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.
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!
Denver, CO - TONIGHT! Hang out at Kilgore Books with the hometown hero, Noah Van Sciver as he signs copies of his newest graphic novel, Saint Cole! A story that follows the every-day woes of feeling trapped; by your job, money, responsibilities, and loved ones. Experiences that almost everyone has felt as some point in their lives. How does our main character live with it? You'll have to pick up a copy to find out! This is the newest Fantagraphics release since Van Sciver's freshman novel, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a biographical look at one of America's most interesting historical figures, young Abraham Lincoln. Come to Kilgore from 6-8 PM to celebrate the work, the man, and comics! (More Details)
Chicago, IL - Also tonight! The second of Lucy Knisley's Fantagraphics release, Displacement, will bring her to Challenger's Comics in her current home of Chicago for a release party and all aroud good time! You may have first heard of Lucy through her NYT's Bestseller, Relish; but she has since put out the travelogue, An Age of License, and now Displacement. A heart warming, and often heart breaking story of Lucy as she accompanies her aging and ailing grandparents on a cruise, intersected with journal entries from her grandfather during his military service. A Q&A about the book, with a signing to follow, begins at 7 PM. Don't let subzero temperature bring you down Chicago, come out and party! (More Details)
Saturday, February 21st
Los Angeles, CA - Beginning today is the VIP opening to a new and extensive exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery called Slang Aesthetics! featuring over 20 new paintings by the premiere surrealist and underground artist, Robert Williams. Carefully curated by Andrew Hosner and Gary Pressman, this exceptional art showing is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz Magainze, founded by Williams himself. This portion of the exhibit will feature work by numerous contributors to Juxtapoz over the years. The exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 22nd, and will continue until April 19th, with additional programming throughout the exhibit's run, check out LA MAG for programming details, and the invitation only opening night. If you're local, or just passing through LA, do yourself a favor and see.this.show! (More Details)
Wednesday is not only New Comics Day in the stores but also new comics day online and on your favorite digital reading device. comiXology has a swank-and-huge list of titles that came out today! Love & Rockets: New Stories #7finds Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez writing and drawing at the top of their game. In Jaime's stories, Maggie and Hopey take a road trip to visit a 'sick friend' while Ray visits some old sick friends of his own. Gilbert offers a suite of stories, including a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Fritz as Morgan Le Fey teams up with Aladdin; a WWII sci-fi thriller and 'Daughters and Mothers and Daughters,' in which flashbacks to Luba's mother Maria reveal how old secrets affect their family today. is $17.99 at comiXology and is also available on the Sequential app.
Peter Bagge's Sweatshop is an intense situational comedy about a newspaper strip "sweatshop" of aspiring cartoonists who are attempting to make it big like their boss, Mel Bowling, but on their own terms. Featuring art also by Johnny Ryan, Jim Blanchard, Stephen Destefano, Stephanie Gladden and Matt Ray; Sweatshop is a must have for the Fantagraphics' fan and anyone who has had a terrible boss. Sweatshop is also available on the Sequential app. In addition you can get Hate 18, now out digitally.
In the sweet follow up to An Age of License, in Lucy Knisley's Displacement recounts the experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, and her family's relationships and history. Meanwhile, Noah Van Sciver's latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, is a brutal look into in pathos and the human condition. It follows a dead-ender, Joe, over four days as his life goes from terrible to unraveling at every possible seam, from drinking on the job to a live-in girlfriend and crying baby at home. You can also find both of these titles on the Sequential app.
More serial comics please!
Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three #8 by Joe Daly, we join Millenium Boy, Millenium Boy, Steve, Nerd Girl and Lash Penis mid-adventure. A series of beasts called Womraxes attack the group, ripping off clothes right and left. (and only $1.99 per issue!).
In Dame Darcy's Meat Cake #15, Richard Dirt and Friend the Girl show you exactly how to pass the Zombie Survival Test before Dame Darcy takes a trip around the world gathering local lore like the Chupacabre of Texas and the Science Un-Fair. Plus, get your munch on with her finest raw food recipes! It's one of the best one hundred and ninety-nine penny dreadfuls you can get!
Bagge's HATE #18 has the Bradley home in Jersey is bursting at the seams with little birdies who tried out their wings, landed in a bloody heap on the ground, and limped back into the nest. The newest re-addition to the family unit: Butch. Buddy's errant little brother is discharged from the Navy, due in large part to his chronic alcoholism, and he heads straight for the nearest port - home sweet home. His constant belligerent presence makes life even more difficult for Buddy and Lisa, who are having a hard enough time of it as it is. Needless to say, things wind up coming to an ugly head between Buddy and Butch, and nothing is resolved as a result, since such is the nature of adult siblings. Now and forever, in full and glorious FantacolorTM from cover to cover!
