Milan, Italy - Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea of Milan is hosting two American artists for its upcoming show entitled, "Family Lexicon", Esther Pearl Watson and Fred Stonehouse. Titled as such, the show sets out to explore personal symbolism and meanings that are born out of our families history and narrative. The exhibit will run from February 5th - March 21st 2015 with an opening reception on Feb. 5th, you know, if you happen to be in the Milan area, which we all wish we were.
Juxtaposed against the strong Catholic icons of Stonehouse's paintings, Watson showcases her ossilating world between Texas and Italy in her distinctive style. From the gallery:
"Esther Pearl Watson's confessional and distinctly naive paintings draw on the years of her very peculiar adolescence, spent on the road between Italy and Texas, in the orbit of her father, an inventory of flying saucers made of cars' motors and scrap parts. Her memories unracel in teh background of sleepy small town and infinite Texas prairies, whose skies are always dominated by the strangely comforting presence of space shuttles: these are the double emlem of the relationship with her father, the first inspiring figure of her life, and with her own young daughter, who has learned since she was a child to associate Esther to her UFOs."
Creator of the fan favorite series, Unlovable, Esther Pearl Watson can pack a hilarious and poignant punch on every panel of Tammy Pierce's life. These books are a perfect companion for anyone remembering their own most hellish awkward middle school years, but you're left laughing and glad that you've escaped (relatively) unharmed.
If you find yourself roaming the streets of Milan in the next month, stop in at the Colombo Arte Contemporanea and peep these brand new paintings!
MILLENNIUM COURT ARTS CENTRE JANUARY 23rd - FEBRUARY 28th 2015
Curated by Ben Crothers Currently on display: YOUNG ADULT (or, a daring, urgent, malfunctioning age) exposes and investigates youth culture gone wrong. Fun, boredom, alcohol, sex, parties, drugs, gangs, violence and death collide in an array of video, photography, comic books and literature which straddles both sides of the Atlantic, exploring young adulthood in the UK and the United States, from Belfast and Manchester to New York and North Carolina. Featuring works by seminal cartoonists such as Daniel Clowes and Gilbert Hernandez in addition to the next generation of Charles Forsman and Noah Van Sciver, this show is a must see for the comics fan in the United Kingdom.
Focusing on work made about teenagers and twenty-somethings, YOUNG ADULT depicts those who seek solace in places where they perhaps should not, taking extreme measures to postpone adulthood and the difficulties which await them. Referred to as Millennials, Generation Y, "boomerang kids", and the "Peter Pan generation", their youth no longer presents hope and promise for the future, but rather crippling uncertainty. Numbing themselves to a reality for which they were never prepared (despite, or indeed because of, their comfortable upbringings and college educations), rites of passage into adulthood are rejected as today's young adults hurtle towards it, with potentially devastating consequences.
Here some young adults flip through some of the comics on display after seeing artwork:
Whether presenting fact or fiction, the artists and writers featured within the exhibition all recognise the complex problems facing young adults in contemporary society. Some may blur or distort the truth, but even escapism ultimately leads back to reality. The traditional process of growing up seems to have gone off course as contemporary youths face issues and challenges that did not exist, or were unacknowledged, in previous generations. Young people are going back to school for lack of better options, travelling the world, avoiding commitments, competing for unpaid internships, and remain unattached to romantic partners or permanent homes - in other words, forestalling the beginning of what many would consider "adult life".
Frat boys under the influence of drugs and alcohol, teenage vandals, and internet-addicted, jobless graduates suffering from ennui are yet to find their place in the world, passively drifting through life or desperately seeking some form of respite, whether it is healthy or ultimately all the more damaging.
Ian Charlesworth / Daniel Clowes / Brian Finke / Charles Forsman / Gilbert Hernandez / Dave Kiersh / Tao Lin / Michael Lucid / Mardou / Rebecca McIlwaine / Alasdair McLellan / Ryan Moffett / Erin Patrice O'Brien / Francis Pienaar / Noah Van Sciver / Charlie White
I wrote to cartoonists that Fantagraphics publishes, inviting them to do a drawing responding to the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office on January 7. The purpose is to show solidarity to our fallen comrades and to the scorched-earth tradition of cartoon satire. We would run whatever we received, uncensored. It seemed not only appropriate but imperative that Fantagraphics offer cartoonists a place to display such cartoons since we have published so much satire ourselves – from R. Crumb to Drew Friedman to Johnny Ryan to Jonah Kinigstein.
