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LOS ANGELES: Secret Headquarters invaded by Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 3 Oct 2014 11:03 AM
Simon
Continueing to ride the high and wave of pleasured comics readers every where, seen laughing or observing their comics through slit eyes, Cute Boy Alert is about slide into Secret Headquarters with the sole intent of rocking your pages. We've probably bored you with their tour details, LA, until you slammed your fists on the table screaming "GET TO ME!" Your time is now! Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Michael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) are signing copies of their newest comics in your favorite comic store on Sunday, October 5th at 5pm. Come for the signings, stay for the fun!Secret Headquarters  
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.666.2228
Books


SAN FRAN: Ed Piskor at Isotope Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 2 Oct 2014 11:13 AM
Ed Piskor
Say it loud, say it proud, Ed Piskor is coming to San Francisco! The Isotope is honored to be kicking off their annual Alternative Press Expo APE AFTERMATH celebrations with Eisner Award nominee and New York Times best selling cartoonist Ed Piskor! 8PM to Midnight on October 4th join the party at the Istope along with DJ BEARZBUB.

Known for his historical graphic novel explorations like the fictional look at the early world of computer hacking WIZZYWIG and also THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY with comics legend Harvey Pekar, Piskor's most recent works are exploding in popularity and also his most funky-fresh in the flesh boks to date... HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, documenting the birth and history of the early rap scene.

In honor of Mister Piskor we will be throwing a truly old school themed bash with SF's own DJ Grandmaster Bearzbub getting the party jumping with the best pre-1986 bodyrocking beats and Mixologist Kirsten Baldock serving up her unique maxin' and relaxin' libations based on Piskor's latest works. For your uprocking needs, be sure to prepare your crew with this great resource. And don't be shy about to breaking out your freshest gear... we suggest your furry Kangol buckets, your favorite Puma track-suit, your Carrera Porsche 5620 shades, and your Adidas shell-toes. See you then, b-boys and b-girls!

You know you wanna head out to this event after your first day at APE, The Isotope has their own posted harassment policy so it's straight-up polite from the moment you cross the threshold 'til you exit with signed book in hand!  

Hip Hop Box Set
Ed Piskor @ Isotope
Saturday, October 4th 2014
8pm - Midnight
21+ por favor




The Great Pumpkin Never Tasted So Good
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockPeanutsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 2 Oct 2014 10:59 AM

 Great_Pumpkin

This Friday and Saturday marks the 10th annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, featuring dozens of tasty punkin beers from over 60 Northwest brewers, at the Elysian brewery in Georgetown. Stagger down the street a few blocks to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery afterward and pick up a copy of Waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

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If you don't have tickets to the sold out beer festival, be sure to take in the  Macefield Music Festival in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, where the Tom Price Desert Classic, featuring our own Martin Bland, open for legendary Northwest proto punk band The Sonics on Friday.

Fantagraphics at APE 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Trina RobbinsRobert WilliamsJustin HalleventsEd Piskor 2 Oct 2014 10:23 AM

Ape 2014
This weekend, October 4th and 5th, Fantagraphics will be tabling at one of the sunniest conventions of the year! APE, Alternative Press Expo, also has a new look to it. You'll find the convention center And you can bet your bippy you can find us at tables 331, 332, 333, when you enter just go straight up the middle aisle and we'll be on the left. The show is from Saturday: 11:00-7:00, Sunday: 11:00-6:00 so stop by our table and say hello to Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds!  

Ape 2014
Signing Schedule
Saturday
1-2:30PM Robert Williams
2-4:00PM Trina Robbins  
4-6:00PM Justin Hall

Sunday
2-4:00PM Justin Hall

Panels
Saturday

1:45-2:30PM The Hip Hop/Comics Connections Panel APE special guest Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times bestselling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40-year relationship between comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bodé characters painted on trains, moves to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, and to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work. At the FIREHOUSE.

2:30-3:30PM Everyday Inspiration: What Inspires the Comics You Write? Inspiration strikes when you least expect it! APE 2014 special guests Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), C. Spike Trotman (Templar, Arizona), and Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage) discuss the origins of their own comics with moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), with a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process. At the FIREHOUSE. 

5:00-6:00PM Spotlight on Robert Williams APE special guest Robert Williams  (painter, cartoonist, The Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams) and Eric Reynolds (Associate Publisher of Fantagraphics Books) will discuss Williams's career, from underground comix legend, co-producing Zap Comix in the 1960s, to co-founding Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine in the 1990s. 

