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Tonight: Jaime Hernandez at Meltdown
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jaime Hernandezevents 24 Apr 2014 2:36 PM
Meltdown
Don't forget! Tonight at  Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles Love and Rockets' Jaime Hernandez will be on a 7pm panel at Meltdown Comics with fellow cartoonists and animators Pendleton Ward, Bryan Lee O'Malley and Thompas Herpich. They will be interviewed by Inkstuds radio show host, Robin McConnell and cartoonist, Brandon Graham in what will be a packed room. After the panel, Jaime will be signing books INCLUDING the newest collection The Love Bunglers

There will be free tickets available at the door so you can still go loiter and hope to meet one of the cartoonists. It will also be broadcasted LIVE via MeltdownTV here. Pick up a copy of The Love Bunglers too, it's absolutely drool-worthy. Let's have a party!Jaime Hernandez


Robert Pollard in Group Art Show in Phoenix, AZ!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Robert Pollardeventsart shows 23 Apr 2014 9:13 AM

We're thrilled to see Robert Pollard is still at it!

We don't mean his band, Guided By Voices -- the indie rock veterans released seven albums just last year, and have at least five new releases planned for 2014... No, we're thrilled to see that among touring and recording, he's still making his gorgeous collage-based artwork, as featured in our 2008 collection Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard!

A few of his pieces are being featured in the exhibit, Chimerical, now on view at the Modified Arts gallery in Phoenix, Arizona -- this group art show is on view through May 10th, with a closing reception on Friday, May 2nd, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Modified Arts is located at 407 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, AZ.

From the Borscht Belt to Seinfeld to Drew Friedman!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew Friedmanart shows 22 Apr 2014 9:13 AM

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC

This Thursday, April 24th, the Society of Illustrators will host an evening so fun you're sure to plotz!

Get off your tuches and catch the panel discussion From the Borscht Belt to Seinfeld: The Evolution of Jewish American Comedy, and learn more about how Jewish humor grew out of Yiddish culture, defined New York City's character in the early 20th century, and filtered into our American culture, literature, art, film and television from the 1950's to the present.

The event runs from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Panelists include our own Drew Friedman, who will be joined by Edward Portnoy, Ph.D, Yiddish language, literature and theater expert who will serve as moderator; Larry Storch, renowned vaudeville, film and TV comedian; Bill Persky, legendary TV sitcom writer; and Tom Leopold, contemporary sketch comedy writer.
 
A question-and-answer session will follow the panelists' presentations. Shmooze with Drew and Larry afterwards as they sign copies of the Old Jewish Comedians trilogy and limited edition exhibit poster!

Tickets are on sale now for the mishegas! The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. If you can't make it Thursday night, you still have time to catch the exhibition, Drew Friedman's Old Jewish Comedians, through May 3, 2014.

Celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday at Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Apr 2014 1:04 PM

Record_Store_Day

Music lovers everywhere support their local independent record retailers on Record Store Day this Saturday. In recognition of the pivotal role played by record shops in the music industry, many labels release special limited edition recordings and merchandise, attracting throngs of shoppers to their neighborhood stores.

RSD_Georgetown

The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy teams with Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore to commemorate Record Store Day with Grammy Breakout Sessions: Vinyl Vault. This fascinating program features two of Seattle's most prominent musician/producers, Jack Endino and Steve Fisk, playing records and discussing their creative process. Endino is widely credited with engineering the "Seattle Sound" that influenced generations of musicians. In addition to performing with countless bands, he has produced records by groups like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, and The Sonics. Fisk has worked with eclectic acts like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Joan Osborne, Beat Happening, Low, Reggie Watts, Tangerine Dream, and many more, as well as playing keyboards with Pigeonhed and Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? Both of these artists have been closely affiliated with Seattle's storied Sub Pop Records, so it's fitting they will be joined by label founder Bruce Pavitt spinning records throughout the evening.

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The festivities begin at 6:30 PM on April 19 at Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Arrive early to peruse the record bins, and maybe pick up a signed copy of Pavitt's wonderful memoir Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989. Wherever you are, go out and support your local record store on Saturday.

Cake Frame 2 show this Sunday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeeventsartistsart 16 Apr 2014 11:44 AM

Cake Frame 2
Preparing for next month's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo aka CAKE, the organizers have an excellently curated art auction on Sunday, April 20th! CAKE FRAME 2: Live Art Auction and Brain Frame Comics Performance Event directly benefits CAKE. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.

Artwork up for auction included works by Ivan Brunetti, Lane Milburn, Chris Ware, David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Neil Brideau, Danielle Chenette, Anya Davidson, Jo Dery, Nick Drnaso, Krystal DiFronzo, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Edie Fake, Rebecca Mir Grady, Steve Krakow, Bret Koontz,,Brett Manning, Ben Marcus, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Peanut Gallery, Onsmith, Otto Splotch, Grant Reynolds, Keiler Roberts, Brad Rohloff, Jeremy Tinder, Leslie Weibeler, and Jeff Zwirek!

