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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!

The Secret History of Marvel Comics Book Release in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsBlake BellAl Jaffee 2 Oct 2013 10:13 AM

The Secret History of Marvel Comics Book Release in NYC!

It's no secret -- The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire is a thrill! 

Come celebrate the book release with authors Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo on Saturday, October 12th at the Society of Illustrators, starting at 7:00 PM.

Also joining the authors will be special guests, famed artists Al Jaffee and Stan Goldberg to discuss their memories of working for owner Martin Goodman during the halcyon days of Marvel Comics in the 1940s and 50s! 

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).

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members, $10 students/seniors, and are available online here. The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street.  

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderThe Comics JournalJohnny CraigJohn SeverinJoe KubertHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl JaffeeAl Feldstein 25 Sep 2013 1:32 PM

TCJ Library 8: The EC Artists cover

TCJ Library 8 pages

TCJ Library 8 pages

From the editorial offices of The Comics Journal comes the latest TCJ Library edition, The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists (Part 1)! This hefty oversized book, edited by TCJ co-editor Michael Dean, includes feature-length interviews with Will Elder, Bill Gaines, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Frank Frazetta, Joe KubertHarvey Kurtzman, George Evans, Al Jaffee, and John Severin — some from the pages of TCJ, some from other sources, some expanded from previous appearances, and some published here for the first time! Together they form the first part (yes, there will be a Part 2) of a wide-ranging oral history of the greatest mainstream comic book publisher, amply illustrated in black & white and color. The perfect companion to our EC Comics Library series and a must for any EC fan or student of comics history!

Stand by for more sneak peeks, and reserve your copy by pre-ordering now for delivery in November (subject to change).

The Secrets Behind The Secret History of Marvel Comics in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mort WalkerJack KirbyHank KetchameventsDan DeCarloBlake BellBill EverettAl Jaffee 25 Jul 2013 2:23 PM

The Secrets Behind The Secret History of Marvel Comics

The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire comes out this Fall, but New Yorkers can get a sneak peek much sooner at the Society of Illustrators!

On Wednesday, August 7th at 7:00 PM, authors Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo will pull back the curtain and reveal the secrets behind this comprehensive exposé that will blow a hole in your perception of the origins of Marvel Comics! See a deluge of some never-before reprinted work from creators like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Matt Baker, Al Jaffee, Dave Berg, Dan DeCarlo, Stan Drake, Mort Walker, Hank Ketcham, Frank R. Paul and so many more!

Host Danny Fingeroth will interview the authors about the making of the book. After the slideshow presentation, there will be an audience Q&A, followed by a book signing session for all three men. This book isn't slated to be in stores until November, so now's your chance to scoop up an early edition!

Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students/seniors, and are available online here. (Pre-order the book through us, and pay only $7 admission!) The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 3/18-3/25
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffPat ThomasLove and RocketsLast VispoHarvey KurtzmaneventsDrew FriedmanArnold RothAl Jaffee 19 Mar 2013 9:50 AM

Tuesday, March 19th

New York City, NY:  Join Drew Friedman, Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, and Robert Grossman as they celebrate Harvey Kurtzman in a panel at the Society of Illustrators! And don't forget, you can hear them on the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC at 1:30 PM EST! That's 93.9 FM and AM 820 in the New York City area, or streaming around the world online here. (more info)

Vancouver, BC:  Our awesome Marketing/PR/Outreach Fiend Jen Vaughn will be on an Inkstuds panel at the Vancouver Art Gallery, discussing art and tradition of comics, as well as reflecting on their own work. (As she puts it, "I'm very stoked to be talking about periods/menstruation inside a place called VAG." Haw!) She'll be joined by fellow artists Emily Carroll and Brandon Graham, with your host Robin McConnell.  This event is free for museum members, and for non-members, Tuesday night are "Pay What You Can," so don't miss this! (more info)

The Last Vispo

Friday, March 22nd

St Catharines, ONT:  The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 will have its Ontario launch party at the Niagara Artists Centre from 7:00 to 11:00 PM. There will be readings by derek beaulieu, Sharon Harris, Jenny Sampirisi, and Karl Jirgens. It is also the launch party for derek's book, Please, no more poetry: the selected works of derek beaulieu, and his accompanying art show How to Read. (more info)

