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

NJ – The Monsters’ Monster Signing

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Patrick McDonnell signs at Barnes & Noble on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM.

About this Author
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the Mutts comic strip, which is about to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary. He has illustrated for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, Time, Parents, and other journals, done CD covers for the Greatest Hits classical music series, and created a license plate for his home state of New Jersey.

Barnes & Noble - Market Fair
Princeton Marketfair, 3535 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
609-897-9250

NYC – Newbery & Caldecott Honorees Signing

Patrick McDonnell, Jack Gantos, Chris Raschka, Eugene Yelchin, John Rocco, and Lane Smith sign at Books of Wonder on Saturday April 14, 2012 from noon till 2pm!

Press Release:

On Saturday, April 14th, starting at noon SIX of this year’s seven Newbery & Caldecott medal winners and honorees will come together at Books of Wonder for a talent-filled event. You and your children are invited to an afternoon featuring everything from wordless picture books to wonderful middle grade books you will not want to put down. The American Library Associationeach year selects the finest picture books and novels published in America to receive the Caldecott and Newbery Medals and Honors. We are overjoyed and honored to be able to bring these celebrated and talented authors and artists together for you to experience the best in children’s books. Joining us will be author JACK GANTOSwinner of the Newbery medal for Dead End in Norvelt, the story of an entirely true and wildly fictional, endlessly surprising two months in 1962 with a kid named Jack Gantos. CHRIS RASCHKA winner of the Caldecott medal for A Ball For Daisy, a wordless picture book about a dog who loves her bright red ball and what happens when another dog accidentally pops it. Raschka’s brilliant ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations convey this simple story as eloquently as any words could. Author, artist, and beloved cartoonist PATRICK McDONNELL will be here for Me…Jane his Caldecott Honor Book, which brings to the inspiring childhood of the little girl who would grow up to be beloved naturalist Jane Goodall. Author and artist JOHN ROCCO will share Blackout hisCaldecott Honor Book, detailing how a family comes together a hot summer night in the city when the power goes out! Told with spectacular illustrations and few words, Rocco captures the magic and mystery of a big city and the joys of family. Author and artist LANE SMITH will present Grandpa Green his Caldecott Honor Book, in which a young boy tells us all about his beloved, though sometimes forgetful great-grandfather, as he takes us through the garden where memories are handed down in the fanciful shape of topiary trees and imagination keeps alive those things that otherwise might be forgotten. And lastly, author and artist EUGENE YELCHIN will share his middle grade debut novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose, his Newbery Honor Book, about Sasha, a young boy growing up in the heart of Soviet Russia during the Cold War told in simple and masterful first person voice. Beginning at noon the authors and artists will share their acclaimed books, take questions from the audience and then sign copies of all their wonderful titles. Ages 3 and up. Saturday, April 14th, 12-2pm. We look forward to seeing all of you from the NYC area at this wonderful event. But for those of you who live too far away or can’t make it that day, please remember we’re always happy to have books signed for you and shipped to you, no matter where in the world you live.

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

NYC – Krazy Kat Discussion

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Craig Yoe and Patrick McDonnell appear on August 4th from 7:00PM – 8:00PM!

Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman by Craig Yoe celebrates over one hundred years of one of the most beloved and innovative comic strips of all time and its creator. This unique collection of rare, unpublished art, essays, memorabilia and biogrpahy-the majority reprinted here for the first time-highlights the career of the first genius of comics, George Herriman, and his iconic creations.

Craig Yoe runs the New York design firm YOE! Studio with Clizia Gussoni. Eisner award-winner Yoe has been called the “Indiana Jones of comics” by Vice magazine and a “twisted archivist of the ridiculous and the sublime.” Publishers Weekly called his work “brilliant.” Yoe is the author of more than 30 books, including The Art of Mickey Mouse and Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster.

Cartoonist and author Patrick McDonnell, creator of the award-winning MUTTS comic strip and Me… Jane, a nonfiction children’s book about a young Jane Goodall and how she followed her passion to become one of the world’s most inspiring women, will join Craig on the Strand Stage.

