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Gahan Wilson at the Strand last night
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gahan Wilsonevents 20 Jan 2010 11:15 AM

Gahan Wilson at The Strand Bookstore, NYC, Jan. 19, 2010

We hear the event was gangbusters! Here's Gahan signing a copy of the Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons collection. Strand TV footage will be up on the Strand's YouTube page in the next week, so we'll be sure to bring you that when it's available. Photo by Christina Foxley, courtesy the Strand — click for a larger version.

Spectacular Saturday Series at Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Steven WeissmanGahan WilsonFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 19 Jan 2010 7:34 AM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Presents Newave, Steven Weissman & Gahan Wilson

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present a remarkable series of exhibitions, signings and receptions on successive Saturday evenings January 30 through February 13. These amazing events will feature both emerging talent and legendary masters of the comics medium.

Fantagraphics Books celebrates the publication of NEWAVE! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s with an exhibition, book signing, and mini comix workshop on Saturday, January 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The show will feature original art and graphics by underground mini comix pioneers Jaimie Alder, Jim Blanchard, Wayne Gibson, David Lasky, Wayno, Steve Willis, Dennis Worden, and XNO. NEWAVE editor Michael Dowers will produce and distribute a mini comic on site. This festive reunion also includes live music, a comix jam, and the debut of the NEWAVE! anthology.

On Saturday, February 6 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, prolific comics creator and illustrator Steven Weissman appears on the occasion of the debut of his latest book CHOCOLATE CHEEKS. The award-winning Weissman explores a peculiar alternative to traditional childhood relationships. Influenced by classic comic strip characters and pop culture icons, this wonderful artist appeals to readers of all ages.

Please join us on Saturday, February 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, when Fantagraphics Bookstore is honored to host an art exhibition and reception for living legend Gahan Wilson. His delightfully demented sense of humor is celebrated in GAHAN WILSON: 50 YEARS OF PLAYBOY CARTOONS, an exquisite 3-volume slipcase edition that includes over 1,000 comics and illustrations by the acknowledged master of the macabre. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet one of America's most incredible idiosyncratic artists.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.

Chocolate Cheeks book release & art exhibit at Floating World
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven Weissmaneventsart shows 18 Jan 2010 3:53 PM

Chocolate Cheeks at Floating World - poster

Floating World Comics & Fantagraphics present:

"CHOCOLATE CHEEKS" book release & art exhibit with Steven Weissman

This February's 1st Thursday in Portland OR, Floating World Comics is proud to present a book signing and art exhibit with one of their and our favorite comic creators, Steven Weissman, creator of Yikes!, celebrating the release of his brand new book Chocolate Cheeks.

LISTING INFORMATION:

WHO: Steven Weissman

WHAT: CHOCOLATE CHEEKS book release & art exhibit

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 4th, 6-10pm

WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101, Portland OR

More info here.

Steven will also be appearing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 6 for a Chocolate Cheeks book signing — stay tuned for more information on that and more exciting Fantagraphics Bookstore events tomorrow!

Tomorrow: Gahan Wilson @ The Strand!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gahan Wilsonevents 18 Jan 2010 8:14 AM
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS AND THE STRAND PRESENT:

An evening with GAHAN WILSON

Signing and discussing his new book:

GAHAN WILSON: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons

Tuesday, January 19, 7PM

THE STRAND BOOKSTORE
12th & Broadway
New York, NY

  

Gahan will discuss his distinguished career and answer questions in a talk moderated by Emily Gordon, former PRINT magazine Editor-In-Chief and proprietor of the Emdashes blog (about all things New Yorker). 

Hotwire at Desert Island Jan. 29th
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Michael KuppermanGlenn Headeventsdavid sandlin 15 Jan 2010 7:32 AM

Featuring: David Sandlin, Michael Kupperman, Chadwick Whitehead, Jayr Pulga, Sam Henderson, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Karl Wills, and R Sikoryak!

Funny (not funny)
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim HensleyMichael KuppermanMark Newgardenjon vermilyeaIvan BrunettiGlenn Headeventsdavid sandlin 15 Jan 2010 7:16 AM

This looks like a great show: 

  

FUNNY (not funny)
Recent Comic Art Exhibiting Signs of Black Humor
Curated by Ryan Standfest

January 22 - February 26, 2010
Reception: Friday, January 22 6-9pm

The University of Michigan Work : Detroit Gallery
3663 Woodward / Suite 150
Detroit, MI 48230

Participating Artists:
Ivan Brunetti
Chris Cilla
Sue Coe
Lisa Hanawalt
Glenn Head
Tim Hensley
Ian Huebert
Ben Katchor
Michael Kupperman
Mats!?
Daniel Maw
Taylor McKimens
Travis Millard
Tom Neely
Mark Newgarden
David Paleo
Jonathon Rosen
David Sandlin
Rob Sato
Jon Vermilyea

