OR – Hand Drying in America Signing

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Ben Katchor signs at Powell’s Books on Monday, April 8th at 7:30 pm!

From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture — a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the 21st century. With cutting wit, Ben Katchor reveals a world similar to our own — lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality — but also slightly, fabulously askew. Frequently and brilliantly bizarre, and always mesmerizing, Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories (Pantheon) ensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way.

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR

NYC – Hand Drying in America Signing

bk9780307906908Ben Katchor presents his story collection Hand Drying in America in conversation with author Nicholas Dawidoff at Greenlight Bookstore on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

New York cartoonist Ben Katchor is the author of The Cardboard Valise, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District; and other works, and was the first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. His new book Hand Drying in America is a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century. From window-ledge pillows designed expressly for people-watching to a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash, Katchor’s stories inhabit a world similar to our own—lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality—but also slightly, fabulously askew. Katchor discusses his book with bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Dawidoff, author of The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg and The Crowd Sounds Happy, among other works; a slide show of Katchor’s art will accompany the discussion.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

NYC – Live Comix Block

 

Cartoonists/authors, Michael Kupperman and Ben Katchor, will be reading/signing their respective graphic novels, MARK TWAIN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1910 – 2010, and THE CARDBOARD VALISE, during a Live Comix Block, MC’d by Jeff Newelt, at Book Court on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 from 7:30-9:30PM.

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Mister Wonderful Signing Tour

Dan Clowes is on tour promoting his new graphic novel Mister Wonderful:

Tuesday, April 19— 7:30 pm – Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz,CA

Thursday, April 21—7:00 pm – Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA

Saturday, April 30—Los Angeles, CA 11:30 am – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Campus. Signing at Skylight Books booth. 1:30 pm – Panel Discussion with Jim Woodring and others, followed by book signing.

Discussion with Ben Katchor and Chip Kidd, followed by book signing on Tuesday, May 3—Philadelphia, PA 7:30 pm – Philadelphia Free Library.

Wednesday, May 4—6:00 pm – Brookline Booksmith at the Coolidge Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

In discussion with Chip Kidd Thursday, May 5—7:00 pm – Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, 10003, NY.

Wednesday, May 11—7:00 pm – City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Monday, May 16—7:30 pm – Powell’s Books, 40 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

DC – The Cardboard Valise Lecture

Ben Katchor lectures on Tuesday March 29 at 7pm at the Corcoran Gallery.

Hailed by The New York Times as “the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip,” Ben Katchor has collected both a cult and mainstream following for his wry, perceptive, and slightly surreal comic strips of urban life. The author of The Jew of New York and Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, Katchor’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Forward, and Metropolis. The first car­toonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Katchor discusses The Cardboard Valise (Random House, 2011)—a whimsical graphic novel which follows the intertwined lives of three characters who travel to the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus. A book signing follows the talk.

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Corcoran Gallery
500 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

NYC – Comics at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn’s annual celebration of books and authors will take place the weekend of September 10-12 at Brooklyn Borough Hall and other locations in the borough. The Brooklyn Book Festival will also feature two panels on comics:
 
The International Graphic Novel: Drawing from Life. Three acclaimed cartoonists, whose work takes on social and political themes, talk about the on-the-ground research and background work they have all done in preparation for creating their books. London-based author Nick Abadzis (Laika), Josh Neufeld (AD: New Orleans After The Deluge) and Jessica Abel (La Perdida). Moderated by Matt Madden (99 Ways To Tell a Story).
 
Comics and Form: Is the Medium Still the Message? Do comics change when they are released from their traditional print medium? And how? Creators, publishers and developers will combine to discuss the expanding boundaries of the comics format. Robert Berry (Ulysses Seen), Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer), Jillian Tamaki (Skim). Moderated by Columbia University librarian Karen Green.
(via PW Comics Beat)