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Our very own Line it is Drawn artist, John Trumbull, is traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to partake in an art show devoted to the TV series, Community!
John will be exhibiting his piece from the M.O.D.O.K. Madness edition of The Line it is Drawn, where he drew the cast of Community as M.O.D.O.K.s (you can check it out here if you don’t recall what it looks like).
Have fun, John!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, be sure to check it out. It will be at Monk Space, which is located at 4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004. I’m sure John will have a report for us when he returns!
Here‘s the website for the art show with more information.
If you’re in Westchester tonight, I’ll be signing copies of Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? in New Rochelle, NY at Squiggy’s Dugout from 5pm to 7pm (probably later than that, even, but 5-7 are the official hours).
The store is located at 237A East Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801. The phone number is 914-636-7585.
By the way, in case you missed them, I did two guest posts at two other sites to promote the book.
This Sunday, the New Rochelle Public Library is having their annual “CelebriTea” fundrasier, where authors discuss their work while attendees listen, interact and well, have tea (and fancy pastries). All to support the New Rochelle Public Library!
This year’s crop of authors include David Hajdu, essayist, columnist, critic and author of the classic Ten Cent Plague (about the creation of the Comics Code Authority), Deborah Baker, author of Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1994!), among other biographies and essays and, well, yours truly (cue the singing of “One of these things is not like the others”).
The panel will be moderated by longtime New York Times columnist Kate Stone Lombardi.
How perfect is it for me to be involved in a project with an author who has not only written a book about comics but also a biography of Bob Dylan?!
Tickets are on sale here.
Join fans this weekend in Oregon, Texas and New Jersey as the annual Wonder Woman fan day event takes place to raise money to help those suffering from domestic violence!
Click here for more information, including seeing all the great items up for bid!
I’ve written a number of times in the past about how great of an artist that the late Edvin Biukovic was.
Well, at New York Comic Con this weekend, Splash Page will be selling thirty original pages of Biukovic artwork from his work on Grendel Tales!
It will be at Splash Page’s booth #1775. At the same booth will be artists Lee Bermejo, Leandro Fernandez, Goran Sudzuka & Brad Walker. They’ll be signing and Fernandez, Sudzkuka and Walker will be taking sketch requests. That is an impressive collection of great artists and some of my personal faves (I’m thrilled to see Sudzkuka getting more of a mainstream presence with his recent Wolverine work).
Check out the Splash Page site here to see what the artists are charging for their various sketching options.
If you live in the area of Vancouver, my buddy Bret Taylor is having an art show tonight. I’ve featured Bret’s stuff on the blog before here.
Check it out…
Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente are doing a “master class” about self-publishing comic books this Saturday, September 17th.
Besides being a helpful lesson on the ins and outs of self-publishing your own comic book, it is also a fund-raiser for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. It is the best of both worlds!
Click here for more information.
J.M. DeMatteis passed the following along to me and I figured that there would be a number of you interested, so here is the actual flyer for the upcoming three-day comic book writing workshop DeMatteis is giving in November….
For more information, check out JMD’s website here.
Crystal Skillman’s adaptation of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Action Philosophers opens tonight at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, New York! It is directed by John Hurley.
I will be there and you all should be, too. Well, at least those of you that live in/nearby New York City.
Here are directions to the theater (and you can read more about the theater at that link, too).
Here is where you can buy tickets (just $15 a pop!).
Hot on the heels of the news that the amazing Skyscrapers of the Midwest was adapted into a stage play (read about it here), Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s excellent Action Philosophers series is ALSO being adapted into a stage play by playwright Crystal Skillman with manic direction by director John Hurley!
The adaptation will be part of the Comic Book Theater Festival (taking place mostly throughout the month of June, but also a little bit into July).
The Action Philosophers performances will be:
Sun 6/12, 6pm
Tue 6/21, 8:45pm
Thu 6/23, 7pm
Fri 7/1, 7pm
Tickets will be $15. Check out the Comic Book Theater Festival website to buy tickets now!
So, some sort of introduction might be in order here. Hi, I’m Joe. Way back in the blogspot days, I co-founded this blog with Mr. Cronin, Mr. Cox, and some other internet pals. It was an attempt to raise the level of discourse about comics online from your usual message board “Yes it is/no it isn’t” nonsense. After a few years, I realized I was running out of things to say about comics, so I semi-retired, a reservist like the Phantom Stranger for the JLA: commenting from time to time, and very occasionally even posting.
These days I write for Here Comes a Regular, another group blog I founded with good intentions. Several of my real life friends and I wanted to talk about the drinking life as we’ve found it, sans excuses, judgments, or stereotypes. It fell apart after a while, but has been reborn as of late. For Christmas I was given a booklet of thirty coupons, each for a free beer at a different bar in Brooklyn. I’ve decided to visit at least one a week and write about the experience; not just the bar in some Yelp-review like slant, but the environment both literal and metaphorically. In other words, I’m trying to get to the bottom of what these bars mean in my own personal mythology, this complicated, tangled narrative full of double, triple, and opposing meanings.
Anyway, I guess Brian kind of liked it because he brought up the idea of having a blog crossover in the form of a MoCCA party, and I could write one of my entries, which I’ve dorkily named “Mono-lagering” (GET IT?!?!?) about the experience, then post it here at CSBG. So, anyway, without further ado, here it is. Hope you enjoy it, and feel free to check out HCAR for more of this, and a back catalog filled with other stuff.
For this party, I actually chose a Manhattan bar. I knew some attendees might be travelers, and it’s often difficult to make them realize how much better Brooklyn can be. Besides, I like the joint. King’s Head Tavern is one of those bars you find completely by random (this one because its proximity to the L train and my at-the-time-particularly-full bladder). Twenty beers on tap, a good variety, and a very good bourbon selection. There’s a back room with lots of space, shelves full of red books, some semi-pre-Raphaelite paintings, and a big-ass throne. So the place had space, was accessible, and I knew there was tasty imbibery to be had.
As I announced on Friday, this Saturday, in celebration of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), we’re co-hosting a party in New York City with my pal Joe Rice and his blog, Here Comes a Regular.
Here is the flyer…
Be sure to stop by!
Joe Rice, who co-founded this here blog with me, does a blog called Here Comes a Regular, which is about the fine art of drinking. Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is having its annual comic festival next weekend (you can read about it here), so Joseph and I have decided to throw a get together for all you comic-lovin’ folks out there!
Here is the flyer (wonderfully “designed” by Mr. Rice) (click on the flyer to enlarge it)…
So if you’re going to MoCCA, make a point to at least stop by and see us that night!
This Sunday, October 24th, is the fifth annual Wonder Woman Day in Portland, Oregon and Flemington, New Jersey! I could tell you about it, but I think this here poster pretty much sums it up beautifully (click on it to enlarge)…
I WILL point out that one of the pieces of Wonder Woman art being auctioned off is by our very own Caanan Grall…
Good stuff, Caanan! And for a worthy cause! So go to the Wonder Woman Museum website here to learn more about how YOU can bid on great Wonder Woman artwork (like the Caanan piece above)!
A quick “attaboy!” to Andy Mangels for producing another great event!
The great Ryan Claytor (of And Then One Day… fame) it doing a big summer promotion tour to promote the release of the latest issue of And Then One Day (#8).
See if Ryan is coming to YOUR town! If he is – make sure to come to his signing!
Read on for the full list of dates!
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