NYC – LGBTQ Representation in Comics Panel

Phil Jimenez, Jennifer Camper, Ramzi Fawaz, and Margaret Galvan appear at Strand Book Store on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM.

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Join a panel of brilliant artists, writers, and academics for a discussion of the changing landscape of comics, including the influence of LGBTQ creators in the medium and the increasing interest in queer comics scholarship. From the radical imaginations that posited new identities and alliances across difference in mainstream superhero comics like The X-Men and The New Mutants, to the underground comix gurus who printed zines that shaped a generation of punks and pioneers, we’ll trace the intersections of LGBTQ culture, queer theory and comics history. Along the way, we’ll consider the creative evolution and outlooks of LGBTQ comics creators themselves. Panelists Ramzi Fawaz (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison), Phil Jimenez (pioneering artist and writer at DC Comics), Margaret Galvan (scholar of contemporary women’s visual print culture) and Jennifer Camper (cartoonist and founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference) will dive into all this and more for a high-flying and energetic discussion of comics’ queer history and the future of the medium.

Ramzi Fawaz is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in queer theory, American cultural studies, and contemporary literature. He recieved his Ph.D. in American Studies at George Washington University. His first book The New Mutants: Superheros and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press, 2016) recieved the 2012 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award for Best First Book Manuscript in LGBT Studies. His writing has been published in a number of academic journals including American Literature, Calalloo, and GLQ. Along with Damon Young (UC Berkeley), he is a co-organizer of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective (SPSP), a working group of early career queer studies scholars developing new directions in the field. He is also currently co-editing a special issue of American Literature with Darieck Scott titled “Queer About Comics,” which will be the first issue the journal has ever dedicated to the comics medium since its inception in 1929.

Margaret Galvan is a scholar of contemporary women’s visual print culture at work on In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, a book and digital project under contract with the University of Minnesota Press‘s Manifold Scholarship Series. This project traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s American feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Margaret’s research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, and other image-text media produced by women, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Alison Bechdel, Nan Goldin, Roberta Gregory, and Lee Marrs. She has received nine grants over five years to fund this work, most recently including grants from Duke University and Smith College. She has also recently received an award from NYCDH to develop a digital humanities project out of a portion of her archival research. For this project, she is creating digital networks and maps of Alison Bechdel’s participation in 1980s grassroots periodicals.

Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist. Her books include “Rude Girls and Dangerous Women” and “subGURLZ”, and she edited two “Juicy Mother” comics anthologies. Her work appears in numerous publications, comic books, and anthologies, and has been exhibited internationally. She is the founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference.

Phil Jimenez is a comic book artist and writer, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman, as a penciler of the miniseries Infinite Crisis, and for his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles.

*If you’re a student, bring your student ID to the event to enjoy a discounted entry which includes a $10 gift card. This discount will only apply to those who purchase a ticket at the door with proper student ID. All online ticket purchases are full price.

Admission Options:
Buy a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. If you’re a student, bring your ID to the event and purchase a discounted $10 gift card to attend.

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Terms and Conditions Launch Party

New Yorker cartoonist R. Sikoryak launches his latest graphic novel, Terms and Conditions, at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM. For this project, Sikoryak tackles an infamously dense legal document, the iTunes *Terms and Conditions*. In a word for word 94-page adaptation, Sikoryak hilariously turns the agreement on its head – each page features an avatar of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs juxtaposed with a different classic strip such as Mort Walker’s Beetle Bailey, or a contemporary graphic novel such as Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, or Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant.

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). His comics and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities, and he teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Since 1997, he’s presented his live cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kriota Willberg.

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – I’m Drawn This Way: Cartoonists on Cartooning

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Join the Strand on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a conversation about how these diverse cartoonists draw their lives and those of other women, taking risks in their art and storytelling to challenge mainstream representation of bodies, with wit, horror, and much more!

We’re holding this panel for the launch of CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ by Pénélope Bagieu (a nonfiction graphic biography of Mama Cass) and featuring the following amazing panelists: Natalie Andrewson (Adventure Time, The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper), Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine), Julia Gfrörer (Laid Waste), and Whit Taylor (Ghosts). The panel discussion will be moderated by Meg Lemke of the Brooklyn Book Festival, PEN America, and MUTHA Magazine.

