Famed alternative cartoonist Charles Burns will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM presenting his new book Sugar Skull. He will be followed on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM by Chris Wright signing copies of his recent graphic novel Blacklung.
Seattle native Charles Burns, now a resident of Philadelphia, was among the founders of the alternative comix movement in the 1970s when he emerged from The Evergreen State College with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening. This trio of gifted artists began syndicating their innovative comic strips in alternative weeklies, which gave momentum to a new approach to cartooning. Burns' groundbreaking graphic novel Black Hole, serialized by Fantagraphics Books, is considered a masterpiece of the form. The story is set in 1970s Seattle and was recently featured in the critically acclaimed film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Burns will be signing copies of his highly anticipated new book Sugar Skull, which completes a trilogy that began with X'ed Out, followed by The Hive. Burns' unique graphic sensibility has left and indelible mark on Seattle's culture through his early work with Sub Pop and The Rocket. Join us in welcoming this influential artist back home on Friday, September 19.
Chris Wright is among a new breed of emerging artists building on the foundation laid by Burns and others. His recent graphic novel from Fantagraphics Books, Blacklung, combines elements of otherworldly adventure and horror rendered in brutal detail - unquestionably one of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years. The signing on Sunday, September 21 marks the artist's first visit to Seattle. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00 PM. 206.658.0110.
Richmond, VA: Don't be tardy! Starting at 6 pm, Janet Hamlin will be giving a lecture at the University of Richmond recounting her experiences as the only person allowed to visually capture the courtroom during the Guantanamo Bay trials. Her drawings have been collected in Sketching Guantanamo, and this lecture will kick off a new limited engagement exhibit at the University featuring her work. (More Details)
Friday, September 12
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration and exploration of exploitative art and images of cinema. Currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash, the exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater; today's film is the monster classic, Every Which Way but Loose. (More Details)
Saturday, September 13
Bethesda, MD: Dang, kids. Is it that time of year again? The biggest and bestest small press and alternative comic shindig, Small Press Expo is back! Doors open at 11 am, and there is a veritable slew of people to see, things to buy, and panels to attend. Jacq and Gary Groth will be holding down daily signings at booth w57-61, which today includes: Eleanor Davis, Ed Piskor, Drew Friedman, Chuck Forsman and many, many others. Get the full breakdown of the best weekend of your life here.
Seattle, WA: The gorgeously oversized art book, Film Noir 101, will be the subject of a new in store installment at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery starting today! And to begin this new feature, author of the book, Mark Fertig will be giving a slide presentation at 6 pm, with a signing to follow. (More Details)
Sunday, September 14
Bethesda, MD: Above is a map to help you remember where the best SPX booth will be. Along with more signings, more panels, and more awesome, are a slew of debut books that you wont even find in stores yet: BUMF, The Lonesome Go, Fukitor. My fingers would fall off if I tried to list them all here. Since Jen already typed her little fingers off with the full rundown, check out her post! Doors open at 12 noon!
Monday, September 15
Cambridge, MA: Today, beginning at 7 pm, Ed Piskor will be kicking it old and new school at the halls of Harvard University with a discussion of his Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's free and open to the public, with a signing to follow! (More Details)
Takoma Park, MD:Eleanor Davis, hot off of her weekend at SPX, will be giving a beautiful slideshow presentation as a part of their Politics and Prose series. Her most recent book, How to be Happyis the topic of discussion for this moving a personal presentaion and discussion. Library events are the best events, so get some social capital at our nation's capitol. Presentation begins at 7:30 pm. (More Details)
Rec rooms to reading rooms, hip hop has come a long way. And it's making a stop along its continuous way to the top at the Harvard Book Store. Master cartoonist and hip hop historian, Ed Piskor will be schooling the audience with a discussion on his two volume Hip Hop Family Tree series; covering history, legend, art, and the subtley obvious crossover between hip hop and comic books. This FREE event is co-sponsored by the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University, a permanent group that sponsors and facilitates the advancement of art and scholorship in hip hop through leadership and community involvement.
