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Fantagraphics at CAB 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneOlivier SchrauwenMarguerite Van CookLane MilburnJames RombergereventsDash ShawAnne Ishii 5 Nov 2014 1:51 PM
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Brooklyn, put on your wellies and cute little hats, it's time to saunter over to the Mt. Carmel Church for Comic Arts Brooklyn aka CAB! This year, taking place on Saturday, November 8th from 11am-7pm, with panels and talks on Sunday, November 9th. The Mt. Carmel Church is 275 N. 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Publisher Gary Groth will be expecting you.
 
Signing Schedule, Saturday November 8th
11am-12:00pm Dash Shaw
12:00-1pm Lane Milburn
1-2:30 Olivier Schrauwen
2:30-3:30 Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd
3:30-5:00pm Tim Lane
5:00-6:00 James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook  
6:00-7:00 Jonah Kinigstein
 
Meanwhile, on Sunday, November 9th, there are panels a plenty, talks and interviews at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211.) Tickets for the free programming are available here and there is always standing room.
 
Noon Charles Burns: Down the Black Hole
We'll enjoy a retrospective of Burns' work as an illustrator (Sub Pop, The Believer, The New Yorker) and as a cartoonist (Black Hole, Big Baby, RAW), with a focus on the recently released third book of his graphic novel trilogy, X'ed Out.

Burns will speak about his earliest influences and share some of his earliest work, including some childhood drawings. The discussion will advance through his posters and graphics, talk about the impetus for his massive masterpiece, "Black Hole," and land with an examination of the "X'ed Out" universe.

Burns will be interviewed by Paul Karasik, cartoonist and instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

1:00PM Tim Lane, Jim Rugg, and Ben Marra: Neo Noir
These three cartoonists love tough yeggs, mean streets, and femmes fatales. All three have recent work evoking smoky, double-crossing noir. Each creator will present and discuss his own gods of Noir through slides depicting specific works by artists whose work they admire.

Lane describes his work as addressing the "Great American Mythological Drama," and there is something mythic in the stature of all three of these artists, whose low-life characters carry themselves with the burden of sin on their shoulders. However, though they share a taste for long shadows and deceit, their work could not be more different.

Lane, Marra, and Rugg will be interviewed by Karen Green, Librarian of Ancient & Medieval History and Religion at Columbia's Butler Library.

Debuts
Follow along as Olivier's grandfather traveled to a remote colony to help build a utopia in the wilderness, fell in love with his cousin's wife, and then into delirium - but is it love or jungle virus-induced fever, reality or imagination? You'll come undone by Olivier's first full-length graphic novel: part-biography, part-surrealscape, all fantastic.  $34.99 Out in November 2014.
 
 
 
 
BumfBumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco
The acclaimed cartoonist returns to his underground roots, indulging his love of satire and cartooning in this free-wheeling one-man anthology that Sacco promises "will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do." $14.99 Out in stores now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cochlea EustachiaCochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit Cochlea & Eustachia appear to be twin human girls, but this has yet to be confirmed. Their actions seem to be motivated less by curiosity than boredom and an inclination towards purposeless destruction. This new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Squirrel Machine is lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect. $19.99 Out in stores December 2014 but pick up an advance at the Fantagraphics table at CAB. 
 
 
A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, ageism in America and her family's relationships and history. $19.99 In stores February 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Foolbert Funnies Foolbert Funnies by Frank Stack, edited by Kristy Valenti, intro by Bob Levin
A "best of the rest" tribute collecting Stack's work under his pseudonym, "Foolbert Sturgeon". Includes appearances by Dirty Diana, time traveler Frank Crankcase, Dr. Feelgood, and others. A tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years. $24.99 In stores December 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
Complete ZapThe Complete ZAP Comix by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson The most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever, finally collected. There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. We'll have one set for you to paw over. $500.00 In stores late December but pick up this ONE copy at CAB.
 
A generational autobiography written by legendary punk diva and award-winning poet Van Cook, adapted by artist Romberger. The journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense. $29.99 In stores November but pick up an advance copy and get it SIGNED at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
 
The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. $39.99 In stores now but pick up a copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MassiveMassive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It by various artists, edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kohlbeins, intro by Chip Kidd
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. $35.99 In stores late December but pick up this a copy at CAB.
 
 
 
 
 A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles. $24.99 In stores February but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
 
 
A creatively blocked cartoonist finds a mysterious old comic book and is thrown into a fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy. Horrocks's first new graphic novel since Hicksville. $29.99 In stores January but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
 
Four decades of deliberate DIY cartoon rebellion! Collecting some of the best mini comics ever produced by some of the most creative artists in the world (stats: artwork from over 50 artists in 848 pages of artwork, including the 8-page underground sex comic "Tijuana Bibles.") Cover by Esther Pearl Watson 29.99 In stores January but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
VaporVapor by Max 
Seeking an ascetic life in the desert away from today's noisy and noisome world, Nick is seduced by the spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of the procession of the Queen of Saba. A fantasia of delightful philosophical mind games. $24.99 In stores late November but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marathon II: A Short Run Art Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Josh SimmonsFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEd Piskorart shows 4 Nov 2014 9:31 AM

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, is pleased to present Marathon II, the second annual Short Run art show featuring Tom NeelyEd Piskor, Josh Porcellino, MariNaomiJosh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow. The exhibition and book signing on Friday, November 14 serves as a reception for participants and fans of the lively Short Run comix convention held the following day at Washington Hall in Seattle's Central District.