6:00PM-7:00PM Teaching Comics: Academia and Sequential Art
Comics have entered the hallowed halls of academia in a big way! After decades of neglect and disdain, universities are finally engaging with the form on its own terms, with classes and programs geared at teaching students comics theory, history, and practice. What are the opportunities and challenges of teaching comics? How does our beloved, scrappy, DIY artform fit into this new world? What does it mean to both the comics industry and the academic world that graduates with MFAs and BFAs in comics are entering the workforce? Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) moderates this discussion with a dynamic group of teachers, students, and comics professionals: Trinidad Escobar (Dummy Creepers), Nathan Fox (School of Visual Arts), Maia Kobabe (The Thief's Tale), Alec Longstreth (Basewood), and Matt Silady (California College of the Arts). At the FIREHOUSE. 

Ed Piskor
8PM-MIDNIGHT Ed Piskor is doing a signing at The Isotope (no, not technically a panel). So be there for the fun and music by DJ BEARZBUB! More details here
Sunday

3:15-4:15PM Dark Comedy in Comics Too soon? Not funny? Don't go there? Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Jason Shiga (Demon), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Shannon Wheeler (I Don't Get It) discuss pushing the boundaries of humor with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum). At the FIREHOUSE. 

4:15PM Queer Cartoonists Panel The Queer Cartoonists Panel is back for its 11th not-so-straight year! A group of engaging and talented creators gather to discuss the art and business of comics, examine the complexities of LGBTQ identities, and answer probing questions from moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines). The star-studded cast: Maureen Burdock (Five Feminist Fables), Gene Guilmette (The Protector Corps), Sara Lautman (Macrogroan), Lonnie Mann (Thoughts from Iceland), Matt Wobensmith (Wuvable Oaf), and Rick Worley (Waste of Time). On top of all that, the recipient of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant 2014 will be announced! At the FIREHOUSE.


APE 2014
Alternative Press Expo
Oct. 4-5, 2014
Fort Mason Center
Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

















This Week in Fanta Events: 10/2-10/5
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeSimon HanselmannRobert WilliamsPaul HornschemeierJim WoodringJacques BoyreauGilbert HernandezeventsEd PiskorCarol TylerBob Fingermanart 1 Oct 2014 4:40 PM

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Wednesday, October 1

 

  • Covington, KY: Carol Tyler, noted cartoonist, and creator of the series You'll Never Know, will be giving a presentation at cultural/educational/theatre center, The Carnegie. Her presentation will be of interest not just to aspiring artists, but to those interested in the affects of war on the soldier, and their loved ones. Presentation is FREE, and runs from 7-8 pm, with a gallery of original work running the rest of the month. (More Details)
  • Tacoma, WA: Former Fanta Fintern, Michael Fitzgerald is embarking on new territory by opening Tacoma's newest destination store, Destiny City Comics. Right next to the popular book store, King's Books, Destiny Comics opens this day to bring the good folks of Tacoma more literary art offerings, like our beautiful Fantagraphics books. Pay them a visit, and support your local comic book store! (More Details)
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Thursday, October 2
  • Minneapolis: Minnesota didn't have anything as cool as Boneshaker Books when I lived there, just a bunch of wild turkeys. But this day they'll be hosting a bunch of wild boys as our Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle tour makes it's way out West. Pop by this completely volunteer run beauty of a book store, from 5 pm until closing. It'll be rad! (More Details
supertrash
Friday, October 3
  • Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit; a celebration of exploitative art and images in cinema, curracted by Jacques Boyrau, author of the upcoming book from Fantagraphics, Super Trash. The exhibit run in conjunction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland. Tonight's film is Streets of Fire, the rock n' roll-kidnapping classic from director, Walter Hill, the producer off all Alien/Prometheus films, AND the director of The Warriors. (More Details)
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 Saturday, October 4
  • Las Vegas (Baby!): Now that Gilbert Hernandez is joining our cute boys for their Vegas stop, I think we upgraded to the cute MEN tour. This all-star lineup of Hernandez, Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle has a slew of books and pens ready to sign your copies of Megahex, Lose #6, Distance Mover, and Luba and Her Family. Move on down to Cosmic Comics this Saturday from Noon-4 pm and pick up the hottest book of the year, while visiting with the hottest cartoonists of the century. (More Details
  • Cambridge, MA: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE! It not only has the cutest name for a convention, but they have a stellar line up of guests for the free two day show at Lesley University. Some of those cartoonists include: Paul Hornschemeier, Emily Carroll, Box Brown, James Kochalka, and Raina Telgemeier. Tons of guests, panels, and books! (More Details)
  • San Francisco, CA: Many things could be said about the city by the bay: techy, expensive, foggy. But one constant truth is that it's played home to the underground comix scene since the '60s.  And they bring it on home every year for Alternative Press Expo, this time hosting special guests like Bob FingermanEd Piskor, and Robert Williams. And the ebullient Eric Reynolds will be facilitating signings, and selling our wares at booth 331-333. Buy badges online or at the door! 
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Sunday, October 5
  • Cambridge, MA: MICE is back for its second free day of independent comic goodness. And just look at that poster than our own Mr. Paul Hornschemeier designed especially for this event! The door are open from 11 am to 4 pm. (More Details)
  • Los Angeles: The boys of summer are hitting up trendy LA at the wonderful wonderful wonderful, Secret Headquarters. If you frequent Flog, I'm sure you have this tour memorized by now, so spread the word that starting at 5 pm, everyone needs to head on down to SHQ for the best night of their lives*. (More Details
  • Seattle, WA: Musicians Bill Frisell and James McNew will be joining Jim Woodring onstage at Seattle Town Hall for an evening of spontaneous creation; while music is played, Woodring will create his surreal and mind bending artwork before your eyes, and project it onto a screen for all to see. Oh did I mention that tickets are only $5?! You can get them here, and then join us this Sunday at 7:30 for what can only be described as an experience. (More Details)

