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SEATTLE: Peter Bagge at Arcane Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 2 Feb 2015 3:09 PM

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FEBRUARY 13th - At the book release party you won't want to miss next Friday, February 13th local comic book legend and raconteur, Peter Bagge, will be signing at Arcane Comics at 6pm. His newest book is a collection of the DC comic, Sweatshop, which discusses seedy underbelly of the comic book industry. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation.

Sweatshop focuses on the unhappy, out-of-touch cartoonist, Mel Bowling. As the hand behind a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield), he spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work.  

Sweatshop Peter Bagge
Arcane Comics is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Wet your whistle on some Hilliard's beer while at the shop and enjoy flipping through the well-indexed floppy comics (they have some serious signage going on). Invite your friends via Facebook so no one misses out!

"I can count on one hand the number of comic artists whose work is as strong... maybe on two or three fingers... It's a laff riot, what can I tell ya?" - R. Crumb 

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(photo by James Brooks)

Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
206.781.4875







UK: Young Adult Exhibition features Fanta cartoonists
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Noah Van SciverGilbert HernandezeventsDaniel ClowesChuck ForsmanCharles Forsmanart showsart 2 Feb 2015 11:11 AM

Young Adult exhibit
MILLENNIUM COURT ARTS CENTRE
JANUARY 23rd - FEBRUARY 28th 2015


Curated by Ben Crothers
Currently on display: YOUNG ADULT (or, a daring, urgent, malfunctioning age) exposes and investigates youth culture gone wrong. Fun, boredom, alcohol, sex, parties, drugs, gangs, violence and death collide in an array of video, photography, comic books and literature which straddles both sides of the Atlantic, exploring young adulthood in the UK and the United States, from Belfast and Manchester to New York and North Carolina. Featuring works by seminal cartoonists such as Daniel Clowes and Gilbert Hernandez in addition to the next generation of Charles Forsman and Noah Van Sciver, this show is a must see for the comics fan in the United Kingdom.

Focusing on work made about teenagers and twenty-somethings, YOUNG ADULT depicts those who seek solace in places where they perhaps should not, taking extreme measures to postpone adulthood and the difficulties which await them. Referred to as Millennials, Generation Y, "boomerang kids", and the "Peter Pan generation", their youth no longer presents hope and promise for the future, but rather crippling uncertainty. Numbing themselves to a reality for which they were never prepared (despite, or indeed because of, their comfortable upbringings and college educations), rites of passage into adulthood are rejected as today's young adults hurtle towards it, with potentially devastating consequences.

Here some young adults flip through some of the comics on display after seeing artwork:
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Whether presenting fact or fiction, the artists and writers featured within the exhibition all recognise the complex problems facing young adults in contemporary society. Some may blur or distort the truth, but even escapism ultimately leads back to reality. The traditional process of growing up seems to have gone off course as contemporary youths face issues and challenges that did not exist, or were unacknowledged, in previous generations. Young people are going back to school for lack of better options, travelling the world, avoiding commitments, competing for unpaid internships, and remain unattached to romantic partners or permanent homes - in other words, forestalling the beginning of what many would consider "adult life".

Frat boys under the influence of drugs and alcohol, teenage vandals, and internet-addicted, jobless graduates suffering from ennui are yet to find their place in the world, passively drifting through life or desperately seeking some form of respite, whether it is healthy or ultimately all the more damaging.

Ian Charlesworth / Daniel Clowes / Brian Finke / Charles Forsman / Gilbert Hernandez / Dave Kiersh / Tao Lin / Michael Lucid / Mardou / Rebecca McIlwaine / Alasdair McLellan / Ryan Moffett / Erin Patrice O'Brien / Francis Pienaar / Noah Van Sciver / Charlie White

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
Craigavon
County Armagh BT62 3NX
United Kingdom
 
















ROME: Glumba Skzx features Fanta cartoonists
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmanneventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 2 Feb 2015 10:12 AM
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GLUMBA SKZX
Ex Elettrofonica, Rome
January 13th - March 7th, 2015

Curated by Ben Crothers

Currently on display at Ex Elettrofonica, you'll find some seemingly insignificant objects, concepts and situations are challenged and disrupted in GLUMBA SKZX, through which the chance encounter is celebrated and the purposeless, banal and irrelevant are re-presented in highly imaginative ways.

