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This Week in Fanta Events 3/26-3/29
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Pat ThomasLucy KnisleyJohnny RyanGraham KolbeinsFantagraphics historyeventsEd PiskorEd LuceDon RosaChip KiddartAnne Ishii 26 Mar 2015 2:49 PM

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Thursday, March 26th

Seattle, WA - Yikes! How many people can one comic book shop fit into their rafters? And how many more signs can they put on their door to let you know that this place is where it's at on Thursday? Arcane Comics in the Ballard neighborhood is kicking off ECCC with a who's who lineup of guests and fans. Some of these oh so special comic celebs are Ed Piskor and Ed Luce! Piskor has just wrapped Hip Hop Family Tree Vol 3, and Mr. Luce is debuting the super-sized, and super awe inspiring Wuvable Oaf collection in beautiful hardcover. Other faces you might want to see here will be Farel Dalrymple, Simon Roy, Alexis Ziritt, and Nick Pitarra (just to name a few). Head on over at 6 PM where you come for the comics, and stay for the Don Lucho's foodtruck! (More Details)

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Friday, March 27th

Seattle, WA - It's finally here. The little Seattle comic show that could. In just over a decade the Emerald City Comicon  has grown into the third largest comic convention in the U.S, and boasts the largest artist's alley. We're set up at the best table you'll ever see, with the best creators you'll ever meet. Today some of those creators include: Lucy Knisley, Ed Luce, Don Rosa and Ed Piskor. For our full signing schedule and breakdown of panels, check out (More Details)

Seattle, WA - If comic conventions aren't your thing, but still love the books, mosey on over to Elliot Bay Books for a Lucy Knisley signing and presentation about her latest releases, An Age of License, and Displacement. The reading starts at 7 PM at my favorite Seattle bookstore, and it won't be the same without you there! (More Details)

NYC - Continuing his NYC tour, Jiraiya will be stopping by Buearu of General Services - Queer Division for a talk and signing beginning at 7 PM. Hosted by the LGBT Community Center, The Buearu is a cultural center, bookstore, and event space that strives to protect and foster community. The Massive team fits right in to that ethos as they draw attention to and celebrate the life changing genre of gay manga, that's captured in the Massive anthology. (More Details)

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Saturday, March 28th

Seattle, WA - If that beautiful Frank and Becky guidebook cover doesn't get you to come to the Washington State Convention Center for the second day of Emerald City Comicon, then what hope do we have for humanity? Oh yeah, the amazing lineup of guests and panels and books we're hosting at the Fantagraphics table! With new releases like Wuvable Oaf and the Angry Youth Comix collection that are bound to astound, you're out of excuses as to why you shouldn't get your tookis to booth 308. (More Details

Los Angeles, CA - California is hot, and full of hot jazz. Boogy down on some of that hot jazz when you stop by Book Soup for the release of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz and Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980. Author Pat Thomas, and subject Les McCann will both be there tonight for a roundtable discussion of music and photography, while DJ Adam Dorn spins cool tunes. History buffs, music buffs, photography buffs, this is your night! 5 PM! (More Details

NYC - There's a Jiraiya double whammy today! First, he and designer Chip Kidd give a presentation at the SVA ampitheatre with a live Q&A followed by a signing. The SVA has kickstarted many careers, and is the perfect setting for this free and open to the public event as they discuss Jiraiya's photo-realistic work, beginning at 3 PM. Please, no photography.          Can't make it to the SVA? No problem! All around cool clothing/fashion/accessory store Opening Ceremony will continue their tradition of being stewards of travel when they host Jiraiya for a reception and signing of Massive. The artist behind many of the clothing items sold by Massive, Jiraiya's notable products are right at home with Opening Ceremony. Stop by between 6-7 PM for your last chance to meet the man beofre he travels back to Japan. (More Details)

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Sunday, March 29th

Seattle, WA - Today is your last chance to fangirl/boy out on our lovely creators here at ECCC. On deck for Sunday includes signings at the Fantagraphics booth 308 with: KnisleyPiskor, and Rosa, and FOUR different panels where you can find Fanta artists and staffers alike sharing their well-spring of knowledge on the comics biz. These panels cover topics from cartooning school, to turning your passion into a career, and how to run your own freelance business successfully! (spoiler: it involves a lot of finance spreadsheeting). Get the dates and times to your future here (More Details)

