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Midwestern BLAB! Exhibit
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsBlabart shows 15 May 2009 12:10 PM

Official announcement:

Midwestern BLAB!
Midwestern Contributors to BLAB! Exhibit at Leviton A+D Gallery
June 18 – July 22, 2009

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Image: Don Colley, My Burdened Heart, scratchboard drawing on laminated plastic,
Originally published in BLAB! 15

Monte Beauchamp's annual darling of the graphic design and illustration world is a spectacular collection of cutting-edge comics, illustration, and graphic design. BLAB!'s list of contributors past and present reads like a Who's Who of the contemporary visual art world including Mark Ryden, Chris Ware, Gary Panter, Joe Coleman and many more.

Midwestern BLAB!, curated by Monte Beauchamp, the Chicago-based creator of BLAB!, has included the art works of several Midwestern artists who have contributed significantly to BLAB! and are exemplars of the periodical’s core values. Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago is the co-curator of this exhibition.

“Though BLAB!’s scope is international,” writes Bill North, Senior Curator of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, in the exhibition’s catalog essay. “The underpinning of its cornucopian visual feast is resolutely Midwestern. BLAB!, a product of the Midwest, boldly affirms the positive view of Midwestern culture. And, in the face of BLAB!, claims of the region’s cultural inferiority ring hollow.”

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Don Colley, Tom Huck, Teresa James, CJ Pyle, and Fred Stonehouse

WHEN: June 18 – July 22, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18, from 50

WHERE: Columbia College Chicago’s Leviton A+D Gallery
619 S. Wabash Avenue
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, Thursday 11 am – 8 pm

COST: Free and Open to the Public
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INFO: Gallery Coordinator, 312.369.8668
Press Inquiries, 312.369.8695

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Image: Fred Stonehouse, Four Eyes, 12" x 12", acrylic and collage on wood panel
To be published in BLAB! 19

This exhibition is sponsored by the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago. This exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF fund.









Buy cheap art, Seattle
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJim WoodringeventsEllen Forneyart shows 12 May 2009 1:08 PM

Drift promo image

Seattle, getcherself some bargain-priced drawrings from the likes of Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, and other Friends of the Nib at "Drift," a flurry of papery goodness opening this Thursday (May 14, 2009) at 7 PM at Cafe Racer on Roosevelt. Click the flyer for bigger info courtesy The Woodring Monitor. Bring your checkbook!

Millionaire takes over Seattle, covers The Stranger
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionaireThe StrangerMaakiesFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 6 May 2009 12:11 PM

The Stranger cover with Maakies' Drinky Crow and Uncle Gabby by Tony Millionaire

Gabby and Drinky hurl Maakies swag to the masses on the cover of this week's Stranger in advance of Tony Millionaire's appearance on Saturday evening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The drinks are on us. See you all there. 

Provocative Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack Returns May 9!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionaireFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 1 May 2009 2:04 PM

Georgetown Art Attack - May 2009

May 1, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. The wildly inventive and often irreverent Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack continues on Saturday, May 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This monthly event has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining and spontaneous cultural outings in the region. The public is again invited to experience this remarkably creative community of artists working in visual, applied and performing arts.

Among the many highlights of the May 9 installment: A lively PBR P(art)y at Smarty Pants featuring art, food, libations, and music by DJ Russ; Tony Millionaire's "Drinky Crow Show" and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; David Tupper's "When Sailors Sleep" painting exhibition at Georgetown Tile Works; A diverse art exhibition at Rung Studios curated by Ryan Allred and Richelle Polnik; [Blank] Canvas fundraiser to benefit Art With a Heart, where teams of Seattle-area architects and designers create collaborative paintings during the afternoon which will be auctioned that evening at a cocktail party in the Original Rainier Brewery and General Office building at 6010 Airport Way S.; Rob Johnson's reclaimed weapons sculptures at Calamity Jane's; A free concert by Michael Vermillion at the 9 Lb. Hammer; Kamala Dolphin Kingsley at Melinda Hannigan studios in the Equinox complex; exotic shopping, diverse dining, and raucous socializing at dozens of locations in close proximity throughout the historic neighborhood.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a production of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid or visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.

Brunch with Anders Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsart showsAnders Nilsen 1 May 2009 1:15 PM

Anders Nilsen artwork

This Sunday in Chicago, go see Anders Nilsen's exhibit at Home Gallery, listen to him talk about it a bit, and maybe have a pastry. More info at Anders's blog.

