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.
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.
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.
The party you've been waiting your whole lifetime is here! On Thursday, January 22nd join Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams and Paul Mavrides at City Lights in San Francisco. They'll be in discussion with Gary Groth and Ron Turner (of Last Gasp) about The Complete Zap Comix.These legends start talking at 7pm on the dot, be there five minutes early if you need a smoke break. This nearly sold-out collection will be yours for the buying, theirs for the signing and for your family to argue about who will carry it home.
In 1968, when underground comics were just strating to emerge, Robert Crumb's released his classic solo first issue of Zap. By the second issue, he had assembled a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. Together they created a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap - every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists - in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams.
"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." -Dana Jennings, The NY Times
Your favorite Duck artist is appearing at the local Seattle convention, ECCC just announced that Don Rosa will be appearing in person, in the flesh and definitely in the feather! Emerald City ComiCon runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th and we have quite a burgeoning cartoonist line-up for you so far with Rosa, Knisley and Luce! More news and special guests here.
Marguerite will be on a panel at WWII on Sunday. 3:30 - 4:15PM 1940: WORLD WAR II AND COMICS: THE JOKER, ROBIN, THE FLASH, CAPTAIN AMERICA, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AND THE SPIRIT! (ROOM 245) 75 years ago, in 1940, as the Nazi conquest of Europe continued and the Battle of Britain raged, the United States watched from the sidelines while instituting the first peacetime draft. At the same time, the world of comics was experiencing an incredible sustained period of invention, as The Joker, Robin, Green Lantern, the Flash, Hawkman, the Spirit, Catwoman, and Captains America and Marvel all debuted! (Not to mention the debuts of pop culture icons Bugs Bunny, and Brenda Starr, and classic movies Fantasia and The Great Dictator!) Showing and discussing historical and cultural factors that made that year so important is a panel including Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America; Parsons/The New School), Sherri Craig (Southeastern Louisiana University), Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of the founder of DC Comics, about whom she's co-writing an upcoming book), Dr. Travis Langley (author of Batman and Psychology), Marguerite Van Cook (The Late Child and Other Animals), and Danny Fingeroth (co-editor of The Stan Lee Universe).
Buy your tickets in advance online, they are already sold out of Saturday-only tickets. And check out the site for more guest announcements or figure out which brow-heavy stoic dude-vampire is attending from that show your niece and nephew like.
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 3pm - 8pm Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10am - 7pm Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 11am - 5pm
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 900 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70130
The time is drawing nigh! The Scott Eder Gallery is proud to unveil a new Jim Woodring art show You Drive!this Saturday, January 10th at their storefront (18 Bridge St. #2i) in Brooklyn. Should you be in attendance opening night, the reception will being at 6pm on the dot and Woodring himself will be there. More details here but you know you want to go and immerse yourself in his world.
Can't make it out? You can always call the gallery and buy a/ALL the paintings (718.797.1100)! You can also enjoy his latest comics collection, JIM, currently garnering rave reviews.
L.B. Cole created some of the most stunning, proto-psychedelic comic book covers of all time. Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole artwork ever assembled. He became famous for his brilliant primary colors - often over black backgrounds - which he used on alluring covers for crime, suspense, science fiction, and romance comics and pulp magazines. Editor J. Michael Catron will give a brief slide presentation on the remarkable career of this amazing artist from the golden age of comic books.
Le Cagibi is an art gallery, publishing house, screenprint and engraving studio in Lilli, France. In its 5 years of existence, Le Cagibi has produced handcrafted books with inventive printing and binding techniques. These resourceful visiting artists will conduct a free workshop at Fantagraphics Bookstore. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own garments for screenprinting. There will also be a presentation of Cagibi's unique books.
This event on Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Seahawks fans can check out the playoff action on large screens at one of several bars in the neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole exhibition Le Cagibi workshop and presentation Saturday, January 10, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
There are still dinners to stretch your pants, holidays songs to sing, brightly lit-balls to drop but that doesn't mean you can't start planning parties for next year! On Monday, January 12th in the sparkling new year of 2015, cartoonist Lucy Knisley will be throwing one hell of a new year for a new book, Displacement, at The Strand in New York City. Lucy's last travelogue, An Age of License, featured the whimsical travels of a 20-something with time stretching infinitely in front of her. But 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.
So join Lucy in conversation with Marie Anello from The Absolute, at 7pm on January 12th and get a copy of the fully watercolored Displacement before it is out in stores. Buy a copy of Displacement or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at the store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Marie Anello is a writer, comics enthusiast, and book reviewer located in New York City. Her reviews of webcomics and small press publications can be found in the online magazine The Absolute. She also happens to be a professional opera singer, but that's another story.
Our tribute to S. Clay Wilson at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday was a blast! Highlights included an entertaining presentation on the underground master by Patrick Rosenkranz, after which our friend Blaine Cook, frontman for metallic punk pioneers The Accused, showed Wilson's artwork for their More Fun Than an Open Casket Funeral LP. This marked the first time the original artwork had been publicly displayed. (Beware: Blaine is opening the Georgetown location of his award-winning Zippy's Burgers in January just three blocks from the bookstore.) A little later John Doe of X arrived ahead of their show at El Corazon. Good times.
The bookstore's Subversive Santa Sale continues through the end of the month, offering $5 off on purchases of $25 or more. Just present the banner below at the counter. The store will be open until 4:00 PM on Wednesday, December 24. Closed Christmas Day. Open normal hours though December 31, then closed New Year's Day. Seasons greetings and see you all soon.
Yeesss, the gifts keep coming on this holiday week. Light a candle and unwrap this gust present: Ed Lucewas announced as a special guest for Emerald City ComiCon 2015. Wrestling, kittens, metal, love, body hair: if any of those words trigger a response, you'll absolutely fall in love with Wuvable Oaf, Luce's self-published-turned GIANT Fantagraphics collection. Emerald City runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th but if you somehow miss Ed there, he'll be tabling at many a convention and have more than a few store signings.
YOU DRIVE! NEW DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS January 10 - February 27, 2015
The heat is on as Jim Woodring pushes the pedal to the metal at the Scott Eder Gallery this January with a whole show of new paintings and drawings. For the glamourous and sophisticated, visit the gallery for the opening night reception January 10th at 6pm when Woodring will be in attendance! The show will continue to be on display from January 10th through the month of February (until the 27th). Woodring recently won the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for his graphic novel, Fran, and has been promoting his new comics collection, JIM. So get yourself in gear on Saturday, January 10th and explore the depths of Jim Woodring's genius mind.
Scott Eder Gallery 18 Bridge St. #2i Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.797.1100