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Hajdu at Town Hall / Crumb at the Frye
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Robert Crumbevents 14 Apr 2008 12:39 PM

Please join us this Thursday, April 17 in welcoming David Hajdu to Seattle. A longtime friend of Fantagraphics, Hajdu is the author of The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America, which examines the hysteria surrounding the popularity of comics in the Cold War era. Hajdu is music critic for the New Republic and author of Positively 4th Street. He’ll be speaking on the subject of “Outsiders in the Panels” at 7:30 at Town Hall, 1119 Eight Avenue in Seattle. Tickets are $8 ($6 students), available at www.nextbook.org.

Also this Thursday evening at 7:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery’s resident curator Larry Reid will speak at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue in Seattle. Reid will present a slide lecture on the topic “WEIRDOS: Seattle’s Alternative Comics Culture in the Context of R. Crumb’s Underground.” If you have yet to see the phenomenal Crumb exhibition at the Frye, this represents one of the last opportunities to view this comprehensive collection and explore Crumb’s considerable influence on comics in the Northwest. Admission is free. Reid assures us that you’ll get your money’s worth. More info at 206.622.9250.

And don’t miss Drew Friedman’s amazing exhibition “The Fun Never Stops!” continuing through May 6 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St. in Seattle.

Hope to see you all soon.

Spring Cleaning Sale extended! Plus event photos!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 14 Apr 2008 11:04 AM

By popular demand, we are extending our massive blowout Spring Cleaning Sale at our storefront through Wednesday, April 16! There are still some choice goodies to be had, so if you couldn't make it over the weekend, you still have a few more days to get in on the fun.

Speaking of fun, Saturday's event at the store was a blast! Here's video of happy shoppers, with audio from Martin Bland's "Randomized Control Trials":

Man of the hour Martin Bland, right, with Jason Miles:

Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials/Spring Cleaning Sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore, 04/12/08

Below, Dutch artist Femke Hiemstra with Roq La Rue gallery owner Kirsten Anderson. We will be publishing Hiemstra's work in the Beasts 2 anthology (Jacob Flogged her piece back in January) and in her own solo book, Rock Candy. Her work is currently on exhibit at Roq La Rue, through May 3rd:

Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials/Spring Cleaning Sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore, 04/12/08

More photos here.

A bountiful blowout bonanza of bargain books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 11 Apr 2008 11:18 PM

As if the promise of half-price books at our giant scratch-and-dent Spring Cleaning Sale all this weekend at our storefront weren't enticement enough on its own, feast your eyes on this spread:

Fantagraphics Bookstore Spring Cleaning Sale, 4/11-4/13/08

Fantagraphics Bookstore Spring Cleaning Sale, 4/11-4/13/08

Fantagraphics Bookstore Spring Cleaning Sale, 4/11-4/13/08

Video? Why not!

Selection is still good, so come on down!

Sale now! Martin Bland tomorrow! MP3s!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under flogcastFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsaudio 11 Apr 2008 1:33 PM

The blowout Spring Cleaning Sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, with 50% off hundreds of scratch-and-dent books, is going on RIGHT NOW -- hustle on down for the best selection. Then, head on back tomorrow night from 6-9 for Martin Bland's "Randomized Control Trials" sound installation. For a taste of what to expect, download this MP3 of the aptly-titled "The Explainer":

Martin Bland - "The Explainer" (1.87 MB MP3)

We also have an EXCLUSIVE Martin Bland composition entitled "Warehouse" and featuring, you guessed it, the sounds of the Fantagraphics warehouse:

Martin Bland - "Warehouse" (4.42 MB MP3)

Fanta attends NY Comicon next weekend!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 10 Apr 2008 2:52 PM

New York Comic Con logo

FANTAGRAPHICS NEW YORK COMICON SIGNING SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY:

3 - 5PM: DASH SHAW (The Bottomless Belly Button, Mome)

SATURDAY:

11AM - 1PM: CRAIG YOE (Arf!)