The "FUNNY (not funny)" exhibition seeks to elicit uncomfortable laughter in the realm of black humor-a place where the serious and the taboo are fodder for comic provocation. Artists in numerous media have long sought to overturn convention and challenge what is funny with what is not as a means of producing humor out of the unlikeliest of situations. Work by the twenty artists on view in "FUNNY (not funny)" demonstrates that cartooning is keeping the tradition of black humor alive and flourishing. The very form of the comics page itself is as relevant a vehicle as ever, freed from so many of the commercial restrictions placed on other art forms, to effectively deliver potent images and narratives that carry with them a very immediate and accurate measure of the absurdity of our age.

 































Ivan Brunetti at SHQ!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ivan Brunettievents 12 Jan 2010 9:47 AM

Mome 17 launch party photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Sara Edward-CorbettNate NealMomeGabrielle BelleventsDerek Van Gieson 11 Jan 2010 8:25 PM

Check out these photos by Daniel Seth Pagel of Sunday night's classy-looking launch party for Mome Vol. 17 at Bergen Street Comics which I ganked from Nate Neal's Facebook page.

Bergen Street Comics

Bergen Street Comics

Sara Edward-Corbett and Nate Neal
Sara Edward-Corbett and Nate Neal

Mome Vol. 17

Gabrielle Bell and Sara Edward-Corbett
Gabrielle Bell and Sara Edward-Corbett

Nate Neal, Gabrielle Bell, Derek Van Gieson
Nate Neal, Gabrielle Bell, Derek Van Gieson

Derek Van Gieson and Nate Neal
Derek Van Gieson and Nate Neal



Daily OCD: 1/8/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPortable GrindhouseMomeJordan CraneJacques BoyreauGilbert HernandezGahan WilsoneventsBlazing CombatBest of 2009 8 Jan 2010 2:48 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

List: On the Forbidden Planet International Blog Log, guest critic Chris Marshall's top 10 graphic novels of 2009 places Blazing Combat in a tie for 4th place: "There was a time when War Comics told War Fact. They showed us the blood, death, camaraderie and horror. [This] series did just that and didn’t hold back."

Review: "Fantagraphics has truly pulled out all the stops on the production of [Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons], giving it such marvelous style and pizzazz. ... But it’s the content, of course, that is truly king. If the 20th century was indeed the American century, then Wilson is a cartoonist who had a hell of a time chronicling it, mocking it, signifying it, and holding it up to the light—albeit through his own twisted lens... The work is tremendous and witty and, as always with an excellent retrospective, it offers the reader an excellent chance to walk back in time through decades of experiences, memories, turbulences and triumphs, and just plain old human oddities. What’s truly amazing is how, for more than 50 years, Wilson rarely misses a witty beat." – John Hogan, Graphic Novel Reporter

Preview/Plug: FEARnet presents some favorite pages, with commentary, from Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box

Plug: Chris Jacobs of Sub Pop Records plugs the "predictably, really great" Mome Vol. 17, which includes artwork by Rick Froberg, who plays in Sub Pop band Obits, and the release party this Sunday at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, where Rick will be signing

Plug: There's much love for Jordan Crane at French blog La Soupe d'Espace

Plug: At Comic Book Galaxy, Johnny Bacardi, a Jaime Hernandez partisan when it comes to Love and Rockets, says "But this upcoming Troublemakers looks kinda interesting... despite my preference for Jaime, I think I'll pick this up when I see it..."

FANTAGRAPHICS 2010 PREVIEW Exhibition this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionaireRichard SalaPeter BaggeNate NealMichael KuppermanJoe DalyJim WoodringJacques TardiGilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsComing AttractionsCarol Tyler 6 Jan 2010 3:43 PM

Fantagraphics Books 2010 Preview

Don't miss an opportunity to get a sneak peek at some of the great books you'll be reading later this year at the FANTAGRAPHICS 2010 PREVIEW event this Saturday, January 9 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle.

On display will be work from Fantagraphics favorites like Peter Bagge (HATE ANNUAL #8), Tony Millionaire (BILLY HAZELNUTS AND THE CRAZY BIRD), Jim Woodring (WEATHERCRAFT), Jason (WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER), Michael Kupperman (TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #6), Richard Sala (THE HIDDEN), and Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #3), as well as new offerings from masters like Jacques Tardi and Carol Tyler and relative newcomers like Joe Daly and Nate Neal, among many others. 2010 promises more of the amazingly diverse yet cohesive line of compelling comics you've come to expect from Fantagraphics Books. See for yourself this Saturday.

The opening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations at several locations throughout the historic neighborhood. For details and a map visit www.georgetownartattack.com.

Fantagraphics Bookstore 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.