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  • Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Announces Initial Guests

    balti15Press Release: 

    The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to begin announcing guests for our 16th annual show, taking place September 25-27, 2015, at the Baltimore Convention Center! Making their BCC debut appearances in 2015 are Katie Cook, Jaime Hernandez, and Bart Sears, along with returning friend of the show, JG Jones.

    Writer/artist of the webcomic (and collected in trade paperbook format by Action Lab Entertainment) Gronk, Katie Cook has found herself writing and pencilling Marvel Comics characters, Fraggle Rock from Archaia, My Little Pony from IDW, and even Star Wars from Dark Horse Comics. You can pick up Volume 3 of Gronk: A Monster’s Story this April from Action Lab Entertainment.

    Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Awards winner Jaime Hernandez is one of the storied Hernandez Brothers, who have made their name as the creative force behind Love and Rockets, a multi-volume collection of writings and art from Jaime and his brothers Mario and Gilbert. Therein, Jaime crafted the tales of Maggie Chascarillo and Hopey Glass, characters with great depth and personality whose stories have been collected by Fantagraphics in Locas and Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray.

    Bart Sears has accomplished much in his years working in the creative arts. His works have been published in every major comics publishers, many smaller press publishers, and he even had a running feature in Wizard Magazine on drawing instruction called “Brutes and Babes”. He designed action figures and packaging as Hasbro and ToyBiz, and has served in leadership roles in comics companies like CrossGen and his own Ominous Press. His recent work can be seen on covers for titles such as Valiant’s Rai, Dynamite Entertainment’s John Carter: Warlord of Mars and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Volume 2: West, and DC Comics’ Deathstroke.

    Making his return to the Inner Harbor, accomplished penciller, painter, and writer J.G. Jones has contributed his deft touch to a broad variety of titles and publishers. From Black Widow and Marvel Boy at Marvel Comics to Final Crisis and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and all covers for 52 at DC Comics, as well as Wanted at Top Cow, his work stands out among his peers. His next work, Strange Fruit with writer Mark Waid is fully painted, and is scheduled to be released in July of 2015 from BOOM! Studios. You can find JG and Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan this weekend, March 1, 2015, at the Philadelphia Comic-Con — be sure to find Marc to discuss this year’s show!

    “We are so excited to welcome Katie, Jaime, and Bart to their first Baltimore show, and to have JG with us again,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re off to a great start for this year’s guests, and we are expecting big things this year, so stay tuned for more news!”

    This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); and Mark Waid (Daredevil).

    In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

    CA – Road to Comic Con Mega-Signing

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    Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Natalie Hernandez, Jim Mahfood, Felipe Smith, Tom Pinchuk, and Caleb Monroe have been added to Meltdown Comics’s mega-signing along with previously announced Gerard Way, Becky Cloonan, and D.J. Kirkbride on Saturday July 19th!

    Meltdown Comics
    7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
    (323) 851-7223

    CA – Inkstuds LIVE

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    A live panel of EPIC PROPORTIONS with Robin McConnell and Brandon Graham plus Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, Love and Rockets cartoonist Jaime Hernandez, Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, and White Clay author (and Adventure Time contributor) Thomas Herpich at Meltdown Comics on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Signing after podcast.

    Free admission but tickets are limited. Get them at the link!

    Meltdown Comics
    7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    MN – 30 years of Locas (… and Counting) Exhibit

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    Jaime Hernandez appears on Friday, August 16th, 2013 at Minneapolis College of Art and Design as the special guest for an artist’s reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, surrounding a talk at 7:00 PM in Auditorium 150.

    About the exhibit:

    This solo exhibition features the work of renowned comic artist Jaime Hernandez who, with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, published the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1982. The black-and-white magazine ushered in a new alternative comics scene, featuring stories of high comedy and drama and spotlighting people who had rarely been seen in comics before.

    Over the years the brothers developed their own storylines and spinoffs. Jaime’s Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories, tells the story of Maggie Chascarrillo, a bisexual, Mexican-American woman attempting to define herself in a community rife with class, race, and gender issues. As the New York Times Book Review described Locas, “These stories have all the visual smarts of film and the narrative smarts of literature….Hernandez specializes in psychological detail; we see both text and subtext immediately ….What better than to open a book that shows there is more going on than we dream of in our workaday philosophies?”

    The retrospective show in MCAD Gallery will include examples of Jaime’s original drawings and publications from the early 1980s to the present.

    Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
    2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    UK – Love & Rockets Signing

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    Jaime Hernandez appears at Gosh! Comics for a signing on Wednesday the 29th of May from 5:00 till 7:00pm! He will also appear the next day at the Comica Festival for a lecture from 6:30 – 8:00pm! These are the only two appearances he has scheduled for London! Don’t miss out!

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

    WA – Love & Rockets 30th Anniversary

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    Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez celebrate 30 years of Love & Rockets at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm! Special musical guest Geneviève Castrée performs.