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – William Daniels Signing

Actor William Daniels (Boy Meets World, Knight Rider, 1776) appears at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir There I Go Again.

Emmy Award-winner William Daniels’ long career in film and TV has been studded with roles that have touched millions, even though they might not know his name. George Feeny on Boy Meets World, K.I.T.T. in Knight Rider, Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, John Adams in 1776–his many roles on the screen as well as the stage have made him countless fans across several generations. With There I Go Again, Daniels guides readers through some of Hollywood’s most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends including Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Nichols, Jason Robards, Barbra Streisand, and many more. He’ll be at the Strand to sign his delightful memoir of a life well lived, and to meet his many fans!

Bill will autograph up to 2 items per person; he will pose for photos. This event will take place on the second floor.

Submit questions for Bill to answer tagging Strand Book Store with the hashtag #DearMrFeeny.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of There I Go Again to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The signing will take place on the second floor at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Big Mushy Happy Lump Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen appears at Strand Book Store on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign her latest collection Big Mushy Happy Lump!

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – WE: A Manifesto for Women

Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel appear at New York Society for Ethical Culture on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available from Strand Bookstore…

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Imagine a sisterhood—across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…

So begins WE: A Manifesto for Women—an inspiring, empowering, and provocative manifesto for change written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel. Change that we can all affect, one woman at a time. Change that provides a crucial and timely antidote to the “have-it-all” superwoman culture and instead focuses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change that provides an answer to the nagging sense of “is that it?” that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night.

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television, and theater actor and producer, writer, and activist. She currently lives in London with her children.

Jennifer Nadel is an award-winning broadcast journalist, qualified attorney, writer, and activist. American-born, she also lives in London with her three sons.

Admission Options:
Buy a $28 ticket which includes a signed copy of WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will take place at The New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 W 64th St. New York, NY 10023)

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2 W 64th Street, New York, New York 10023
(212) 874-5210

NYC – Anne Rice Signing

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Anne Rice, beloved author of thirty-five books including the classic Interview with the Vampire and Prince Lestat, celebrates the release of her latest work of fiction with a public signing. She’ll be at the Strand on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM to sign copies of Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis on the book’s release date!

Please Note: Anne will sign ONLY copies of Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis that have been purchased at Strand. Photos will not be permitted. The line for this signing will begin forming at 12:30 PM on the day of the event in front of the Strand on Broadway at 12th Street.

Customers may also bring (or buy) one additional Anne Rice book for her to sign.

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Best American Comics 2016 Signing

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The Best American Comics series launches its latest collection with this year’s guest editor: Roz Chast, beloved New Yorker cartoonist and award-winning author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, at Strand Book Store on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 PM. She’ll be joined by the series editor, comics sage and evangelist Bill Kartalopoulos, along with a panel of the artists behind her picks for the year’s best comics:

Liana Finck, author of “All the Paintings Here Agree”
Char Esme, author of “Blinky-Jinks Playhouse” and “Big Rudy’s Cowgirls Club” (with Lauren Poor)
Anne Emond, author of “The Swim” and “Today”

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Cosplayers Signing

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Colorful grease paint, gravity-defying wigs, and elaborate sewing marvels: welcome to the wonderful world of cosplay. Comic book writer/artist, and animator Dash Shaw loving explores this costume-crazed fandom in his latest book Cosplayers.

Dash will be joined in conversation with writer and curator Dan Nadel on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7 PM. Additionally, Dash will be screening animations along with a small preview of a film based on his book Doctors, which will be premiering at the New York Film Festival in October.

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Sarah’s Scribbles Signing

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Cartoonist Sarah Andersen appears at Strand Book Store on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

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Sarah Andersen’s “Sarah’s Scribbles” webcomics have been beloved for their frank, honest depiction of body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing. Her first book, Adulthood is a Myth, chronicles the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and it’s totally not autobiographical. At all.

Sarah will be at the Strand to talk with her many fans all about the weird and wonderful world of not growing up. Commiserate and get your copy of Adulthood is a Myth signed by the author!

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828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

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