OR – Multiple Warheads: Ghost Throne Launch Party

Press Release:

Acclaimed cartoonist Brandon Graham (Island, Prophet, King City) will release MULTIPLE WARHEADS: GHOST THRONE, a one-shot to complete the series, this February from Image Comics. We welcome him to Floating World on Thursday, March 1st, from 6-9pm for a book signing and art exhibit to celebrate this landmark comic.

MULTIPLE WARHEADS: GHOST THRONE is the culmination of the MULTIPLE WARHEADS chapters serialized in ISLAND, in which our heroes finally make good on their wizard heist plans.

“I started drawing these characters and the world they live in 2001, letting the story go wherever felt like the most fun,” said Graham. “It’s been interesting to try to pull the threads of it into an ending, getting this meandering vacation of a comic to a fantasy heist culmination—while still letting myself get sidetracked by fun new ideas that I stumble into along the way.”

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

CA – Yohichi Nishikawa Art Demo + Exhibition

Artist Yohichi Nishikawa , who’s worked on films including Tales from Earthsea, Ponyo, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, When Marnie Was There, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, Mary and the Witches Flower, and Summer Wars, appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in a rare US appearance for this special, one-day only, 5 hour painting workshop / art exhibition.

Original paintings will be on display and available for purchase. Yohichi’s demo will be done using paints, brushes, and paper, specially shipped from Japan.

Attendees are welcome to ask questions throughout the painting demo. Workshop attendees are automatically entered into a raffle to win the demo painting (additional raffle tickets will be available for sale to attendees)
$120 per person.Seats are limited.

1:00 – 1:30 PM presentation
1:30 – 3:00 PM painting demo
3:00 – 3:15 PM break
3:15 – 6:00 PM painting demo
6:00 – 6:30 PM book signing

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece Exhibition

Press Release:

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece walks visitors through the story of Congressman John Lewis’s experience in the civil rights movement as depicted by the pen of MARCH trilogy illustrator Nate Powell. This landmark exhibition of Congressman Lewis’s celebrated graphic novel memoir, co-written with Andrew Aydin, takes visitors on a visceral tour of the movement, illuminating pivotal moments, people, and philosophies through the display of over 150 pieces of original art, interactive materials, and new exhibition essays by Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association (The University Press of Mississippi. 2013). The exhibition gives a glimpse into how this graphic novel was created, with behind-the-scenes process art and artifacts from Powell’s illustration process. A portion of the exhibition also shows how Eisner Award–winning Powell evolved from an SVA student steeped in the punk zine culture into the illustrator of MARCH.

The Society of Illustrators will be organizing events open to the public in conjunction with the exhibition. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 1st, beginning at 6:30 PM. A schedule of lectures, panels, tours and workshops geared toward students, teachers, as well as the general public will be announced in the coming weeks. More information on the exhibit and related events can be found here.

In addition, Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin will be Guests of Honor at MoCCA Arts Festival. This 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, draws over 8,000 attendees each year. Held on April 7 and 8th, the Fest will include speaking engagements, book signings, and parties. Further scheduling information for MoCCA Arts Festival will be available in future announcements.

The MARCH trilogy has been recognized for its groundbreaking storytelling with numerous accolades. MARCH: Book One became the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, MARCH: Book Two won the Eisner Award, MARCH: Book Three is the first graphic novel to receive a National Book Award, and the trilogy has spent a combined 99 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. MARCH is published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece exhibition is co-curated by John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) and Charles Brownstein (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

SF – The Prince and the Dressmaker Art Exhibition & Signing

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase will feature Jen Wang’s latest graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker, published by First Second Books. A selection of Wang’s original artwork will be on display from February 15 through June 24, 2018.

An opening reception and book signing will be held at the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This reception will feature a conversation with Jen as she looks back on her career in comics and animation and looks ahead to upcoming projects. The reception is co-sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum, First Second Books, Geeks OUT, and Prism Comics. All attendees will receive an exclusive The Prince and the Dressmaker print courtesy of First Second Books. The suggested admission for this reception is $5 for the general public. Advance tickets are available through Guestlist.com

About Jen Wang:
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache. Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second.

