If you want to work on your art, work on your life.

Anton Chekhov (via itsquoted)

That being said, a few hours at a figure drawing class never go amiss.

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fuckyeahursulavernon:

People ask occasionally what I look like. I’m not sure why, unless they’re hoping that I am either a supermodel or really do resemble Chu the Chupacabra from my quasi-autobiographical comic “Irrational Fears.”* They’d be disappointed on both fronts, I suspect. Actually…sorta like this, only with a bit more realism. (That’s an equally loose version of my cat, Ben. Ben is a very nice cat, but only when he chooses to be.) - Ursula Vernon
*I’m not green, but I do own a beret. [link]

And if you’re still curious, come see Ursula IRL at the Brooklyn Book Festival on 9/21/14 on the Youth Stoop! DRAW-OFF SHOW-DOWN with Jerry Craft & Ben Hatke!

fuckyeahursulavernon:

People ask occasionally what I look like. I’m not sure why, unless they’re hoping that I am either a supermodel or really do resemble Chu the Chupacabra from my quasi-autobiographical comic “Irrational Fears.”* They’d be disappointed on both fronts, I suspect. 

Actually…sorta like this, only with a bit more realism. (That’s an equally loose version of my cat, Ben. Ben is a very nice cat, but only when he chooses to be.) - Ursula Vernon



*I’m not green, but I do own a beret. [link]

And if you’re still curious, come see Ursula IRL at the Brooklyn Book Festival on 9/21/14 on the Youth Stoop! DRAW-OFF SHOW-DOWN with Jerry Craft & Ben Hatke!

(via fuckyeahursulavernon)

littledallilasbookshelf:

Essaouira - Book shop by Roland Wich on Flickr.
mikedawwwson:

Everything is political.

(PS COME SEE MIKE DAWSON AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL, 9/21/2014)

mikedawwwson:

Everything is political.

(PS COME SEE MIKE DAWSON AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL, 9/21/2014)

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fuckyoulizprince:

richbarrett:

This week’s most interesting comics on Mental Floss:
Liz Prince’s wonderful new memoir Tomboy
The official Bob’s Burgers comic
2000 AD’s Rogue Trooper spinoff: Jaegir
Justin Bieber gets his kneecaps blown off in Pop
Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2
A Kickstarter for a comic about a team of expendables in which that loses a member each issue
Read about them all here

#1 most interesting comic of the week according to Mental Floss.
WE’RE # 1! WE’RE #1!

fuckyoulizprince:

richbarrett:

This week’s most interesting comics on Mental Floss:

  1. Liz Prince’s wonderful new memoir Tomboy
  2. The official Bob’s Burgers comic
  3. 2000 AD’s Rogue Trooper spinoff: Jaegir
  4. Justin Bieber gets his kneecaps blown off in Pop
  5. Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2
  6. A Kickstarter for a comic about a team of expendables in which that loses a member each issue

Read about them all here

#1 most interesting comic of the week according to Mental Floss.

WE’RE # 1! WE’RE #1!

harperperennial:

thisisasentence:

i am the lame pun king long live the king

"I’d like to start acquiring more graphic novels." “Why?” “I saw this great pun once.”

harperperennial:

thisisasentence:

i am the lame pun king long live the king

"I’d like to start acquiring more graphic novels."
“Why?”
“I saw this great pun once.”

I have finally written a story where the heroine, in a moment of desperate peril, on a runaway horse, can legitimately find herself thinking “It’s a math problem. If a horse traveling at twenty-six miles an hour going west is intercepted by a horse traveling at twenty-nine miles an hour going northwest, will the point where their paths cross be before or after the first horse breaks its rider’s neck?”

I can die happy now. I have achieved my ultimate victory over story problems. My life is complete.

Ursula Vernon (via fuckyeahursulavernon)

Ursula Vernon is appearing at the Brooklyn Book Festival on the YA Youth Stoop on 9/21/2014 - come see her battle in a draw-off with Jerry Craft and Ben Hatke! More at www.brooklynbookfestival.org

rachelfershleiser:

books:

Save the date! Spread the word! And kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival and Bookends week with Tumblr, recommendedreading, penamerican, and buzzfeedbooks!
We’ll have Karl Ove Knausgård “My Struggle” Mad Libs with kickstarter at 8, dancing with DJ sammybananas at 9, and free drinks as long as they last.
Hope to see you there!

