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Gary Groth: Stranger Genius Nominee Uncovered
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeThe StrangerinterviewsinterviewGary Grothawards 11 Jun 2014 5:11 PM
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Last month we found out one of our founders, Gary Groth, was up for a Genius Award in Literature from local and cool-as-hell alt-weekly paper, The Stranger. This week articles about all the nominees  appeared online and in the print version so you can get to know them and their genius.
 
Gary's acerbic rage-writings of the 80s and 90s are referenced in the article by Paul Constant. Constant asked Gary if he was less angry now but since Fantagraphics started making the comics he wanted to read and are at most bookstores...Constant wrote it best. "that there was always more work to do, but it was clear to everyone that, yes, the century-long fight for the soul of American comics is over, and Gary Groth won."
 
On October 18, The Stranger will throw a huge, drunken party for all 15 finalists at the Moore Theatre (tickets here), with the Seattle Rock Orchestra and other live performances, and five of the finalists (one from each category) will go home with $5,000 each, no strings attached.
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Seattle WA: Short Run Presents GRIDLORDS
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeShort RuneventsAndrice Arp 9 Jun 2014 7:21 PM

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Saturday, June 21

Seattle, WA: The multi-sensory live performance art show, Gridlords, will be debuting performance #23 on June 21st, a special presentation by the ever expanding independent comic show, Short Run.

What is Gridlords? No two performances are the same, but in essence, this monthly experimental art show based out of Portland combines various artistic mediums built around a narrative. Mediums in the past have included live music, comic readings, animations, and artist lectures. Seattle is honored to host their first show outside of Portland, and Fantagraphics is honored to watch Mome cartoonist, Andrice Arp's presentation of a film that inspirationaly highlights the creative processes, accompanied by live music, and then followed by a puppetry parable in anticipation of her new comic, Occupation. And that's only one part of the night's line-up.

Other guests for the evening festivities include, Theo Ellsworth, Asher Craw, Daria Tessler, Gridlords founder, Sean Christensen, and more.

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(Julia Gfroer performing at Gridlords #21) 

According to Short Run, "Tickets are available in two packages: $7 for admission-only, or $20 for admission, plus a bonus fun pack containing the Gridlords anthology, Other Worlds (a $10 value), as well as other comics, original artwork, and more from artists involved in the show." An amazing deal to see the most all emcompasing live art production of the year.  

The performance will begin at 7 pm, and takes place at Gallery 1412, located at 1412 18th Ave, between Union and Pike. Spend a beautiful summer evening with us, and witness a comic anthology brought to life before your eyes. 

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 6/2-6/8
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeJesse ReklaweventsEd PiskorEd LuceDon RosaCharles Burns 4 Jun 2014 4:20 PM

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Thursday, June 5th

  • Phoenix, AZ: It's supposed to be 109F in Phoenix, so if you're looking to escape the heat in a large air conditioned convention center, consider going to Phoenix Comicon! Fantagraphics artists Don Rosa (Donald Duck) and Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree) will be on hand to sign, and chat about their upcoming releases with Fantagraphics! This four day show runs from June 5th-8th. (More details)
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Saturday, June 7th
  • Olympia, WA: The birthplace of alternative everything, Olympia, will host the 2014 Olympia Comics Festival on Saturday, June 7th, and special guests include Jesse Reklaw and Charles Burns! They will be signing books and participating in panels at the various downtown venues. First event begins at 11 am, and the Expo itself is FREE! (More detail
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Sunday, June 8th
  • San Francisco, CA: The Queer Comics Expo kicks off pride week with a celebration of the history and achievements of queer voices in comics. Held at the Cartoon Art Museum, the wonderful Ed Luce  (Wuvable Oaf), is the guest of honor at this event. Art demonstrations, drag queens, and fun! Begins at 11 am. (More details)
 
 

 

San Fran: Ed Luce at the Queer Comics Expo
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seequeereventsEd Luce 21 May 2014 11:50 AM

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To kick off pride month, on June 8th the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco will be hosting the first annual Queer Comics Expo, also affectionately known as the Queer Comicon, presented by the Queer Cultural Center. Mingle with drag queens, watch comic demonstrations, and join in on conversations about the history and future of LGBTQ comics!

This first annual event begins at 11 am, and runs until 5 pm, and will be a fun full day of celebration, achievements, and comics! 

Celebrating the achievements made in queer comics will be headlining exhibitor, Ed Luce! Announced earlier this month at TCAF, Fantagraphics is so thrilled to be publishing the hit independent series, Wuvable Oaf. As the force behind the comics and anthology, Ed will be present at the expo to showcase the beloved series about Oaf, who traverses the ups and downs of finding love and living life, set against his San Francisco home. As an educator for the California College of the Arts MFA, and former Queer Press Grant Recipient, Ed Luce is an indeliable influence on the world of comics.

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Other spectacular cartoonist guests include Jett Attwood, Alex Woolfson, and Tyler Cohen, as well as many others. 

And to keep the expo rockin, in true comic convention standard, Super Drag Queens will be meandering and mingling amongst attendeeds, handing out awards for the best cosplay. If you see anyone wandering as the Oaf, send us pictures! 

Tickets to attend the Queer Comic Expo are included in the admission to the Cartoon Art Museum, $8 for general public, and $6 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the door, or from the Queer Cultural Center. Those attending the expo will also receive a 10% discount from the museum's bookstore!

