ON – Why Art? Signing + Q&A

Eleanor Davis appears at the Beguiling on Friday, March 9th where will be doing a performance of her book starting at 7:30, followed by a Q&A with Beguiling owner Peter Birkemoe and a chance to get your copies signed!

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The Beguiling
319 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
416-533-9168

DC – Why Art? Signing

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Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome Eleanor Davis for a reading from her new book, “Why Art?” on Saturday March 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. She will give a reading from the book at 6 followed by a discussion and signing of her works. Her books will be for sale.

What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Eleanor Davis has been honored by the Eisner Awards and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Her works include How to Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books, 2014), Libby’s Dad (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics, 2016), You & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and she contributed a short piece to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW (Fantagraphics, 2017). She lives in Athens, GA with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. You can check out her work at www.doing-fine.com, and buy her mini-comics at www.littlehousecomics.com.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

GA – Why Art? Signing

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Avid Bookshop presents local author and artist Eleanor Davis for her book WHY ART? This event will take place at our Prince Ave. location on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. It is free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? 

In WHY ART?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (HOW TO BE HAPPY) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worth of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eleanor Davis is an American cartoonist and illustrator who creates comic works and other art for both adolescent and adult audiences.

In August 2014, Fantagraphics Books published Davis’ first collection of stories HOW TO BE HAPPY. SLATE described the collection as “a mix of evocative, geometric watercolors and fluid pen-and-ink cartoons, HOW TO BE HAPPY tells stories of sad people, lonely people, strong people, confident people, all trying to find a tiny bit of happiness in life.” Upon the publication of HOW TO BE HAPPY, comics critic Richard Bruton described Davis as “without question, a major young creator.”

Davis teaches comic book storytelling classes at the University of Georgia.

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Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601
(706) 352-2060

QC – Why Art? Signing

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Eleanor Davis appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present her newest book, Why Art? A work of art unto itself, Why Art? is part pseudo-serious artistic philosophy and part surrealist narrative that seeks to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve.

What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) leavens her exploration of these concepts with a sense of humour and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Eleanor Davis has been honoured by the Eisner Awards and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Her works include How to Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books, 2014) and You & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and she contributed a short piece to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW (Fantagraphics, 2017). She lives in Athens, GA with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing.

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2221

First Guests Announced for Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015

February 18, 2015 by  
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Press Release:

Announcing the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 300 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto this May, to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centered at Toronto Reference Library, May 10 and 11, 2015!

For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, and a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast!

TCAF 2015 will welcome a remarkable array of authors! Highlights from the author guests include:

Charles Burns: Creator of Black Hole, considered to be one of the most important graphic novels in the Western canon, Burns will be at TCAF to celebrate his recently completed new graphic novel series X’ed Out (Pantheon Books). Burns will also illustrated one of the official posters of the 2015 Festival, to be revealed.

Eleanor Davis: An outstanding cartoonist and editorial illustrator (The New Yorker, New York Times), Davis’ recent graphic novel release How To Be Happy (Fantagraphics) was widely lauded as one of the best graphic novels of 2014, and TCAF is thrilled to welcome this her back to Toronto for the 2015 Festival.

Gurihiru: This dynamic cartooning duo (working under one pen name) hails from Tokyo, Japan, and is beloved in North America for their original graphic novels set in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse). They have also created work for Marvel Comics, Disney, and an array of independent illustration work.

Lucy Knisley: A long-time supporter of the Festival, Knisley’s memoirs and travelogues are well-loved across the continent. Knisley attends as a Featured Guest in 2015, in support of her new travelogue/graphic novel Displacement (Fantagraphics).

Scott McCloud: Creator of the essential comics text Understanding Comics, TCAF will welcome McCloud back to Toronto in support of his acclaimed new graphic novel The Sculptor (First Second Books).