The exhibiting artists reinterpret and re-evaluate pre-existing material and explore elements of everyday life which may often be overlooked: reimagining water as a luxurious, decadent beauty product (Adham Faramawy); purposefully enacting a series of common mistakes (Michael Hanna); video-recording a small wooden crate's journey through the postal delivery system (Shiro Masuyama); writing and illustrating a comics series based on a teenager's diary found in a gas-station bathroom (Esther Pearl Watson); expensively documenting items of low value (Theo Simpson); creating sculptures from childhood toys and household objects (Ben Craig); inventing a fictional gang based on an encounter on the New York subway (Fiona Larkin); photographing a fleeting moment in which the aesthetic cross-associations between a dog and a plastic garden chair became apparent (Locky Morris); and drawing inspiration from a children's book to create an adult-themed comic strip about a witch, her cat boyfriend, and an anthropomorphic owl (Simon Hanselmann).
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GLUMBA SKZX embraces humour and the absurd in a multi-sensory environment in which photography, video and sculpture are exhibited alongside comic books, toys and second-hand clothing, which demand our attention and consideration just as much as the more readily acceptable forms of contemporary art on display. Audiences are urged to reconsider that which would not ordinarily be exhibited in a contemporary art gallery, faced with misspelt tattoos, playful canines, plastic banana holders, and a drug-addicted witch. Like the exhibition title itself, meaning often lies where one may not expect, taking us by surprise, making us smile, and changing our perspective.

Featuring works by: Ben Craig; Adham Faramawy; Michael Hanna; Simon Hanselmann; Fiona Larkin; Shiro Masuyama; Locky Morris; Theo Simpson; and Esther Pearl Watson.

Read more about the exhibit here in the ATP Diary (in Italian and French). 

Gallery
Vicolo Sant'Onofrio 10-11 ROMA
Hours: From Tuesday to Friday 16.00 - 20.00
Saturday by appointment
Sunday and Monday closed  







SXSW Panel with Danny Bland and Chuck D
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under sxsweventsDanny Bland 30 Jan 2015 11:42 AM

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Friday, March 20th

Austin, TX - SXSW is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by bringing the biggest and best names from the worlds of music, film, and interactive media and entertainment. With concerts, panels and performances SXSW has earned a reputation of good business and good times. If you're heading out this March for the Texas capitol, make sure one of your stops is at the music panel, "Books are the New Vinyl", beginning Friday, March 20th at 5 pm. 

As most of the media that we consume migrates from our shelves and into our digital devices, what are we leaving behind? Books are inherently a cultural placeholder for art, ideas, and discovery, but their wide digital platform has elevated the Book into an artform itself. Much like the vinyl album, it's function is almost moot, but its relevance to how we project ourselves to the world is plays an increasingly vital role.

Feautred guests includes Fantagraphics author Danny Bland, who authored In Case We Die, a novel born out of the Seattle '90s scene; and the recent release from Subpop, I Apologize in Advance for All the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do, a gripping haiku and poetry mashup. Additionally, Public Enemy rapper, music hall-of-famer, author and producer, Chuck D , will be taking the floor. 

Join host Rynda Laurel, a music and tech industry veteran, as she discusses the intersection of music, books, and the obession with bin flipping and collecting.  

DENVER: Noah Van Sciver at Kilgore Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Noah Van Sciverevents 28 Jan 2015 12:41 PM
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Local cartoonist and hero, Noah Van Sciver, will be signing copies of his latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, in Denver! Join Noah and the booksellers from the hottest independent book and comics store in town, Kilgore Books, on Wednesday, February 18th from 6-8pmSaint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, their infant child, and Nicole's troubled-and-rough-around-the-edges mother, Angela. The second book from Fantagraphics and Van Sciver continues his interest in pathos and the human condition.
 
We'll see you THERE! It'll look a bit like this photo of Noah at Kilgore by Carnefix Photography

Noah Van Sciver at Kilgore
Kilgore Books
Kilgore Books
624 East 13th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203




Eightball Tour in your town?
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 27 Jan 2015 3:33 PM

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Celebrating the 25th Anniverisary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is releasing one hell of a collection. The Complete Eightball (issues #1-18) comes complete with end-notes, all new front and back cover on the box set, this is the end-all-be-all of Daniel Clowes comics collections. Clowes is appearing, pen in hand, at a few select locations in the states so fingers crossed, here goes!

April 18th - The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Seattle, WA

April 19th - Linework NW Portland, OR

April 21st - Powell's City of Books Portland, OR

April 30th - Quimby's Bookstore Chicago, IL

June 5th - Meltdown Comics Los Angeles, CA

More details to come about each event and book signing. Just make sure your calender is cleared for two days because you're going to want to spend one whole day just reading this beauty.

Eightball
Clowes

Photo: Contour by Getty Images

EAFA Comics Panel with Woodring, Kelso, & Franklin
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Megan KelsoJim WoodringeventsEroyn Franklin 27 Jan 2015 3:11 PM

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EAFA, also known as the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, and formerly known as Eastside Association of Fine Arts, is throwing down big names for their first discussion panel of 2015. Joining them onstage will be champion local favorites, Jim WoodringMegan Kelso, and Eroyn Franklin. These award winning artists have had their hands, heart and soul in the business of comics for years, and are imparting their experiences, triumphs, and lessons learned onto an eager audience. 

