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This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/5-5/11
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Trina RobbinsPeter BaggeJanet HamlineventsEd Piskorart shows 7 May 2014 12:06 PM

Hamlin Event

Wednesday, May 7th

  • Providence, RI: Rhode Island School of Design will host Janet Hamlin, as she presents a lecture on her book Sketching Guantanamo, and her experience at the military tribunal of Guantanamo Bay as the official courtroom artist. Begins at 4:30 pm. Open to the public! (More details)

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Thursday, May 8th

 

Friday, May 9th

  • Toronto, Canada: World Balloon Academy, presented by TCAF, is featuring a whole series of events during the convention, including one by Trina Robbins on Women Cartoonists. Check out this presentation at 4:15 pm, and many others all weekend long! (More details

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Saturday, May 10th

  • Toronto, Canada: Fantagraphics and its heroines, The Jen Vaughn and Jacq (Attack) Cohen, will be at the Toronto Comics and Art Festival all weekend! Click here for more details about our signing schedule, artist spotlights and presentations, and debut books!
  • Seattle, WA: The Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting alternative comics guru, Peter Bagge, for the gallery opening of his new book, Buddy Buys a Dump. Join us at 6 pm for special music, original art, and a book signing. The art exhibition will continue through July 9th. (More details)

Piskor and Robbins

Sunday, May 11th


Providence: Janet Hamlin Lecture
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Janet Hamlineventsartists 2 May 2014 1:01 PM

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The Rhode Island School for Design is happy to have Janet Hamlin a guest speaker on Wednesday, May 7th in Providence, RI. Hamlin will be talking about her time as the official courtroom artists at the military tribunal of Guantanamo Bay, from 2006 until NOW. RISD is one of the premiere art schools on the East Coast and Hamlin will not only be speaking but giving a drawing demo the next day for the students.

Published in a book called Sketching GuantanamoHamlin's drawings and her accompanying text provide rare insight into the military courts of Guantanamo. Guantanamo Bay is one of the most carefully censored trials in recent U.S. history and these sketches are the only visuals the world is allowed to see. The lecture will take place at 4:30PM in the Auditorium at the Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI on Wednesday, May 7th.  

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Janet Hamlin Lecture at ICON8 in Portland, OR!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Janet Hamlinevents 4 Apr 2014 12:13 PM

Portland is priviledged to host the next installment of the national Illustration Conference, ICON, and on Saturday, July 12th, they welcome special guest, visual journalist Janet Hamlin!

"Author and illustrator Janet Hamlin has been where very few journalists or artists have dared to tread. Ms. Hamlin has had a front seat to history as the only courtroom artist to sketch the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her drawings and accompanying text provide rare insight to the military court and are the only visuals the world is allowed to see."

Experience her collection, Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, in person from 11:35 AM to 12:00 PM at the Portland Art Museum [ 1219 SW Park Ave ]. She will share the stage with artist Victor Juhasz, who has been documenting the military since 2006, from training to battle to hospital wards.

Registration to the conference is required to attend. No tickets for individual main stage sessions will be sold. A "Day Rate" ticket will be announced later depending on availability. ICON8: The Illustration Conference will be held across Portland from July 9-12, 2014.

Guantanamo Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Janet HamlinFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 26 Dec 2013 1:26 PM

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Please join us in Georgetown at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island internment compound.

Journalists at Guantanamo were subject to draconian security measures. Courtroom photography was banned. As a result, Hamlin's deft imagery provides the only visual record of these unparalleled proceedings. According to The New York Times, "When future historians search back in time to 'Camp Justice' and the rigidly controlled, tightly censored terrorist trials in Guantánamo, Cuba, they will likely linger over the vivid courtroom sketches of Janet Hamlin." The Stranger declares, "This is important."

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Guantanamo Courtroom Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore on December 28
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Janet HamlinFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 17 Dec 2013 2:37 PM

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Guantanamo Courtroom Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore on December 28

Please join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island internment compound. Hamlin served as the media pool sketch artist, and was among a handful of journalists to bear witness to the military tribunals of accused terrorists and “enemy combatants.” Neither sentimental nor didactic, Hamlin’s evocative drawings provide a revealing look at this enigmatic episode of American jurisprudence.

Journalists at Guantanamo were subject to draconian security measures. Their living and working conditions were arduous. Courtroom photography was banned. As a result, Hamlin’s deft imagery provides the only visual record of these unparalleled proceedings. Her work was subject to approval by not only the military authorities but also the defendants themselves. Hamlin boldly persevered, and her chronicle of this unprecedented period of American history is captivating.

This inspiring artist will appear on December 28 at an informal reception and book signing event at Fantagraphics Bookstore, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown art community. We can’t wait to meet her.

Listing Information

Janet Hamlin book signing Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006 - 2013

Saturday, December 28, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open Daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM.

Sketching Guantanamo


Remember this December at Fantagraphics Bookstore!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockJim WoodringJesse ReklawJeremy EatonJanet HamlinFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forneyart shows 3 Dec 2013 12:51 PM

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Don't miss a minute of the action at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this holiday season. We kick off the fun on Saturday, December 7 with an extraordinary event featuring Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt. His new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 documents a pivotal period in late 20th century pop culture. In an improbable effort to attract international attention to the fledgling label, Sub Pop sent Nirvana, Mudhoney, and TAD to Europe. Pavitt chronicled the triumphant tour with candid observations and captivating images. Members of all three bands will attend this monumental party. Georgetown Records will have recently reissued vinyl from the featured groups and the bookstore will stock merchandise from last summer's Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. See you all this Saturday at 6:00.

