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Kupperman in public
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 23 Sep 2009 11:36 AM

Attention NYC Thrizzle fans: next Monday, Sept. 28, this happens, with Michael Kupperman (click for larger version):

MTV Monday flyer

Kim & Seth Deitch signing this Saturday
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 21 Sep 2009 3:46 PM

Deitch's Pictorama

Cambridgeans! You have a rare chance to meet two of the notorious Deitch brothers together at the venerable Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square this Saturday, Sept. 26, from 5-7 PM. Kim and Seth will both be signing Deitch's Pictorama and Kim will be signing his own books of course. Find a bit more info here on the MYP LiveJournal.

Family Tree-house Party
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyJordan Cranejeffrey brownevents 18 Sep 2009 10:16 AM

The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #15 cover by Dan Zettwoch

The Family bookstore in L.A. is having a humdinger of a signing and art show on Tuesday Sept. 22 at 7 PM for the release of the new issue of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror that some wags have dubbed "Krusty's Ergot" for its lineup of art comics superstar contributors. Signing at the event: Sammy Harkham, Jeffrey Brown (his first L.A. signing, apparently), Jordan Crane, Tim Hensley, and Simpsons overmind Matt Groening. The Family blog has more info on the issue and event, plus sneak peeks at the issue and art show. It's gonna be bigger than BiMonSciFiCon!

Last-minute Kupperman alert
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 16 Sep 2009 4:22 PM
Brooklyn: This starts in 10 minutes!
Fantagraphics Crashes SPX 2009
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Zak SallyPaul KarasikMiss Lasko-GrossKevin HuizengaHans RickheitGahan WilsoneventsCarol TylerAl Columbia 16 Sep 2009 11:57 AM

  

Gary Groth and Kim Thompson will be at next weekend's SMALL PRESS EXPO in Bethesda, MD, debuting a slew of new books, including:

  • Zak Sally's LIKE A DOG

  • Al Columbia's PIM & FRANCIE

  • E.C. Segar's POPEYE Vol. 4

  • Steve Ditko's STRANGE SUSPENSE

  • Kevin Huizenga's GANGES #3

  • Hans Rickheit's THE SQUIRREL MACHINE

  • MOME Vol. 16

  • Jacques Tardi and Jean-Claude Forest's YOU ARE THERE 

... and more.

We have some very exciting signings as well. To wit:

SATURDAY:

 

KEVIN HUIZENGA: 12PM to 2PM
C. TYLER: 12PM to 2PM
GAHAN WILSON: 2PM to 4PM
HANS RICKHEIT: 2PM to 4PM
ZAK SALLY: 2PM to 4PM
MISS LASKO-GROSS: 4PM to 5PM
AL COLUMBIA: 5PM to 7PM
PAUL KARASIK: 5PM to 7PM

 

SUNDAY:

 

GAHAN WILSON: 12PM to 2PM
ZAK SALLY: 12PM to 2PM
KEVIN HUIZENGA: 12PM to 2PM
HANS RICKHEIT: 2PM to 4PM
C. TYLER: 2PM to 4PM
AL COLUMBIA: 2PM to 4PM
PAUL KARASIK: 4PM to 6PM
MISS LASKO-GROSS: 4PM to 5PM

 

Plus, several FANTAGRAPHICS-related panels:

Saturday, 12:30PM: Debut Cartoonists

Hans Rickheit (The Squirrel Machine) and Zak Sally (Like A Dog) join Ken Dahl and Eleanor Davis to discuss their new books debuting at SPX. Brookside Conf. Rm.

 

Saturday, 3:30PM: Critics' Roundtable

Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth joins Rob Clough, Sean Collins, Chris Mautner, Joe McCulloch, Tucker Stone and Douglas Wolk to share acute critical insights. Brookside Conf. Rm.

 

Saturday, 4PM: Paul Karasik's Fletcher Hanks Experience

Cartoonist, editor and educator Paul Karasik presents "The Fletcher Hanks Experience," an illustrated tour over the brutally surreal Hanks mindscape narrated by the late Fletcher Hanks, Jr. White Flint Ampitheater.

 

Saturday, 5PM: Gahan Wilson Spotlight

This year, Fantagraphics publishes Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons. Mr. Wilson will be joined onstage by publisher and editor Gary Groth to discuss his life and work. White Flint Ampitheater.

