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TONIGHT: Deitch at the Strand
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 18 Sep 2008 9:30 AM

FANTAGRAPHICS AND THE STRAND BOOKSTORE PRESENT:
KIM DEITCH TALKS PICTORAMA AND MORE ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

Deitch's Pictorama

Veteran underground cartoonist Kim Deitch, creator of the acclaimed Fantagraphics collection Shadowland and the Pantheon graphic novels Alias the Cat and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, has recruited his entire cast of siblings to produce a unique, all-new "picto-fiction" pocket book.

Alternating between heavily illustrated near-comics stories and outright prose, Deitch's Pictorama is a testament to the entire Deitch family's amazing yarn-spinning abilities. Join Deitch at the Strand as he gives a power point presentation telling the story of how Deitch's Pictorama came about and showing pictorial highlights, including a dramatic reading of Deitch's story, "The Sunshine Girl," performed by Deitch and artist Pamela Butler. Deitch will also give an exclusive preview of his next graphic novel, to be published in 2009.

Can’t make this event? PRE-ORDER a SIGNED BOOK at strandbooks.com/calendar and WATCH the event LIVE on strandbooks.com/tv.

Listing Information

Who: Kim Deitch
What: Deitch's Pictorama Book Event
When: Thursday, September 18, 7:00PM
Where: The Strand Book Store
828 Broadway @ 12th Street, NYC
(212) 660-6643

For more information about upcoming events at Strand:
www.strandbooks.com/calendar






Arp art at SHQ
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsart showsAndrice Arp 12 Sep 2008 1:21 PM

Andrice Arp at Secret Headquarters

Mome contributor Andrice Arp has an art show opening at Secret Headquarters in L.A. on Friday Sept. 19. More info here.

Rebel Visions Sept. 17th in Philly
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert CrumbPatrick Rosenkranzevents 11 Sep 2008 9:52 PM

  

Patrick Rosenkranz, comix historian and the author of the comprehensive tome Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975, will give a lecture about R. Crumb's work and the trangressive movement that it helped define, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia next Wednesday, Sept. 17. The lecture is in conjunction with "R. Crumb's Underground," which opened last Friday and continues through Dec. 7 at the Institute of Contemporary Art (118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia) after previous stints in Seattle and California.

Rosenkranz will also appear at Robin's Bookstore in Center City at noon on Sept. 17th.

Robert Pollard Tour Starts Sept. 25
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under videoRobert Pollardevents 9 Sep 2008 10:18 AM

  

Later this month, the great Robert Pollard will head out on tour with his new band, Boston Spaceships (featuring former GBV bassist Chris Slusarenko and Decemberists drummer John Moen), to promote not one but two new albums, as well as his first book, our very own Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard. Pollard will have ToM for sale at each stop on the tour, so don't forget to hit that ATM on the way down to the show.

The tour kicks off Sept. 25th in Chincinnati. Don't miss it! 

 

  • Thu 9/25 Cincinnati OH - Midpoint Music Festival
  • Fri 9/26 Cleveland OH - Grog Shop
  • Sat 9/27 Washington DC - Black Cat
  • Mon 9/29 Philadelphia PA - Johnny Brendas
  • Tue 9/30 Boston MA - Paradise
  • Wed 10/1 New York City - Highline Ballroom
  • Fri 10/3 Ann Arbor MI - Blind Pig
  • Sat 10/4 Dayton OH - Dayton Music Festival
  • Mon 10/6 Chicago IL - Double Door
  • Tue 10/7 St Paul MN - Turf Club
  • Thu 10/9 Champaign IL - High Dive
  • Fri 10/10 St Louis MO - Bluebird
  • Sat 10/11 Memphis TN - Hi Tone
  • Tue 10/14 Austin TX- Parish
  • Wed 10/15 Dallas TX - The Loft
  • Fri 10/17 Atlanta GA - The Earl
  • Sat 10/18 Nashville TN- Mercy Lounge

Also, Pollard & Co. are sponsoring a contest to create the first official Boston Spaceships music video. There's a week left in the voting, go here to check out the finalists. Here's my favorite:


















BLAB! at Copro Nason Tomorrow Night!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsBlabart 5 Sep 2008 11:17 AM

THE 4th ANNUAL BLAB! SHOW
Saturday, September 6, 8:00-11:30 pm
OPENING RECEPTION: September 6th, 8:00-11:30 pm

Check out all the artwork HERE

Copro/Nason Gallery and Monte Beauchamp proudly present "THE BLAB! SHOW," the fourth Group Art Exhibition featuring original paintings and illustrations from the forthcoming issue of BLAB! magazine - Monte Beauchamp's periodic anthology of sequential and comic art, illustration, painting, and printmaking.

