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Ed Piskor, guest at CCI San Diego (SDCC)
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd PiskorCCI 16 Mar 2015 11:51 AM
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You came, you saw, you asked for more. Finally, Ed Piskor will be a guest at San Diego Comic-Con. Ed will be signing and sketching in your new copies of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3, fresh from the printers and maybe even stilll warm. Each Monday SDCC will be announcing a new set of guests so keep your eyes peeled for the next Fantagraphics' one!
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NYC: The Kurdles at Bergen Street Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert Goodinevents 16 Mar 2015 11:03 AM

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Admist the hub-bub of New York City and the Museum of Comics and Comic Arts Festival, MoCCA, you can find solace but not silence at the always fun Bergen Street Comics. Koyama Press2D Cloud and Fantagraphics TAKE OVER BERGEN STREET Party is happening on Saturday, April 11th at 7pm. Cartoonist and animator, Robert Goodin, will be appearing to sign his new all-ages book, The Kurdles in the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, spiced up with a teaspoon of strange.

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What else is happening at this cornucopia of comic delights? A. Degen's surrealist superhero adventure MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER (Koyama Press), equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen's mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty; Blaise Larmee's 3 BOOKS (2D Cloud) is an eclectic and meticulously crafted reproduction of rare and unpublished books; Émilie Gleason's SALZ & PFEFFER (2D Cloud) a taboo-soaked world of the inane and the intellectual, the profane, profound, and parodic; Andy Burkholder's QVIET (2D Cloud) focuses on the abstractions of sex, of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two.

Celebrate MoCCA Fest weekend with an incredible night of bleeding edge comics and cartoonists! Event poster by A. Degen. We'll see you there!
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Spectacular Spring Cleaning Sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under sales specialsGuy ColwellFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 Mar 2015 12:50 PM

Drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, March 14 as we clear space for new arrivals with a big sale of comix and graphic novels by some of our most popular cartoonists. Fabulous Fantagraphics titles by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Johnny Ryan, Dame Darcy, Kim Deitch, Kaz, Jordan Crane, R. Crumb, Megan Kelso, Jessica Abel, Zak Sally, Dave Cooper, and many more will be offered at 50% to 75% off all day Saturday from 11:30 to 9:00 PM.

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This Saturday also marks the opening of part 2 of Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance exhibition with new work on display, also available at bargain prices. His graphic depictions of contemporary urban characters and situations are both appealing and topical. Don't miss your chance to see original drawings, paintings and prints by this wonderful American artist.

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This event coincides with the monthly Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. 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, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Don't be detoured by the construction project outside our space. The City of Seattle is investing $1.1 million in a lovely pedestrian-friendly plaza called the "Festival Street." This wonderful amenity, funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy, will include elevated crosswalks, improved lighting, public art, and extended plazas right outside the bookstore. The work is scheduled for completion by May 30. Both Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore will maintain normal hours throughout construction. See you soon.

Black River Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Josh Simmonsevents 12 Mar 2015 11:48 AM
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Josh Simmons' latest, greatest and most terrifying graphic novel yet is about to hit the United States and he is taking Black River to the road. Black River stars a group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors.  You think the Hunger Games is scary? What if it was your every damn day? This full-length graphic novel is his best work yet, echoing director John Carpenter's perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson's ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.
 
Check out Simmons 'round the United States tour (plus two Canadian stops) and mark your calendars. Some events feature some guest cartoonists, some music by Sunshine Ear's Gregory Spencer and some special venues will be screening Simmons' chilling short films. 
 
4.18 Portland, OR Linework NW All weekend Tabling
Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland OR

4.24 Vancouver, BC Lucky's 7PM Book signing + screening
3972 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada

4.25 Seattle Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle WA (Georgetown)

4.26. Tacoma Destiny City Comics 4PM Book signing   
218 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

5.2 Missoula, MT Shakespeare and Co. 7PM Book signing + screening  
103 S 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

5.5 Minneapolis, MN Boneshaker Books 7PM
Book signing + screening with 2D Cloud guest Nic Breutzman
2002 23rd Ave. S.

5.6 Iowa City, IA TBA 

5.7 Chicago Quimby's 7pm Book signing
1854 W. North Ave.

5.9-5.10 Toronto, BC TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) Tabling All Weekend, Toronto Reference Library - 789 Yonge Street