 

Sunday, 1PM: Carol Tyler Q & A

Carol will discuss her new book You'll Never Know: A Good and Decent Man with comics critic Douglas Wolk. White Flint Ampitheater.

 

Sunday, 1:30PM: Source-Based Comics

Kate Beaton, Paul Karasik, Ed Piskor, and R. Sikoryak discuss what it means to make creative works of adaptation, parody, and historical fiction. Brookside Conf. Rm.

 

Sunday, 3:30PM: Future of the Comic Book

Discuss the future of the comic book format with publisher Alvin Buenaventura, and cartoonists Kevin Huizenga, Matthew Thurber, Hellen Jo and Noah Van Sciver. Brookside Conf. Rm.COMING IN EARLY 2010:

 

BUT WAIT, THAT'S NOT ALL! 

To celebrate the great Gahan Wilson's rare convention appearance at SPX 2009, we have a very special offer for SPX attendees. In early 2010, we will be publishing GAHAN WILSON: 50 years of Playboy Cartoons, a massive, three-volume hardcover collection of his work. Designed by Jacob Covey, it's going to be absolutely STUNNING:

  

SPX attendees will have the opportunity to PRE-ORDER the book at the show get a limited edition (150 copies) silkscreen print signed by Mr. Wilson at the show! Even better, we are going to include FREE SHIPPING for the book (and believe me, you'll be happy you didn't have to lug this thing around SPX, it's HUGE) when it ships and knock $25 off the $125 retail price! 

For $100, you will get the book, an exclusive signed print, free shipping, and the chance to meet one of the great cartoonists of the 20th Century! Here's what the print looks like: 

These will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don't miss out! 

See ya at SPX! 

 

 






Johnny Ryan and Al Columbia Highlight Fall Calendar at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Johnny RyanFantagraphics BookstoreeventsAl Columbia 16 Sep 2009 11:13 AM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is thrilled to announce upcoming appearances by two of America's most provocative and accomplished cartoonists: Johnny Ryan and Al Columbia.

Prison Pit Book One by Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan will appear Saturday, October 10 on the heels of his wildly popular original graphic novel Prison Pit. We'll mount an exhibition of his original art, prints, and plastic figurines: the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourselves with the perverse pleasures of Ryan's singular aesthetic.

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days by Al Columbia

Al Columbia is among the most challenging and compelling contemporary artists working in any medium. His exhibition and book signing on Saturday, November 7 celebrates the much-anticipated publication of Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days. Described by Things From Another World.com as "Part alchemy, part art book, part storybook, part comic book, and part conceptual art," this book promises to please.

Be sure to catch the sensational exhibition "Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Contemporary Cartoonists" before it closes on October 7. And peruse a dozen new titles from your favorite purveyor of badass comix and lowbrow lit. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle's historic Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Hans Rickheit's SQUIRREL MACHINE Tour
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Hans Rickheitevents 16 Sep 2009 9:12 AM
WHAT IS "THE SQUIRREL MACHINE?"

GRAPHIC NOVELIST BEHIND STRANGE NEW BOOK ANNOUNCES BOOK-SIGNING TOUR


WHAT IS THE SQUIRREL MACHINE? A rodent ensnarement device? A mechanism for concealing one's guarded harvest? An anachronistic fable for the convulsive elite? A nugatory diversion for the subliterate?

The answer to that question can be obtained in the form of an unusual new graphic novel in a book-signing tour working its way up the northeast coast this Autumn.

THE SQUIRREL MACHINE is the brainchild of HANS RICKHEIT, who will be making appearances to autograph books, make sketches and speak personally to curious readers.

The Plot: Situated in a fictive 19th Century New England town, two brothers, Edmund and William Torpor confront public scorn when they reveal their musical creations built from strange technologies and scavenged animal carcasses. Driven to seek a concealment for their aberrant activities, they make a startling discovery. Will they divine the mystery of THE SQUIRREL MACHINE?

This book is a meticulously-rendered creation that defies all known genres. It can best be described as "POST-RATIONAL" or "RETRO-FUTURIST." Disregarding labels and buzz-phrases, it is ultimately an immutably strange and haunting narrative that transcends known logics and presumptive dream-barriers. A distillation of subconscious beauty and madness. A dangerous object for the incautious. A revelation for the undernourished crypto-seeker .

