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This Week in Fanta Events 1/22-1/26
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoRobert WilliamsNico VassilakisLast VispoGraham KolbeinsGary GrotheventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 21 Jan 2015 6:07 PM

city zap

Thursday, January 22nd

San Francisco, CA - This blog post may as well be called 'This Thursday in Fanta Events' because your 4th favorite day of the week is stacked with events to tide you over until the weekend comes. Kick it off in San Francisco with the men of Zap Comix as we continue to celebrate the release of The Complete Zap Comix Collection, a physical and emotional undertaking that is beautiful to behold. Join Gary Groth and Ron Turner of Last Gasp as they moderate a dicussion with Zap cartoonists Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, and Robert Williams at City Lights Booksellers beginning at 7 pm. This very-nearly sold out book will be available for purchase and signage at City Lights (just don't try to carry it home in your NPR tote bag.) (More Details)  

New York, NY - Humans can be split into two ages; a time where we communicated with pictures, and a time where we communicated with words. The blending of these worlds comes in the form of visual poetry, a fully immersive brain exercise in the conveyance of emotions, ideas, and beauty. The Future is Here Again is an exhibit opening today at AC Institute in NYC, and it will feature dozens of works by noted visual poetry artists whose works had been previously collected in the books Coldfront and The Last Vispo. Niko Vasilakis, editor of The Last Vispo has currated this new exhibit with ACI director, Holly Crawford. To continue this night of magnetic mashups, the alternative chamber music string trio, Speed Bump will be providing mingling music. Festivities begin at 6 pm! (More Details

Washington, D.C. - Obama did a pretty good job delivering his State of the Union address this past week, but he had one glaring oversight, he forgot to talk about how the Massive team will be at Fantom Comics this Thursday from 7-9 pm! The biggest and sexiest gay manga anthology is coming to our nation's capitol to announce their new policy on having a good time, and dropping some knowledge about the men who make gay erotic manga. Addressing their adoring constituents are editors Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and designer extrodinare Chip Kidd. Pick up one of the hottest books of the season tonight, because it'll be on next years comic citizenship tests. (More Details)

LA: Les McCann and Pat Thomas at Book Soup
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Pat ThomasLes McCannevents 19 Jan 2015 1:31 PM

Book Soup
Portraits shot at the right moment are like the fermata on a pitch perfect note. Master photographer and jazz pianist Les McCann was able to catch such moments from the greatest of jazz singers and musicians. YOU now have a chance to meet him! Author and historian Pat Thomas (Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) curated the new McCann retrospective: Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 and will be with McCann at the book release party at Book Soup on Saturday, March 28th. 5pm is when DJ Adam Dorn starts spinning the soulful tunes to images by McCann. Pat Thomas will host a roundtable with McCann and A. Scott Galloway, music journalist and introduction writer.  

The new book featuring his photographs comes out at the same time as rerelease of Les McCann's Invitation to Openness album from Omnivore Records. The Invitation To Openness album (originally from Atlantic Records) has "remained a landmark statement in free-form improvisation mixed with soulful grooves, featuring a 26-minute continuous track with expressive instrumentation from the likes of Yusef Lateef, Ralph McDonald, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and Alphonse Mouzon." These beautiful photographs still resonate to this day, an un-diminished harmony of beautiful black and white.
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Invitation to Openness is coming soon from Fantagraphics, a refrain you'll read and hear often until, it's March release striking a chord within the hearts of photography fans and lovers of jazz. Be one of the first to enjoy a signed edition by picking up your copy from Book Soup on March 27th. 

Book Soup
Book Soup
8828 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 




SF: Guy Colwell at Pegasus Bookstore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Guy ColwelleventsBob Levin 16 Jan 2015 2:52 PM

Inner CIty Romance
This collection has been a long-time coming! On Friday, February 27th cartoonist, painter and activist Guy Colwell will be at Pegasus Bookstore in San Francisco for the release of Inner City Romance. This blood-pumpin', needle-stickin' collection features comics on social politics like racial activism, harassment, prison, black culture, ghetto life, the and the sex trade. It portrays the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. 

Colwell will be in conversation with author Bob Levin about his journey from cartoonist/painter to radical activist who utilized his craft to pass along a message. The talk starts at 7pm with a book signing to follow. 

