CA – Friend-Love with Benefits

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Press Release:

This Valentine’s Day, join GiantRobot and L.A. Zine Fest for a night of visual comic readings by 7 different comic book artists and zine-makers on the eternal themes of love, relationships, heartbreak, friend-crushes, online dating and more.

Short comic readings by comic book artists and zine-makers based in Los Angeles and beyond:

Bangs & Beard
Jesse Tise
Kelsey Short
MariNaomi
Nick Sumida
Yumi Sakugawa

A book reading and signing of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU by Yumi Sakugawa.

Zine prizes and give-aways at the end of the night.

Friend-Love with Benefits
February 14th, 2014
7:00PM – 10:00PM
GR2

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More about the performers:

Bangs and Beard are comics by cartoonist couple Melinda Tracy Boyce (“The Melinderly”, “AOA”) and Aaron Whitaker (“The City Troll”, “The Awkward Quarterly”). They started making comics together in Portland, OR and now live in Los Angeles, CA with their two rad rats. BangsAndBeardComics.com

South Pasadena-based artist, Jesse Tise graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in illustration. He works both as an printmaking instructor and a freelance illustrator. In his free time, he keeps busy painting, drawing, and printmaking personal projects, and playing tug-o-war with his black giant schnauzer, Samson. jessetise.com

Kelsey is a cat admirer from Los Angeles and transplanted to NYC. Burgeoning illustrator and zine maker. Still figuring things out. nowhereplace.com

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the upcoming books Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Turning Japanese, and her self-published zine, Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her comics and essays have been featured on The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Truth-out, SFBay.CA, The Comics Journal, The Bay Citizen, XOJane and more. Learn more at marinaomi.com.

Nick Sumida is a cartoonist hailing from Aiea, HI. He has worked as a storyboard artist on animated shows like Comedy Central’s “Ugly American’s” and the upcoming “Bad Seeds” from Nickelodeon, and his comics can be seen floating around tumblr. His debut comics collection, “Snackies”, is being published by Youth In Decline in Spring 2014. nsumida.tumblr.com

Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and the author of I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You (Adams Media 2013). A graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is a regular comic contributor to The Rumpus and WonderHowTo. She also loves coffee and tacos. yumisakugawa.com

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GiantRobot
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

CA – Reggie-12 Signing

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Cartoonist Brian Ralph appears at Secret Headquarters on Wednesday, September 11th from 7-9 PM with Drawn & Quarterly for an evening to celebrate the launch of the highly-anticipated Reggie-12, a hilarious pop-culture send-up of the infallible boy hero first presented in the seminal Asian culture magazine Giant Robot. The Cave-In and Daybreak author will be presenting a hilarious slide show with a signing to follow.

Reggie-12 is a young robot with endless enthusiasm. He lives with a bumbling sad-sack friend, a wise-cracking cat, and a well-meaning but forgetful inventor. Laughs explode from the page in this work, which reinterprets classic Japanese adventure manga through Brian Ralph’s trademark style. Come along for a wild ride with Reggie-12, Casper, and Professor Tinkerton as they eat pizza, play video games, and get dissed by bad guys.

Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

SF – Reggie-12 Signing

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Press Release:

Join Mission Comics and Drawn & Quarterly on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for an evening with cartoonist Brian Ralph to celebrate the launch of the highly-anticipated Reggie-12, a hilarious pop-culture send-up of the infallible boy hero first presented in the seminal Asian culture magazine Giant Robot. The Cave-In and Daybreak author will be presenting a hilarious slide show with a signing to follow.

Reggie-12 is a young robot with endless enthusiasm. He lives with a bumbling sad-sack friend, a wise-cracking cat, and a well-meaning but forgetful inventor. Laughs explode from the page in this work, which reinterprets classic Japanese adventure manga through Brian Ralph’s trademark style. Come along for a wild ride with Reggie-12, Casper, and Professor Tinkerton as they eat pizza, play video games, and get dissed by bad guys.

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110

CA – Scott Pilgrim’s Game Night

Bryan Lee O’Malley appears at Giant Robot’s Game Night 2 on Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.445.9276

In conjunction with the Attract Mode videogame culture shop, Giant Robot is proud to host Game Night, a new event that takes place at GR2 every two months. Each evening will feature a different developer and its games in a relaxed, community-building setting.

For Game Night 2, Giant Robot is pleased to present artist Bryan Lee O’Malley, who will be celebrating the sixth and final installment of his Scott Pilgrim comic-book saga (adapted into a movie directed by Edgar Wright for Universal) and playing the brand new Scott Pilgrim video game (published by Ubisoft with art direction by Paul Robertson and music by Anamanaguchi).

O’Malley will sign volumes of Scott Pilgrim from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Games will be played from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Bryan Lee O’Malley is also featured as the cover artist of the July-August issue of Giant Robot magazine. Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based publication about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent.

