Austin, TX - SXSW is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by bringing the biggest and best names from the worlds of music, film, and interactive media and entertainment. With concerts, panels and performances SXSW has earned a reputation of good business and good times. If you're heading out this March for the Texas capitol, make sure one of your stops is at the music panel, "Books are the New Vinyl", beginning Friday, March 20th at 5 pm.
As most of the media that we consume migrates from our shelves and into our digital devices, what are we leaving behind? Books are inherently a cultural placeholder for art, ideas, and discovery, but their wide digital platform has elevated the Book into an artform itself. Much like the vinyl album, it's function is almost moot, but its relevance to how we project ourselves to the world is plays an increasingly vital role.
Local cartoonist and hero, Noah Van Sciver, will be signing copies of his latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, in Denver! Join Noah and the booksellers from the hottest independent book and comics store in town, Kilgore Books, on Saturday, February 18th from 6-8pm. Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, their infant child, and Nicole's troubled-and-rough-around-the-edges mother, Angela. The second book from Fantagraphics and Van Sciver continues his interest in pathos and the human condition.
Celebrating the 25th Anniverisary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is releasing one hell of a collection. The Complete Eightball (issues #1-18) comes complete with end-notes, all new front and back cover on the box set, this is the end-all-be-all of Daniel Clowes comics collections. Clowes is appearing, pen in hand, at a few select locations in the states so fingers crossed, here goes!
EAFA, also known as the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, and formerly known as Eastside Association of Fine Arts, is throwing down big names for their first discussion panel of 2015. Joining them onstage will be champion local favorites, Jim Woodring, Megan Kelso, and Eroyn Franklin. These award winning artists have had their hands, heart and soul in the business of comics for years, and are imparting their experiences, triumphs, and lessons learned onto an eager audience.
Woodring, known for his technicolor dream comics featuring iconic characters like Frank and Fran, his latest release, Jim, features an alter-ego version of himself, collected through comics, poetry and prose. Fellow Fantagraphics cartoonist, Megan Kelso is the author of The Squirrel Mother, Queen of the Black and Artichoke Tales, which won two Ignatz Awards in 2007. And woman about town Eroyn Franklin, known for her graphic novels, Detained, and Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory. Franklin has received support from The Xeric Foundation, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Allied Arts Foundation for her work. She is also a co-creator of the well-loved Seattle comics festival, Short Run!
The EAFA had been supporting Puget Sound area artists since 1975 through exhibitions, galleries, lectures, and community involvement, in the effort of promoting the work of our diverse population of artists. You can support them by becoming a member, or support them by coming to their comics panel with these lovely artists, tomorrow (Jan. 27th 2015) at the EAFA Gallery at the Seattle Design Center. Event begins at 12 pm, (noon!) and is $10 for members or students, and $20 for the general public; tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Guy Colwell's comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to commemorate the new anthology of this provocative work with an exhibition of original drawings, paintings, and prints opening Saturday, February 14 (on Valentine's Day, appropriately enough.)
Oakland native Colwell distinguished himself from the dominant themes of the period's underground comix movement by rendering in explicit detail the crime, poverty, death and desperation of his inner city protagonists. His approach is at once alluring and grotesque. 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." His comix, drawings, and paintings examine similar themes.
Join us on Saturday, February 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM as we present the work of this accomplished artist. This event coincides with the 7th anniversary celebration of the Georgetown Art Attack featuring romantic visual and performing arts presentations throughout the enchanting industrial district. 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.
Guy Colwell: Inner City Romance Opening Saturday, February 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Exhibition continues through March 11, 2015 Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
The Indiegogo event for this year's Sequential Arts Workshop has technically mets its goal, but that doesn't mean you still can't give part of your Friday pay to a cutting edge educator. SAW's goal is not only to product well informed and highly skilled artists, but to bust the doors wide open on the high prices of an advanced degree. And you can help make their school possible with a tax-deductible donation to this non-profit!
Instruction, mentorship, and hand-on production experiences help create the next generation of working cartoonists build a community based on blending the importance of tradition and innovation. The '14-'15 year is well under way, but a little extra is needed to offset next year's costs of facilities, educators, and workshops. Speaking of workshops, this March SAW will be hosting a workshop with Aidan Koch from March 2-6, and cool kid, Ed Piskor from March 9-13. Registration for these events can be found on SAW's website.