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The exhibition title references the daunting challenge of establishing a viable career in alternative comix. Marathon II showcases a diverse group of gifted artists that defied the odds. John Porcellino is one of the pioneers of the minicomics movement. His primitive King-Cat Comics, which debuted in 1989, document his determination to change perceptions of contemporary cartooning.  Porcellino will present his new graphic novel, The Hospital Suite. Tom Neely similarly struggled to fashion a livable income in self-publishing. His fortunes turned when he began producing Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, which follows the fictional romance of rock personalities Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. This modest minicomic series became a pop culture sensation, and has since been collected into a full-length graphic novel featuring Neely and other independent cartoonists, including fellow Los Angles artist MariNaomi, who will present her new collection Dragon's Breath at the event.

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Pittsburg's Ed Piskor collaborated with seminal self-publisher Harvey Pekar on American Splendor and other projects. He current series, Hip Hop Family Tree from Fantagraphics Books, follows early practitioners of the inner city idiom through their rise to international notoriety. Seattle-based artist Josh Simmons also self-published comix prior to his association with Fantagraphics Books. Pam Wishbow represents an emerging artist at the outset of her career.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and other participants in the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Friday, November 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

Marathon II: A Short Run Art Show featuring Tom Neely, Ed Piskor, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow.

Opening reception Friday, November 14, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Exhibition continues through December 10, 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

 

Ed Piskor Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 3 Nov 2014 5:45 PM
Hip Hop Famliy Tree

West Coast represent! Ed Piskor, cartoonist behind the NY Times Best Seller Hip Hop Family Tree series is heading down the BEST COAST this November. Catch him and his newest graphic novel, Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2, at these locations! More details on the FLOG coming up, hot and fresh.

11/8Jet City Comic Con - Tacoma, WA.

11/9Vancouver Comic Con - Vancouver, Canada.

11/12: Wild Style at Scarecrow Video - Seattle, WA.

11/14Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery - Seattle, WA.

11/15Short Run - Seattle, WA.

11/16Bridge City Comics - Portland, OR.

11/18The Meltdown - Los Angeles, CA

11/20City Lights - San Francisco, CA

11/22Miami Book Fair - Miami, FL

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Ed Piskor presents Wild Style at Scarecrow Video
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 3 Nov 2014 1:43 PM

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Wednesday, November 12th

Seattle, WA - In conjuction with our favorite video store non-profit, Scarecrow Video, Fantagraphics is pleased to host an in-store screening of the film, Wild Style, with an intro and signing to follow with Hip Hop Family Tree cartoonist, Ed Piskor

Wild Style was first released in 1983 and featured the hottest graffiti artists of the day. Not only that, it captured a perfect snapshot of Hip-Hop culture of New York City in the early '80s. Breakdancing, freestyle, scratching by Grandmaster Flash, and of course some of the most classic and notorious graffiti artists and their work.

And in the 2000's, Ed Piskor has been able to illustrate these moments and more in his New York Times Graphic Bestseller series, Hip Hop Family Tree. Engaging, funny, historical speak to HHFT and Wild Style, making their pairing at Scarecrow Video all the more perfect. 

Put down the can of spray paint for a few hours, and join us for a night of art, friends, and a little boom bap. Screening begins at 7 PM!

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Scarecrow Video: 5030 Roosevelt Way NE

ATLANTA: Drew Weing + Eleanor Davis signing at Criminal Records
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor DavisDrew Weing 3 Nov 2014 1:30 PM
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The time is nigh to get your sea legs so strap on your cutlass and step aboard the good ship Criminal Records this coming Saturday, November 8th. Nefarious outlaw among the waves, Drew Weing will be signing and sketching in copies of his freshly reprinted graphic novel, Set to Sea. This rollicking adventure and ballad follows the life of an aspiring poet (and big lug) as he is shanghaied aboard a ship bound for Hong Kong, changing his notions on the romantic sea life. Weing will also give a small presentation about life under the stars and above the murky depths.
Set to Sea   How to Be Happy
But what's this? The fine and true, Eleanor Davis, has stowed away aboard Criming Records and the penalty for such crimes is signing copies of her NY Times Best Seller, How to Be Happy! This collection of tales twists and turns about all genres with gorgeous full-color dystopians to two color fairy tales.

Come to Criminal Records at 3pm on Saturday, November 8th lest we find ya and hogtie you. 
 
