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Josh Simmons’ latest, greatest and most terrifying graphic novel yet is about to hit the United States and he is taking Black River to the road. Black River stars a group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors.  You think the Hunger Games is scary? What if it was your every damn day? 

Check out his ‘round the United States tour (plus two Canadian stops) and mark your calendars. Some events feature some guest cartoonists, some music by Sunshine Ear’s Gregory Spencer and some special venues will be screening Simmons’ chilling short films.  

4.18 Portland, OR Linework NW All weekend Tabling
Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland OR

4.24 Vancouver, BC Lucky’s 7PM Book signing + screening
3972 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada

4.25 Seattle Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle WA (Georgetown)

4.26. Tacoma, WA Destiny City Comics 4PM Book signing  
218 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

5.2 Missoula, MT Shakespeare and Co. 7PM Book signing + screening  
103 S 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

5.5 Minneapolis, MN Boneshaker Books 7PM
Book signing + screening with 2D Cloud guest Nic Breutzman
2002 23rd Ave. S.

5.6 Iowa City, IA TBA

5.7 Chicago Quimby’s 7pm Book signing
1854 W. North Ave.

5.9-5.10 Toronto, BC TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) Tabling All Weekend, Toronto Reference Library - 789 Yonge Street

5.11 Dearborn, MI Green Brain Comics TBA signing
13936 Michigan Ave

5.12. Columbus, OH Kafe Kerouac 8pm
with guest JT Dockery, and music by Gregory Spencer
2250 North High St.


5.13 Pittsburgh, PA Copacetic Comics 6-8pm
with guest Ed Piskor, and music by Gregory Spencer
3138 Dobson St #3, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

5.14 Baltimore TBA

5.15 Brooklyn, NY Bergen Street Comics 7PM Book signing
470 Bergen St.

5.17 Portland, ME Maine Comic Arts (MECAF)  
with guest Hans Rickheit  
Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street

5.20 Manchester, CT TBA

5.25 Athens, GA  TBA

5.26. Atlanta, GA A Cappella Books 7pm book signing
208 Haralson Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307

5.27 Savannah, GA TBA  5.28 Gainesville, FL TBA

5.29 New Orleans, LA Location TBA -  Art show/movie screening with Caesar Meadows

5.30 New Orleans, LA Crescent City Comics 5pm
signing Caesar Meadows, Kate Lecour, Ben Passmore 5pm signing time with the FEAST 2015 release party kickin’ off at 7pm*
4916 Freret St.

6.5 Austin, TX Austin Books and Comics Time TBA Book signing  
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

6.6 Austin, TX New South Festival of Literary Arts & Cartooning  
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702

6.12 Los Angeles, CA Secret Headquarters 7pm
Book signing with guest Sammy Harkham
3817 W Sunset Blvd.

6.13 San Francisco, CA Mission Comics 6PM Book signing + screening  
3520 20th St.
* subject to change cause this is N'awlins here.

In addition to new copies of Black River on sale at each venue, Simmons has inked up gorgeous primo prints including this black light poster. Imagine the things you’ll see looking at it…alone….at night.

And here are the three prints! An exquisite interior from Black River, the cover from The Furry Trap and cover from Habit #1 of Oily Comics. 

And so, pre-order your copy of Black River or head over to your local comic store or book store when Simmons is hitting your town.

A cornucopia of comics debuts are set to be unleashed upon Bergen Street Comics!

Here’s what’s on tap:

A. Degen’s surrealist superhero adventure MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER (Koyama Press), equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen’s mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty; Blaise Larmee’s 3 BOOKS (2D Cloud) is an eclectic and meticulously crafted reproduction of rare and unpublished books; Émilie Gleason’s SALZ & PFEFFER (2D Cloud) a taboo-soaked world of the inane and the intellectual, the profane, profound, and parodic; Andy Burkholder’s QVIET (2D Cloud) focuses on the abstractions of sex, of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two; Robert Goodin’s THE KURDLES (Fantagraphics) is an all-ages comic, in the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, spiced up with a teaspoon of strange.

