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Fantagraphics at TCAF 2015
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Wuvable OafSimon HanselmannMarguerite Van CookLucy KnisleyLorenzo MattottiJosh SimmonsJames RombergerGraham KolbeinseventsEleanor DavisEd PiskorEd LuceCharles BurnsAnne IshiiAnders Nilsen 6 May 2015 3:14 PM

tcaf 2015

Saturday, May 9th - Sunday, May 10th 
Toronto, ON

This weekend we head North to our majestic neighbor, Canada, for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Two full days of panels, exhibitors, events, and of course, comics art! We'll be rocking it at tables 162, 163, and 164, surrounded by some of our favorite artists. On Saturday, doors open are open from 9 AM - 5 PM, and Sunday doors run from 11 AM - 5 PM. This event is FREE to the public! FREE. What else do you need to know? Well here's some panels and guest info to entice you just in case.

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Rocking the corner booth this year

Signing Schedule

Saturday, May 9th
10-11 Josh Simmons
11-1 Robert Goodin & Drew Weing
1-2 Simon Hanselmann
2-3 Lucy Knisley
3-4 Josh Simmons
4-5 Eleanor Davis 

Sunday, May 10th
11-12 Lorenzo Mattotti
12-1 Robert Goodin
1-2 Josh Simmons
2-3 Ed Piskor
3-4 Ed Luce  


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Panels
(Organized by day then room)
 
Saturday 
 
The Pilot
11 AM - Spotlight: Lorenzo Mattotti
Join one of the masters of modern art comics, Lorenzo Mattotti (Hansel & Gretel, The Raven, Fires) in this career-spanning interview with Stephane Beaujean (Kaboom Magazine, Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme) 
 
2:45 PM - Spotlight: Ed Luce
Moderator: Andrew Wheeler 
 
4:00 PM - Comics Reportage in the Internet Age
Short, non-fiction reportage is making waves on the Internet in 2015. Short, sharp, personal comics pieces can get to the heart of an idea quickly and in a way that was previously only the domain of political gag cartoons. Eleri Harris, associate editor of The Nib, is joined by an incredible array of contemporary cartoonists including Jess Fink (Chester 5000), Dan Berry (Make  Then Tell), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Jon Rosenberg (Scenes from a Multiverse) to discuss what it takes to make timely and relevant reportage on the Internet.
 
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12:15 PM - Gay Comics Art Japan with Gengoroh Tagame
Gengoroh Tagame joins his publishers Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins of MASSIVE and Leyla Aker of Viz Media/SuBLime BL Manga, to talk about the crossover context of queer manga, the hidden wealth of gay manga and the availability and visibility of queer art in Japan today.
Moderator: Anne Ishii 
 
Marriott 400
12:15 PM - Art of the Travelogue
The comics form lends itself beautifully to carnets de voyage, documents of trips, times, and places. Meet five of the foremost authors working in this genre, covering important, unexpected, and incredible trips, in comics. Featuring Lucy Knisley (Dispalcement), Boulet (Notes), Abby Denson (Cool Japan Guide), Kate Lavut (CHiCO), Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!), and Oliver East (Trains Are...Mint). 
Moderated by Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) 
 
2:45 PM - Editorial Illustration 
While deceptively similar on the surface, comics and editorial illustration are two fields requiring different formal skill sets, creative attentions, and expressive uses. Acclaimed illustrators discuss the subtle nuances of working in one medium versus the other, and the effect of each on their professional careers. Featuign Penelope Bagieu, Eleanor Davis, and Kagan McLeod.
Moderated by Rachel Kahn
  
 
Sunday
 
Learning Center 1
12 PM - Pressing the Limits of Representation

In this spirited conversation, contributors from every sphere of comics creation and discussion explor the limits and parameters of content in contemporary comics. With Professor Andrew Lesk (University of Toronto), Josh Simmons (House, Black River), C. Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler), Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly), and James Romberger (7 Miles a Second, The Late Child). 
Moderated by artist and writer Marguerite Van Cook (The Late Child)
 
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12:15 PM - In Conversation: Lucy Knisley and Penelope Bagieu
North American readers may not be familiar with the work of BD author Penelope Bagieu, but she's taken the French comics world by storm with a mix of reality-infused graphic novels, travelogues, editorial illustrations and more. Far more familiar to North American teaders is Lucy Knisley, whose autobiography, memoir, travelogues and reportage have won her a huge fan base. Join these two creators in a special conversation moderated by Heidi MacDonald, as they explore the similarities in their work and travel, and the intersection of memoir and fiction. 
 