There is a debate simmering as to whether or not Hebdo was indeed an "equal opportunity offender," as the political cartoonist Ann Telnaes has said, a characterization disputed by, among others, Glenn Greenwald. This may go to the integrity of Hebdo as a magazine or it may not; satirists and the editors of satirical magazines are not necessarily obliged to follow quotas— but it is irrelevant to their fundamental right to express themselves without being murdered. I have seen no statistics that categorize their offensive cartoons, but claiming that they were more offensive to one group than another or insufficiently anti-semitic begs the question as to whether their rights should be protected only if they’re equal opportunity offenders; clearly, we at Fantagraphics believe their rights to free expression should be protected and defended irrespective of how personally repellant or lopsided their cumulative opinions may be.
France’s own anti-speech laws are onerous. Shortly after the Hebdo tragedy, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, “We must not confuse freedom of opinion with antisemitism, racism, and negationism.” Actually, exactly the opposite is true, and it’s a shameful hypocrisy to laud Hebdo on the one hand and utter a statement like this on the other. “Freedom of opinion” means freedom of opinion, not freedom of opinion I approve of.
A new image will be posted to the Flog every day and archived on this post so that, eventually, every image we've received will be collected here:
Do you want to see Simon Hanselmann in Europe? Get thee to the Kiss Kiss Bank Bank! For only 5 Euros you can get a 'French Kiss' from Simon or you can plunk down for the high-dollar item, a candelit dinner with Simon at Angouleme (let's be real, is there any other kind there?).
Other rewards include signed books, pins and posters. Hanselmann is celebrating the release of his new Misma book, Megg, Mogg & Owl: Magical Ecstasy Trip, printed in French.
The money will get Simon aaaaalllll the way from Australia to Angouleme for the Festival de Bande Dessinee there in addition to some book shop signings in Paris and Toulouse, plus some other expenses. So send them a few dollars turned Euros!
Seattle, WA - Our very own Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery is overflowing with events and community this Saturday where we will be opening our newest exhibit, Blacklight: The World of L.B. Cole. Joined by Fantagraphics editor, Mike Catron who will be giving a slide show presentation on the beautifully reprinted covers by L.B. Cole, a master of primary colors. If you thought that was enough for one day, you thought wrong. French artist collective Le Cagibi brings with them an engaging, entertaining, and FREE workshop that delves into the process of screenprinting. Their inventive techniqes on printing and binding have made them an important fountain of information for anyone looking to DIY their own work. All the festivities begin at 6 PM! (More Details)
Brooklyn, NY - The Scott Eder Gallery doesn't hold their art collection back, and it's only the best for their fans and patrons! Which is why they're premiering a new collection of paintings and drawings from the dreamworld master himself, Jim Woodring. The exhibit You Drive! begins with an opening reception on January 10th at 6 pm with Woodring in attendance. If you can't make it to this star studded appearance, the exhibit will be running until February 27th, where you can gawk, get inspired, and even purchase original art! Or pick up the next best thing, Jim, the collected autobiographical work. You can walk, train, or drive to The Scott Eder Gallery this Saturday. (More Details)
New Orleans, LA - Marguerite Van Cook and partner, James Romberger are special guests at this year's Wizard World: NOLA edition. The pair have been blazing across the country showcasing their newest release, Late Child and Other Animals, a gorgeous semi-autobiographical tale of generational relationships, history, and how we move forward. They will be there Saturday AND Sunday; show floor is open from 10-7. I expect an ol' fashioned New Orleans parade with cosplay, and trust that someone will get one started. (More Details)
Monday, January 12th
NYC - It's not just in the name, the extremely affable Lucy Knisley will be hitting up the best bookstore in New York, The Strand, in conversation with columnist Marie Anello of Absolute Magazine. They will be focusing on Lucy's two latest releases with Fantagraphics, An Age of License and her newest, Displacement. Displacement is a true tale of growing up and growing old, two things every person must come to terms with. Her honesty and self-reflection is touching, and will be the topic of this night's discussion. Stick around afterwards for a signing, where you can pick up Displacement before it hits the shelves! The evening begins at 7 pm (More Details)
YOU DRIVE! NEW DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS January 10 - February 27, 2015
The heat is on as Jim Woodring pushes the pedal to the metal at the Scott Eder Gallery this January with a whole show of new paintings and drawings. For the glamourous and sophisticated, visit the gallery for the opening night reception January 10th at 6pm when Woodring will be in attendance! The show will continue to be on display from January 10th through the month of February (until the 27th). Woodring recently won the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for his graphic novel, Fran, and has been promoting his new comics collection, JIM. So get yourself in gear on Saturday, January 10th and explore the depths of Jim Woodring's genius mind.
Scott Eder Gallery 18 Bridge St. #2i Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.797.1100
The gorgeous Melrose Market Studios is hosting local businesses on Sunday, November 30th for a bazaar called The Seattle Collective. At this creative market and bazaar, Fantagraphics will be tabling and selling our classic and new classic comics directly to you! From 11-6pm browse the businesses while sipping some local coffee from Slate Coffee Roasters all day and some sumptuous cocktails from Still Liquor during Happy Hour time 4-6pm (the poster says 5 but we have the inside scoop!). Find only the best comics and graphic novels for your loved ones this holiday season (that includes YOU too!)