Celebrate MoCCA Fest weekend with an incredible night of bleeding edge comics and cartoonists! Facebook event page right here!

Event poster by A. Degen.

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Angie Bongiolatti - Back cover design, blurbs, and release details

This is the back cover design to the book, which includes some amazing quotes by cartoonists Tom Kaczynski and Eleanor Davis.

Secret Acres distributed a press release earlier this week, and here’s what it said:

Secret Acres is delighted to introduce you to Angie Bongiolatti, the third graphic novel from Mike Dawson. An all-new, all original story, Angie Bongiolatti is Dawson’s most provocative, complex and adult work yet. Following its launch at the 2014 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in New York City on April 5th, Angie Bongiolatti will be in stores everywhere April 15th.

Tom Kaczynski, author of Beta Testing the Apocalypse and Trans Terra writes:

“In Angie Bongiolatti we get to follow a group of young New Yorkers as they navigate the slippery slopes between work, play, friendship, sex and politics in a post 9/11 world. Mike Dawson once again demonstrates his enviable ability to create compelling ensemble casts. His new book honestly explores just how personal the political can be.”

Set in the same universe as Troop 142, Dawson’s much acclaimed tale of Boy Scouts gone wild, Angie Bongiolatti puts away childish things and moves into the city. Growing up is hard to do in a society overwhelmed by pre-millennium tension, Y2K bugs, endless war and bursting bubble economies. Angie finds herself stretched thin as the common thread between these newly minted adults.

Eleanor Davis, author of Stinky and How to be Happy, says:

“I love Angie Bongiolatti and its swimming cast of characters, even as I cringe to see myself there: sad and stupid, selfish and small, needing a shower. In a world filled with people who struggle to be good despite being - unattractively, uncomfortably, unacceptably - human, Dawson holds up a gentle and forgiving mirror.”

Join Mike and us, Friday, March 28th, at Brooklyn’s Bergen Street Comics for for a pre-show beer bash and book signing!

ANGIE BONGIOLATTI by MIKE DAWSON
BOOK DEBUT: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival, April 5TH and 6TH, 2014, at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
BOOK RELEASE EVENT: March 28th, 2014, 8pm-10pm, at Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
IN STORES APRIL 15th, 2014

COPRA: ROUND ONE - published by Bergen Street Press, collects issue 1 - 6, pre-order this summer, on sale September. 

READ ISSUE ONE FOR FREE… or just go by this trusty description:

“They’re ugly. They’re mean. But up until today, they’ve always been loyal. So when one of their own betrays them, the men and women of COPRA have no choice but to turn their nightmarish skills back on every son of a bitch who ever looked at them funny.”

ATTN: New Yorkers.

I’m celebrating the release of The End of the Fucking World with the folks at Bergen St Comics. I’ll have original pages from the book for sale on the walls. They will be up until October so you can still check them out even if you can’t make the signing. I’ll also have copies of my new comic, Teen Creeps on hand. Hope to see you there.

chuck

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Oily Comics at Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest!

(top-photo by Sean Ford, middle-our table and some butts, bottom-my littlest friend Zuzu Danger and her autographed copy of Anna and Froga)

Aaaaah! What an awesome weekend.  First our favorite guys at Bergen Street Comics threw us a super fun party.  Tucker Stone is the nicest greatest guy, in case you didn’t know.  Also, Chuck’s big brother Tobey showed up!  It was a family affair.

I had too many great interactions with great people this weekend to write them all down.  One of the highlights though, was hanging out with one of my best friends from home, Morgan Elliott, whom I haven’t seen in like 10 years.  She is an illustrator now too (look for her spots in the New Yorker)!  We were miserable in high school, but somehow now I feel like that misery has paid off.  She’s awesome. 

