OR – Poochytown Signing

Cartoonist Jim Woodring is coming to Floating World Comics on Saturday, July 28th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of his latest graphic novel – Poochytown.

Jim Woodring’s beloved anthropomorph called Frank has been subjected to hundreds of unbelievable adventures veering crazily from exaltation to despair. The delicious mysteries of Frank’s universe — aka The Unifactor — have beguiled Frank and his readers for years, yet nothing could prepare either him or the world at large for the transdimensional depredations of Poochytown, the latest and greatest installment in the ongoing saga that began with Congress of the Animals, began again in Fran, and now begins anew.

When Pupshaw and Pushpaw depart for the orgiastic delights of Poochytown, the forlorn Frank is thrown by a twist of fate into an unlikely friendship, propelling him down a long road of escapades and trials that ends in one of the most shocking acts ever depicted in the Frank canon. Poochytown takes readers to the distant crumbling edge of the Unifactor, where the landscape’s mind is either unfettered or unhinged, depending on your particular taste for mischief. What occurs there beggars description, so we will not even attempt it, but rest assured it is a dark-ride-of-the-soul as only the Frank stories can deliver.

Utterly devoid of topicality, irony, or deliberate cynicism, the Frank stories are instead timeless cartoon sustenance, and Poochytown is the most opulently openhanded offering yet. This is a major new book from one of Fantagraphics’s most beloved authors.

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

Fantagraphics Presents Hot Off the Press Book Fair

Press Release:

Fantagraphics Bookstore hosts the 4th annual HOT OFF THE PRESS BOOK FAIR on Saturday, July 14th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM with special guests Jim Woodring and Berlin cartoonist Lilli Loge. Small press publishers include Czap Books, Paper Press Punch, Kilgore Books, FU Press, Short Run Micropress, Fogland Studios, Cold Cube and others with appearances by local artists Simon Hanselmann, DW, Marc Palm, Tom Van Deusen, Max Clotfelter, Sarah Romano Diehl, Kelly Froh, Alex Graham, Brandon Lehmann, Laura Knetzger, Hella Handa, and many more.

Jim Woodring’s latest book Poochytown will debut at the fair. Loge will debut her new Tijuana Bible “The Muse,” a feminist reflection on the idea of the muse. Fogland Studios will publish a limited Woodring silkscreen print for the occasion, and the two artists will collaborate on a site-specific installation (which remains, on view through September 5.)

The event will feature live music by composer Bill Brovold of Rochester, NY. Brovold performed with pioneering experimental musician Rhys Chatham and fronted Detroit-based avant garde group Larval. Lilli Loge will also play a music set. Complimentary food and beverages will be served. Don’t miss this festive event, which coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack.

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

UK – Dull Margaret Signing

Actor Jim Broadbent and cartoonist Dix appear on Wednesday, 27th June at 6:30 PM at Waterstones Piccadilly.

The Academy Award-winning actor, Jim Broadbent and Guardian cartoonist Dix have joined forces to create their first graphic novel, Dull Margaret.

Dull Margaret was inspired by Dulle Griet, a 16th-century painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. She is a damaged soul, struggling to navigate a perplexing world. She’s disliked and shunned by her neighbours, and is soon sent to live far away from civilization where she begins to brew her own potions, wishing for friendship and fortune. But, she needs to be wary of what she wishes for, as her magic propels her into a number of dark twists and turns.

Intense and humorous, Dull Margaret is one of the most anticipated and unexpected graphic novels of 2018.

Jim Broadbent is a highly-acclaimed British actor who has starred in many films and television features, including Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. He was inspired to write Dull Margaret after becoming fixated on the mysterious landscapes and marshes of Lincolnshire.

Dix is best known for his cartoons and illustrations which are featured in the Guardian, as well as co-creating KLAXON, another graphic novel.

Please join Jim and Dix for what promises to be a humorous, dark and inspiring evening.

Tickets are £25.99 and include a copy of Dull Margaret, or cost £5.00 for general admission.

Please note: only copies of the authors books will be signed, no other merchandise will be signed.

Waterstones Piccadilly
203/206 Piccadilly London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom
020 7851 2400

 

 

UK – Dull Margaret Signing + Q&A

Actor Jim Broadbent and cartoonist Dix appear in conversation with Paul Gravett on Tuesday, 26th June at 7:30 PM at Gosh Comics.

The Academy Award-winning actor, Jim Broadbent and Guardian cartoonist Dix have joined forces to create their first graphic novel, Dull Margaret from Fantagraphics.

Dull Margaret was inspired by Dulle Griet, a 16th-century painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. She is a damaged soul, struggling to navigate a perplexing world. She’s disliked and shunned by her neighbours, and is soon sent to live far away from civilization where she begins to brew her own potions, wishing for friendship and fortune. But, she needs to be wary of what she wishes for, as her magic propels her into a number of dark twists and turns.

