Fantagraphics Does Emerald City Comicon 2013

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Press Release:

Fantagraphics Books is bringing the Hate to the 11th Annual Emerald City Comicon here in our hometown of Seattle!

Join us from Friday, March 1st through Sunday, March 3rd at Booth 510, along with our very special guests Peter BaggeEllen ForneyMichel Gagné, and Bill Schelly!

Friday, March 1st
4:00-6:00 PM            Peter Bagge

Saturday, March 2nd
11:00-1:00 PM            Bill Schelly
1:00-3:00 PM             Peter Bagge
3:00-5:00 PM            Ellen Forney
5:00-6:00 PM            Michel Gagné

We’re excited to present an exclusive limited-edition Peter Bagge t-shirt, featuring our anti-superhero, Buddy Bradley! (That’s the design above, a take on the official ECC logo.)

And we’re also proud to present the debut of Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff, not due in stores until May, and featuring collaborations with Daniel ClowesR. Crumb, Danny Hellman, Gilbert HernandezJaime Hernandez, Alan Moore, Johnny Ryan, and Adrian Tomine! Get your copy quick, ’cause these are gonna go fast!

 Peter Bagge's Other Stuff

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery empresario Larry Reid will be behind the booth with our Jen Vaughn, Ian Burns, and intern Lillian Morlock.

Booth 510 is located near the frontline of the exhibitor floor, in the second row as you cross the Sky Bridge. Please note: this is a condensed version of the map. You can view the full map here.

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Our Outreach Fiend, Jen, will also be droppin’ some knowledge at the panel “The Big Picture” on Friday from 4:20-5:15 PM in Hall C, where she’ll discuss how the landscape of the comics field has changed along with fellow panelists Allison Baker, Shannon Watters, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Emi Lenox.

The Emerald City Comicon is held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in bustlin’ downtown Seattle.

While supplies last, you can still get tickets at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown.  (But, you better hurry, ’cause as of this typing, quantity is dwindling quickly!)

See you there!

WA – Graphic Novel Panel 2013

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The Graphic Artists Guild hosts the 3nd annual Graphic Novel Panel January 26, 2013 at the Seattle Design Center with an after-party at Fantagraphics Bookstore.

Sign up for “Make Your Own Comic in 90 Minutes” in the morning workshop.

Learn the ins and outs of the Graphic Novel in the afternoon.

Sign up for both and get an extra discount.

Party in the evening at Fantagraphics Bookstore.

The Line-Up:

Mark Monlux, our Moderator for the third year, is an award-winning freelance illustrator and author of The Comic Critic Presents Seldom Seen Films.

Ellen Forney - She won a 2012 Genius award from the Stranger. Her memoir, Marbles, is a current New York Times bestseller and she teaches comics at Cornish College of the Arts. Is there anything that girl can’t do?

Michel Gagné - His creative work can be seen in The Iron Giant, Osmosis Jones, and Ratatouille. He has written and illustrated The Saga of Rex and Insanely Twisted Rabbits.  Look for ZED: A Cosmic Tale out in Feb. 2013.

Stefano Gaudiano - was born in Italy in 1966, moved to the United States in 1981, and started drawing comics shortly thereafter. He is currently inking monthly comics for Marvel Comics and Valiant Entertainment. He makes a mean cup of coffee.

Phil & Kaja Foglio - Are the artist and writer of the web comic Girl Genius.

Allen Gladfelter - has had a few brushes with notoriety and is generally pleased with what he’s managed to accomplish.  He intends to accomplish more in the years to come.  Look him up!

David Lasky -has created a number of critically acclaimed comic books, including a nine page mini-adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses and Carter Family: Don’t Forget That Song 

The Schedule:

At Seattle Design Center

10:30 – noon Make Your Own (mini) Comic

In 90 minutes participants are challenged to make their own 8-page mini graphic novel.  Cartoonist David Lasky will guide you through the book-constructing and storytelling process.  Supplies and basic drawing tips will be provided.  Drawing skills are not all necessary; the only prerequisite is a desire to communicate through the medium
of comics.

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Break-Bring your own or order a box lunch (must pre-order).