Pretty excited about this!

rachelfershleiser:

books:

Save the date! Spread the word! And kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival and Bookends week with Tumblr, recommendedreading, penamerican, and buzzfeedbooks!

We’ll have Karl Ove Knausgård “My Struggle” Mad Libs with kickstarter at 8, dancing with DJ sammybananas at 9, and free drinks as long as they last.

Hope to see you there!

Pretty excited about this!

I had the impression in art school that cartooning was thought of as a lesser art than painting because cartoons are reproduced, so the “work” is not the single thing like a painting, but instead is the reproduced image. That being said, I love seeing original cartoons. You get to see the artist’s corrections, like erasures or Wite-Out or patches, and you get to see the artist’s line in better detail, and what kind of ink they use—whether they like a cold black or a warm black, and what kind of paper they like, how big or small they like to draw—art nerd stuff like that. But the fact that cartoons are reproduced doesn’t mean anything to me as far as whether they are “real art” or not. Charles Addams! Alison Bechdel! Winsor McCay! Art Spiegelman! Daniel Clowes! George Booth! Waves hands around!

The Big Idea #9: Roz Chast (via therumpus)

COME SEE ROZ CHAST AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL! 9/21/2014 IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT MANKOFF. www.brooklynbookfestival.org

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girlmountain:

still selling original LIFE ZONE pages. i will NEVER stop my trashy e-begging. check out the sale HERE. support my US tour with patrick kyle and michael deforge. you will be DIRECTLY supplying us with karaoke and alcohol.

Help Simon live it up in NYC when he comes for the Brooklyn Book Festival 9/21/2014 among other stops on US tour!

girlmountain:

still selling original LIFE ZONE pages. i will NEVER stop my trashy e-begging. check out the sale HERE. support my US tour with patrick kyle and michael deforge. you will be DIRECTLY supplying us with karaoke and alcohol.

Help Simon live it up in NYC when he comes for the Brooklyn Book Festival 9/21/2014 among other stops on US tour!

fantagraphics:

The Boys of Summer are about to be in your town fun in the fall! Simon Hanselmann is coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia to titelate and delight Americans with his debut comic graphic novel, Megahex. Joining him are Koyama Press cartoonists, Michael DeForge with Lose and Patrick Kyle with Distance Mover! A few other special guests will join them along the way so find your city and plunk your butt down in front of the store for a good time. There will also be a silkscreened version of the above collaboration available soon from the amazing Telegraph Gallery.

September 12th - Baltimore, MD - Atomic Books 
(with Charles Burns, Ed Piskor, Noel Freibert and more!)

September 13-14th - Bethesda, MD SPX  

September 15th - Charlottesville, VA - Telegraph Gallery  
(with Noel Freibert) 

September 16th - Philadelphia, PA - Locust Moon Comics  
(with Farel Dalrymple, Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)

September 20th - Brooklyn, NY - Bergen Street Comics  
(with Eleanor Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Matthew Thurber, Mark Connery, Alex Degen and Noel Freibert)

September 21st - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Book Festival

September 23rd - Manhattan, NY - The New School

September 24th - Pittsburgh, PA - Copacetic Comics  
(with Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)

September 27th - Columbus, OH - Kafe Kerouac

September 30th - Chicago, IL - Quimby’s

October 2nd - Minneapolis, MN - Boneshaker Books

October 4th - Las Vegas, NV - TBA

October 5th - Los Angeles, CA - Secret Headquarters

October 7th - San Francisco, CA - Mission Comics

October 9th - Portland, OR - Floating World

October 10th - Portland, OR - Gridlords

October 11th - Seattle, WA - Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery 
(with Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte) 

October 12th - Vancouver, BC - Pulp Fiction 
(sans Simon Hanselmann)

SERIOUSLY NYC YOU MUST COME TO SEE SIMON HANSELMANN ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL ON 9/21/14! AND PATRICK KYLE AND HIM BOTH AT BERGEN STREET BOOKEND EVENT 9/20/14!

(via girlmountain)

fuckyoulizprince:

Flavorwire posts exclusive Tomboy pages: 
Liz Prince has been a cult and beloved figure in the world of comics for awhile, and in her autobiographical book Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir, she discusses the subject of growing up, in her inimitable, honest and simple style. Prince was never a girly-girl, and watching her navigate between the two poles of who she was and the (pink) box people wanted her to fit into makes for a fascinating look at what “identity” means in the process of growing up. The book’s out on September 2nd, but we have an exclusive look at some pages now. 

