This month, Portland celebrates a former resident of theirs: Jesse Reklaw!
Join Pony Club Gallery tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 PM for the opening reception of The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, Couch Tag. I dearly hope there will be pages from the piece "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics).
Pony Club Gallery is located at 625 NW Everett Street in Portland. The exhibit runs through January 31st.
Please join us in Georgetown at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island internment compound.
Journalists at Guantanamo were subject to draconian security measures. Courtroom photography was banned. As a result, Hamlin's deft imagery provides the only visual record of these unparalleled proceedings. According to The New York Times, "When future historians search back in time to 'Camp Justice' and the rigidly controlled, tightly censored terrorist trials in Guantánamo, Cuba, they will likely linger over the vivid courtroom sketches of Janet Hamlin." The Stranger declares, "This is important."
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present The Cartoon Utopia, an exhibition and book signing with visionary cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. opening Saturday, January 11 with a festive reception for the artist. The show continues through February 5, 2014.
In The Cartoon Utopia, Regé examines religious, mystical, and spiritual philosophies employing an imaginative narrative construct. The subject ideally suits the artist’s intriguing rendering technique. In the words of cartoonist Chris Ware, Regé is "One of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only reinvent comics to suit his own idiosyncratic impulses and inspirations as an artist, but also to imbue it with his own peculiar, ever changing emotional energy. To me, he is unquestionably one of 'the greats.'"
The opening reception on Saturday, January 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, at the corner of Airport Way S. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Ron Regé, Jr.: The Cartoon Utopia
Artist reception and book signing Saturday, January 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day has rolled out the silver sponsor books so get your free comic book grabby hands ready! Hip Hop Family Tree Two-In-One by Ed Piskor is a full color delight that clocks in at 32 pages. It is the perfect introduction and bridge to Piskor's fun and crtitically acclaimed 5 volume book series. This full-color comic book offers 2 self contained stories form Hip Hop Family Tree Vols 1 & 2 as well as new guest pin-ups and content just for FCBD! Lovingly produced and designed in homage to Marvel Comic's beloved "Marvel Two-In-One". Make mine Hip Hop!
Well, frankly, these stories must be told every-damn-where! But, starting January 16th, 2014, the Rutgers-Camden’s Stedman Gallery will become a haven for artists displaying comix versions of their life stories through a marriage of drawings to text.
Such as Carol Tyler, who shares on her blog that some pages of original art, including a few from You'll Never Know, will be on display! (She also shares that "Mr. Compulsive Narrative himself Justin Green shares some original Binky Brown pages," adding, "that alone is worth the effort to go see this exhibit.")
Original pages will also be on display from Ellen Forney, Julie Doucet, David Small, Gilad Seliktar, and many, many more!
• Portland, OR: Don't miss a reading and signing with Jesse Reklaw at Floating World comics tonight! From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Reklaw will be signing copies of his graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite. (more info)
Friday, December 20th
• Chicago, IL: Lilli Carré debuts a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, part of the MCA's Chicago Works series, focusing on new work being made by emerging and established Chicago artists. She's created all new work for the show, including projected animation, works on paper, and a series of ceramic pieces. The show will be up through April 15th, but why wait? Go today! (more info)
• Mexico City, MX: Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd launch a stunning new art show, titled Challengers of the Unknown, atGuru Gallery Shop tonight! Come see Esther's glittered saucer paintings and collaged foil/pencil drawings. Mark will be exhibiting a group of new comic-inspired works, and debuting a limited edition zine with original drawings. (more info)
Hold on to your horses, the howling wolves of great comics and design are baying. We don't want to unseat you but find you some seats! On February 19th, Chip Kidd & Chris Ware will appear before your very eyes at Town Hall in Seattle. Part of the Litarary\Arts Series, the two will engage in a coloful conversation (maybe even a fight to the death?) starting at 7:30pm.
There is a signing afterwards and their books will be on sale for those of you not clutching a well-loved copy already. Buy your tickets now and make it a great holiday gift; be it Christmas, Boxing Day, Valentines or Darwin Day!
Chris Wareis an award-winning comic book artist and cartoonist, whose work includes the celebrated graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and most recently Building Stories.
Chip Kidd, associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, is a renowned graphic designer who recently released the book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and designed Tony Millionaire's Maakies treasuries. Seattle Arts and Lectures are excited to have these two artists talk with each other about the worlds of design and comics, as their conversation should make for a colorful evening.
Sponsored by Paper Hammer & Marquand Books, The Stranger's arts and performance quarterly, A&P, University Book Store.
¡Ay, caramba!Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd have a stunning new exhibit launching Friday, December 20th in Mexico City!
The show, Challengers of the Unknown, features Esther's glittered saucer paintings and collaged foil/pencil drawings. Mark will be exhibiting a group of new comic-inspired works, and debuting a limited edition zine with original drawings.
Guru Gallery Shop is located at Colima 143, La Roma, Mexico City. Check out the opening reception if you're lucky enough to be in town, or contact the gallery directly if you are interested in seeing additional images and/or making a purchase!
Guantanamo Courtroom Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore on December 28
Please join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island internment compound. Hamlin served as the media pool sketch artist, and was among a handful of journalists to bear witness to the military tribunals of accused terrorists and “enemy combatants.” Neither sentimental nor didactic, Hamlin’s evocative drawings provide a revealing look at this enigmatic episode of American jurisprudence.
Journalists at Guantanamo were subject to draconian security measures. Their living and working conditions were arduous. Courtroom photography was banned. As a result, Hamlin’s deft imagery provides the only visual record of these unparalleled proceedings. Her work was subject to approval by not only the military authorities but also the defendants themselves. Hamlin boldly persevered, and her chronicle of this unprecedented period of American history is captivating.
This inspiring artist will appear on December 28 at an informal reception and book signing event at Fantagraphics Bookstore, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown art community. We can’t wait to meet her.
Janet Hamlin book signing Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006 - 2013
Saturday, December 28, 6:00 to 8:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore 1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110 Open Daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM.
One of many highlights of the show is the cover painting for Jesse Reklaw's sublime graphic memoir Couch Tag. The artist will be present to sign copies of his amazing new book. Also on display is a suite of four drawings by Ellen Forney from her bestselling book Marbles as she contemplates the torment of Vincent Van Gogh. The show also features the debut of a significant new painting by Jim Woodring. We'll also have available the fanciful new collaboration between Woodring and Yo La Tengo including an animated video DVD and colorful soft vinyl figures. The perfect complement of art and music. Additional comix art, prints, and publications by Jeremy Eaton, Damon Gentry, and John Ohannesian make this an event not to be missed.
The party coincides with the holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack featuring adventurous visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.