$20 donator will be entered into raffle for special prize! The evening will also include a wide variety of comics performances by Brain Frame alums Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert. There will be live drawing by Jenna Caravello and live music by El Is A Sound Of Joy. Brain Frame founder Lyra Hill will host the evening as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.

The pertinant deets:
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:30pm
April 20 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608
$5 - $20 sliding scale entry




Linework NW 2014 Photo Album
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia GfrörerJim Woodringevents 14 Apr 2014 5:25 PM

Linework
Linework NW was this weekend and yes, yes, yes fantastic. And if you're wondering where photos are of the two dudes in charge, François Vigneault and Zack Soto, they just never stopped moving long enough to photograph! (Photo above by official Linework NW photographer, Caroline Smith)

At the Opening Party (at Reading Frenzy) Ed Luce tells Edie Fake a secret.
Edie and Ed
The back gallery held a lot of gorgeous Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge art.
Woodring
Shannon O'Leary (of Publisher's Weekly and the Big Feminist But) finally meets cartoonist Annie Murphy, who is also in No Straight Lines.Hugs
Sam Alden sees his first comic 'with a spine'! Haunter from Study Group 12 (currently available via their Kickstarter)Sam Alden
Party people (who would soon be my captives during dinner): Jonas Madden-Connor, Caity and Danithan Meija of Foxing Quarterly, red-headed Anna Pederson (our former Fanta-intern-turned-warehouse muscle), and colorist Ryan Hill. (photo by fest staff, Sam Marx)Yes
It was absolutely packed! (photo by fest organizer, François Vigneault)Linework NW
We popped by Bridge City Comics down the street. Guess which New York Times Best Selling author & cartoonist will be signing there for his second Fantagraphics book this November?
Bridge City Comics
Our sweet set-up.The table
Father-daughter comic shopping is pretty cute. Chris Roberson and Georgia find their fun in the classics like the brand-spankin' new Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn and Batter Up, Charlie Brown.
Chris and Georgia
Linework NW staffer Sam Marx grabs the yet-to-be-released-in-stores, Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge. The collected Hate comics are the first ones Marx read as a kid, you can get them in print or read them digitally via comiXology (the first issue is free for a limited time!).
Sam Marx
Julia Gfrörer returned to Portland to sell the last few copies of Black is the Color, here she's on a panel with the fantastic Tom Neely and Farel Dalrymple. (Photo by Caroline Smith)
Julia
Special guest and Fantagraphics' cartoonist Jim Woodring's line just WOULDN'T QUIT the whole show.
Jim Woodring's line
Woodring also brought his huge nib and Linework NW had a little fundraiser for anyone who wanted to try to draw with it. Did you know he has to BOIL the dried ink off the nib? And here I was just using some Windex like a chump. (photo by Caroline Smith)
Nib
Diana Schutz, Dark Horse editor, stepped behind our booth for a minute to hawk our wares (she's a fan of the classics) and then ran into Shawna Gore and her half-clone.
Shawna and Diana
A whole lotta Seattle people came down to Portland for the show like this line of dudes: Nate, Dave, Gavin and Dean. Kinda in love with their candid, posed, candid, posed pose (unrehearsed but I think this isn't their first rodeo).
Dudes
One of Jacob Covey's schoolmates came by the booth to 'WOW, HOLY SHIT look at this DESIGN' on Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury. Ladies of the press, Allison Baker (Comic Book Resources) and Shannon O'Leary (Publishers Weekly) came by for a squeeze.
friends
Austin's best new micropublisher, Foxing Quarterly, hangs tough with some beautiful issues with art direction by Jim Rugg and a cat print by Dash Shaw.Foxing Quarterly
Sloane Leong and some manga fans drooled over Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano. A few people mourned the fact they had bought the book from Amazon and were waiting on it instead of buying from us directly, "I could be reading it right now!"Linework NW
Craig Thompson just had to come by and visit with Jim Woodring for a bit (in case, you know, anyone he was eating dinner with that night wondered why he was late).
Craig Thompson and Jim Woodring
And finally, one of my favorite reoccuring con sightings are the young kids that read Johnny Ryan. Like, DEVOUR it. His mother was unfazed by any phallic or vaginal imagery in it. Parents, am I right?!Johnny Ryan kiddo
Johnny Ryan fanatic
The show was non-stop. It was a tad hot since we were in the back but such fun to engage with fans of Fantagraphics' cartoonists and books in general.
Norse Hall
Norse Hall was beautiful and I'm already sad that Linework NW will probably move somewhere larger next year but Zack Soto and François Vigneault know aesthetics.
Norse Hall
The after-party at Em Space Book Arts Center was slammin' with pizza, beer and so many letter presses - I was honestly a little apprehensive with amount of food around the equipment but everyone was pretty respectful. Portland State University Vanguard reporter, Andrew, gets the low-down on the show from Danithan and Caity of Foxing Quarterly.
Linework Afterparty
Anna helped out at the table for a good chunk of the day and Seattle cartoonist Damon Gentry offered his food-getting services countless times. Thanks for having us and being so darn sweet to us, Portland. Fantagraphics will be back!
Anna, Damon and Jen