If you can't make it to Florida for either workshop, you can still feel like you were there by hitting up this Indiegogo event and selecting the Workshop Roundup reward! Other premiums include things like a Ron Rege poster, or a Julie Doucet print.
A culturally and artistically important group like SAW is deserving of our well-wishes and some well-earned bucks. I just filed my taxes, so I know I'm looking for a way to give!
From the mouths of Linework NW: "Daniel Clowes is one of the great voices of contemporary American literature and a legendary artist and draftsman. His newest publication is The Complete Eightball 1-18 (Fantagraphics Books), a mammoth two-volume, 568-page collection of the author's groundbreaking personal comics anthology, a work that consistently raised the bar of comics art and literature over its impressive 17-year run. It was in these pages that many of Clowes' graphic novels were first serialized, including Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, David Boring, and Ghost World, which was adapted to film by Terry Zwigoff in 2001 with an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Clowes. Linework NW is extraordinarily honored to be hosting the official world premiere of The Complete Eightball 1-18 at our festival."
NYC - Spreading the message of big, burly, and cuddly gay erotic manga isn't an easy job, but someone has to do it. Continuing their holy pilgrimage to bring Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It to the world is editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd. For this stretch of their gospel, they're heading to one of the most wonderful bookstores in the world, Kinokuniya. If you've never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true.
Such an iconic place is the perfect location for a night of massive fun on February 25th, at 6 PM. Bring your money to buy a fresh new copy, or haul in your already well worn and broken in one for a signing by the amazing team.
This book has proven to be a critical and fan favorite, as you intimately get to know some of the most iconic creators of the transformative gay erotic manga genre. Candid interviews, photographs, and of course their comics, make this anthology a must have for any fans of art, art history, or if you're just curious about what this world is all about.
San Francisco, CA - This blog post may as well be called 'This Thursday in Fanta Events' because your 4th favorite day of the week is stacked with events to tide you over until the weekend comes. Kick it off in San Francisco with the men of Zap Comix as we continue to celebrate the release of The Complete Zap Comix Collection, a physical and emotional undertaking that is beautiful to behold. Join Gary Groth and Ron Turner of Last Gasp as they moderate a dicussion with Zap cartoonists Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, and Robert Williams at City Lights Booksellers beginning at 7 pm. This very-nearly sold out book will be available for purchase and signage at City Lights (just don't try to carry it home in your NPR tote bag.) (More Details)
New York, NY - Humans can be split into two ages; a time where we communicated with pictures, and a time where we communicated with words. The blending of these worlds comes in the form of visual poetry, a fully immersive brain exercise in the conveyance of emotions, ideas, and beauty. The Future is Here Again is an exhibit opening today at AC Institute in NYC, and it will feature dozens of works by noted visual poetry artists whose works had been previously collected in the books Coldfront and The Last Vispo. Niko Vasilakis, editor of The Last Vispo has currated this new exhibit with ACI director, Holly Crawford. To continue this night of magnetic mashups, the alternative chamber music string trio, Speed Bump will be providing mingling music. Festivities begin at 6 pm! (More Details)
Washington, D.C. - Obama did a pretty good job delivering his State of the Union address this past week, but he had one glaring oversight, he forgot to talk about how the Massive team will be at Fantom Comics this Thursday from 7-9 pm! The biggest and sexiest gay manga anthology is coming to our nation's capitol to announce their new policy on having a good time, and dropping some knowledge about the men who make gay erotic manga. Addressing their adoring constituents are editors Anne Ishii,Graham Kolbeins, and designer extrodinare Chip Kidd. Pick up one of the hottest books of the season tonight, because it'll be on next years comic citizenship tests. (More Details)
The new book featuring his photographs comes out at the same time as rerelease of Les McCann's Invitation to Openness album from Omnivore Records. The Invitation To Openness album (originally from Atlantic Records) has "remained a landmark statement in free-form improvisation mixed with soulful grooves, featuring a 26-minute continuous track with expressive instrumentation from the likes of Yusef Lateef, Ralph McDonald, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and Alphonse Mouzon." These beautiful photographs still resonate to this day, an un-diminished harmony of beautiful black and white.
Invitation to Openness is coming soon from Fantagraphics, a refrain you'll read and hear often until, it's March release striking a chord within the hearts of photography fans and lovers of jazz. Be one of the first to enjoy a signed edition by picking up your copy from Book Soup on March 27th.
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