OR – Laid Waste Launch Party

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Julia Gfrörer appears at Floating World Comics on Saturday December 3rd from 6-8pm to celebrate the release of her new book Laid Waste from Fantagraphics!

In a plague-ravaged medieval city, survival is a harsher fate than death. As corpses accumulate around her, Agnès, a young widow possessed of supernatural strength, must weigh her obligations to the dead and dying against her desire to protect what little remains. Laid Waste is a graphic novella about love and kindness among vermin in the putrid miasma at the end of the world. As with her evocative debut book, Black is the Color, Julia Gfrörer’s delicate, gothic drawing style perfectly complements the period era of the book’s setting, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of her prose to the fore.

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

WA – Charles Burns Signings

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Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes back Seattle native Charles Burns, one of the founders of the alternative comix movement, on Saturday October 8th at 6:00 PM to discuss his masterpiece Black Hole and other seminal works as part of Fantagraphics 40th anniversary festivities. A small selection of rare Burns prints and posters will be displayed. RSVP on Facebook!

The artist will also appear at Town Hall on Monday, October 10th at 7:30 PM to present his new collection Last Look.  RSVP on Facebook!

Seattle-raised cartoonist Charles Burns has been described as as “one of the most talented and compelling cartoonists of his generation.” During his 30-plus year career, he has published his distinctively dark idiosyncratic comics in a variety of magazines and graphic novels, including his Harvey Award-winning series “Black Hole.” He has also illustrated covers for Time, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and is the cover artist for The Believer. Now he releases his award-winning epic trilogy—”X’ed Out,” “The Hive,” and “Sugar Skull”—all in one volume. Taking inspiration from the classic Franco-Belgian Tintin series, the trilogy tells the story of Doug, a troubled young man on a long, strange, mind-bending trip. A Publisher’s Weekly review of Hive praises “Burns’s power to shine a light on the darker side of human nature” and says, “the result will stick with readers long after being absorbed.”

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

Town Hall
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 652-4255

Fantagraphics SDCC 2016 Signing Schedule

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Daniel Clowes, Trina Robbins, and Ed Luce are all special guests of the convention this year, and they’ll be joined by talents new and old at good ol’ Fantagraphics booth 1721

Thursday, July 21st
11:00 AM – Noon — Trina Robbins
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM — Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Ed Luce
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM — Simon Hanselmann

Friday, July 22nd
11:00 AM – Noon — Ed Luce & Simon Hanselmann
Noon – 1:00 PM — Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Johnny Ryan, John Pham, Steven Weissman, Sammy Harkham
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Daniel Clowes

Saturday, July 23rd
11:00 AM – Noon — Trina Robbins
Noon – 2:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Johnny Ryan & Dave Cooper
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard and Kaz
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM — Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Simon Hanselmann

Sunday, July 24th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Ed Luce & Simon Hanselmann
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Johnny Ryan & Lawrence Hubbard
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Wimmen’s Comix
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

NYC – Hip Hop and Comics

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Ed Piskor appears at the Museum of the City of New York on Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 PM!

Press Release:

Join Ed Piskor, New York Times best-selling, award-winning cartoonist to delve deep into the 40-year kinship between hip-hop culture and comic books. Beginning with graffiti in the subway yards and jumping to the art of album covers, music videos, and graphic novels, Piskor paints a clear picture in this highly visual presentation and describes the elements that came together to create his hit series of comics, Hip Hop Family Tree. This program accompanies our exhibition, Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, New York, New York 10029
(212) 534-1672

CA – LOVF Signing

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Jesse Reklaw appears at Skylight Books on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM to discuss and sign his newest release, LOVF. A journey through a man’s psychological break, told through mixed media design and art, such as paints, tape, glitter, nail polish, white out and a lot of honesty and vulnerability.

LOVF is the sketchbook companion of a man literally losing his mind. Homeless and broke after giving all his stuff to punk rock heroin dealers, he ends up off his meds and on a secret quest from Portland to Brooklyn, DC, LA, San Francisco, and Seattle. He throws himself into every experience like it was his last; like it should be his last. With wild energy, promiscuity, criminal activity, and substance abuse, this becomes a full-blown manic episode… all of it captured by LOVF, the trusty sidekick. Jammed with cartoons, mad schemes, psychedelic portraits, and notes from the road, LOVF is a travel journal, and a mirror of the post-traumatic dreamworld its author can’t escape from. After losing his house, his job, his partner, and his best friend, he is triple-diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder, PTSD, and crippling chronic pain. As a self-professed over-achiever, he made sure things only got worse from there. Getting beat up in the street, running from the law, getting dragged out of a creek and into a mental hospital… it’s a Kerouacian meltdown of cross-hatching, spattered marker, crayons, glitter, tape, nail polish, white-out, fingerpainting, rain, wine, stickers, and word balloons, like the found diary of a homeless crazyman, turned into a comic book.

Jesse Reklaw grew up in Sacramento, studied at UC Santa Cruz, and completed a master’s degree in computer science at Yale University. In 1995, while pursuing a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence, he began self-publishing comics and dropped out of Yale to be a cartoonist. His other books include Couch Tag, Applicant, and The Night of Your Life.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

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

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