So I brought Al Columbia's astonishing new book PIM & FRANCIE to Jim Woodring's "Friends of the Nib" salon last week. A crowd of cartoonists gathered around and Jim immediately proclaimed it "the book of the year" among other superlatives. Words simply fail to communicate the breathtaking originality of Columbia's visionary renderings. Really.
Speaking of amazing art: Ryan's PRISON PIT pages were a delightful surprise. I suppose I expected something more primitive. But his original art and colorful silkscreen prints are wonderful. Come see for yourself and meet this provocative cartoonist this Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, natch.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack returns on Saturday, October 10. Join us from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for this festive cultural and social outing in the heart of Seattle's historic industrial arts quarter.
Among the highlights on Saturday, October 10: Industrial sculpted paintings by Alex Rue and an original Butoh performance by Danse Perdue at Georgetown Arts Center; an exhibition and book signing by Los Angeles cartoonist Johnny Ryan with a provocative "Prison Pit" performance piece by Ardent Vein at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; Tina Witherspoon of Glamspoon unveils her new "Frida" collection with an exhibition of Dia de los Muertos linocut prints by Sam Hamrick at Georgetown Tile Works/Frida; Bella Vitale Gallery Studio presents an exotic show of photographs by Zoey Gillespie of Mexico with recent sensual circus paintings and prints by Angielena Chamberlain; the Twilight Artist Collective presents a multimedia exhibition curated by Ryan Horvath featuring Brandon Aleson, Matthew Burke, David Halsell and Ryan Horvath at the Stables; indie rock with To the Sea and Portland's Bradley Wik and the Charlatans at the MIX; diverse dining and imbibing at countless boisterous Georgetown establishments including Stellars Pizza & Ale, Calamity Jane's, 9 Lb. Hammer, Georgetown Liquor Company, Two Tartes Bakery, Jules Maes Saloon, Smarty Pants, Squid & Ink, Hangar Café, All City Coffee, and Via Tribunali.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For additional information and a participants map visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.
JOHNNY RYAN'S ANGRY YOUTH AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
September 30, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery loudly presents transgressive cartoonist Johnny Ryan on Saturday, October 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Ryan will sign books and present an exhibition of his original comix, colorful silkscreen prints, and sculpted figures.
This event marks the launch of Ryan's original graphic novel Prison Pit combining his love for WWE wrestling, Gary Panter's "Jimbo" comics, and Kentaro Miura's "Berserk" Manga into a brutal showcase of violence, survival and revenge. The prolific Los Angeles-based cartoonist is best known for his outrageous 14-issue Angry Youth Comix series published by Fantagraphics Books. Ryan also pens the weekly comic strip Blecky Yuckerella, which has been collected in three volumes including the recently released Comics Are for Idiots.
Please join us to welcome this wildly entertaining and talented cartoonist on Saturday, October 10 for 6;00 to 9:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring exciting visual and performing arts presentations in close proximity throughout the creative arts community.
Johnny Ryan Art show and book signing Saturday, October 10, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through November 4, 2009
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM www.fantagraphics.com
Cripes, September is over already? Here's your Online Commentary & Diversions:
• Review: "The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book makes for pleasant midday reading, maybe perched somewhere outdoors in the sun with a glass of ginger ale at your side. Read it in a lazy mood, identify with the slacker characters, and speculate on whether you could solve demented mysteries as well as they could. (Answer: probably not.)" – Molly Young, We Love You So
• Plug: "Man, if that Crumb book weren't coming out [Prison Pit: Book 1] would easily be my main pick for the week. Johnny Ryan does straight on fantasy/action, with no tongue in cheek, but without forsaking a single ounce of blood or guts. In fact, this may be even more gory and gruesome than his humor stuff... but those with strong stomachs will thrill to Ryan's grotesque and truly imaginative fight fest." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6
Here comes your Online Commentary & Diversions for today:
• Interview: We Love You So, the blog of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are movie, talks to newly-minted Ignatz winner Jordan Crane, saying "Presenting melancholy tales of workaday worries and broken relationships right alongside whimsical, child-friendly fare, Uptightprovides a fascinating peek inside Crane’s constantly shifting thoughts, and never fails to entertain." From Jordan: "When I’m writing something I usually have a particular person in mind that I’m writing it for. Not a general thing like 'I’m writing for someone between the ages of 25 and 50' but rather an actual person."
• Plug: "Oh yes, it's finally here — Johnny Ryan's bloody sexual fight comic [Prison Pit Book 1], ...a two-fisted smash-up of international comics influence and the universal joy of tight-wound one-on-one combat, so tight that everything that comes out of a body becomes a weapon, and doesn't that have a way of mixing pleasure and pain? ... I liked this a hell of a lot." – Joe McCulloch, Jog - The Blog
Scheduled to arrive in comics shops across the country this week (though by some reports I think some shops may have received it last week): Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit Book 1! Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter says "This is an awesome book, and you need to own it eventually so why not buy it today?" Indeed! But first, why not check out the previews & reviews here and contact your local shop to make sure they get it?
Back to the color! Back to the gags! Back to the standalone strips from Steven Weissman's Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures! This week coins a phrase that I might have to incorporate into my vocabulary....