This Saturday and Sunday, Fantagraphics is proud to table at Toronto Comic Arts Festival. TCAF is held at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) on Saturday May 10th - 9am-5pm, Sunday May 11th - 11am-5pm. Presented by the Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling comic store, this show is FREE to attend saving you those loonies and toonies to pay for great comics. We'll be at tables 119-120 down the main aisle of the library (or if you prefer, the first people to greet you as you prom-walk slowly down the steps from the atrium level).
Friday May 9th: 4:15pm-5:30pm Trina Robbins: The Great Women Cartoonists High Park Ballroom at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville - Trina Robbins is presenting the closing presentation at the Candian Society for the Study of Comics. All participants are welcome to attend and you can register for this special Robbins presentations here. Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 80 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).
Saturday May 10 2:45pm-3:45pm: Spotlight: Trina Robbins
Writing, drawing, publishing, inspiring, Trina Robbins has done it all! Comics' foremost historian on women working in the comics industry, Robbins hasn't just written the book on women and comics-she's written several! Join Trina Robbins as she presents from her newest book, Pretty In Ink, followed by a moderated Q&A with noted journalist Joanna Draper-Carlson. Located at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville*
Sunday May 11 1:30pm-2:30pm: Non-traditional Design Inspiration! Where does inspiration come from? Meet four comics auteurs, each with a design sensibility which draws from across the history of the medium, and far beyond. Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Ed Piskor(Hip Hop Family Tree), Mimi Pond (Over Easy), and Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine) have all produced fantastic new books with unique visual styles and appeal, and they will be joined in a spirited discussion about inspiration and influence with Tom. Located at The Pilot 2nd Floor The Pilot is located half a block from Toronto Reference Library, at 22 Cumberland Street.
2:45pm-3:45pm: Comics Criticism What is the state of comics criticism today, in both the public realm and academia? Join some of the industry's top journalists, critics, and historians as they attempt to discern the current role, and state, of comics criticism. Featuring Trina Robbins(Pretty In Ink), Heidi MacDonald (comicsbeat.com), Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com), Jeet Heer (The Comics Journal), Keith Friedlander (University of Ottawa), and moderator Blake Bell (The Secret History of Marvel Comics). Located at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville*
*The Marriott Bloor Yorkville is located a 10 minute walk from Toronto Reference Library. There are three programming spaces in this venue, all located on "Floor 1", which is accessed by the elevators in the lobby.
Debuts: • Twelve Gems by Lane MilburnSomewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation, the mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes, to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. With wall-to-wall humor and action in Lane Milburn's debute graphic novel from Fantagraphics; this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year!
empty of meat and their minds empty of how to do their job. As customers arrive, events become increasingly disastrous. A surreal, debut graphic novella of horror and humor with one huge, hanging question. This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.
• Buddy Buys a DumpThe Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3 (2000-2013) by Peter BaggeHe's back! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump - because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge's iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era.
This 32 page floppy comic is a sweet & sour, sad & funny story that follows the adventures of Annie and Verti as they shoot homemade movies for YouTube, guerilla-style, and face some unexpected consequences. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits from the pages of Bust magazine! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials - too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc.
• Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (softcover)edited by Blake BellBefore Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, Ditko conjured horrors at his drawing table. Collecting over 200 spectacular full-color pages of pre-Code work from his first 2 years in the industry, edited by Blake Bell. Beginning with Ditko's very first story to Ditko's short stint in the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby studio, to Ditko's eventual encampment at the Charlton Comics operation in 1954, readers will see the initial works of an artist already at a level of craftsmanship that exceeded most of his peers.
So we'll see you there bright and early on Saturday morning. Team Fanta will be represented by Jacq Cohen and me, so come early and come often!
The lecture goes from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public, however RSVPs are required, so email
or call 416-979-5000 ext. 7668 today! Refreshments will be served, and books are available for purchase and will be signed by Trina.
The Rhode Island School for Design is happy to have Janet Hamlin a guest speaker on Wednesday, May 7th in Providence, RI. Hamlin will be talking about her time as the official courtroom artists at the military tribunal of Guantanamo Bay, from 2006 until NOW. RISD is one of the premiere art schools on the East Coast and Hamlin will not only be speaking but giving a drawing demo the next day for the students.
Published in a book called Sketching Guantanamo, Hamlin's drawings and her accompanying text provide rare insight into the military courts of Guantanamo. Guantanamo Bay is one of the most carefully censored trials in recent U.S. history and these sketches are the only visuals the world is allowed to see. The lecture will take place at 4:30PM in the Auditorium at the Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI on Wednesday, May 7th.