Jim Blanchard Art Show in Bellingham Friday
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Blanchardevents 30 Apr 2009 9:31 AM

Jim Blanchard will be in Bellingham, WA with an exclusive blend of paintings on canvas and framed goodies at JINX ART SPACE from May 1 through May 31-- The show is called Mutant Amour, and the opening night shindig this Friday, May 1 should be a corker: A belly dancing troupe and 3 electronic music bands in the downstairs area, and Jim's show upstairs with bro Richie Boyer spinning the punk and free jazz! Go get it on, god dammit! 

JINX ART SPACE
306 Flora St.
Bellingham, WA
360.920.4216

http://jinxartspace.com/

http://beaf.org/

http://jimblanchard.blogspot.com/


Hornschemeier in MI for FCBD
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 30 Apr 2009 9:22 AM

  

If you're anywhere near Ann Arbor on Free Comic Book Day (May 2nd), stop by Vault of Midnight and say hello to Paul Hornschemeier, who will be signing books, selling some odds and ends and trying to remember where he got those great pancakes last time he was in town.

Esther Pearl Watson signing on Sunday
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 29 Apr 2009 9:08 PM
Catch Esther Pearl Watson signing her graphic novel Unlovable Vol. 1 at the Unique LA design & gift sale, at the Narrow Books table (Booth 1009) at 2pm on Sunday, May 3rd! From the announcement on Esther & Mark Todd's website:

"The event happens on the massive penthouse floor of the California Market Center (110 East Ninth Street, LA, CA) on May 2nd and 3rd. There's a whole lot of great stuff there, and you'll want to give yourself several hours to shop the wares of all the designers and vendors. Be prepared, admission costs $5, but it's well worth it!"


Free Comic Books for the Masses!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under PeanutsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezIgnatz SeriesFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 29 Apr 2009 3:43 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories - Free Comic Book Day Preview Edition (2009) by the Hernandez Brothers

Be sure and drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, May 2 between 11:30 and 8:00 PM to take full advantage of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Who knew?

To celebrate, Fantagraphics Books is offering a free sampler of Love and Rockets: New Stories by eminent alternative cartoonists Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. Included is a special preview of Gilbert's "Sad Girl" saga, which introduces the character "Killer."

Love and Rockets: New Stories - Free Comic Book Day Preview Edition (2009) by the Hernandez Brothers

Also free is a limited supply of the coveted Unseen Peanuts comic from the 2007 Free Comic Book Day promotion, featuring rare strips by American master Charles M. Schulz. Not to mention the I.G.N.A.T.Z. sampler from last year's Free Comic Book Day featuring comics by David B., Zak Sally, Kevin Huizenga, Richard Sala and more. If that's not enough, we'll be handing out Comic Strip Masterpieces, a cool collection of classics including Little Nemo, Popeye, Krazy Kat, Terry & the Pirates and more presented in their original tabloid newsprint format.

Unseen Peanuts I.G.N.A.T.Z. Comic Strip Masterpieces

Saturday's Free Comic Book Day coincides with the delightful Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival with screenings of locally produced short films at various locations in the neighborhood throughout the day and evening. Oh, and SAVE THE DATE: Tony Millionaire's Drinky Crow art show and book signing on Saturday, May 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. at the corner of 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.

See you all soon.

Daily links: 4/28/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanreviewsPeter BaggePaul HornschemeierMiss Lasko-GrosseventsEllen Forney 28 Apr 2009 2:14 PM

• Review: "With [Miss Lasko-Gross's] latest book, A Mess of Everything, it seems that not only does she grow up as young person, but this book also shows alot of promise and growth for Miss as a creator. [...] [I]t is... an honest look at growth through an awkward time in one's life... Oh yeah, and the art is pretty darn good too." - Robin McConnell, Inkstuds

• Review: "It's magnificent... a really, really good book." - Irish comics podcast The Comic Cast discusses Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier (link via Paul)

• Preview: If you're looking for a Spanish-language version of our announcement of Peter Bagge's Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me, Zona Fandom has you covered

• Things to see: A funny gag panel by Steven Weissman

• Event: Ellen Forney sez "This Sunday at 2pm, I’ll be giving a talk at Shoreline Library as a part of their 'Crazy for Comics' Graphic Arts Festival. Come one come all!" (via Ellen's blog)