Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at the 2008 MoCCA Art Festival this past weekend! Great turnout, incredible guests, an intense early-summer NYC heat wave, and a couple of visits from emergency service personnel made it a memorable show! Once I'm caught up with business here, I'll write up a full run-down with photos and a bit of video; in the meantime, you can spend a few seconds looking over some real-time text updates I sent to our Twitter page during the show. .
The show: An international cast with a veritable list of the comic book world's alternative home run hitters, veterans, and up and comers fills out the line up for this group show. Works of art in all types of media and fine art prints will be on display and for sale. Featured in the show: Max Anderson, Ivan Brunetti, Mary Fleener, Matti Hagelberg, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Sam Henderson, Tim Lane, David Lasky, Mats!?, Tony Millionaire, David Paleo, Johnny Ryan, David Sandlin, R. Sikoryak, Tobias Tak, Mark DeanVeca, and Chadwick Whitehead.
Here's the full skinny from our pals at the Beguiling (almost certainly Canada's finest source for comics and graphic novels):
The Beguiling specialty bookstore is proud to present two great graphic novel events this June, appealing to the vast breadth of graphic novel aficionados in the city of Toronto! The first event features acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist JASON-currently serializing his newest work in The New York Times Magazine-as he comes to Toronto to launch his new work POCKET FULL OF RAIN. RAIN is a collection of early works by Jason, defying genre and style and showing his development into the internationally acclaimed author he is today. Jason will be interviewed on his life and career in an audio/visual presentation by The Beguiling's Peter Birkemoe at The Central, located directly adjacent to The Beguiling, on Tuesday June 10th at 8PM.
Then, the following week, The Beguiling will be working with The Toronto Public Library and The Merril Collection to officially launch THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO, the first-ever biography of the reclusive co-creator of SPIDER-MAN! Toronto author and comics historian Blake Bell has exhaustively researched the life and career of Ditko, and it's on every page of this lavishly illustrated book. Bell will be on hand to launch the book with an audio/visual presentation of Ditko's artistic career on Wednesday, June 18th at 7PM at the Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St. (at Spadina).
In addition to the book launch and presentation, we are proud to announce that U.K. television and radio personality Jonathan Ross, who debuted his hour-long "IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO" documentary on the BBC last September, has granted us the rights to show the documentary at the Toronto event! This will be the first official screening in Canada, and attendees will get to view it for free!
This Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, Fantagraphics will be in NYC for the 2008 MoCCA Arts Festival, one of our favorite shows of the year, and we'll be bringing along a slew of new stuff and hosting round-the-clock signings. We're also sponsoring two events over the weekend, on Friday and Saturday nights. Here's your handy-dandy guide to all things Fantagraphics at MoCCA. You can be sure I'll post this again as we get closer, too.
At the con itself, we'll be hosting signings all weekend. These times are subject to change slightly, but should be about 99% final as of today:
SATURDAY 11:00 Drew Friedman 12:00 Blake Bell & Miss Lasko-Gross 1:00 Jason & Dash Shaw 2:00 Jason & Dash Shaw 3:00 Ted Stearn & Paul Hornschemeier 4:00 Kim Deitch & Michael Kupperman
11:00 Leah Hayes 12:00 Jason & Dash Shaw 1:00 Jason & Dash Shaw 2:00 Blake Bell & Paul Hornschemeier 3:00 Kim Deitch & Michael Kupperman 4:00 Miss Lasko-Gross & Ted Stearn
There will be many other Fantagraphics artists in attendance at the show as well, manning their own tables, including Craig Yoe, Glenn Head, Jessica Abel, David Heatley, Tom Kaczynski, Gary Panter, and others.
Amongst the new and newish titles we will have at the show:
The Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw The Comics Journal #290edited by Gary Groth Explainers by Jules Feiffer Pocket Full of Rain by Jason Amor Y Cohetes by the Hernandez Brothers Mome Vol. 11 by various artists The Number by Thomas Ott Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell
May 28, 2008 Media Release Contact: Larry Reid
GEORGETOWN SECOND SATURDAY ART ATTACK ON JUNE 14!
Adventurous Seattle art enthusiasts are invited to celebrate the arrival of summer at the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack on Saturday, June 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. In only its fifth installment, the Georgetown Art Attack has established itself as one of the region’'s most colorful cultural outings. The June 14 event features an impressive array of exceptional local, national and international artists in a variety of disciplines.
Among the many highlights:
The Seattle debut of photographs by Johanna Breiding of Zurich, Switzerland at Bella Vitale Studios. Her arresting images of abandoned European architectural environments can be previewed at: www.johannabreiding.ch/index.html.
A multimedia presentation, “Accidents Will Happen,” at Belle & Wissell. This exhibition is organized by Gabe Kean of Born Magazine and Georgetown Records'’ Marq Dean, with EMP curator Jacob MacMurray and photographer Curt Doughty. The show examines the evolution of music photography in the Northwest through film, photographs and digital media. Featured artists include Seattle'’s legendary seminal rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, as well as current masters on the genre Charles Peterson, Lance Mercer, David Belisle, Morgan Keuler, and others.
“Carnaval de Monstruos,” Bruce Christian Andersen’'s show of recent figurative ceramics and banner paintings by at Georgetown Tile Works —– a three-dimensional retrospective of some of the most unusual and fascinating midway performers of the early 1900's.
A display of power tool racers by Georgetown’'s provocative collective Hazard Factory and a performance by musician Anna Coogan at Full Throttle Bottles; Rebecca Bolte’'s work in music photography and album art at Bolte Creative; boisterous drinking, delicious dining, and exotic shopping experiences at over 30 locations throughout Seattle’'s historic Georgetown business district.
The June 14 Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack coincides with the annual Georgetown Music Festival. For more information on the music festival visit: www.georgetownmusicfest.com.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a production of the Georgetown Merchants’ Association. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland, or Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid at numbers above. Website: www.georgetownartattack.com.