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This Is How He Drew Her: Jaime Hernandez Talk in Pasadena!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezevents 17 Oct 2013 11:13 AM

This Is How He Drew Her: Jaime Hernandez Talk in Pasadena

If you live in Pasadena, you better attend this! Quoted directly from their press release:

Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the famed Los Bros Hernandez's alt-comic Love and Rockets, is a legend with fans everywhere. Among the most notable is Pulitzer Prize-winning author (and comics and graphic novels lover) Junot Diaz, who's cited Los Bros as a major influence on both his writing and his sensibilities.

This month the much-anticipated deluxe edition of Diaz's short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her, comes out. But the buzz hasn't been about the stories, because this time the big story's actually been the pictures -- drawn by the unmistakable hand of Jaime Hernandez.

On Monday, November 4th, Jaime Hernandez comes to The Crawford Family Forum for an evening of art, books, and conversation. KPCC FM "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson talks with Hernandez about his latest work, how it relates to Love and Rockets, and where his future's taking him.

This incredible event is free, and open to the public. Doors are at 7:00 PM, and you better be in your seat by 7:30 PM. The Crawford Family Forum is located at 474 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

Listen NY! Pat Thomas Returns with the Sights and Sounds of Black Power!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 17 Oct 2013 6:13 AM

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

Start spreadin' the news, New York! For one weekend this fall, author Pat Thomas is bringing Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 back to town.

Join him at the appropriately-named Revolution Books [ 146 West 26th Street ] on Monday, November 4th at 7:00 PM. 

And then cross the bridge on Tuesday, November 5th for a reading at the "Student Center" [ at East 27 Street and Campus Road ] of Brooklyn College, CUNY at 2:15 PM.

At both events, Pat will be spinning discs, lecturing via a multi-media presentation, and signing both the book and the companion CD and LP on Light in the Attic Records. 

Both events are free and open to the public. Come find out for yourself why Spin Magazine listed Listen, Whitey! on its Top 10 music books of the year list!

Jim Flora's Mambo For Cats Print Back in Stock!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim FloraIrwin Chusidart 16 Oct 2013 11:46 AM

 Jim Flora's Mambo For Cats

To celebrate the publication of The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, our fourth anthology of Jim Flora artwork — and one which features all of Flora's known album covers — the infamous Mambo for Cats is dancing yet again!

Although the original print run sold out last year, a new revived edition is now available. It's about album-cover size (40% smaller than the original screen print), and is produced on different paper with different inks thru an entirely different printing process (inkjet, or giclée). One other significant difference: the screen print was on cream-colored stock; the giclée stock is white. 

Pounce on the limited edition launch price while you can!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/14-10/21
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggeMichael KuppermanJames Rombergerevents 15 Oct 2013 7:13 PM

James and Rick
photo credit: why, Marguerite Van Cook!

Wednesday, October 16th

New York City, NY:  Don't miss the opening reception for a new exhibit from James Romberger (collaborator behind New York Times Best Seller 7 Miles a Second) and Rick Prol at the Dorian Grey Gallery! (more info)

Minneapolis, MN:  Don't miss Peter Bagge, signing at Magers & Quinn Bookstore tonight for his new Drawn & Quarterly title The Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, starting at 7:00 PM! (more info)

Peter Bagge
photo credit: Joshin Yamada, Stumptown 2012

Friday, October 18th

Iowa City, IA:  And then Peter Bagge is heading to Prairie Lights Bookstore for a signing at 7:00 PM! (more info)

Saturday, October 19th

Chicago, IL:  And theeeennn, you can find Peter Bagge at Quimby's Books! (more info)

Sunday, October 20th

Philadelphia, PA:  Spend the evening with Michael Kupperman! Kupperman will host a retrospective of his career thus far, including illustrated readings of his work and screenings of his animation including the Adult Swim pilot SNAKE ‘N’ BACON, plus brand new pieces. (more info)

Kupperman will host a retrospective of his career thus far, including illustrated readings of his work and screenings of his animation including the Adult Swim pilot SNAKE ‘N’ BACON, plus brand new pieces. - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=An-Evening-With-Michael-Kupperman-This-Sunday-in-Philadelphia.html&Itemid=113#sthash.jtCGW4aM.dpuf

Monday, October 21st

Boston, MA:  And here's a reason to like Mondays: Peter Bagge at Brookline Booksmith! (more info)

An Evening With Michael Kupperman This Sunday in Philadelphia!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 14 Oct 2013 1:13 PM

Just an evening?! Well, we'll take what we can get of acclaimed cartoonist Michael Kupperman!