Barbara Stok: Hailing from The Netherlands, Stok has an impressive collection of graphic novels to her credit. TCAF is happy to welcome her as a Featured Guest of the Festival in 2015, in conjunction with her debut English-language graphic novel release Vincent (SelfMadeHero), an important and critically-praised biography of Vincent Van Gogh.

Jillian Tamaki: With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki’s 2014 TCAF Debut This One Summer (Groundwood/First Second) took home a Governor General’s Award, a Caldecott Honor, and a Printz Honor. In 2015, Jillian Tamaki will release SuperMutantMagicAcademy (Drawn & Quarterly), her hilarious new graphic novel.

Chip Zdarsky: Hometown favourite and emerging international superstar Zdarsky (a.k.a. Steve Murray) is welcomed as a Featured Guest for 2015! Best-known for his ground-breaking comic series Sex Criminals (with writer Matt Fraction), spring 2015 will see the launch of his new series Kaptara (Image Comics) with fellow Toronto illustrator Kagan McLeod, and a relaunch of Marvel Comics’ Howard The Duck.

And these are just the first nine featured guests among the more than 300 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2015 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through February and March, with special guests from France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. and Canada still to be revealed!

TCAF 2015 will also feature several programming spotlights, including a special tribute to esteemed Canadian graphic novel published Drawn & Quarterly, on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 4, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates:

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DC – How to Be Happy Signing

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Eleanor Davis appears at Politics & Prose on Saturday September 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM to sign How to Be Happy!

Davis has earned a devoted following with her comics and illustrations, as well as her two graphic novels for children. Her first collection of literary graphic stories is truly an event. Showcasing Davis’s extraordinary range, the volume features work in full color as well as pen-and-ink, the images always complementing the narratives, which explore a full spectrum of emotions.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-364-1919

CA – Thank You Comics 1st Signing

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Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson appear at Thank You Comics on Wednesday, July 16th from 6-8 PM to sign their new comics “How to Be Happy” and  “Unlovable Vol 3”

Thank You Comics
5011 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042
(323) 739-6138

 

OR – How to Be Happy Signing

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fwcEleanor Davis appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm!

Press Release:

Eleanor Davis’s How to Be Happy is the artist’s first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she’s drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis’s graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.

Eleanor Davis lives in Athens, GA, with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. You can check out her work at www.doing-fine.com, and buy her mini-comics at www.littlehousecomics.com.

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

SF – How to Be Happy Signing

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Eleanor Davis signs at Mission: Comics & Art on Saturday, June 14th at 6:00 pm!

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

First 20 Guests Announced for SDCC 2014

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First 20 Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

Comic-Con International features one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention. The first wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, comic strips, animation, and science fiction and fantasy books. Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these special guests:

SDCC 2014 Special Guests
Amanda Conner, artist, Power Girl, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

Brian Crane, cartoonist, Pickles

Eleanor Davis, cartoonist/illustrator, Stinky, How to Be Happy

Jane Espenson, writer/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Husbands

Raymond E. Feist, author, Riftwar Saga

Drew Friedman, illustrator, RAW, Old Jewish Comedians, Heroes of the Comic Books

Michael T. Gilbert, writer/artist, Mr. Monster

Willie Ito, animator/cartoonist, Disney, WB, Hanna-Barbera

Caitlin R. Kiernan, author, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, Alabaster: Wolves

Lucy Knisley, writer/artist, Relish, French Milk

SDCC 2014 Special Guests
David Lasky, artist, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song

Graham Nolan, artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein

Jimmy Palmiotti, writer, All-Star Western, Painkiller Jane

Benoît Peeters, writer, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

Don Rosa, cartoonist, Uncle $crooge, Donald Duck

Jim Rugg, artist/illustrator, Supermag, Afrodisiac

François Schuiten, artist, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

Scott Snyder, writer, Batman, Superman Unchained

Fiona Staples, artist, Saga

Gene Luen Yang, writer/artist, Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese

For more info on these special guests for Comic-Con International 2014, please click here.

More guests will be announced soon … check back for details!

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