Savannah, GA: There's no more fun, or witchy, way to ring in the changing seasons than to celebrate the summer solstice with renaissance woman and artist, Dame Darcy!
June 21st, on Tybee Island beginning at 1 pm, a mermaid parade full of art, glitter, and fishy frolicking, will commence in front of Fannies on the Beach, and party through town to the back river beach near the pier where there will be a picnic, live music, prizes, and the crowning of the Mermaid Queen, so wear your most creative mermaid best!
Along with being a animator, dollmaker, musician, fashion model, and expert fortune teller, Dame Darcy has been publishing her whimsical alternative comix series, Meat Cake, with Fantagraphics since 1992! The decade long neo-Victorian humor/horror/romance comic series has always toyed with the enchatments of the sea. And her impressive background as artist, witch, and lover of self-expression, make Darcy the perfect unofficial marshal of the Savannah Mermaid Parade.
Tybee Island is located off the coast of Savannah, GA, and will be happening in tandem with the famous Coney Island Mermaide Parade that takes place every year. So if you find yourself south of the ol' mason dixon line, the Tybee Beach Mermaid Parade with Dame Darcy is the place to be!
To kick off pride month, on June 8th the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco will be hosting the first annual Queer Comics Expo, also affectionately known as the Queer Comicon, presented by the Queer Cultural Center. Mingle with drag queens, watch comic demonstrations, and join in on conversations about the history and future of LGBTQ comics!
This first annual event begins at 11 am, and runs until 5 pm, and will be a fun full day of celebration, achievements, and comics!
Celebrating the achievements made in queer comics will be headlining exhibitor, Ed Luce! Announced earlier this month at TCAF, Fantagraphics is so thrilled to be publishing the hit independent series, Wuvable Oaf. As the force behind the comics and anthology, Ed will be present at the expo to showcase the beloved series about Oaf, who traverses the ups and downs of finding love and living life, set against his San Francisco home. As an educator for the California College of the Arts MFA, and former Queer Press Grant Recipient, Ed Luce is an indeliable influence on the world of comics.
Other spectacular cartoonist guests include Jett Attwood, Alex Woolfson, and Tyler Cohen, as well as many others.
And to keep the expo rockin, in true comic convention standard, Super Drag Queens will be meandering and mingling amongst attendeeds, handing out awards for the best cosplay. If you see anyone wandering as the Oaf, send us pictures!
Tickets to attend the Queer Comic Expo are included in the admission to the Cartoon Art Museum, $8 for general public, and $6 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the door, or from the Queer Cultural Center. Those attending the expo will also receive a 10% discount from the museum's bookstore!
A host of events will be happening around the city as part of the Queer Cultural Center's National Queer Arts Festival, which impressively runs from May 30th, to July 5th. So join Ed, the Super Queens, and champions of queer comics to get your Pride on!
New York, NY: Friedman's going across the bridge to the KGB Bar on the lower East side to be in conversation with friend and author, Jay Ruttenberg for a Q&A. So if you missed him Friday, bring your copy of Barracuda and join us this Saturday from 7-9 pm for lots of laughs! (More details)
Get your glitter and your cowboy boots, Esther Pearl Watson is a-coming home to Texas. Specifically, the spacious Webb Gallery in Waxahachie (remember when we visited a few years ago?). Esther's got a whole new line of paintings created just for this show and the opening reception is Sunday, June 1st from 4-7pm. She'll also be signing copies of her brand-spanking-new book Unlovable 3 starring the most endearing Tammy Pierce. Live in Dallas or Austin? Waxahachie is one sweet easy road trip away.
Can't make the signing? Contact
ahead of time to order your copy of a sketched-in and signed Unlovable 3! Below is a glimpse of the amazing Webb Gallery with their permanent installation of old carnival and freak show canvas signs juxtaposed perfectly next to Watson's paintings. Dog included!
