Seattle, WA: We here are Fantagraphics are already pretty privy to how much of a genius our boss, Gary Groth, is. Finally the World is standing up to take notice! And by the World, I mean The Stranger Genius Awards for Literature. Books editor, Paul Constant will be presenting a showcase at the Frye Art Museum for all the literature geniuses, including Gary, visual poet, Shin Yu Pai, and writer of the current Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson. Tickets $10, with mingling and drinks beginning at 5:30. 21+ (More details)
Saturday, August 30th
Chicago, IL: Purveyors of the finest comics, Quimby's Bookstore of Chicago will be hosting the prince of spaces escapades, Lane Milburn, as he parties with the public to celebrate the release of his sci-fi epic, Twelve Gems! A Heavy Metal saga meets your math class compositon notebook in this beautiful space opera that traverses the cosmos. The boogying starts at 7 pm. (More details)
Los Angeles: As a part of the Everything Is Festival at the Cine Family, Prison Pit cartoonist, Johnny Ryan will be freaking audiences out by screening the animated version of Prison Pit Book One. Joining him on a panel to follow with be noted comedians and bad boys, Rick Shapiro and Blake Anderson. Begins at 2:30 pm. Get tix quick! (More details)
Houston, TX: Amazing Houston Comic Con will be hosting a slew of the comic industry's most notable artists, and joing them is of course Mr. Ed Piskor of Hip Hop Family Tree! He will be around Friday and Saturday, and will hopefully ask Rob Liefeld what he thought of the special HHFT #300, found in your forthcoming deluxe box set. (More details)
Decatur, GA: If you find yourself in the dirty south this weekend, get a little dirtier by hanging out with a bunch of authors of cartoonists at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this weekend where Eleanor Davis and Ed Piskor will be giving you the down low on their works. Eleanor and Liz Prince will be giving a presentation this day at 1:45 pm titled, "How to be Graphic" - told you the south was dirty - (More details)
Sunday, August 31st
Decatur, GA: Ed Piskor is doubling up on events this weekend and making his way across the great American landscape to bring a launch of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2, and a moderated panel to follow, where he'll discuss the only two things that still make sense in the world, hip-hop and comic books. Scoot on down to the Marriott at 5 pm! (More details)
Is your mind's eye open? Can it possibly hold all of the beauty in the world? If not, then Jim Woodring's new book JIM is the collection of comics to prepare you. Built on foundation of hallucinations and nightmares, Jim is Woodring's alter-ego and allows him the creative freedom live in alternate dimensions and answer the question "What If" in a language he didn't even know existed.
Joe Garvin of News from Mill Creek and the University Bookstore recently reviewed Jim, "Anthropomorphic creatures resembling frogs and elephants occupy strange but uncannily familiar landscapes; beings traverse realms and undergo spontaneous transformations. Nevertheless, all seems to belong to a private and coherent symbolic language. This is the wondrous and unique sensation of reading Woodring's most personal work-the artist delving deeply into his imaginative consciousness, and creating artful transmissions back from his world."
Jim Woodring, the cartoonist, will be discuss and sign his book at the free event at the University Bookstore on Thursday, September 4th at 7pm. (4326 University Way NE, Seattle w 98105). The book is available for purchase in-store, by phone at (206) 634-3400, or at ubookstore.com, on the date of the event.
This weekend, Eleanor Davis and Ed Piskor are going to rock Georgia's lit festival in Decatur. Free to the public on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st, the Decatur Book Festival is all over downtown Decatur.
Eleanor is giving a presentation along with Liz Prince and moderator Kerry Leibling at the "How to Be Graphic" panel on Saturday, August 30th. A little less salty than it sounds, be at the Marriott Conference Center Ballroom A promptly at 1:45pm! (130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030) A book signing to follow.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Ed Piskor has the Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 - Book Launch at 5pm. Along with moderator Edward A. Hall, Piskor will talk about the jump hip-hop has made from legends to comic book panels. Join him at Marriott Conference Center Ballroom. (130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030)A book signing to follow.
Attention internet! The boom bap is back in the freshest new release, Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 and cartoonist/hip-hop historian, Ed Piskor is taking to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. He'll answer all your burning questions about love, life, favorite colors, and probably his extensive resume of comics including the HHFT series, Wizzywig, and collaborations with famed writer, Harvey Pekar.
