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Robert Pollard's NYC Art Show
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Pollardevents 28 Jul 2010 7:01 AM

  

Robert Pollard has a new art exhibit in NYC on August 27/28. Its open to the public, so come on down!

As writer Rick Moody put it in his introduction to Fantagraphics' TOWN OF MIRRORS: THE REASSEMBLED IMAGERY OF ROBERT POLLARD, "The visual art of Robert Pollard ... is uncanny, moving, strange, and it summons a dark melancholy.... We are lucky to have these riddles to ponder and unlock."

THE 45 SPACE in New York will host "The Public Hi-Fi Balloon," an exhibit of collages by Robert Pollard incorporating pictures, words, and sound on August 27 and 28, 2010.

Pollard, whose super-human productivity as a songwriter is the stuff of
indie-rock legend, created most of the works for this show in the past six
months. "I've been working long hours daily getting ready for this show," he says. "It's going to be insane."

Among the works on display will be more than 60 imaginary record sleeves, as well as dreamed-up magazines and coffee table books. "You can see Duchamp in Pollard's collages, as well as the influence of the painterly spaces of De Chirico and Yves Tanguy," wrote Moody in the introduction to Town of Mirrors. Moody also noted "a residual pulse in the images of the swinging sixties, not the flowers-in-their-hair iteration, but the dark bad-acid psychedelia of that low, dishonest decade."

Pollard is the leader of the seminal indie-rock band Guided by Voices, which emerged from Midwestern obscurity in the early 1990s to conquer the national scene with such transcendentally lo-fi albums as Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, and Under the Bushes, Under the Stars. One of Spin magazine's "Top 50 Rock & Roll Front Men of All Time," Pollard recently electrified fans and critics alike when he announced that the original lineup of Guided by Voices would be reuniting for a series of shows this fall.

Pollard created the cover art for most Guided by Voices releases, not to mention those of his many other musical projects. The cover collage for Guided by Voices' 1997 album Mag Earwhig was displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Pollard's music and his visual art are unified at a fundamental level. "They
both have to do with re-assembling familiar imagery to create interesting
landscapes," he says. "One with sight, the other with sound."

Pollard was introduced to the New York art world in 2007, when visual artist Todd DiCiurcio and actor Michael Imperiole co-hosted "Do the Collage," a show that included the original art for several classic Guided by Voices album covers. DiCiurcio will co-host "The Public Hi-Fi Balloon" with Vanity Fair executive online editor Michael Hogan.

The 45 Space is located at 45 Bond Street (between Lafayette Street and the Bowery) in Manhattan. Opening night is Friday, August 27, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The exhibit will also be open to visitors on Saturday, August 28, from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m.



Joe Sacco at Portland Art Museum Sunday
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joe Saccoevents 27 Jul 2010 7:38 AM

Portland-based writer, publisher, and bookseller Chloe Eudaly and renowned cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco, author of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza, will discuss comics and journalism in a casual and lively presentation on Sunday, August 1 at the Portland Art Museum.
This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis, on view through September 19.

What: Joe Sacco and Chloe Eudaly in Conversation
When: Sunday, August 1, 2 p.m.
Where: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium
Ticketing: $5 Museum members, $12 non-members. Tickets available at portlandartmuseum.org or at the Museum's box office.





Comic-Con Day 1 Part 6: celebz! (with video)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairetelevisionMichael KuppermanMaakieshooray for HollywoodeventsDrew FriedmanCCIBlake Bell 23 Jul 2010 3:18 AM

We had a flurry of exciting celebrity shoppers toward the end of the day:

Blake Bell & Lake Bell, Comic-Con 2010

Above, Fire & Water author Blake Bell meets the television & movie actress of the oddly similar name Lake Bell and the world does not implode, possibly due to Lake's boyfriend, comedian Nick Kroll, executing the perfect photobomb.

Nick Kroll loves Drew Friedman, Comic-Con 2010

Here, Nick strikes a perfect mirror-image pose with one of two Drew Friedman books he picked up while Tom Spurgeon botches his photobomb.

Robert Popper & Peter Serafinowicz, Comic-Con 2010

Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, creators of the BBC comedy series Look Around You among other things, stopped by the booth after a friendly hint from our own gutsy Janice Headley during the Q&A at the Look Around You panel shortly beforehand about Michael Kupperman's involvement in The Peter Serafinowicz Show (video link):

And finally (actually earlier in the day): Kick-Ass displays good taste in comics with his newly-purchased copy of Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury!

