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Category >> Esther Pearl Watson

VICE Comics and YOU
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Simon HanselmannLeslie SteinLane MilburnGilbert HernandezEsther Pearl Watsoncomic strips 10 Apr 2015 11:19 AM

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You might read them religiously, or just while you're trolling online, but VICE has been working on bringing readers daily doses of comics from some of the hottest and hardest working artists from across the globe. Run by VICE Comics editor, Nick Gazin, the online series got up and running on September 11, 2011 with a meta Blobby Boys comic by Alex Schubert. Since then, VICE has picked up the pace with a rotation of ongoing weekly and monthly series, or a three month rotation.

This latest batch of artists is not to be missed, and is diverse and the people making them. Simon Hanselmann's Megg, Mogg and Owl strips have been running weekly for almost a year, and we can't get enough of them. The gang's antics of galavanting through Amsterdam, or vegging out with a bowl and pizza (or six) is a constant high of the week.

 mmo shave
(Simon Hanselmann, July 2014)

Since then, a number of talented artists have been brought on rotation, including Gilbert Hernandez with Roy in Hollywoodintroducing a whole new generation of internet readers to the defining artist. Be sure to check out his new single issue series, Blubber, debuting this summer at San Diego Comic-con.  

The Leslie Stein monthly diary comics have been reflective, sweet, and often spot on with her tales of childhood, moms, dogs, and benders. They're the perfect ramp up to her new book, Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a year long, page-a-day artistic experiment, often fuled by insomnia, which will be released this August. 

leslie diary
(Leslie Stein, April 2015) 

Most recently, Lane Milburn and Esther Pearl Watson have joined the VICE lineup with out of this world sci-fi adventures, and two ladies who kick-ass and don't give a rip about your name. Watson's Blood Lady Commandos is the A-Team meets Golden Girls, hilarious and righteous to behold. And with Milburn's new sci-fi epic, Envoy, the futuristic wasteland is traversed by bounty hunter, Jo Sparta. All your Heavy Metal infused dreams come true with this series. 

envoy vice
(Lane Milburn, November 2014) 

 Dozens of other fantastic artists have been contributing to this ongoing comic anthology, and I can't recommend them enough. Check back often to see new updates, new series, and new artists bring you your new dose of comics. 


Los Angeles: Mark Todd at Gabba Gallery
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Mark ToddeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart showsart 27 Feb 2015 10:50 AM

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Saturday, February 28th

Los Angeles, CA - The Gabba Galley of Los Angeles is happily hosting "Curate This", a show with over 20 of L.A.'s most unique talents. Among them is Mark Todd, who is showing several new original paintings along side people like Steven Wolkoff, and Peggy Zask. Known for his work in Blab!, Mark Todd is also the inspiring co-creator of the hilariously informative, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? with the beloved Esther Pearl Watson, cartoonist of Unlovable. They've since colaborated on other comics where individually drawn characters battle each other on the same page. 

Todd's crude cartooning style is a brought to life with humor in every inch of his work. Similarly his paintings have movement and life that is underscored by his ability to tell a story through expressions and brilliantly conceived imagery. 

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Men's Health

This currated show runs from Feb. 28th - March 14th, with a special opening reception kicking off the event this Saturday night (the 28th) from 7 - 11 pm. People to see, art to admire, and the perfect way to kick off your Saturday night!

 

Geek Bar Beta's Rad Comic Library
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy KnisleyLane MilburnEsther Pearl WatsonDaniel ClowesDame Darcycomic bookstores 19 Feb 2015 11:26 AM
Geek Bar 
Photo by Brittany Yantos
 
The new(ish) Geek Bar Beta in Chicago (1941 W North Ave.) is now home to a few good comic books. As you can see, patrons are digging into the
goodness that is local cartoonists Lane Milburn's Twelve Gems and Lucy Knisley's An Age of License in addition to some classic punchy Fantagraphics comics: Meat CakeGhost World and Unlovable.  
Geek game
Photo by Peter Ranvestel

