MA – Roz Chast Signs

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Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

Tickets $5.00 – On Sale April 15, 2014 courtesy of Harvard Book Store

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome New Yorker cartoonist and author ROZ CHAST for a presentation of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

NYC – Tuki Launch Party

tukiCartoonist Jeff Smith launches his new title TUKI at the Society of Illustrators on Sunday November 10th with special guests Patrick McDonnell, Paul Pope, Liza Donnelly, Michael Maslin, and Larry Marder! Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

On November 10, legendary cartoonists Patrick McDonnell, Paul Pope, Liza Donnelly, Michael Maslin, and Larry Marder will attend a brunch hosted by Bone creator Jeff Smith at the Society of Illustrators in New York City to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Kids’ Right to Read program! This benefit brunch will boast a live performance by Smith, who will unveil his new series Tuki Save The Humans, as well as a silent auction and a private viewing of the Society’s current exhibits. Tickets to this event are partially tax-deductible, and available at www.cbldf.org

CBLDF is a non-profit organization that protects the freedom to read, create, and distribute comics by performing legal aid, education, and advocacy activities. Smith recently joined the Fund’s Board of Directors and will host this lively afternoon event, where attendees will also enjoy brunch with the most outstanding authors in contemporary graphic fiction and an auction of original art by today’s finest cartoonists.

Doors will open at 11:00 a.m., followed by viewing of the exhibits and silent auction. Smith’s performance will begin at 12:00 p.m., to be followed by brunch and viewing time in the Society’s galleries.

There are two levels of admission to this special event:

General Admission Tickets are available for a $100 donation to CBLDF and includes admission to the exhibits, brunch and a souvenir print signed by Jeff Smith. $40 of this contribution is tax-deductible.

Dine With Jeff Smith VIP Admission Tickets are available for a $250 donation to CBLDF. This includes dining with Jeff Smith and also includes admission to the exhibits, brunch, and a souvenir print signed by Smith. $190 of this contribution is tax-deductible.

Donors will enjoy three of the Society’s exhibits: The Original Art, a juried exhibit showcasing the original art from the year’s best children’s books; Battling Boy, a selection of original pages from Paul Pope’s extraordinary new graphic novel, and The Collection of Michael Maslin and Liza Donnelly, New Yorker cartoonists whose collection includes works by cartoon luminaries from the magazine’s past, such as James Thurber, Gluyas Williams, and Helen Hokinson, and its present, including Jack Ziegler, Roz Chast, Bob Mankoff, Mick Stevens, Drew Dernavich, Zachary Kanin, Barbara Smaller. Donnelly, Maslin, and Pope will all be on hand at the brunch to discuss their exhibits with attendees.

Your admission to brunch supports CBLDF’s important work protecting Kids’ Right to Read. CBLDF is a leader in opposing censorship and in support of a parent’s right to choose what content is suitable for his or her children. The Fund helps to keep books on shelves and empowers students to speak up for their rights. In the past year, CBLDF has helped protect dozens of books, from Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis to Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. CBLDF’s publications Raising A Reader and Using Graphic Novels in Education are vital tools in helping the next generation of teachers, librarians, and parents use comics to promote literacy. The Fund’s efforts to fight censorship in courtrooms and classrooms are essential to protecting the future of comics. This brunch will advance that important work by raising money to support 2014 Kids’ Right to Read efforts.

About Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith (born February 27, 1960) is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the self-published comic book series BONE. Smith solidified the ’90s’ Self-Publishing Movement when he joined other self-publishers and launched a new era of independent comics publishing, a movement that captured nearly 20% of the growing comics book market. In 1993, Smith breathed new life into the Graphic Novel format with The Complete BONE Adventures Volume One: Out From Boneville, which sold an unprecedented 50,000 copies in its first year. BONE won numerous American awards including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harveys, as well as European awards from Italy, Germany, and the French Alph Art.

In 2005, BONE was chosen to launch the first graphic novel series for children from a major publishing house, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. There have been exhibitions of his work, and in 2009 Smith was the subject of an Emmy Award winning documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics. Later works include critically acclaimed SHAZAM: The Monster Society of Evil, and Little Mouse Gets Ready, a comic for emerging readers that received a Geisel Honor in 2009. In 2013, Smith guest edited The Best American Comics anthology, and released his second major work, RASL, a dark, hard-boiled sci-fi story that focuses on an art thief who hops through dimensional barriers, hiding out on various parallel worlds.

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals. http://www.cbldf.org

About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4 pm. General Admission is $10/$5 students/seniors, and Admission is free of charge on Tuesday from 5-8pm. To learn more about visiting the Museum and the Society click here.