The Strand
828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY 10003-4805

SDCC Announces 2nd Wave of Special Guests for 2011

Grant Morrison

Press Release:

More Special Guests Announced for Comic-Con 2011

Jones, Kenyon, Morrison, and Steranko added to San Diego Event

San Diego – Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, has announced two dozen additional special guests for this year’s convention. Artist Joëlle Jones, author Sherrilyn Kenyon, writer Grant Morrison, and writer/artist/publisher Jim Steranko join 20 fellow comics creators who have recently committed for Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego.

The first wave of 20 special guests was announced by Comic-Con in October of last year.

“We received great feedback from comics fans with our initial announcement,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “The addition of more special guests to an already stellar roster showcasing the best in the comics community is something our attendees have come to expect.”

Comic-Con 2011 will be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center. Passes to the show’s Preview Night on July 20 were sold out during this summer’s 2010 convention, although more four-day passes with Preview Night may be released closer to the show, depending on returns or cancellations. While there is still no specific date for the opening of general registration, Comic-Con expects it to occur before the end of January.

For the running list of 2011 special guests visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_guests.php.

Following are the 24 new guests confirmed with today’s announcement:

Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo, MAD magazine)

Ed Benes (artist, Justice League of America, Birds of Prey)

Anina Bennett (writer/editor, Heartbreakers, Boilerplate)

Yves “Balak” Bigerel (French writer/artist, Lord of Burger)

Chester Brown (writer/artist, Yummy Fur, Louis Riel, Paying for It)

Ernie Chan (artist, Conan, Batman, Jonah Hex)

Jo Chen (artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Runaways, Xbox Fable)

Seymour Chwast (illustrator, graphic designer)

Dick DeBartolo (writer, MAD magazine)

Tony DeZuniga (artist, Jonah Hex, Conan the Barbarian)

Eric Drooker (painter, graphic novelist, Flood, Blood Song, Howl)

Mark Evanier (writer, comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics)

Joyce Farmer (cartoonist, Wimmen’s Comix, Special Exits)

Paul Guinan (artist, Heartbreakers, Boilerplate)

Joëlle Jones (artist, You Have Killed Me, Troublemaker)

Sherrilyn Kenyon (author, Dark-Hunter series, Lords of Avalon series)

Richard A. and Patricia Lupoff (writers, fanzine pioneers)

Patrick McDonnell (cartoonist, Mutts)

Grant Morrison (writer, All Star Superman, Batman Incorporated)

Alex Niño (artist, Conan, Heavy Metal, God the Dyslexic Dog)

Steranko (writer/artist/publisher, Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Prevue)

Cameron Stewart (artist, Seaguy, Seven Soldiers; writer/artist, Sin Titulo)

Dave Stewart (award-winning colorist)

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring and the Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

NYC – Abstract Comics Panel

September 11, 2009 by  
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& more at MoCCA

Derik Badman, Richard Hahn & more at MoCCA

Please join the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA for ABSTRACT COMICS: a panel discussion

Saturday, September 12th, 4 p.m. 2009
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

featuring:

Derik Badman

Richard Hahn

Patrick McDonnell
 
Janusz Jaworski

Andrei Molotiu
 
Anders Pearson

Henrik Rehr

Alexey Sokolin

Join MoCCA for a discussion about Abstract Comics: what they are, who is making them and why. Abstract Comics explores what is essential to the medium of comics – panel rhythm, page layout, the sequential arrangement of formal elements – and tells us how comics function and where they can go. This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition Silent Pictures at James Gallery, CUNY,  opening on Thursday, September 10th and the new book Abstract Comics, edited by Andrei Molotiu from Fantagraphics Books.

MoCCA Gallery, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, Between Houston & Prince, New York City, NY 10012
212-254-3511
http://www.moccany.org

NYC – Abstract Comics Signing

September 8, 2009 by  
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Patrick McDonnell, Henrik Rehr & many more

Patrick McDonnell, Henrik Rehr & many more

Thursday, September 10

New York, NY, 5 PM – 6 PM

Artists featured in ABSTRACT COMICS, a new anthology published by Fantagraphics, which traces the history of abstract sequential art, will sign copies of the book at the Manhattan location of Jim Hanley’s Universe. On hand will be editor Andrei Molotiu, as well as artists Patrick McDonnell (MUTTS), Richard Hahn, (LUMAKICK), Geoff Grogan (LOOK OUT MONSTERS), HENRIK REHR (TRIBECA SUNSET), Alexey Sokolin and Anders Pearson.

Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY

(212) 268-7088

www.JHUniverse.com