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
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
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
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
Yumi Sakugawa signs at Floating World Comics on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 9720
Cartoonist Yumi Sakugawa appears at Desert Island on Friday February 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm to sign her new book I Think I Am In Friend Love With You.
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome Yumi Sakugawa on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm for a signing and reading from her brand new graphic novel, I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You!
Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Southern California and a regular contributor to The Rumpus and Wonderhowto.
Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
Yumi Sakugawa signs at Mission: Comics & Art on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:00pm!
Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110