NYC – Underworld Signing

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Cartoonist Kaz appears at Desert Island on Friday February 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of his new book, Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood, by signing copies of it!

In addition to his career as an Emmy-winning writer for animation (Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazlo, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants), Kaz has been unleashing his id and corrupting generations with his Harvey-nominated weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992. Underworld hilariously depicts sordid doings in a surreal city, stuffed with almost-parodies of famous comic strip characters, a healthy dose of cigarette-smoking cats, cute little saccharin-cuddly creatures, media- damaged kids, and much more — all destined for a sardonic smashing in typically acerbic Kaz fashion. Kaz’s strip runs in many American alternative weeklies such as the New York Press and the SF Bay Guardian. The Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood will be the first ever omnibus collection of the very best of the strip’s 23-year run, with annotations, photos, and other surprises from the author (along with a foreword by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell).

Kaz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1959. During the 1980s he studied comics under Art Spiegelman and contributed to the early issues of Raw magazine, eventually releasing his first anthology collection, the oversized (and now out of print and highly sought-after) Buzzbomb, with Fantagraphics Books. In 1991 he started the weekly self-syndicated comic strip: Underworld. Fantagraphics began collecting Underworld into book form in April of 1995, with five collections released to date. Sidetrack City and other Tales, a collection of longer comic strips, was published by Fantagraphics in 1996. The Underworld comic strip has been nominated for a Harvey Award four times.

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

NYC – Truth is Fragmentary Signing

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GABRIELLE BELL signs her new book Truth is Fragmentary on Thursday June 26th from 7 – 9pm at Desert Island!

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540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

NYC – DMC #0 Signing

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Hip Hop Icon, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels signs issue #0 of new comic book at Desert Island in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday June 21st from 8:00 – 9:00 pm!!!

Press Release:

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will be autographing the first copies of his amazing prologue issue; DMC #0 this Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:00 P.M. at Williamsburg Brooklyn’s very own Desert Island . The book is written by Ron Wimberly (Vertigo’s Prince of Cats, Black Dynamite, Prophet) and penciled by Damion Scott (Batgirl, Superman ICONS). The cover is penciled by Damion Scott, inked by Dexter Vines, colored by Christopher Sotomayor with graffiti by Carlos Mare. A special limited edition art print will also be available for sale illustrated by ChrisCross (Action Comics, Batwing, Superman/Batman) and colored by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.

The graphic novel is an independent comic book published by DMC, Darryl Makes Comics with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels as publisher,Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is Editor In Chief and Riggs Morales is the Senior Editor. DMC #1 is the graphic novel debut from Darryl Makes Comics, a joint venture between Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Run DMC founding member Darryl McDaniels. The comic explores an alternate history 1980’s NYC, where superpowered “heroes” serve the already powerful, unrest simmers in the streets, and a mysterious vigilante named DMC saves those without a voice.

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

NYC – Yumi Sakugawa Signs

January 15, 2014 by  
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Cartoonist Yumi Sakugawa appears at Desert Island on Friday February 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm to sign her new book I Think I Am In Friend Love With You.

Desert Island 
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

NYC – Susceptible Signing

February 15, 2013 by  
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Geneviève Castrée signs at Desert Island in Brooklyn next Wednesday February 20th at 7:00 pm.

Geneviève Castrée was born in Québec in 1981. Sometimes interdisciplinary, she is mostly known for her work as an illustrator and cartoonist. Impatient and lazy, Geneviève never officially studied “art.” She has made a few books and has had a few exhibitions in places such as Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan

Desert Island 
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

NYC – A Wrinkle in Time Signing

November 21, 2012 by  
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Hope Larson signs at Desert Island on Friday November 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

NYC – Koyama Press Signing

November 7, 2012 by  
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Julia Wertz and Nathan Bulmer sign at Desert Island on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

NYC – Indie Comix Masters

September 16, 2011 by  
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Daniel Clowes and Seth in conversation at Housing Works with Desert Island

Tuesday October 18th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St.

Acclaimed graphic novelists Daniel Clowes and Seth in conversation about The Death-Ray and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. This is their only New York City event! Presented by  Desert Island, Drawn & Quarterly, and Housing Works.

The Death-Ray is a brilliant reworking of the superhero genre and a contemporary meditation on the darkness of the human psyche from a master of the graphic novel form, Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Wilson, Mister Wonderful). In  The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, Seth (Wimbledon Green; It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken) intermingles fiction and biography, introducing us to the cartoonists comics collectors love.

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY

NYC – Hark! A Vagrant Signing

August 31, 2011 by  
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Kate Beaton signs at the Housing Works on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm

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The official release of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton. Presented by Housing Works, Desert Island, and Drawn & Quarterly.

Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton (harkavagrant.com).

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012

NYC – Optic Nerve Signing

August 31, 2011 by  
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Adrian Tomine signs at Desert Island on Thursday, September 22nd from 7-9pm.

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 388-5087

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