LOS ANGELES: The Kurdles Art Show and Release Party
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert Goodineventsart showsartarbitrary cuteness 4 Mar 2015 12:54 PM
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LOS ANGELES - This April, the one and only Secret Headquarters is hosting an art show and release party featuring watercolor pages from Robert Goodin's most excellent new comic, The Kurdles. The opening reception for the exhibition is on Friday, April 3rd at 7pm. The show will remain up from April 3rd-April 30th. 

When Sally the bear gets tossed by her own owner, she finds herself helping a rag-tag group of characters when their house threatens to grow legs and leave! Reminiscent of The Brave Little Toaster or Herge's Tintin, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange and is presented in a beautiful, bande dessinnée-size-and-style hardcover. 
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At LA's hot comic shop, Secret Headquarters, Goodin will be selling original artwork the opening night of the show - FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! It's too beautiful to believe:
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Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children.
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Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Reception: Friday, April 3rd
Show up April 3rd-April 30th 






Dash Shaw in ArtForum March 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Dash Shawartistsart 2 Mar 2015 2:13 PM
Artforum
Cartoonist pioneer, Dash Shaw, is forever reaching beyond what we perceive and accept as comics. In the current issue of ArtForum, new on the stands this week, Shaw made a Top Ten list of his favorites in the art, publishing and just whole damn world. Here's a pic Dash took of the first page featuring Breakdown Press, a Quaker comic, a 3-D musuem artists use as a modern morgue (files of reference art), and our favorite Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Grab a copy at your local bookstore to read the rest of the Top Ten or visit the website!

Dash is currently a Cullman Center Fellow and is spending much of his time researching his own graphic novel on Quakers at the New York Public Library.
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PechaKucha Seattle Presents Comics NW Roots
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Peter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forneyart 27 Feb 2015 3:17 PM

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Wednesday, March 11th

Seattle, WA - PechaKucha! Presenting PKN Sea Vol. 61: Comics! NW Roots! From 5:30-8:30 on March 11th at the Cornish Playhouse , 11 of Seattle's most notable cartoonists and historians from the area share their stories of influence and experience in the NW Comics scene. Joining on stage will be the ever talented Peter BaggeJim WoodingEllen Forney, and the esteemed Larry Reid.

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If you've never been to a PechaKucha event, prepare yourself for a whirlwind of informative speakers, engaging content, and new perspectives on a wide variety of content. 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each while presenters talk about corresponding topics. The format of has gone global, and PKN Seattle never disappoints. 

Seattle, as many readers are probably aware, has a deep and rich history of being what many consider to be the birthing ground of alternative comics in the 1970's with creators like Charles Burns, Matt Groening, and Lynda Barry. With remarks from their contemporaries, and from those who have been influenced by them, like Max Clotfelter, Tom Van Deusen, and Kelly Froh, this event is a must go to for any fan of the history of comics, art, and Washington State.  

 

Los Angeles: Mark Todd at Gabba Gallery
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Mark ToddeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart showsart 27 Feb 2015 10:50 AM

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Saturday, February 28th

Los Angeles, CA - The Gabba Galley of Los Angeles is happily hosting "Curate This", a show with over 20 of L.A.'s most unique talents. Among them is Mark Todd, who is showing several new original paintings along side people like Steven Wolkoff, and Peggy Zask. Known for his work in Blab!, Mark Todd is also the inspiring co-creator of the hilariously informative, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? with the beloved Esther Pearl Watson, cartoonist of Unlovable. They've since colaborated on other comics where individually drawn characters battle each other on the same page. 

Todd's crude cartooning style is a brought to life with humor in every inch of his work. Similarly his paintings have movement and life that is underscored by his ability to tell a story through expressions and brilliantly conceived imagery. 

