Join us this Saturday, April 25 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Josh Simmons' new graphic novel, Black River, and the release of Intruder #15. Festivities include a display of Simmons' original drawings, a black light room, short film screening, a book signing, and complimentary refreshments.
Josh will be joined by his colleagues from the Intruder comix collective presenting their latest issue. The free Intruder tabloid publishes the work of Seattle's most accomplished contemporary cartoonists. Simmons contributes a story in the latest issue illustrated by Joe Garber.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you on Saturday.
Los Angeles, CA - Money does indeed rule everything around me, so you need to get yourself to the Cash Machine art show that opens tomorrow night. The list of people exhibiting their art/zines/selves at this group show is top notch, and some highlights include artists like Brendan Donnelly and the Fantagraphics creator, Leah Hayes! Author of Funeral of the Heartand Holy Moly. Her new book Not Funny Ha-Ha will be out this June. Opening night runs from 7-10 PM. I hear Thursdays are the new Friday, making this opening reception (with after-party across the street) your perfect starter to the weekend. You don't want to be the only one NOT showing up to work on Friday with a hangover.
Friday, April 3rd
Los Angeles, CA - Our lovely friends at The Secret Headquarters are hosting a one-of-a-kind original art exhibition and reception to highlight the beautiful work of the talented Robert Goodin. Known previously for his animation work and various Mome contributions, Goodin is releasing his first graphic novel release with the desinnee all-ages book, The Kurdles. This night only! he'll be selling original painted pages from the book. The exhibit will run until April 30th, but you'll want to prep your peepers for it's release in several weeks time. Reception begins at 7 PM! (More Details)
Saturday, April 4th
Fairfax, CA - The inspiring and influential cartoonist MK Brownis gracing the Fairfax library with her presence and her work with an opening reception from 2-4 PM. Come celebrate her career while peering into work that has left impressions on notable creators like Mike Judge (Beevis and Butthead). Stranger than Life is the first ever collection of MK Brown's cartoons and comics that have appeared in The National Lampoon, The New Yorker, and Playboy. A percentage of all book sales during the reception will directly contribute to Friends of the Fairfax Library, benefiting fellow readers and your funny bone. (More Details)
LOS ANGELES - This April, the one and only Secret Headquartersis 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.
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:
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.
Secret Headquarters 3817 Sunset Blvd Reception: Friday, April 3rd Show up April 3rd-April 30th
Los Angeles, CA - TheGabba 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.
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!
Film Noir 101 editor and curator Mart Fertig writes: Film noir flourished in Hollywood throughout the 1940s and 1950s, owing to a perfect storm of cultural, political, and industry-specific forces, including the disillusionment and pessimism lingering from the Great Depression; the popularity of hardboiled writers such as Hammett, Chandler, and Cain; the disconcerting wartime experience of the American fighting man and his difficulty readjusting to domestic life; a new generation of independent, professional, and dissatisfied women; the public's fascination with Freudian analysis; Cold War fears of the atomic bomb and perceived threats of domestic communism; the suspect veracity of the American Dream; and urbanization brought on by war production, followed by the rise of suburbia and runaway materialism.
Within the movie industry, additional circumstances fostered the development of film noir, including the deterioration of the studio system and an increased need for low-cost or "B" pictures; advances in film processing and portable camera equipment; a war-weakened production code; the demands of more sophisticated ticket-buyers; and most importantly, the arrival in Hollywood from ravaged Europe of a cohort of extraordinarily gifted but cynical filmmakers. The posters offer insight not only into Hollywood movie marketing techniques, but also into the gun-waving, cigarette-smoking, fedora-wearing, loot-grabbing, back-stabbing, car-crashing, legs-showing, bare-knuckled glorious iconography of the film noir style.
Exhibition curator Mark Fertig is associate professor of graphic design and chair of the art department at Susquehanna University. Eddie Muller is a novelist, filmmaker, historian, and Turner Classic Movies host.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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
Guy Colwell's comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. As Matt Gonzalez observes in Juxtapoz magazine, "Colwell's art is motivated by two primary sentiments: first, a deep political strain meant to expose and offer commentary on political, economic, and racial disparities that exist in our society, and second, an awareness of man's uncomfortable relationship with nature and sexuality."
The exhibition of original pages, prints, paintings and drawings by this accomplished artist is one of many highlights of the Georgetown Art Attack. Spend a romantic evening in the enchanting industrial arts district of Georgetown. Visit Fran's Chocolates new factory across the street from the bookstore, explore art studios and galleries, enjoy dinner and drinks at one of two dozen bars and restaurants, and encounter spontaneous spectacles all over the historic neighborhood.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
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