Tonight: Comics slideshows in NYC

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak kindly invited me to participate in his semi-regular “Carousel” show of slide shows and other projected pictures. I plan on showing some material from A.D. as well as joining Sari for a dramatic reading of a story from my previous book A Few Perfect Hours. Other reader/performers that night include Sikoryak, man_size, Tim Kreider, Brian Dewan, Jim Torok, and Kriota Wilberg. If you’re in the NYC-area, it should be a fun night. Here are the relevant details:

Carousel
Dixon Place
161 Chrystie Street (btwn. Rivington & Delancey)
New York, NY
April 30, 2009, 8 pm
$15 ($12 students/seniors)
HOWEVER, If “Carousel” isn’t seem like your kind of thing, how about ambling over to MoCCA for the World War 3 Illustrated #39 release party? Now in it’s 28th year of publication! Join them to celebrate the publication of the new issue with live performances by contributors, featuring multimedia presentations of art by:
  • Peter Kuper
  • Mac Mcgill
  • Paula Hewitt Amram
  • Sabrina Jones
  • Eric Drooker
  • Kevin Pyle
  • Chuck Sperry
  • and many others
  • with an animated film by Onur Tukel

Live music by Eric Blitz, Steve Wishnia, Andy Laties, Breeze and others. Details:

World War 3 Illustrated #39 Release Party
Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY
April 30, 2009 7-9PM
Donation suggested (free for MoCCA Members)
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Comic Books on the Move

A Few Perfect Hours is featured among a collection of other travel-related comics in the Oct. issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Far-Flung Coverage

Frank Kuznik wrote a wonderful piece about me and A Few Perfect Hours in The Prague Post — which isn’t as random as it sounds. I used to work there back in 1993!

MoCCA 2005!

The 3rd annual MoCCA Arts Festival returns to the Puck Building in NYC this weekend, June 11–12. I’ll be there at tables A49 – A50 with the Alternative Comics crowd, hopefully sporting copies of a new mini-comic, The Vagabonds 1.5: The Collaboration Issue. I’ll also be selling and signing copies of A Few Perfect Hours.

Also: Check out the June/July 2005 issue of Hadassah magazine for a profile of the international Jewish cartoonist community, everyone from Tomer & Asaf Hanukah, to Joann Sfar, to Vittorio Giardino, to Will Eisner, to Peter Kuper, to, well, yours truly.

Post-reading wrap-up

The Book Court event went really well! We ended up doing “The Cave of Fear” and “Mr. Ong’s Organic Farm.” A lot of people showed up — many had to stand — and they seemed very engaged with the material. I also gave out comp copies of Alternative Comics’ Free Comic Book Day 2005 book to all attendees. Afterwards, we took some questions, drank a little wine, and I signed books. We didn’t SELL as many books as I (or the bookstore) would have liked, but I think we did okay. And hopefully much good will was generated.

Buddy/poet/cartoonist Gary Sullivan attended the show and discusses it a little over at his blog, “Elsewhere”.

Later, Sari, man_size and SBX, purvision, red_letter_days, digitante, Eric Saul, Doug Brod & Rachel, and I had margaritas and tex-mex at Pacifico. Nice.

Hype: Comix in Performance

Just a heads-up that this Tuesday, May 10, at 7pm, Sari & I will reprise our reading/presentation from A Few Perfect Hours, this time at Book Court in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. With the aid of an LCD projector, I’ll display a couple of stories from the book on a screen while we read them aloud.

The March Barnes & Noble event was really fun and drew a big crowd, and we hope to repeat the vibe at Book Court. If you couldn’t make it before, you’ll be able to experience the book in a new and entertaining way. And if you have yet to see A Few Perfect Hours, this is your chance to preview it. For those who came to the last “show,” we’re gonna mix it up a bit and treat the audience to a different story this time around…

Afterwards, like last time, I’ll sign books, as well as the two new Harvey Pekar / American Splendor anthologies currently in stores.

Book Court, 163 Court Street (between Dean & Pacific), Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 875-3677.

Hope to see you there!

Holding Court at Book Court

On Tuesday, May 10, at 7pm, Sari & I will reprise our reading/presentation, this time at Book Court in Cobble Hill. With the aid of a projector, I’ll display a couple of stories from A Few Perfect Hours on a screen while we read them aloud. Last month’s Barnes & Noble event was really fun and drew a big crowd, and we hope to repeat the vibe this time around. If you couldn’t make it before, you’ll be able to experience the book in a new and entertaining way. And if you have yet to see A Few Perfect Hours, this is your chance to preview it. Afterwards, like last time, I’ll sign books, as well as the two new Harvey Pekar/American Splendor anthologies currently in stores.

Book Court, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 875-3677.

I’m Going APE!

Sari and I will be in San Francisco this weekend for the Alternative Press Expo (April 9–10 at the Concourse Exhibition Center). If you’re in the Bay Area and haven’t had a chance to to get a signed copy of A Few Perfect Hours; well, this is your chance!

Translated Into French

My two-part story, “The Balkan Express,” about my train adventures from Istanbul to Prague, has been translated into French and published in the new anthology, MoCoCo (Modern Cool Comix), by La Boite d’Aluminium. It’s a nice looking 175-page book with contributions from artists from four continents, and if you’re a francophone, you’ll probably enjoy it. I get a big tickle from being translated into French!

Barnes and Noble “Slideshow”

Just wanted to remind you about this Wednesday’s Barnes & Noble event:

Wednesday, March 16, 7:30-8:30 pm — Billed as a “slideshow/illustration demo,” stories from A Few Perfect Hours will be projected on a screen while co-star Sari Wilson and I read the stories aloud. Similar in method to the critically acclaimed Comix Decode and Carousel comics slideshow series, it promises to be an entertaining and unique way of experiencing the comics medium for fans and new readers alike. If you have yet to see the book, this is your chance to preview some of the stories. And afterwards, I’ll sign and do sketches.

Barnes and Noble Park Slope, 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, (718) 832-9066.

I hope to see you there!