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Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit signing & exhibit at Floating World, Oct. 7
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny Ryanevents 16 Sep 2010 8:24 AM

Well shoot, I thought we'd already posted these details, but I was wrongo. Full announcement follows (taken from here):

Prison Pit Book 2 Release Party at Floating World Comics in Portland Oct. 7 2010

FLOATING WORLD COMICS and FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS PRESENTS:

PRISON PIT 2: BOOK SIGNING WITH JOHNNY RYAN

Join us this October 7th to meet Johnny Ryan and celebrate the release of his latest book, Prison Pit 2. Ryan will sign books and present an exhibition of his original artwork, comix, colorful silkscreen prints, and sculpted figures. Also the main character from Prison Pit, Cannibal Fuckface, will make a special appearance [as portrayed by our own Ajax Wood – Ed.], performing a heavy metal set while covered in blood.

This event marks the launch of Ryan’s original graphic novel Prison Pit 2, combining his love for WWE wrestling, Gary Panter’s “Jimbo” comics, and Kentaro Miura’s “Berserk” Manga into a brutal and often hilarious showcase of violence like no other comic book ever created.

The balls-to-the-wall series returns this summer with more action and mayhem like only Johnny Ryan can deliver — again starring CF, the shirtless outer space barbarian antihero who remains damned to the Prison Pit (a vast wasteland beneath the crust of a barren planet, populated by the worst of the worst, where violence is the only law and evil creatures roam free). In this second volume, CF tries to get revenge against the evil behemoth that took his arm, and then winds up playing an unwilling participant in an elaborate escape attempt from the Pit.

LISTING INFORMATION:
WHO: Johnny Ryan
WHAT: Art exhibit, book signing, heavy metal performance by Cannibal Fuckface
WHEN: Thursday, October 7th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101

BIO INFORMATION:

The prolific Los Angeles-based cartoonist is best known for his outrageous 14-issue Angry Youth Comix series published by Fantagraphics Books. Ryan also pens the weekly comic strip Blecky Yuckerella, which has been collected in three volumes including the recently released Comics Are for Idiots.

Johnny Ryan’s utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the  medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs.  In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Johnny was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in shitty Plymouth, just a mile away from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

Artwork will be on display until November 1st.

Praise for Prison Pit: Book One

“This thing is great and an essential read. It is important. Buy buy buy.”
– Nicholas Gazin, Vice

“Probably too awesome for a lot of people to handle.” – Chad Derdoswki, Mania




Cartoon Art Museum gets Bent with Dave Cooper
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDave Cooper 15 Sep 2010 9:48 PM

Dave Cooper's Bent

Here's the official announcement for the book signing in San Francisco, just part of Dave's West Coast book tour this fall:

The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Dave Cooper on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 as he celebrates the release of his new book, Bent, published by Fantagraphics Books. Please join Cooper at 7:00pm for a brief discussion of his career in the Cartoon Art Museum’s galleries, followed by a signing in the museum’s bookstore. Copies of Bent will be available for purchase onsite. Please call 415.227.8666, ext. 310 to reserve a copy.

More info here.

This Sounds Like Your Must-See Boston Event of the Year
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Megan Kelsomarc bellKurt WolfgangJordan Craneevents 13 Sep 2010 9:09 AM

  

Right Thing the Wrong Way: The Story of Highwater Books

October 1st-October 24th

Opening Reception October 1st 6-9pm

Fourth Wall Project
132 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215


For seven years (and one miscounted eighth anniversary party) Highwater Books was snobby, high-concept, iconoclastic, poorly-business modeled publishing company that ran itself into the ground. Highwater published books late, promised them and never published them at all and even withheld its books from distributors on principle. The company asked its artists to fold mini-comics and stand behind convention tables and sell their wares to a public that did not know what to make of them. It hatched plans, plots and schemes, and it may have been the most important comic publisher of the early part of the century. Over those seven or so years, Highwater elevated the concept of design in the comics world; It emphasized independent and DIY attitudes in an increasingly corporate society, and it published some of the most important artists in comics. In October, Fourth Wall Project celebrates Highwater and a selection of its artists with a group art exhibition: Right Thing the Wrong Way: The Story of Highwater Books.