 

Stars Align at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Fall
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffSimon HanselmannS Clay WilsonrockRobert WilliamsPatrick RosenkranzLane MilburnJosh SimmonsJim Blanchardhooray for HollywoodFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEroyn FranklinEd PiskorDanny BlandConor Stechschulte 1 Oct 2014 1:27 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome an amazing array of accomplished cartoonists throughout the fall and winter of 2014, culminating with an appearance by one of America's most influential artists.

Danny_Bland_Poster  Fall2014_front

The action begins on Friday, October 10 with Danny Bland presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do from Seattle's illustrious Sub Pop label. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception. The next night, Saturday, October 11, we host an international crew of incredibly talented cartoonists. Simon Hanselmann from Australia and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will join American artists Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte in presenting their imaginative new works to Seattle audiences for the first time.

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On Friday, November 14, in association with Seattle's Short Run comics and art festival, we present "Short Run Marathon II," an exhibition, book signing and reception featuring Tom Neely, MariNaomiJosh Simmons, Pam Wishbow, John Porcellino, and special guest Ed Piskor.

 Sub_Pop_USA

On Small Business Saturday, November 29, we celebrate the publication of Bruce Pavitt's new book Sub Pop USA, The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980 - 1988, which chronicles the seminal years of what would soon become an international pop culture phenomenon. The book includes the early issues of Pavitt's Sub Pop fanzine, his columns from The Rocket, and related ephemera, along with essays from Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid and K Records founder Calvin Johnson, who will DJ and perform music at the signing.

Saturday, December 6 marks the festive closing party for the "Short Run Marathon II" exhibition featuring Eroyn Franklin previewing her upcoming graphic novel, Dirtbag.

 Zap_Anthology

The bookstore celebrates its 8th anniversary in spectacular fashion on Saturday, December 13, as cultural icon Robert Williams presents The Complete ZAP Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing, kicking off a weeklong commemoration of this monumental achievement. We'll screen the documentary Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' on Sunday, December 14 at Northwest Film Forum, and on Wednesday, December 17 editor J. Michael Catron will give a slide talk on the history of ZAP. The festivities coclude on Saturday, December 20 with a tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread, and Jim Blanchard. We'll see you all soon and often!

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An Evening of Spontaneous Creation with James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 1 Oct 2014 9:13 AM



James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring!!! Seriously, what more do I need to say?

I've written before about the creative synergy between our dear Uncle Jim and McNew and his band, Yo La Tengo. They've collaborated before on everything from CD illustrations to tattoos to plastic figurines of the band... yet, somehow, they had never collaborated ON STAGE.

This Sunday, October 5th, this monstruous injustice will be put to rest at Seattle's Town Hall.  McNew will be joined by legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, who collaborated with Woodring himself on the (now sold out) 2002 "children's" book, Trosper.  Together, these two musical madmen will create catastrophic beauty with an "in-the-moment collaboration."

Inspired by the music, Woodring will create his otherworldly artwork, projected on a screen for everyone to witness unfolding. TL; DR? Simply put, minds will be blown

Tickets are a ridiculously cheap $5. If ever there were a time to take advantage of the insanity of artists, this is it. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the Fantagraphics Bookstore crew will have Jim's stunning books in stock. (And Jim reports he'll have some of those limited-edition hard-to-find Yo La Tengo Presspop Dolls with him!)

