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  • OR – Double Book Release Party

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    Noah Van Sciver and Kevin Hooyman appear at Floating World Comics on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm to launch their new graphic novels, FANTE BUKOWSKI and CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND!

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

    MD – Hip Hop Family Tree #1 Signing

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    Ed Piskor appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM to sign HIP HOP FAMILY TREE #1!

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    Third Eye Comics
    2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 897-0322

    OR – Wuvable Oaf Signing

    wuvable-oaf-tourPress Release:

    Celebrate the release of the WUVABLE OAF HC on June 4th from 6-8 PM with an art exhibit and book signing with Ed Luce.

    Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.

    Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.

    Customers who buy the book get a free signed Bookplate designed by Ed Luce especially for this event!

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

    CA – Eightball Signing

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    Daniel Clowes will make his first Los Angeles appearance in several years at Meltdown Comics on June 5th to celebrate the release of The Complete Eightball, a two-volume collection of the influential and iconic comic book series, from Fantagraphics Books.

    On Friday, June 5th, from 6-10 PM, Meltdown will be opening its Los Angeles doors to fans new and decades strong for a night complete with prizes, a book signing, costume contest, and an interview between Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing.

    Creator of touchstone stories such as “Ghost World,” “Art School Confidential,” and “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” Daniel Clowes changed the landscape of comics when he began publishing Eightball with Fantagraphics Books in 1989. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release, and celebrate the future, the biggest comic book retailer in California, Meltdown Comics, is pulling all the stops for this one-night-only engagement. Meltdown and Clowes’s relationship dates back over 20 years, when Clowes created the venerable Meltdown mascot, Mel, in the early days of the store.

    From Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds says, “It was literally unfathomable for us to consider any Daniel Clowes / Complete Eightball event schedule that didn’t include Meltdown Comics. I don’t know if there’s a bookseller in the country that has done more to promote Eightball and the work of Daniel Clowes over the past two decades. This is going to be a barnburner.”

    Meltdown Comics
    7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
    323.851.7223

    NYC – Black River Launch Party

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    Josh Simmons (The Furry Trap) appears at Bergen Street Comics on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

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    Bergen Street Comics
    470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
    (718) 230-5600

    WA – The Complete Eightball Signing

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    Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host the return engagement of one of America’s most influential artists, Daniel Clowes.  His cynical satires of popular culture in the pages of the wildly popular Eightball comic book series helped define the attitudes and aesthetics of an entire generation.  His appearance in Seattle on Saturday, April 18 marks the global debut of The Complete Eightball 1 – 18.  Clowes will be available to sign a limited number of advance copies of this collection as well as other publications from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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    Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

     

    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

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