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Massive presents: JIRAIYA in the U.S.A.
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham KolbeinseventsAnne Ishii 27 Feb 2015 12:29 PM
Jiraiya
This spring, bookstores will be tumescent with customers clamoring to get their hands on our shrinkwrapped and stacked copies of Massive. The editorial minds of gay manga Anne IshiiGraham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd hit the road for bookstores, conventions and various places along with visiting artists from Massive: JiraiyaHe's appearing on both coasts for a variety of events
 
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!
  
Massive
JIRAIYA MARCH TOUR
Los Angeles
March 17: ONE Archive, USC: Jiraiya talk + Q&A at 7pm
909 West Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles CA 90007

March 18: Secret Headquarters: talk + signing at 6pm
3817 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026

March 19: Tom of Finland Foundation talk and reception at 7pm
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles CA 90026 
 
San Francisco
March 20: California College of the Arts (San Francisco, moderated by Justin Hall): Talk/Q&A at 7:30pm
Writers Studio, 195 De Haro Street San Francisco, CA 94103

March 21: Books Inc. (SF, Market/Castro): signing + Q&A at 7pm
2275 Market St, San Francisco CA 94114

New York
March 24: Drink n' Draw at This and That (Brooklyn): short talk, live drawing party at bar at 8pm
108 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 
 
March 25th: Printed Matter: Talk and signing at 5pm
195 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011 

March 27: Bureau General Services, Queer Division (at the LGBT Center): talk and signing at 7pm
208 W 13th St, Second Floor New York NY 10011

March 28: SVA, Talk with Chip Kidd (NYC): ampitheater style live q&a, signing at 3pm
333 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011

March 28th: Opening Ceremony: Reception, Signing: (Time TBD)
35 Howard Street, New York NY 10013

Check out their store for more great products like shirts, hats, stickers and yes, portable buttholes.
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Los Angeles: Mark Todd at Gabba Gallery
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Mark ToddeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart showsart 27 Feb 2015 10:50 AM

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Saturday, February 28th

Los Angeles, CA - The Gabba 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. 

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Men's Health

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!

 

Cake 2015 Special Guests and more
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Zak SallyTom KaczynskiLucy KnisleyLilli CarréLane MilburnKevin HuizengaJulia GfrörerJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezeventsEd LuceDash ShawConor Stechschulte 26 Feb 2015 11:34 AM
Cake 2015
CAKE 2015 in Chicago sent out their final list of special guests and exhibiters today and we CANNOT wait! We are, as usual, blown away but the number of specials guests at conventions who have Fantagraphics books and comics out. Behold, ye mere mortals, for the wonders that have fallen from the pens of Eleanor DavisJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDash Shaw in addition to some exhibitors with new comics of their own like Lilli CarréJulia GfrörerZak SallyKevin HuizengaLane MilburnEd LuceLucy KnisleyConor StechschulteTom Kacynzski (as Uncivilized Press), and staffer RJ Casey (as Yeti Press). 
LandR 7 How to Be Happy
Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7th you can come into the Center on Halsted to pick up comics from your favorite cartoonists and publishers. The doors open at 11am and close at 6pm each day. 
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This Week in Fanta Events 2/25-2/28
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Jacques BoyreauGuy ColwellGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 25 Feb 2015 3:08 PM

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Wednesday, February 25th

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)

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Friday, February 27th

San Francisco, CA - But speaking of new comics, Inner City Romance is 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

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Saturday, February 28th

Portland, OR - 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 8 PM at Mother Foucault's Bookshop. Music and booze will acompany your romp through this psychotronic landscape of handpicked images that reflect base desire, culture, and iconography. In other words, things are going to get WEIRD. (More Details)

 

 

TCAF Special Guests include Eleanor Davis and Lucy Knisley
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy KnisleyeventsEleanor Davis 19 Feb 2015 2:10 PM
TCAF 2015
Toronto Comics Art Fest 2015 and Fantagraphics are elated to announce a few grand special guests, Eleanor Davis and Lucy Knisley. Eleanor's instant sell-out book How to Be Happy is now back in stock so Canada can finally grab some copies. Lucy will be celebrating her second travelogue with Fantagraphics, Displacement, which came out right on the heels of An Age of License
How to Be Happy Displacement
You can see just how crazy TCAF 2014 was in their timelapse video here (Fantagraphics table very right row [wo]manned by Jacq and Jen from 00:26-00:32 seconds) 

TCAF 2014 TimeLapse - The Toronto Comic Arts Festival from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo.

We look forward to seeing you this year and more guests to be announced sooooon.
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PORTLAND: SuperTrash signing
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jacques Boyreauevents 19 Feb 2015 1:11 PM
Supertrash
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!


Mark Fertig Film Noir Talk
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Mark Fertigeventsart shows 18 Feb 2015 1:59 PM
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You are cordially invited to a gallery talk with curator Mark FertigSaturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Exhibition of posters continues through March 2 - April 11, 2015 at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Permanent Collection at St. Lawrence University.
 
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. 

This Week in Fanta Events 2/18-2/21
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Robert WilliamsNoah Van SciverLucy Knisleyeventsart showsart 18 Feb 2015 1:19 AM

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Wednesday, February 18th

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)

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 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)

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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)

 

Kinokuniya welcomes MASSIVE with burly arms
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 17 Feb 2015 12:01 PM
Kinokuniya
We've mentioned it a time or two before but damn, if there isn't going to be an amazing good time at Kinokuniya next 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 editor Anne 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 Art so don't forget to bring your glasses! Come get a copy of this almost sold-out anthology and catch the fever!
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Kinokuniya
1073 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10018

Copenhagen: Drawing Hip Hop Live with Ed Piskor
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Piskorart 13 Feb 2015 3:50 PM

hip hop live

February 28th, 2015

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).