Artists include: SHAG, TRAVIS LOUIE, RYAN HESHKA, GARY BASEMAN, RON ENGLISH, LUKE CHEUH, GARY TAXALI, FRED STONEHOUSE, ANDY KEHOE, TRAVIS LAMPE, LAURA LEVINE, MARC BURCKHARDT, CJ PYLE, MARK TODD, TOM HUCK, and MANY MORE.

Don't Miss Out!!!! The show continues until September 27.

COPRO/NASON GALLERY (at Bergamot Station)
2525 Michigan Ave #T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404 




Georgetown Art Attack Is Back!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 4 Sep 2008 1:32 PM

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack

The public of all ages is once again invited to enjoy the unique pleasures of Seattle’s most colorful arts community during the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack on September 13. This lively celebration of Georgetown’s creative diversity involves up to 30 enterprises programming provocative visual and performing arts, dining, shopping and spontaneous entertainment.

Highlights of the Art Attack offensive on Saturday, September 13 include:
“Phono Graphics,” an exquisite exhibition by Seattle DJ and visual artist David Rauschenberg at Georgetown Tile Works. Rauschenberg combines his passion for art and music with portraits of musical legends etched on black vinyl and mounted on handcrafted turntables; An appearance by notorious New York cartoonist and illustrator Danny Hellman, together with local cartoonists D. J. Bryant, Dalton Webb, Pat Moriarity, Max Clotfelter, and Mark Campos for a book signing of the new “Typhon” anthology at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Hellman will present a multimedia cartoon performance and Moriarity will perform a short music set with his 10-year-old son Jack – as seen on Willie Nelson’s website; Georgetown Art Center presents a group show of seductive encaustic paintings, and All City Coffee hosts a delightful exhibition of neo-Pop paintings by Lucas Vidana; Open salons at the studios of independent Georgetown artists.

Summer's Last Beach Party flyer

The evening will conclude with “The Summer’s Last Beach Party” in honor of the artists, volunteers, and sponsors of last summer’s Artopia arts festival. Musical entertainment will be provided by the sensational sounds of the DEL LAGUNAS. This instrumental surf and garage combo boasts an impressive pedigree that marks the reunion of [former Fantagraphics staffer - Ed.] Tom Price and Chas Ryan of Seattle’s legendary U-Men. The Del Lagunas will be joined by Georgetown’s own DUBCAR performing a sensuous Caribbean blend of rock ‘n’ roll, old school reggae, funk and soul. Frothy surf films, fabulous music, sand, suds, sun and fun all located at the exotic environment of The Stables. The Georgetown Art Attack is a promotion of the Georgetown Merchants’ Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland, or Larry Reid.

Listing Information

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack
Saturday, September 13, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Art, music, and more at 30 locations throughout Georgetown business district.
www.georgetownartattack.com









A look back at La Semaine de la Bande Desinée
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDavid B 3 Sep 2008 1:49 PM

David B. signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 8/15/08

Cynthia Rose, co-curator of La Semaine de la Bande Desinée, presents this excellent summary website with information about the project and hundreds of photos from the events (Kim Thompson's presentation and David B.'s talks and appearances) by photographer Steve Sampson. (This image of Jim Woodring at the David B. signing is particularly unmissable.)

More Clowes photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 2 Sep 2008 1:29 PM

Our shutterbug pal Steve Sampson has a great set of photos from our Daniel Clowes signing last Friday; browse through thumbnails here or watch the slideshow below (slideshow link). Stay tuned in the near future for a link to Steve's great shots from last month's David B./Alliance Française events as well.

