IL – Darth Vader and Son Signing

Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown signs at Anderson’s Bookshop on Saturday Ocotober 6, 2012 at 2:00pm for Star Wars Reads Day!

Press Release:

On this afternoon, the Force will be with you! It’s Star Wars Reads Day, and we’re offering all things Star Wars. Meet costumed characters. Try your luck at Star Wars origami (paper-folding projects from a galaxy far, far away…). And help us greet author Jeffrey Brown, celebrating his book, Darth Vader and Son.

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL 60540

The Beguiling Books & Art at SDCC 2012

Press Release:

The Beguiling Books & Art is pleased to announce that it will once again be returning to The San Diego Comic-Con to sell a truly outstanding collection of illustrations and original comic book artwork on behalf of its represented artists. The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe will be on hand and exhibiting in a small corner of booth #1629, owned by venerable Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly, from Preview Night, Wednesday July 11th, through Sunday, July 15th.

The Beguiling represents original art by some of art comics’ greatest names at their online art store, including D&Q cartoonists Kevin Huizenga (Gloriana), Anders Nilsen (Big Questions), and Seth (Palookaville), and comics superstars Jeff Lemire (Essex County), Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (Casanova), and Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim). The Beguiling will have over 400 pieces of original art on hand by 26 different artists at San Diego this year. Previews of most pages available online now at http://www.beguilingoriginalart.com/.

Highlights of this year’s mix of comics art and illustration include: 

The Beguiling proudly announces that it will begin selling original art work from creators Pascal Girard, Matt Kindt, and Shintaro Kago! Girard is the author of the recently released graphic novel The Reunion from Drawn & Quarterly, and pages from that work and other illustrations will be on hand. Matt Kindt is the author of the graphic novels Super Spy, The Tooth, and 3:Story. His current series is MIND MGMT, an ongoing comic from Dark Horse, and art will be on hand from these and other series’! Kago is a renowned Ero-guro manga artist in Japan, and his work includes truly unique formalist experiments (and some very disturbing imagery), and has been praised by sources as diverse as Scott McCloud and Vice Magazine.

A selection of pages from recent Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel releases, including pages from Kevin Huizenga’s Gloriana HC and The Wild Kingdom HC, Brian Ralph’s Cave-In, and Anders Nilsen’s Eisner Award nominated graphic novel Big Questions.

Dozens of new, never-before offered pages by artist Farel Dalrymple. Including new pages from Dalrymple’s work on the series’ Prophet, Fantastic Four, Omega The Unknown, Vice Magazine, and more! So new these aren’t even on our website yet!

Dozens of new pages by Norwegian artist Jason, from across his many popular graphic novels.

All of the “new-since-last-Comic-Con” artwork by artists Gabriel Ba, Jeffrey Brown, Sammy Harkham, Jeff Lemire, Kagan McLeod, Fabio Moon, Marco Rudy, Maurice Vellekoop, and Zach Worton. All of these fine cartoonists have provided The Beguiling with new artwork since exhibiting at Comic-Con 2011, from across their many projects. Highlights include Jeff Lemire’s Sweeth Tooth, and the complete artwork (!) for Maurice Vellekoop’s The World of Gloria Badcock.

- A selection of quality originals by Rafael Albuquerque, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, David Heatley, Miriam Katin, Jason Lutes, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagliati, Seth, Jay Stephens, and Chip Zdarsky. With over 5,000 pieces of original art represented by The Beguiling, a selection of the best and most interesting pieces by these creators will be available for sale in San Diego.

Hate paying for shipping? If you will be at the San Diego Comic-Con and are interested in purchasing a specific piece of art from our website, we will happily bring it to the show for you. If you’d like us to bring a specific piece from our website to take a look at, please contact us at mail at beguiling dot com. Unfortunately we are not “holding” art for people unless they have purchased it outright, but we will try to accommodate all requests.

ABOUT:
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, The Beguiling is a book store and original art dealer in Toronto, Canada. We represent original art sales from over three dozen comics creators and illustrators from around the world. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. To see our collection of original art, visit us online at http://www.beguilingoriginalart.com/

WA – Darth Vader & Son Signing

Jeffrey Brown signs at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday June 2nd from 6-8pm!

Press Release:

Don’t miss a special appearance by Jeffrey Brown this Saturday, June 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore. Brown will be in town as a guest of the Seattle International Film Festival, which is screening the movie he co-wrote, Save the Date, on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Jeffrey Brown was one of the pioneers of the new wave of graphic memoirs with his revealing relationship comix and idiosyncratic rendering style. On Saturday, he’ll sign copies of his sensational new book, Darth Vader and Son, which re-imagines Dark Lord Vader in a loving relationship with young son Skywalker. At once poignant and preposterous, this hard-to-find book appeals to all readers – and a personalized copy would make the perfect Father’s Day gift coming up on June 17.

Brown will discuss his work in the context of family life and his recent foray into film with Janice Headley prior to a book signing and informal reception. This event also marks the unveiling of the bookstore’s entry to Hazardfactory’s Power Tool Races, held the following Saturday, June 9 at the colorful Georgetown Carnival – which also features special guest Joe Sacco!