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

Saturday, March 23rd

Seattle, WA:  Pat Thomas returns to Seattle to bring Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 to the Cinema Salon! This event is part of L.A. Rebellion, a special weekend-series of Black Cinema hosted by our friends at the Northwest Film Forum throughout March. Our own Jen will be onsite to sell you books! (more info

Sunday, March 24th

Chapel Hill, NC:  The lovely folks at Chapel Hill Comics will be discussing the Love and Rockets volume Maggie the Mechanic at the store at 2:00 PM! That should be awesome! You can also check out the Facebook event for it here. (more info)
Celebrating Kurtzman with Friedman, Jaffee, and Roth!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Harvey KurtzmaneventsDrew FriedmanArnold RothAl Jaffee 18 Mar 2013 1:30 PM

Harvey Kurtzman

An evening celebrating the great cartoonist, writer, and editor Harvey Kurtzman? Awesome. An evening celebrating Kurtzman with fellow amazing cartoonists Drew Friedman, Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, and Robert Grossman? Even more awesome!!!

Join these legendary artists tomorrow Tuesday, March 19th as they  discuss the life and works of Harvey Kurtzman in a panel moderated by Peter Kuper. The discussion runs from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Society of Illustrators [ 128 East 63rd Street ].

It's all part of that extraordinary retrospective exhibit The Art of Harvey Kurtzman, which runs through Saturday, May 11th.

And UPDATE! We've just got word that Al, Arnold, and Drew will be taking their love of Kurtzman to the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST! You can listen at 93.9 FM and AM 820 in the New York City area, or streaming around the world online here.

MAD Day in NYC
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Will ElderPeter KuperNoah Van SciverNate NealJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanDrew FriedmanAl JaffeeAl Feldstein 13 Nov 2012 3:02 PM

Neuman

It was a mad, Mad afternoon when Robin McConnell, MK Reed and I dropped into the Mad Office. Assistant Art Director and comics consumer Ryan Flanders reluctantly fell for my charms and agreed to a tour even though their deadline loomed large a few days later (hey, we don't want to impede a dying medium, right?). Even the guards had a cute shtick that took 5 minutes of my life and a humorless person would have left. Luckily, that's not me.

Mad Jen

Ryan started off the tour by showing us his first office at MAD, it's near the door, pretty cold but looks a bit similar to mine at Fantagraphics.

Ryan Flanders's first MAD office

The MADtropolitan Museum of Art showed off some of the best and brightest of recent hilarious paintings, complete in their gold gilded plastic frames melted down from the plastic noses and vintage glasses frames of the cancelled shows The Real Housewives of Jersey and Williamsburg.

MADropolitan Museum of Art

The props display case was amazing from Gutrot which I've definitely drank and Spy vs Spy toilet paper. Photoshop ain't got nothing on printed, folded and glued cardboard.

Fake stuff at MAD

Rotgut

Everyone else in the office was just as charming, waiting for the day their piles of tchotchkies bury them. Art Director (and a cartoonist himself) Sam Viviano showed off some amazing original artwork and Sculpey sculptures created for photo-shoots. Check out that DREW FRIEDMAN drawing over Ryan's shoulder.

Sam Viviano's office

The Wall of Artists is tagged anytime a Mad-contributing creator stops by the office. Nate Neal (who created Sanctuary) was on the board. Many of our creators worked at or for MAD like Al Feldstein, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman and Noah Van Sciver to name a few.

Wall of Artists

One of my favorite props was an actual headstone used as a support structure in the office created for a back cover thanks to a Feldstein/Gaines joke.

Jen rests

Ryan's new office turned out to be a nightmare, so well organized I made a mental note to courier him a spring-loaded box of trash upon my return home.

Ryan Flanders office

Flanders' board

Like any good office the mail room is actually where all the good stuff is located (at Fantagraphics, our fridge is in there). Snuggled among packing materials and one hell of a cutting board are sexy flat files full of Al Jaffee, Tom Bunk — EVEN a Tom Fowler, internet friend.

Flat files at MAD

LOOK at this Al Jaffee fold-in drawing. My dream is to have one printed SOMEDAY, SOMEHOW instead of lamely attaching my fold-in to the magazine and tricking my friends into thinking it was actually printed in the magazine.

Al Jaffee Fold in

Jewish Batman, you slay me. That utility belt must have some tasty kosher deserts near the back. (by Al Jaffee)What if Batman was Jewish

One beautiful Jack Davis drawing that was REJECTED from the magazine (or Davis decided to redraw) blew me away. The best part was the tattoo "My Mom Loves Me" is infinitely better than Mother tattoos of the world.