The comix community celebrates the colorful diversity of our often-marginalized medium this Saturday, May 3 with Free Comic Book Day. In a show of appreciation unique to our industry, publishers and retailers go to great expense to make exclusive editions available at no charge to consumers. The goal is to attract new customers or introduce regular readers to books they might otherwise overlook. With that noble intention in mind, allow us to suggest that Free Comic Book Day in no way prevents patrons from purchasing comics on Saturday.
It would be wonderful to see comic book enthusiasts emulate the example of music fans on Record Store Day, when thousands of people flock to independent record retailers and stock up on product in a remarkable display of affection for their favorite shops. Your local comic book stores deserve similar support. So enjoy the free comic books and remember to purchase a few as well.
Sunday, May 4th • Los Angeles, CA: The Unlovable 3 Launch Party is at 5pm at Skylight Books. Cartoonist Esther Pearl Watson will be there to sign books so you can impress all the hotties at school. (more details)
Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, one of the founding fathers of the alternative comix movement, returns with another chapter in the continuing saga of his signature character, Buddy Bradley. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of Buddy Buys a Dump with a show of original drawings, a book signing, and music performance on Saturday, May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Peter Bagge’s Hate has chronicled the misadventures of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable losers since the formative period of the grunge era. His observations went beyond satire to help define the attitude and aesthetics of the most significant youth movement of the 1990s. Buddy Buys a Dump is the third collection of Buddy stories from Bagge’s Hate comic book serial. It contains material from the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion.
The opening reception features a display of original art from the book. Bagge will be present to sign copies of recent publications. Musical entertainment will be provided by Seattle singer-songwriter Kelli Frances Corrado at 7:30 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate an impressive work by one of America’s most important and influential cartoonists.
Peter Bagge: BUDDY BUYS A DUMP art show and book signing Saturday, May 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Music by Kelli Frances Corrado Exhibition continues through July 9, 2014 Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
The opening reception for the show, which runs through the month of May, will feature comics readings, signings, and geeky good times. A full array of queer comics and art will be available from all three artists, as well as from Northwest Press, during the reception from 8-10pm on Friday, May 2nd. Check out Justin's work from No Straight Lines and even pick up a copy while you're there! Ed Luce and Jon Macy also contributed comics in No Straight Lines, get your book signed at the 3-Way, maybe even at the same time (depends on their flexibility, wink.)
Magnet is 4122 18th Street, San Francisco, California 94114. They are open Wednesday - Friday 10am-8pm, plus Tuesdays + Saturday closing at 6pm. Check out their site for more events and their free sexual health services.
On Saturday, May 3 Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates Free Comic Book Day with complimentary comix and a tribute to Seattle's sensational Intruder crew on the last weekend of their awesome exhibition.
We'll be giving out a double dose of Don Rosa duck stories featuring Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck. And don't miss the collectible Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One by Ed Piskor with special guests. We'll also have free copies of the Barrio Mothers anthology from our Portland counterparts at Sparkplug and Floating World, as well as a special edition of Paul Pope's The Invincible Haggard West from First Second.
Join us from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Free Comic Book Day for another fun reception with artists from the free Intruder tabloid. If you missed the wild opening night party or just want to enjoy the show in a more sedate atmosphere, drop in for an urban barbeque complete with hot dogs, cold refreshments, and cool company.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. Wherever you are, get out and support your local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day.
Toronto, put on your party pants! Ed Piskor is gonna shake the shack this Saturday at The Beguiling's Free Comic Book Day event! On Satuday, May 3rd from Noon-6pm, Ed Piskor will be signing and sketching in free copies of his Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One comic book (in addition to your Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 graphic novels). Cartoonist and Ed's studio mate, Tom Scioli, will also be there signing his FCBD book, Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe.
The fun is only a few days a way. Show up EARLY 'cause those books are gonna be gone fast!
Collector extraordinaire Glenn Bray will be joined by special guests, Todd Hignite and Robert Williams, who each supplied a foreword to this exceptional book! Get a copy of this gorgeous book featuring artwork from all of your favorite cartoonists and even a section of special Krampus commissions Bray had made once he exhausted the world's supply.
See you tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery at Wacko/Soap Plant, located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd. If you cannot attend the event and would like a signed book, contact Soap Plant at (323) 663-0122 or
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