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

HeroesCon 2012 Welcomes Neal Adams and More

HeroesCon is exactly one month away and guests are still being announced. This isn’t even the last guest list update before the show! We’re bursting at the seams! Get your tickets today! See the full guest list on the website!

We are happy to welcome Neal Adams back to HeroesCon this June 22-24! Thanks to everyone who attended last year and met Neal on his first visit to HeroesCon; you must have made a great impression! Neal is a legend in the comic book industry as much for his artwork as he is for crusading for the rights of fellow creators and striking out on his own when such a thing was unheard of. Neal’s career spans decades, from classic runs on characters like X-Men, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Batman to his current Batman: Odyssey. Be on the lookout for The First X-Men coming soon from Neal and writer (and fellow HeroesCon 2012 guest) Christos Gage! One of Jared Moraitis’ BeastWreck Shirts & Stuff was recently featured on an episode of NBC’s Community. Jared makes great shirts and if you buy two shirts at HeroesCon this year one of them should say BeastWreck on it! The other one will of course say HeroesCon or Indie Island.

Michel Fiffe is the creator of the comic series, Zegas, which he began publishing in 2011 as Copra Press. On top of writing and drawing Zegas, Fiffe has immersed himself in various comics projects such as editing the indie anthology Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies and conducting in-depth creator interviews for several institutions including The Comics Journal.

When he’s not working in animation, Dan Duncan is making comics. You’ve seen his art on the latest incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and on the beautifully painted covers of Xenoholics. Catch this guy before he and his crew are super famous and don’t have time for you. Ah, he’d make time anyway, Dan is a super nice guy.

Artist Tom Lyle is also returning to HeroesCon next month. Tom’s illustrated numerous books like Spider-man, Robin, Punisher and Batman. He’s also an instructor at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), who he’ll be setting up with again this year.

Jeffrey Brown had a recent hit with Darth Vader and Son, and is well known for other comics like The Incredible Change-Bots, Little Things, Clumsy, Unlikely and many more.

Tom Bancroft is a veteran artist in animation, storyboards and comics. He’s done design work for lots of big Disney films like Aladdin, Lion King and Mulan, and illustrated books like Opposite Forces and the art instruction book Creating Characters With Personality.

June Brigman and Roy Richardson are the married creators behind the past fifteen years of Brenda Starr. June is also known for her work on titles like Power Pack, Supergirl and an adaptation of the novel Black Beauty with Roy. Dennis Calero has been a go-to artist for many companies over the years. In addition to work on popular properties like 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, Calero’s also illustrated books like X-men: Noir, X-factor and Cowboys & Aliens. Michael Dolce is a comics writer who has worked on books like Grimm Fairy Tales, Descendant and Sire.

Zealand “Steve” Jones has been a character designer on animated shows such as Batman: Brave and The Bold, Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, Superman, and the New Adventures of Batman. He also worked on Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes, JL: The New Frontier DTV, JL: Crisis on 2 Earths DTV, Men In Black and G I Joe: Renegades. Currently , he is working on the new CG TMNT cartoon at Nickelodeon Studios. His pals Dan Panosianand Tim Townsend told him HeroesCon was a great show so he decided to make his first trip to the Queen City to check it out!

Drew Moss is currently drawing a story for Outlaw Territory Volume 3. He has also worked on Zombies VS Robots and The Baku.

Ethan Van Sciver has been a mainstay at DC for years now. He’s illustrated titles like Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Flash: Rebirth and most recently the new 52 title Fury of Firestorm.

David Antoine Williams made quite an impression last year at his first ever appearance at HeroesCon! See the image below for one of the reasons why! David has been keeping busy with covers for G.I. Joe, Cobra and tons of other stuff since we saw him last. Don’t miss this chance to meet and chat with the one and only “Brohawk”!

SF – Darth Vader & Son Signing

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Jeffrey Brown signs at Isotope Lounge on Wednesday, May 16th 2012 from 4pm – 7pm.

Press Release:

One of the most talked about comics and creators of the year is coming to the Isotope!

Indie comics god Jeffrey Brown, the man behind some of our most beloved comics including CAT GETTING OUT OF A BAG, CLUMSY, UNLIKELY, and INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS, has a really wonderful new book coming out that you won’t want to miss… DARTH VADER AND SON, and the Isotope and our friends at Chronicle Books have teamed up to bring you Jeffrey’s first 2012 San Francisco public appearance.

DARTH VADER AND SON takes place in an alternative Star Wars universe filled with hilarious and charming scenes from Luke Skywalker’s childhood if Darth Vader had been a good dad. One look and you’ll be just as in love with this as we all are!

While we await Mister Brown’s imminent arrival with stacks of what will surely be one of our favorite graphic novels of the year, go check out this cinematic trailer for the book, catch a preview over at Apartment Therapy, sit in on a Skype interview with Jeffrey, check out the Drawing Between the Lines Jeffrey Brown documentary which had it’s world premiere screening at the Isotope, and go have some puzzle-solving and finger-puppet making fun with the Darth Vader And Son Activity Book.

