|JORDAN DOES SEATTLE|
|Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Jordan Crane||18 Jun 2008 2:43 PM|
Not long ago my old pal Jordan Crane visited Seattle for the first time.
Here's some evidence...
You've seen THIS , right?
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Gary Groth and Jason T. Miles head down to Los Angeles tomorrow morning for this weekend's BOOK EXPO AMERICA at the L.A. Convention Center (right next to the Staples Center - good luck avoiding the crush of rioting Laker fans when their team earns a trip to the NBA finals tomorrow night, gents).
Our booth numbers at the show are #1411-1413, in the W.W. Norton area, and we'll be showcasing basically our entire 2008 line, including previews of just about every title coming out for the rest of the year. We're also bringing along five our favorite sons to do signings on Friday/Saturday:
FRIDAY 4-5PM in the AUTOGRAPH AREA
TONY MILLIONAIRE (Table 7) will be signing copies of The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees, featuring Drinky Crow from Adult Swim's The Drinky Crow Show!
JORDAN CRANE (Table 8) will be signing copies of the all-ages hit, The Clouds Above, newly available in softcover!
JAIME HERNANDEZ (Table 9)will be signing copies of Love and Rockets, one of the most beloved comics of all-time, which re-launches in July as Love and Rockets: New Stories #1!
SATURDAY 1-3PM in the FANTAGRAPHICS BOOTH (#1411):
1:00-2:00PM: STEVEN WEISSMAN will be signing copies of the all-ages gem, Kid Firechief!
2:00-3:00PM: JOHNNY RYAN will be signing copies of the acclaimed adult humor strip, Blecky Yuckerella!
Also on Saturday, GARY GROTH will be participating in a "Graphic Novel BUZZ" panel. The panel will take place from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in Room 404B. Expect Gary to make some exciting announcements about a few future book projects, you heard it here first!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Emerald City Comicon this past weekend and our official afterparty/Jordan Crane exhibit opening on Saturday! We've got a bunch of photos, of which the two below are just the tip of the iceberg; click here for the whole set on Flickr.
Eric Reynolds and Kristy Valenti on Con duty:
Jordan Crane signs comics:
This weekend is the big Emerald City Con in Seattle, and we'll be hosting signings with Jordan Crane (all day Sat. & Sun), Peter Bagge (Sat. 1PM) and Ellen Forney (Sunday at noon). We'll also have new books like Bottomless Belly Button, Explainers, Rebel Visions, Most Outrageous, Amor Y Cohetes and Mome 11. But, if you do one thing this weekend, do this, it's gonna be fun and the Jordan Crane art is fantastic and goes well with beer:
THREE BRILLIANT ART STARS SHINE ON CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS IN MAY AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY!
Jordan Crane on May 10, Peter Bagge on May 17, and SHAG on May 24
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery springs into action in May with a succession of events featuring three of the country’s most celebrated cartoonists and remarkable illustrators. The public of all ages is invited to join us in an exciting series of exhibitions featuring Jordan Crane on May 10, Peter Bagge on May 17, and SHAG on May 24.
Los Angles artist Jordan Crane’s evocative and bittersweet meditations on the human condition in comics and illustration have gained him an enthusiastic following among art aficionados of all ages. His economical narrative observations have been published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, including two issues of the comic book series Uptight, and graphic novels The Last Lonely Saturday and The Clouds Above, recently issued in trade paperback. His exhibition opening Saturday, May 10 includes exquisite limited edition prints and original artwork from his comics. The reception, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, serves as the after-party for exhibitors and guests of the Emerald City Comicon, where Crane is among the featured artists. The opening also coincides with the lively Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack, featuring art, music and more at over 30 locations throughout the enchanting Georgetown neighborhood.
Seattle’s Peter Bagge is one of the most accomplished and admired cartoonists in the world. On Saturday, May 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore will host the launch party for a line of skateboards and related product produced by Seattle-based Manik Skateboards. On display will be the debut of skateboard decks drawn from the pages of his landmark comic HATE. Bagge’s grunge-era imagery is ideally suited to the skateboarding subculture. At once hilarious and poignant, Bagge’s work of this era went beyond satire, and helped fashion both the attitudes and aesthetics of Seattle’s only significant indigenous youth movement. In the opinion of Fantagraphics Books’ resident curator Larry Reid, “Peter Bagge’s HATE is the most fully conceived and executed comic book series ever published.” These delightful boards remain as funny and compelling as his comics of the 1990s.
SHAG (Josh Agle), of Santa Ana, CA, is the Andy Warhol of the new millennium. His distinctive artwork is characterized by a deceptively simple fluid line quality and contemporary interpretations of mid-century Americana. His work is simultaneously fresh and familiar, drawing on oddities of American popular culture both past and present. SHAG’s imagery resonates with audiences worldwide, and over the course of the last decade he has become a cottage industry – certainly one of the most prolific and successful artists working today. For good reason. The exhibition opening and book signing on Saturday, May 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM will feature work from his new book, SHAG: A to Z, published by Fantagraphics Books, natch. The book is comprised of 26 original paintings corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. Each piece is accompanied by a short verse extolling the pleasures of a hedonistic lifestyle and the virtues of overindulgence. Join us in welcoming this extraordinary artist.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s Georgetown district. Open daily, 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110. A selection of imagery in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information, please contact Larry Reid.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
SHAG: A to Z
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
If you're coming to Seattle next weekend for the Emerald City Con, here's your don't miss event for Saturday night (May 10), happening at our bookstore and gallery. Jordan Crane will be exhibiting (and selling) original art from Uptight and The Clouds Above as well as offering his gorgeous prints for sale, including at least one or two especially new for the show. Oh, and we'll have beer, some good tunes, and a great neighborhood close to the convention to spend a Saturday night in. It's perfect.
Heroes & Villians is a photo series by Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho that "features intimate portraits of the most notable emerging and established figures in the Pop Surrealist, Graffiti and Alt-Comic Book worlds."
I would contest their designation of THE most notable but it is cool to see them documenting SOME of the most notable artists working. Pictured above is the enchanting Jordan Crane. Visit Cho's site for a peek at more comics folks like Anders Nilsen, Johnny Ryan, Sammy Harkham, Souther Salazar, Ron Rege, Jr., and Steven Weissman.
UPDATE: I failed to mention that the show is 2 days only, opening this Tuesday at Corey Helford Gallery .
The no-brainer of the year: Michael Chabon covered by Jordan Crane for McSweeney's.
And, as you'll see by visiting Design:Related, it's a conceptually complex package with three diecut jackets . (Take that carbon footprint!)
God that's gorgeous artwork.