Click here to read all 4 pages!

COME SEE LIZ PRINCE AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL ON 9/21/2014! More info at www.brooklynbookfestival.org

fuckyoulizprince:

Flavorwire posts exclusive Tomboy pages: 

Liz Prince has been a cult and beloved figure in the world of comics for awhile, and in her autobiographical book Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir, she discusses the subject of growing up, in her inimitable, honest and simple style. Prince was never a girly-girl, and watching her navigate between the two poles of who she was and the (pink) box people wanted her to fit into makes for a fascinating look at what “identity” means in the process of growing up. The book’s out on September 2nd, but we have an exclusive look at some pages now. 

Click here to read all 4 pages!

COME SEE LIZ PRINCE AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL ON 9/21/2014! More info at www.brooklynbookfestival.org

NYT Graphic Bestsellers at Brooklyn Book Festival!

Roz Chast and Eleanor Davis—both on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers List and both speaking at the Brooklyn Book Festival on 9/21/2014!

ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE AUDITORIUM (180 Remsen St.)

11:00 A.MThe Hilarity of Death and Deadlines: New Yorker luminaries Roz Chast, whose heart-wrenching memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? has garnered critical success, talks with Robert Mankoff (How About Never?) who shares his life as an editor and artist. How do comics take on taboo subjects to leave you laughing and crying (often at the same time)? Moderated by Hillary Chute (Out of the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists). Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. Virtuosos: Comics Creators that Defy Classification. Award-winning artists Charles Burns (Sugar Skull), Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) and Paul Pope (Battling Boy) are some of the most exciting creators on the scene today, helping to define indie, literary comics while also defying genre classification. Join them as they talk about how they orchestrate their art. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Guernica Magazine. Featuring screen projection.

ANNOUNCING BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL COMICS PANELS AND BOOKEND EVENTS!

FESTIVAL EVENTS ON 9/21/2014 

Locations surrounding Borough Hall Plaza, see more at www.brooklynbookfestival.org

BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (128 Pierrepont St.)

10:00 A.M. Single Facing City: Coming of Age Comics. New graphic narratives by popular comics creators Mike Dawson (Angie Bongiolatti), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), and MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath) follow the lives of very different young women, all striving for their place, identity, and their own way to change the world—some fictional, some confessional, all unforgettable. Moderated by Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review. Featuring screen projection.

12:00 P.M. What Does the Future Have Against Us? Dystopian Adventure Comics: Alternative reality stories from genre-bending, cult comics superstars Brandon Graham (Multiple Warheads), Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies) and Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl). Discover the amazing worlds of these ongoing series and epic graphic novels. Moderated by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Comics World.  Featuring screen projection.

1:00 P.M. Sex, Drugs, Dysfunctional Families—Plus Witches! Hilarious stories from the alt-comics universe, from leading-edge indie artists you love to read online (or to find as beloved mini comics passed creator-to-fan): Julia Wertz (Museum of Mistakes), Simon Hanselmann (MegaHex), coming from Australia, and Jennifer Cruté (Jennifer’s Journal). Moderated by Jonathan W. Gray. Featuring screen projection.

2:00 P.M. Losing and Finding Yourself: Comics of Heartbreak and Healing. Three award-winning artists offer their stories of traveling the world, through illness, anxiety, love, family, loss, and survival. Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), John Porcellino (Hospital Suite), and Anya Ulinich (Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel). Moderated byBill Kartalopoulos, ed., Best American Comics.Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. Great Debates: Comic Books on Historical Controversy. Who shot JFK? Who was the 5th Beatle? How can a wife forgive her husband, her husband forgive God? From global politics to pop music to personal immigrant stories of the early Lower East Side, these new graphic nonfiction books offer fascinating, carefully researched, beautifully drawn histories of never-settled debates. With Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle), Dan Mishkin (The Warren Commission Report), from the bestselling team that created the 9/11 report graphic novel and Liana Finck (A Bintel Brief). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, Publishers Weekly, The Beat.Featuring screen projection.

ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE AUDITORIUM (180 Remsen St.)

