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Kim Deitch master class at MoCCA June 28
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 14 Jun 2010 6:07 PM

Kim Deitch

Meanwhile, Deitch family fans on the other coast won't be left in the lurch — on Monday June 28 at 6:30 PM in New York City the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art presents a Master Class in Comic Art and Storytelling with Kim Deitch, who "will impart some key secrets. Secrets easily mastered that transformed him from being lazy, hedonistic and unfocused into a more positive, goal oriented human being. He will also show you a certain attitude about the idea of making art; how an artistic life can be more than a way to make a living; that it can also be a way to make a genuinely valid contribution to the world we live in." Man that sounds great! More info & registration links here.

Cinefamily presents A Tribute to Gene Deitch July 6
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gene Deitchevents 14 Jun 2010 5:52 PM

Tom Terrific - Gene Deitch

Los Angelinos and animation aficionados rejoice, as Cinefamily presents a tribute to the great Gene Deitch on Tuesday July 6, 2010 at 8 PM, hosted by Jerry Beck and featuring a rare U.S. appearance (he lives in Prague don't you know) by Gene himself! They'll be screening shorts from throughout Gene's career, including the Oscar-winner Munro, with a Q&A afterward. More info & tickets here.

Grandma Zapp's Rolling Thunderheart Mountain Variety Show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Megan KelsoJim Woodringevents 13 Jun 2010 10:45 AM

Grandma Zapp's Rolling Thunderheart Mountain Variety Show

From our pal (and Hotwire contributor) David Lasky comes the following announcement:

This is an announcement for a benefit show I've been putting together — a fundraiser for ZAPP, Seattle's zine archive.

Come see readings by Jim Woodring (Weathercraft), Megan Kelso (Artichoke Tales), Lucy Morehouse (Ong Ong), Greg Stump (Dwarf Attack), Zach Mandeville (Funwater Awesome), Max Clotfelter and Kelly Froh (Stewbrew), Raleigh Briggs and Julia Lipscomb. Live music by Helen Parson! [Ed. note: our own Jason T. Miles will also be there with his Profanity Hill zine distro!]

Buy your tickets now for this June 15 event!



Megan Kelso’s ARTICHOKE TALES at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Megan KelsoFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Jun 2010 3:47 PM

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Celebrated Seattle cartoonist Megan Kelso unveils her latest masterpiece ARTICHOKE TALES this  Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Megan burst onto the comics scene in the early 90s with her provocative self-published zine Girlhero. She has since proven herself to be a master storyteller..

The New York Times' recent rave called her new book “…surprising and wonderful” with a “consistently sweet and airy approach [that] provides a likable surface for a story with much darker and stickier depths…” The Stranger says “Artichoke Tales feels like series of expansions. The characters and their world grow to envelop the reader in a singular, charming way.”

Please join us on Saturday to celebrate the work is this remarkable artist. DJ Russ "Fallout" Battaglia will spin platters and complimentary beverages will be provided. The reception coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic industrial arts district.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in the heart of Georgetown. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Video: Jim Woodring's Weathercraft talk
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 Jun 2010 1:11 PM

Courtesy of The Comics Journal contributor Gavin Lees comes this video of Jim Woodring's slideshow presentation of Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on May 22, 2010. Below, some still photos of the event. Jim signs copies of the book:

Jim Woodring signs Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Jim presents the slideshow to a rapt audience:

Jim Woodring presents Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Jim Woodring presents Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Ellen Forney gets a boost to watch the slideshow (photo by Janice Headley):

Jim Woodring presents Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Back to the signing table:

Jim Woodring signs Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Jim's Moëbius-strip comic on display:

Moebius-strip comic by Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

The new Anthologies shelf at Fantagraphics Bookstore, holding Mome, Weirdo, Kramer's Ergot, and many many more:

The new anthology shelf at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Jim Woodring in Bay Area Wed. & Thurs.!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 8 Jun 2010 9:03 AM

  

JIM WOODRING'S WEATHERCRAFT TOUR

   Jim Woodring's WEATHERCRAFT tour kicks into high-gear this week with two events in the California Bay Area on Wednesday and Thursday.

At each event, Jim will entertain audiences a fantastic slide show and discussion of the hidden meanings behind every mysterious idea and totem in WEATHERCRAFT. And in Brooklyn, on June 18, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to view all of the original artwork from the book, as well as many preliminary pieces that went into making it.

06/09/10 | 7:30PM • Berkeley CA •  PEGASUS & PENDRAGON BOOKSTORE

06/10/10 | 7:30PM • San Francisco CA • THE BOOKSMITH

06/17/10 | 6PM • New York NY • FORBIDDEN PLANET

06/18/10 | 6PM • Brooklyn NY • SCOTT EDER GALLERY

06/19/10 | 7PM • Brooklyn NY • DESERT ISLAND COMICS

06/25/10 | 7:30PM • Portland OR • POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS

ABOUT WEATHERCRAFT: After 30 years of making acclaimed comic books, Jim Woodring has created his first-ever, long-form original graphic novel. WEATHERCRAFT sends Jim's sloth-like character, Manhog, on a psychedelic quest for enlightenment. Woodring's transformative imagination lures the reader in and makes that person part of a looping story in which actions speak and words don't exist. Wooodring's fluid panels and detailed linework makes this journey though the "Unifactor" universe one that rewards with exquisite new discoveries upon every reading.

