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Archive >> April 2012

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 4/16-4/23
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggeLilli CarréGahan WilsoneventsArcher PrewittAl Jaffee 16 Apr 2012 1:01 PM

We're busy as bees getting ready for our Spring conventions! MoCCA! Stumptown! TCAF! Here are some other fine events to keep you busy in the meanwhile:

Tuesday, April 17th 

•  New York City, NY: The legendary Gahan Wilson will be teaching a Master Class in Cartooning at MoCCA! (more info)

Still from In Suspense by Lilli Carre
Still from "In Suspense" by Lilli Carré

Friday, April 20th 

• Chicago, IL: Lilli Carré launches her exhibit Moving Holds at Western Exhibitions! More information about this show is coming to the FLOG this week! 

Saturday, April 21st

Boston, MA: The 2012 Boston Comic Con kicks off today, with special guests Peter Bagge and Al Jaffee! (more info)

Sunday, April 22nd

Kyoto, Japan:  The exhibit Three Sides Chicago: Squares, Squirrels & Dots, featuring Archer Prewitt, alongside Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge, closes at the Trancepop Gallery. (more info)

Boston, MA: The 2012 Boston Comic Con continues today with special guests Peter Bagge and Al Jaffee! Plus, Al will be part of the panel "Legends of Mad Magazine" with Al Feldstein and Paul Coker Jr. (more info)

Weekend Romance at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michel GagneJoe SimonJack KirbyFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Apr 2012 12:35 PM

Editor Michel Gange at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for the opening reception of our new exhibit, “Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics” with our special guest, Michel Gagné (seen above), editor of our brand new collection of the same title!

Young Romance at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Young Romance at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Gagné's interpretive exhibit features enlarged examples of Simon and Kirby’s romance comics, which he spent five years restoring for this gorgeous new collection.

Young Romance at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Michel gave a great presentation on his delicate restoration process, which you can watch below (YouTube link)! WARNING: I have to apologize -- I'm not the best filmographer, and as the sun was setting in Seattle, the lighting in the video gets kinda weird. But please don't let the lousy lighting detract from Michel's great presentation -- it's really fascinating to hear how he cleaned up all those old images and restored them for this book!

Jack Kirby original art at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Also, our exhibit features an original Jack Kirby page from 1967's "Fantastic Four #65," thanks to Gary Groth, of course!

“Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics” will be available for viewing through May 9, 2012, and you can get the book any ol' time! If you can't make it to Seattle, check out more photos of the exhibit at the Fantagraphics Flickr! The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) just minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110.

Master Cartooning with Gahan Wilson at MoCCA!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Gahan Wilsonevents 16 Apr 2012 8:03 AM

Gahan Wilson at The Strand Bookstore, NYC, Jan. 19, 2010
Photo by Christina Foxley, courtesy The Strand Bookstore NYC

Learn cartooning from the master himself! The legendary Gahan Wilson will be teaching a special Master Class this Tuesday, April 17th in New York City!

Join Gahan at MoCCA from 7:00 to 9:00 PM as he shows and tells you how to make your own humorous cartoons. Using his own life and career as reference points, Gahan will give you pointers and advice about the art and business of cartooning that only this master of the medium can provide.

Classes are held at MoCCA, located at 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (between Houston and Prince) in New York City. Click here to register, or give 'em a call at 212-254-3511.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Benefit Fashion Show!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul Hornschemeiermerchjeffrey browngood deedsfashioneventsAnders Nilsen 13 Apr 2012 11:09 AM

Not only does the Threadless t-shirt company keep us lookin' good, but now they're also helping defend our first amendment rights with a benefit for the mighty Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

Tonight, Friday, April 13th, they'll be hosting the CBLDF/THREADLESS C2E2 Fashion Show Welcome Party, launching a colossal new "Comics-On-Tees" collection featuring artwork by Jeffrey Brown, Anders Nilsen, Paul Hornschemeier, and Jeff Lemire, based on a story from Jeffrey!

Raffle prizes will include a plethora of awesome Threadless swag, including original retail art, and great CBLDF items, including classic signed comics, exclusive prints, and more! Giant games of Mario Kart will be projected for attendees to play, with a guest DJ providing non-stop music, getting you in the mood for a weekend of comic con revelry. There will also be a “drawing wall” for ongoing Live Art throughout the night and plenty of beer, wine, and popcorn from the famous Threadless popper.

To top it all off, THREADLESS and CBLDF will announce a major project for 2012, expanding their fundraising partnership and creating something awesome for comic fans of every stripe. 

The CBLDF/THREADLESS C2E2 Fashion Show Welcome Party kicks off at 9:00 PM at The Threadless Atrium [ 1260 West Madison, Chicago ]. Free for card carrying CBLDF members, with a $20 suggested door donation for non-members. Sorry kiddoes, 21 and up only!