The evening in question is this Sunday, October 20th at the PhilaMOCA. Kupperman will host a retrospective of his career thus far, including illustrated readings of his work and screenings of his animation including the Adult Swim pilot SNAKE ‘N’ BACON, plus brand new pieces. Brand new pieces!!!

Doors are at 7:00 PM, and the awesomeness starts at 7:30 PMPhilaMOCA is located at 531 N 12th Street in Philadelphia.

Down with OPP*: In Case We Die Audiobook
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDown with OPPDanny Bland 10 Oct 2013 11:11 AM


* Other People's Publications, er... "Production"!
** Yeah, You Know Me.

It's not enough that Danny Bland's debut novel is amazing, no.  Local 638 Records had to go and release an audio version of this semi-autobiographical wicked tale that takes "amazing" to a whole 'nother level!!!

Just take a look at this stellar roster of readers: Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Steve Earle, Aimee Mann, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Marc Maron (WTF With Marc Maron)... and that's just to name a few! See the complete star-studded line-up and sample some passages at their Bandcamp page. Together, the audio book is over seven hours long! Hello, road trip accompaniment!

Plus, each incredible artist, actor, and musician who recorded a chapter DONATED their time and talents.  If that's not a testament to the powerful prose of Bland, I don't know what is.

Believe it or not, it gets even better:  a portion of all audiobook proceeds will go to MusiCares, a non-profit arm of the Grammy Foundation providing medical care and sobriety resources for musicians. (Once you read the book, you'll understand why!)

If somehow I still haven't convinced you, then stop by Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle on Saturday, October 12th to witness a riveting reading by Bland himself at 7:00 PM! Then come get your CD 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. (Don't live in Seattle? Click on over to Local 638 Records for all your purchasing needs!)

Down with OPP*: Oak by Max Badger Woodring
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim WoodringeventsDown with OPP 8 Oct 2013 11:13 AM


* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me.

The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is thrilled to offer up the debut graphic novel of a rising star in Seattle's comics scene: Max Badger Woodring!

Winner of a 2012 Xeric grant, this self-published tome is stunningly impressive. Come by the store and see for yourself!  

In fact, if you come by the store this Saturday, October 12th for his dad's book release party for Fran, I bet you could get your copy signed!

The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is 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.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/7-10/14
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael J VassalloJim WoodringeventsDanny BlandBlake BellAl Jaffee 7 Oct 2013 12:13 PM

The Secret History of Marvel Comics Book Release in NYC!

Saturday, October 12th

New York City, NY:  Authors Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo celebrate the release of The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire at the Society of Illustrators, with very special guests Al Jaffee and Stan Goldberg! Wow, wow, wow! All those in attendance will receive a special limited edition, tipped-in plate for the book, signed by the authors, and the cost of admission also gives you access to an exclusive signing session and catered reception afterwards (with cash bar). (more info)

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Jim Woodring: Fran

Seattle, WA:  Join visionary artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for an exhibition and book signing commemorating publication of his latest graphic novel Fran. The event features works created with his giant quill pen and musical entertainment by K Records artist Stephen Steinbrink. (more info)

In Case We Die by Danny Bland

Seattle, WA:  Victory lap! Seattle's own Danny Bland returns from his cross-country tour to present a hometown reading of In Case We Die at Elliott Bay Books, starting at 7:00 PM. (more info

• San Francisco, CA:  Fantagraphics is heading to APE for the weekend! Stay tuned to the FLOG for exciting signings, debuts, and more details!

Hans Rickheit Signing in Somerville This Sunday!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Hans Rickheitevents 4 Oct 2013 10:13 AM

Spend the weekend in the warehouse with Hans Rickheit!

Harvard Book Store is opening up their 6500 sq. ft. warehouse in Somerville to the public this weekend, and are inviting dozens of local businesses to join them, including our friends at Million Year Picnic. On Sunday, October 6th, Hans will be signing at their table from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Bring your copies of Folly and The Squirrel Machine to the Harvard Book Store Warehouse, located at 14 Park Street in Somerville, MA. 

Dash Shaw Animation Screening for Comic Arts Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 3 Oct 2013 1:13 PM

Dash Shaw Comic Arts Brooklyn

How excited are you for the debut of Comic Arts Brooklyn, on Saturday, November 9th, presented by our pals at Desert Island Comics?

Well, you can get even more excited, 'cause the night before, they're presenting an evening of animation with noneother than Dash Shaw! Friday, November 9th, he'll present a screening of Limited Animation shorts, including the "very best episode" of Robotech! (I hope he means the one where Minmei wins the beauty pagaent...)

The fun starts at 8:00 PMSpectacle is located at 124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.


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