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.
On Saturday, January 25th, author Pat Thomas will tell the Norweigans, "Listen, Whitey!"
Thomas brings his award-winning book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the Off the Page Festival in Oslo. It's a music festival without music -- only in its third year, this collaboration between nyMusikk and The Wire is devoted to music criticism, audio culture and sonic experiences featuring a host of international speakers, like Pat!
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco will host this engaging afternoon in conjunction with their exhibit Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diaspora in Dialogue, 1960-1980. Pat will be joined by Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music, and moderator Davey D, a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist.
Join them from 2:00 to 4:00 PM! Together, they'll examine the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s. The event will include a multi-media presentation of rare images and unusual recordings that capture the "sights and sounds" of the era and the movement.
MoAD is located at 685 Mission Street (at Third) in San Francisco. This event is free with MoAD admission.
Seattleites! Beat the winter doldrums with something even more dark: In Case We Die, the wicked debut novel from longtime Seattle icon Danny Bland!
Join Danny on Saturday, January 18th for one of his hilarious and sometimes gut-wrenching readings at Twilight Gallery. To make the evening even more enticing, he'll be joined by special guests, Tom Hansen and Mandolin Hooper.
Doors at 8:00 PM. BYOB -- no, seriously! Twilight Gallery is located at 4306 SW Alaska Street.
Kick off 2014 with the fourth annual Graphic Novel Panel, held by our friends at the Seattle Graphics Arts Guild! Every year, it just gets better and better, and here's what you can expect on Saturday, January 25th:
From 10:00 AM to Noon, the amazing Megan Kelso will lead a workshop on "Comics for Writers" -- This workshop is for writers who are interested in comics and want to dip their toe in but who may be self-conscious about their drawing skills. Perfect! Megan will lead the class in both drawing and writing exercises -- all drawing abilities are welcome!
The great David Lasky will also teach a workshop on "How to Make Your Own Mini-Comic"! He will guide you in booklet-making, the grammar of comics, and simple character design. Supplies and basic drawing tips will be provided. Drawing skills are helpful, but not necessary; the only prerequisite is a desire to communicate through the medium of comics.
Later that afternoon at 1:00 PM, our own Kristy Valenti will be on the Graphic Novel Panel, alongside Matthew Southworth, Crystal M. Rollins, Quenton Shaw, Travis Bundy, and moderator Mark Monlux. How do you get started? What are the essential tools? How do you build a career in today’s publishing climate? These are just some of the questions they'll explore in this panel! (And check out a great chat with Kristy here!)
This event is open to the public, and you can get your tickets here for either the class, the panel, or the whole shebang! Tickets are not needed to attend the after-party.
The Graphic Novel Panel 2013 takes place at the Seattle Design Center [ 5701 6th Avenue South, Plaza Building, Suite 370 ]. The Plaza Building entrance is on Orcas between 5th & 6th. Suite P370 is on three floors up from street level. Take the elevator to first floor, then glass elevator to third floor. From the Atrium Building cross the sky bridge to Plaza Building, take glass elevator to third floor. Free parking!
And, of course, 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.
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.
On January 7th, our friends at the Society of Illustrators launched the wonderful new exhibit, The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues!
Stop by and marvel at artwork by Charles Rodrigues, the sick mind behind some of the most outrageous, inventive, and offensive cartoons ever to appear in mass circulation magazines, including Stereo Review, Playboy, and (from its very first issue) the National Lampoon.
They'll be hosting a Happy Hour and Reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, January 29th from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket, buffet included.
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