The local businesses participating include: Ampersand as Apostrophe • BDR Studio • Blk Pine Workshop • Bremelo Press • Clementines • Dolcetta confections • Erika Laureano Design • E. Smith Mercantile • Fantagraphics (you know that) • Fruitsuper • Piano Nobile • Kimberly Baker Jewelry • Ladies & Gentlemen Studio • Makrbox • Noble Neon • Scout • Tyranny & Mutation and many more...
Stop by to say hello, meet the talented owners behind these local creative businesses, drink, shop and meet other like-minded folk. Believe you me, the lavender bitters I got from E. Smith Mercantile last holiday season made the PERFECT London Fogs to sip on while reading Twelve Gems or Nancy. RSVP and let your friends in on the good times via the Seattle Collective Facebook Event Page! It'll look like THIS but bustling with people and the merchants.
Melrose Market Studios 1532 Minor Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
We're all excited about Liz Suburbia's SACRED HEART which will be coming out next year from Fantagraphics. But what do we do until then? If you yelled "Adorn ourselves with clothing and our walls with prints featuring her artwork" then I have a punch in the mouth for you because you are correct! This fall Silver Sprocket released a rad back patch called "Organized Sports" (above), they also have some of her work in the anthology As You Were.
Meanwhile, Out of Step Arts also sells some of Suburbia's prints AND some sweet threads. This Old. V. A. shirt features an Tarot-like card design coupled with military olive green or a warm gray. These are also limited edition shirts so once they are gone, they are gone! The truly monied people can drop some fliff on her original art pages (guaranteeing that she continues to make more great comics!) and keep your eyes open for our pre-order.
Seattle, WA - We're teaming up with our favorite video store non-profit, Scarecrow, to present the deeply influential film, Wild Style. Released in 1983, Wild Style captured the sounds, sights, and moves, of New York hip hop during it's earliest and formative years. It also features rare footage of cats like Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy. This special presentation tonight is also featuring the one and only Ed Piskor. He'll be presenting the film in grand fashion, and then signing copies of Hip Hop Family Tree, which will be on hand to purchase. Screening begins at 7 pm. (More Details)
Friday, November 14th
Seattle, WA - Kick off a weekend of festivities at the Fantagraphics Bookstore for the Marathon II art show, presented by Short Run, the premiere Comix and Art Festival here in Seattle. We're bringing in a slew of artists to sign, mingle and have fun. Come join Tom Neely, Josh Simmons , Ed Piskor, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Simon Hanselmann and Pam Wishbow. The art show will be hanging at the bookstore until December 10th, but we'll only be hanging for one night, so don't miss this FREE event! All the fun starts at 8 pm, or whenever I get there. (More Details)
Los Angeles - Book Soup sounds not only delicious, but enlightening. And at Book Soup, Drew Friedman will be dicussing his latest museum quality work, Heroes of the Comics, with artist William Stout, following with a signing. The full-color, oversized, 80-page book is a force of retrospective nature, capturing candid feeling moments of some of the greatest comic heroes in history. Peep a preview of the book on its page, and then check out the real deal in person. Book Soup discussion begins at 7 PM. (More Details)
Saturday, November 15th
Seattle, WA - The love and joy of comics can be felt none deeper than at Short Run Comix and Art Festival, held at the beautiful Washington Hall. A veritable menagerie of artists, fans, and volunteers will be gathering today from 11 am - 6 pm to look, buy and chat about the wares and talent that make them. There's also a famous bake sale to keep you sustained throughout the day! Come back a few hours later and see Washington Hall transformed into a beach party, ready to warm you up with the sounds of La Luz and The Shivas. Don't miss the good times to be had at the Fantagraphics booth with artists and advanced copies making appearances! (More Details)
San Francisco, CA - Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 will present a multi-media presentaion at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco. The event takes place at Mission High School, from Noon - 1:30 pm. Pat will be sharing the stage with Rickey Winvent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band. This FREE even takes place amongst a whole day of activist authors sharing their works and ideas with the public. Don't miss it!
Sunday, November 16th
Portland, OR - Making his way down the coast, Ed Piskor is making a stop at Bridge City Comics in Portland at 6 pm. New York Times Bestselling graphic novel, Hip Hop Family Tree draws the stellar connections between hip hop and comic, and tells a story about how one of the greatest art forms was born, while using the other greatest art form. Long story short, this book is a genre match made in heaven. Get your copy signed by Ed this Sunday! (More Details)