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
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.
Launched today, a new webcomic serial by the one and only Richard Sala! Super-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!
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 Saturday, February 22nd, at 8pm treat yourself to a fantastic night of animation at the local cinema, TIME FARMERS! Time Farmers is a program of short animated films made by independent contemporary animators from across North America. This collection of films has been assembled by Lori Damiano in 2013 to accompany her newly completed 2D hand-drawn film. This is THE Seattle premiere of Lori D's incredible epic animation 'Lord I, the Records Keeper', over 10 years in production. Lori's friend, our own Lilli Carré will have 2012 experimental animation "Like a Lantern" playing as well. Also, showing are cartoons by Stefan Gruber, Jodie Mack, Amy Lockhart, and lots more!
Taking place at Studio Current in Capitol Hill at 1417 10th Avenue #C between Pike & Union (1 block S of Neumo's), this is destined to be a beautiful night with a sock hop at the end, 9:30ish! So buy your tickets now and wear your 3-D glasses out (you won't need them but they always look cool). Enjoy a short preview below.
On Monday, the fine folk at Peanuts let me grace their campus for a rather incredible visit. Nomi Kane, former Fantagraphics intern, Center for Cartoon Studies' 2011 alum and Donna Almendrala, CCS 2012 alum, were kind enough to show OSU librarian Caitlin McGurk and me around!
The waiting room was chock full of Peanuts paraphenalia including some VERY familiar reprints of Peanuts. One could even call them the COMPLETE PEANUTS.
Vicki works on some of the ad and the pencilling the graphic novel Peanuts produces (Paige Braddock inks). She also could make ANYTHING out of anything --- her chair was refurbished with a Japanese Peanuts banner as the cushion fabric --- very cool.
Vicki's pencils go off to Paige Braddock (also the cartoonist behind Jane's World) who was busy showing off some of Sparky's old nibs she was using and breaking in a new one. Her office is one of the coolest I've ever seen but you'll just have to visit to see what I mean!
Nomi and Donna both approve merchandise from licensees and of course, kept some cool stuff. Like these motorcycle/scooter helmets. They were so nice you would buy a Vespa to match. (Donna and Caitlin demonstrate the proper way to wear a helmet)
Speaking of baseball! And yes, basically everything was Peanuts-themed SAVE the toilet paper but I have hopes for my next visit:
Some other coworkers worked with specific items like plush dolls and cell phone charms/key fobs:
Apparently, Japanese readers of Peanuts are wild about Olaf, Snoopy's brother 'with more to love.' He was everywhere there, which was pretty cool. (Olaf hangs tough with sister, Belle, and brother, Spike)
We met another working cartoonist at home at Peanuts (along with Paige, Donna and Nomi). Alexis E. Farjado of Kid Beowulf works there and his bookshelf was IMPRESSIVE to me (read: a lot of comics and many Fantagraphics' books). Here he models the Snoopy puppy socks that I obviously stole when his back was turned for one-eyed Wanda back at my office.
In fact, everywhere I went from the 'family office' to the Peanuts and Associates to the museum, had a near full set of The Complete Peanuts and the new Peanuts Every Sundayon the employee's desk. It was like being at home (except I didn't hear any cursing).
Off to the museum next! The quote that burns into your soul the minute you walk in is "A cartoonist is someone who draws the same thing day after day without repeating himself." PERFECT. (yeah, I know it says 'himself' but if you worked as hard as Schulz, you'd probably use your own gender since you're talking about yourself!).
One of the best and permanent objects in the museum was a ceramic tile mural composed of 3,588 ceramic tiles equaling TEN years of daily strips (published between 1956-1988). Designed by Yoshiteru Otani, this was one of the most fun to see from a distance and up close.
In the courtyard, many sculptures wait for visitors and "Under Construction Brown" is a delight. Made by TivoliToo in 2001.
And a lil' something by CHRISTO was hanging out in the permanent collection.
One of the rotating exhibits was about the night sky in Schulz comics and even had an interactive constellation board. The presentation of one of the main walls was both striking and still warm enough to invite kids in.
The other special exhibit was, of course, about heartbreak in Peanuts comics. More on THAT later. A shot of all of us, who have dedicated our lives to comics! Donna, Denis St. John (CCS '08 alum), Nomi and me.
We hit the gift shop by the skating rink and GUESS what was there? A Red Baron flying ace and alllll the Complete Peanuts. I'm very easily pleased.