The session begins at 2 PM EST right here on Reddit!
Boy oh boy, have we got a treat for you. As a part of the Everything Is Festival series, put on by the amazing Cine Family, you can not only screen the animated version of the first Prison Pit book, you can hear a bunch of funny people talk about how amazing it is afterwards! Of course the indescribable author of Prison Pit, Johnny Ryan, will be there, but joining him on the panel will be comedians, Rick Shapiro and Blake Anderson. You may remember the brilliant Shapiro for his reoccuring portrayal of "the angry poet" on Conan O'Brien, and Anderson from the all-star show, Workaholics (and for having fabulous hair).
The screening begins at 2:45 pm, and these gentelmen and scholars will all be there to help guide you through the supremely wicked and grotesque battlefield on the prison pit universe of hyperviolence and hyperhilarity. If your favorite W.W.E. personas came to life and unleashed the worst horrors on each other, you'll be barely scratching the surface of how amazing Prison Pit, and its DVD companion are.
Both both were a huge hit at this years San Diego Comic-con, and now you can check out why the f@$k everyone is talking about the best thing since slorge-arms.
The Boys of Summer are about to be in your town fun in the fall! Simon Hanselmann is coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia to titelate and delight Americans with his debut comic graphic novel, Megahex. Joining him are Koyama Press cartoonists, Michael DeForge with Lose #6 and Patrick Kyle with Distance Mover! A few other special guests will join them along the way so find your city and plunk your butt down in front of the store for a good time. There will also be a silkscreened version of the above collaboration available soon from the amazing Telegraph Gallery.
The boys are heading to the EAST COAST first but this tour will be from sea to shining sea!
September 12th - Baltimore, MD - Atomic Books (with Charles Burns, Ed Piskor, Noel Freibert and more!)
October 12th - Vancouver, BC - Pulp Fiction (sans Simon Hanselmann)
+ With Alex Degen
Along the way there will be plenty of fun, frivolity and even some noise punk music! There's extra planned performances like on September 17th at Lavazone with the See Through Girls, October 1st with Zak Sally, October 5th with Hellen Jo and Calvin Wong Noise Project, plus Chicago, SPX, NYC so keep your peepers wide open for each city's announcement and signing details!
Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. As meticulously documented in Piskor's panels, the performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. So party people gather 'round and count down to this sweet release party this Saturday!
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Friends and family, gather 'round! Ed Piskor is coming to your neighborhood! Ed's coming and his gaggle of comics to Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
SATURDAY, August 16th Piskor will be signing copies of Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1, Volume 2 and the box set at Locust Moon Comics at 7pm.
SUNDAY, August 17th at 7pm, you can find Piskor at Bergen Street Comics in conversation with rapper Reggie Ossé (also known to many of you as Combat Jack)! Can't imagine how cool that would be? Well check out this video from the Chicago Ideas conference as a little pre-game action.
At both signings, Ed's pal and stellar cartoonist Tom Scioli will also be present signing copies of IDW's Transformers VS G.I. Joe.
The beautiful people at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum are hosting a lovely evening with the mad Maakies creator, Tony Millionaire. Beginning at 7 pm in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall on the Ohio State University campus. Tony will be in conversation with the library's engagement coordinator, Caitlin McGurk, discussing the only two things worth discussing, life, and cartooning.
Millionaire's breadth of work has spanned many years, through many mediums. From original syndicated title Maakies, to the well beloved Sock Monkey series, and the Cartoon Network Adult Swim show, "The Drinky Crow Show". The recently released Sock Monkey Treasury collects the wonderfully victorian-stylized adventures of Uncle Gabby and Mr. Crow in their first complete book.
Don't miss this chance to hear a unique journey, from a unique man, whose influence can be felt in almost all aspects of our culture. This event is also wonderfully FREE and OPEN to the public!
Whimsical, sensitive, and earthly real, cartoonist, Eleanor Davis achieves a level of quiet poignancy throughout this collection of comics and short stories that leaves the reader wondering, "how did she know?".
Pick up one of the most important books of the year, and head over to Bizarro-Wuxtry to say "Hi!" and other pleasantries.