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Drew Friedman at L.A.'s FAMILY on June 13
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsDrew Friedmanbest american comics criticismBen Schwartz 24 May 2010 8:15 AM

Come and meet the 'Insanely Great' Drew Friedman!

Drew Friedman will be making a (medium) rare appearance/book signing in Hollywood to discuss, along with journalist/pop culture historian Ben Schwartz, (who's new book, The Best American Comics Criticism, from Fantagraphics sports an adorable cover by Friedman), his new hardcover anthology, "TOO SOON?", a collection of political and Showbiz illustrations covering the last delightful 15 years, and featuring a foreword by Jimmy Kimmel. As Howard Stern says "Everything he does is insanely great!"

Also to be discussed will of course be Old Jewish Comedians, (Family is located conveniently across the Steet from Old Jewish Comedian Jack Carter's favorite deli, Cantor's!) and the third and final in the trilogy, "Even MORE Old Jewish Comedians", due out in early 2011. Other topics surely to arise will include Milton Berle's appendage, Danny Thomas's love of Coffee tables, Bingo the Chimp, Joe Franklin, Abe Vigoda, Side Show Freaks, meeting Groucho and of course Shemp.

The PERFECT father's day gift for Dad!!

WHERE: Family Books
436 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA
323.782.9221

WHEN: SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 7PM


Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd's Big Dreams in SF
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mark ToddeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 21 May 2010 5:01 PM

Big Dreams - Esther Pearl Watson

Esther Pearl Watson has a solo art show of her paintings, with an adjoining exhibit of work by her fella/partner in crime Mark Todd, June 1-26, 2010 at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 10. More info at Happenstand.

Comics Critics Unite at Skylight Books!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Sammy Harkhamrobert fioreeventsbest american comics criticismBen Schwartz 19 May 2010 8:39 AM

  

BEN SCHWARTZ, SAMMY HARKHAM, and ROBERT FIORE discuss BEST AMERICAN COMICS CRITICISM at SKYLIGHT BOOKS!

WHEN: Thursday, 05/27/2010 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Ben Schwartz, editor of the new anthology Best American Comics Criticism, will discuss comics and comics criticism with Kramers Ergot editor Sammy Harkham and comics critic Robert Fiore at L.A.'s SKYLIGHT BOOKS!

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90027

UPDATE! Just added: JOE MATT and BRIAN DOHERTY

Comix at the Silver Lake Jubilee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyTed StearnRobert GoodineventsEsther Pearl Watson 17 May 2010 5:12 PM

Silver Lake Jubilee

This coming weekend, May 22-23, 2010, the Silver Lake Jubilee in Los Angeles is hosting "Jubilee Comix," a comics showcase featuring live readings at El Cid both mornings beginning at 10am featuring Tom Neely, Robert Goodin, Jesse Moynihan, Ted Stearn, David King and Malachi Ward. Afterward, all of them, plus Tim Hensley and Olga Volozova, will be signing in the Literary Village. And Esther Pearl Watson is just one of many comics and small-press artists exhibiting in the "We Come in Peace" collaborative "zine fort" installation. Sounds like a can't-miss!

Tim Hensley at GR2 on Sunday, May 30!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim Hensleyevents 17 May 2010 7:29 AM
 
Book signing at GR2!
 
Wally Gropius book signing with Tim Hensley
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  
GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276  
 
Giant Robot is proud to host a reception and book signing with Tim Hensley to celebrate the release of his new graphic novel, Wally Gropius

"One of my favorite 'graphic novels'' of all time. Hilarious and utterly unique, Wally Gropius is a work of unassuming genius that rewards on ever-deepening levels with each rereading." - Daniel Clowes
Jim Woodring - Weathercraft art show at Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodringeventsart shows 16 May 2010 8:20 PM

Weathercraft original art - Jim Woodring

An exhibit of original pages from Jim Woodring's Weathercraft (as seen above in our office last August) will open at Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn on June 18, 2010, with an opening reception 6-9 PM. Jim will be in attendance — mark your calendars! This is one of several NYC appearances for Jim, about which we'll be announcing full details in the near future.

