OR – Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam Signing

000000-meggg-moggSimon Hanselmann appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday April 7, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM for the Megg & Mogg In Amsterdam and Other Stories release party, art exhibit & musical performance.

Press Release:

Born in mini-comix and made popular by Tumblr, Simon Hanselmann’s comics embody the angst of being an aging 20-something. In the wake of the New York Times Best-Seller Megahex, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam follows Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their roommate Owl, and Werewolf Jones as they all struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug dependency, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other.

Debuting this April 7th at Floating World, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam is the graphic novel anthem for people who are trying to find their place in the world. Collecting all of Hanselmann’s contributions to Vice.com, the Ignatz Award-nominated short story “St. Owl’s Bay,” and other surprises, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam will add additional color and background for fans of Megahex. We will have original art from the book on display all month and Simon has prepared a special musical performance for the release party.

Simon Hanselmann is a genderqueer Australian cartoonist living in Seattle, WA. Each page of comics is hand drawn and meticulously watercolored. Simon has found international success with his stoner witch comics and has been translated into over a dozen languages.

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

Anime Boston 2016 Guest List Announced

000000_anime-boston-2016Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced its guest lineup for their March 25 – 27 show! Coming all the way from Japan are Director Kyohei Ishiguro, Character Designer Yukiko Aikei, Producer Masao Maruyama, and Voice actors Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma. Their work encompasses many of the most popular anime movies and television shows including Mobile Suit Gundam, Sailor Moon, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, and many more. This a rare opportunity for North American fans to meet these artists as they make few US appearances, some are even making the trip for the first time!

Also appearing are several of the voice actors who dub Japanese anime into English including Tony Oliver (Robotech, Lupin the III), Eric Vale (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece), Carrie Keranen (Your lie in April, Kill la Kill), Erica Lindbeck (The Seven Deadly Sins, Your lie in April), Max Mittelman (Transformers: Rescue Bots, The Seven Deadly Sins) Patrick Seitz (Naruto: Shippûden, Sailor Moon Crystal), Monica Rial (Dragon Ball Z Kai, Soul Eater), Todd Haberkorn (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Legend of Korra) and Greg Ayres (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Samurai 7). Guests will be available for autographs and photos with fans but in order to maximize everyone’s experience Anime Boston has laid out a set of guidelines on their website.

Anime Boston additionally features an art track where artists sell commissions, manga, zines, and prints with Featured Artists who conduct panels and workshops. This year’s Featured Artists are Eric Proctor, Nightengale Needles, Kel McDonald, Trevor Mueller, and Rich Pellegrino.

As in past years, Anime Boston 2016 will present many popular events including a masquerade, an anime music video contest, video programming rooms, an artists’ alley and art show, karaoke, game shows, video games, manga library, formal and informal dances, and much more. Dealers’ room will be located in the cavernous Halls A and B of the Hynes Convention Center selling manga, anime DVDs, t-shirts, prints, and collectibles.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2016 is scheduled for Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

IL – Dan Clowes Retrospective Exhibition

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The University of Chicago opens their Daniel Clowes retrospective exhibit at the Special Collections Gallery with a special reception with Daniel Clowes in attendance on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. He will have an on-stage conversation with Daniel Raeburn, a creative writing professor and creator of The Imp, an interview based zine focusing on underground cartoonists. This event is open to the public, come pick up a copy of Patience, and get a chance to view and hear the creative process of one of the greatest writers and cartoonists of the past 25 years.

University of Chicago
1100 E 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

CA – Golden Apple Comics Sketch-a-thon

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Press Release:

Join Golden Apple Comics on Sunday March 20th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a unique charity event:

CGC art show and sketch-a-thon! We have accumulated over 35 original art pieces on “blank” comic covers from various comic artists over the last year and sent them all to get CGC signature series graded.

They will all be on display at the event for the first time ever. All the art will be available to bid on eBay live at the same time as the event.

25% off all bids will go directly to the Hero Initiative.

In addition, we will have three comic artist at the event doing live sketches on blank comics:

Bill Morrison – The Simpsons, Roswell
Dan Duncan – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Mollie Helms – Romeo & Juliet & Guns

For a $20 donation, you can pull a name out of the bucket and get a live sketch from one of the artists!

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

MA – The Idea of North Exhibition

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Press Release:

Join the MFA for a conversation with Steve Martin, Eric Fischl, Adam Gopnik, and Matthew Teitelbaum about about Lawren Harris, pioneering modernist, on Saturday, March 12. The event takes place as an exhibition of approximately 30 iconic works, “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris,” opens at the MFA. The artist’s visionary paintings of the northern Canadian landscape have become icons of 20th-century Canadian art, and his work exists in dialogue with American modern artists.

General public will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis at the Museum’s Huntington Avenue entrance. Doors open at 6 pm.

Free with Admission – Ticket Required

Ticket Information
NON MEMBER TICKETS
Tickets for the event are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 pm on Saturday, March 12, at the Huntington Avenue Entrance.
Limit of 1 ticket per person; must be in line to receive ticket.
Advance reservations are only available for members.

MEMBER TICKETS
Starting at 10 am on Friday, March 11, a limited number of tickets become available for members to reserve in advance online, in person, or over the phone.
Tickets limits are determined by current membership level.
Tickets must be claimed at the Huntington Avenue Entrance by 6:30 pm on Saturday, March 12, or be forfeited.
Tickets not claimed by 6:30 pm are released to the general public.

Steve Martin, actor, writer, musician, art collector, guest curator of “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris”
Eric Fischl, artist
Adam Gopnik, essayist, staff writer for The New Yorker
Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pictured: Steve Martin by Danny Clinch; “Pic Island,” about 1924, Lawren Harris, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 267-9300

 

OR – Frank in the 3rd Dimension Release Party

000000-woodringCartoonist Jim Woodring appears at Floating World Comics for the Frank in the 3rd Dimension release party and exhibit on Thursday March 3, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM!