11:00 A.M. The Hilarity of Death and Deadlines: New Yorker luminaries Roz Chast, whose heart-wrenching memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? has garnered critical success, talks with Robert Mankoff (How About Never?) who shares his life as an editor and artist. How do comics take on taboo subjects to leave you laughing and crying (often at the same time)? Moderated by Hillary Chute (Out of the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists). Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. Virtuosos: Comics Creators that Defy Classification. Award-winning artists Charles Burns (Sugar Skull), Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) and Paul Pope (Battling Boy) are some of the most exciting creators on the scene today, helping to define indie, literary comics while also defying genre classification. Join them as they talk about how they orchestrate their art. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Guernica Magazine. Featuring screen projection.

4:00 P.M. Jonathan Lethem and Jules Feiffer in Conversation. Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother), one of the most influential editorial cartoonists of our time, and novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem (Dissident Gardens) discuss the power of satire, dissent in their work, and the influence of cultural and political collisions. Moderated by Ken Chen, Asian American Writers Workshop.

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS

YOUTH STOOP, OUTDOORS ON BOROUGH HALL PLAZA

10:00 A.M. Comics Quick Draw: Critically acclaimed syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft (The Zero Degree Zombie Zone), Eisner Award winner Ursula Vernon (Dragonbreath), and Ben Hatke, author of the American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Zita the Spacegirl square off against each other in a lively drawing contest inspired by suggestions from the audience. Moderated by PW Comics Editor, Calvin Reid.

4:00 P.M. I’ll Make My Own Identity: Liz Prince, author of graphic novel memoir, Tomboy and Susan Kuklin, acclaimed photographer and author of Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out discuss what happens when teens break both boundaries and stereotypes, sharing true stories of perseverance and accepting oneself.  

BOOKEND EVENTS

9/17-9/22

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

World War 3 Illustrated: Cartoonists presentations and performances. WW3 has been on the cutting edge of comics and graphic novels since 1979 and has illustrated our collective history for 35 years in the pages of the magazine. Through journalism, autobiography and fiction the cartoonists of WW3 have been chronicling the events that have shaped the world. WW3 editors and artists will give a visual history and perform works from the magazine live! Including Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Paula Hewitt Amram, James Romberger and Nicole Schulman.

Location: Brooklyn Public Library Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza)

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Website: www.worldwar3illustrated.org

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Fantagraphic’s Family Tour. Bergen Street Comics is once again the place to be for the best of alternative and indie comics. This stalwart bastion is hosting a party with signings by cartoonists Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Jesse Reklaw (Couch Tag), and special guests Michael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover), courtesy of Koyama Press. Party the night away with the best in comics!

Location: Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St.

Time: 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Website: www.bergenstreetcomics.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

ROOT HOG OR DIE, Documentary Film Screening. The film Root Hog or Die follows the life of John Porcellino, who has self-published King-Cat Comics and Stories for 25 years. Equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü, his work showcases the moments-between-moments that make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. Q&A with the artist follows the screening, with a book signing for his new graphic novel, The Hospital Suite.

Location: Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St.

Time: 8:00 PM

Price: $5

Website: www.spectacletheater.com

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off! Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the city’s greatest graphic novelists at CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off! Join us to wind down another successful Brooklyn Book Festival, and to celebrate the opening of Banned Books Week, which this year celebrates comics and graphic novels!  Mingle with comics creators and learn what you can do in your community to protect the freedom to read! This event is free to CBLDF Members and Brooklyn Book Fest partners.

Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    
Price: Suggested donation $5 - $10

John Porcellino is coming to the Brooklyn Book Festival on 9/21/2014! 
About THE HOSPITAL SUITE
"[In The Hospital Suite, Porcellino’s] simple, black lines and bare-bones drawings have a powerful economy that present the story cleanly, without flourish, detailing a frightening and inescapable spiral into dysfunction without hyperbole. The result is a clear-eyed, penetrating book about the helplessness of illness which should bring Porcellino a wider audience beyond his cult following.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

John Porcellino is coming to the Brooklyn Book Festival on 9/21/2014! 

About THE HOSPITAL SUITE

"[In The Hospital Suite, Porcellino’s] simple, black lines and bare-bones drawings have a powerful economy that present the story cleanly, without flourish, detailing a frightening and inescapable spiral into dysfunction without hyperbole. The result is a clear-eyed, penetrating book about the helplessness of illness which should bring Porcellino a wider audience beyond his cult following.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review