We’ll also be giving out free DARTH VADER AND SON pinback buttons during our event too! How cool is that?!

Isotope Lounge
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Darth Vader & Son Signing

Jeffrey Brown signs on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

What if Darth Vader actively raised his son? What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars™ moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber battling practice, using the Force to raid a cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star, and the special bonding moments shared between any father and son.

The Cartoon Art Museum answers these questions and more in the 18-piece exhibition Darth Vader and Son, featuring artwork by award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown. This exhibit opens on Saturday, April 28. Brown will sign copies of his book at the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm.

About the Author
Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag, and Cats Are Weird. Jeffrey also co-wrote and created artwork for the film Save The Date, which was selected for Dramatic Film Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.

About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.

STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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

CA – Zombification Process Art Show

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Jeffrey Brown opens an exhibition of art at Secret Headquarters on Friday, July 29th from 7- 9pm!

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

NYC – Change-bots Art Show

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Jeffrey Brown opens a gallery show on May 13, 2011 from 6-9pm.

Scott Eder Gallery
18 Bridge St, Suite 2-i, Brooklyn, NY 11201

OR – April Comics Week

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Jeffrey Brown, Benjamin Marra, and Carla Speed McNeil sign at Floating World Comics this week!

Press Release:

Wednesday, April 13th – Carla Speed McNeil will present original artwork and discuss her award winning series, FINDER. She self published this critically acclaimed series for over a decade and the book has acquired a cult status as “the best book you haven’t read”. She has found a new home at Dark Horse Comics who just released the massive FINDER LIBRARY VOL. 1, and FINDER: VOICE the newest chapter in the series.

Thursday, April 14th – Benjamin Marra is flying in from Brooklyn for a very special art exhibit and book signing. Marra is the creator of NIGHT BUSINESS, GANGSTA RAP POSSE, and INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF MAUREEN DOWD #1 (a work of satire and fiction) which received media coverage from both Fox News and Huffington Post on the same day. Marra was recently published by Marvel Comics in their alt-comix anthology, STRANGE TALES II.

Friday, April 15th – Jeffrey Brown is one of the most popular alternative cartoonists working in comics. Well known for his autobio relationship comics, he has also branched out with hilarious superhero parody comics, and a series of super cute cat comics. Top Shelf will be publishing the second volume of his awesome Transformers parody, INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS, which will debut at this book signing.

LISTING INFORMATION:

WHO: Carla Speed McNeil
WHAT: FINDER art exhibit and book signing
WHEN: Thursday, April 13th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
WHO: Benjamin Marra
WHAT: Art exhibit and book signing
WHEN: Thursday, April 14th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
WHO: Jeffrey Brown
WHAT: Book release and signing
WHEN: Friday, April 15th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
BIO INFORMATION:

Carla Speed McNeil – Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Now, Carla Speed McNeil’s Eisner Award-winning series comes to Dark Horse with the original graphic novel Voice.

In a society defined by its intricate network of clans, Rachel Grosvenor has grown up an outcast, straddling worlds. Now, her quest for admission to a highly exclusive clan sends Rachel spiraling into the dark underbelly of Anvard and a paradox that holds the key to her future: How do you find a Finder?

* Rising star Carla Speed McNeil has been nominated for seventeen industry awards, winning five times, since 1998!

* Voice won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic.

* “Completely fascinating.” -Warren Ellis

* “Finder is, bar none, the best SF comic being published today.” -Strange Horizons

Benjamin Marra – Benjamin Marra is the notorious creator of the comic books NIGHT BUSINESS, GANGSTA RAP POSSE and THE INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF MAUREEN DOWD (A WORK OF SATIRE AND FICTION).

Marra’s comic book work has drawn comparison to mainstream masters Jim Steranko and Paul Gulacy as well as underground comix legends R. Crumb and Spain. His work exists beyond the cutting edge of independent comic books and operates within the cut itself.

Marra’s illustration work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, The Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration and the Art Directors Club. Some of  his clients include Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Marvel Comics, Vice, Nylon, Widen+Kennedy and McCann-Erickson.

Jeffrey Brown – After growing up in Michigan, a 25-year-old Jeffrey Brown moved to Chicago in 2000 to pursue an MFA at the School of the Art Institute. He splashed onto the comics scene with the self-published relationship memoir Clumsy, which earned praise from cartoonists and readers alike, and was eventually picked up by Top Shelf. Many acclaimed graphic novels followed, establishing Brown as both a hyper-sensitive chronicler of bittersweet romance (Unlikely, Any Easy Intimacy) and a deadpan master of absurdist humor (Incredible Change-Bots, Sulk, I Am Going to Be Small).

Additional projects include: directing a music video for Death Cab for Cutie; the autobiographical collections Little Things, Funny Misshapen Body, and Undeleted Scenes; and the observational books Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. The prolific Mr. Brown lives and works in Chicago.

IL – Change-Bots Return to Earth

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Jeffrey Brown signs on April 13 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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