5.11 Dearborn, MI Green Brain Comics TBA signing
13936 Michigan Ave

5.12. Columbus, OH
 Kafe Kerouac 8pm 
with guest JT Dockery, and music by Gregory Spencer
2250 North High St.

5.13 Pittsburgh, PA Copacetic Comics 6-8pm 
with guest Ed Piskor, and music by Gregory Spencer
3138 Dobson St #3, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

5.14 Baltimore TBA

5.15 Brooklyn, NY Bergen Street Comics 7PM Book signing
470 Bergen St.

5.17 Portland, ME Maine Comic Arts (MECAF)  
with guest Hans Rickheit  
Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street 

5.20 Manchester, CT TBA

5.25 Athens, GA  Bizarro-Wuxtry 5-7pm book signing
225 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601 

5.26. Atlanta, GA A Cappella Books 7pm book signing
208 Haralson Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
 
5.27 Birmingham, AL TBA 

5.29 New Orleans, LA Location TBA -  Art show/movie screening with Caesar Meadows

5.30 New Orleans, LA Crescent City Comics 5pm
signing Caesar Meadows, Kate Lecour, Ben Passmore 5pm signing time with the FEAST 2015 release party kickin' off at 7pm*
4916 Freret St.

6.5 Austin, TX Austin Books and Comics Time TBA Book signing  
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

6.6 Austin, TX New South Festival of Literary Arts & Cartooning  
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702

6.12 Los Angeles, CA Secret Headquarters 7pm
Book signing with guest Sammy Harkham
3817 W Sunset Blvd.

6.13 San Francisco, CA Mission Comics 6PM
Book signing + screening  3520 20th St.
 
* subject to change cause this is N'awlins here. 
In addition to new copies of Black River on sale at each venue, Simmons has inked up gorgeous primo prints including this black light poster. Imagine the things you'll see looking at it...alone....at night.
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And here are the three prints! An exquisite interior from Black River:
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Cover from The Furry Trap
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Cover from Habit #1 from Oily Comics  
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And so, pre-order your copy of Black River or head over to your local comic store or book store when Simmons is hitting your town. 
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PechaKucha Night in Seattle Focuses on Northwest Comics Roots
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Peter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics historyeventsEroyn FranklinEllen ForneyDavid LaskyCharles Burns 9 Mar 2015 10:36 PM

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chicago: Lucy Knisley at Women & Children First
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 6 Mar 2015 10:33 AM

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Friday, March 20th

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

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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!

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Women & Children First
5233 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640 

LOS ANGELES: The Kurdles Art Show and Release Party
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert Goodineventsart showsartarbitrary cuteness 4 Mar 2015 12:54 PM
The Kurdles
LOS ANGELES - This April, the one and only Secret Headquarters is 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. 
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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:
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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.
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Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Reception: Friday, April 3rd
Show up April 3rd-April 30th 






Massive in the Kinokuniya house
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under videointerviewsinterviewGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 3 Mar 2015 1:45 PM


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. 

Want more Massive? You're gonna get it! Cover artist and cartoonist Jiraiya will be in the states for an East coast/west coast tour this month. Check out all the stops and grab your copy NOW! Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is sold out so if you see it in a store, buy it now and hide it under your mattress (is there a sexier place?) until the store signings. 
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Romberger + Van Cook on Downtown Variety
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 2 Mar 2015 12:38 PM
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Need some Monday night fun? James Romberger and Marguerite 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.
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UCB East Village
153 East 3rd St., New York, NY 10009


PechaKucha Seattle Presents Comics NW Roots
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Peter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forneyart 27 Feb 2015 3:17 PM

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Wednesday, March 11th

Seattle, WA - PechaKucha! Presenting PKN Sea Vol. 61: Comics! NW Roots! From 5:30-8:30 on March 11th at the Cornish Playhouse , 11 of Seattle's most notable cartoonists and historians from the area share their stories of influence and experience in the NW Comics scene. Joining on stage will be the ever talented Peter BaggeJim WoodingEllen Forney, and the esteemed Larry Reid.

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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.