Our good friends at Atomic Books have released the deets on their 6th annual burnin-down-the-house party the night before SPX at their store in Baltimore, MD. This party features Peter Bagge signing his calvacade of new books from 6-7pm and then readings from 7-1opm.
The readings will feature these superb cartoonists and their new books: MICHAEL KUPPERMAN (Tales Designed To Thrizzle) SAM HENDERSON (Magic Whistle) T. EDWARD BAK (Island Of Memory) BRIAN RALPH (Reggie-12) FRANK SANTORO (Pompeii) ANYA DAVIDSON (School Spirits) DAVID PLUNKERT (Spur Gallery)
Atomic Books also boasts a new bottleshop bar, The Eightbar (a particulary nice play on Dan Clowes' Eightball) will be open, serving local & craft beer, wine and sodas. Make sure you take a million photos of your face passed out on their kickass countertop.
And while in the bar, there is a print show by artists Andrea Kalfas and Jimmy Giegerich. Benn from Atomic also mentioned they are debutinga 3D photo booth in the newly expanded store." We scan you in and print out a 3D bust of you." SIGN ME UP.
And don't forget that on September 24th, Danny Bland, author of In Case We Die will have a reading and signing at their fine establishment as well!
Friday, September 13. Peter Bagge - 6-7. SPX-Plosion 7-10PM. Free. Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd. Hampden, Baltimore. www.atomicbooks.com
For more information, contact: Benn Ray (
In this volume of the acclaimed series about transgendered kids exploring their unfolding identities, we’ve reached a big event; the junior high school entrance ceremony.
The boys wear black uniforms with stand-up collars based on mid-19th century European military uniforms and the girls wear navy blazers, tan skirts, and red ribbon neckties. Enter our heroes; Nitori-kun is forced to wear a boy’s uniform while Takatsuki-san has to wear a girl's! Yet one girl — Sarashia Chizuru — draws stares, whispers, and pointed fingers, because this long-haired beauty is wearing a boy’s uniform. Both Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san are awed by the girl's courage, but Takatsuki-san is particularly vexed by their own faintheartedness. They envy more than a few other students who experience such liberty in wearing either uniform and ponder what it ultimately means about themselves.
Envy and jealousy are prominent themes in Volume 5: Chiba-san is jealous of Takatsuki-san, for whom Nitori-kun still carries a torch. Maho envies Anna-chan's professionalism as a model. And Chii-chan’s loyal sidekick, Shiri Momoko, is intensely jealous of anyone in whom Chii-chan shows the slightest interest. And so our protagonists set off on the journey to adolescence....
Marvel Comics would probably prefer that their origins go unremembered, but comics historians Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo are here to rain on that parade with their new book The Secret History of Marvel Comics, which traces Marvel's roots in the sordid, exploitative pulp publishing empire of Martin Goodman. You'll also be treated to a bounty of rare, never-before-reprinted artwork by such comics legends as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus top-tier pulp artists, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, and L.F. Bjorklund.
This essential exposé on early comics history is due in late October/early November; we'll have more sneak peeks for you as always, and you can pre-order your copy right here.
It's a dream come true! The great Jim Woodring is heading down the coast to San Francisco for a special performance with his friend and collaborator Bill Frisell on Saturday, September 14th.
At 7:30 PM, Bill takes the stage with his band, Beautiful Dreamers, with Jim providing live digital illustrations, projected on the SFJAZZ Center Miner Auditorium video screen, to accompany and inspire the music.
Or, bring the kiddos at 2:00 PM for a matinee performance that afternoon with a solo set from Bill, and more of Jim's imaginative illustrations!
Tickets are on sale now (evening or matinee), but you should just go to both. The SFJAZZ Center is located at 201 Franklin Street, at the corner of Franklin and Fell streets in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood.
On November 24th, artist Janet Hamlin will bring her sketches from Cuba to her hometown of Nyack, NY.
Join illustrator/instructor Hamlin for a discussion of Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, a collection of her most potent and revealing sketches drawn during the 9/11 trials, as well a chronicle of her experience at Guantanamo, in general. From 2:00 to 3:00 PM, she'll be discussing these notorious and historic trials, and showing her exclusive, powerful illustrations.