WEATHERCRAFT: Black-and-white, 104 pages, 7" by 9.75" • ISBN: 978-1-60699-340-8 • $19.99 US


Two C. Tyler events in June 2010
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsCarol Tyler 7 Jun 2010 10:35 AM

You'll Never Know - C. Tyler

C. Tyler has a couple of great public appearances coming up in Cincinnati and environs over the next couple of weeks. First she'll be reading from her book You’ll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Sunday, June 13 at 12:30, with a book signing to follow. Then, she'll be presenting a comics workshop for teens called "Rated G for Graphic" at the Clermont County Public Library's Ameila & Williamsburg branches on Monday & Tuesday, June 21-22. Space is limited — you can pre-register at the library website.

Weekend events with Peter Bagge
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockPeter Baggeevents 2 Jun 2010 11:10 AM

Peter Bagge concert flyer

Peter Bagge fans in the Northwest can get a double dose this weekend. First, Peter's band Can You Imagine? plays at the Sunset Tavern in scenic downtown Ballard, in Seattle, on Friday night. Also on the bill: The Tom Price Desert Classic, which is studded with Fantagraphics staff past and present, and more special guests. Get more info and RSVP on Facebook. Then on Saturday Peter appears as a special guest of the Olympia Comics Festival (where our own Jason T. Miles will also be tabling with his Profanity Hill concern). Good times!

Kim Deitch and Megan Kelso at the Strand on June 24th!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Megan KelsoKim Deitchevents 1 Jun 2010 2:16 PM
Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso - The Search for Smilin' Ed by Kim Deitch
 
KIM DEITCH AND MEGAN KELSO CELEBRATE THEIR NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS AT THE STRAND ON JUNE 24
 
Fantagraphics Books and New York's The Strand Bookstore are proud to present an evening with acclaimed graphic novelists Kim Deitch and Megan Kelso on June 24, talking about and signing their new graphic novels THE SEARCH FOR SMILIN' ED (by Deitch) and ARTICHOKE TALES (by Kelso). 

Kelso will be making a rare return to New York since moving back to her hometown of Seattle, WA a few years ago. She will give a multimedia talk called "Big and Small": How do you construct a story that includes the big wide world, history, culture, sweeping events like war and political change, but that also includes personal, intimate character-driven things like friendship, family relationships, love, sex, babies and dying? How do you meld the two together into a believable whole? How do you humanize important historical players, kings, queens and presidents, and also show how the personal lives of ordinary people are affected by grand events that take place outside their doors? This are the essential questions that Kelso asked herself throughout the creation of Artichoke Tales, and she answers them  through examples of her own work, as well as other artists who are engaged with similar issues, from Joe Sacco to Lynda Barry.

Meanwhile, underground comix and New York legend Deitch will present a visual tour through his "universe," which features a a sprawling, multi-generational cast of characters both fictional and real, spanning comics and animation history of the 1920’s and 30’s through the present day, with a particular focus on his latest epic, The Search for Smilin' Ed. Deitch will explicate his incredibly intricate yet organic page and panel constructions, which he employs with unparalleled excellence in the creation of structurally complex narratives concerning equally complex characters. 

These lively talks will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience and book signing.

Listing information:

WHO: Megan Kelso and Kim Deitch
WHAT: Multimedia talk and book signing

WHERE: The Strand Bookstore
, 12th & Broadway, New York, NY
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 7PM

ARTICHOKE TALES is the long-awaited graphic novel from Megan Kelso, a six-years-in-the-making family saga spanning three generations and an entire continent. This coming-of-age story is about a young girl named Brigitte whose family is caught between the two warring sides of a civil war, taking place in a world that echoes our own, but whose people have artichoke leaves instead of hair. Influenced in equal parts by Little House on the Prairie, The Thorn Birds, Dharma Bums, and Cold Mountain, Kelso weaves a moving story about family amidst war. Kelso’s visual storytelling, uniquely combining delicate linework with rhythmic, musical page compositions, creates a dramatic tension between intimate, ruminative character studies and the unflinching depiction of the consequences of war and carnage, lending cohesion and resonance to a generational epic. This is Kelso’s first new work in four years; the widespread critical reception of her previous work, THE SQUIRREL MOTHER, makes Artichoke Tales one of the most eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2010.

THE SEARCH FOR SMILIN' ED is the latest of Kim Deitch’s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture. A long-gone children’s show host propels Deitch into a pop-culture investigation.

Where Deitch's earlier books focused on the earliest days of the animation industry (in THE BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS), the history of comic strips (ALIAS THE CAT), and vintage movie serials (SHADOWLAND), THE SEARCH FOR SMILIN' ED explores the surreal landscape of children’s TV shows. Launched on his latest investigation by a remark from his brother about a shared childhood favorite (“Y’know, I heard that when Smilin’ Ed died... his body was never found!”), Deitch begins to uncover some mysterious things about the kiddie-show host and his malevolent sidekick, Froggy the Gremlin. Ranging across the entire twentieth century, replete with flashbacks and stories within stories, The Search for Smilin’ Ed! is a narrative whirligig that shows Deitch at his wildest and woolliest.



Tim Hensley signing photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Hensleyevents 1 Jun 2010 1:01 PM

Tim Hensley

Graham Kolbeins of Future Shipwreck has a bunch of swell photos from Tim Hensley's Wally Gropius book signing at GR2 in L.A. this past weekend.