Intense and humorous, Dull Margaret is one of the most anticipated and unexpected graphic novels of 2018.

Jim Broadbent is a highly-acclaimed British actor who has starred in many films and television features, including Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. He was inspired to write Dull Margaret after becoming fixated on the mysterious landscapes and marshes of Lincolnshire.

Dix is best known for his cartoons and illustrations which are featured in the Guardian, as well as co-creating KLAXON, another graphic novel.

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

 

WA – Daydreamin’ Dave Signing

Press Release:

Join Fantagraphics on Saturday, May 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Daydreamin’ Dave by Ben Horak with a book signing, urban barbecue and complementary refreshments.

Dave is a mild-mannered, imaginative, anthropomorphic, joke-spewing day dreamer. Dave is constantly breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to the delighted audience, ending every quip with a friendly wink. This is Dave’s world, we just live in it. But what happens when Dave is suddenly gone? How can the story continue? Who will entertain the audience? As the comic itself begins to break down and revolt, a new Dave must be chosen…

Ben Horak is a Seattle-based cartoonist and graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Ben has had art appear in Arts In America, The Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Intruder Comix Newspaper and Thick As Thieves. Ben also self publishes the short story anthology Grump Toast.

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

PA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears at the Penn Book Center on Saturday, June 2nd at 2:00 PM for a reading of her new book Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life.

Rock Steady is a companion to Forney’s Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me and offers her own experience living with a mood disorder in the form of an illustrated self-help manual. It combines personal stories and solid advice on how to overcome the hassle of meds, recognize red flags, and other tools from her own experience of 14 years of stability — all in comics form. It is geared towards a broad audience encompassing those who struggle with mood disorders, their loved ones, and anyone interested in destigmatizing mental illness through education.

Ellen Forney is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Seattle, WA, with her partner. Forney illustrated Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007) and authored her 2012 graphic memoir, Marbles. She was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

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Penn Book Center
130 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-7600

IL – Georgia Webber Reads From Dumb: Living Without a Voice

Georgia Webber appears at Quimby’s Bookstore presents DUMB: Living Without a Voice on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 PM.

Toronto-based cartoonist Georgia Webber’s new book, Dumb: Living Without a Voice (Fantagraphics Books), Part memoir, part medical cautionary tale, Dumb tells the story of how the book’s author copes with the everyday challenges that come with voicelessness. Webber adroitly uses the comics medium to convey the practical hurdles she faced as well as the fear and dread that accompanied her increasingly lonely journey to regain her life. Her raw cartooning style, occasionally devolving into chaotic scribbles, splotches of ink, and overlapping montages, perfectly captures her frustration and anxiety. But her ordeal ultimately becomes a hopeful story. Throughout, she learns to lean on the support of her close friends, finds self-expression in creating comics, and comes to understand and appreciate how deeply her voice and identity are intertwined.

Georgia Webber is a cartoonist living in Toronto, where she is a freelance comics in addition to editing the comics section of carte blanche. She is best known for Dumb, her autobiographical comics series about living with a vocal disability.

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

NYC – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears in conversation with Kriota Willberg at the Strand Book Store on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:30 PM to discuss Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the anticipated companion volume to her bestselling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me.

Ellen Forney was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

Kriota Willberg uses comics, needlework, historical studies, bioethics, and her experiences from her career as a massage therapist and health science educator to explore body/science narratives. Combining this history with her background as an artist and educator, she has been creating comics and teaching artists about injury prevention through panels, workshops, and a series of mini comics, now combined with additional materials into Draw Stronger (Uncivilized Books, April 2018).

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Rock Steady or a $5 gift card to attend this event. 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.

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

CA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears in conversation with comedian Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, Legend of Korra) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Rock Steady.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life is the eagerly awaited sequel/companion book to Forney’s 2012 best-selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it. (Fantagraphics Books)

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

SF – Rock Steady Signing

The Bindery hosts cartoonist Ellen Forney to speak in conversation with Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) on Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 PM to discuss Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the anticipated companion volume to her bestselling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Please join us in welcoming her back to San Francisco!

Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks, and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it.

With Marbles, Forney helped de-stigmatize mood disorders with her candid presentation of her struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity. This is the jumping off point for her new book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life. Personal stories and solid advice from Forney on how to overcome the hassle of meds, recognize red flags, and other tools from her own experience of 14 years of stability — all in comics form. Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life invites readers into Ellen’s home, head, and Peanuts pill box.

Ellen Forney lives in Seattle, WA, with her partner. She was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

Justin Hall is the creator of the comics series Hard To Swallow, True Travel Tales, and Glamazonia, with his work also appearing in the Houghton Mifflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, and the S.F. Weekly. Hall is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which won a Lambda Literary Award, received an Eisner Award nomination, and is now being turned into a feature-length documentary film. He is an Associate Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar, and curated the world’s two largest museum shows of LGBTQ comics at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules Museum in Berlin.

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

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