Webb Gallery 209-211 W. Franklin Street Waxahachie, TX 75165 Opening Saturdays and Sunday, 1-5pm http://www.webbartgallery.com/
Seattle, WA: Join Fantagraphic's own Jen Vaughn, and a score of other local talents (Ulises Farinas, Simon Roy, Damon Gentry, + more) for the first part of a weeklong celebration of the 10 year anniversary for Arcane Comics! Festivities begin at 7 pm PST. (More details )
Columbus, OH: The acclaimed exhibit Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes continues its travels across the country with a stay at the Wexner Center for the Arts, opening Saturday, May 17th! And Dan himself will be there to kick off the show, in conversation with comics scholar Hillary Chute, starting at 7:00 PM in the Mershon Auditorium!(More details)
Seattle, WA: Continuing their second day of comics extravaganza, Arcane comics brings us their 10th Anniversary Super Indy Comics Bash! New Fanta employee, Marc Palm, as well as featured former finterns like Tom Van Deusen and Ben Horak will be signing books. This 21+ event begins at 7 pm. (More details)
This weekend, masters of the comic art form, Peter Bagge and Ed Piskor are Special Guests at the Appleseed Comic Con in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Join the comics crowd at The Grand Wayne Center (120 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) on Saturday, May 17th from 10am-6pm and again on Sunday, May 18th from 11am-5pm.
On Saturday from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM check out THE HIP HOP/COMICS CONNECTION panel! "Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times best-selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40 year relationship between Comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bode characters painted on Trains, to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work."
Purchase a $10 day pass here before they sell out and go to the coolest con in Indiana!
It'll be a homecoming for Charles Burns, who went to college at Olympia's Evergreen State College in the mid '70s (along with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening, be still my heart). Stop by his table and have him sign your old copies of Black Hole, inspired by the eerieness of the Pacific Northwest!
And Jesse Reklaw is surely no stranger to our corner of the country, as a former resident of Portland! He'll be signing his beautiful graphic memoir, Couch Tag, among other work!
Both artists will be participating in the Comics Stage Show at the Capitol Theater, in panels at The Olympia Center in the afternoon, and will be signing at Danger Room Comics in the early evening. We'll post the complete schedule as soon as we get it, but in the meanwhile, block out your calendar for the first weekend in June!
This June 12th-14th, get ready to say "velkommen" to Pete at the Schous Plass -- all the fun goes down in the Deichmanske Library at Grünerløkka. (Not only are there fantastic comics and guests, but there's also a bar on the second floor!)
Pete will be signing his latest collection, Buddy Buys a Dump, which contains the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion. You won't want to miss this rare appearance from one of the legends of alternative comics!
Schous Plass is located in the south of the borough of Grünerløkka in Oslo. OCX is free and open to all.
About the time I began working for Fantagraphics as marketing and promotions director, Peter Bagge ran a contest in the third issue of his wildly popular Hate comic book. "Win a Date With Stinky" urged female readers to "Send in one or more glamorful photos and/or drawings of yourself" and "Explain in 25 words or less why you're worthy of Stinky's affection." What self-respecting woman, I wondered, would enter a contest to win a date with a comic book character? Named Stinky? I was about to find out. I spent several months acting as Peter's unwitting accomplice on a series of surreptitious "Stinky Dates" that saw me playing Leonard the Love God opposite lovely and talented young artists like Jessica Abel and Dame Darcy. This buffoonery was documented in the pages of Hate, much to amusement of my wonderful wife, not to mention the fashionable alternative rock band Babes in Toyland. (Don't ask.)
Like countless members of my generation, Peter Bagge's Hate was a funny and affectionate chronicle of my misspent youth. Beyond that, his work played a pivotal role in shaping the ideology of a youth movement that penetrated popular culture on a global scale. His comix have enriched our lives in ways we can only now begin to appreciate.
Join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of this incredibly gifted artist on Saturday, May 10 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we debut the latest, and perhaps final chapter of the Buddy Bradley story,Buddy Buys a Dump. The reception includes an exhibition of original comix pages, complimentary beverages, a book signing, and special musical performances by Kelli Frances Corrado and The Hinges. See you all at 6:00 PM on Saturday.
Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday at 6:00 PM to celebrate the publication of Peter Bagge’s new book with a show of original drawings, book signing and live music. The evening also marks the 10th anniversary of our retail partner Georgetown Records.
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. Buddy Buys a Dump contains the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion, many of them on display for the occasion.
Visitors to the bookstore are invariably greeted with a delightfully esoteric soundtrack courtesy of Georgetown Records. Over the course of the last decade, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the region’s premier purveyors of vintage vinyl specializing in punk, prog, goth, garage, psychedelic, international, and other rare recordings. Come celebrate their 10th anniversary with Peter Bagge and live music by Kelli Frances Corrado and The Hinges.
These events coincide with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
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