Kick-Ass loves Maakies! Fantagraphics booth, Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con Day 1 Part 5: Carol Tyler
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsCCICarol Tyler 23 Jul 2010 3:10 AM

Carol Tyler signs in at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Like Moto Hagio, Carol Tyler added a little something extra to her white-board sign-in for her signing for the premiere of You'll Never Know Book 2: Collateral Damage. I had to take off soon after helping get her set up and snapping these pics, including the one below of her yukking it up with Eric Reynolds, but hopefully I'll have more to report after her Friday signing.

Carol Tyler & You'll Never Know Book 2 at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Carol Tyler & Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Ben Jones ice cream truck
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under slimy marketingeventsCCIBen Jones 23 Jul 2010 3:08 AM

Ben Jones ice cream truck, Comic-Con 2010

In the interest of fact-finding, we stood in line for free ice cream on our Comic-Con lunch break to confirm that yes, the graphics on the van (and the napkins which were handed out with the ice cream) are indeed by Ben Jones. The dude in the van said that Ben applied the vinyl decals by hand. BJ + B&J to promote Adult Swim (home of The Drinky Crow Show, once and possible future projects from Michael Kupperman, and possibly Ben's show Neon Knome among other fine programs) is brand synergy I can get behind. If I see it again I'll definitely try to get better pictures (and more ice cream).

Comic-Con Day 1 Part 4: the Hernandez clan
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezeventsCCI 23 Jul 2010 3:07 AM

The Hernandez family signs in at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Gilbert, Jaime, and Natalia Hernandez packed 'em in for two solid hours of signing & sketching mania as fans snapped up the new issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories (not to mention Natalia's new minicomic The Cat Eyes #1). Also, judging by the second picture below, Natalia thinks Adam Grano is crazy.

Gilbert, Natalia & Jaime Hernandez at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Gilbert & Natalia Hernandez at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Natalia Hernandez at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Jaime Hernandez & fans at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Jaime Hernandez at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Gilbert, Natalia & Jaime Hernandez & fans at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con Day 1 Part 3: Moto Hagio (with video)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoMoto HagioMatt ThorneventsCCI 23 Jul 2010 3:05 AM

Moto Hagio signs in at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Oh man did it pain me to erase Moto Hagio's unsolicited drawing off of our whiteboard! I console myself with other artwork which followed and the hope that she will do a new drawing each day. She signed copies of A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and drew sketches for a big group of very excited and appreciative fans, with the assistance of Drunken Dream translator/editor Matt Thorn and, behind the scenes, interpreter/personal assistant (and mobile veterinarian, for real) Mari Morimoto. See below (or here) for video of Hagio-sensei sketching a character!

Moto Hagio at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Moto Hagio & Matt Thorn at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Moto Hagio at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con Day 1 Part 2: Johnny Ryan & Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny RyaneventsEsther Pearl WatsonCCI 23 Jul 2010 3:04 AM

Esther Pearl Watson & Johnny Ryan signing sign at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Our first signing of the day featured Johnny Ryan signing the brand new Prison Pit: Book 2 and Esther Pearl Watson signing both volumes of Unlovable and working artwork for on her top-secret new graphic novel in progress. The Johnny logo on the whiteboard is by me, but then I had the better idea of having the artists sign themselves in, so Esther's is by Esther.

Esther Pearl Watson & Johnny Ryan at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Esther Pearl Watson & Unlovable at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Johnny Ryan & Prison Pit at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Esther Pearl Watson at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Johnny Ryan & fans at Fantagraphics, Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con Day 1 Part 1: video booth tour
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyvideoeventsCCI 23 Jul 2010 3:03 AM

Here's a two-part stroll around booth #1718 right around opening time. There were significantly fewer books by the end of the day. Below, another con debut which somehow failed to upload for inclusion in last night's post: Zak Sally's Sammy the Mouse #3.

Comic-Con 2010 debut: Sammy the Mouse by Zak Sally

Comic-Con: Preview Night is for previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsCCI 22 Jul 2010 12:32 AM

Fantagraphics booth (#1718) at Comic-Con 2010, San Diego

Check out the views of our booth (#1718) and book debuts, taken in the moments before the doors were opened. Lots more photos after the jump. Our slate of signings starts Thursday morning — hope to see you there!

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