About The Prince and the Dressmaker:
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

About The Emerging Artist Showcase:
The Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase is dedicated to the presentation of new and emerging voices in comics, from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This ongoing series of exhibitions is curated by the Cartoon Art Museum and supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

About Prism Comics and the Queer Press Grant:
Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers. Prism fosters diversity in comics and popular geek culture and is one of the only comics organizations that provide an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Learn more at prismcomics.org.

About Geeks OUT:
Geeks OUT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rallying, empowering and promoting the queer geek community. Formed in 2010, Geeks OUT has brought a positive queer presence to several large comic conventions and hosted a wide variety of community events in the NYC area and across the USA. Geeks OUT events have included art shows, geeky self-defense classes, movie screenings, and bar crawls, among others.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

CA – 2nd Annual Black Comic Creator Day

Brandon Easton, Don Walker, Saddler Ward, more sign at The Comic Bug on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from noon till 4:00 PM for the 2nd Annual Black Comic Creator Day in honor of the upcoming release of BLACK PANTHER.

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

WA – Trump’s ABC Art Exhibition & Signing

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes appears at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to open an art exhibition on Saturday, February 10th and again on Saturday, February 17th at 6:00 PM to sign her book TRUMP’S ABC. 

Join us for two consecutive weekends highlighting the work of cartoonist Ann Telnaes and the launch of her new book, Trump’s ABC. Featuring sing-songy rhymes and beguiling watercolor drawings, Trump’s ABC is a miniature critique and exposé of Donald Trump and his janissaries, poltroons, and dissemblers, illustrating his public policies, his personal defects, his ethical dysfunction, and the consequences of his Presidency on the lives of Americans — in a format that is cleverly designed to reflect the commander-in-chief’s attention span and mental level.

Ann Telnaes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who lives in Washington, D.C. Her work appears regularly in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and many other papers.

An exhibit of Ann’s original art from the book will open on February 10th and coincide with the 2nd Saturday Georgetown Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. The following Saturday, February 17th, we will host Ann for a reading and signing of the book.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110

SF – Pashmina Art Show Closing Reception

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Nidhi Chanani, the inaugural artist in the Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase, for a closing reception celebrating her debut graphic novel Pashmina. Chanani will meet museum patrons and sign copies of Pashmina on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. This event is included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum.

About Nidhi Chanani:
Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012, she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she has worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Pashmina is her first graphic novel.

About Pashmina:
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions―the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

About The Emerging Artists Showcase:
The Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase is dedicated to the presentation of new and emerging voices in comics, from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This ongoing series of exhibitions is curated by the Cartoon Art Museum and supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

SF – MARCH: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum, Top Shelf Productions, and IDW Publishing proudly present MARCH, an exhibition of original artwork from the acclaimed graphic novel trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Cartoon Art Museum patrons will discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis, as artist Nate Powell chronicles Lewis’s journey from Troy, Alabama to Washington, D.C. The MARCH graphic novel trilogy, co-written by Andrew Aydin, received the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, was the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Award, has won multiple Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, and has been a staple of the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists.

Artist Nate Powell will discuss MARCH at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, February 9, 2018. RSVP on Facebook for further details…

About Congressman John Lewis and MARCH:

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

To share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis produced March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

About Nate Powell, forthcoming guest speaker at the Cartoon Art Museum:

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot documentary will reach roughly one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Sqaud and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

OR – Orange Thief Release Party + Art Exhibition

Sophie Franz appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM for the Orange Thief release party and art exhibit.

Orange Thief is a compilation of images pulled from Sophie’s voluminous collection of sketchbooks. Doodles! Hedge mazes! Half-assed ripoffs of famous paintings! Kermit! Cowboys! More cowboys! Horse-faced men! Man-faced horses! All of these and more can be found between the covers of this little sketchbook collection.

Sophie Franz lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches painting and cartooning at the Multnomah Arts Center. Someday she’ll make another comic.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

Wizard World Problems

Wizard World


Bleeding Cool discusses Wizard Worlds mounting issues.

Wizard World has released their 10Q financial statement for 2017. And as ever, all those numbers stacked up against each other make for a fascinating read, comparing their financial statements as of September 2017 to those as of December 2016…

Read the rest of  Rich Johnston’s article here!

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