In 2012, a retrospective exhibition of Max's work, titled Panóptica, traveled through Europe with stops in Valencia, Madrid, Mexico City, and several cities in Brazil! (You can see some photos from those stops on the FLOG here and here.)
On Tuesday, March 11th, the Arts Santa Monica Museum in Barcelona opens a new exhibit from Max, continuing where his retrospective show left off: Oh Panòptica Ficció!
The exhibit will be accompanied by a comics workshop on March 20th-22nd, and a concert by Pascal Comelade + Bel Canto Orquestra on March 20th with Max drawing along. The exhibit itself will run through Sunday, April 13th.
And don't forget, we'll be releasing Vapor this year!Maxonce again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.
• Seattle, WA: Stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for Foxing & Friends, a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. (more info)
That stunning work of art above, from Esther Pearl Watson, is titled "Mother and Daughter Work to Change the Future" -- and it's the perfect piece for this upcoming art show featuring Esthercollaborating with her daughter, Lilian Todd!
Esther and Lilian will debut their first collaborative art pieces in an upcoming group show, opening on Thursday, March 6th! Together, these two creative ladies work to change the future with their surreal, intergalactic pieces. Congratulate them in person at the opening reception, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
The group show Amazon Solitaire, curated by Akina Cox, will be on view at the Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through March 27th.
And, don't forget about Esther's solo work, like the upcoming release of Unlovable, Vol. 3!!!
Celebrate the brand new lunar Year of the Horse with noneother than Ron Regé, Jr. this Sunday, February 23rd!
Tomorrow night, the all-ages non-profit place pehrspace kicks off their new series, Pehrtalks, with "Spiritual Arts Night," an evening to explore the varied mysteries of the metaphysical arts. Five expert practitioners of different disciplines will form a panel to introduce their crafts and answer questions from the audience. There will be art, musical meditation, and light refreshments!
At 8:15 PM, Ron will give a presentation on The Cartoon Utopia, his graphic novel masterpiece that focuses on ideas that he's become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.
✦ ✦ ✦ 7:30 Mingle, drink herbal tea, and start feeling magical. 7:45 Solaris, "Zodiac Forecast" 8:00 Melinda Lee Holmes, "Wearable Magic, Crystal and Moon Guidance" 8:15 Ron Rege Jr, Cartoon Utopia 8:30 Marcella Kroll, "Ancestral Karma Healing: how clearing the past can heal our future" 8:45 Jessica Snow, "Compassionately unlocking the treasures within" 9:00 Questions 9:30 Sonic Meditation by Brian Griffith 9:45 Get really peaceful! ✦ ✦ ✦
Admission is $3 at the door, which will go to the guest speakers. Bring a pillow or something else to sit on.
pehrspace is located at two blocks south of Temple in Historic Filipinotown at 325 Glendale Blvd. (Note: finding them the first time may be difficult. They are in the back of the Glen Village parking lot, behind a short palm tree. You won't see it from the street; you'll have to come into the parking lot.)
There's a significant event happening tonight for Significant Objects, our collection of extraordinary short stories inspired by ordinary stuff -- things like novelty items, discarded souvenirs, and tasteless kitchenware picked up cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.
And tonight, Friday, February 21st, at the Dallas Museum of Art, Significant Objects editor Rob Walker presents Materially Untrue: Stories About Objects Unearthed from Art Storage!
At 7:00 PM, four Texas authors (Will Clarke, Doug Dorst, Merritt Tierce, and Shay Youngblood) will debut original stories about objects unearted from DMA art storage.
This event is FREE and open to the public! A book signing will take place after the readings. The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 North Harwood in Dallas, Texas.
Los Angeles, brace yourself for the wonder of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia, coming March 1st to the gallery Dem Passwords in Los Angeles!
Ron relates on his blog, "If you were to go way back in the archive of this blog, you would notice me talking about The Cartoon Utopia as of a set of concepts & ideas that I was creating art with, not simply the title of my book. The project started as a set of drawings that were displayed in solo art shows around the world."
The utopia lives on! A year after the book's release, Ron is debuting the exhibit Cartoon Utopia 2014, featuring brand-new drawings that he's been working on since the beginning of the year! Like this one:
Don't miss the launch of Cartoon Utopia 2014! Dem Passwords is located at 5413 West Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles.
We're excited to announce that our awesome "herstorian" Trina Robbinswill be a special guest at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference!
The conference begins on Thursday, February 13th, and runs through Sunday, February 16th. Trina will be speaking about graphic novels for teens and tweens on Friday at 4:30 PM, and about research on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Register now for the conference, and come here Trina talk about her comprehensive new collection Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries!
ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/pretty-in-ink-american-women-cartoonists-1896-2013.html?vmcchk=1#sthash.zOWeG91Y.dpuf
On her blog, Trina writes, "If you come to my presentations or run into me on the floor, please stop and say hello; I am always up for a coffee break at the conference’s Cafe Ferlinghetti."
The San Francisco Writers Conference takes place at the Mark Hopkins Hotel at 999 California Street, located at the crest of famed Nob Hill at the intersection of three cable car lines. It is within walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown and the Financial District, as well as a short ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. For more travel details, visit their website here.
On Tuesday, February 11th, the NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium will host a lecture from Conor Stechschulte, along with Christopher Adams, at 7:00 PM!
Stechschulte will present a comprehensive look at the ideas and influences that lead to the making of The Amateurs, his debut graphic novella about a severed human head that still seems to be talking. Stechschulte will discuss the lessons he learned while making the book, and discuss how he's applied those lessons to his current comics work. He adds: "Other topics that may or may not be glancingly addressed: accidental dismemberment, the true sound a screaming pig makes, drawing comics while standing up, and what affineurs and cartoonists have in common."
Don't miss this chance to learn more about this up-and-coming artist!
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