50 years from now, if you say "I was at the Crimestoppers Club show in the East Village Dec 27th, 2011" your grandkids may stop kicking you! --Michael Kupperman
Protect your shins in the future, and be there at Luca Lounge [ 222 Avenue B, NYC ] for the latest installment in the monthly comedy series The Crime Stoppers Club, with your hosts Michael Kupperman and Kate Beaton!
All sorts of mid-holiday-week merriment is in store for Tuesday, December 27th, with special guests Julia Wertz, Anthony DeVito, Mitch Magee, and Mark Twain, star of the acclaimed Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010!
Word has it, Twain will be teaming up with comedian Julie Klausner to read a scene from Shakespeare's lost play! You may recognize Klausner from the photocomic in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7, and if you haven't gotten your copy yet, you might WIN ONE in some easy games of chance!
So, don't miss out! And make it your new year's resolution to fight crime with The Crime Stoppers Club every month in New York City -- you can follow them here on Facebook!
On Wednesday, January 11th, you can join Michael for a visual presentation of his jacket art for the two books seen above. Both books are released by NY-based publisher Solid Objects, who is being celebrated at this event at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn!
Editors Max Winter and Lisa Lubasch will kick off the event at 7:30 PM, with readings by authors Jake Bohstedt Morrill and Jim Shepard, and a demonstration in awesome from Kupperman, as he discuss his work on those covers.
Greenlight Books is located at 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland) in Brooklyn, NY.
[ Edited to add: Just when you thought this event couldn't get better, we just found out from editors Max & Lisa that Kupperman will also be doing a reading ofMark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010! Awesome! ]
The festivities kicked off with a harmonious performance from local choral group Choir of the Sound, featuring Fantagraphics photojournalist (and wife of our own Kim Thompson), the lovely Lynn Emmert! They performed a Walt Kelly original, as well as a Christmas classic, before heading out to spread holiday merriment along the streets of Georgetown!
More musical accompaniment was provided by the trio Sawsome, who performed a delightful set featuring banjo, saw, guitar, and accordion -- a perfect accompaniment to the swampy-styles of Pogo!
Of course, everyone was excited to take in the Pogo originals, including 12 dailies and 4 Sunday strips. We sold quite a few on opening night, but there are still some available, so come by the Fantagraphics Bookstore and have a look before the exhibit closes on January 4th! You can see some closer shots over at the Fantagraphics Flickr page.
And even Santa dropped by to take in the exhibit, seen here chatting withFantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid! I wonder what Larry asked for Christmas!
This fun event also happened to be the bookstore’s 5th anniversary party, so we just want to take a minute to thank everyone who has supported our storefront for the past five years! We have more exciting events in store for you in 2012 (like our upcoming Tony Millionaire signing!), so here's to another five years and many more!
And this Saturday, December 17th, you can satisfy your sinister curiosity with a slideshow presentation and talk with Flora archivist Irwin Chusid!
Irwin will present a talk about the artist's life, accompanied by a digital projection of over 100 spectacular works from the Flora collection. The wine begins pouring at 4:00 pm, with the presentation starting at 5:00 pm sharp. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so arrive early!
untitled tempera, early 1940s
The Dorian Grey Gallery is located at 437 East 9th Street (between 1st and A) in New York City. The exhibit runs through January 8th.
As of this typing, there's no set signing times, but we'll keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook as soon as we get more details! Comic Book Jones is located at 2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY.
UPDATE: Comic Book Jones let us know "He will be appearing at 4pm and will be staying for a few hours."
Justin recently taught the Engage: Queer Comics Project class at the California College of the Arts, and now his students are curating an art show opening this Saturday, December 17th at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum.
The show will feature art from LGBTQ comics over the last four decades made by local creators, as well as a film composed of interviews of major figures in queer cartooning conducted by the students, and Quiltbag, a zine of original material created by the students themselves.
Among the featured artists is our very own Trina Robbins! Other artists featured in the show include: Burton Clarke (Gay Comix), Jaime Cortez (Sexile), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille), MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell), Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), Christine Smith (The Princess), Mary Wings (Come Out Comix), and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time).
Plus, there will be comics-inspired drag performances by the uncanny Sue Casa, Trangela Lansbury (ohmygod, best name ever), Karma Zabetch, and others. The party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum [ 655 Mission Street, San Francisco ].
There were plenty of excitingannouncements at this year's San Diego Comic Con, but one of the most exciting ones for me personally was hearing that our own Ted Stearn was going to be a director on the new series of MTV's Beavis & Butthead!
In fact, he's directed six of the stories in the revived season, which kicked off in late October to rave reviews! As someone who grew up watching the original series, I promise you, these new episodes are every bit as hilarious, dare I say, maybe even more so!
There's still more episodes yet to air on MTV, and you can watch some online here. Or just wait until February 2012 when the new season comes out on DVD! Yay Ted!!!
• San Francisco, CA: Justin Hall, editor of our upcoming anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, will be hosting an event at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum curated by his students in the "Engage: Queer Comics Project" class at the California College of the Arts. More details coming to the FLOG this week!
• Chicago, IL: An exhibit of Lilli Carré's work opened last week at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex with short animated films she describes as “moving drawings," a collection of Lilli's recent string drawing pieces, and some books and comics. The exhibit closes on January 21, 2012. (more info)
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