Game Night 2 will take place on August 21 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

NYC – Secret Asian Man Signing

Tak Toyoshima announced a signing on April 23: Headed down to NYC and doing a book signing for Daily Days at Giant Robot from 6-8pm on Friday! I’m very psyched about this. If you’re in NYC head over to GRNY after work. I may have some surprises in store.

Giant Robot Store, 437 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

www.grny.net

CA – JJ + Giant Robot Talk

James Jean speaks on Dec 11th

James Jean speaks on Dec 11th

Giant Robot and the Japanese American National Museum are proud to host an intimate conversation with artist James Jean and Giant Robot publisher Eric Nakamura on Friday, December 11, 2009, at 7:00 pm.

The talk will cover various aspects of the artist’s career and associations with the pop culture magazine.

A special limited edition print will be released on this date.

Programs are free for Members and included with admission for visitors, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are recommended by calling 213.625.0414 or by e-mail to rsvp@janm.org at least 48 hours prior to the event (please indicate name, number of reservations, date, and time of the event). Seating is limited.

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.janm.org

SF – Little Paintings 4

James Kochalka open an exhibit on Nov 15th

James Kochalka opens an exhibit on Nov 14th

James Kochalka at GRSF
November 14, 2009 – December 2, 2009
Reception: Saturday, November 14, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Giant Robot SF, 618 Shrader Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
www.gr-sf.com
415-876-4773

Giant Robot is proud to present Little Paintings 4, an art show featuring new works by James Kochalka.

Indie cartoonist James Kochalka is well known for having a raw, humorous, and powerful style and prolific pace; he draws one diary strip a day for his Web site, and still manages to create an ever-growing catalog of graphic novels. His range extends from the autobiographical (American Elf) to kid-friendly (Johnny Boo) to serious (The Cute Manifesto) to raunchy (SuperF*ckers) to iconic (Monkey vs. Robot). His comix work has won four Ignatz awards and one Harvey award. He is widely regarded as the inventor of the daily-diary comic strip, and has inspired countless younger artists.

The Burlington, VT-based artist has also released several CDs with his band, James Kochalka Superstar. His song “Britney’s Silver Can” was named one of the 100 best songs of 2006 by Rolling Stone, and his song “Hockey Monkey” was used as the theme song for the Fox television sitcom The Loop.

For Little Paintings 4, Kochalka is continuing his series of acrylic 2″ x 2″ paintings on 3″ x 3″ paper, and possibly making a few that are comparatively large, 4″ x 4″ or 6″ x 6″. “The emphasis of this show is squarely on portraits of battle cats, royal cats, and royal aliens,” he says. “Of course, there’s a mix of random nonsense thrown in as well. When you paint well over a hundred paintings in a single month, you’re bound to go a little bonkers, I guess.” The paintings are small, simple, and cute, but featuring a cuteness with tenderness and soul–never the cloying kind–and the simplicity has depth.

“As the world economy melts down, I think the philosophy of making cheap art that real people can afford is more important than ever,” Kochalka adds. “People need real art in their homes, things made by real human hands… And because my paintings are small and inexpensive, my buyers are often young people just beginning their art collections. Many people have confessed that my paintings are the first art they’ve ever bought. I’m immensely proud of this.”

At the reception, Kochalka will also be performing songs from his latest CD, Digital Elf, featuring 8-bit style music created on the GameBoy Advance.

The reception for the artist will be held from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, November 14. For more information about Kochalka, GRSF, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
eric@giantrobot.com
(310) 479-7311

Secret Identities Coast-to-Coast

 

Larry Hama, Jerry Ma, and more sign on both coasts.

Larry Hama, Jeff Yang, Jerry Ma, and many more sign on both coasts.

 

In preparation for Secret IdentitiesSan Diego debut, anthology contributors will be out in full force on both coasts this weekend. First up, Jeff Yang will be joined by Walden Wong, Jimmy J. Aquino, Alexander Shen, Tanuj Chopra and Tiffanie Hwang for a book release party and signing at Giant Robot – San Francisco at 6pm on Thursday, July 16. Then, on Friday, July 17 at 7pm, Yang, Wong and other guests will be at the Salinas Public Library in Salinas, California for a special signing event.

On Saturday, July 18 in Baltimore, Maryland, Keith Chow, Jerry Ma, Alex Tarampi, John Franzese and Larry Hama will be hosted by Geppi’s Entertainment Museum beginning at 12:30pm. The museum presentation will be followed by a special signing event at Ukazoo Books in Towson, Maryland at 6pm that same day. Finally on Sunday, July 19 at 1pm, veteran DC and Marvel artist Greg LaRocque will be joining Hama and the Secret Identities team for a meet & greet and signing event at The Avenue‘s Barnes & Noble in White Marsh, Maryland.

http://www.secretidentities.org/

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