Criminal Records 
1154 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307 
http://www.criminalatl.com/ 


Pat Thomas at George Washington University
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 2 Nov 2014 12:09 PM

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Tuesday, November 10th

Washington D.C. - The Multicultural Student Services Center at George Washington University is hosting acclaimed journalist, music producer, and author, Pat Thomas. His premier book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, is an interdiciplinary and multi-sensory look at the music, and sociopolitical atmosphere of the times that helped influence the creation of the Black Power movement. 

To compliment this inspiring book, Pat Thomas is presenting a multi-media presentation that combines music, images, and spoken word recordings to present a bizarre and engaging connection between the Partridge Family and the Black Panther Party; Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver; Amiri Baraka and Mowtown; and Bob Dyland and George Jackson. 

Free and open to the public, this presentation takes place from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Multicultural Student Services Center on campus, room 209.

 

Comica Festival with Carol Swain
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsCarol Swain 31 Oct 2014 12:10 PM
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From October 20th and until November 19th, Comica Festival 2014, the 11th London International Comics Festival, presents conversations, exhibitions, workshops, launches and the unmissable, free-entry Comica Scarycat Comiket, the Independent Comics Market, and Transitions Conference, plus numerous satellite events across the capital. One of those events will feature the amazing Carol Swain. ‘What Makes A Cult Comic?' talk with Rob Davis, Ilya, Paul Rainey & Carol Swain is next Friday November 7th, 2014 7-8:30pm at Foyles Bookshop, watch these creative minds dig into some deep comic topics. "Not all comics are corporate global franchises spun off into endless merchandise and movies. Some of the very best comics are cult comics, defined as 'honest, heartfelt, homemade' by Ilya, editor of The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics, launching tonight. Ilya joins three other leading graphic novelists to discuss their work and its place in comics culture."

Tickets are 5-8 pounds and you can purchase them here! Discussion hosted by expert and critic Andy Oliver, writer of the ‘Small Pressganged' columns on the Broken Frontier. 
 
The Auditorium, Level 6
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road
WC2H 0DT
London 
 





This Week in Fantagraphics Events 10/29-11/2
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Tim LanePat ThomasJacques Boyreaueventsart 29 Oct 2014 12:09 PM

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Wednesday, October 29th

the crow
 
Friday, October 31st
  • Seattle, WA: The spirit of Brandon Lee, our son of the sound, has flown home to the Northwest Film Forum this week as they present 3 nights of the best comic book film adaptation, The Crow. Presented in conjuction with the release SUPERTRASH by Jacques Boyreau, he will be presenting a special video introduction of The Crow, as well as a preview of SUPERTRASH. This is the film's 20th Anniversary, so you must go to the NWFF if you want to see Eric Draven live! (More Details)
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Saturday, November 1st
  • St. Louis, MO: Meet the man behind the American mythological drama. Artist and thinker, Tim Lane, will be giving a presentation worthy of the history in his hometown. Lane's new sweeping drama, The Lonesome Go takes you across a vast landscape with dynamic characters and settings. To illustrate this further, Lane is inviting musicans and singers  to record themselves and weave their personal sound into a tapestry of life. Event kicks off at 7 PM. (More Details)  
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Sunday, November 2nd

 

SEATTLE: SuperTrash at Elliott Bay Book Company
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jacques Boyreauevents 28 Oct 2014 5:50 PM
Supertrash 
On Sunday, November 2nd, join the punk illiterati and connoisseurs of low art for a book signing with Jacques Boyreau at Elliott Bay Book Company. Boyreau's new book, SuperTrash celebrates the vague, fuzzy line between high art and lowly trash. Would a Picasso by any other name look as sweet? Boyreau will give you a lesson in taxonomy and a tour through his curation of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century AnxietyPart psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book: interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is surrealism for the 21st century.
 
So head on over to Elliott Bay Book Company at 3pm this Sunday (1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA) for an afternoon you'll never forget!
 
In addition the Northwest Film Forum presents three screenings of THE CROW on October 29, 30, and 31, at 8pm., in celebration of the SuperTrash release with a video presentation on Halloween night featuring a SuperTrash trailer. Filled with enthusiastic performances, anguished romance, and unchecked sadism, The Crow is a Baudelairian graphic poem about toilsome "undyingness." 

SuperTrash
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 




ST. LOUIS: Tim Lane at Star Clipper
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Laneevents 28 Oct 2014 12:16 PM
The Lonesome Go
Tim Lane, master of the intense and dense comics page is back at his hometown store for a book signing this Saturday, November 1st at 7pm. Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering - both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. Star Clipper in St. Louis is the place to be to meet the man behind the myth. 
 
Feel like singing in the great "Jackie's Blues" experiment? Every town Lane visits he invites musicians and singers to record themselves. Lane is documenting the folksy sounds of ordinary and extrodinary people even in the midst of the heady technological age and you could be a part of it.  
 
Hop a train, throw out a thumb on the highway or break into those new-to-you shoes to get to Star Clipper. 
The Lonesome Go  
Star Clipper
6392 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO