NYC – Love That Bunch Signing

Pioneering feminist cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb presents Love That Bunch (Drawn and Quarterly) autobiographical comics that chronicle the raw, dirty, and unfiltered thoughts of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Kominsky-Crumb’s darkest secrets and deepest insecurities were all the more fodder for groundbreaking stories that crackle with the self-deprecating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell. Kominsky-Crumb appears in conversation with Naomi Fry, staff writer at The New Yorker, on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 PM.

MORE ABOUT LOVE THAT BUNCH:
Love That Bunch traces Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s life as a Beatles loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, an 80s housewife and mother, all the way up to a new 30-page story, “Dream House”, that looks back on her childhood. It is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicated feminism. These comics thrum with anxiety and questions about femininity, identity, and family.

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-3324

SF – Love That Bunch Signing

Legendary cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb discusses Love That Bunch with Hillary Chute at Green Apple Books on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

About Love That Bunch:
Aline Kominsky-Crumb redefined the Bay Area’s underground comix scene with unabashedly raw, dirty, unfiltered comics chronicling the thoughts and desires of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Kominsky-Crumb didn’t worry about self-flattery: her darkest secrets and deepest insecurities were the fodder for groundbreaking stories. Her exaggerated comix alter ego, Bunch, is self-destructive and grotesque but crackles with the self-deprecating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell.

Collecting comics from the 1970s through today, Love That Bunch is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicated feminism. Most important, she does so without apology.

One of the most famous and idiosyncratic cartoonists of our time, Kominsky-Crumb traces her steps as a Beatles-loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, and a 1980s housewife and mother. A new thirty-page story, “Dream House,” looks back on her childhood forty years later. Love That Bunch will be Kominsky-Crumb’s only solo-authored book in print. Originally published in 1990, this new expanded edition follows her to the present, including a foreword penned by the noted comics scholar Hillary Chute.

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Green Apple Books
1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 742-5833

QC – Love That Bunch Signing

Aline Kominsky-Crumb appears in conversation with Hillary Chute, author of Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere, at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM.

Pioneering feminist cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb presents Love That Bunch, autobiographical comics that chronicle the raw, dirty, and unfiltered thoughts of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Kominsky-Crumb’s darkest secrets and deepest insecurities were all the more fodder for groundbreaking stories that crackle with the self-deprecating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell.

MORE ABOUT LOVE THAT BUNCH:
Love That Bunch traces Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s life as a Beatles loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, an 80s housewife and mother, all the way up to a new 30-page story, “Dream House”, that looks back on her childhood. It is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicated feminism. These comics thrum with anxiety and questions about femininity, identity, and family. 

ABOUT ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB:
Aline Kominsky-Crumb was born on Long Island and is one of the most influential cartoonists of the underground era as the cartoonist behind Dirty Laundry Comics and Arcade; a contributor to Wimmen’s Commix; co-founder of Twisted Sisters; editor of the anthology Weirdo and author of the graphic memoir Need More Love. Since the 1990s, she has lived in the south of France with her husband Robert Crumb. In 2017, the David Zwirner Gallery in New York held a joint exhibition of their artwork: Aline Kominsky-Crumb & R. Crumb: Drawn Together.

ABOUT HILLARY CHUTE:
Hillary Chute is the author of, most recently, Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere (HarperCollins, 2017). Her other books include Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form; Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists; and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics. A Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University, she is also Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus and co-editor of Comics & Media: A Critical Inquiry Book. She has written for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and Poetry.

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2221

The Secret Loves of Geeks Global Signing Event

Press Release:

Dark Horse will release The Secret Loves of Geeks on Wednesday, February 14th, the follow up to last year’s hit anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, edited by Hope Nicholson. The upcoming anthology features comic and prose stories from writers, cartoonists, and professional geeks of all gender identities and sexual orientations about their most intimate, heartbreaking, humorous, and inspiring tales of love, sex, and dating.

Dark Horse is celebrating the release of this book by hosting a simultaneous signing by The Secret Loves of Geeks contributors around the world on Wednesday, February 21st. Writers and comic creators from Finland, Scotland, and across USA and Canada will be appearing in local comic shops to sign copies of the books and chat with fans in this unprecedented mega-event.

Toronto, Ontario – Page & Panel
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M4W 2G8
416-323-9212

Contributors: Diana McCallum, Saadia Muzaffar, JP Larocque

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Galaxy Comics
200-1109 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R2G 1L4
204-338-5216

Contributors: Hope Nicholson

Helsinki, Finland – Turun Sarjakuvakauppa
Porthaninkatu 9, 00530, Helsinki, Finland
358 44 2308251

Contributors: H-P Lehkonen

Glasgow, Scotland – Forbidden Planet Glasgow
168 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2LW, UK
44 141 331 1215

Contributors: Letty Wilson, Katie West

Austin, Texas – Austin Books & Comics
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

Contributors: Dr. Nerdlove

Denver, Colorado – Mutiny Info Cafe
2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-7579

Contributors: Dylan Edwards

Houston, Texas – 8th Dimension
15210 West Road, Houston, TX 77095
(281) 856-6506

Contributors: Jessi Jordan

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

Contributors: Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Cecil Castellucci, Ivan Salazar, MariNaomi, Dana Simpson, Kristian Bruun

Portland, Oregon – Books With Pictures
1100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206-4369

Contributors: Terry Blas, Kelly Fitzpatrick

San Francisco, California – Comic Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

Contributors: Maia Kobabe, Trina Robbins, Jen Aprahamian, Mariko Tamaki

Seattle, Washington – Phoenix Comics & Games
113 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 328-4554

Contributors: Levi Hastings, Jen Vaughn

CA – PLCAF Presents: Trina Robbins

Meet comics pioneer Trina Robbins on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM and hear her talk about her fascinating life!

From the underground comix movement to Wonder Woman, Trina Robbins has done it all! She’s made clothes for Mama Cass & David Crosby, and she’s written stories for Barbie & the Powerpuff Girls. Now this comics “herstorian” has written a memoir, and she will join us to share tales from her life, and also her perspectives on women in comics.

About Trina Robbins

  • Writer and artist
  • Pioneer in the 1970s Underground Comix movement
  • One of Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon”
  • Historian of women in cartooning
  • Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame member
  • First female to illustrate the Wonder Woman series

Kepler’s Books will make copies of Trina’s books available for sale and signing.

Presented as part of the San Mateo County Libraries’ Comic Arts Fest.

Tickets available at the link…

City of Menlo Park City Council
701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025

SF – Last Girl Standing Signing

Cartoonist and comics historian Trina Robbins appears at Green Apple Books on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM to discuss her new memoir, Last Girl Standing.

 About Last Girl Standing

Born on the cusp of WWII in 1938, at a time when other little girls dreamed of being nurses and secretaries, Trina Robbins’s ambition was to be a bohemian; and indeed she did. She chronicles a life of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and comics — in Last Girl Standing.

Robbins describes her upbringing in Queens, New York, reading comics through her childhood in the 1940s; visiting the EC offices and becoming part of SF fandom (dating Harlan Ellison at age 16); and posing nude for men’s magazines in the 1950s; living in the Village, over her own boutique where she made clothes for and interacted with rock royalty like David Crosby, Donovan, Cass Elliot; her close relationship with Paul Williams; entering the orbit of underground cartoonists like Art Spiegelman, R. Crumb, Vaughn Bodé, and Bill Griffith, when she started contributing comics to The East Village Other; and, in the ’70s, moving to San Francisco, contending with the phallocentric underground scene, co-founding Wimmen’s Comix, and being invited into Felch Comics (she declined); her work for the National Lampoon, Marvel Comics, and Eclipse in the 1980s; and her crisis as a cartoonist and transformation into an historian and lecturer in the ’90s and 2000s.

From science fiction to the Sunset Strip, from New York’s underground newspapers to San Francisco’s underground comix: Trina Robbins broke the rules and broke the law. From dressing Mama Cass to being pelted with jelly babies as she helped photograph the Rolling Stones’s first US tour, from drunken New York nights spent with Jim Morrison to producing the very first all-woman comic book, this former Lady of the Canyon takes no prisoners in this heavily illustrated memoir.

Green Apple Books
1231 9th Avenue, SF CA 94122
(415) 742-5833

CA – Last Girl Standing Signing

Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee Trina Robbins chronicles a life of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and comics — in Last Girl Standing. Join us on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30 PM at Pegasus Books Downtown for the official launch and book signing of this hotly anticipated illustrated memoir.

About Last Girl Standing:
Born on the cusp of WWII in 1938, at a time when other little girls dreamed of being nurses and secretaries, Trina Robbins’s ambition was to be a bohemian; and indeed she did. She chronicles a life of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and comics — in Last Girl Standing.

Robbins describes her upbringing in Queens, New York, reading comics through her childhood in the 1940s; visiting the EC offices and becoming part of SF fandom (dating Harlan Ellison at age 16); and posing nude for men’s magazines in the 1950s; living in the Village, over her own boutique where she made clothes for and interacted with rock royalty like David Crosby, Donovan, Cass Elliot; her close relationship with Paul Williams; entering the orbit of underground cartoonists like Art Spiegelman, R. Crumb, Vaughn Bodé, and Bill Griffith, when she started contributing comics to The East Village Other; and, in the ’70s, moving to San Francisco, contending with the phallocentric underground scene, co-founding Wimmen’s Comix, and being invited into Felch Comics (she declined); her work for the National Lampoon, Marvel Comics, and Eclipse in the 1980s; and her crisis as a cartoonist and transformation into an historian and lecturer in the ’90s and 2000s.

From science fiction to the Sunset Strip, from New York’s underground newspapers to San Francisco’s underground comix: Trina Robbins broke the rules and broke the law. From dressing Mama Cass to being pelted with jelly babies as she helped photograph the Rolling Stones’ first US tour, from drunken New York nights spent with Jim Morrison to producing the very first all-woman comic book, this former Lady of the Canyon takes no prisoners in this heavily illustrated memoir.

About the Author:
Trina Robbins produced the first all-women-created comic It Ain’t Me Babe, in 1970, and co-founded the Wimmen’s Comix collective. Robbins has been published by Marvel, DC, Kitchen Sink Press, and Image. Her non-fiction scholarly writing, such as the 2013 release Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1893–2013 (Fantagraphics Books) reintroduced the public to important, long-forgotten female artists. As a special guest at the 1977 San Diego Comic-Con, Robbins was given the Inkpot Award. She was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in a moldering, 100+-year-old house in San Francisco with her cats, shoes, and dust bunnies.

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Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 649-1320

SF – Cartoon Art Museum Celebrates Eisner & Kirby

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates Will Eisner Week and Jack Kirby: A Centennial Celebration on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00pm at Mission: Comics and Art. Join us as we discuss the life and artwork of the legendary comic creators Will Eisner (born March 6, 1917) and Jack Kirby (born August 28, 1917). Bay Area comic creators Mark Badger (Batman, Julius Caesar), Al Gordon (Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice League), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Mario Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Steve Leialoha (X-Men, Fables), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix) and Judd Winick (Hilo) will discuss Eisner’s career and the impact that his work had on their own artistic endeavors. A book signing will immediately follow the panel discussion.

About WILL EISNER WEEK:
WILL EISNER WEEK is an annual series of celebrations that takes place in multiple cities, timed around Will Eisner’s March 6th birthday. Started in 2009, Will Eisner Week is dedicated to promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner. This year Will Eisner Week is once again a truly international celebration including England, Scotland and Italy. More details about Will Eisner Week can be found at www.WillEisner.com

About WILL EISNER:

WILL EISNER was born William Erwin Eisner on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—he truly was the “Orson Welles of comics” and the “Champion of the Graphic Novel.” He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and countless others. One of the comic industry’s most prestigious awards, The Eisner Award, is named after him. Recognized as the “Oscars” of the American comic book business, the Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at Comic-Con International in San Diego, America’s largest comics convention.

