This February, Michigan State University will host their annual MSU Comics Forum, an event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.
And this year's keynote speaker is noneother than the great Stan Sakai! On Friday, February 21st, Stan will be speaking from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater. Sakai-san will be discussing his long-running anthropomorphic animal series, Usagi Yojimbo, and talking about his wonderful, highly-acclaimed 30+ year career!
MSU Comics Forum will take place at Snyder/Phillips Hall at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch at Fantagraphics Bookstore on February 8.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is privileged to host an exhibition by Virgil Partch, one of mid-century America’s most influential humorists. A new book, Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch celebrates the legacy of this notorious cartoonist. An exhibition of art and artifacts from the book opens Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Virgil Partch (1916 – 1984) burst onto the pages of the nation’s magazines with his captivating cartoons virtually overnight. His irreverent observations inspired a new breed of post-war comedians and cartoonists. Known affectionately by his signature, “Vip,” his work adorned books, advertisements, album covers, beer cans, cocktail napkins other accoutrements of mid-century American culture. The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will demonstrate the diverse range of Partch’s appealing aesthetic.
The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and continues through March 5, 2014. The opening coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack, featuring colorful visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
• Seattle, WA: This Saturday finds rising star Julia Gfrörer signing the sensational new book Black Is the Color. Her story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a nefarious mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. (more info)
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is burning with love in February. This Saturday, February 1 finds rising star Julia Gfrörer signing the sensational new book Black Is the Color. Her story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a nefarious mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario.
On Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM we open a colorful exhibition of art and artifacts by Virgil Partch, one of midcentury America’s most influential humorists. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community.
Join us from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 22 for an appearance by Gregory Benton signing his new book B + F from the adventurous AdHouse imprint.
And finally, on Wednesday, February 26 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM we host a reception with Foxing Quarterly and other small press publishers in town for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. Don’t miss any of the lovely action next month.
This Tuesday, editor and designer Jonathan Barli will give a talk on cartoonist Virgil Partch, aka VIP. Barli recently edited and designed the recent collection The Mad World of Virgil Partch. The seventy-second meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public, just make sure not to flask it publically.
From the symposium website: Jonathan Barli on The Mad World of Virgil Partch. An in-depth look at the life and art of one of the most influential and trendsetting cartoonists of his generation. The talk will be illustrated by scores of unseen photographs and artwork, cover Partch's life and times and how they influenced his artistic sensibilities, and include a thorough analysis of his cartooning and the context in which his work appeared. From a remote island off the coast of Alaska and a stint as an animator at Disney Studios during its golden age, Partch burst onto the scene with his zany, sometimes surreal, but always hilarious cartoons, catapulting his career virtually overnight. An artist truly ahead of his time, his unique perspective and style ensured he would become one of the most prolific cartoonists of his era, and solidified his role in inspiring generations of cartoonists, animators, and illustrators.
Jonathan Barli is a designer, writer, and filmmaker. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts and soon after graduating, co-founded Rosebud Archives: a company dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the graphic arts, where he serves as Art Director.
January 28, 7:00 PM Parsons The New School 2 West 13th Street (in the Bark Room)
We're thrilled to share that the great Kevin Huizenga will be performing a reading on Thursday, February 27th at Bryn Mawr College!
Join the acclaimed artist behind the Ignatz-Award-Winning series Ganges in the Quita Woodward Room in Thomas Hall from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. After his reading, he'll be joined by Shiamin Kwa, the Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, for a public discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Thomas Great Hall is located at Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Coming up FAST next weekend is the LA Art Book Fair is from January 31st through February 2, 2014 in Los Angeles! For those of you who are Paul Hornschemeier fans, this is your lucky weekend-day actually. From Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm, Paul will be signing at the Secret Headquarters table. Pick up a copy of his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors there and have him sign it (maybe he'll even draw a portrait of you!).
Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
Assembled from late night drawing blocks and inspirational whims, Paul Hornschemeier's newest sketchbook is the coffee table book you've been waiting for with 100 portraits from Werner Heisenberg to Frank Oz. Each turn of the page offers a new take on a familiar face. Called an "ascending star" by the Chicago Tribune, Paul's work also includes the much-lauded Mother, Come Home; Three Paradoxes and Let Us Be Perfectly Clear.
Get happy and fun at The Strand Bookstore where the festivities start at 7pm. You can either buy the book from The Strand or buy a $15 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in The Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. See you there!
Thursday, February 6th at 7pm The Strand Bookstore 828 Broadway 212.473.1452
When you think of Valentine's Day, I know you think of Cannibal Fuckface. So, forget the candy and flowers, and get your sweetheart something truly romantic: Prison Pit Book 5!
On Friday, February 14th, join Johnny Ryanat Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles for a celebration of undying love: In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit. Clearly, it is a love for the ages.
The signing begins at 7:00 PM! Secret Headquarters is located at 3817 W Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.
Julia Gfrörer Signs Her Ever-Darkening Black Is the Color
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes Julia Gfrörer to sign her new graphic novella Black Is the Color on Saturday February 1st. Just in time for Valentine's Day, come down to Georgetown and pick up a deathly love story at sea for that special someone.
Black Is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario. Julia Gfrörer's delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer's prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.
Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in THICKNESS, ARTHUR MAGAZINE, STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE, BLACK EYE, and BEST AMERICAN COMICS. Her last name rhymes with despair, and her heart is black as jet.
Listing Information: WHO: Julia Gfrörer WHAT: Signing and release party for Black Is the Color WHEN: Saturday Feb. 1st, 6-8pm WHERE: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108
"Julia Gfrörer is amongst the most promising artist/authors of her generation. Her work is spare and elegant, yet the hand of the artist is always evident in her line. Her characters inhabit cold or desolate environments, often on the brink of inanition or beyond, yet still yearning to love and be loved. Do not be misled by this artist's sylphlike appearance and those great carrot-colored ramparts at her ear. Gfrörer is a powerhouse. Learn to spell her name." – Phoebe Gloeckner
"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." – Sammy Harkham
"No one is wedding horror's darkness to an equally black, equally lacerating emotional palette as effectively as Julia Gfrörer.... When coupled with her delicate linework, the fragile physicality of her characters, and her explicit and non-idealized depictions of sex, the effect is gripping and even in our mundane world, ominously familiar." – Sean T. Collins
"Julia Gfrörer's Black Is the Color... is sublimely weird. Or weirdly sublime — probably both." – Nick Abadzis