This Friday Ariel and I will be at CCS to celebrate an exhibition of her artwork, which will include many pieces from her Deep Girl days. The exhibition is part of White River Junction’s First Friday gallery walk, and it’s free and open to the public. Ariel and I will be talking from 6-7pm. The Complete Deep Girl will be available for sale, and Ariel will be on hand to sign books.
Another KGB Comix Night has come and gone. It was a real success, I’d say. As usual, the house was full and folks sat on the floor. The crowd was friendly and forgiving of the fact that our projector is old and our screen is a white shower curtain. The show is a little punk rock, but hey it’s also free.
There was a lot of range in the readings this year. Julia Wertz started with her latest auto bio comics. Her humorous asides really added to the reading. Next it was Alabaster, who shared a sweet and sad tale. And man, the art was so beautiful I wanted one of the panels tattooed on my flesh (well, maybe not because I’m chickenshit about tattoos and generally not a fan of them). Nathan Bulmer followed with some strips that really had the house laughing. Gabrielle Bell’s strips were hilarious too, with that own distinctive voice which we love so well. Jeffrey Lewis ended the night by talking about the complex comic/album art he created for his cd A Turn in the Dream Songs (LOVE this album). A lot more thought and puns when into the art than I ever realized.
We raffled off some prizes and collected two boxes of book donations for CCS and SAW.
I had a good time, and I’m grateful that the comics community let its shyest, most anxious public speaker host this thing again. I’ll be doing it again on Easter Sunday.
It’s that time again! Please join us for a FREE night of comics, friendship, and raffle prizes!
Annual Post Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novelist Night
Sunday, November 25 7pm
85 East 4th Street
New York, New York
See the Facebook invite!
Join us for the annual Post Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novelist Night! With special guest readers Gabrielle Bell, Alabaster, Julia Wertz, Nathan Bulmer, and Jeffrey Lewis.
Hosted and curated by Robyn Chapman
Our annual comics reading event is more than just a night of entertainment–it’s a book drive with awesome raffle prizes!
Donate a graphic novel or $5 at the door to be entered in our raffle! Book drive donations will benefit The Center for Cartoon Studies and The Sequential Artists Workshop (and I’ll give a little cash to the readers too).
Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. In 1998 She began to collect her “Book of” miniseries (Book of Sleep, Book of Insomnia, Book of Black, etc), which resulted in When I’m Old and Other Stories, published by Alternative Comics. In 2001 she moved to New York and released her autobiographical series Lucky, published by Drawn and Quarterly. The title story of Bell’s book, Cecil and Jordan in New York has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Her latest book, The Voyeurs, is available from Uncivilized Books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Alabaster is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, New York. The character Talamaroo has appeared is several of her comics, which are each self-published and hand crafted by the author.
Julia Wertz was born in the San Francisco bay area in 1982. She is the author/illustrator of the unfortunately titled autobiographical graphic novels The Fart Party vol 1 and vol 2, Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait and Other Stories. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and makes comics at Pizza Island (RIP). Her work appears in absolutely no other publications and she’s an irregular contributor to twitter.
Nathan Bulmer is an illustator whose work has graced the pages of Time Out New York, Seattle Magazine, The Kansas City Star, and The Pitch Weekly. He’s even shown work in galleries like Dieu Donne in New York and Grand Arts, The Bank, The Bakery, and various other galleries in Kansas City, Missouri.
Born and raised Lower East Sider Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a comic book writer/artist and a musician (or is that a triple-life?). His critical writings on the comic book Watchmen have lead to Jeffrey lecturing all over the world. Jeffrey’s most recent self-published comic book Fuff is an anthology series combining biographical pieces, fiction, and travelogues, and is currently up to issue eight.