OR – Fantagraphics Panel

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Press Release:

Fantagraphics — one of the most respected comics publishers in the world — is reprinting EC in hardcover formats, in archival collections organized by artist. We’ll learn more about the reprint project and why EC is still relevant when Ben Saunders interviews the publisher Gary Groth on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM!

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art – University of Oregon
1430 Johnson Lane Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-3027

NYC – Megg & Mogg Signing

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Cartoonists Simon Hanselmann and Katie Skelly appear at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 7 PM – 10 PM!

Press Release:

Simon Hanselmann’s comics don’t spare the bawdy, broke, bad-tempered extremes of its Saturday-morning cartoon characters. Megg and Mogg in Amsterdam takes the titular weed-addled witch and her feline partner out of the suburban home they’ve made in his previous work in Megahex, at VICE, and in mini-comics aplenty, all the way to the stoner capital of Europe. Taking the gang out of their familiar down-under backwater doesn’t lift them from their singular miasma of bleak moods, dire hijinx, and unclear boundaries–join Simon at Strand for a wild night of the same.

Joining Simon in conversation will be fellow cartoonist Katie Skelly, Brooklynite creator of Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine, the ongoing My Pretty Vampire, as well as comics for the sex-positive website Slutist. She’s also written and lectured about comics for outlets such as The Comics Journal, Fantagraphics, Japan Society, The Center for Cartoon Studies, Fordham University and The New School, and co-hosts the Trash Twins podcast with fellow cartoonist Sarah Horrocks.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

WA – Megg & Mogg/No Visitors Signing

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Simon Hanselmann appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday April 23 2016 from 6:00 till 8:00 PM! Simon will signing books, playing some jams, and will be joined by special guest HTML Flowers and his release of No Visitors #2.

Press Release:

New York Times Best-Selling cartoonist Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) was born in Tasmania, Australia and currently resides in Seattle, WA. He spends his days meticulously watercoloring each page of comics he hand draws. Simon has found international success with his stoner witch comics, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. When not makes comics, Simon can be found smoking cigarettes and walking a one-eyed dog.

HTML Flowers is the moniker of 28 year old cartoonist, tattooist, and musician Grant Gronewold. Collaborating with cartoonist Simon Hanselmann on the series “Werewolf Jones & Sons”, Gronewold is currently penning “No Visitors”. This new mini-comic series chronicles the morbidly hilarious, subtly perverted, often demeaning lifestyle of the chronically ill. “No Visitors” draws heavily on Gronewold’s personal experience living with the incurable, life threatening illness Cystic Fibrosis. His work has been featured in Vice, It’s Nice That, and The Lifted Brow.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110

SF – Wimmen’s Comix Signing

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Artists Trina Robbins, Sharon Rudahl, Lee Marrs, Caryn Leschen, and Kay Rudin talk about The Complete Wimmen’s Comix (Fantagraphics), a seminal collection of comic art by San Francisco-based women artists, at Green Apple Books on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

About The Complete Wimmen’s Comix:

In the late ’60s, underground comix changed the way comics readers saw the medium — but there was an important pronoun missing from the revolution. In 1972, ten women cartoonists got together in San Francisco to rectify the situation and produce the first and longest-lasting all-woman comics anthology, Wimmen’s Comix. Within two years the Wimmen’s Comix Collective had introduced cartoonists like Roberta Gregory and Melinda Gebbie to the comics-reading public, and would go on to publish some of the most talented women cartoonists in America — Carol Tyler, Mary Fleener, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Dori Seda, Phoebe Gloeckner, and many others. In its twenty-year run, the women of Wimmen’s tackled subjects the guys wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole: abortion, menstruation, masturbation, castration, lesbians, witches, murderesses, and feminists.

Most issues of Wimmen’s Comix have been long out of print, so it’s about time these pioneering cartoonists’ work received their due. Presented as a gorgeous two-volume slipcased set, The Complete Wimmen’s Comix includes the ground-breaking 1970 one-shot, It Ain’t Me, Babe, the very first all-woman comic book ever published. Edited with an introduction by Trina Robbins.

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Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 742-5833

OR – Patience Signing

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Cartoonist Daniel Clowes appears in conversation with Eric Reynolds at Powell’s City of Books on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM to discuss his latest book PATIENCE!