Woodring, known for his technicolor dream comics featuring iconic characters like Frank and Fran, his latest release, Jim, features an alter-ego version of himself, collected through comics, poetry and prose. Fellow Fantagraphics cartoonist, Megan Kelso is the author of The Squirrel Mother, Queen of the Black and Artichoke Tales, which won two Ignatz Awards in 2007. And woman about town Eroyn Franklin, known for her graphic novels, Detained, and Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory. Franklin has received support from The Xeric Foundation, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Allied Arts Foundation for her work. She is also a co-creator of the well-loved Seattle comics festival, Short Run

The EAFA had been supporting Puget Sound area artists since 1975 through exhibitions, galleries, lectures, and community involvement, in the effort of promoting the work of our diverse population of artists. You can support them by becoming a member, or support them by coming to their comics panel with these lovely artists, tomorrow (Jan. 27th 2015) at the EAFA Gallery at the Seattle Design Center. Event begins at 12 pm, (noon!) and is $10 for members or students, and $20 for the general public; tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Inner City Romance at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Valentine's Day
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Guy ColwellFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 27 Jan 2015 2:28 PM

Guy Colwell's comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to commemorate the new anthology of this provocative work with an exhibition of original drawings, paintings, and prints opening Saturday, February 14 (on Valentine's Day, appropriately enough.)

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Oakland native Colwell distinguished himself from the dominant themes of the period's underground comix movement by rendering in explicit detail the crime, poverty, death and desperation of his inner city protagonists. His approach is at once alluring and grotesque. As Matt Gonzalez observes in Juxtapoz magazine, "Colwell's art is motivated by two primary sentiments: first, a deep political strain meant to expose and offer commentary on political, economic, and racial disparities that exist in our society, and second, an awareness of man's uncomfortable relationship with nature and sexuality." His comix, drawings, and paintings examine similar themes.

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Join us on Saturday, February 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM as we present the work of this accomplished artist. This event coincides with the 7th anniversary celebration of the Georgetown Art Attack featuring romantic visual and performing arts presentations throughout the enchanting industrial district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing information

Guy Colwell: Inner City Romance
Opening Saturday, February 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through March 11, 2015
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




SAW Indiegogo Fundraiser - The Final Hours
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 23 Jan 2015 2:07 PM

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The Indiegogo event for this year's Sequential Arts Workshop has technically mets its goal, but that doesn't mean you still can't give part of your Friday pay to a cutting edge educator.  SAW's goal is not only to product well informed and highly skilled artists, but to bust the doors wide open on the high prices of an advanced degree. And you can help make their school possible with a tax-deductible donation to this non-profit!

Instruction, mentorship, and hand-on production experiences help create the next generation of working cartoonists build a community based on blending the importance of tradition and innovation. The '14-'15 year is well under way, but a little extra is needed to offset next year's costs of facilities, educators, and workshops. Speaking of workshops, this March SAW will be hosting a workshop with Aidan Koch from March 2-6, and cool kid, Ed Piskor from March 9-13Registration for these events can be found on SAW's website.

If you can't make it to Florida for either workshop, you can still feel like you were there by hitting up this Indiegogo event and selecting the Workshop Roundup reward! Other premiums include things like a Ron Rege poster, or a Julie Doucet print.

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A culturally and artistically important group like SAW is deserving of our well-wishes and some well-earned bucks. I just filed my taxes, so I know I'm looking for a way to give! 

Daniel Clowes at Linework NW
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDaniel Clowes 23 Jan 2015 1:21 PM
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You heard right! The Daniel Clowes will be appearing at Linework NW on April 19th, 2015 in Portland, OR as one of their special guests and signing his fantastic new collection, The Complete Eightball, at the Fantagraphics' table. 
Complete Eightball  
From the mouths of Linework NW: "Daniel Clowes is one of the great voices of contemporary American literature and a legendary artist and draftsman. His newest publication is The Complete Eightball 1-18 (Fantagraphics Books), a mammoth two-volume, 568-page collection of the author's groundbreaking personal comics anthology, a work that consistently raised the bar of comics art and literature over its impressive 17-year run. It was in these pages that many of Clowes' graphic novels were first serialized, including Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, David Boring, and Ghost World, which was adapted to film by Terry Zwigoff in 2001 with an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Clowes. Linework NW is extraordinarily honored to be hosting the official world premiere of The Complete Eightball 1-18 at our festival."   
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