Inner City Romance 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704  



New York: Opening Reception for The Last Vispo
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Nico VassilakisLast Vispoevents 16 Jan 2015 2:34 PM

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 Thursday, January 22nd

New York, NY - Visual poetry is often description as the intersection of word play and art. But whether you approach the medium as a poet or an artist, the renderings are often moving, playful, and linguistically creative. Because this form of poetry IS visual, there's no better way to experience it than through the latest exhibition at the AC Institute in NYC. The exhibition, titled "The Future is Here Again" will run from January 22nd-Februrary 7th, but this opening night reception will feature music from the alternative chamber music string trio, Speed Bump.

Currated by ACI director, Holly Crawford and The Last Vispo editor Nico Vassilakis, the event will feature dozens of artists and their works that were previously featured in the seminal visual poetry books Coldfront, and The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008

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The reception begins at 6 PM. 

 

This Week in Fantagraphics Events 1/14-1/20
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Marguerite Van CookmangaLucy KnisleyJames RombergerGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 14 Jan 2015 2:17 PM

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Wednesday, January 14th

London, EN - Set primarly in England, this is a homecoming of sorts for the beautiful and provacative, The Late Child and Other Animals, the newest work from Marguerite Van Cook  and James Romberger. The pair will be at Gosh! Comics in London at 7 PM to guest host the comics discussion group, Process. Given the depth of topics explored in Late Child, processing might be an understatment, but there's not greater time and place to explore and digest this title-fight of a novel. (More Details)  

New York, NY - Tonight! Need to learn about a brilliant artist while also grabbing a bite to eat? Then you'll love this event that we've co-sponsored with the School of Visual Arts in NYC to bring you, Jonah Kinigstein: The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel of the "Art" World. This happy hour and reception is only $10, and includes a buffet to satiate your tummy, while his pen and ink masterworks satiate your eyes and brain. His new work being released soon by FU Press, and features elaborate compositions that skewer artists, curators, and critics alike. The reception runs from 5-10 PM, and is sure to help you get through the rest of your week. (More Details)

rhineback

Friday, January 16th

Rhinebeck, NY - Lucy Knisley can't get enough of traveling, which is why she's pilgrimaging to her roots in Rhinebeck, NY for a reception and launch party of her newest travelogue, Displacement. Juxtaposed perfectly against her previous book, An Age of License, Displacement gives a profound and real insight into learning to let yourself go while having to care for others, and watching someone you once knew slip away. Oblong Books and Music will be hosting an entertaining evening of book celebration, where you'll be able to pick up these new titles from the NYT's Best Selling author herself! FREE! Begins at 7 pm. (More Details)

mcnally massive

Sunday, January 18th

New York, NY - The response to Massive has been, well, massive! To show our appreciation for those who support this book, and support the artists who made it possible, editors Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and designer Chip Kidd will be at the famous McNally Jackson bookstore in New York to celebrate its release. Massive is about the history and art of gay manga and the men who make it, and this launch party is about the people who love it! Stop by after 7 pm for a signing and a good time. They will also have some of the wildly popular line of Massive tshirts for sale. Most of them are sold out online, so could someone pick me up a sweatshirt, size small? Thanks! (More Details)

giovanni massive

Tuesday, January 20th

Philadelphia, PA - Missed the event in NYC? Had so much fun you wanted to go to another one? You're welcome either way! The East Coast tour is just getting started, and now Philadelphia will be welcoming the Massive team warmly at Giovanni's Room, a world-class LGBT bookstore and AID's Thrift-store charity. Books, tshirts, and smiling faces await you this Tuesday when you stop by to explore the art and history of gay erotic manga. Sounds like a pretty normal Tuesday to me! Join us from 6-8 pm. (More Details

RHINEBECK: Lucy Knisley returns home
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 12 Jan 2015 8:09 AM
Knisley Oblong
In honor of her travelogues An Age of License and the newly pressed DisplacementLucy Knisley is having a signing at her hometown bookstore: Oblong Books and Music. In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Gramps 
Oblong Books has been around for 35 sweet years run by the Hermans family and is sure to please. See you there! (Photo Credit: Kitty Sheehan
Oblong Books
Oblong Books
Montgomery Row
Rhinebeck, NY
845.876.0500 
Lucy