2:45 PM - Spotlight on Eleanor Davis
Illustrator and comics author Eleanor Davis is creating some of the most visually unique and expertly crafted comics short stories being produced today. Utterly unlike anything else in the medium, several of her short stories were collected into the critically acclaimed collection How To Be Happy from Fantagraphics Books at the end of 2014, the book topping many 'best-of-the-year' lists. Now, in this feature interview, Eleanor Davis will be interviewed on her work and career.
 
Marriott 400 
 11:15 am - Spotlight on Charles Burns
Moderated by Stephane Beaujean
 
12:15 PM - Charles Burns and Killoffer in Conversation
Moderated by Stephane Beaujean 
 
4 PM - Spotlight on Simon Hanselmann! With Special Guests Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle
TCAF is thrilled to welcome an Australian cartoonist who has taken the medium by storm: Simon Hanselmann! His Megg, Mogg, and Owl strips appear weekly in VICE Magazine, and the collections Megahex from Fantagraphics Books and Life Zone from Space Face Books have topped critics lists, and netted him two Ignatz Awards. In this special presentation, Simon Hanselmann will be joined by cartoonists and friends Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle, with whom he toured America for 16 weeks, and be interviewed by Stephane Beaujean (Kaboom, Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme). It's going to be incredible.
 
Hinton Learning Theatre
 1 PM - Jason Lutes and Anders Nilsen in Conversation with R. Sikoryak
R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) animated a conversation between Jason Lutes (Berlin) and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) about the pressures and pleasures of negotiating caeers as artists while also teaching art to new generations. This wide-ranging conversation will offer new perspectives on their work, and reveal how generous and thoughtful Anders Nilsen, Jason Lutes, and R. Sikoryak are about their craft. 
 
New Books
 
black river 
Josh Simmons will be signing copies of your new favorite post-apocalyptic dark comedy about a group of survivors and their dog traversing an unforgiving landscape
 
the kurdles
An all-ages debut book from Robert Goodin, The Kurdles is sweet with wonder and a charming cast of characters you won't soon forget.
 
oaf
Snag a copy of the hardest but cuddliest metal head you've ever seen. Looking for love in San Francisco, this gay rom-com is full of actualized characters that bring humor and heartbreak to life. 
 

 

 
 
 

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/5-5/11
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Wuvable OafmassiveMarguerite Van CookJustin HallJosh SimmonsJames RombergerGraham KolbeinseventsEd LuceBill SchellyartAnne Ishii 5 May 2015 1:03 PM

boneshaker

Tuesday, May 5th

Minneapolis, MN - Black River has been rattling bones up and down the coast with its release. Which means it'll fit right in at Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis tonight! This volunteer run book store and community space is the bees knees, and we're so excited that they're hosting Josh Simmons and 2D Cloud's Nic Breutzman for a signing that will begin at 7 PM

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Wednesday, May 6th

Dubuque, IA - Party town USA just happens to by Dubuque, Iowa. Don't believe me? Just look at that poster by Victor CayroMonks Kaffee is throwing a comics rager in honor of Josh Simmons and Black River. They'll be joined by guests Becca Kacanda and Victor Cayro, and special music guests. In addition to signing books, there'll be a screening of three short films by Josh. Festivities kick off around 9 PM!

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Thursday, May 7th

New York, NY - What can I say that this amazing poster hasn't already said? I'll just throw my 2 cents in by telling you that if you have the ability to go to any of these events, do it! From 6-8 PM at the publishing non-profit, Printed MatterEd Luce will be signing copies of the Wuvable Oaf collection. Printed Matter feels like a New York institution, which is of course why they're moving to a bigger and better location. This will be one of the last times to catch them in their original spot, and what a great send off to have Luce and Oaf there to celebrate!

