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  • IL – Sweatshop Signing

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    Peter Bagge, award-winning creator of HATE and NEAT STUFF, appears at Challengers Comics for a signing of his new Fantagraphics graphic novel collection SWEATSHOP on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM!

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    Challengers Comics
    1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
    (773) 278-0155

    NYC – Massive Signing

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    Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd appear at Kinokuniya Bookstore on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM!

    Press Release:

    Spreading the message of big, burly, and cuddly gay erotic manga isn’t an easy job, but someone has to do it. Continuing their holy pilgrimage to bring Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It to the world is editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd. For this stretch of their gospel, they’re heading to one of the most wonderful bookstores in the world, Kinokuniya.

    If you’ve never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true. Such an iconic place is the perfect location for a night of massive fun on February 25th, at 6 PM. Bring your money to buy a fresh new copy, or haul in your already well worn and broken in one for a signing by the amazing team.

    This book has proven to be a critical and fan favorite, as you intimately get to know some of the most iconic creators of the transformative gay erotic manga genre. Candid interviews, photographs, and of course their comics, make this anthology a must have for any fans of art, art history, or if you’re just curious about what this world is all about.

    Kinokuniya
    1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
    212-869-1700

    CO – Saint Cole Signing

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    Local cartoonist and hero, Noah Van Sciver, will be signing copies of his latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, in Denver! Join Noah and the booksellers from the hottest independent book and comics store in town, Kilgore Books, on Wednesday, February 18th from 6-8pm. Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, their infant child, and Nicole’s troubled-and-rough-around-the-edges mother, Angela. The second book from Fantagraphics and Van Sciver continues his interest in pathos and the human condition.

    Kilgore Books & Comics
    624 E. 13th Ave. Denver CO 80203

    MO – The Lonesome Go Signing

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    Tim Lane, one of St. Louis’ most influential & popular indie cartoonist, will be hosting a special release party for his newest Fantagraphics book, The Lonesome Go, at Star Clipper on Saturday, November 1st at 7:00 PM. Come meet Tim Lane and get an autographed copy of The Lonesome Go. Tim will also be hosting a carousel film connected to his new graphic novel and the short film will be accompanied with a live musical performance.

    About The Lonesome Go:

    Tim Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering — both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You’ll witness a young man’s dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern “Hoovervilles”; and experience the life and death of an undocumented immigrant bookstore doorman, former boxer, and expert hustler.

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    Star Clipper Comics
    6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
    Phone: (314) 725-9110

    IL – An Age of License Launch Party

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    Lucy Knisley (Relish) appears at Challengers Comics on Friday, September 26th at 7:00 pm to sign her new book from Fantagraphics, AN AGE OF LICENSE!

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    Challengers Comics 
    1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
    (773) 278-0155

    WA – Graphic Novel Panel 2014

     

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    Press Release:

    Kick off 2014 with the fourth annual Graphic Novel Panel, held by our friends at the Seattle Graphics Arts Guild! Every year, it just gets better and better, and here’s what you can expect on Saturday, January 25th:

    From 10:00 AM to Noon, the amazing Megan Kelso will lead a workshop on “Comics for Writers” — This workshop is for writers who are interested in comics and want to dip their toe in but who may be self-conscious about their drawing skills. Perfect!  Megan will lead the class in both drawing and writing exercises — all drawing abilities are welcome!

    The great David Lasky will also teach a workshop on “How to Make Your Own Mini-Comic”! He will guide you in booklet-making, the grammar of comics, and simple character design. Supplies and basic drawing tips will be provided. Drawing skills are helpful, but not necessary; the only prerequisite is a desire to communicate through the medium of comics.

    Later that afternoon at 1:00 PM, our own Kristy Valenti will be on the Graphic Novel Panel, alongside Matthew Southworth, Crystal M. Rollins, Quenton Shaw, Travis Bundy, and moderator Mark Monlux. How do you get started? What are the essential tools? How do you build a career in today’s publishing climate? These are just some of the questions they’ll explore in this panel! (And check out a great chat with Kristy here!)

