaime HernandezeventsDrawing PowerDiane Noomin 19 Sep 2011 12:21 PM

We're still reeling from the amazing weekend Fantagraphics had at the 2011 Small Press Expo earlier this month! Kim's awesome wife has some photos she's gonna share with us later, but in the meantime, here's some photos, thanks to our friends at the SPX Facebook page!

Kim Thompson at SPX 2011

Here's our fearless leader Kim Thompson accepting Jaime Hernandez's "Outstanding Story" Ignatz for "Browntown" from Love and Rockets: New Stories #3!

Joseph Lambert at SPX 2011

And here's Mome newcomer Joseph Lambert accepting either the award for "Outstanding Cartoonist" or "Oustanding Collection" for I Will Bite You!

Warren Bernard at SPX 2011

Presiding over the evening's events is SPX Executive Director, Warren Bernard... also, the editor of our collection Drawing Power: An Exhibition of Cartoon Advertising!

Jim Woodring at SPX 2011

Jim Woodring signs a copy of the fancy brand-new edition of The Frank Book. (You can pre-order a copy here, and get a signed bookplate, while supplies last, by the way!)

Johnny Ryan at SPX 2011

Here's Johnny Ryan, on panel.

Diane Noomin and Paul Hornschemeier at SPX 2011

And here's Diane Noomin and Paul Hornschemeier, signing at the Fantagraphics table!

Check out even more pics at the SPX Facebook page. And thank you so much to our artists, the organizers of SPX, and everyone who came by our table and bought books!

Powering Up for Drawing Power at the Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by janice headley | Filed under Warren BernardFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDrawing Powerart shows 13 Sep 2011 12:43 PM

Drawing Power exhibit at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

I was pretty excited to get to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this past Sunday and see the exhibit is now up for Drawing Power: An Exhibition of Cartoon Advertising!

Drawing Power exhibit at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Where the heck did editor Warren Bernard get all this cool stuff?! Well, we can ask him in person when he makes a special Seattle appearance on Saturday, September 24th at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery!

Make plans now to join us from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Warren will be giving a slideshow presentation and talk. 

And as an extra bonus, we'll be joined by artist Tom Neely, currently on tour for his incredible "painted novel," The Wolf.  I'll be dishing more about that on the Flog later...!

Drawing a Crowd with Drawing Power!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Warren BernardeventsDrawing Power 1 Sep 2011 11:13 AM

Warren Bernard at Politics and Prose, DC

Thanks to everyone in the Washington DC area who came out for last week's slideshow talk with editor Warren Bernard for Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising! And thanks to the excellent Politics & Prose Bookstore for hosting this fun event!

The following pictures from the night are from photographer Bruce Guthrie -- you can check out even more pics at his website here!

The crowd at Politics & Prose Bookstore

Warren Bernard with an advertising artifact 

Warren Bernard speaks with the crowd

Warren Bernard signs Drawing Power

If you weren't able to attend, don't fret! We've got an MP3 recording of Warren's presentation right here for you to enjoy -- just right-click-and-save:

Warren Bernard at Politics & Prose, 8/25/11 [ 37.7 MB ]

And if you live here in Seattle, you won't wanna miss our Drawing Power exhibit, opening at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, September 10th. And we'll be joined for Warren for a slideshow ourselves on Saturday, September 24th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM! 

But wait! There's more! Warren will be signing at the Fantagraphics table at SPX on September 10th and 11th.  We're lucky to get him to sit still for a couple of hours, because Warren is also the executive director of SPX!

Yup, he's a busy guy, that Warren, what with launching his book, gearing up for SPX and, oh yeah, announcing the SPX Collection with the Library of Congress... Come out and meet him this Fall, and ask him all about it!





Drawing Power in DC Tonight!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Warren BernardeventsDrawing Power 25 Aug 2011 8:13 AM

Drawing Power in DC

Join Warren Bernard tonight at the esteemed Politics & Prose Bookstore, in Washington, DC as he presents Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising!

Starting at 7:00 PM, Bernard will show you work from the 1870s to 1940, documenting how popular cartoon characters like the Yellow Kid, Little Orphan Annie, and Popeye have figured in advertising campaigns, and how their creators were highly sought-after pitchmen, selling products alongside the best movie stars in Hollywood. As part of his presentation, Bernard will have on-hand original ads and other advertisting items from the era.

But wait! There's more! (See what I did there?) If you purchase a copy of  Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising that evening, you will also receive a complimentary one-day pass to SPX: Small Press Expo in Betheseda, Maryland! 

This deal just can't be beat! Politics & Prose Bookstore is located at 5015 Connecticut Ave NW in Washington, DC.


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