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Twain in the Membrane: Twain About Town!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 16 Oct 2011 10:13 AM

Michael Kupperman as Mark Twain at the New York Comic-Con
photo credit: the great Alex Cox from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

The reports of Mark Twain's death were greatly exaggerated indeed!  Why, he's been all over the New York area lately, promoting the smash-hit Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010, as transcribed by the wonderful humorist and cartoonist Michael Kupperman.

Here he is, at the New York Comic-Con this past weekend, signing with our friends at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund...

Michael Kupperman as Mark Twain at the New York Comic-Con
photo credit: M. Sweeney Lawless

...meeting Chewbacca...

Michael Kupperman as Mark Twain at the New York Comic-Con
photo credit: Emily Flake

...Oscar the Grouch...

Michael Kupperman as Mark Twain at the New York Comic-Con
photo credit: M. Sweeney Lawless

... and making lots of new friends! You can check out more photos from his NYCC adventures at Mr. Kupperman's Flickr page.


photo credit: Edwina Hay

And earlier this month, Twain made an appearance at Littlefield in Brooklyn for the Twain in the Membrane Comedy Party:


photo credit: Edwina Hay

Ben Franklin showed up to challenge Twain to a duel, and apparently won by faking a heart attack. 


photo credit: Edwina Hay

There was a Twain-lookalike contest...


photo credit: Edwina Hay

... and as we reported, yes... frog-humping.  Although apparently no one was brave enough to compete! Enjoy tons more awesome pics at photographer Edwina Hay's Flickr page here.

As you can see, things have been zany with our good friend, Twain-y, so stay tuned to the FLOG for future dates in the Twain in the Membrane tour!








Twain in the Membrane: Kupperman at NYCC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 12 Oct 2011 1:01 PM


photo credit: Edwina Hay

We've got an exciting last-minute addition to our already-thrilling Twain in the Membrane tour: Michael Kupperman will make an appearance at the New York Comic-Con this Friday, October 14th, signing copies of his most-recent masterpiece, Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010!

... or WILL HE?  'Cause we've heard tell that a certain Mr. Twain might show up in his place! Those sure are some beautiful eyebrows, Mr. Kupper-- er, Twain.

He'll be signing from 1-3 PM with our good friends at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at Booth #1158.

And then at 3:15 PM, head over to the Hasbro Stage for a special NYCC-edition of the cartoon slideshow extravaganza Carousel, hosted by our pal R. Sikoryak! Kupperman will be joined by Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, and Emily Flake.

As always, stay tuned to the FLOG for future appearances in the Twain in the Membrane tour!

[UPDATE: Mike here, butting in to add the newly-posted flyer and link to more info for the NYCC Carousel performance!]

Carousel at NYCC flyer

Last Week for Hernandez Bros. Exhibit at VCU
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mario HernandezLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 12 Oct 2011 10:13 AM

Love & Rockets, No. 16

Virginia Commonwealth University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a special exhibit on The Hernandez Bros.

You can check out the display on the fourth floor of the James Branch Cabell Library [ 901 Park Ave., Richmond, VA ], until the end of the week, Saturday, October 15th.

Twain in the Membrane: Party at Desert Island
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 12 Oct 2011 7:13 AM

Twain in the Membrane with Michael Kupperman

The Twain in the Membrane tour has rolled from Brooklyn back to Brooklyn, and now the Twain Train is heading for Desert Island. In Brooklyn!

This Thursday, October 13th, join Michael Kupperman for a book release party and signing for the smash-hit Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010, and be one of the very first to get a copy of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7!  Plus, free beer with any purchase!

And don't forget: this is your chance to pick up this excellent exclusive print we mentioned last month on the FLOG! Each 16X20 screenprint will be numbered and signed by Kupperman himself.

Desert Island is located at 540 Metropolitan Avenue, and the merriment starts at 7 PM!  Keep an eye on the Twain in the Membrane tour dates on the Fantagraphics Events page!

Have a Sweetly Diabolic 2012 with Jim Flora
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim Flora 10 Oct 2011 3:34 PM

Jim Flora 2012 calendar

Plan ahead for the future with a blast from the past -- it's the 2012 Jim Flora calendars!

There's the Sheffield Island letterpress calendar, as seen above, based on a 1954 Flora woodcut... 

...And there's the smaller classic design, featuring Flora's illustrations from the 1950s: Swingin' Sax, Boogie-Beat Drummer, and Stardust Moon.

These are all hand-printed by Yee-Haw Industrial Letterpress of Knoxville, and as the Jim Flora website promises, they are guaranteed to include your birthday, as well as those of your family and friends!

Patch It Up with Quimby's and Chris Ware
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchfashionChris Ware 10 Oct 2011 2:04 PM

Got a hole in your jacket from that Chris Ware story that reached in, tore your heart out, and stomped it into the ground? (His writing, that is, not the man himself -- he's pretty laid-back.)

Patch it up with one of these rad new patches from our friends at Quimby's in Chicago!  Heat adhesive, four-color embroidered, and only five freakin' bucks.  Only available at the store for now, but they should be on sale on their website soon.

Harkham and Oldham Go to Town
Written by janice headley | Filed under Sammy Harkhamrockmerch 10 Oct 2011 10:13 AM

Sammy Harkham artwork for Bonnie

Two bearded artists with "ham" in their last names have teamed up for this latest release on Drag City Records!

Under his Bonnie 'Prince' Billy nom de plume, Will Oldham has a brand-new album out now featuring cover art by the one-and-only Sammy Harkham. Why, I think it might be time for another edition of Under the Covers with Fantagraphics...

Dirty Comics Exhibition with Dame Darcy
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDame Darcyart shows 10 Oct 2011 9:43 AM

Dirty Comics exhibition with Dame Darcy

For the chilly month of October, the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco is heating things up with their new exhibit Dirty Comics: An Exhibition of Erotic Comic Art.

Bay area erotic artist Jon Macy has curated a show featuring 30 different comic artists, including our very own Dame Darcy!

The Center for Sex & Culture is located at 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets, on the corner of Grace Street.

Thanks to the always-intrepid Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter for the heads-up-- uh, I mean, tip-off-- uh, I mean... never mind.

Herstory in the Making: Trina Robbins at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 6 Oct 2011 10:13 AM

Trina Robbins with Fantagraphics at the San Diego Comic-Con 2009
Trina Robbins signing at the Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2009

I am personally so over-the-moon-excited about this weekend's event, and frankly, you should be, too! We are thrilled to present artist & women's comix "herstorian" Trina Robbins at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, October 8!

The reception runs from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, and we'll be debuting our latest exhibit, showcasing The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913 - 1940. Trina will be leading a slideshow presentation of Brinkley's work that you do not want to miss, and she'll be signing copies of the book afterwards.

You can also catch Trina earlier that day, as she's a featured guest at Geek Girl Con, making its debut at Seattle Center this October 8th and 9th.

The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Don't miss your chance to meet this legend of underground comix!

Shannon Wheeler Art Show Opening in Portland Tonight
Written by janice headley | Filed under Shannon Wheelereventsart shows 6 Oct 2011 9:49 AM

Shannon Wheeler One-One-One-One

One man. One-hundred-and-one one-panel cartoons.

Our Oil & Water artist Shannon Wheeler presents just that, with an exhibition of his New Yorker artwork opening tonight at PCPA [ 1111 SW Broadway, Portland ]. How perfect is THAT street address?


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