New York, NY - Ed will also be a guest at the Queers & Comics Conference at CUNY. This $40 two-day conference features a line up of amazing academic panels and special guests. In addition to Luce some of the other guests include: Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, James RombergerMarguerite Van CookTrina RobbinsJustin Hall, and Ellen Forney. The history and intersection of comics and queers is fascinating, and this conference covers the past, present, and future of the two.

Seattle, WA - The University Bookstore is going MAD tonight as they host author and historian Bill Schelly. He'll be giving a reading and signing of his newest doorstoping biography, Harvery Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America. Some of the best book events I've been to happen at U Books, so if you give any hoots about history, comedy, or comics, you'll want to get there at 7 PM and pick up this comprehensive guide to the life of legendary Harvery Kurtzman. 

Chicago, IL - Next stop for Josh Simmons and his wayward books is Quimby's! One of the finest independent bookstores the midwest has to offer, Quimby's will will open it's doors to Black River and its creator. If you find yourself Chicago bound, or maybe you live there already, get on over to Quimby's at 7 PM to get a signed copy of Black River, a dope black light poster, a beautiful print, and a look of approval from your father, the one you've always wanted.  

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Saturday, May 9th - Sunday, May 10th

Toronto, ON - All weekend long our great neighbors to the North will be hosting the annual Toronto Comic Art Festival, or TCAF, at the awesome Toronto Reference Library. And Fantagraphics will be on hand to sell you books, say nice things about your hair, and give you high-fives (but mostly sell you books). Check out our full breakdown of Fanta at TCAF, with our signing schedule, where you can see our artists on panels, and where to find us. This event is FREE to the public!

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Monday, May 11th

Dearborn, MI - The good times continue to roll this week with a stop at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan on the Black River tour. If you can't get to the mind-altering post-apocalyptic comics, then get the mind-altering post-apocalyptic comics to come to you! Beginning at 5:30 PM, they'll be showing Josh's hand crafted films, with the signing to immediately follow.  

 

Seattle: Schelly on Kurtzman at the University Bookstore
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Harvey KurtzmaneventsBill Schelly 1 May 2015 12:59 PM

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Thursday, May 7th

Seattle, WA - It's undeniable the influence that Harvey Kurtzman has had on an entire generation of cartoonists, humorists, and people who like to laugh. As the founder of MAD Magazine, his influence has left an indelable mark in American culture. But what about the man himself? The new biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, by author Bill Schelly has exhaustively researched the man and his career, and is coming to The University Bookstore on May 7th. Join us for a launch party in celebration of the book's release! Schelly will present the must-have new book and discuss the fascinating man behind it. 

Festivities kick off at 7 PM. Make sure to stick around after the presentation to get your copy signed by Schelly.  

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Universty Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105 

 


Washington Speakers Bureau - Megan Kelso
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Megan Kelsoevents 29 Apr 2015 10:03 AM

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Humanities Washingon, one of the best and most creative organizations in the state, has chosen Megan Kelso to participate in the 2015-16 Speakers Bureau! What Speakers Bureau does is create a roster of cultural experts and scholars who travel to all corners of the state to provide diverse public presentations that "encourage audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation." 

A Seattle cartoonist, Megan Kelso is the creator of Queen of the Black BlackArtichoke Tales, and The Squirrel Mother for Fantagraphics, as well as the "GirlHero" mini comic. Megan's unique lecture that she'll be taking on the road with her is titled "Comics Can Take Us Places". From Humanities Washington:

"What role does a sense of place play in cartoons and comic storytelling? How does place influence the character and plot of these images and the stories they tell? As a visual medium, comics tap directly into our sense of memory, time and place - sometimes without words. In this fascinating presentation, cartoonist Megan Kelso explains how she uses memory, her own life, research, and photo references to create sequential panels that evoke the feeling of a specific, inhabited world. Kelso illustrates the presentation with examples of her work and pictures of places that have inspired her to share how central the role of place is to these popular art forms, particularly from storytelling and social commentary perspectives."

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(The Squirrel Mother 2010) 

Megan's next stop around the state will be on Saturday, May 2nd in Olympia, WA at the Tumwater Timberland Regional Library in conjuction with the library's comic celebration day. Check back into Megan's blog for updates on where she'll be next. OR if you're a non-profit/school/library etc, find out how you can apply to have Megan speak to your organization!