Don't forget, those of us on the opposite coast will be treated to Jim's Weathercraft slideshow presentation at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this coming Saturday.

Jim Woodring Presents WEATHERCRAFT at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 22
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 May 2010 1:01 PM

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes visionary cartoonist Jim Woodring on Saturday, May 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. He will give a slide presentation focusing on his latest work WEATHERCRAFT and sign copies of the book, which debuts at the event.  

Jim Woodring’s idiosyncratic aesthetic has earned him an international following as both a cartoonist and visual artist. He was a recipient of the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006 (with frequent collaborator Bill Frisell) and was an Artist Trust-Washington State Artist fellow in 2008. His work is published and exhibited worldwide, finding him traveling to exhibitions in France and Australia last year, a residency in Alaska last month, and to Sweden next month.  

Though Fantagraphics Books has published several wonderful Woodring comic book series and collections, WEATHERCRAFT represents his first full-length graphic novel. Employing mystical motifs and enigmatic characters, the book continues the artist’s tradition of imaginative narratives allowing subjective responses from the reader. In a recent review in Vice magazine, Nick Gazin observes, “There’s not much point in trying to sum up the story of this comic. There’s no text, the art is beautiful, and you’re totally consumed by the world he’s created and you exist inside it while you’re reading it."  

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, minutes south of downtown Seattle in the center of the historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.  

Listing Information: 

Jim Woodring presents WEATHERCRAFT

Saturday May 22, 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)

Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110

Esther Pearl Watson at Skylight Books in L.A., Weds. May 12 - Canceled
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 10 May 2010 10:51 AM

Esther Pearl Watson

UPDATE: Regrettably, this event is canceled for now.

Join Esther Pearl Watson at Skylight Books in Los Angeles this Wednesday at 7:30 PM for a signing and what is sure to be a hilarious and delightful discussion with "an awesome slideshow of inspiration, sketches and behind-the-scenes craziness" for Unlovable Vols. 1 & 2. More info here.

TCAF: It's a Beauty Way to Go
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim WoodringHo Che AndersoneventsDash ShawBlake Bell 6 May 2010 7:17 AM

TCAF 2010 poster - Daniel Clowes

Yes! For the first time ever, Fantagraphics will be heading to the great white north for this year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, and yes, I'll confess, I'm looking forward to trying one of those Canadian donuts I've heard so much about.

Yours truly will be manning the table, along with Denise and Helen from esteemed establishment The Beguiling. So, let me answer you now, "No, Eric, Gary, and Kim are not here," and "No, we're not accepting submissions, but please visit our website for details on how to submit your work..."

We'll be bringing a bevy of sweet, tasty, chewy... um, books for you to buy (dammit, sorry, still thinking about donuts), including:

Artichoke Tales
• The Artist Himself: Rand Holmes Update: Oops, this one won't make it.
Billy Hazelnuts & the Crazy Bird
Captain Easy
• Meatcake
• MOME 19
Prince Valiant, Vol. 2
• Set to Sea Update: Sorry, this won't make it either.
Wally Gropius
Weathercraft
• Werewolves of Montpellier


Swing by the Fantagraphics table (see map below) to pick these up, and get some books signed by our artists:

SIGNING SCHEDULE

Saturday 12:30-2:30: Jim Woodring (at The Beguiling signing tables)
Saturday 2-3: Blake Bell & Roger Langridge
Saturday 4-5: Dash Shaw

Sunday 12-2: Ho Che Anderson
Sunday 1-2: Roger Langridge
Sunday 2:30-4:30: Jim Woodring

(Times may be subject to last-minute change.)

And be sure to hit up some of these great panels, too:

SATURDAY

Feature: Daniel Clowes, James Sturm, Seth, Chester Brown, and Jim Woodring
11:30 – 12:30pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)

Five of the world’s most respected cartoonists in one room, on one panel! Moderated by Tom Spurgeon.