1 - 3PM: PAUL KARASIK (I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!)

1 - 3PM: MICHAEL KUPPERMAN (Tales Designed to Thrizzle)

3 - 5PM: MISS LASKO-GROSS (Escape from "Special")

3 - 5PM: DASH SHAW (The Bottomless Belly Button, Mome)

SUNDAY:

11AM - 1PM: LEAH HAYES (Funeral of the Heart)

11AM - 1PM: DASH SHAW (The Bottomless Belly Button, Mome)

1 - 2:30PM: KIM DEITCH (Shadowland, The Stuff of Dreams)

1 - 3PM: GLENN HEAD (Hotwire Comix)

1 - 3PM: CRAIG YOE (Arf!)

3 - 4PM: LEAH HAYES (Funeral of the Heart)

3 - 5PM: MISS LASKO- GROSS (Escape from "Special")

4 - 5PM: KIM DEITCH (Shadowland, The Stuff of Dreams)

New York Comic Con, taking place April 18-20 at the Javits Center in New York City, is the East Coast's biggest popular culture convention, and in 2008 Fantagraphics Books - the west coast's biggest alternative comics publisher - will join the ranks of exhibitors for the first time. Publishers Gary Groth and Kim Thompson will be on hand all weekend, hosting round-the-clock signings for several authors and debuting several new titles at the show.

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Bob Levin reveals the truth about Chester the Molester at two Bay Area events
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsBob Levin 9 Apr 2008 3:22 PM

Bob Levin Most Outrageous by Bob Levin

You are invited to two exciting Bay Area events featuring acclaimed Berkeley author Bob Levin, whose new book, Most Outrageous, details the unsettling story of the life of Hustler cartoonist Dwaine Tinsley, creator of "Chester the Molester." When Larry Flynt's Superstar was accused of sexually abusing his teenaged daughter for five years, the prosecution brought in hundreds of Tinsley's cartoons as evidence. Levin details this unprecedented case, and Tinsley's family life, with unquestionable sophistication, exhaustive journalistic research, and humanity.

WHO: Bob Levin
WHAT: Most Outrageous Book Release Party, with author reading & signing as well as hors d'ouevres and no host bar
WHERE: Chester's Bayview Café
WHERE: 1508 Walnut St.
WHERE: Berkeley, CA 94709
WHERE: (510) 849-9995
WHEN: Friday, May 16, 7-9 PM

WHO: Bob Levin
WHAT: Most Outrageous author reading and signing
WHERE: Comic Relief of Berkeley
WHERE: 2026 Shattuck Ave.
WHERE: Berkeley, CA 94704
WHERE: (510) 843-5002
WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 6 PM

For more information and the full press release, please click here.











Jules Feiffer Debuts Explainers at the Strand on May 15
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jules Feifferevents 7 Apr 2008 4:13 PM

Jules Feiffer Debuts Explainers at the Strand on May 15

You are invited to the world premiere of Jules Feiffer's long-awaited collection, Explainers, featuring the complete first decade of his legendary and groundbreaking comic strip, Sick, Sick, Sick (and later redubbed Feiffer), from the Village Voice. Feiffer will read from the book and answer questions before signing copies of the deluxe hardcover collection.

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

"Samuel Johnson said he hoped God would think he had made good of his God-given talents. Jules Feiffer need have no dread of such an audit... What has made his services so welcome for so many years now is his possession, in addition to high intelligence, of something no hypocrite or egomaniac could claim, which is a human sense of humor." - Kurt Vonnegut

Jules Feiffer

WHO: Jules Feiffer
WHAT: Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips 1956-66
World premiere book release reading and signing
WHERE: THE STRAND
828 Broadway at 12th St. (Union Square)
New York, NY 10003-4805
212.473.1452
WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 7PM

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information and the full press release, please click here






Vancouver comic art show opens May 17...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsart 7 Apr 2008 8:42 AM

... and it looks good. 