For the geek in us all, Geek Bar Beta is fostering a pretty rad and inclusive environment for whatever your flavor is; be it cosplayers wanting to find people for team-ups, trivia, board games (just like Seattle's FANTASTIC Café Mox), and movie screenings. Especially that MST3k screening Space Mutiny on February 24th, just saying, it's a really good one. And all of this can be enjoyed while feasting on some excellent cocktails, perhaps in the style of Doctor Who, and vittles.
Geek bar drink 
Photo by Peter Ranvestel

Geek Bar Beta will be playing host to Lucy Knisley soon for a signing, details to come, but in the meantime you can enjoy it's growing comic book library and read a Fantagraphics book! Fanta books!





Milan: Family Lexicon - New Paintings by Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watsonart showsart 2 Feb 2015 6:22 PM

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Milan, Italy - Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea of Milan is hosting two American artists for its upcoming show entitled, "Family Lexicon", Esther Pearl Watson and Fred Stonehouse. Titled as such, the show sets out to explore personal symbolism and meanings that are born out of our families history and narrative. The exhibit will run from February 5th - March 21st 2015 with an opening reception on Feb. 5th, you know, if you happen to be in the Milan area, which we all wish we were.

Juxtaposed against the strong Catholic icons of Stonehouse's paintings, Watson showcases her ossilating world between Texas and Italy in her distinctive style. From the gallery:

"Esther Pearl Watson's confessional and distinctly naive paintings draw on the years of her very peculiar adolescence, spent on the road between Italy and Texas, in the orbit of her father, an inventory of flying saucers made of cars' motors and scrap parts. Her memories unracel in teh background of sleepy small town and infinite Texas prairies, whose skies are always dominated by the strangely comforting presence of space shuttles: these are the double emlem of the relationship with her father, the first inspiring figure of her life, and with her own young daughter, who has learned since she was a child to associate Esther to her UFOs."

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Creator of the fan favorite series, Unlovable, Esther Pearl Watson can pack a hilarious and poignant punch on every panel of Tammy Pierce's life. These books are a perfect companion for anyone remembering their own most hellish awkward middle school years, but you're left laughing and glad that you've escaped (relatively) unharmed.

If you find yourself roaming the streets of Milan in the next month, stop in at the Colombo Arte Contemporanea and peep these brand new paintings! 

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ROME: Glumba Skzx features Fanta cartoonists
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmanneventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 2 Feb 2015 10:12 AM
Unlovable
GLUMBA SKZX
Ex Elettrofonica, Rome
January 13th - March 7th, 2015

Curated by Ben Crothers

Currently on display at Ex Elettrofonica, you'll find some seemingly insignificant objects, concepts and situations are challenged and disrupted in GLUMBA SKZX, through which the chance encounter is celebrated and the purposeless, banal and irrelevant are re-presented in highly imaginative ways.

The exhibiting artists reinterpret and re-evaluate pre-existing material and explore elements of everyday life which may often be overlooked: reimagining water as a luxurious, decadent beauty product (Adham Faramawy); purposefully enacting a series of common mistakes (Michael Hanna); video-recording a small wooden crate's journey through the postal delivery system (Shiro Masuyama); writing and illustrating a comics series based on a teenager's diary found in a gas-station bathroom (Esther Pearl Watson); expensively documenting items of low value (Theo Simpson); creating sculptures from childhood toys and household objects (Ben Craig); inventing a fictional gang based on an encounter on the New York subway (Fiona Larkin); photographing a fleeting moment in which the aesthetic cross-associations between a dog and a plastic garden chair became apparent (Locky Morris); and drawing inspiration from a children's book to create an adult-themed comic strip about a witch, her cat boyfriend, and an anthropomorphic owl (Simon Hanselmann).
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GLUMBA SKZX embraces humour and the absurd in a multi-sensory environment in which photography, video and sculpture are exhibited alongside comic books, toys and second-hand clothing, which demand our attention and consideration just as much as the more readily acceptable forms of contemporary art on display. Audiences are urged to reconsider that which would not ordinarily be exhibited in a contemporary art gallery, faced with misspelt tattoos, playful canines, plastic banana holders, and a drug-addicted witch. Like the exhibition title itself, meaning often lies where one may not expect, taking us by surprise, making us smile, and changing our perspective.