Comics: Philosophy & Practice at the University of Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under SethRobert CrumbJustin GreenJoe SaccoIvan BrunettiGary PantereventsDaniel ClowesChris WareCharles BurnsCarol TylerAline Kominsky-Crumb 13 Apr 2012 10:49 AM

Hey Chicago! Stop whatever you're doing (yes, that means reading the FLOG) and go register for this NOW! Space is limited, and you do NOT want to miss out.

It's the Comics: Philosophy & Practice conference at the University of Chicago, held May 18th-20th.  And the line-up will make any comics-fan's head spin: it features Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Gary Panter, Joe Sacco, Carol Tyler, and Chris Ware, as well as Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Phoebe Gloeckner, Justin Green, Ben Katchor, Françoise Mouly, Seth, and Art Spiegelman... WOW.

Oh, and did I mention it's FREE? Why are you still reading this?! Registration opens TODAY (Friday, April 13th), but space is limited, so don't delay!

Monte Schulz Signing in Corte Madera!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Monte Schulzevents 11 Apr 2012 11:26 AM

The Big Town by Monte Schulz

Join author Monte Schulz for a signing and discussion of his latest work on Thursday, April 12th in Corte Madera, California!

A novel of the Jazz Age, The Big Town is the story of a failed businessman whose dreams of prosperity hinge on the secret proposition of a millionaire industrialist and a dangerous relationship he finds with a poor orphan girl chasing love in the great American metropolis.

The event kicks off at 7:00 PM! BookPassage is located at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd in Corte Madera.

Monte Schulz Signing in Santa Rosa!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Monte Schulzevents 10 Apr 2012 11:55 AM

The Big Town by Monte Schulz

Author Monte Schulz will be signing his captivating novel of the Jazz Age on Wednesday, April 11th in Santa Rosa, California!

A novel of the Jazz Age, The Big Town is the story of a failed businessman whose dreams of prosperity hinge on the secret proposition of a millionaire industrialist and a dangerous relationship he finds with a poor orphan girl chasing love in the great American metropolis.

Join Monte starting at 7:00 PM at Copperfields Books Montgomery Village [ 775 Village Court ]!

Cannibal Fuckshirts from Johnny Ryan!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJohnny RyanfashionFantagraphics Bookstore 9 Apr 2012 12:22 PM

Cannibal Fuckface t-shirt by Johnny Ryan

Since we can't walk around covered in blood like Cannibal Fuckface (well, most of us anyway), you can at least have the man himself across your chest!

It's the Prison Pit t-shirt by Johnny Ryan, from our friends at Monster Worship! Two-color design on a sinister black t-shirt. Short sleeved for your arms, or an evil worm-like creature.

Janice Headley in a Johnny Ryan H&M t-shirt

In an addendum to this previous FLOG post, I had no luck tracking down the highly-sought after Johnny Ryan-designed tees from H&M. But a certain someone did, and that would be Miss Bella Reid, the 13-year-old daughter of Larry, our manager and curator at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! THANK YOU, BELLA!!! It's awesome!

If you don't have a pre-teen spitfire looking out for you, you can keep checking H&M stores across the country.  Or just give it up and get yourself some Johnny Ryan books instead at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.

And keep an eye out for that Bella. Girl's smart as a whip, and I'm sure you'll be hearing more from her in the years to come! 

Monte Schulz Signing in San Francisco!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Monte Schulzevents 9 Apr 2012 11:20 AM

The Big Town by Monte Schulz

Author Monte Schulz is bringing The Big Town to the big town of San Francisco on Tuesday, April 10th!

A novel of the Jazz Age, The Big Town is the story of a failed businessman whose dreams of prosperity hinge on the secret proposition of a millionaire industrialist and a dangerous relationship he finds with a poor orphan girl chasing love in the great American metropolis.

Join Monte for a signing, starting at 7:00 PM at the Modern Times Bookstore Collective [ 2919 24th Street ].  And, we're pleased to announce that Modern Times invests 10% of the total sales on all events books to community organizations, so not only will you get to meet an engaging storyteller, but you'll also be helping support an organization working towards social justice in San Francisco's Mission District!

T Edward Bak Talking at the Portland Central Library!
Written by janice headley | Filed under T Edward Bakevents 9 Apr 2012 11:00 AM

T Edward Bak Talking at the Multnomah County Library!

I could listen to Mome-vet T Edward Bak talk for hours, and if you live in Portland, OR, you can have the less time-intensive honor on Tuesday, April 24th!

The Portland Central Library is proud to present "Cartoonists Talking," an evening event in conjunction with the Stumptown Comics Fest!

Bak (or "Tebs," as I like to call him) will deliver a presentation on WILD MAN: The Strange Journey and Fantastic Account of the Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, which was serialized in Mome. The artist has conducted his own research in Southeast Alaska and the Aleutian archipelago, as well as St. Petersburg (Russian Federation) where he recently delivered presentations of his work for this ongoing project.

He'll be joined by artist Vera Brosgol for the event. "Cartoonists Talking" is from 6:30-7:45 PM at the Portland Central Library  [ 801 S.W. 10th Avenue ]!


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