And, I got to pretend I was in a sitcom with Chuck, Sean, and Joe.  In the sitcom, we all live in an apartment together.  We stay up late eating a million kinds of snacks, drinking Snapple spiked with Evan Williams, and gossiping.  In the morning we yell at each other hoarsely from our respective rooms, arguing about who will go out and get the coffee.  My catch phrase is “you guys are idiots.”  

Anyway, it was the best.  Thank you to all the people who support us, Oily, and comics in general (shout out to Chris Diaz, it was great to meet you!).  Thank you to Gabe at Desert Island, Dan Nadel, and everyone else for putting on such a quality show.  You guys know what you’re doing.  I remember the first year, when it was in that tiny church basement.  I knew then that it was going places. 

Love,

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1. COPRA #24 is here! Dissension in the ranks, loose ends are tied up, twists & turns are introduced,  and more than a little hands-on conflict: this issue has it all! There’s no better way to celebrate the 24th issue of the world’s greatest action comic!

2. Dieter VDO closes out his serialized portion of the comic with a terrifying, beautifully painted conclusion. Receiving his back covers for these last six issues has been one of the run’s highlights.

3. I started this whole thing - this COPRA thing - with 12 issues in mind. Right here, with this chapter, that number has doubled; handing in issue 24 to the printer was equal parts exciting and exhausting. That’s a big deal to me! I, who once had trouble finishing 24 panels, have expanded the world of COPRA page by page.

4. Thanks to all the readers and subscribers and fans who came to see me at all the shows. I will never tire of letting you know how much I appreciate your enthusiasm. Big thanks to all the stores that carry COPRA, too! And to the biggest store of them all, Bergen Street Comicssoon to close their doors while continuing to be a comics publisher. They were there from the beginning of my self-publishing venture, friendly and forward thinking. I was flattered to have them in my corner, and I’m proud that they still are.

5. Extra big thanks to Kat Roberts, who weathered the storm of my production mania with style and care while working on her own massive project.

6. OK, gotta go back to getting ready for this weekend’s SPX. Thanks again for the good times. And if you haven’t already: COPRA #24. Jump on board now.

7. Sharker ♪(*Σ(゚д゚lll)

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Ulli Lust will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival! Thanks to the Goethe Institut and Fantagraphics Books for bringing her to Brooklyn. Come see Ulli TONIGHT at Bergen Street Books’ FALL INTO FANTAGRAPHICS Bookend party, and then tomorrow, 9/22, on two panels: 

Brooklyn Historical Society

1:00 P.M. Mundane/Profane/Profound: What We Draw About When We Draw Comics. Gag cartoonists and graphic novelists talk about the weird, wonderful, and sometimes shocking choices they make in their craft. Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America) offers urban fables where daily details lead to socio/political revelations. Lisa Hanawalt’s sexy/snarky one-pagers in My Dirty Dumb Eyes hinge on the vulnerability of showing it all. Miriam Katin’s thoughtful, witty memoir Letting it Go explores profound loss and forgiveness in the context of teeth whitening and stomach troubles. Ulli Lust’s punk travelogue This is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life lays bare body and soul. Moderated by Anne Ishii, translator,The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. Featuring screen projection. 

Borough Hall Community Room

4:00 P.M. Lost and Found: The Journey Begins at Home. Where do we discover our truest selves, and what journeys—and what experiences—are ultimately the most transformative? From Prix Médicis-winner Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès’s doomed expeditions through the Brazilian backlands (Where Tigers Are at Home) and Austrian graphic novelist Ulli Lust’s recollections of a youthful romp through Italy (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life) to Shani Boianjiu’s fierce but wise coming-of-age tale set within the Israeli army (The People of Forever Are Not Afraid), life’s lessons can be found in the most unexpected—and familiar—places.  Moderated by David Kaufman, (Telling Stories: Philip Guston’s Later Work) George Mason University. 

At BKBF, comics is respected as a medium that crosses literary genre–and cartoonists come together with novelists, poets, and journalists in diverse conversations.