HANS RICKHEIT was born in 1973 and grew up in New England, lived in the basement of an eccentric art gallery/performance space called the Zeitgeist Gallery from 1997-2002, and currently resides in Philadelphia. Aside from his many self-published efforts, he has appeared in many anthologies, including PAPER RODEO, HOAX and KRAMERS ERGOT.

"Recalling both the stark, controlled nightmares of Al Columbia and the gonzo repulsive sexuality of Dave Cooper, Hans Rickheit has trolled his id and purged it on the page" - Matt Fraction, ARTBOMB

"Rickheit has become more prolific with each passing year, producing work that has always been worthy of attention." - Chad Parenteau, THE COMICS INTERPRETER

"Rickheit is a vastly under-seen talent." - Tom Spurgeon, THE COMICS REPORTER

Book Info:
Title: THE SQUIRREL MACHINE
Author/Artist: HANS RICKHEIT
Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS
$18.99 Hardcover 192 Pages
ISBN 978-1-60699-301-9
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: September 30, 2009

Websites:
BOOK INFO & SAMPLES: www.squirrelmachine.org
BLOG: www.thesquirrelmachine.blogspot.com
PUBLISHER: www.fantagraphics.com
OTHER: www.chromefetuscomics.com

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TOUR DATES & LOCATIONS :

September 26th & 27th
SPX
The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center
5701 Marinelli Road
Bethesda, MD‎
(301) 822-9200‎

September 29th (6-7pm)
Brickbat Books
709 S 4th Street
Philadelphia PA
(215) 592 1207
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October 1st (6-7pm)
Forbidden Planet
840 Broadway
NY, NY
(212) 473 1576
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October 3rd (2-4pm)
Million Year Picnic
99 Mount Auburn
Cambridge MA
(617) 492 6763
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October 5th (4-6pm)
That's Entertainment
244 Park Ave
Worcester, MA
(508) 755 4207
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October 6th (7-8pm)
Rabbit Hole
805 Main Street
Fitchburg MA
(978) 345 0040
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October 7th (4-7pm)
Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street #2
Portland ME
(207) 780 1676
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October 10th (7pm)
Quimby's
1854 W North Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 342-0910‎
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October 11th (2pm)
Vault of Midnight
219 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI‎
(734) 998-1413‎
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Jaime Hernandez at 826LA
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezevents 10 Sep 2009 10:27 AM

826LA logo

On Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 PM the 826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series presents "Writing Comics," a panel discussion featuring Jaime Hernandez and fellow cartoonists Lalo Alcaraz, Sammy Harkham and Keith Knight along with moderator Salvador Plascencia discussing "ink and pixels, pigments and politics, and how the love of comics mixes with the sticky waters of the business. Panelists will also answer your thought and question bubbles." More info here; tickets here.

Back to Skool Storewide Sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 Sep 2009 11:57 AM

Fantagraphics Bookstore Back to Skool Sale

What, me study? Not this Saturday, when Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts a storewide sale! Get 20% to 50% off cover price on cool comix, graphic novels, and awesome art books. Lots of gorgeous new books by Fantagraphics favorites as well as some pleasant new surprises. And you'll get a chance to see the critically acclaimed exhibition "Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" featuring local legends like Jim Woodring, Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, Charles Burns, Jim Blanchard and others.

Drop by for major bargains all day Saturday, September 12. And join us between 6:00 and 9:00 PM for the lively Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack with visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. (Then meander up to Capitol Hill to see Rhea, Eric & Adam play with Fox Hollow at the Wildrose.)

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Phone 206. 658.0110.

Abstract Comics at MoCCA this Sat.!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsAbstract Comics 8 Sep 2009 7:59 AM

  

Please join the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA for
ABSTRACT COMICS: a panel discussion
Saturday, September 12th, 4 p.m. 2009
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

featuring
Derik Badman
Richard Hahn
Patrick McDonnell
Andrei Molotiu 
Anders Pearson
Henrik Rehr
Alexey Sokolin

Join MoCCA for a discussion about Abstract Comics: what they are, who is making them and why. Abstract Comics explores what is essential to the medium of comics - panel rhythm, page layout, the sequential arrangement of formal elements - and tells us how comics function and where they can go. This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition Silent Pictures at James Gallery, CUNY, opening on Thursday, September 10th and the new book Abstract Comics, edited by Andrei Molotiu from Fantagraphics Books.