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.

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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

NYC – New School Launch Party

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Dash Shaw signs at Desert Island Comics on Friday April 5th from 7:00 till 9:00 pm.

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Desert Island 
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-5087

Fantagraphics Does Emerald City Comicon 2013

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Press Release:

Fantagraphics Books is bringing the Hate to the 11th Annual Emerald City Comicon here in our hometown of Seattle!

Join us from Friday, March 1st through Sunday, March 3rd at Booth 510, along with our very special guests Peter BaggeEllen ForneyMichel Gagné, and Bill Schelly!

Friday, March 1st
4:00-6:00 PM            Peter Bagge

Saturday, March 2nd
11:00-1:00 PM            Bill Schelly
1:00-3:00 PM             Peter Bagge
3:00-5:00 PM            Ellen Forney
5:00-6:00 PM            Michel Gagné

We’re excited to present an exclusive limited-edition Peter Bagge t-shirt, featuring our anti-superhero, Buddy Bradley! (That’s the design above, a take on the official ECC logo.)

And we’re also proud to present the debut of Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff, not due in stores until May, and featuring collaborations with Daniel ClowesR. Crumb, Danny Hellman, Gilbert HernandezJaime Hernandez, Alan Moore, Johnny Ryan, and Adrian Tomine! Get your copy quick, ’cause these are gonna go fast!

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery empresario Larry Reid will be behind the booth with our Jen Vaughn, Ian Burns, and intern Lillian Morlock.

Booth 510 is located near the frontline of the exhibitor floor, in the second row as you cross the Sky Bridge. Please note: this is a condensed version of the map. You can view the full map here.

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Our Outreach Fiend, Jen, will also be droppin’ some knowledge at the panel “The Big Picture” on Friday from 4:20-5:15 PM in Hall C, where she’ll discuss how the landscape of the comics field has changed along with fellow panelists Allison Baker, Shannon Watters, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Emi Lenox.

The Emerald City Comicon is held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in bustlin’ downtown Seattle.

While supplies last, you can still get tickets at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown.  (But, you better hurry, ’cause as of this typing, quantity is dwindling quickly!)

See you there!

SF – Love and Rockets Exhibit Closing

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Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum says farewell to its 30th Anniversary Celebration of Love and Rockets with a visit from series co-creator Mario Hernandez on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm as he discusses his contributions to the groundbreaking comic book series.  Learn about the formative years of Los Bros Hernandez as Mario goes behind the scenes of Love and Rockets, one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed indie comics of all time.  This event is free and open to the public.  Guests who donate $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum will receive an exclusive Love and Rockets 30th anniversary print courtesy of Fantagraphics Books.

This special event is presented by The Will and Ann Eisner Foundation as part of Will Eisner Week, a global celebration of graphic novels and sequential art.  For more information on other events celebrating the art and legacy of Will Eisner, please visit www.willeisnerweek.com

About Love and Rockets:  Love and Rockets is a sprawling, multi-generational comic book epic written and illustrated by “Los Bros. Hernandez,” Gilbert and Jaime, with occasional contributions from their older brother, Mario.  Since its first issue, published by Fantagraphics Books in 1982, the series has won over 20 major comic industry awards, including the Harvey, Kirby and Ignatz Awards.  Its The series has been widely praised by Latino cultural associations, and Jaime Hernandez has been cited by GLAAD for his positive portrayal of gay and lesbian issues.

Cartoon Art Museum 
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

WA – Problematic Signing

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Jim Woodring signs at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 12th from 6-9pm!

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

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