Starting with the opening party on October 1st and on view for three weeks, Right Thing the Wrong Way will display new and archival works by the artists central to Highwater Books: Brian Ralph, Greg Cook, Jef Czekaj, Jordan CraneKurt Wolfgang, Marc Bell, Megan Kelso, and Ron Rege. Along with the artists work, there will be an installation celebrating the strange history of the company. The organizers (TD Sidell, Emily Arkin, Brooke Corey, Jef Czekaj, and Greg Cook) will construct a mini-museum within the gallery, displaying ephemera (both finished and unfinished), half formed concept pieces, and plain old junk that made Highwater special. In lieu of a traditional catalog the organizers, in conjunction with Bodega Distribution, have put together an oral history of the company that will manifest in a short-run publication (natch!) for the show. Compiled and edited by Highwater artist and Phoenix art critic Greg Cook, the oral history will act as a companion to the show with the artists and "employees" of Highwater telling the story themselves.











Drew Friedman in NJ on 9/25
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 13 Sep 2010 8:47 AM

Drew Friedman will be signing TOO SOON? at the Ocean County Library outdoor Book Fest in New Jersey on Sat., Sept. 25th -- along with John Lennon's former lover May Pang and the editors of THE ONION, among many others!

Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 - 3PM

Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

101 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753 

Ryan & Millionaire at Family this THURS!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony MillionaireJohnny Ryanevents 13 Sep 2010 8:11 AM

  

Upcoming Esther Pearl Watson Events
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 13 Sep 2010 8:09 AM

Esther Pearl Watson is participating in a number of events in the coming weeks, beginning with a discussion of her graphic novel Unlovable along with a slideshow of process, inspiration and oddities at the Houston Public Library on Saturday, September 18th at 2:30 PM as part of Graphic Novel Day. Looks like a fun event:

Then, Esther will be speaking at the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, September 26th at 1:30 PM.

The event is free of charge and features more than 300 artists and writers and 150 exhibitors.

  

Last but not least, Esther has some new work available through Webb Gallery

 

Fire & Water book launch with Blake Bell & Wendy Everett in Toronto Sept. 25
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsBlake BellBill Everett 10 Sep 2010 12:39 PM

 Fire & Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell

The Beguiling presents Blake Bell, author of Fire & Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics, and Bill Everett's daughter Wendy Everett, at Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. in Toronto, on Saturday, September 25, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, for a signing and discussion of the new book and the life and career of Bill Everett. RSVP on Facebook.

Fabulous Fall Events at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Johnny RyanFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDestroy All MoviesDave CooperCharles BurnsCarol Tyler 9 Sep 2010 12:25 PM

Charles Burns

Make plans to visit Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle this fall to catch up with the country's most challenging cartoonists, artists and writers. The coming weeks feature the some of the finest in the field.

This Saturday, September 11 finds Carol Tyler at the space for an art opening and book signing. On Saturday, October 9 we welcome the incomparable Dave Cooper for an exhibition of original art and book signing, joined by special guest Johnny Ryan. Saturday, October 30 features the triumphant return of Seattle native Charles Burns for a spooky Halloween reception celebrating his new book X'ed Out. Punk rock prevails on Saturday, November 13 as Zack Carlson signs copies of Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film. And mark your calendars for Saturday, December 11 for Fantagraphics Bookstore's festive fourth anniversary gala — always one of the best bashes of the holiday season.

Don't miss any of these exciting appearances at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown industrial arts district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW Carol Tyler (unless you come to Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday, Sept. 11)
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCarol Tyler 8 Sep 2010 11:02 PM

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery - postcard

Illustrious cartoonist Carol Tyler will appear this Saturday, September 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to celebrate the publication of YOU'LL NEVER KNOW Book 2 with an art exhibition and book signing.

Tyler was among the early female practitioners of underground comix, creating remarkably revealing autobiographical narratives in a singular visual style. Her ongoing trilogy YOU’LL NEVER KNOW continues this tradition and has received broad critical acclaim. Of the first installment in the series, the New York Times commented, “It’s impossible not to compare You’ll Never Know with Art Spiegelman’s Maus.” Reviewing the latest volume, which debuts at Saturday’s event, Eric Scigliano of Seattle Metropolitan suggests, “Two famous precedents, Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, seem almost one-dimensional by comparison.”

Join us on Saturday evening at the bookstore to meet this extraordinary artist. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) only minutes from downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts events throughout the historic industrial arts corridor. (Saturday’s Art Attack includes our own Martin Bland with the Tom Price Desert Classic playing for the 7th annual “Beer Bust” breast cancer fundraiser at neighboring Smarty Pants, benefiting Gilda’s House Seattle.)

Andrei Molotiu at Franklin College tomorrow night
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsart showsAbstract Comics 7 Sep 2010 2:23 PM

Andrei Molotiu: Ruins and Other Narratives

At the Abstract Comics blog Andrei Molotiu announces his appearance and art show at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana tomorrow evening. His lecture "My Abstract Comics" begins at 7 PM, followed by an opening reception for his "Ruins and Other Narratives" exhibit.


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