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Johnny Ryan Valentine's Day Signing for Prison Pit Book Five!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Johnny Ryanevents 24 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

Prison Pit Book Five Signing

When you think of Valentine's Day, I know you think of Cannibal Fuckface. So, forget the candy and flowers, and get your sweetheart something truly romantic: Prison Pit Book 5!

On Friday, February 14th, join Johnny Ryan at Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles for a celebration of undying love: In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit. Clearly, it is a love for the ages.

The signing begins at 7:00 PM! Secret Headquarters is located at 3817 W Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.

Julia Gfrörer Signs Her Ever-Darkening Black Is the Color
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under Julia GfrörerFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 23 Jan 2014 3:23 PM

Julia Gfrörer poster

Julia Gfrörer Signs Her Ever-Darkening Black Is the Color

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes Julia Gfrörer to sign her new graphic novella Black Is the Color on Saturday February 1st. Just in time for Valentine's Day, come down to Georgetown and pick up a deathly love story at sea for that special someone.

Black Is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario. Julia Gfrörer's delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer's prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.

Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in THICKNESS, ARTHUR MAGAZINE, STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE, BLACK EYE, and BEST AMERICAN COMICS. Her last name rhymes with despair, and her heart is black as jet.

www.thorazos.net
www.fantagraphics.com/blackisthecolor

Listing Information:
WHO: Julia Gfrörer
WHAT: Signing and release party for Black Is the Color
WHEN: Saturday Feb. 1st, 6-8pm
WHERE: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108

Praise:

"Julia Gfrörer is amongst the most promising artist/authors of her generation. Her work is spare and elegant, yet the hand of the artist is always evident in her line. Her characters inhabit cold or desolate environments, often on the brink of inanition or beyond, yet still yearning to love and be loved. Do not be misled by this artist's sylphlike appearance and those great carrot-colored ramparts at her ear. Gfrörer is a powerhouse. Learn to spell her name." – Phoebe Gloeckner

"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." – Sammy Harkham

"No one is wedding horror's darkness to an equally black, equally lacerating emotional palette as effectively as Julia Gfrörer.... When coupled with her delicate linework, the fragile physicality of her characters, and her explicit and non-idealized depictions of sex, the effect is gripping and even in our mundane world, ominously familiar." – Sean T. Collins

"Julia Gfrörer's Black Is the Color... is sublimely weird. Or weirdly sublime — probably both." – Nick Abadzis

Julia GfrörerBlack Is the Color




Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew FriedmanBlabart shows 23 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman

Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.

Old Jewish Comedians

Short biographies of each comedian will accompany each portrait. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.

The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.

All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.

This Week(end) in Fantagraphics Events: 1/20-1/27
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat ThomasMegan KelsoKristy ValentiKim DeitcheventsDavid Lasky 22 Jan 2014 1:13 PM

Kim Deitch Scott Eder

Saturday, January 25th

Brooklyn, NY:  New Yorkers, this is your last dang chance to view the exquisite Kim Deitch exhibit at the Scott Eder Gallery, spanning 30 years of work from his most recent graphic novel, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, to classics such as The Search for Smilin' Ed, Stuff of Dreams... and the infamous cat, Waldo! Don't be a fool! Go! (more info)

Seattle, WA:  It's time for the fourth annual Graphic Novel Panel at the Seattle Design Center, with an after-party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! Megan Kelso and David Lasky lead workshops, and Fantagraphics staffer Kristy Valenti will be on a panel... if I were gonna be in town, this is definitely where I'd be! (more info)

Oslo, Norway:  Author Pat Thomas brings his award-winning book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the Off the Page Festival in Oslo! Don't miss his always riveting slideshow presentation! (more info)

Dash Shaw Talks Animation & Film at Elizabethtown, PA!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 21 Jan 2014 10:33 AM

Dash Shaw

Animation, peace and spiritualism are subjects of interest this February at Elizabethtown College's Bowers Writers House, and on Wednesday, February 12th, our own Dash Shaw will visit for a talk!

Starting at 8:00 PM, the award-winning animator and cartoonist will discuss "Animation and Film."

All events are free and open to the public.  The Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College is located at 840 College Hill Lane.

Play Dead: Art Exhibit & Book Release with Julia Gfrörer in Portland!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Julia Gfrörereventsart shows 20 Jan 2014 1:43 PM

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

This February, Julia Gfrörer will present the exhibit Play Dead, at Floating World Comics in Portland, showcasing the original art to her exquisite new book, Black is the Color. Join Julia on Thursday, February 6th for the opening reception for her exhibit and a book signing from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Black is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario. Julia Gfrörer’s delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer’s prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.

Floating World Comics is located at 400 NW Couch St. in downtown Portland. The exhibit runs through February 28th.

Black is the Color

Pat Thomas Brings Listen Whitey to Off The Page Oslo!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 20 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

On Saturday, January 25th, author Pat Thomas will tell the Norweigans, "Listen, Whitey!

Thomas brings his award-winning book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the Off the Page Festival in Oslo. It's a music festival without music -- only in its third year, this collaboration between nyMusikk and The Wire is devoted to music criticism, audio culture and sonic experiences featuring a host of international speakers, like Pat!

Off the Page takes place at Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo.

Listen Whitey

Listen to the Party Music Whitey in San Francisco!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 14 Jan 2014 1:13 PM

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

On Saturday, February 22nd, join author Pat Thomas for the panel discussion Listen to the Party Music Whitey!: The Soundtrack of the Black Liberation Movement.  He'll be signing and discussing his award-winning book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco will host this engaging afternoon in conjunction with their exhibit Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diaspora in Dialogue, 1960-1980. Pat will be joined by Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music, and moderator Davey D, a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist.

Join them from 2:00 to 4:00 PM! Together, they'll examine the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s. The event will include a multi-media presentation of rare images and unusual recordings that capture the "sights and sounds" of the era and the movement. 

MoAD is located at 685 Mission Street (at Third) in San Francisco. This event is free with MoAD admission.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/13-1/20
Written by janice headley | Filed under Justin GreenJulia GfrörereventsEllen ForneyDanny BlandCarol Tyler 14 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

Black is the Color

Wednesday, January 15th

New York City, NY: Get your tickets quick, 'cause this will sell out! Julia Gfrörer will be signing her beautiful new graphic novel Black is the Color at The Strand, starting at 7:00 PM. You can either buy the book from The Strand or buy a $15 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one. (more info)

Thursday, January 16th

Camden, NJ: Don't miss the opening of the new exhibit Compulsive Narratives: Stories that MUST be Told at the Rutgers-Camden’s Stedman Gallery, featuring work from Carol Tyler, Justin Green, Ellen Forney, Julie Doucet, David Small, Gilad Seliktar, and many, many more! (more info)


photo credit: Charles Peterson

Saturday, January 18th

Seattle, WA: Seattle icon Danny Bland will be reading from his wicked debut novel, In Case We Die, at the Twilight Gallery, with special guests, Tom Hansen and Mandolin Hooper. BYOB -- no, seriously! (more info)



Danny Bland Reading at Twilight Gallery Seattle!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDanny Bland 13 Jan 2014 9:13 AM


photo credit: Charles Peterson

Seattleites! Beat the winter doldrums with something even more dark: In Case We Die, the wicked debut novel from longtime Seattle icon Danny Bland!

Join Danny on Saturday, January 18th for one of his hilarious and sometimes gut-wrenching readings at Twilight Gallery. To make the evening even more enticing, he'll be joined by special guests, Tom Hansen and Mandolin Hooper.

Doors at 8:00 PM. BYOB -- no, seriously! Twilight Gallery is located at 4306 SW Alaska Street.