New York: Ed Piskor at The New School
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Hip Hop Family TreeFCBDeventsEd Piskor 28 Apr 2015 11:00 AM

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Saturday, May 2nd

New York, NY - The man of many talents, Ed Piskor will be joined by notable New Yorkers in the hip hop scene to discuss the dynamic intersectionality of hip hop and comics in an event called New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Beginning at 6 PM in room L104, head to The New School for a visual and verbal presentation that includes special guests:

Eric Orr - creator of "Rappin' Max Robot", the first ever Hip-Hop comic book. Orr is a graphic designer, illustrator, graffiti artist, and visual innovator.

Jazzy Jay - a DJ and produver whose career began in the '70s as a DJ for Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation.  

DJ Johnny "Juice" Rosado - best known for his work as producer and DJ artists such as Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders and the New School, and DMC. 

All moderated by Patrick Reed, who puts together Hip Hop and Comics panels at conventions all across the country. He also contributes to Comics Alliance and edits Depth of Field magazine.

If you can't get enough comics or Ed at FCBD just down the street, this is the place to scratch that itch!

new school
The New School University Center
63 5th Ave
New York, NY
 

 

 

 



Wuvable Oaf Tour 2015: East Coast Edition
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Luce 27 Apr 2015 3:51 PM

wuvable tour

A tour of oaf proportions is the only fitting way to celebrate the imminent release of the epic Wuvable Oaf collection, by the one and only, Ed Luce. You may have caught glimpses of him if you're a frequenter of Seattle or Portland, but now the East Coast and back is about to get some wuv!

New York

May 7th - Printed Matter
Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists' books. Through their open submission policy, they circulate over 32,000 books annually, and provide numerous educational resources to publishing newbies and veterans alike. We're honored that they're hosting the New York release of Oaf. Ed will be signing from 6-8 PM, with copies of the beautiful beast on hand!

May 7th & 8th - Queers & Comics
If you're at all interetsted in the history, the LGBTQ rights, comics culture, and anything inbetween, you must check out the Queers & Comics conference. Ed Luce, amongst many other notable cartoonists and figures, will be engaging in panels and presentations about the intersection, the history, and the business of queers and comics. 

Toronto, ON

May 9th & 10th - TCAF
Toronto Comics and Art Fest boasts some formidible guests at this year's convention, including a number of Fanta artists. But we understand if a big reason you head to this FREE show is to catch up with featured guest, Ed Luce. TCAF is seeing the premier Canadian release of Wuvable Oaf. A full breakdown of the signing schedule, panels, and tables is forthcoming!

Check back on Flog for tour updates, including the next stretch of Oaf dates! 

 

 




FCBD Events at FPNYC
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under FCBDeventsEd PiskorDash Shaw 27 Apr 2015 12:01 PM

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 Saturday, May 2nd

New York City - We know you have options in New York about where to get your free comic fix this coming Saturday during the national Free Comic Book Day holiday. But are any of those stores besides Forbidden Planet bringing in Dash Shaw and Ed Piskor for a signing? Didn't think so! Starting at Noon the Union Square store will be hosting these top notch artists to sign copies of their books. Titles they'll have on hand include "Cosplayers", and Doctors by Shaw, and the award-winning, action-packed Hip Hop Family Tree series by Piskor. 

FCBD can be competetive, but we hope you get lucky with a copy of our Hip Hop Family Tree three-in-one. Featuring Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw's Cosplayers! Piskor's half features excerpts from all three existing HHFT volumes, plus the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation and exclusive pinups by R Crumb, Scotting Young, Jim Rugg, Ben Marra, and more...! Shaw's side delivers an all-new, 24-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers. Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With exclusive wraparound cover by Piskor.

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This annual tradition of free comics has turned into one of the most poppin' days of the year for many stores. Cosplayers, special sales, and in-store guests. A lot of work goes into throwing a FCBD, and no one works harder than Forbidden Planet. Line up early to get your free books, and then stick around for this signing mash-up that leads the pack in showing just how diverse comics can be as a medium. (But we won't tell if you slept outside waiting for the new Avengers movie.)

