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 Esthercollaborating 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!!!
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!
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.
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,
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come experience The Cartoon Utopia, an exhibition and book signing with visionary cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. opening Saturday, January 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with a festive reception at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.
In The Cartoon Utopia, Regé examines religious, mystical, and spiritual philosophies employing an imaginative narrative construct. The subject ideally suits the artist's intriguing rendering technique. The exhibit will also feature prints and wonderful new works created specifically for the Seattle show (see some previews on the artist's Tumblr blog), which remains on view through February 5, 2014.
Meet this gifted artist on a rare visit to Seattle. The opening coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, at the corner of Airport Way S. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
WHOA. Feast your eyes at this exquisite original artwork from Ron Regé, Jr. As Ron explains on his Tumblr, "I've made 2 of these large fold-out drawings on that red dropcloth kraft paper stuff. I'm gonna put them in plastic envelopes and let people check them out at my Cartoon Utopiashow at The Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle next week."
Lucky us! And lucky you, if you join us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 11th! We're so honored to host an exhibit and signing with the artist himself, who will be arriving from L.A. with this beautiful original artwork in tow! What other magical goodies will he have with him? You'll just have to join us from 6:00 to 9:00 PM this Saturday to find out!
The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.
This month, Portland celebrates a former resident of theirs: Jesse Reklaw!
Join Pony Club Gallery tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 PM for the opening reception of The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, Couch Tag. I dearly hope there will be pages from the piece "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics).
Pony Club Gallery is located at 625 NW Everett Street in Portland. The exhibit runs through January 31st.