 









































Barracuda Takes a Bite Outta Manhattan
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kipp Friedmanevents 14 Apr 2014 2:26 PM

Barracuda in the Attic
Author at large, Kipp Friedman will be appearing at TWO of our favorite literary hotspots in New York next month. Whether shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kipp Friedman led a colorful childhood. The youngest son of celebrated writer and satirist Bruce Jay Friedman, Kipp looks back fondly on the amusing and sometimes confusing events and encounters that helped shape his early life in this moving tribute to growing up among a family of creative artists - swept up in the whirlwind of the New York arts scene of the 1960s and '70s.

First on Friday, May 23rd at 7pm, you can hear him read a section from his laugh-out-loud funny memoir about growing up in a celebrity family, Barracuda in the Attic, at WORD in Brooklyn. Got plans that night? Never fear, for on Saturday, May 24th he'll be at the KGB Bar in the Lower East Side having a Q&A with author and friend Jay Ruttenberg (of The Lowbrow Reader). After each event, Friedman is happy to sign your copy of Barracuda in the Attic. See you in the Big Apple!

"A detail-rich account of an unfathomably awesome childhood in the epicenter of 1960s - 1970s New York culture, and further evidence of the magnificence of the Friedman genes." - Daniel Clowes 

WORD
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

KGB Bar
84th E. 4th Street
New York City, NY 10003

Word




Miss Lasko-Gross at the Asbury Park Comicon Carousel!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Miss Lasko-Grossevents 10 Apr 2014 1:13 PM

Headin' to the Asbury Park Comicon this coming Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th?

As we mentioned back in March, our own Peter Bagge, Bob Fingerman, Charles Forsman, and Miss Lasko-Gross will be special guests this year!

And we're also happy to share that Miss will be part of a special edition of R. Sikoryak's celebrated Carousel series! Get ready for laughs on Saturday, April 12th at 5:00 PM. Miss will be reading alongside Dean Haspiel, Danny Hellman, Seth Kushner & Christa Cassano, Kriota Willberg, and, of course, host R. Sikoryak!

Carousel will be held in the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel [ 1401 Ocean Blvd ], in the lower level of the east side (ocean side) of the first floor in Room F. (Hotel staff refer to it as "The Steinbach Room.")

Fantagraphics at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ulli LusteventsAnders Nilsen 10 Apr 2014 9:13 AM

Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your LIfe The End

As we mentioned back in February, Fantagraphics has not one, but two, books nominated in the Graphic Novel/Comics category of the 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes!

This Friday, April 11th, the winner will be awarded in a sold out event. Is it corny to say they're already winners to us? 'Cause it's true!

Depending on how things go, you can stop by the Festival of Books on Saturday, April 12th to either congratulate or console Anders Nilsen, who will be in town to participate in the panel "Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel" at noon, alongside fellow artists Mimi Pond, Ben Katchor and Vanessa Davis. The panel will be held in the Seeley G. Mudd. Auditorium, Room 123.

Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel - See more at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/fob-schedule/#sthash.WE0PLtRj.dpuf

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held at the University of Southern California campus, with the award ceremony to be held in the Bovard Auditorium [ 3551 Trousdale Parkway ]. Admission is FREE, and the festival is open to the public.

Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Seattle Cartoonists Featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 10 Apr 2014 1:09 AM

Intruder 10 postcard

The Intruder cartoonist collective is at the forefront of Seattle’s flourishing comix community. On Saturday, April 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of the 10th issue of the Intruder anthology ("The flagship anthology of Seattle's comics boom" – The Stranger) with a lively party including an art exhibition, music performance, and book signing.

The Intruder is a free quarterly tabloid featuring an eclectic group of contributors from the fields of comix, illustration, fine art, and graphic design. Issue #10 includes the work of Max Clotfelter, Aidan Fitzgerald, Billis Helg, Ben Horak, Tim Miller, John Ohannesian, Marc Palm, Darin Shuler, James Stanton, Tom Van Deusen, and more. In addition to the debut of the latest Intruder, original art, prints, and handcrafted books by these artists and others will on display at the bookstore though May 7.

The Intruder reception will be preceded from 4:00 to 6:00 PM by Michael O’Driscoll presenting his new self-published comic, Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom. At 7:00 PM, Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore welcome a musical performance by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson. Goldston is Stranger Genius honoree who has performed with countless bands, including new Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductees Nirvana. Lori and Kyle will perform songs from their recently released album. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging contemporary art presentations throughout the historic district (including an arty Easter egg hunt.)

Georgetown Art Attack

Fantagraphics Bookstore 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. See you all soon.

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