Comix Revolution Evanston and Northwestern professor Bill Savage host New Orleans-based writer Michael Tisserand on Friday, February 3rd at 5:30 PM for a presentation of his new book, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White — the first full-length biography of cartoonist George Herriman, the creator of Krazy Kat.
Michael’s work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Nation, The Progressive, and on WBEZ-FM Chicago.
The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due—in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America’s color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early twentieth century—including those owned by William Randolph Hearst—Herriman’s Krazy Kat cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art.
Herriman used his work to explore the human condition, creating a modernist fantasia that was inspired by the landscapes he discovered in his travels—from chaotic urban life to the Beckett-like desert vistas of the Southwest. Yet underlying his own life—and often emerging from the contours of his very public art—was a very private secret: known as “the Greek” for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was actually African American, born to a prominent Creole family that hid its racial identity in the dangerous days of Reconstruction.
Drawing on exhaustive original research into Herriman’s family history, interviews with surviving friends and family, and deep analysis of the artist’s work and surviving written records, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist who helped shape modern culture.
606 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201
Tee Franklin, Chris Miskiewicz, Jeffrey Burandt, Isaac Goodhart, and more sign at Escape Pod Comics on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM to sign Love is Love. It is a celebration of equality and remembrance, just like the artwork and stories in this important anthology book the proceeds of which benefit Equality Florida.
Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Writer Chuck Dixon, co-creator of the Batman villain BANE, signs at Emerald City Comics on Saturday, January 21st from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Emerald City Comics
4902 113th Ave N, Clearwater, FL 33760
Cartoonist Ed Luce appears at Dr. Comics & Mr. Games on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM to sign his newest Wuvable Oaf collection BLOOD & METAL.
Dr. Comics & Mr. Games
4014 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611
Alison Sampson (Genesis) and Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Phonogram) appear at Orbital Comics to sign copies of their books on Wednesday 1st of February 2017 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Image Comics.
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591
Cartoonist Robert Sikoryak appears at JHU Comic Books on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP.
JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
Rosie Knight and Nick Marino appears at Shoreline Comics on Saturday, January 21st from 2:00 – 6:00 PM to sign the first issue of their new superhero series, Cougar and Cub!
401-435 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cartoonist Joe Ollmann appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Friday January 27th at 7:00 PM as he discusses his latest graphic tour de force: The Abominable Mr. Seabrook.
In Seabrook, Ollmann chronicles the trials and tribulations of notorious journalist William Buehler Seabrook: famed member of the Lost Generation known for participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals, and popularizing the term “zombie” in the West. Exposing both the highs and extreme lows of a turbulent life, Ollmann often weaves in Seabrook’s own words and those of his biographers. This biographical account, however, posits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, leaving the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
Harvard Book Store and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research welcome Joel Christian Gill, John Jennings, and Mildred Louis on Monday February 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a panel discussion on gender and color in comics, followed by a book signing.
Joel Christian Gill is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and recipient of the 2016 Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumni Award. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in STRANGE FRUIT, VOLUME I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and BASS REEVES: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 1.
John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award–winning collection THE BLACKER THE INK: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and the illustrator for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel KINDRED.
Mildred Louis studied animation at Sheridan College in Canada, and launched her first webcomic series—AGENTS OF THE REALM—in March of 2014.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
George O’Connor appears at WORD Bookstore on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign the latest book in his Olympians series.
In the latest volume of Olympians, New York Times–bestselling author George O’Connor tells the story of Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt. Shunned even before she was born, Artemis, finds power through her skilled hunting ability, slaying those who wish to do harm to the innocent and protecting the young and helpless.
WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302