NEXT WEEK IN PITTSBURGH:
Join us in welcoming back Drawing Power participant, John Porcellino to Pittsburgh, PA for a double-header event! First, we will be celebrating the release of John’s new graphic novel, The Hospital Suite. Second, John will be accompanying the world-premiere tour of Root Hog or Die, a film documenting his life and career along with the history of King-Cat Comics and Stories (the two overlapping to such a large degree as to be nearly synonymous).
It will be held at The Harris Theatre, located at 809 Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh on the evening of Thursday, September 25.
Here’s the evening’s schedule:
7:00pm - 8:00pm - reception/signing with John Porcellino
8:00pm - 9:30pm - screening of movie
9:30pm - 10:00pm - Q & A
10:00pm - 10:30pm - follow-up signing
See you there!
Simon Hanselmann, Patrick Kyle and Michael DeForge are going on tour together, an event that will doubtless span a thousand autobio comics. DeForge is the best known of the group, acclaimed for Lose, Ant Comix and many more of his abstractly horrifying enquiries into social systems human and animal. Hanselmann’s Megahex presents a sit-com for millennials, as an owl a witch and a cat struggle with depression and ennui. I have read Kyle’s Distance Mover yet, but the blurb has me sold:
Mr. Earth can move incredible distances in his improbable Distance Mover, a wondrous vehicle that reflects the fantastic world it traverses. He, and his young art-star protégée Mendel, explore culture-rich crystalline cities, challenge the mighty Council of the Misters, try to overcome the all-conquering Ooze, and much more!
The crew kicks off on Thursday at Atomic Books, travels to SPX, hits Bergen Street, the Brooklyn Book Festival, Secret Headquarters, Floating World, Fantagraphics and even Vegas. Here’s the whole schedule:
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
(with Ed Luce)
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)
@ COPACETIC on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 7PM - 10PM
Hold onto your hats: The Michael DeForge / Simon Hanselmann / Patrick Kyle World Tour will be pulling into Pittsburgh on the evening of Wednesday 24 September 2014 at The Copacetic Comics Company, with special guests Noel Freibert and Annie Mok!
CARTOONISTS OF COLOR DATABASE AIMS TO GIVE ARTISTS GREATER VISIBILITY
The Cartoonists of Color Database is a new project by cartoonist MariNaomi that aims to collect information on people of color working in comics. The FAQ succinctly outlines the need for such a database with four statements: “For visibility. For academia. For inspiration. For community building.”
The database formally launched this week with over 700 creator listings, and MariNaomi has made a public call for people to add more information, refine the information that’s currently there, and correct any mistakes.
Artists who want to submit their names to the database can do so via this Google Doc form. That form can also be used to update erroneous information, or anything that’s listed as N/A. In addition to the master list of cartoonists of color, the site has separate lists specifically breaking out LGBTQ, non-male, and non-mainstream cartoonists of color.