A student has committed suicide at a boys-only boarding school leaving only an enigmatic note behing. During the summer vacation of 1999, only three students remain and one day, a boy who looks exactly like the dead student shows up...
Starting this week, the Japan Society in NYC is hosting a film series titled A Tribute to Donald Richie, Part 2: Richie's Electric Eight: The Bold & The Daring. On Thursday, March 13th at 7pm the opening night film is SUMMER VACATION 1999 better known to you as The Heart of Thomas! The 1988 film adaptation of Moto Hagio's seminal manga is a must-see especially since they made the decision to cast young girls (14 to 15 years old) in the roles of the young men the books is based on. After the film is a yaoi party, so feel free to dress up like the students in The Heart of Thomas & Summer Vacation 1999 while dancing to a live performance by the high-energy glam jazz pop band Ideal Orkestra.
"This profoundly romantic, beautifully realized independent production is one of the most original Japanese films of the year....One watches these young people, so young that a degree of androgyny is expected, and it is as though one is watching adolescence for the first time." –Donald Richie "New Japanese Cinema" report to Japan Society, 1988
Buy tickets here! Now! $15 for adults, $12 for Japan Society members, sassy seniors and students. Japan Society 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017
Coming RIGHT UP, Elysian Brewing Company is releasing the new Jim Woodring Oddland brew: Ginger Berry Brown Ale! This new crispy brew features "a thicket of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry with a thorny touch of ginger." It joins the past brews like the Peppercorn Saison and Spice Pear Ale and on cold refrigerator shelves everywhere (and Charles Burns' 12 Beers of the Apocalypse from 2012).
Elysian Brewing Company will be tapping their Woodring Oddland kegs on Thursday, March 13th at all their Seattle locations so be sure to pull up a bar stool (maybe with your favorite Frank graphic novel like Weathercraft, Congress of the Animals or Fran) and enjoy the tasty collaboration between one of Seattle's finest cartoonists and brewmasters. Visit the Cap Hill location (1221 E Pike Street), Elysian Fields by the stadiums downtown (542 1st Ave S, Seattle), Elysian Tangletown up north by Green Lake (2106 N 55th St).
One of the all time greats of American cartooning and a legendary figure in Pacific Northwest arts, Jim Woodring is an accomplished illustrator and oil painter, and his creations have also been translated into 3D in the form of toys. He is best known for his surreal comic series JIM, from which sprang the iconic character Frank. You may also know him from his quest to create a giant, functional pen nib, which he'll be bringing to Linework NW!
A free one day convention, Linework NW will play host to many fantastic cartoonists selling their own comics, prints and zines in addition to some publishers like Fantagraphics, Foxing Quarterly, Koyama Press, Oni Press and more. And yes, we'll bring you guys some Ginger Berry Brown Ale for your tasting pleasure and the full Woodring experience.
Not only can you get your books signed by these folks, but you can also catch some panels throughout the weekend, particularly on Saturday, on the lower level of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Such as:
• 1:00 PM // The World of Harvey Kurtzman: Denis Kitchen on the life and art of the incredible Harvey Kurtzman, creator of Mad magazine, Little Annie Fannie, Frontline Combat, Help Magazine and much more.
• 4:00 PM // The Neat Stuff in Mind of Peter Bagge: Funny book creator Peter Bagge in conversation with Jon B. Cooke.
There's some other panels, but y'know, those are clearly the best.
And, just when you think it can't get better: performing at the Comicon After-Party on Saturday night, it's The Julie Ruin, a project from Kathleen Hanna, former lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre! Holy crap!
The Asbury Park Comicon runs from 10 AM to 6 PM each day at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, located at 1401 Ocean Blvd. Visit their website for travel help, including the tip: "Have some self-respect -- don't take the bus."
In celebration of what would've been Jim Flora's 100th birthday, the Rowayton Arts Center in Rowayton, CT, presents the exhibit The Amazing Art of Jim Flora.
This wonderful show is truly a family affair: it's curated by Jim's son, Joel Flora, and both Jim and his wife, Jane, were founding members of the RAC, and active members until their deaths (she in 1985; he in 1998).
About a dozen large pieces that represent just a fraction of Flora's long career will be displayed in the Portside Gallery.
Of his father's work, Joel Flora says, “My father had a wonderfully open and fertile imagination and I admired how he could access this store of fantastic images at will.”
The Rowayton Arts Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue. This wonderful exhibit will be on display through through March 29th. Can't make it to Connecticut this month? Feast your eyes on our collections of Flora's vibrant work, including our most recent collection, The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora!
Just in time for SXSW, Danny Bland will be appearing at Hole in the Wall in Austin, Texas. He'll be reading a few chapters from his book In Case We Die on Saturday, March 15th at 8:30pm. Hole in the Wall is located on the main drag next to the University of Texas (2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705) and is a tiny gem in the town. So pull up a bar set, take a long pull from your Corona and relish in the deep gravely voice of a man who has seen the end of things.
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics of the new millennium. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this endearing new collection. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip.
The festive show on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features 15 original Millionaire drawings and music by Ashley Eriksson. As a child in Los Angeles, Eriksson sang on the Ren and Stimpy Christmas Album; as an adult she sings "Island Song," the closing credits for Cartoon Network's cult-sensation Adventure Time. On Saturday she’ll sing from her recent K Records release Colours.
This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.
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.
The Tony Millionaire will be hitching a bus, elephant or small jet to Portland this weekend after the signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery to make an appearance at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon! From 6 to 8pm this Sunday, March 9th you can have the newest Sock Monkey Treasury book signed to you and your own Sock Monkey-lovin' kiddos. Maakies fiends, be sure to bring a copy of your own or grab one from Floating World (Green Eggs and Maakies being the latest). Come one, come all!
As a child in Los Angeles, Ashley Eriksson sang on the Ren and Stimpy Christmas Album; as an adult she sings "Island Song," the closing credits for Cartoon Network's cult-sensation Adventure Time. On Saturday, March 8 she'll sing songs from her recent K Records release Colours at Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury art show and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. See you all then!
Get your freak on with a new art show opening Friday, April 4th in Philadelphia!
Titled Freak Scene, this group show spotlights the current stars of underground comix, like Johnny Ryan, our own Jason T. Miles, Mome-contributor Jim Rugg, and a whole host of fellow freaks, including several Seattleites!
The opening reception kicks off at 6:00 PM.
Space 1026 is located at 1026 Arch Street in Philadelphia.