Press Release:

Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes, celebrated graphic novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, and frequent New Yorker cover artist, is a multi-Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Award winner. His new graphic novel, Patience (Fantagraphics), is a psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian” and utterly unique in his body of work. Clowes will be joined in conversation by Eric Reynolds, cartoonist and Fantagraphics associate publisher.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

NJ – Underworld Signing

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Cartoonist Kaz appears at Word Bookstore on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of his new book, Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood, by signing copies of it!

Kaz is an Emmy Award-winning graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts. He has been publishing his Harvey Award-nominated, French Prix Alph-Art-winning strip Underworld in alternative papers across the United States since 1992. His comics and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times magazine, The Village Voice, and many other places. Since 2001, he has worked on animated television shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Camp Lazlo, and Phineas and Ferb.

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WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
(201) 763-6611

WA – 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die Signing

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Ricardo Cavolo signs at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Friday February 26 at 6:00 PM!

A graphic novel in the form of Ricardo Cavolo’s personal diary, which follows the story of music through 101 essential artists; from Bach to Radiohead, to Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Daft Punk. With over 100 uniquely colorful illustrations and handwritten text, lists, notes and personal anecdotes.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110

IL – Nod Away Signing

0000000000-nod-away-cotterJosh Cotter appears at Quimby’s Bookstore on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign NOD AWAY!

Press Release:

In Josh Cotter’s new book Nod Away (Fantagraphics Books), deep-space transport has been developed to take a small crew to a habitable planet in a nearby system in an attempt to begin colonization/repopulation. The Internet is now telepathic and referred to as the “innernet.” When the hub is revealed to be a human child, Melody McCabe is hired to develop the new nexus on the second International Space Station. The intersection of human psychology and the ethics of progress is examined through a sci-fi graphic novel that takes place in a not-so-far away future, while hitting home with the realities of consequence and consciousness.

Cotter garnered international acclaim in 2008 with his original graphic novel Skyscrapers Of The Midwest, released by AdHouse Books. For the past seven years, comics fans and critics alike have been calling out to Cotter for a new book. Nod Away is shaping up to be the most highly anticipated graphic novels of the year. Joshua Cotter lives in rural northwest Missouri with his wife, child, cat, and an astute sense of impending mortality. They keep him making comics.

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Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

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

CA – Patience Signing

0000000-PATIENCE_clowesDaniel Clowes presents his new graphic novel Patience at Pegasus Books Downtown on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM. The evening will include a Q&A hosted by local comic artist Rina Ayuyang.

Patience is the first all new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in over a half-decade, and also the biggest and most ambitious book yet in a storied career that includes multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a PEN Award, and an Academy Award nomination.

Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.

Daniel Clowes was born in Chicago, Il. on April 14, 1961. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY from which he graduated with a BFA degree in 1984. He began his career as an “alternative” or “underground” cartoonist in 1985 with the short-lived comic book series Lloyd Llewellyn, a feature loosely based around the adventures of a private detective which, in its gleeful embrace of the detritus of post-war pop culture (1950s science fiction, bad detective fiction, Russ Meyer movies, EC comics, etc) predated many of the popular art trends of subsequent decades. He ended the series in 1987, anxious to move forward with different types of storytelling.

In 1989, he created the seminal comic book series, Eightball, which has since housed almost his entire body of work. Eightball’s consistent evolution has been remarkable, continually setting new standards for comic art for 17 years. In 2001, the adaptation of his graphic novel Ghost World, based on a script by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff, was released to great acclaim, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and winning the Independent Sprit award, among many others. Their second collaboration, Art School Confidential, written by Clowes and starring John Malkovich and Jim Broadbent, was released in 2006.

Clowes was the first cartoonist to be selected for Esquire’s annual fiction issue in 1998. His work has appeared in The New Yorker,Time, Newsweek and many other magazines. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Erika and son Charles, and their beagle Ella. His most recent books are Ice Haven (Pantheon), Wilson (Drawn & Quarterly), Mister Wonderful (Pantheon), which compiles his 20-episode strip in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Death Ray (Drawn & Quarterly), which reprints the story from Eightball#23 in hardcover format.

In 2011 Clowes received the PEN Literary Award for Graphic Literature.

Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 649-1320

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