My Mom Loves Me by Jack Davis

In gorgeous ink and the now-illegal duoshade/duotone. Please place your drinks down, Fantagraphics and MAD magazine are not responsible for your spittle shorting out your keyboard.

Jack Davis Knockout!

Despite the slow decline of the magazine industry, MAD magazine has lived on, able to pay cartoonists for their work (wow-za!) and maintain a staff. By raising prices and creating a Mad reading app, they stay current and accessible. MAD's first audience may be a bit gray in the face now as they celebrate their 60th anniversary but continue to wow audiences. As a kid, I didn't have much access to the magazines but my grandmother would buy any books at any yard, church or library sale. Three rooms in their house were lined with built-in-books shelves and in the ‘humor' or comic sections lay the trade paperback editions of MAD (often with the cover ripped off). Ryan was kind enough to explain that most of those were unused comics and many have not been reprinted to this day due to copyright ambiguity. Sounds like something for a legal intern to help them figure out.

MAD magazine

As long as parents send kids care packages at camp, people stay overnight in the hospital and Hollywood makes bottom-feeder television and convoluted movies, MAD will reign supreme. Thanks again to Ryan Flanders for the tour, Robin McConnell for some of the photos (there are MILLIONS more here) and MK Reed for the company.

Rarely Seen: Contemporary Works on Paper
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under S Clay WilsonRobert Crumbdavid sandlinCharles Burnsart showsAl Jaffee 26 Oct 2012 3:25 PM

Charles Burns

We're reminding you to check out The Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition entitled Rarely Seen: Contemporary Works on Paper, that is up from now until January 13, 2012. Organized by the Prints and Drawings Department of the museum, the show also includes comics from the Ryerson Library collection including Blexbolex, Mat Brinkman, Charles Burns, R. Crumb (Zap and Weirdo), Hairy Who, Humbug magazine, Al Jaffee, Rory Hayes, Jay Lynch, David Sandlin, Art Spiegelman, S Clay Wilson (Zap), and issues from Raw magazine.
Zap and Maus

The non-comics but still amazing part of the show includes artists such as Ed Ruscha, Martin Kippenberger, Carrol Dunham, Jim Nutt, and Romare Bearden and the whole show is located in Galleries 124–127.

"Whether centuries old or the latest contemporary creations, works on paper are extremely light sensitive and can only be displayed in the galleries for short and infrequent periods of time before they must be returned to the safety of the dark, climate-controlled vault."

So jump on the chance, Chicago, to see some brilliant works on paper in THIS lifetime.  The museum is open daily from 10:30am-5pm, open late until 8 on Wednesdays. Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents the first and second Wednesdays of every month.

SAIC display 

Jaffee a la Friedman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seemerchDrew FriedmanAl Jaffee 15 Oct 2012 6:05 PM

Al Jaffee portrait by Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman continues to pay tribute to the Legends of Comics with this wonderful new portrait of the great Al Jaffee, which is now available as a limited-edition print. Does not ship folded.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 4/16-4/23
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggeLilli CarréGahan WilsoneventsArcher PrewittAl Jaffee 16 Apr 2012 1:01 PM

We're busy as bees getting ready for our Spring conventions! MoCCA! Stumptown! TCAF! Here are some other fine events to keep you busy in the meanwhile:

Tuesday, April 17th 

•  New York City, NY: The legendary Gahan Wilson will be teaching a Master Class in Cartooning at MoCCA! (more info)

Still from In Suspense by Lilli Carre
Still from "In Suspense" by Lilli Carré

Friday, April 20th 

• Chicago, IL: Lilli Carré launches her exhibit Moving Holds at Western Exhibitions! More information about this show is coming to the FLOG this week! 

Saturday, April 21st

Boston, MA: The 2012 Boston Comic Con kicks off today, with special guests Peter Bagge and Al Jaffee! (more info)

Sunday, April 22nd

Kyoto, Japan:  The exhibit Three Sides Chicago: Squares, Squirrels & Dots, featuring Archer Prewitt, alongside Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge, closes at the Trancepop Gallery. (more info)

Boston, MA: The 2012 Boston Comic Con continues today with special guests Peter Bagge and Al Jaffee! Plus, Al will be part of the panel "Legends of Mad Magazine" with Al Feldstein and Paul Coker Jr. (more info)

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