BLAB!: A Retrospective opens August 1, 2008 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on the campus of Kansas State University. The exhibition, organized by the Beach Museum of Art, will be on view through November 2, 2008. It is the first American museum exhibition devoted to the work of BLAB!, Monte Beauchamp's periodic anthology of sequential and comic art, illustration, painting, and printmaking. The exhibition, which focuses on BLAB! #8-18 (1995-2007), features the work of forty-six artists and includes 150 works of art from thirty-nine collections. All of the work in the exhibition has appeared in BLAB!.
Artists in the exhibition: Michael Bartalos, Gary Baseman, Richard Beards, Tim Biskup, Stéphane Blanquet, Calef Brown, Greg Clarke, The Clayton Brothers, Sue Coe, Don Colley, Brian Cronin, Nicolas Debon, Douglas Fraser, Charles Paul Freund, Drew Friedman, Geoffrey Grahn, Steven Guarnaccia, Ryan Heshka, Peter Hoey, Tom Huck, Teresa James, Jeffrey Kamberos, Nora Krug, Peter Kuper, Mark Landman, Laura Levine, MATS!? [Mats Stromberg], Walter Minus, Christian Northeast, John Pound, Archer Prewitt, Chris Pyle, Helge Reumann, Xavier Robel, Jonathon Rosen, Marc Rosenthal, Sergio Ruzzier, David Sandlin, Spain, Bob Staake, Fred Stonehouse, Mark Todd, Chris Ware, and Esther Pearl Watson.
The accompanying 128-page, full-color catalogue was designed by Monte Beauchamp and contains contributions by David A. Beronä, Mark Frauenfelder, Matt Dukes Jordan, and Bill North.
For more information, contact:
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art Kansas State University 701 Beach Lane (14th & Anderson Ave.) Manhattan, KS 66506 • 785-532-7718
Personal highlights: - Best Costume: the guy wearing a Green Lantern jersey with a Devo energy dome. - Best Celebrity Sighting at the Booth: Tom ("Spongebob") Kenny. I'm told that Tom Lennon and Ben Garant of Reno 911 also shopped, but I missed them. - Best Shopping Find: Jim Woodring's Pupshaw & Pushpaw book at the Picturebox table. - Best After-Hours Activity: there were several, but the winner is Friday night Chinese food and The X-Files movie (blast the critics, it's frickin' great). - Favorite Addition to the Yoda-Themed Con Sketchbook: all of them, but maybe especially Mary Woodring's (stay tuned for scans). - Biggest Disappointment: forgetting to ask for a Yoda sketch from Natalia Hernandez (who was wearing a Yoda backpack for crying out loud). Runner-up: wasting time in a hopeless line for the Venture Bros. panel. - Best Suggested Name for a Theoretical Off-Site "Alternative" Comic-Con: "Fuckin' C'mon-i-Con," suggested by our own Ajax Wood.
Big thanks to all of our lovely and wonderful artists who turned out (not to mention their lovely and wonderful families); bigger thanks to our hard-working, ass-kicking staff (Kim, Gary, Ajax, Kristy, Janice, Jason, and Zuniga at the Con, plus everyone back home, especially Eric, who still did all the heavy-lifting prep work); and biggest thanks to all the comics-loving fans, customers, and looky-lous who stopped by our booth. (Apologies if I'm forgetting anything or anybody — my brain overfloweth.) We're already looking forward to next year.
Here's a selected handful of photos; head here for 42 more (plus whatever we add over the next few days).
All times subject to change due to the whims of cartoonists and/or the vagaries of Comic-Con International, Interstate 5, and the airline industry.
