Please do note the PHOTO embargo: Jiraiya wishes to retain his anonymity and while he appreciates meeting fans, has a strict "no facial photography" rule. We ask that attendants respect his privacy. So take some shots of his hands drawing, get creative if you MUST document it!
JIRAIYA MARCH TOUR
Los Angeles March 17: ONE Archive, USC: Jiraiya talk + Q&A at 7pm 909 West Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles CA 90007
Los Angeles, CA - TheGabba Galley of Los Angeles is happily hosting "Curate This", a show with over 20 of L.A.'s most unique talents. Among them is Mark Todd, who is showing several new original paintings along side people like Steven Wolkoff, and Peggy Zask. Known for his work in Blab!, Mark Todd is also the inspiring co-creator of the hilariously informative, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? with the beloved Esther Pearl Watson, cartoonist of Unlovable. They've since colaborated on other comics where individually drawn characters battle each other on the same page.
Todd's crude cartooning style is a brought to life with humor in every inch of his work. Similarly his paintings have movement and life that is underscored by his ability to tell a story through expressions and brilliantly conceived imagery.
This currated show runs from Feb. 28th - March 14th, with a special opening reception kicking off the event this Saturday night (the 28th) from 7 - 11 pm. People to see, art to admire, and the perfect way to kick off your Saturday night!
New York, NY - It's new comics day! Though Massive, a beast of a comics anthology, isn't exactly new, it's exactly perfect. Making it even more perfect is your chance to pick it up at Kinokuniya NYC and meet editor Anne Ishii and designer Chip Kidd! They'll be giving a presentation and following it up with a Q&A session plus signing. There's no shortage of knowledge on gay manga at this event, and you'll be able to wow your friends with the knowledge that'll seep into your brain when you read Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. Tonight's presentaion starts at 6 PM, it's FREE, and goodies will be given away to the first 20 people. Don't miss it! (More Details)
Friday, February 27th
San Francisco, CA - But speaking of new comics, Inner City Romanceis brand spanking new today, and even has that fresh baby smell. Underground cartoonist, Guy Colwell, will be in conversation with Bob Levin at Pegasus Bookstore, giving history and context to the groundbreaking series that was forged through heartfelt observation and real experiences of Colwell's life on the streets of San Fran, and in prison. The book collects Inner City Romance in it's entirety, along with a text piece of Colwell's life and artistic journey. Get the word from the source this Friday at 7 PM, with a signing to follow. (More Details)
Portland, time to get high and then get low with the curated mess of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety by Jacques Boyreau. The book signing starts at 8pm sharp on Saturday February 28th, taking place at Mother Foucault's Bookshop (523 SE Morrison Street), the music by Matt Danger and a performance by Catherine Candor. Alcoholic refreshments are provided so all will have a good time. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book. Interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is Surrealism for the 21st century and you'll want a copy of this mega-slick-zine in your collection!
Film Noir 101 editor and curator Mart Fertig writes: Film noir flourished in Hollywood throughout the 1940s and 1950s, owing to a perfect storm of cultural, political, and industry-specific forces, including the disillusionment and pessimism lingering from the Great Depression; the popularity of hardboiled writers such as Hammett, Chandler, and Cain; the disconcerting wartime experience of the American fighting man and his difficulty readjusting to domestic life; a new generation of independent, professional, and dissatisfied women; the public's fascination with Freudian analysis; Cold War fears of the atomic bomb and perceived threats of domestic communism; the suspect veracity of the American Dream; and urbanization brought on by war production, followed by the rise of suburbia and runaway materialism.
Within the movie industry, additional circumstances fostered the development of film noir, including the deterioration of the studio system and an increased need for low-cost or "B" pictures; advances in film processing and portable camera equipment; a war-weakened production code; the demands of more sophisticated ticket-buyers; and most importantly, the arrival in Hollywood from ravaged Europe of a cohort of extraordinarily gifted but cynical filmmakers. The posters offer insight not only into Hollywood movie marketing techniques, but also into the gun-waving, cigarette-smoking, fedora-wearing, loot-grabbing, back-stabbing, car-crashing, legs-showing, bare-knuckled glorious iconography of the film noir style.
