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Tony Millionaire at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairerockFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 6 Mar 2014 12:35 PM

Sock Monkey postcard

Join us on Saturday, March 8, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury with an art exhibition, book signing, and music concert.

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics of the new millennium. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this endearing new collection. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip.

The festive show on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features 15 original Millionaire drawings and music by Ashley Eriksson. As a child in Los Angeles, Eriksson sang on the Ren and Stimpy Christmas Album; as an adult she sings "Island Song," the closing credits for Cartoon Network's cult-sensation Adventure Time. On Saturday she’ll sing from her recent K Records release Colours.

This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Sock Monkey TreasuryTony Millionaire

Green Eggs and Maakies

 

Oh Panoptica Ficcio! Max Exhibit in Barcelona!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Maxeventsart shows 26 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

In 2012, a retrospective exhibition of Max's work, titled Panóptica, traveled through Europe with stops in Valencia, Madrid, Mexico City, and several cities in Brazil! (You can see some photos from those stops on the FLOG here and here.)

On Tuesday, March 11th, the Arts Santa Monica Museum in Barcelona opens a new exhibit from Max, continuing where his retrospective show left off: Oh Panòptica Ficció!

The exhibit will be accompanied by a comics workshop on March 20th-22nd, and a concert by Pascal Comelade + Bel Canto Orquestra on March 20th with Max drawing along.  The exhibit itself will run through Sunday, April 13th.

And don't forget, we'll be releasing Vapor this year! Max once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

Tony Millionaire Returns to Fantagraphics Bookstore on March 8!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairerockMaakiesFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 25 Feb 2014 1:52 PM

Sock Monkey postcard

Join us on Saturday, March 8, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Treasury with an art exhibition, book signing, and music concert.

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing new collection.

Mr. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, featuring the comical adventures of Drinky Crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Green Eggs and Maakies collects two years of Maakies in a deluxe landscape hardcover format.

The festive opening on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features music by Ashley Eriksson. Perhaps best known for her music associated with the wildly popular animated television series Adventure Time, Eriksson will perform songs from her recently released Colours album on K Records. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore.

Sock Monkey TreasuryTony Millionaire

Green Eggs and Maakies

"In his surrealist impulse and draftsman's brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat." – John Hodgman, The New York Times

"Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello

"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires." – Conan O'Brien

"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers

Listing Information

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey book signing and art exhibition

Opening reception Saturday, March 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Music by Ashley Eriksson

Exhibition continues through April 9, 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM


Esther Pearl Watson & Lilian Todd Art Exhibit in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 24 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

That stunning work of art above, from Esther Pearl Watson, is titled "Mother and Daughter Work to Change the Future" -- and it's the perfect piece for this upcoming art show featuring Esther collaborating with her daughter, Lilian Todd! 

Esther and Lilian will debut their first collaborative art pieces in an upcoming group show, opening on Thursday, March 6th! Together, these two creative ladies work to change the future with their surreal, intergalactic pieces. Congratulate them in person at the opening reception, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The group show Amazon Solitaire, curated by Akina Cox, will be on view at the Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through March 27th.

And, don't forget about Esther's solo work, like the upcoming release of Unlovable, Vol. 3!!! 

Gregory Benton and Foxing & Friends at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffPaul HornschemeierJim RuggFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEric Reynoldsart shows 21 Feb 2014 1:50 AM

B+F tour flyer

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we welcome Gregory Benton signing his new graphic novel B + F this Saturday, February 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. His award-winning hardcover book on the adventurous AdHouse imprint is a sublime meditation on goodwill, hostility, and isolation. Come see!

Foxing & Friends flyer

Then return to the bookstore on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM for "Foxing & Friends," a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues at American Short Fiction, The Austin Review, A Strange Object, Write Bloody Publishing, and Foxing Quarterly, visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. This'll be a blast!

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in the heart of the historic Georgetown arts community, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Gary Panter, Ron Regé, Jr and Dash Shaw in Non Sequitur Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeRon Regé JrGary PanterDash Shawart shows 20 Feb 2014 5:57 PM

Non Sequitur 
Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art

February 28 - March 26, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 28, 7-10pm

Special Event: Sequential S'mores - Progressive Art Opening  - with Sequential Artist's Workshop and F.L.A. Gallery, Friday, Feb. 28, 6pm - 12am (click link for more info) 

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 e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch at Fantagraphics Bookstore on February 8
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 29 Jan 2014 2:47 PM

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch at Fantagraphics Bookstore on February 8.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is privileged to host an exhibition by Virgil Partch, one of mid-century America’s most influential humorists. A new book, Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch celebrates the legacy of this notorious cartoonist. An exhibition of art and artifacts from the book opens Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Virgil Partch (1916 – 1984) burst onto the pages of the nation’s magazines with his captivating cartoons virtually overnight. His irreverent observations inspired a new breed of post-war comedians and cartoonists. Known affectionately by his signature, “Vip,” his work adorned books, advertisements, album covers, beer cans, cocktail napkins other accoutrements of mid-century American culture. The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will demonstrate the diverse range of Partch’s appealing aesthetic.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and continues through March 5, 2014. The opening coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack, featuring colorful visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing information

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

February 8 - March 5, 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110 | www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM



Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew FriedmanBlabart shows 23 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman

Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.

Old Jewish Comedians

Short biographies of each comedian will accompany each portrait. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.

The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.

All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.

Lilli Carré awarded Ohio Graphic Novel Artist in Residence
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lilli Carréawardsartistsart shows 22 Jan 2014 5:09 PM

Lilli 

Congratulations to Lilli Carré for being awarded the third annual Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House residency! Carré follows two years of Fantagraphics cartoonists as a winner (Ed Piskor and Paul Hornschemeier) to Ohio. Carré will be staying at the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber (and throwing RAD parties - joke!).

While in town, she'll have a number of events the public and students may attend:

At Thurber House:
Young Writers' Studio
Tuesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 pm - Led by Lilli Carré. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information

At CMA:
2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition
On view March 14 - June 8 - This exhibition showcases the variety of Lilli Carré's creative practice and includes art works in several media.

Art Lab visiting artist
Wednesday, March 19 - Lilli Carré will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMA's Art Lab program.

Artist's Talk and Interview
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm - Lilli Carré speaks about her creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.

Heads or Tails 

Her last book with Fantagraphics, a collection called Heads or Tails was a nominee for many awards like the 2013 Eisner nomination for best Graphic Album - Reprint, 2013 Ignatz for Outsanding Artist, Outstanding Anthology and Outstanding Story plus a 2013 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize Honor Book. Enticed and intrigued?  There's at least two more copies left (on earth) at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.

A self-portrait of Lilli.

Self portrait 





Play Dead: Art Exhibit & Book Release with Julia Gfrörer in Portland!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Julia Gfrörereventsart shows 20 Jan 2014 2:43 PM

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

This February, Julia Gfrörer will present the exhibit Play Dead, at Floating World Comics in Portland, showcasing the original art to her exquisite new book, Black is the Color. Join Julia on Thursday, February 6th for the opening reception for her exhibit and a book signing from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Black is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario. Julia Gfrörer’s delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer’s prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.

Floating World Comics is located at 400 NW Couch St. in downtown Portland. The exhibit runs through February 28th.

Black is the Color