There was one last special visit and this was behind the scenes in Charles M. Schulz's actual studio (there is a recreation in the museum). His tools were preserved and the symbolic 'next strip' lay on his desk.
A big thank you to Jeannie Schulz for taking the time to jabber on with us, Nomi for arranging/giving the tour and Donna for graciously answering our questions as well. It meant a tremendous amount to me, Caitlin and Denis because we all worked at the Schulz Library at some point during our time at the Center for Cartoons Studies in White River Junction.
Feel inspired? Grab a copy of Peanuts today! Grab a pencil, the nearest ONE, and start drawing.
Our friends Tom Hart and Leela Corman over at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida need your help! They are all about making comics education affordable for all and have been doing a great job thus far. SAW currently has an IndieGoGo campaign up with a ton of great rewards geared to you. A mere ten bucks gets you a mini from Steven Weissman, Jessica Abel, Box Brown or more from their fantastic list of contributors. Thirty-six dollars can get you a whole saddle-bag full of minis. There's art by David Lasky, an Eric Curry shirt and much, much more!
In 2014, SAW is hoping to do a number of things with your donations such as bring more artists to Florida to work and teach, assist more students through affordable programs and/or scholarships, expand/extend our grant program expand their library, upgrade their equipment (computer, Risograph, etc.) AND expand studio space to accommodate 4 or more drawing spaces. They hold amazing workshops with visiting artists (like Dash Shaw and Gabrielle Bell coming up in 2014). SAW also provides printing scholarships to biannually, everyone's favorite Annie Koyama was even a judge in 2013.
Still on the fence? Go ahead and check out the video above or all the other amazing things you can get for your donation like a Julie Doucet print or a Derek M. Ballard poster! Squeeee! I want them all. Interested in visiting and taking some classes yourself? Head right over to the main SAW website and get yourself on the boards. Yes, the bristol boards.
Hold on to your horses, the howling wolves of great comics and design are baying. We don't want to unseat you but find you some seats! On February 19th, Chip Kidd & Chris Ware will appear before your very eyes at Town Hall in Seattle. Part of the Litarary\Arts Series, the two will engage in a coloful conversation (maybe even a fight to the death?) starting at 7:30pm.
There is a signing afterwards and their books will be on sale for those of you not clutching a well-loved copy already. Buy your tickets now and make it a great holiday gift; be it Christmas, Boxing Day, Valentines or Darwin Day!
Chris Wareis an award-winning comic book artist and cartoonist, whose work includes the celebrated graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and most recently Building Stories.
Chip Kidd, associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, is a renowned graphic designer who recently released the book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and designed Tony Millionaire's Maakies treasuries. Seattle Arts and Lectures are excited to have these two artists talk with each other about the worlds of design and comics, as their conversation should make for a colorful evening.
Sponsored by Paper Hammer & Marquand Books, The Stranger's arts and performance quarterly, A&P, University Book Store.
The time to fa-la-la and fill your friends' bookshelves will excellent graphic novels and comics is here! Fantagraphics Books is excited to be participating in the American Express Holiday Pop Up Shop in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Conveniently located on the corner of Western Ave and University St (55 University St), the AmEx Holiday Pop Up Shop brings local businesses together to showcase a collection of merchandise all under one roof.
Fantagraphics Books will be slinging our wares from December 11th through the 16th. In this time, we will be providing shoppers the opportunity to browse some of our latest releases, plus a few classic favorites. Come on down and pick up a gift for that special someone (but also feel free to spoil yourself with a comic or two). Don't fret, if you can't make it to the Pop Up Shop, you can always find us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery located in the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood.
We've got it all on display, original graphic novels, classic reprints, underground comics and haunting novels (some Seattle-centric!)
VENUE INFO Alki Art Gallery and Event Space 55 University Street at corner of Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98101
Look how much fun Jacq is having reading the fun and fiesty Unlovable!
STORE HOURS: Sunday - Thursday 10am-‐7pm Friday & Saturday 10am-‐8pm
Jen curls up with the new color Peanuts Every Sunday (and talks about herself in 3rd person!)
Join Jesse Reklaw, Desert Island's Gabe Fowler and and friends tonight at Desert Island for a rockin' good time. From 7 to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his new graphic novel, Couch Tag, just for you! Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.
He'll also be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on December 14th while gracing the shelves of Portland's Floating World on December 19th! See you at every single location!