This once-in-a-lifetime (oh, fine, maybe it'll happen again someday) performance begins at 7:30 PM. The beautiful, historical Town Hall is located at 1119 8th Avenue.

LAS VEGAS: Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannGilbert Hernandezevents 30 Sep 2014 4:27 PM
Cosmic Comics
One of the world's best veteran cartoonists is joining forces at Cosmic Comics with some of the world's best cartoonists from the internet this Saturday, October 4th from noon-4pmSimon HanselmannMichael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be signingalongside 30 year comics veteran Gilbert Hernandez of Love and Rockets. Gilbert's newest collection, Luba and Her Family, follows the matriarch as she moves her family north to the U.S. when Palomar gets leveled by an earthquake.

Luba and Her Family Gilbert
Nearing the end of their world tour, Simon is celebrating the release of his 'stoner tragedy' Megahex, made popular on his Girl Mountain Tumblr, now available in a sexy hardback from Fantagraphics. Poverty, misanthropy, depression all fogged up in substance abuse grace these watercolored pages but you'll still be rolling in tears laughing so hard by the end of it. Meanwhile, Michael DeForge is continuing his long line of one-person short story anthologies, Lose #6 (first published online 5 years ago) out from Koyama Press. Often hailed as the next Daniel Clowes, DeForge is a prolific cartoonist with only more great ink to flow from his pen. Also from the Toronto-based publisher, illustrator and cartoonist Patrick Kyle is signing his newest comic, Distance Mover, a collection of sci-fi stories featuring the improbable vehicle of the same name that moves a Mr. Earth across the world.

So bring your comics and some of your favorite gambling game suggestions for the guys.  
Cosmic Comics
Cosmic Comics
3830 E Flamingo
Las Vegas, NV 89121
702.451.6611






Destiny City Comics opens in Tacoma
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under internsField Tripeventsart 30 Sep 2014 11:55 AM

Destiny Comics
We love all our interns, hell we've hired more than a few like Eric Reynolds, Kristy Valenti and Anna Pederson. But some move on and spread the magic to other parts of the country. Michael Fitzgerald fits into the category as on Wednesday, October 1st, he is opening up a NEW comics store in Tacoma, Washington called Destiny City Comics.

Right next door to King's Books on St. Helens Avenue, Destiny City Comics will offer the latest in comics, acclaimed graphic novels, and works by local creators. On opening day, comics like Thor #1 will be available, a new series by Marvel featuring a female Thor. There will also be a choice collection of graphic novels like Batman: the Long Halloween, the Walking Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, works by local cartoonists like members of the C.L.A.W. (Cartoonist's League of Absurd Washingtonians) and some fabulous Fantagraphics titles.

"King's Books is terribly excited to have a comic book store as a neighbor," says bookstore owner sweet pea Flaherty. "For years we have had both a Graphic Novel Book Club and hosted C.L.A.W., so it's a natural fit for the space. Destiny City Comics will enhance the literary landscape by offering variety of comic art forms that will bring more appreciation for the craft to Tacoma."

To make it easier for customers to enjoy even more books, Destiny City will offer 15% off all graphic novels every day and a subscription service featuring a sliding scale discount. Here's a sneak peak inside the store Michael gave us while setting up)display
Destiny City Comics' opening will include a Halloween ComicFest party on October 25. This event will feature an assortment of free comics, including the popular Afterlife with Archie, Scooby Doo Meets Batman, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, and more.

As a member of the creative enterprise cohort with Spaceworks Tacoma, Fitzgerald evolved the concept of Destiny City Comics from a rough idea to a solid plan and we look forward to seeing it thrive. Destiny City Comics will be open for business Wednesday, October 1. More information about the store can be found at destinycitycomics.com. 

Destiny City Comics

 

Minneapolis: Cute Boy Alert at Boneshaker Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 29 Sep 2014 5:35 PM
Hanselmann  
The Cute Boy Alert tour featuring Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle is snaking its way across the misnomered Northwest! They find themselves in Minneapolis, MN at home in Boneshaker Books for an opulent signing of epic proportions. Starting at 5pm on Thursday October 2nd, you can find them in the well-lit brick business or as Boneshaker puts it "star cartoonists talking about cartooning and signing cartoons."  
 
Did you know that Boneshaker is COMPLETELY run by volunteers?! Opening back in January 2011, Boneshaker Books is a radical & progressive bookstore located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. They specialize in "progressive/radical literature, children's books, and a curated fiction section. Purchase in our store or place a special order online for pickup. If you are local, you can choose to have your purchase delivered to you by bicycle!" Oh, how cool is that?! 
Boneshaker 
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-871-7110
Open 11am-8pm daily
Megahex Lose #6 Distance Mover