The long held view of Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that the Pacific Northwest gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement provides the premise for a lively PechaKucha presentation by 10 regional cartoonists this Wednesday evening at Cornish Playhouse. Reid will be joined by veteran cartoonists Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney and David Lasky, along with emerging artists Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter, Tom Van Deusen, Gina Siciliano, and Tatiana Gill. The PechaKucha concept involves each artist showing 20 images for 20 seconds each - an ideal format for narrative art presentations.
Reid maintains the foundation for alternative comix was laid when three exceptionally talented cartoonists emerged from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in the late 70s. Lynda Barry, Charles Burns and Matt Groening began syndicating their strips in alternative newspapers around the country. Olympia's fledgling Sub Pop enterprise and Seattle's popular music magazine The Rocket provided platforms for these and other inventive cartoonists. Peter Bagge arrived at the dawn of grunge era and soon convinced Fantagraphics Books to relocate to Seattle. The rest, as they say, is history. Reid plans to present a convincing case that our region can claim a heritage of alternative comix innovation.
Come celebrate Seattle's legacy of creative comics and narrative art at Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center on Wednesday, March 11. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Program begins at 6:30. Admission is free. A book signing and social hour will follow.
Chicago, IL - "Shop as Independently as You Think" is a handy moto for the progressive Chicago bookstore, Women & Children First. Though they take their name from an adage of weakness, nothing could be more empowering than the books you'll find lining the walls of this Northside store. And on the 20th of March, you'll also find a Lucy Knisley participating in a Q&A session about her newest Fantagraphics release, Displacement: A Travelogue.
Her full color autobiographical journey captures the heartbreak and motivation of caring for your aging family as she accompanies her eldery grandparents on a weeks long cruise. Not to relish on the trials of caregiving, the book is also intersected with tales of her family history; her grandfather at war, and memories of her time growing up with them. Juxtaposed ith the anxiety of being a twentysomething and trying to figure yourself out, Displacement intersects the stages of life we seek to escape and work to avoid.
Drop by Women & Children First on March 20th at 7:30 to posit your own questions and comments on aging, traveling and comics as a medium for autobiography. All of which Lucy tackles like the pro she is!
Women & Children First 5233 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
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
Kinokuniya posted a 12 minute clip of the Massive talk from last Wednesday in New York City with editor Anne Ishii, designer Chip Kidd and moderated by Terence Irvins (comics and graphic novel buyer). They talk about how Massive came to be, how Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd met, The Passion of Gengorah Tagame from PictureBox and more.
Need some Monday night fun? James Romberger andMarguerite Van Cook will be appearing at the United Citizen's Brigade Village East for Nat Townsen's Downtown Variety Hour! They'll be reading from The Late Child and Other Animals, taking the same stage as Janeane Garofalo, Cipha Sounds from Chapelle's Show, and comedian Brendan McLaughlin! Pictured below, comedian and native New Yorker Nat Towsen (VICE, CollegeHumor) welcomes hilarious comedians, local artists, and Village luminaries for a regular variety show in the eclectic tradition of the disappearing downtown Manhattan culture. Every show also features a "Downtown History" segment, music from classic local musicians, and free giveaways from local businesses. New Yorkers, transplants, and tourists are all welcome.
Sponsored by Two Boots and Forbidden Planet. Tickets are a steal at twice the price but are only $5! The fun starts at 8pm sharp.
UCB East Village 153 East 3rd St., New York, NY 10009
If you've never been to a PechaKucha event, prepare yourself for a whirlwind of informative speakers, engaging content, and new perspectives on a wide variety of content. 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each while presenters talk about corresponding topics. The format of has gone global, and PKN Seattle never disappoints.
Seattle, as many readers are probably aware, has a deep and rich history of being what many consider to be the birthing ground of alternative comics in the 1970's with creators like Charles Burns, Matt Groening, and Lynda Barry. With remarks from their contemporaries, and from those who have been influenced by them, like Max Clotfelter, Tom Van Deusen, and Kelly Froh, this event is a must go to for any fan of the history of comics, art, and Washington State.
Please do note the PHOTO embargo: Jiraiya wishes to retain his anonymity and while he appreciates meeting fans, has a strict "no facial photography" rule. We ask that attendants respect his privacy. So take some shots of his hands drawing, get creative if you MUST document it!
JIRAIYA MARCH TOUR
Los Angeles March 17: ONE Archive, USC: Jiraiya talk + Q&A at 7pm 909 West Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles CA 90007
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!
New York, NY - It's new comics day! Though Massive, a beast of a comics anthology, isn't exactly new, it's exactly perfect. Making it even more perfect is your chance to pick it up at Kinokuniya NYC and meet editor Anne Ishii and designer Chip Kidd! They'll be giving a presentation and following it up with a Q&A session plus signing. There's no shortage of knowledge on gay manga at this event, and you'll be able to wow your friends with the knowledge that'll seep into your brain when you read Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. Tonight's presentaion starts at 6 PM, it's FREE, and goodies will be given away to the first 20 people. Don't miss it! (More Details)
Friday, February 27th
San Francisco, CA - But speaking of new comics, Inner City Romanceis brand spanking new today, and even has that fresh baby smell. Underground cartoonist, Guy Colwell, will be in conversation with Bob Levin at Pegasus Bookstore, giving history and context to the groundbreaking series that was forged through heartfelt observation and real experiences of Colwell's life on the streets of San Fran, and in prison. The book collects Inner City Romance in it's entirety, along with a text piece of Colwell's life and artistic journey. Get the word from the source this Friday at 7 PM, with a signing to follow. (More Details)
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