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

    Love and Rockets: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

    October 2, 2012 by  
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    Press Release:

    The Cartoon Art Museum is honored to host Love and Rockets: A 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 8:00-11:00pm. This will be the opening reception for a career-spanning retrospective exhibition including more than 50 pieces of original artwork from the groundbreaking Fantagraphics comic. This event coincides with the annual Alternative Press Expo (APE), which takes place at San Francisco’s Concourse on October 13 and 14. Special guests for this party include Love and Rockets creators Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez, with additional guests to be announced.

    Visitors will enjoy food and drink from local vendors, live drawing events, and the company of dozens of talented cartoonists. Admission for the event is on a sliding scale, from $5 to $50, with guests encouraged to donate whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum. Guests who donate $20 or more will receive an exclusive 30th anniversary print courtesy of Fantagraphics Books.

    All proceeds from this reception will benefit The Cartoon Art Museum, a non-profit educational museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of original cartoon art in all its forms.

    Tickets can be purchased at the museum on October 13, but they may also be pre-purchased through Guestist Ticketing.

    For more information about the Alternative Press Expo, please visit their website.

    Also on display in October 2012:

    Sketchtravel: Acclaimed artists Dice Tsutsumi of Japan and Gerald Guerlais of France originated Sketchtravel as an international charity art project. A simple red sketchbook was passed from one artist to another, not unlike an Olympic torch, in an artistic relay through 12 countries over the course of four years. The end result was a beautiful sketchbook containing the personal visions of 71 exceptional illustrators, animators and comic book artists including Bill Plympton, James Jean, Rebecca Dautremer, Glen Keane, Frederick Back, and Studio Ghibli founder and animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. This sketchbook was sold at auction in 2011, raising funds for Room to Read, an international literacy non-profit, and helping to build five libraries in five third-world nations so far.

    The Art of ParaNorman: The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents original works of art from the feature film ParaNorman, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and released nationwide by Focus Features on August 17, 2012. The exhibition features concept art, puppets, costumes and more from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s second stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D. In stop-motion animation, everything seen on screen actually exists in the real world, as opposed to computer-generated animation.

    Small Press Spotlight on Jonas Madden-Connor: The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates the art of self-publisher Jonas Madden-Connor in the latest installment of its ongoing Small Press Spotlight.

    Fantagraphics Schedule at SPX 2012

    September 12, 2012 by  
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    Press Release:

    Join Fantagraphics this weekend for the 2012 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland! On September 15th & 16th, we’ll be filling the Marriott Betheseda Conference Center with some dazzling debuts, panels, and signings! Come meet your favorite artists and get your books signed:

    Saturday, September 15th
    11:30-1:00 PM     Lilli Carré // Noah Van Sciver
    1:00 – 2:00 PM    Daniel Clowes // Phillip Nel
    2:00 – 3:00 PM    Mark Newgarden
    2:00 – 3:30 PM    Steven Weissman // Chris Wright 
    3:30 – 4:30 PM    Kevin Huizenga // Rich Tommaso
    4:30 – 6:30 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez

    Sunday, September 16th
    12:00-1:00 PM    Lilli Carré // Steven Weissman
    1:00 – 2:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez
    2:00 – 3:00 PM    Phillip Nel // Rich Tommaso
    3:00 – 4:00 PM    Chris Wright 
    3:30 – 4:30 PM    Noah Van Sciver
    4:00 – 5:00 PM    Kevin Huizenga
    5:00 – 6:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez

    Fantagraphics will be located at tables W40-W44, as seen in the map excerpt below! For a larger version of the complete floor map, please click here.

    NYC – Love & Rockets Signing

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    Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez appear at the Rock Shop on September 21, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Los Bros Hernandez are the artists responsible for creating the acclaimed independent comic series Love and Rockets.

    The Rock Shop
    249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    PA – Love & Rockets Signing

    Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez sign at the Philadelphia Free Library on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7:30PM.

    Limit of 5 signed books per person

    Co-creators of the comic art series Love and Rockets, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez have been likened in the Times of London and elsewhere as “the graphic equivalent to the fabulism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate.” A decades-spanning oeuvre, Love and Rockets virtually defined the subversive alt-comic voice of the 1980s and has won a string of Harvey and Kirby Awards. The pair has also collaborated with their brother, Mario Hernandez, in addition to releasing several solo projects. Jaime’s comics include Locas, Penny Century, and Whoa, Nellie!, and Gilbert’s work includes New Love, Luba, New Tales of Old Palomar, and the graphic novel The Troublemakers. In 2009, the Hernandez brothers were named in Time’s “Top 100 Next Wave Storytellers,” and they continue to release new work more than 30 years after the original publication of their influential series.

    Free Library of Philadelphia
    1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

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