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Forbidden Planet NYC
832 Broadway
New York, NY 10003 


NYC: Queers & Comics Conference
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Trina RobbinsMarguerite Van CookJustin HallJames RombergerGraham KolbeinseventsEllen ForneyEd LuceAnne Ishii 23 Apr 2015 2:32 PM

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May 7th-8th

New York, NY - Queers and comics are combining forces and heading to NYC for a two day Queers & Comics conference at CUNY  that will offer two days of panels, workshops, presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art; sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). The history of queers in comics is long and rich, producing some of the most groundbreaking cartoonists of the past 40 years. From punk zines sold in queer bookstores and cafes, and now to the stage of Broadway, queer comics have been as diverse as those making them. Which makes this conference an important venue to continue the understanding and creation of queer stories. 

Keynote presentations from Howard Cruse and Allison Bechdel, and speical guest Gengorah Tagame headline this event, while 100's of cartoonists and scholars from all over the world come together and present to an eager audience of publishers, editors, academics, and readers alike. 

Some panel highlights that feature Fantagraphics artists include:

May 7th
9-10:45 AM Porn This Way: Male Sexuality in Queer Comics with moderator Justin Hall
 11:45-1:15 PM Gengorah Tagame in Conversation with Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins
4:15-6 PM Drawing Out Queerness: Artists and Scholars in Conversation with Justin Hall
4:15-6 PM Queer Politics, Agit-Pop & Editorial Comics: Comics as an Eyewitness with James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook

May 8th
11-12:45 PM To Be Continued: Serialized Comics with Ed Luce
11-12:45 PM Wonder Woman: And Beyond with Trina Robbins
4:15-6 PM Wet and Sticky: Female Sexuality in Queer Comics with Ellen Forney

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Registration for the event is open to the public, and has several different levels of prices, including FREE if you're a member of CLAGS, or a low income option. 

The level of talent as this conference is one for the books, and a testament to the enduring power of art as a vehicle for change. Don't miss this event! 






Chicago: Eightball Signing at Quimby's
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 23 Apr 2015 10:07 AM

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Thursday, April 30th 

Chicago, IL - We've been hogging all the advance event copies of The Complete Eightball to ourselves here in the Pacific Northwest, so now it's the midwest's turn to get a crack at this gorgeous and vibrant collection. Eightball creator Daniel Clowes will be at Quimby's Bookstore on Thursday, April 30th to sign your fresh copies, still with that new baby smell. 

It was no surprise that the Fantagraphics BookstoreLinework, and Powell's City of Books all sold out of their event copies of the book, and Quimby's will be your last chance to get it before hitting shelves in June. Pre-order and Kickstarter copies will be in stock shortly!

Get yourself and your closest friends and frenemies to Quimby's on the 30th by 7 PM for a trascendental book signing with Daniel Clowes, cited as one of comics most influential cartoonists. 

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Clowes signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery 

Josh Simmon's Black River Tour Kicks Off
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Josh SimmonsIntruderFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart 22 Apr 2015 4:16 PM

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This weekend, our master of horror, Josh Simmons, kicks off his Black River tour with three stops around the Pacific Northwest. After a successful weekend at Portland's Linework NW festival, Josh is hitting the road and heading to Canada. On Friday, April 24th, catch Josh in Vancouver at Lucky's for a book signing and screening of three shorts by Simmons, beginning at 7 PM.

Next stop, Seattle! Saturday, April 25th, our very own Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting Josh in Georgetown, also with a signing and screening. He'll be joined by the Intruder gang for the release of Intruder #15, one of the most adventurous comics collectives out there. Festivities kick off at 6 PM.

And if you're in Tacoma, don't worry! We didn't forget about you. Josh will be making a stop at Destiny City Comics on Sunday, April 26th for a signing beginning at 2 PM.  Next door at King's Books, they're celebrating their 11th annual Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza. You wont want to miss this all-day affair!

 tour print

Each stop along the tour will feature these limited black light posters created by Simmons, and only available during the tour. Other prints featuring a gorgeous black and white interior of Black River, and the full color cover of The Furry Trap will also be on hand for you to get your hands on!

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