Press Release:

This is your chance to see Frank as you’ve never seen him before.

Not the stark black-and-white Frank. Not even the glorious fully-painted Frank. No, this is Frank in the third dimension: about as real as you can get him outside of an Ionescoian theatrical performance (which could be next — watch your local theatre listings). Frank and Frank’s world are already hallucinatory, but seeing him in the most technologically advanced and artistically crafted 3-D ever produced is an experience that has to be savored to be believed. This is not your dad’s 3-D comic where you don red and blue-lensed glasses and the drawing looks like a few layers of cardboard cut-outs. Uh-uh. The 3-D process for Frank in the 3rd Dimension involves creating more than 150 layers per drawing in order to round and “sculpt” each image into full, volumetric 3-D. The results are mind-staggering. Frank in the 3rd Dimension is a series of Jim Woodring’s loveliest pictures — 32 anecdotal visual vignettes, dioramas, moments pickled in time (and now “space”) to be mused and mulled over.

Jim Woodring will be here to sign his new book and we will display 3D prints as well as projected images from the book that can be viewed with 3D glasses for a one of a kind immersive experience.

Jim Woodring’s cartoons chart a course through some of the most surreal imagery ever seen in any artistic medium, drawing visions from the realms of the subconscious to create a graphic world of dreams. But while his work may speak in the language of dreams, Woodring’s life has often led him into nightmare territory.

As a child, Woodring was plagued by both schoolmates and by waking nightmares accompanied by “voices” — a condition which would haunt him through childhood and much of his adult life. After enduring drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness, he worked as an animator for several major studios. At the same time, Woodring worked on his own cartoon visions, self-publishing them in minicomic format.

In the mid-’80s, Woodring was introduced to publisher Gary Groth by mutual friend Gil Kane (who worked with Woodring at Ruby-Spears), and Groth agreed to publish Woodring’s work. In 1987, Woodring quit animation and moved with his wife Mary and son Max to Seattle, where they live to this day. In addition to his critically acclaimed comics and books, Woodring also works in canvas painting and 3-dimensional objects, many of which have been featured in gallery exhibitions from Seattle to New York.

Jim’s work has taken him around the world, from Australia to Alaska to Oslo, and has garnered him numerous awards, including an Artist Trust Gap Award in 2003; a United States Artist Fellowship (with Bill Frisell) in 2006; a 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship; an Inkpot Award at the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego; a Rasmuson Foundation and Artist Trust one month residency in Homer, Alaska in 2010; and most recently, The Stranger named Jim their 2010 Literature Genius.

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

NM – The Spiderwick Chronicles Signing

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Tony DiTerlizzi, illustrator and co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles series will have an exhibition of his incredible work at the Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery during the month of February, with some screenings of the Spiderwick Chronicles movie leading up to a special Interview with DeTerlizzi conducted by George R.R. Martin and followed by an audience Q&A on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30 PM! Details at the link…

About Tony DiTerlizzi:
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and the WondLa trilogy, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries. In 2014, he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book. This year, a highly-anticipated collection of his early work, REALMS: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi was released. October will see the debut of The Story of Diva & Flea, a collaboration with fellow kid’s lit bestseller, Mo Willems. Tony’s work has been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, CNN, PBS, the BBC and The Today Show.

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

OR – Flat Earths Exhibition

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Press Release:

Brian Chippendale presents an exciting new exhibition at Place Gallery in Portland, Oregon. “Flat Earths” offers new work by Brian Chippendale created as the resident artist at Kahnaway in early 2016, and consists of a series of collages on wood using painting, drawing, and found imagery. See above for a preview of some of Brian’s awesome work, or stay up to date on it by following Brian on instagram: @chimpendale.

That’s not all: the night the exhibit opens, the good folks at Floating World Comics will be selling copies of Brian Chippendale’s much anticipated D+Q book Puke Force at the event, a few days before it hits stores!

Head to the gallery space at 1905 NW 23rd Pl in Portland, OR, on Thursday, February 11th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for opening night! The show will be running through February 12th and February 13th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and then until the 21st by appointment.

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Place Gallery
1905 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

MA – Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair

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Many Golden Books were illustrated by artists who had worked at The Walt Disney Studios, such as Mary Blair. Join Golden Books/Random House editorial director Diane Muldrow at the Carle Museum on Saturday February 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM as she discusses the art and artists of the golden era of Golden Books and their ongoing influence. Book signing to follow.

Mary Blair, I Can Fly title cover illustration for Golden Book, 1950, ren. 1979, Courtesy Penguin Random House LLC.

Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, CA.

Support for Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair at The Carle is generously provided by Random House Children’s Books.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

CA – Kimchicat Signing

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Dreamworks artist Jisoo Kim will be in the gallery signing her first indy publication Kimchicat Vol. 1 – Art of Jisoo Kim and meeting fans! Kickstarter backers will be able to pick up their books in person and get them signed. For every book, Jisoo will also have one free postcard per customer.

Join us February 13th, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm as we celebrate Jisoo’s successful campaign independent publishing her passionate and beautiful watercolor works.

FREE Admission.

Event specials and more details to be announced…

About the Artist
Born in South Korea, Jisoo Kim is an artist who loves to create beautiful atmosphere in a scene. She has studied animation in the Korean National University of the Arts, and continued these studies in the California Institute of Arts. After graduating, she has worked for Disney and several other projects including Skullgirls. Currently she works at Dreamworks Animation Studios.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

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