6PM-8PM: Kim Deitch 8PM-9PM: Jim Woodring
12PM-1PM: Kim Deitch • Jon Vermilyea • Robert Goodin 1PM-2PM: Kim Deitch • Jon Vermilyea • Gilbert Hernandez • Natalia Hernandez 2PM-3PM: Gilbert Hernandez • Mario Hernandez • Natalia Hernandez 3PM-4PM: Paul Karasik • Blake Bell 4PM-5PM: Dan Nadel • Jordan Crane • Jim Woodring 5PM-6PM: Tim Lane • Jim Woodring 6PM-7PM: Tim Lane • Craig Yoe
2:00PM: Spotlight on Jim Woodring, Rm. 10 6:25PM: Independents panel with Jim Woodring, Rm. 26AB
11AM-12PM: Paul Karasik • Blake Bell • Dan Nadel • Kim Deitch 12PM-1PM: Kim Deitch • Tim Lane • Dash Shaw 1PM-2PM: Tim Hensley • Jon Vermilyea • Robert Goodin • Tim Lane 2PM-3PM: John Pham • Johnny Ryan • Jordan Crane 3PM-4PM: Jean Schulz • Gilbert Hernandez • Jaime Hernandez • Mario Hernandez • Natalia Hernandez 4PM-5PM: Gilbert Hernandez • Jaime Hernandez • Mario Hernandez 5PM-6PM: Zak Sally • Jim Woodring • Craig Yoe 6PM-7PM: Zak Sally • Jim Woodring • Dash Shaw
5:30PM: Spotlight on Kim Deitch, Rm. 10
10AM-11AM: Jim Woodring • Kim Deitch • Paul Karasik 11AM-12PM: Blake Bell • Craig Yoe • Kim Deitch 12PM-1PM: Jaime Hernandez • Gilbert Hernandez • Mario Hernandez • Natalia Hernandez 1PM-2PM: Jaime Hernandez • Gilbert Hernandez • Mario Hernandez • Natalia Hernandez 2PM-3PM: Dash Shaw • Johnny Ryan • Jon Vermilyea 3PM-4PM: Dash Shaw • Tim Lane • John Pham 4PM-5PM: Dame Darcy • Ted Stearn • John Pham • Tim Lane 5PM-6PM: Jordan Crane • Johnny Ryan • Zak Sally 6PM-7PM: Jim Woodring • Zak Sally • Dame Darcy
3:00PM: Spotlight on Al Jaffee, Rm. 8 3:00PM: Comic Art panel with Jaime Hernandez, Jordan Crane and Craig Yoe, Rm. 3 4:30PM: "The Story of an Image" panel with Kim Deitch & Jim Woodring, Rm. 4 4:45PM: "It's a Great Comic-Con, Charlie Brown" panel with Jeannie Schulz, Rm. 6A 5:30PM: "The World of Steve Ditko" Panel with Blake Bell, Kim Deitch & Gary Groth, Rm. 4 7:00PM: "In Search of Steve Ditko" documentary screening, Rm. 5AB
10AM-11AM: Blake Bell 11AM-12PM: Jim Woodring • Blake Bell • Kim Deitch 12PM-1PM: Jim Woodring • Kim Deitch • Ted Stearn • Dame Darcy 1PM-2PM: Jaime Hernandez • Jordan Crane • Zak Sally 2PM-3PM: Dash Shaw • Tim Lane • Jaime Hernandez 3PM-4PM: Dash Shaw • Jon Vermilyea • Robert Goodin
But wait!!! That's not all...
New Graphic Novels and Collections:
• Love & Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers • The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring • Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane • Sublife by John Pham • Deitch's Pictorama by Kim Deitch w/Seth & Simon Deitch • Ghost World: The Special Edition by Daniel Clowes • Mome Fall 2008 (Vol. 12) by various • Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard • Our Gang Vol. 3 by Walt Kelly
New Comic Books & Magazines:
• Meat Cake #17 by Dame Darcy • Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally • Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman • The Comics Journal #292 by various • Delphine #3 by Richard Sala • Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione • Interiorae #3 by Gabriella Giandelli
And don't miss these recent hits:
• Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw • Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell • Pocket Full of Rain by Jason • Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez • Jessica Farm by Josh Simmons
In addition to the above, we will also have over 400 other items available from our impressive backlist, as well as lots of freebies (The Comic Strip Masterpieces Tabloid!Our Free Comic Book Day comic I.G.N.A.T.Z.! Coupons! Catalogs! And more!) as well as t-shirts and other surprises.
Oh, one more thing. Some of you may have scrutinized the above list and asked "Who is Natalia Hernandez?" Natalia is the eight-year-old creator of The Adventures of Crystal Girl, the premiere issue of which will debut exclusively at the Fantagraphics tables and can be purchased from Natalia's Business Manager & Agent, Mr. Gilbert Hernandez, during the above-posted autographing times. This is my early pick for Book of the Con.
TOP: Photo by the Great Matt Silvie. Photo credit also by Matt Silvie.
AUGUST GETS HOT AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY WITH ZAK SALLY, DAVID B., AND DANIEL CLOWES!
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes three compelling cartoonists in August with appearances by artist/musician Zak Sally on August 2, French cartoonist David B. on August 15, and the incomparable Daniel Clowes on August 29. These talented artists further enhance the growing perception of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as one of our region’s most colorful and diverse cultural assets.