This Week in Fanta Events 1/10-1/12
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Marguerite Van CookLucy KnisleyLB ColeJim WoodringJames RombergerFantagraphics BookstoreeventsBill Schellyart showsart 9 Jan 2015 10:39 PM

cagibi

Saturday, January 10th

Seattle, WA - Our very own Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery is overflowing with events and community this Saturday where we will be opening our newest exhibit, Blacklight: The World of L.B. Cole. Joined by Fantagraphics editor, Mike Catron who will be giving a slide show presentation on the beautifully reprinted covers by L.B. Cole, a master of primary colors. If you thought that was enough for one day, you thought wrong. French artist collective Le Cagibi brings with them an engaging, entertaining, and FREE workshop that delves into the process of screenprinting. Their inventive techniqes on printing and binding have made them an important fountain of information for anyone looking to DIY their own work. All the festivities begin at 6 PM! (More Details)

Brooklyn, NY - The Scott Eder Gallery doesn't hold their art collection back, and it's only the best for their fans and patrons! Which is why they're premiering a new collection of paintings and drawings from the dreamworld master himself, Jim Woodring. The exhibit You Drive! begins with an opening reception on January 10th at 6 pm with Woodring in attendance. If you can't make it to this star studded appearance, the exhibit will be running until February 27th, where you can gawk, get inspired, and even purchase original art! Or pick up the next best thing, Jim, the collected autobiographical work. You can walk, train, or drive to The Scott Eder Gallery this Saturday. (More Details)

New Orleans, LA - Marguerite Van Cook and partner, James Romberger are special guests at this year's Wizard World: NOLA edition. The pair have been blazing across the country showcasing their newest release, Late Child and Other Animals, a gorgeous semi-autobiographical tale of generational relationships, history, and how we move forward. They will be there Saturday AND Sunday; show floor is open from 10-7. I expect an ol' fashioned New Orleans parade with cosplay, and trust that someone will get one started. (More Details)

Knisley Strand

Monday, January 12th

NYC - It's not just in the name, the extremely affable Lucy Knisley will be hitting up the best bookstore in New York, The Strand, in conversation with columnist Marie Anello of Absolute Magazine. They will be focusing on Lucy's two latest releases with Fantagraphics, An Age of License and her newest, Displacement. Displacement is a true tale of growing up and growing old, two things every person must come to terms with. Her honesty and self-reflection is touching, and will be the topic of this night's discussion. Stick around afterwards for a signing, where you can pick up Displacement before it hits the shelves! The evening begins at 7 pm (More Details

 

 

DC: MASSIVE at Fantom Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 9 Jan 2015 9:38 AM

Massive
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. 

Fantom Comics of Washington D.C. invites you to visit this world for a night on Thursday, January 22nd when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.

Yes please
Massive editor (and former Director of Marketing & Publicity for Vertical, Inc.), Anne Ishii lists her career highlights as publishing The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (Picturebox), translation of the 10-volume series Detroit Metal City (Viz), Board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. She also co-created and curates MASSIVE Merch: Gay Paraphernalia with Graham Kolbeins.

Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers  which screened at Outfest; Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at MASSIVE; and editor of the blog Gay Manga!.

Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
Cavemen
Be there or we'll send some of Jairaya's cavemen after you!

Fantom Comics
2010 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036





PHILLY: MASSIVE at Giovanni's Room
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 8 Jan 2015 3:38 PM
Giovanni's Room
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. 
Tagame
Giovanni's Room of Philadelphia invites you to visit this world for a night on Tuesday, January 20th when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 6pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state. 
Giovanni's Room
Giovanni's Room
345 South 12th Street
215.923.2960 

Je Suis Charlie
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under LB ColeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 8 Jan 2015 11:58 AM

 Je_Suis_Charlie

Our thoughts are with the families of the cartoonists and their colleagues senselessly killed in Paris. We trust that in the end, the pen will prove mightier than the sword. By coincidence, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is hosting an appearance by French cartoonist collective Le Cagibi this Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Under the circumstances, this event takes on special significance.

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The visiting artists, from Lille, France, will conduct a free workshop on their inventive techniques and present their handcrafted publications. They encourage people to bring tee shirts to be silkscreened on site with their designs. The evening will also include an exhibition of Golden Age comic book covers by L. B. Cole with a slide talk by editor J. Michael Catron.

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Please join us for this intriguing international cultural exchange on Saturday. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes from downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110.