Though the official gallery opening for one of the funniest cartoonists of the last 40 years is on the 30th of August, you wont want to miss the evening reception with M.K. Brown herself, as she gives guided tours through her own exhibition at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. This once in a lifetime reception runs from 4-6 pm, and is completely FREE and open to the public.
Brown's cartooning style combines oddball surrealism, with everyday frustrations and obervances to give her audiences a full body laughing experience; relevant to all generations and moments in time. She's a one-of-a-kind cartoonist, and this exhibit and retrospective is the perfect way to take it all in. Of course if you can't make it to San Fran, do yourself a favor and pick up the first comprehensive look at her career, collected inM.K. Brown Stranger than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013.
The exhibit runs from August 30, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Seattle, WA: We here are Fantagraphics are already pretty privy to how much of a genius our boss, Gary Groth, is. Finally the World is standing up to take notice! And by the World, I mean The Stranger Genius Awards for Literature. Books editor, Paul Constant will be presenting a showcase at the Frye Art Museum for all the literature geniuses, including Gary, visual poet, Shin Yu Pai, and writer of the current Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson. Tickets $10, with mingling and drinks beginning at 5:30. 21+ (More details)
Saturday, August 30th
Chicago, IL: Purveyors of the finest comics, Quimby's Bookstore of Chicago will be hosting the prince of spaces escapades, Lane Milburn, as he parties with the public to celebrate the release of his sci-fi epic, Twelve Gems! A Heavy Metal saga meets your math class compositon notebook in this beautiful space opera that traverses the cosmos. The boogying starts at 7 pm. (More details)
Los Angeles: As a part of the Everything Is Festival at the Cine Family, Prison Pit cartoonist, Johnny Ryan will be freaking audiences out by screening the animated version of Prison Pit Book One. Joining him on a panel to follow with be noted comedians and bad boys, Rick Shapiro and Blake Anderson. Begins at 2:30 pm. Get tix quick! (More details)
Houston, TX: Amazing Houston Comic Con will be hosting a slew of the comic industry's most notable artists, and joing them is of course Mr. Ed Piskor of Hip Hop Family Tree! He will be around Friday and Saturday, and will hopefully ask Rob Liefeld what he thought of the special HHFT #300, found in your forthcoming deluxe box set. (More details)
Decatur, GA: If you find yourself in the dirty south this weekend, get a little dirtier by hanging out with a bunch of authors of cartoonists at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this weekend where Eleanor Davis and Ed Piskor will be giving you the down low on their works. Eleanor and Liz Prince will be giving a presentation this day at 1:45 pm titled, "How to be Graphic" - told you the south was dirty - (More details)
Sunday, August 31st
Decatur, GA: Ed Piskor is doubling up on events this weekend and making his way across the great American landscape to bring a launch of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2, and a moderated panel to follow, where he'll discuss the only two things that still make sense in the world, hip-hop and comic books. Scoot on down to the Marriott at 5 pm! (More details)
Boy oh boy, have we got a treat for you. As a part of the Everything Is Festival series, put on by the amazing Cine Family, you can not only screen the animated version of the first Prison Pit book, you can hear a bunch of funny people talk about how amazing it is afterwards! Of course the indescribable author of Prison Pit, Johnny Ryan, will be there, but joining him on the panel will be comedians, Rick Shapiro and Blake Anderson. You may remember the brilliant Shapiro for his reoccuring portrayal of "the angry poet" on Conan O'Brien, and Anderson from the all-star show, Workaholics (and for having fabulous hair).
The screening begins at 2:45 pm, and these gentelmen and scholars will all be there to help guide you through the supremely wicked and grotesque battlefield on the prison pit universe of hyperviolence and hyperhilarity. If your favorite W.W.E. personas came to life and unleashed the worst horrors on each other, you'll be barely scratching the surface of how amazing Prison Pit, and its DVD companion are.
Both both were a huge hit at this years San Diego Comic-con, and now you can check out why the f@$k everyone is talking about the best thing since slorge-arms.
Influential cartoonist, painter, and professor, Gary Panter, will be celebrating his newst work during an art exhibition at Fredericks & Frasier Gallery with an opening reception on September 4th, from 6-8 PM!
Surreal pop art, with a day-glo vibe. Or expressionistic sci-fi and punk cartoons. Maybe imaginative, and super saturated set designs. How about shoe illustrator? All of these things describe the award winning artist throughout his extensive and impressive career. Be a part of the brilliant madness with his third exhibition installment at the Chelsea gallery, that will open early on August 26th, and run through September 27th. Featuring original paintings and bead lists, which aesthetically sounds like the best thing ever.
Fredericks & Freiser Gallery 536 W 24th St NY, NY 10011
Beloved multi-media Brooklyn gallery, Cinders, is celebrating 10 years of not just existing, but of bringing a community together through their diverse group of artists. This special anniversary show, A Decade of Decadunce (+10 pun points), features an impressive list of artists who have helped shape them over the past 10 years into the non-profit art organization they are today. Check out this lineup:
Maya Hayuk, Brian Chippendale, Diane Barcelowsky, Allyson Mellberg, Jocko Weyland, Jungil Hong, Esther Pearl Watson, Kyle Ranson, Blok, Jim Tozzi, Travis Egedy, Matt Furie, Anna Hellsgard, Ron Rege Jr., and Ric Ocasek (lead singer of the CARS!), plus many many many more. This list just scratches the surface.
Ron Rege Jr. was also the gallery's June Artist of the Month (an excellent choice), and you should read their interview with him to hear more about his airy, and magical cartooning style.
Opening reception party kicks off Thursday, July 10th, from 7-10 pm, with DJ Dave Potes, at the Dossier Outpost on the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. A beautiful, colorful building that's the perfect location for a beautiful Thursday night party!
Oslo, Norway: The land of my ancestors is hosting the Oslo Comics Expo June 12-14th, featuring special guest, Peter Bagge! The FREE event takes place at the Deichmanske Library at Grunerlokka, a gorgeous public library with a bar! (More details)
Brooklyn, NY: Original art fans will want to head to the Scott Eder Gallery for their opening reception of the "It's About Comics" exhibit, from 6-9 pm. Marvel at original works by Los Bros Hernandez, Woodring, Sala, Crumb, and many more. Can't say no to something you fall in love with? Pieces will be available to purchase! (More details)
Brooklyn, NY: Since you're already in BK, scoot on over to the Jalopy Theatre from 6-8 pm to catch the reception for the opening of the Jim Flora show, featuring work from the book The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora. Original album covers, proof sheets, and other artifacts to show off his zaney, jazz inspired work. (More details)
Saturday, June 14th
Seattle, WA: The annual Georgetown Carnival is going down this Saturday from Noon-10 pm! Beer gardens, three stages of live music, and the famous Power Tool Races, with an entry by our own Larry Reid. Pop into the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery for a rest, and scope some fantastic reads. The carnival is a perfect opportunity to discover all of the great things Georgetown has to offer: food, drinks, records, books, art and more! (More details)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)