Zak Sally, a notorious Minneapolis-based musician and cartoonist will perform music and sign books on Saturday, August 2 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. A veteran of celebrated alternative rock band Low (recently featured at the Sub Pop 20 shindig), Sally is the creator of acclaimed comics Recidivist and Sammy the Mouse, as well as publisher of independent La Mano books. Sally’s work also appears regularly in Fantagraphics Books' highly regarded MOME anthology. This event will feature the debut of the second issue of his Sammy the Mouse comic book published on Fantagraphics Books' international Ignatz imprint. Sally will perform music with his associate Nate Denver and special guests. Denver is author of the amazing Wait, You're Not a Centaur book/CD, and performs with Nate Denver's Neck and Total Shutdown. The event will also offer the public an opportunity to preview the first U. S. exhibition of original art by French cartoonist David B.
Best known by his pseudonym David B., Peirre-François Beauchard is one of the prominent artists of the bande dessinée, a genre whose style and standing he has greatly advanced. The exhibition “My Story, My Stories” includes original art from his critically acclaimed comic memoir “l’Ascension du Haut Mal” (published in English as Epileptic), contributions to Fantagraphics Books’ MOME anthology, works from his Ignatz series Babel, and many pieces previously unpublished in the U. S. This exquisite exhibition runs from August 2 through August 25, 2008. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host a reception for this exceptional artist on Friday, August 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event is associated with "La Semaine de la Bande Dessinée - A Week Celebrating the French Graphic Novel," supported by Fantagraphics Books, the 4Culture King County Lodging Tax, the Alliance Française of Seattle and the Cultural Development Fund of the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA.
On Friday, August 29, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery proudly presents the return of Daniel Clowes. His appearance marks the premiere of Ghost World: The Special Edition. The second in a series of deluxe publications from Fantagraphics Books, this edition of the phenomenal graphic novel includes special features available for the first time. Ghost World first appeared in Clowes’ award-winning Eightball comic book series, and the feature film, directed by Terry Zwigoff, earned the pair an Academy Award™ nomination for Best Screenplay adaptation. This event will feature an exhibition of Clowes’ meticulously rendered original graphics related to the book, as well as a brief discussion of the artists’ cinematic approach to cartooning. Please join us on August 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM welcome this extraordinary artist.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S, Vale St. in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.
ZAK SALLY Book signing and music performance Saturday, August 2, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
DAVID B. My Story, My Stories Artist reception and book signing Friday, August 15, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Art exhibition August 2 - August 25, 2008
DANIEL CLOWES Ghost World: The Special Edition Artist reception and book signing Friday, August 29, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Art exhibition August 29 - October 7, 2008
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle 206.658.0110 www.fantagraphics.com Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM.
ZAK SALLY TOURS WEST COAST W/ BOOKS, GUITARS, ART & NATE DENVER
Zak Sally (the cartoonist behind Recidivist, Sammy the Mouse, and the guy behind La Mano books) and Nate Denver (of Nate Denver's Neck, Total Shutdown, and the amazing Wait, You're Not A Centaur book/CD) are going to hop in a car together with a couple guitars and boxes of fresh books, then drive like hell up the west coast, stopping only to PLAY SONGS AND SELL BOOKS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE IN L.A, SAN FRANCISCO, OLYMPIA, PORTLAND, AND SEATTLE.
THAT'S RIGHT: Zak will be attending the San Diego Comic Con (from Friday the 25th through Sunday the 27th of July), signing fresh-off-the-boat-from-Singapore copies of Sammy the Mouse #2 at the Fantagraphics Books booth. He'll also be selling La Mano books there and with his pals at Sparkplug Comics' table as well.
Following Comic-Con, Sally and Denver will begin the aforementioned tour:
Monday, July 28: Secret Headquarters, 3817 W. Sunset Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA.
Tuesday, July 29: Needles and Pens, 3253 16th st, SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
Thursday, July 31st: The Pony Club, 625 NW Everett St. #105, PORTLAND, OR.
Friday, August 1: Danger Room Comics, Columbia and Fourth, OLYMPIA, WA.
Each event will open doors at approximately 6:00PM, followed by solo musical performances by Sally and Denver beginning around 7:00PM, and ending with the artists signing books and answering questions from fans until everyone is satisfied.
Sally’s complete line of Fantagraphics and La Mano releases will be available along the way, as well as assorted posters, CDs, and other detritus.
Sick of hearing youself lament the good old days, when everything wasn't so boring and lame? Well Sally and Denver are coming to your town, so shut up and SHOW UP! It's going to be a blast. No sound system, no microphones, no nothin’; just like Pa Ingalls did it.