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.”
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Josh Simmons (The Furry Trap) appears at Bergen Street Comics on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 7:00 PM!
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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.
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.
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!
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd appear at Kinokuniya Bookstore on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM!
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.
1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
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
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.
Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110
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!
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
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.
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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.)