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Celebrate seven years of Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 14 with "cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix" featuring Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be on hand to sign recent publications. This festive holiday gala coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Listen for wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound featuring our own Lynn Emmert.

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On Saturday, December 28 join us as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island prison. As a courtroom sketch artist, Hamlin was among a handful of journalists to bear witness to the military tribunals of accused terrorists and "enemy combatants." Neither sentimental nor didactic, Hamlin's evocative drawings provide a revealing look at this enigmatic episode of American jurisprudence. We can't wait to meet her.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 11/11-11/18
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsNo Straight LinesKipp FriedmanJoe SaccoJanet Hamlinevents 13 Nov 2013 11:13 AM

Wednesday, November 13th

Chicago, ILKipp Friedman is bringing Barracuda in the Attic to The Book Cellar! Join him for a conversation with fellow author Barry Wightman starting at 7:00 PM! (more info)

San Francisco, CA:  Join Trina Robbins from 10:00 AM to Noon for the panel "Brave Women in Comix Then & Now: San Francisco Comix Scene from 1970 to Today" at the California College of the Arts! Also on the panel will be her fellow underground comixpioneer Mary Wings, who just happens to be in our award-winning anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics!  (more info)

Sketching Guantanamo

New York City, NY:  The NYU School of Law presents a special panel: (Un)covering Guantanamo: Reporting On Some of the World’s Most Controversial Trials, featuring Janet Hamlin, artist behind Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, and Carol Rosenberg, who wrote the foreword for the book.   (more info)

Thursday, November 14th

Seattle, WAJoe Sacco presents his new book The Great War to Town Hall tonight, starting at 7:30 PM! (more info)

Janet Hamlin at NYU School of Law
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJanet Hamlinevents 12 Nov 2013 2:25 PM

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Don't forget! Tomorrow night at 6pm in Furman Hall on the NYU School of Law campus there is the (Un)covering Guantanamo Panel with Janet Hamlin. 

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the ACLU are delighted to bring together a panel of speakers with unparalleled experience depicting and reporting on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the military commission trials taking place there.

Included on this panel are Janet Hamlin, artist behind Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, and Carol Rosenberg, who wrote the foreword for the book.

This distinguished group of journalists will address the challenges and opportunities of covering the most important terrorism trials of our time at an off-shore military base, discuss long-standing allegations of censorship and excessive secrecy, and consider the extent to which the United States government has succeeded (or not) in managing the public image of Guantanamo and the military commissions. They will also discuss the fates and stories of the detainees they have covered.

Join them at Furman Hall [ 245 Sullivan Street ] on the 9th Floor in the Lester Pollack Room. A valid ID and RSVP is required for admission to this event. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This event will be followed by a brief reception.

Sketching Gitmo

(Un)covering Guantanamo at NYU School of Law!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Janet Hamlinevents 24 Oct 2013 9:13 AM

Sketching Guantanamo

On Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00 PM, the NYU School of Law presents a special panel: (Un)covering Guantanamo: Reporting On Some of the World’s Most Controversial Trials

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the ACLU are delighted to bring together a panel of speakers with unparalleled experience depicting and reporting on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the military commission trials taking place there.

Included on this panel are Janet Hamlin, artist behind Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, and Carol Rosenberg, who wrote the foreword for the book.

This distinguished group of journalists will address the challenges and opportunities of covering the most important terrorism trials of our time at an off-shore military base, discuss long-standing allegations of censorship and excessive secrecy, and consider the extent to which the United States government has succeeded (or not) in managing the public image of Guantanamo and the military commissions. They will also discuss the fates and stories of the detainees they have covered.

Join them at Furman Hall [ 245 Sullivan Street ] on the 9th Floor in the Lester Pollack Room. A valid ID and RSVP is required for admission to this event. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by November 6th. This event will be followed by a brief reception.

Sketching Guantanamo by Janet Hamlin - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJanet Hamlin 4 Oct 2013 7:19 PM

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

Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 by Janet Hamlin

Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013
by Janet Hamlin

172-page full-color 11.25" x 8.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-691-1

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Camp X-Ray in the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, opened in January, 2002 in the wake of the 9-11 attacks to house alleged terrorists — off the American mainland, unaccountable to the U.S. judiciary — in "indefinite detention." Newer and more permanent prisons were later built miles away, and continue to house terrorist suspects today.

The United States government does not allow photographs of the military trials at Guantanamo, but beginning in 2006, Janet Hamlin went to Guantanamo as a courtroom sketch artist to serve as a visual witness to the courtroom proceedings and provide worldwide media with artwork drawn during them. She has been the only sketch artist covering these trials from 2006 to the present time.

Sketching Guantanamo is both a collection of her most potent and revealing sketches drawn during this period, as well a chronicle of her experience at Guantanamo.

Before entering the viewing booth behind multi-paneled soundproof glass in the back of the court, Hamlin is daily subjected to thorough searches, wanding, and metal detecting in three separate checkpoints. The U.S. government and even detainees can demand that certain details be "smudged" or even changed. When one detainee who had just pled guilty demanded that sketches of him not be released, Hamlin staged a four-hour sit-in until the authorities relented.

Hamlin's drawings and her accompanying text provide rare insight into the military courts of Guantanamo. The trials are considered notorious and historic, among the most carefully censored trials in recent U.S. history, and sketches are the only visuals the world is allowed to see.

Sketching Guantanamo features nearly 150 drawings, as well as photographs of the surrounding facilities that enhance the artist's illustrations and her running commentary. It also includes a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award winner Carol Rosenberg, a member of a reporting team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize.

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