Kim Deitch at MoCCA Sept. 9
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 2 Sep 2008 8:54 AM

If you live near NYC, this is probably the best comics news you'll read all week:  

Major Retrospective of Work by Underground Cartoonist Kim Deitch Opens at MoCCA on September 12

Exhibition dates: September 9 – December 5, 2008
Opening Reception: September 12, 2008, 6 – 9 pm

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is pleased to announce a major retrospective of work by underground cartoonist and graphic novelist Kim Deitch (b. 1944), opening September 9th and running through December 5th, 2008.

Kim Deitch: A Retrospective will display original comics pages and other work covering the artist's entire career to date, beginning with full-page comic strips drawn for the East Village Other in 1967 up to recent graphic novels including The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Alias the Cat, Shadowland, and Deitch's Pictorama.  The exhibit will also feature rarely seen work including elaborate preparatory drawings, hand-colored originals, lithographs and other prints.

Kim Deitch was born in Los Angeles in 1944, the eldest son of Oscar-wining animator Gene Deitch (Tom Terrific, Munro).  Deitch studied at the Pratt Institute, traveled with the Norwegian Merchant Marines and worked at a mental institution before joining the burgeoning underground press in 1967. As an early contributor to the East Village Other and the editor of Gothic Blimp Works, Kim Deitch was among the first members of the underground comix scene that would explode with the 1968 publication of Robert Crumb's Zap #1.  Forty years later, he stands alongside Crumb, Bill Griffith, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Art Spiegelman as one the most notable and consistently prolific artists to emerge from that milieu.  In addition to his comic books and graphic novels, Deitch's work has appeared in such venues as RAW, Weirdo, Arcade, Details, the L.A. Weekly, McSweeney's, Nickelodeon Magazine, and The New Yorker.

"Kim Deitch's career spans the post-war history of avant-garde comics," said curator Bill Kartalopoulos.  "And throughout it he brilliantly weaves vast intergenerational narratives that enfold a deep history of American popular entertainment, from the past to the present and into the fantastic outer reaches of his meta-fictional universe.  Distinctions between fiction and reality blur in Deitch's work just as real madness bleeds into the visions and schemes of the artists, entertainers, and hustlers who populate his world.  The result is a rich narrative tapestry as compelling and breathtaking as Deitch's densely layered, tightly woven, and intricately detailed
black and white comics pages."

Deitch's body of work stretches outward from comics to embrace a spectrum of visual-narrative modes, including extra-textual single images and illustrated prose modeled after Victorian illustrated fiction.  His most recent book is Deitch's Pictorama, a collection of illustrated fiction produced in collaboration with brothers Seth and Simon Deitch. The exhibit will highlight Deitch's career-long experimentation with text/image modes.

MoCCA will publish an original poster and 1" button featuring Deitch's artwork in association with the exhibit.  The Museum will also host a series of talks and events related to the exhibit.  For more
information please visit: http://www.moccany.org

Please join us at MoCCA on September 12th to celebrate Kim Deitch; A Retrospective.  The artist will be present and refreshments will be served!".

Event: Kim Deitch: Opening Reception
      "Free and open to the public"
What: Opening
Host: Kim Deitch: A Retrospective
Start Time: Friday, September 12 at 6:00pm
End Time: Friday, September 12 at 9:00pm
Where: MoCCA: The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

























Clowes event photo-video-rama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoIvan BrunettiFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 2 Sep 2008 12:12 AM

Behold a host of images, moving and still, from Daniel Clowes' visit to Seattle this past weekend. First up, the opening of the Ghost World exhibit at the Fantagraphics Bookstore (click here if the slideshow doesn't appear below):

Here's a snippet of the Q&A with Gary Groth and Dan at the exhibit opening (video link):

And here's the "Comix Sub-Heroes" panel discussion with Dan and Adrian Tomine, moderated by Ivan Brunetti, at the Bumbershoot festival (slideshow link):

I'll let the images speak for themselves except to say that everybody and everything was delightful and wonderful. I've said this before, but it bears repeating: what a great month it's been to be a graphic novel fan in Seattle.