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Men's Health

This currated show runs from Feb. 28th - March 14th, with a special opening reception kicking off the event this Saturday night (the 28th) from 7 - 11 pm. People to see, art to admire, and the perfect way to kick off your Saturday night!

 

This Week in Fanta Events 2/18-2/21
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Robert WilliamsNoah Van SciverLucy Knisleyeventsart showsart 18 Feb 2015 1:19 AM

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Wednesday, February 18th

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)

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 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)

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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)

 

Copenhagen: Drawing Hip Hop Live with Ed Piskor
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Piskorart 13 Feb 2015 3:50 PM

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February 28th, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark - Cities all over the world have vibrant hip hop scenes that are as diverse as the music itself, and Denmark is no exception. Unique to Denmark though is an extremely strong comics scene that incorporates the history and technique of graphic storytelling into their exceptional higher learning programs. Which is why it makes beautiful sense that a top tier cartoonist and hip hop historian, Ed Piskor will be teaching for several weeks at The Animation Workshop in their Graphic Storytelling BA program. He just finished the third volume of Hip Hop Family Tree, so there's no shortage of material and knowledge to be dropped on these young minds.

To finish up his Danish travels abroad, Piskor will roll out of town in stylish thunder with a live conversation and drawing battle with some of Denmarks heavyweight cartoonist talents. On February 28th, find yourself a spot on the Ideal Bar in downtown Copenhagen where local rapper, hip hop lecturer and writer, Peter Aagaard will interview Piskor in front of an audience. But wait, there's more! Stick around while DJ's crank up the beats and Piskor puts lines to paper against local talents Stine Spedsbjerg, Erik Petri, and Palle Schmidt, who you might recognize from his work on American comics like Thomas Alsop, and art for Ghostface Killah's 12 Reasons to Die. 

A competition combination of hip hop and comics is hard to beat; catch up with your boy Ed Piskor on February 28th, from 6-10 pm (or 18:00 to 22:00 if you're telling time abroad).

LA: SLANG Aesthetics! Art Exhibit with Robt. Williams
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under ZapRobert Williamsart showsart 11 Feb 2015 3:54 PM
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Los Angeles - Get ready for a powerhouse exhibit, LA. A new exhibition of works by Robert Williams will be on display for SLANG Aesthetics! presented in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz Magazine, opening at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on February 22nd. The godfather of surrealist art and underground cartooning, Robert Williams will be unveiling 25 new oil paintings to celebrate his breadth of work as an artist as and the founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, celebrating an accomplished 20 years of print. This will be his first LA exhibit in over a decade, and is being presented in conjuction with the beat of a book, The Complete Zap Comix.

The work of Williams and of others in Zap has been seen and felt in some of the biggest cartoonists of the past several decades. And Juxtapoz, continues a tradition of shedding light on influential and new artists spanning as many artistic genres that you can shake a stick at. Juxtapoz will feature the work of nearly 100 artists that have been selected because of their cultural influence on other, and how you can see the continuation of shared artistic motivation. 

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Curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, the show will open on February 22nd, and run until April 19th. There is a special VIP Preview Reception on the 21st, an RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it is required.

 



CHICAGO: Lucy Knisley at Challengers
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under merchLucy Knisleyeventsart 5 Feb 2015 11:56 AM

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FEBRUARY 18th - To celebrate the release of her second travelogue,
Displacement from Fantagraphics, cartoonist and Chicago local Lucy Knisley will be signing comics and making small talk at Challengers Comics + Conversation on Wednesday, February 18th! The party starts at 7pm

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.
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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 a store-wide 25% sale Saturday 2.7.15 to Friday 2.13.15 and if you spend over $100, you get a sweet Knisley-designed shirt that says "I love you but I've chosen comics":Knisley 
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








Liberation Magazine from Angouleme
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funcomics industryart 3 Feb 2015 12:33 PM
Associate Publisher and bad-ass 'round the world, Eric Reynolds, just returned from Angouleme with this sweet newspaper and we immediately scanned it!
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This cover of the daily newspaper Libération graced every newsstand in Angouleme over the weekend. How many Fantagraphics-published characters can you identify?
 


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