April 18 in Brooklyn: Karasik / Newgarden
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikMark Newgardenevents 3 Apr 2008 11:34 AM

If you're in New York, or will be in New York for the big New York Comicon, you won't want to miss this:

If you've never heard Mark or Paul speak, you'll be hard-pressed to find two guys who can talk comics any better. And if you haven't checked out Desert Island yet, by all accounts you should.  

Book Signing and "Show and Tell" with Garbage Pail Kids creator Mark Newgarden and cartoonist/archivist Paul Karasik at Williamsburg's newest comic and book store, Desert Island

Desert Island is pleased to announce its inaugural event, a book signing and "show and tell" featuring Garbage Pail Kids creator Mark Newgarden and Fletcher Hanks archivist Paul Karaik on Friday, April 18th from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. Desert Island is located at 540 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer.

Having just opened in late February of this year, Desert Island is Williamsburg's newest comic and book store, and a local resource for fans of independent publishing and artist books. Owned and run by artist Gabriel Fowler, Desert Island will host a series of similar events throughout the year.

Mark Newgarden will be signing his popular Bow-Wow series of children's books created with Megan Montague Cash, as well as his 2006 collection We All Die Alone and other works.

Paul Karasik will be signing I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks, his compilation of 15 of Hank's "best" stories published last year by Fantagraphics. Karasik spent years tracking down these obscure and hard to find stories buried in the back of long-forgotten comic book titles. Through his research, he also uncovered the dark secret of why Hanks disappeared from the comics scene.

In addition to signing books, Paul and Mark will be exhibiting relics including Fletcher Hanks' earliest known work plus censored and rejected Garbage Pail Kids artwork!

Comic archaeologist and cartoonist Paul Karasik studied at the School of Visual Arts with cartoonists Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman. He was Associate Editor of Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's avant-garde international comics and graphics review, RAW. In addition he published his own magazine, Bad News, which was among the first to run the work of cartoonists Ben Katchor, Gary Panter, and others.

In collaboration with artist David Mazzucchelli, he adapted Paul Auster's novel City of Glass as a graphic novel, which was named one of the best 100 comics of the century by The Comics Journal.

Mr. Karasik's cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker and Nickelodeon magazines. He has taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn, and, for the past three years, at the Scuola de Comics in Florence, Italy.

Cartoonist and author Mark Newgarden is the co-creator of the 1980's non-PC icon Garbage Pail Kids. He has long championed cheap junk as the 20th century's great art form & has subsequently unleashed a torrent of warped & weird entertainments in a multitude of forms.
Newgarden's work has appeared in a diverse array of venues from the pivotal avant-garde comics album Raw to the NY Times op-ed page. His work has also graced the walls (and screens) of the Smithsonian Institute, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Television and Radio and the ICA in London.

In 1999 he completed writing and directing 4 episodes of "B. Happy" the first of the experimental " Web Premiere Toons" for Cartoonnetwork.com. and subsequently established an award-winning studio, Laffpix Inc.

His picture history of the practical joke and novelty industry; Cheap Laffs; was published by Harry S. Abrams in 2004 and We All Die Alone; a monograph collection of his comics and stories was released from Fantagraphics Books in 2005. His first children's book Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug (with collaborator Megan Montague Cash) was released in 2007 by Harcourt and has won numerous awards and honors including a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.

This will be the first in a series of "show and tell" events at Desert Island, which will serve to encourage the appreciation of the odd and quirky.

LISTING INFO:

WHO: Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden
WHAT: Book signing, curiosities, and discussion
WHERE: Desert Island
WHEN:  Friday, April 18, 7PM
WHY: Because we care 

Desert Island Comics
540 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211 

 






Millionaire art show in PDX
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony Millionaireeventsart 3 Apr 2008 9:16 AM

Anyone heading to Portland for Stumptown later this month might wanna get to town a couple of nights early for this one: