This Week in Fanta Events 4/1-4/4

Thursday, April 2nd

Los Angeles, CA – Money does indeed rule everything around me, so you need to get yourself to the Cash Machine art show that opens tomorrow night. The list of people exhibiting their art/zines/selves at this group show is top notch, and some highlights include artists like Brendan Donnelly and the Fantagraphics creator, Leah Hayes! Author of Funeral of the Heart and Holy Moly. Her new book Not Funny Ha-Ha will be out this June. Opening night runs from 7-10 PM. I hear Thursdays are the new Friday, making this opening reception (with after-party across the street) your perfect starter to the weekend. You don’t want to be the only one NOT showing up to work on Friday with a hangover. 

Friday, April 3rd

Los Angeles, CA – Our lovely friends at The Secret Headquarters are hosting a one-of-a-kind original art exhibition and reception to highlight the beautiful work of the talented Robert Goodin. Known previously for his animation work and various Mome contributions, Goodin is releasing his first graphic novel release with the desinnee all-ages book, The Kurdles. This night only! he’ll be selling original painted pages from the book. The exhibit will run until April 30th, but you’ll want to prep your peepers for it’s release in several weeks time. Reception begins at 7 PM! (More Details

Saturday, April 4th

Fairfax, CA – The inspiring and influential cartoonist MK Brown is gracing the Fairfax library with her presence and her work with an opening reception from 2-4 PM. Come celebrate her career while peering into work that has left impressions on notable creators like Mike Judge (Beevis and Butthead). Stranger than Life is the first ever collection of MK Brown’s cartoons and comics that have appeared in The National Lampoon, The New Yorker, and Playboy. A percentage of all book sales during the reception will directly contribute to Friends of the Fairfax Library, benefiting fellow readers and your funny bone. (More Details)

Intruders Join Josh Simmons at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Join us this Saturday, April 25 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Josh Simmons’ new graphic novel, Black River, and the release of Intruder #15. Festivities include a display of Simmons’ original drawings, a black light room, short film screening, a book signing, and complimentary refreshments.

 

Josh will be joined by his colleagues from the Intruder comix collective presenting their latest issue. The free Intruder tabloid publishes the work of Seattle’s most accomplished contemporary cartoonists. Simmons contributes a story in the latest issue illustrated by Joe Garber.

 

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you on Saturday.

This Week in Fanta Events 2/18-2/21

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Wednesday, February 18th

Denver, CO – TONIGHT! Hang out at Kilgore Books with the hometown hero, Noah Van Sciver as he signs copies of his newest graphic novel, Saint Cole! A story that follows the every-day woes of feeling trapped; by your job, money, responsibilities, and loved ones. Experiences that almost everyone has felt as some point in their lives. How does our main character live with it? You’ll have to pick up a copy to find out! This is the newest Fantagraphics release since Van Sciver’s freshman novel, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a biographical look at one of America’s most interesting historical figures,  young Abraham Lincoln. Come to Kilgore from 6-8 PM to celebrate the work, the man, and comics! (More Details)

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 Chicago, IL – Also tonight! The second of Lucy Knisley’s Fantagraphics release, Displacement, will bring her to Challenger’s Comics in her current home of Chicago for a release party and all aroud good time! You may have first heard of Lucy through her NYT’s Bestseller, Relish; but she has since put out the travelogue, An Age of License, and now Displacement. A heart warming, and often heart breaking story of Lucy as she accompanies her aging and ailing grandparents on a cruise, intersected with journal entries from her grandfather during his military service. A Q&A about the book, with a signing to follow, begins at 7 PM. Don’t let subzero temperature bring you down Chicago, come out and party! (More Details)

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Saturday, February 21st

Los Angeles, CA – Beginning today is the VIP opening to a new and extensive exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery called Slang Aesthetics! featuring over 20 new paintings by the premiere surrealist and underground artist, Robert Williams. Carefully curated by Andrew Hosner and Gary Pressman, this exceptional art showing is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz Magainze, founded by Williams himself. This portion of the exhibit will feature work by numerous contributors to Juxtapoz over the years. The exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 22nd, and will continue until April 19th, with additional programming throughout the exhibit’s run, check out LA MAG for programming details, and the invitation only opening night. If you’re local, or just passing through LA, do yourself a favor and see.this.show! (More Details)

 

Mark Fertig Film Noir Talk

FIlm noir Between Midnight and Dawn: Midcentury Noir and Crime Film Posters from the Collections of Mark Fertig and Eddie Muller  
You are cordially invited to a gallery talk with curator Mark Fertig, Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Exhibition of posters continues through March 2 – April 11, 2015 at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Permanent Collection at St. Lawrence UniversityFilm Noir 101 editor and curator Mart Fertig writes: Film noir flourished in Hollywood throughout the 1940s and 1950s, owing to a perfect storm of cultural, political, and industry-specific forces, including the disillusionment and pessimism lingering from the Great Depression; the popularity of hardboiled writers such as Hammett, Chandler, and Cain; the disconcerting wartime experience of the American fighting man and his difficulty readjusting to domestic life; a new generation of independent, professional, and dissatisfied women; the public’s fascination with Freudian analysis; Cold War fears of the atomic bomb and perceived threats of domestic communism; the suspect veracity of the American Dream; and urbanization brought on by war production, followed by the rise of suburbia and runaway materialism.

Within the movie industry, additional circumstances fostered the development of film noir, including the deterioration of the studio system and an increased need for low-cost or “B” pictures; advances in film processing and portable camera equipment; a war-weakened production code; the demands of more sophisticated ticket-buyers; and most importantly, the arrival in Hollywood from ravaged Europe of a cohort of extraordinarily gifted but cynical filmmakers. The posters offer insight not only into Hollywood movie marketing techniques, but also into the gun-waving, cigarette-smoking, fedora-wearing, loot-grabbing, back-stabbing, car-crashing, legs-showing, bare-knuckled glorious iconography of the film noir style.

Exhibition curator Mark Fertig is associate professor of graphic design and chair of the art department at Susquehanna University. Eddie Muller is a novelist, filmmaker, historian, and Turner Classic Movies host. 

Los Angeles: Mark Todd at Gabba Gallery

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Saturday, February 28th

Los Angeles, CA – The Gabba Galley of Los Angeles is happily hosting “Curate This”, a show with over 20 of L.A.’s most unique talents. Among them is Mark Todd, who is showing several new original paintings along side people like Steven Wolkoff, and Peggy Zask. Known for his work in Blab!, Mark Todd is also the inspiring co-creator of the hilariously informative, Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? with the beloved Esther Pearl Watson, cartoonist of Unlovable. They’ve since colaborated on other comics where individually drawn characters battle each other on the same page. 

Todd’s crude cartooning style is a brought to life with humor in every inch of his work. Similarly his paintings have movement and life that is underscored by his ability to tell a story through expressions and brilliantly conceived imagery. 

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This currated show runs from Feb. 28th – March 14th, with a special opening reception kicking off the event this Saturday night (the 28th) from 7 – 11 pm. People to see, art to admire, and the perfect way to kick off your Saturday night!

 

LOS ANGELES: The Kurdles Art Show and Release Party

The KurdlesLOS ANGELES – This April, the one and only Secret Headquarters is hosting an art show and release party featuring watercolor pages from Robert Goodin‘s most excellent new comic, The Kurdles. The opening reception for the exhibition is on Friday, April 3rd at 7pm. The show will remain up from April 3rd-April 30th. 
When Sally the bear gets tossed by her own owner, she finds herself helping a rag-tag group of characters when their house threatens to grow legs and leave! Reminiscent of The Brave Little Toaster or Herge’s Tintin, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange and is presented in a beautiful, bande dessinnée-size-and-style hardcover. Kurdles   At LA’s hot comic shop, Secret Headquarters, Goodin will be selling original artwork the opening night of the show – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! It’s too beautiful to believe:
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Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin’s stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children.
KurdlesSecret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Reception: Friday, April 3rd
Show up April 3rd-April 30th