Peter Bagge pays tribute to "the World's Greatest Comics Publishers" (ahem, us) on the cover of last week's Seattle Weekly, where you can also find a "Fantagraphics 101" style profile in advance to our big hoo-hah at Bumbershoot. We're a little tardy posting this (our pals at D&Q even scooped us) because, well, that last panel has the resounding ring of truth.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is coming up for all you readers, writers and fans! A few of our cartoonists are coming up for panels AND we have one hell of a rager party planned at Bergen Street Comics! SIX, count 'em, SIX cartoonists will be at Bergen Street signing their newest graphic novels and minis. Saturday at 8pm at 470 Bergen Street---the place to be! Chuck Forsman, Leslie Stein, Ulli Lust, Ed Piskor, Dash Shaw and Tom Kaczynski will all be there. And so should you!
And then on Sunday, let the Brooklyn Book Festival commence! Below are the panels our cartoonists are on, please note that some are in different locations and please plan in travel time. For a full schedule, visit the Brooklyn Book Festival page.
12:00 P.M. The World (According to Cartoonists): Border Crossing Comics. Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve #13), Rutu Modan (The Property), Dash Shaw (New School), and David Prudhomme (Rebetiko) all explore characters crossing borders -national and personal, real and imagined. Discover how these award-winning cartoonists translate the world through art and story. Moderated by Kent Worcester. Featuring screen projection. ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM
1:00 P.M. Mundane/Profane/Profound: What We Draw About When We Draw Comics. Gag cartoonists and graphic novelists talk about the weird, wonderful, and sometimes shocking choices they make in their craft. Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America) offers urban fables where daily details lead to socio/political revelations. Lisa Hanawalt's sexy/snarky one-pagers in My Dirty Dumb Eyes hinge on the vulnerability of showing it all. Miriam Katin's thoughtful, witty memoir Letting it Go explores profound loss and forgiveness in the context of teeth whitening and stomach troubles. Ulli Lust's punk travelogue Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life lays bare body and soul. Moderated by Anne Ishii, translator, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. Featuring screen projection. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)
2:00 P.M. The New American Dream: What is today's Great American Novel, anyway? Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), Dash Shaw (New School), and Adam Mansbach (The Dead Run) give us glimpses into a new kind of American Dream: a fifteen-year-old mother of nine; a boy's island adventures in graphic novel form; and in one case, an American nightmare. Moderated by David Unger. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)
3:00 P.M. The Real: Comics Nonfiction. Three artists represent the diverse spectrum of topics taken on by nonfiction comics-Ed Piskor's Hip-Hop Family Tree offers an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop; Lucy Knisley's Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a loving memoir of growing up gourmet and Tom Kaczynski's Trans-Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics, and philosophy. Moderated by Professor Jonathan W. Gray, John Jay College. Featuring screen projection. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)
4:00 P.M. Lost and Found: The Journey Begins at Home. Where do we discover our truest selves, and what journeys-and what experiences-are ultimately the most transformative? From Prix Médicis-winner Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès's doomed expeditions through the Brazilian backlands (Where Tigers Are at Home) and Austrian graphic novelist Ulli Lust's recollections of a youthful romp through Italy (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life) to Shani Boianjiu's fierce but wise coming-of-age tale set within the Israeli army (The People of Forever Are Not Afraid), life's lessons can be found in the most unexpected-and familiar-places. Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Goethe Institute. Moderated by David Kaufman, (Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Work) George Mason University. BOROUGH HALL COMMUNITY ROOM (209 Joralemon Street)
We're pleased to present this 18-page preview of Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 by Janet Hamlin. Hamlin's drawings are the only complete visual journalistic record of the military tribunal hearings of suspected terrorists at GTMO, and this historic book is the first place they're gathered all together. In this excerpt you'll be able to browse the Table of Contents; read Hamlin's background on her assignment, getting to the base, and her process; and see her sketches of the GTMO compound and her first tribunals.
This fascinating volume is due to hit shelves in October and can be pre-ordered here.
Ditkophiles rejoice! A fourth heaping helping of Steve Ditko's classic suspense and horror work from the 1950s is on its way to give you the creeps right around Halloween. Impossible Tales collects another 200-plus pages of tales from This Magazine Is Haunted, Tales of the Mysterious Traveler, Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, Out of This World, Strange Suspense Stories and more, impeccably compiled by Ditko doyen Blake Bell and given our painstaking restoration treatment. Ditko's mastery of the comics page is in full effect here, with a real burst of creativity and innovation that marks this work as one of his peaks. Pre-order your copy here and stand by for more sneak peeks!
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