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|Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events, Blab||31 Jan 2008 12:48 PM|
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The "Comixtravaganza" event at the Seattle Public Library was a big, well-attended success! Top to bottom: David Lasky leads a comics workshop; the "Getting Into Comics" panel with our own Eric Reynolds at far right; and Ellen Forney meets fans and signs books after her performance. Click each photo for more details in our Flickr stream and click here for the entire set of photos.
It's a big weekend for comics events in Seattle! In between Crumb at the Frye Museum, Comixtravaganza at the Seattle Public Library, and Persepolis at the movies, why not head on down to Georgetown to shop at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and marvel at the demolition of the Rainier Brewery cold storage building right across the street?
Finally, all of our Fantagraphics-related events, at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and beyond, are listed in one place! Our Events page shows you everything coming up on our calendar, from exhibit openings to book signings to conventions to workshops and lectures and more. You can view them by type or location, and each listing contains all the relevant details you need -- even Google Maps links! Our front page lists the two most imminent events, and the "more events" link takes you to the complete list. There's also an RSS feed to get events announcements and news via Flog, the Fantagraphics Blog.
CBR has a feature up on our fair city's biggest comics event, the Emerald City Con. The ECC continues to grow every year, it's become a pretty big show. I wanted to mention this story because all of you conventioneers out there should consider coming out for it. It's still a fairly mainstream show, but the organizer, Jim Demonakos, is a fine fellow who is actively trying to make a diverse show and we're working with him to cook up some good stuff for this year (which we'll divulge later). The show takes place May 10-11 in Seattle.
Fantagraphics Books & Rocketship Brooklyn are proud to present:
A HOTWIRE COMIX RELEASE PARTY & SIGNING!
WHO: Jonathon Rosen, Glenn Head, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Mark Newgarden, David Sandlin, Chadwick Whitehead, Craig Yoe, R. Sikyorak, Doug Allen, Marc Dean Veca and other guests t.b.a.!
WHAT: HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 Release Party & Signing
WHERE: ROCKETSHIP, 208 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, at 8PM
Insanity, dementia, stray bullets, hangovers, hillbillies, sci-fi, candy-rods, carnies, Wilhelm Riech, PCP, decayed portraits, Tijuana bibles, gags, mobsters, Mick Jones, zombies, paranoia, orgones, and psychedelia... it's all here!
HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 weighs in at 136 pages, 64 in full color, with an eye-popping fold-out and big 9x12 format. Edited by Glenn Head (Snake Eyes). Featuring all new work by these GREAT talents: Tim Lane, Jonathon Rosen, Mark Newgarden, R. Sikoryak, David Sandlin, Mary Fleener, Johnny Ryan, Matti Hagelberg, David Paleo, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Glenn Head, Carol Swain, Mark dean Veca, Stephane Blanquet, Mack White, Onsmith, Lorna Miller, Chris Estey, David Lasky, Ivan Brunetti, Tobias Tak, Craig Yoe, and Christian Northeast....
HOTWIRE puts the kicks back in comics! Yes, the Eisner and Harvey award nominated comics' anthology is back for another mindbending, madcap, mash-up of thrills, spills, and glorious cartoon mayhem!
FOR A FREE PREVIEW OF HOTWIRE #2, GO HERE.
If you're in L.A. this Saturday, TRACK 16 GALLERY is hosting the opening reception of the L.A. WEEKLY BIENNIAL, featuring a four foot flying saucer painting by Esther Pearl Watson, along with a lot of other great stuff.
I was glad to hear about this show because it gives me an excuse to mention Esther on this blog. One of the books I'm most excited about for 2008 is a book collection of Esther's UNLOVABLE minicomics (also seen every month in BUST magazine). I was only peripherally aware of UNLOVABLE until last summer's San Diego Comic-Con, when Jordan Crane pretty much shoved all of Esther's minis at me and told me I had to read them. I was hooked immediately, as was just about everyone else I've forced them on since, and now we're doing the book collection at the end of 2008. UNLOVABLE is an adaptation of a diary of a teenage girl that Watson found some years ago (or so the story goes, anyway). The simple version is that it mines similar adolescent territory as some of, say, Lynda Barry or Lauren Weinstein's comics, but that kind of simplification is a disservice to all three of those exceptional artists, so excuse my laziness. But it is very funny and moving stuff, and it reads better than ever in book form. A lot of the material in the UNLOVABLE minis was presented out of chronological order, focusing on stand-alone scenes more than the longer narrative. The material in the book will be presented in the proper order, and the whole story just gets even better with the additional context.
Anyway, don't forget the art show this weekend if you're in the southland:
THE THIRD LA WEEKLY BIENNIAL
curated by doug harvey
January 12 - February 16, 2008
Opening reception Saturday, January 12, from 7-11 P.M.