For all audience members who attend this FREE event, you'll get 20% off at the book store when you purchase a copy of their featured book, Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2. That's a great way to support the academic and artistic community while getting yourself a sweet deal.
The FREE discussion begins at 7:00 pm, and will be followed by a book signing. Get educated, son.
No one will argue that noir films, and posters of cinema past were true works of art; capturing the subtle thrill of a riddle yet to be experienced. This handsome book with critical commentery from Fertig, and an introduction from director, William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Killer Joe).
The reception begins this Saturday at 6 pm, and the exhibition runs from September 13th-November 10th.
The time has come to play at Bergen Street Comics! As part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, this comics signings of the new gods is a 100% endorsed Brooklyn Book Fest Bookend Event.
On Saturday, September 20th at 8pm join Fantagraphics' cartoonists Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Eleanor Davis (How to Be Happy), Jesse Reklaw (Couch Tag) for one big shin-dig. Special guests also signing are Koyama Press' Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle, 2-D Cloud's Matthew Thurber and Mark Connery plus Alex Degen. Geez, we should send some corn and have everyone get to shuckin' at a ballyhoo!
This weekend is gonna be so busy for the cartoonists of Fantagraphics. Some are getting ready for Brooklyn Book Fest or SPX but at this moment Tony Millionaire is ready to have a helluva time over at Cincy ComiCon in Covington, Kentucky. Right across the state line! Cincy ComiCon is located at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center at One West RiverCenter Boulevard, Covington, KY. Friday from 3-7pm, Saturday from 10-7pm, and Sunday from 10am -5pm.
And over at Baltimore Comic-Con that starts today.
Friday through Sunday, September 5-7th, Don Rosa will be holding court with his always impressive display of Ducks work at Baltimore Comic-Con. You can find Don at booth 2510, which is along the leftmost side of the convention hall. The con starts in a few hours so get ready! Friday from 1-7pm, Saturday from 10-7pm and Sunday from 10-5pm. Baltimore Convention Center is located at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 (PRATT & HOWARD STREET ENTRANCE). And check out Rosa's newest reprint, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: "The Sun of the Son" out is stores this week!
Jim is a brand-new collection of Woodring's earliest comics work, which was originally produced as zines in the early 1980s until Fantagraphics cofounder Gary Groth fell in love with his work and became his lifelong publisher. This isn't a stack of embarrassing juvenalia; the quality of work is very high, but if you stare at the pages for a while, you'll notice a bit of uncharacteristic uncertainty resonating through the ink. In an interview with Woodring, he admits that "it is hard to go back to your old work," but he's overall "thrilled" to review his earliest comics. "I was stunned by how authentic [the work in Jim] is to me today," he says. The book "had this symbolic power, and I can feel it rising up in me again" while reading it. Keen eyes can spot a faulty bit of crosshatched shading, or a messy silhouette that Woodring would never sign his name to now, but for the most part, this is fully realized work produced by the hand of a man who is entirely confident about what he's trying to communicate.
The film noir genre holds a special place in American cinema and the posters reveal a lot about mid-century aesthetics. As director William Friedkin observes in the book's introduction, "The posters convey the style and content of the movies they were designed to advertise, and yet they represent an art form of their own. They are a valid and important school of American art." These posters depict the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood in some of their most memorable roles. The book includes both a synopsis and fascinating analysis of the films depicted by the posters.
Editor Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Don't miss appearances by Seattle native Charles Burns signing his new graphic novel Sugar Skull on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Chris Wright signing Black Lung on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. See you all soon.
As one of the only sketch artists allowed to witness the 9/11 trials, since audio and recordign equipment are banned, Hamlin was presented with unique challenges in relaying some of the only visual evidence of the trials. If you're a lecture person, this is on your must see list. If you're not a lecture person, you will be after hearing this fascinating story.
Pirates in the Heartland features Wilson's work from underground publications such as ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares. So come on out for an afternoon of good times and great comics.
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