Spotlight: Paul Pope and Dash Shaw
12:00-1:00pm, The Pilot (22 Cumberland Street, across the street from Toronto Reference Library)


TCAF Featured Guests Paul Pope and Dash Shaw are two of the most exciting creators in comics, mixing their influences and innovations to create groundbreaking work. Now Inkstuds Radio/Podcast host Robin McConnell will moderate a conversation between these two creators about the role that influences play in creating comics, ranging from traditional comics to film and music and from classical to contemporary works. This also includes a discussion of education, some key points in creating your own vision in comics, and an examination of how to make influences work and finding out where they lead you.

SUNDAY

Spotlight: Jim Woodring’s Weathercraft
12:30 – 1:30pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)


Jim Woodring’s cartoons chart a course through some of the most surreal imagery ever seen in any artistic medium, drawing visions from the realms of the subconscious to create a graphic world of dreams. But while his work may speak in the language of dreams, Woodring’s life has often led him into nightmare territory… Now venture into Woodring’s interior world with Weathercraft, the newest book in Woodring’s Frank world. Joining Jim Woodring will be journalist Sean Rogers, who will interview the author in a moderated Q&A.

The New Graphic Novelists: New Creators Transforming the Medium
Sunday, May 9th, 2:15 – 3:15pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)


There is a pantheon of great graphic novelists — folks who started thinking about comics as singular, book-bound creations.  But that concept has shifted since its conceptualization, and a collection of young creators are pushing the medium in fantastic new ways. Creators Joshua Cotter, Colleen Frakes, Ryan North, Dash Shaw, and Raina Telgemeier will discuss their experiences producing comics that alternately defy and embrace the term ‘graphic novel”. Moderated by Eva Volin.

Research and History: Inspiration versus Obligation
Sunday, May 9th, 3:00 – 4:00pm, The Pilot (22 Cumberland Street, across the street from Toronto Reference Library)


A discussion about different approaches and uses of research from the hardcore to the writers of historical fiction. Inspiration versus obligation … for everybody. A lively discussion led by Kathryn Immonen, and featuring Stuart Immonen, Jim Ottaviani, Kate Beaton, Ho Che Anderson, Willow Dawson, and Matt Kindt.

Russell Patterson and the Patterson Girl
Sunday, May 9th, 4:30 – 5:00pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)


Russell Patterson got his start in Montreal as a newspaper cartoonist. He then went to Chicago, where he eventually made a name for himself as an illustrator of flapper era nightlife. His “Patterson Girls,” which appeared in magazines and various comic strips (Flossy Frills; Gloria Gets Her Man; The Patterson Girl), were intended as caricatures, and between 1925 and 1960 they go from being fun and liberated to being sexist and shallow. Jaleen Grove, editor of Top Hats and Flappers (Fantagraphics) traces this progression in the context of the entertainment industry and its exploitation of glamour, looking at how models used illustrators and vice versa to further their careers.

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The Incomparable Michael Kupperman at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Michael KuppermanFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 5 May 2010 11:53 PM

Michael Kupperman at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery May 8,  2010

Come on down to Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday, May 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to welcome gifted cartoonist Michael Kupperman to Seattle. He’ll be signing copies of the brand new issue of his sensational TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE comic book and other publications. The appearance includes an exhibition of his dazzling original art and a continuous screening of the animated “Snake ‘n’ Bacon” pilot episode.

Kupperman’s unique graphic sensibility combines elements of anachronistic pulp detective magazines textured with references to contemporary art and popular culture. This results in singularly seductive and hilarious comics.

Michael Kupperman’s appearance coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack. In addition to diverse visual and performing arts, the May 8 installment includes the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival featuring continuous screenings of over 50 three minute films at venues throughout the historic neighborhood.

Saturday’s event features an extraordinary cartoonist, an esoteric soundtrack by DJ “Fallout” Russ, and complimentary beverages. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.