A host of events will be happening around the city as part of the Queer Cultural Center's National Queer Arts Festival, which impressively runs from May 30th, to July 5th. So join Ed, the Super Queens, and champions of queer comics to get your Pride on! 

Cartoon Art Musum

655 Mission St. San Francisco, CA

June, 8th 2014 11 am-5 pm 

 

We Are Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeoffice fun 30 Apr 2014 5:22 PM
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We are comics and so are you.

Not pictured: Eric Reynolds, Mike Dean, Preston White, Paul Baresh, Anna Pederson, Larry Reid, TJ, Janice Headley, Dave Holmes, Jacob Covey, Matt Silvie and Dean. Our smooshed spiders-everywhere-in-the-trees-oh-god outtake.
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Hi-Fructose Special on Al Columbia
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeartistsartAl Columbia 30 Apr 2014 1:09 AM
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"Horror is a peculiar and particular flavor of dis-ease. The body does not respond to it as it does to fear, with the urge toward fight of flight; instead, horror washes over you and lingers, reminding you that all is not as it should be in the world," writes Silke Tudor.  
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In Issue 31 of Hi-FructoseAl Columbia is featured in a special matte paper insert featuring paintings, illustrations and some comics found in Pim and Francie, published by Fantagraphics in 2009. Columbia's dark hallways and candy-coated big-eyed children create the perfect landscape to lose yourself and your own mind in.
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Founder and Editor-in-Chief 'Attaboy' says. "It's the layers of drawings and tracings atop half finshed thoughts, tear outs and revisions filled with obsessive detail that turns us into the shamless voyeaurs to what appears to be true madeness. We invite you to join us there." 


Cake Frame 2 show this Sunday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeeventsartistsart 16 Apr 2014 12:44 PM

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Preparing for next month's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo aka CAKE, the organizers have an excellently curated art auction on Sunday, April 20th! CAKE FRAME 2: Live Art Auction and Brain Frame Comics Performance Event directly benefits CAKE. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.

Artwork up for auction included works by Ivan Brunetti, Lane Milburn, Chris Ware, David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Neil Brideau, Danielle Chenette, Anya Davidson, Jo Dery, Nick Drnaso, Krystal DiFronzo, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Edie Fake, Rebecca Mir Grady, Steve Krakow, Bret Koontz,,Brett Manning, Ben Marcus, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Peanut Gallery, Onsmith, Otto Splotch, Grant Reynolds, Keiler Roberts, Brad Rohloff, Jeremy Tinder, Leslie Weibeler, and Jeff Zwirek!

$20 donator will be entered into raffle for special prize! The evening will also include a wide variety of comics performances by Brain Frame alums Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert. There will be live drawing by Jenna Caravello and live music by El Is A Sound Of Joy. Brain Frame founder Lyra Hill will host the evening as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.

The pertinant deets:
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:30pm
April 20 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608
$5 - $20 sliding scale entry




Eleanor Davis Google Doodle!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeEleanor Davis 20 Mar 2014 12:06 PM

Eleanor Davis Google Doodle

Google welcomes Spring today with a lovely and charming animated logo by the one and only Eleanor Davis! Go look (if you miss it, it'll be archived here), then come back here to pre-order Eleanor's book How to Be Happy.

Update: The Washington Post has the inside behind-the-scenes scoop!

Richard Sala introduces... Super-Enigmatix!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsThings to seeRichard SalaComing Attractions 13 Mar 2014 6:46 PM

Launched today, a new webcomic serial by the one and only Richard SalaSuper-Enigmatix introduces the titular masked and caped criminal mastermind. What kind of conspiracy is he weaving, and can former Inspector Jory and former Detective Charms unravel it? Tune in every Thursday for new installments!

This pulpy story is your first taste of what's to come in our forthcoming collection of all-new Sala short stories, In a Glass Grotesquely, due this Fall!

Gary Panter, Ron Regé, Jr and Dash Shaw in Non Sequitur Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeRon Regé JrGary PanterDash Shawart shows 20 Feb 2014 5:57 PM

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Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art

February 28 - March 26, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 28, 7-10pm

Special Event: Sequential S'mores - Progressive Art Opening  - with Sequential Artist's Workshop and F.L.A. Gallery, Friday, Feb. 28, 6pm - 12am (click link for more info) 

Gallery Protocol is pleased to announce Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art, an exhibition of comic and sequential art from artists Pat Aulisio, Derek Ballard, Josh Bayer, Erin Curry, CF, Hellen Jo, Aidan Koch, Emma Louthan, Molly Colleen O'Connell, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, Ron Rege Jr, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, and Angie Wang. Collectively, these artists represent the past, present, and future of underground and independent comics - beginning with its origins in the punk and zine movements of southern California in the late 70's, all the way through to its dispersal as a nationwide (and international) subculture today.

As the show's title suggests, the exhibition focuses particularly on how these artists incorporate notions or elements of abstraction within their work. Comics are uniquely positioned to engage with abstraction from both a narrative, linguistic (semiotic), and visual perspective. In that sense, they combine the abstraction of the novelist, the poet, and the painter all into one. Beginning with the assertion that all systems of representation are abstract, the exhibition examines the results of this conflation and how these different threads of abstraction compound, complicate, temper, or derail one another as they operate side by side within the confines of a single undertaking. The exhibition features original and preparatory works in a range of media as well as published comics in a variety of printed formats.  

Curated by Tom Hart of the Sequential Artist's Workshop, Jeff Owens, and Chase Westfall.

For more information, contact Chase Westfall: 352-339-3905, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it