About the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
The museum’s purpose has been the collection, preservation, study, education, and display of comic and cartoon art. Every genre of the art is represented: animation, anime, cartoons, comic books, comic strips, gag cartoons, humorous illustration, illustration, political illustration, editorial cartoons, caricature, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and computer-generated art. It is the mission of the museum to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

NYC – Optic Nerve Signing

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Join New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings, Shortcomings) and Drawn & Quarterly at Bergen Street Comics on Thursday, August 1st beginning at 7PM for the release of a dazzling new issue of the two-decade-long comic book series, Optic Nerve. Issue #13 features three complete stories, each distinct in their tone and visual style. “Go Owls” is a dark comedy about 12-step programs, drug dealing, and minor league baseball. “Translated, from the Japanese,” illustrates the diary of a young Japanese mother, caught between two countries and hovering on the precipice of divorce. “Winter, 2012″ is an autobiographical glimpse into Tomine’s home life and his ongoing struggles with the modern world. Throughout Optic Nerve #13, Tomine channels contemporary zeitgeist and vernacular to produce flawlessly designed, compellingly readable stories. Come on by and pick up your copy, and be sure to toast the artist with a glass of bubbly. We hope to see you here!

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Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

NYC – Hark! A Vagrant Signing

Kate Beaton signs at the Housing Works on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm

Press Release:  

The official release of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton. Presented by Housing Works, Desert Island, and Drawn & Quarterly.

Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton (harkavagrant.com).

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012

MA – ICE/HOT Exhibition

Press Release:

Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for a special evening to preview this summer’s hottest exhibition “Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios” and celebrate award-winning artist and Blue Sky Studios character designer Peter de Sève on Friday, June 10, 6:00  to 9:30 p.m.

The evening will include a cocktail buffet, raw bar, winetasting, private preview tour with Peter de Sève, music, champagne and dessert. On the lawn at historic Linwood House, located on the scenic grounds at Norman Rockwell Museum.

Limited tickets available. Ticket prices start at $125 and table sponsorship are available — call 413.298.4100, ext. 230 for more details and to make reservations.

In addition to his work in animation, Peter de Sève’s elegant drawings grace the covers and pages of The New Yorker, and appear in many illustrated books, including Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage;” The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Sève; Fin McCoul by Brian Gleeson, among others.

All proceeds from this event support Norman Rockwell Museum.  Additional support provided by Winetasting.com

Exhibition Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Animazing opening night with the stars!

Commentary at 6:30 p.m. by award-winning illustrator and Ice Age character designer Peter de Sève.

Celebrate the art of animation with a first-ever look behind the scenes at the world of digital animation at Blue Sky Studios, where cutting-edge creativity and technique brings imaginative characters and stories to life. Meet members of the Blue Sky creative team.

A festive reception and party will follow (think Hollywood premiere crossed with a Berkshire-style family picnic!).

Tickets– Members: $20 per person, or $50 per family*. Non-members: $30 per person, or $75 per family*. *Family:maximum 2 adults and 3 children under 12.

Reserve tickets by: Email: events@nrm.org , call 413-931-2221, by mail– send your check payable to Norman Rockwell Museum, PO Box 308, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Blue Sky Studios specializes in photo-realistic, high resolution, computer generated animation and rendering. Critically acclaimed for their animated films Ice Age and its popular sequels, Robots, and Rio, as well as special effects and animation work for TRON, Alien Resurrection, Star Trek: Insurrection, Joe’s Apartment and numerous others. Rarely-seen conceptual drawings, character illustrations and expression sheets, 3D models, story boards, and background paintings illuminate the years of development behind the films. Visit the exhibition webpage!

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

NYC – Picture Book Signings

New Yorker cartoonists Roz Chast and Bruce Kaplan sign their new picture books at Books of Wonder on Tuesday August 31st, 2010!

ROZ CHAST presents Too Busy Marco, a story about a young bird who doesn’t want to go to sleep because he has just too much that he wants to do, and BRUCE KAPLAN presents Monsters Eat Whiny Children, a cautionary tale that finds a group of complaining children in the kitchen of some very hungry monsters who can’t decide what they want to eat – a whiny child salad? a whiny child cake? whiny child burgers?

Starting at 5pm, these author/artists will introduce their new tales, take questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their books. Ages 3-7. 5-7pm.

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

MA – The Naked Cartoonist Signing

Robert Mankoff speaks on Thursday, August 19 at 5:30pm.

Join New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff for an uproarious look at the art of humor.  One of the nation’s leading comic commentators, Mr. Mankoff originated The Cartoon Bank and the Cartoon Caption Contest, and is the creator of the magazines’ best-loved comic images. He is also the author of The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity and many other cartoon collections. A book-signing and reception will follow the program.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Comic Genius Lecture

An Evening with Cartoonist Liza Donnelly

Thursday, August 12 at 5:30pm

Explore the art of The New Yorker through the eyes of one of its ingenious comic creators. A cartoonist for the magazine for more than twenty-five years, Liza Donnelley will share the best illustrated jokes, gag cartoons, and slice-of-life drawings, offering a rare first-hand glimpse of the creative process. Her latest book, When Do They Serve the Wine, will be available for signing at a reception following the program.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262