Featuring works by: Ben Craig; Adham Faramawy; Michael Hanna; Simon Hanselmann; Fiona Larkin; Shiro Masuyama; Locky Morris; Theo Simpson; and Esther Pearl Watson.

Read more about the exhibit here in the ATP Diary (in Italian and French). 

Gallery
Vicolo Sant'Onofrio 10-11 ROMA
Hours: From Tuesday to Friday 16.00 - 20.00
Saturday by appointment
Sunday and Monday closed  







Now in Stock: Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Renee Frenchnew releasesMichael DowersJohnny RyanJim RuggJason T MilesEsther Pearl WatsonEllen Forney 30 Jan 2015 12:35 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Cover

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6

See Previews / Order Now

For everyone interested in the history of underground and alternative comics, Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two gathers prime examples—more than 800 pages' worth—from a quintessential self-publishing format in this compact but hefty hardcover. Previously only seen in limited-run pamphlets, these comics are startling, visionary, hilarious, profane, and profound. This volume also takes a look back at the wild 8-page sex comics called "Tijuana Bibles" that sprang from the 1930s underworld, as context for the contemporary comics that compose this book. Editor and mini comics pioneer Michael Dowers provides a historical survey of several decades' worth of some of the best that DIY comics has to offer, from some of the medium's most talented independent creators, including: Johnny Ryan, Trina Robbins, R.K. Sloane, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Tom Neely, Ellen Forney, Esther Pearl Watson, Renée French, Lisa Hanawalt, J.R. Williams, Pat Moriarity, Souther Salazar, Theo Ellsworth, Nick Bertozzi, Dan Zettwoch, Marc Bell, and many others.

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichael DowersEsther Pearl Watson 19 Nov 2014 10:15 AM

"Mini comics are like the wild west of the comics world—in this lo-fi, DIY format—it’s anything—and everything—goes." – Benn Ray, Atomic Books

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with some color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/treasuryofminicomics2

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Michael DowersJohnny RyanJason T MilesEsther Pearl WatsonEllen Forney 14 Nov 2014 11:10 AM

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6

Ships in: December 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

For everyone interested in the history of underground and alternative comics, Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two gathers prime examples—more than 800 pages' worth—from a quintessential self-publishing format in this compact but hefty hardcover. Previously only seen in limited-run pamphlets, these comics are startling, visionary, hilarious, profane, and profound. This volume also takes a look back at the wild 8-page sex comics called "Tijuana Bibles" that sprang from the 1930s underworld, as context for the contemporary comics that compose this book. Editor and mini comics pioneer Michael Dowers provides a historical survey of several decades' worth of some of the best that DIY comics has to offer, from some of the medium's most talented independent creators, including: Johnny Ryan, Trina Robbins, R.K. Sloane, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Tom Neely, Ellen Forney, Esther Pearl Watson, Renée French, Lisa Hanawalt, J.R. Williams, Pat Moriarity, Souther Salazar, Theo Ellsworth, Nick Bertozzi, Dan Zettwoch, Marc Bell, and many others.

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Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Michael DowersEsther Pearl Watson 12 Nov 2014 4:10 PM

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

It's a brick of a book, and we're stoked to show it off! Presenting our first look at Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers, with cover designed by the award-winning Esther Pearl Watson. Packed cover to cover with 848 pages of mini comics from over 50 artists, Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 completes our two-volume set providing a historical survey of some of the best that DIY, self-published comics has to offer!

This chunky book is due out in December, and it's ready and rarin' for your pre-order now!

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMichael DowersEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 10 Nov 2014 1:45 PM

We've got a whopping 50 pages previewing our second volume of Treasury of Mini Comics, including the full table of contents, a four page introduction by editor Michael Dowers, and seven complete minicomics. Check 'em out in our 3.6 MB downloadable excerpt here, then get your pre-order in for the book's December debut!

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Cover

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