About JACK KIRBY:

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of JACK KIRBY, one of Comics’ greatest creators and visionaries and a man whose work, perhaps even more than he was alive, continues to inspire and amaze a worldwide audience, who may not know his name, but who love and are excited by his creations.

Jack Kirby was born as Jacob Kurtzburg on August 28, 1917 in New York City’s Lower East Side, a first-generation son of immigrants, who came of age in the melting pot of tenement life. He began his professional cartooning career simultaneously with the birth of the use of original material in the newest of popular media; the comic book.

Over Kirby’s 50-plus year career, working at all the major and many of the minor comics publishers, he created many of the comic book icons that continue to compel in print and on the screen; Captain America, the Newsboy Legion, the Fantastic Four, the Mighty Thor, The X-Men , The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Silver Surfer, Nick Fury and the Agents of SHIELD, The New Gods, Kamandi, Mister Miracle, Captain Victory and legions more.

Jack Kirby, even after his death on February 6, 1994, continues to thrill, entertain and inspire readers, audiences and his fellow professionals and is, if possible, beloved more as an individual, than as the creative force singular in comics history.

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

SF – She Changed Comics Signing

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Join The Booksmith on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 PM for an evening with Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Lee Marrs (The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp), and Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), moderated by She Changed Comics editor and contributor Betsy Gomez!

CBLDF presents: She Changed Comics is the definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics. Within its pages are profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals as well as interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium. She Changed Comics also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics, and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States.

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The Booksmith
1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

Kent State’s Wonder Woman Symposium

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio, Top Stories

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Press Release:

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the comic book super heroine Wonder Woman in 2016, Kent State University and the Cleveland Public Library will partner to celebrate the intersections of public literacy, comics, and feminism in a jointly sponsored symposium. The 2016 Wonder Woman Symposium partners two powerful public institutions in Northeast Ohio, taking up the historical trends that have changed the world of comics, American popular culture, and feminism. Centering on the figure of Wonder Woman and her heirs, this symposium will feature plenary addresses by major creators in the industry and historians of the comics world, and workshops by comics creators on creating graphic narratives and comics. This forum seeks to highlight both regional and national talent. Our celebration of Wonder Woman’s anniversary pays respect to “herstory” while recognizing her perpetual relevance to our present day, and beyond.

This conference is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this conference do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

FULL SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

6:00-7:30pm

  • Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (via skype), Creative team of Harley Quinn, Starfire, and Harley Quinn and Power Girl
  • Phil Jimenez, Writer/Artist of Wonder Woman and Superwoman, and artist of Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man and The Invisibles

Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop, 17462 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

8:00-10:00pm- Artist and Author Book Signing with Phil Jimenez, Cameron Stewart and other comics creators

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

3:00-4:45pm

  • Joan Ormrod, Co-editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and co-editor of Superheroes and Identities
  • Cameron Stewart, Writer/Artist of Batgirl, Motor Crush and artist of Batman and Robin and Fight Club 2

5:00-6:00pm- Trina Robbins,  Author of The Great Women Superheroes, Wonder Woman, and editor of Babes in Arms and The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

6:00-6:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

9:00-9:30am- Coffee provided by Rising Star

9:30-10:45am- Genevieve Valentine, Author of Catwoman, Xena: Warrior Princess and the novels The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

11:00am-12:15pm- Carol Tilley, Author of “Seducing the Innocent: Fredric Wertham and the Falsifications That Helped Condemn Comics” and a Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards Judge

12:15-2:00pm- Lunch and Wonder Woman Record Breaking Event (at the Eastman Garden)

2:00-3:15pm- Laura Siegel, Daughter of Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman. A former correspondent for CNN, she has won over 100 awards including 13 Emmys and 8 New York Festival Awards

3:30-4:45pm- Peter Coogan, Director of the Institute for Comics Studies and author of Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre and co-editor of What is a Superhero?

5:00-5:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

6:00-6:45pm- Meet and Greet with Presenters

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