1:00 - 3:30 PM Graphic Novel Panel Discussion

How do you get started? What jobs are available in the comics industry? What does it take to create and publish a graphic novel? So many experts in one room!

4:30 – 6:00 PM After Party for all attendees
Fantagraphics Bookstore
Books available for purchase and signing
The Preregistration Prices

Student prices: full-time with ID

Make a Comic Workshop- $10
Graphic Novel Panel-$12
Both Make a Comic Workshop and Graphic Novel Panel-$17

Guild member prices:

Make a Comic Workshop-$15
Graphic Novel Panel-$20
Both Make a Comic Workshop and Graphic Novel Panel-$30

General prices:

Make a Comic Workshop-$20
Graphic Novel Panel-$30
Both Make a Comic Workshop and Graphic Novel Panel-$40

At the Door Prices-Cash or Check only

$5 more for each category

 

Click here to Register… 

Seattle Design Center -Plaza Building Conference Center, Suite 370

5701 6th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108

Free parking. The Plaza Building entrance is on Orcas between 5th & 6th. Suite P370 is on three floors up from street level. Take the elevator to first floor, then glass elevator to third floor. From the Atrium Building cross the sky bridge to Plaza Building, take glass elevator to third floor.

 

PA – Marbles Signing

Ellen Forney signs at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM!

Barnes & Noble
Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-665-0716

NYC – Graphic Memoirs Panel

October 22, 2012 by  
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Popular West Coast Cartoonist Ellen Forney Talks Graphic Memoirs with East Coast Cartoonist Julia Wertz 

Ellen Forney and Julia Wertz sign at The Strand on Monday, November 19 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Press Release:

Two of this country’s most compelling female cartoonists, Ellen Forney and Julia Wertz, discuss their new graphic memoirs. Wertz will delve into discussion with Forney about her memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo, and Me, and Forney will do the same with Wertz’s memoir, The Infinite Wait & Other Stories. The two will chat about cartooning, the two coasts, their influences, and life as a female artist.

Buy a copy of Marbles or The Infinite Wait or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

The Strand
828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY 10003-4805

WA – Marbles Signing

October 10, 2012 by  
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Cartoonist Ellen Forney discusses and shows illustrations from Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 7:00 till 8:30 pm.

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity and her livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity.

Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, Forney finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including: Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron and Sylvia Plath. She analyzes the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder as she struggles with the strengths and limitations of a parade of medications and treatments.

Forney’s graphic memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on the artist’s work. Her story seeks the answer to this question: If there’s a correlation between creativity and mood disorders, is an artist’s bipolar disorder a curse… or a gift?

“Ellen’s work has always been hilarious and sharp, but Marbles has an emotional resonance that shows new depth as an artist and a writer. This is an extremely personal, brave, and rewarding book.” Dan Savage, syndicated columnist and author.

Forney grew up in Philadelphia and has lived in Seattle since 1989. She created the Eisner-nominated comic books “I Love Led Zeppelin” and “Monkey Food” and collaborated with Sherman Alexie on the National Book Award-winning novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” She has been teaching comics at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002.

Event Notes Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

Note: The Library will close at its regular Saturday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Fantagraphics. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Seattle Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Fourth Ave,  Seattle, WA 98104

WA – Comics Savants Exhibit

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Fantagraphics celebrates 20 years in Seattle

Fantagraphics celebrates 20 years in Seattle

 

“COMICS SAVANTS” HIGHLIGHTS SEATTLE ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS

Fantagraphics Books celebrates 20 years in Seattle with “Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists” this Saturday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Since relocating from Southern California, Fantagraphics has nurtured the comics community and promoted local artists, resulting in Seattle’s international reputation as the dynamic center of alternative comics.
On view will be work from Seattle stalwarts Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Charles Burns, Ellen Forney, Roberta Gregory, Ted Jouflas, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Jason T. Miles, Patrick Moriarity, Eric Reynolds, Jim Woodring, and introducing 2009 Xeric award winner Eroyn Franklin.

In addition to the display of original artworks, an eclectic array of comics and graphic novels by exhibiting artists will be available. Many featured artists will attend the opening reception on Saturday. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

 Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108