    And then join us for the after-party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 4:30-6:00 PM.  Books will be available for purchase and signing by the artists!

    This event is open to the public, and you can get your tickets here for either the class, the panel, or the whole shebang! Tickets are not needed to attend the after-party.

    The Graphic Novel Panel 2013 takes place at the Seattle Design Center [ 5701 6th Avenue South, Plaza Building, Suite 370 ]. 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. Free parking!

    And, of course, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.

    – See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/events/904.html#sthash.efWVOEP9.dpuf

    NYC – Black is the Color Signing

    bicGraphic novelist Julia Gfrörer signs at The Strand on January 15th from 7:00PM – 8:00PM!

    Join us for an exclusive evening with Julia Gfrörer, author and artist of the soul-darkening, seafaring, ridiculously awesome new graphic novel Black is the Color, out with Fantagraphics! Called “moving” by The Comics Journal, Black is the Color is the sorrowful tale of an unfortunate sailor’s abandonment, and his melancholy meeting of a mermaid named Eulalia.

    Filled with cutting humor and poignant, artful images, Black is the Color is sure to become a 2014 favorite. Currently based in Portland, Julia’s work has appeared in Thickness, Arthur Magazine, Study Group Magazine, and Best American Comics.

    As Julia’s biography on her personal site thorazos.net espouses, “her last name rhymes with despair, and her heart is black as jet.” Come escape a bleak winter chill in our cozy rare book rooms for a night of comic shop talk!

    Buy a copy of Black is the Color or a $15 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.

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

    CA – Handbook For Hot Witches Signing

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    Dame Darcy signs at the Escapist on Saturday, September 14th at 5:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    Alternative cartoonist Dame Darcy has a loyal following in the Bay based on her more than 40 books, multiple videos and her work as a performance artist and musician when she lived here in the 90s after graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute. She will be appearing at the Escapist Comic Bookstore, speaking and reading from her work, including her latest book, Handbook For Hot Witches (2012). Her comic book, Meat Cake, has been published by Fantagraphics since 1993, in both comic books and collected in the Dame Darcy’s Meat Cake compilation. Her other graphic novels include Frightful Fairytales, The Illustrated Jane Eyre (2006), Dollerium (2007), Comic Book Tattoo (2008), and Gasoline (2008). She also illustrated Justine Brown’s Spin the Bottle (2007) has done a Mermaid Tarot Deck based on the classic Rider-Waite Tarot. Many of these titles will be available for sale to be signed at the store.

    Go to the Facebook Event page and let us know that you are coming!

    You can find out more about Dame Darcy, her work, and see videos at her website www.damedarcy.com.

    Escapist Comics
    3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

    NYC – Fall Into Fantagraphics Party

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    Press Release:

    Prepare yourselves! On Saturday, September 21st at 8pm, Bergen Street Comics plays host to no less than five great cartoonists — each of whom will be signing a newly released book, for your enjoyment. In conjunction with the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, Fantagraphics Books has kindly agreed to loan us a massive chunk of their talent pool for the night. Artists and books on hand will be as follows:

    Ed Piskor – Hip Hop Family Tree
    Ulli Lust – Today Is The Last Day Of The Rest Of Your Life
    Charles Forsman – TEOTFW
    Leslie Stein – Eye Of The Majestic Creature
    Tom Kaczynski – Beta Testing The Apocalypse

    There’ll be books for every taste imaginable, and as ever, bubbly refreshments to wash them down with. We’re expecting a blowout, and we hope you’ll be a part of it!

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    Bergen Street Comics
    470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    MA – New School Signing

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    Cartoonist Dash Shaw appears at Hub Comics on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 pm for a signing of his upcoming release NEW SCHOOL and a film screening!

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    Hub Comics – Union Square
    19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143

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