Exhibition curator Mark Fertig is associate professor of graphic design and chair of the art department at Susquehanna University. Eddie Muller is a novelist, filmmaker, historian, and Turner Classic Movies host.
Denver, CO - TONIGHT! Hang out at Kilgore Books with the hometown hero, Noah Van Sciver as he signs copies of his newest graphic novel, Saint Cole! A story that follows the every-day woes of feeling trapped; by your job, money, responsibilities, and loved ones. Experiences that almost everyone has felt as some point in their lives. How does our main character live with it? You'll have to pick up a copy to find out! This is the newest Fantagraphics release since Van Sciver's freshman novel, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a biographical look at one of America's most interesting historical figures, young Abraham Lincoln. Come to Kilgore from 6-8 PM to celebrate the work, the man, and comics! (More Details)
Chicago, IL - Also tonight! The second of Lucy Knisley's Fantagraphics release, Displacement, will bring her to Challenger's Comics in her current home of Chicago for a release party and all aroud good time! You may have first heard of Lucy through her NYT's Bestseller, Relish; but she has since put out the travelogue, An Age of License, and now Displacement. A heart warming, and often heart breaking story of Lucy as she accompanies her aging and ailing grandparents on a cruise, intersected with journal entries from her grandfather during his military service. A Q&A about the book, with a signing to follow, begins at 7 PM. Don't let subzero temperature bring you down Chicago, come out and party! (More Details)
Saturday, February 21st
Los Angeles, CA - Beginning today is the VIP opening to a new and extensive exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery called Slang Aesthetics! featuring over 20 new paintings by the premiere surrealist and underground artist, Robert Williams. Carefully curated by Andrew Hosner and Gary Pressman, this exceptional art showing is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz Magainze, founded by Williams himself. This portion of the exhibit will feature work by numerous contributors to Juxtapoz over the years. The exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 22nd, and will continue until April 19th, with additional programming throughout the exhibit's run, check out LA MAG for programming details, and the invitation only opening night. If you're local, or just passing through LA, do yourself a favor and see.this.show! (More Details)
We've mentioned it a time or two before but damn, if there isn't going to be an amazing good time at Kinokuniyanext week on Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm.
Rocking you day and night (mostly night) with Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It editorAnne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd, will be signing new copies (or the dog-eared one from your nightstand). Kinokuniya is straight-up an artist's dream:If you've never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true.
In addition, they'll be screening a new documentary about Ogizaki Masahiro's House of Gay Artso don't forget to bring your glasses! Come get a copy of this almost sold-out anthology and catch the fever!
Kinokuniya 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
Copenhagen, Denmark - Cities all over the world have vibrant hip hop scenes that are as diverse as the music itself, and Denmark is no exception. Unique to Denmark though is an extremely strong comics scene that incorporates the history and technique of graphic storytelling into their exceptional higher learning programs. Which is why it makes beautiful sense that a top tier cartoonist and hip hop historian, Ed Piskor will be teaching for several weeks at The Animation Workshop in their Graphic Storytelling BA program. He just finished the third volume of Hip Hop Family Tree, so there's no shortage of material and knowledge to be dropped on these young minds.
To finish up his Danish travels abroad, Piskor will roll out of town in stylish thunder with a live conversation and drawing battle with some of Denmarks heavyweight cartoonist talents. On February 28th, find yourself a spot on the Ideal Bar in downtown Copenhagen where local rapper, hip hop lecturer and writer, Peter Aagaard will interview Piskor in front of an audience. But wait, there's more! Stick around while DJ's crank up the beats and Piskor puts lines to paper against local talents Stine Spedsbjerg, Erik Petri, and Palle Schmidt, who you might recognize from his work on American comics like Thomas Alsop, and art for Ghostface Killah's 12 Reasons to Die.
A competition combination of hip hop and comics is hard to beat; catch up with your boy Ed Piskor on February 28th, from 6-10 pm (or 18:00 to 22:00 if you're telling time abroad).