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover $14.99 | 978-1-60699-770-3
"Jaime has always been brilliant at investing his characters with personality & emotion, and his illustration of Maggie speaks volumes....the latest edition of Love and Rockets: New Stories has a wealth of material from both of the Hernandez brothers. Jaime and Gilbert continue to develop their large casts of characters and unfold numerous plotlines in an intriguing manner. And the artwork from both of them is gorgeous." -Ben Herman, In My Not So Subtle Opinion
"Love and Rockets is incredible, and a complete about face from superhero comics if you find yourself growing tired of the Big 2." –Comic Book Herald
152-page full color 6.75" x 10.25" softcover $19.99 | 978-1-60699-812-0
"Sweatshop is entertaining stuff, and, as a bonus, it's fairly self-reflexive." –Hillary Brown, PASTE Magazine
"Unsurprisingly, Bagge's latest from Fantagraphics sounds highly intriguing...Peter Bagge is up there with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez as alternative comics creators from the 80's and 90's that you're cooler just for knowing." –Comic Book Herald
168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6
"No one out there is Knisley, who always finds a way to create a narrative out of diverse thoughts and ideas - turning a musing sort of travelogue or blog into something wholly satisfying and meaningful. Expect a moving look at aging, 'The Greatest Generation' and love." –Menachem Luchins, 13th Dimension
"Knisley's able to achieve an impressive balance between humor and poignancy, juxatposing observations on the bizarre line-up of nighttime entertainment and the strangeness of her fellow passengers with thoughtful observations on aging and excerpts from her grandfather's World War II journals." –Brian Heater, Paper Mag
In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Displacement comes out right on the heels of An Age of License, a lighter travelogue about seeking out love and adventure during European travels. Both are sweet with a touch of melancholy with gorgeous watercolors.
Challengers Comics is ALSO having astore-wide 25% sale Saturday 2.7.15 to Friday 2.13.15and if you spend over $100, you get a sweet Knisley-designed shirt that says "I love you but I've chosen comics": Pret-ty swoon-worthy. How coold would you feel going to a Lucy Knisley signing in a Lucy Knisley shirt? I see many photo opportunities in your future.
Challengers Comics + Conversation 1845 N. Western Ave Chicago, IL 60647
New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
London, EN - Set primarly in England, this is a homecoming of sorts for the beautiful and provacative,The Late Child and Other Animals, the newest work from Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger. The pair will be at Gosh! Comics in London at 7 PM to guest host the comics discussion group, Process. Given the depth of topics explored in Late Child, processing might be an understatment, but there's not greater time and place to explore and digest this title-fight of a novel. (More Details)
New York, NY - Tonight! Need to learn about a brilliant artist while also grabbing a bite to eat? Then you'll love this event that we've co-sponsored with the School of Visual Arts in NYC to bring you, Jonah Kinigstein:The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel of the "Art" World. This happy hour and reception is only $10, and includes a buffet to satiate your tummy, while his pen and ink masterworks satiate your eyes and brain. His new work being released soon by FU Press, and features elaborate compositions that skewer artists, curators, and critics alike. The reception runs from 5-10 PM, and is sure to help you get through the rest of your week. (More Details)
Friday, January 16th
Rhinebeck, NY - Lucy Knisley can't get enough of traveling, which is why she's pilgrimaging to her roots in Rhinebeck, NY for a reception and launch party of her newest travelogue, Displacement. Juxtaposed perfectly against her previous book, An Age of License, Displacement gives a profound and real insight into learning to let yourself go while having to care for others, and watching someone you once knew slip away. Oblong Books and Music will be hosting an entertaining evening of book celebration, where you'll be able to pick up these new titles from the NYT's Best Selling author herself! FREE! Begins at 7 pm. (More Details)
Sunday, January 18th
New York, NY - The response to Massive has been, well, massive! To show our appreciation for those who support this book, and support the artists who made it possible, editors Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and designer Chip Kidd will be at the famous McNally Jackson bookstore in New York to celebrate its release. Massive is about the history and art of gay manga and the men who make it, and this launch party is about the people who love it! Stop by after 7 pm for a signing and a good time. They will also have some of the wildly popular line of Massive tshirts for sale. Most of them are sold out online, so could someone pick me up a sweatshirt, size small? Thanks! (More Details)
Tuesday, January 20th
Philadelphia, PA - Missed the event in NYC? Had so much fun you wanted to go to another one? You're welcome either way! The East Coast tour is just getting started, and now Philadelphia will be welcoming the Massive team warmly at Giovanni's Room, a world-class LGBT bookstore and AID's Thrift-store charity. Books, tshirts, and smiling faces await you this Tuesday when you stop by to explore the art and history of gay erotic manga. Sounds like a pretty normal Tuesday to me! Join us from 6-8 pm. (More Details)
In honor of her travelogues An Age of License and the newly pressedDisplacement, Lucy Knisley is having a signing at her hometown bookstore: Oblong Books and Music. In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Oblong Books has been around for 35 sweet years run by the Hermans family and is sure to please. See you there! (Photo Credit: Kitty Sheehan)