"Pirates in the Heartland" Signing w/ S. Clay Wilson & Patrick Rosenkranz
Saturday Sept 20 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Join us in welcoming legendary artist S. Clay Wilson and Patrick Rosenkranz, author and noted underground comix historian in celebration of “Pirates in the Heartland”, THE definite collection of S. Clay Wilson comix.
"Wilson was the strongest, most original artist of my generation." – R. Crumb
“This is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists: the taboo busting, eyeball blistering S. Clay Wilson. This first volume contains all of his underground comic stories from ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade magazine as well as the many adventures of the Checkered Demon, Star-Eyed Stella, and Captain Pissgums, and even his earliest collaborations with William Burroughs. Also: selections from his teenaged and college years, both in comics and painting form. First person accounts from his peers, as well as Wilson’s own words, offer a revealing portrait of the artist who hid his shyness behind brash behavior and bluster. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares.”
"(In a Sense) Lost & Found" Signing with Roman Muradov
Saturday Sept 2nd - 6pm
Join us in celebrating local favorite Roman Muradov's first graphic novel, (IN A SENSE) LOST & FOUND published by Nobrow Press!
“The world of (In a Sense) Lost and Found is one that is immersed in surrealistic wordplay and fantastic places beyond what we’ve trained ourselves to see. It’s an atmospheric fable about what it means to grow up in a world where innocence is a tangible object, and how that innocence can be lost, found, mistreated, and commodified. Muradov’s crisp compositions and delicate art style are equal parts playful and haunting, creating an enchanting world of shadowy places in between the known, while illuminating the lives of the people who live there.”
Howtoons Book Signing
Saturday Aug 30th - 12:30pm
Join us in welcoming the Howtoons team, MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient Saul Griffith, Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), and Ingrid Dragotta!
‘Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn through play! Challenged to make something “other than trouble,” this brother-and-sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys that readers can build. Combining comics and real-life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them.’
Jack Kirby’s 97th Birthday a.k.a. Kirby4Heroes Fundraiser!
Thursday, August 28th - 12pm to 8pm
Mission: Comics will be participating again in the Kirby4Heroes Campaign, a fundraising drive for the Heroes Initiative, organized by Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian Kirby.
20% of all sales on August 28th will be donated to the Heroes Initiative, the only non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need, and has done so for over ten years.
Join us in celebrating the legacy of one of comic’s greatest stars!
Mood Board by Aidan Koch, Opening Tonight!
Friday Aug 22nd - 6pm
Mission Comics is pleased to present: “Mood Board”
An installation by Aidan Koch - http://aidankoch.com/
Join us for an opening reception this evening, August 22nd ♥
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Adian Koch’s past projects include various comics and artist’s books. She has been published by Floating World Comics, Publication Studio, Fantagraphics and more. Her work has been reviewed by SFAQ, The Comics Journal, Art in Print and Dazed & Confused. Her solo show, will open at Mission Comics in August of 2014.
Interview - http://missioncomicsandartgallery.tumblr.com/aidankochinterview
Wed Aug 27th - FUSE Signing With Artist Justin Greenwood!
Wednesday Aug 27th - 4pm
"22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS NO BACKUP.
Working homicide on an orbiting energy platform, in a five mile long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, and no help from your so-called colleagues back on earth, is more than tough…it’s murder.”
Thurs Aug 21 - Comic Book Trivia & Graphic Novel Swap Party!
DRINKS! SNACKS! FUN!
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7:00 - 8:00pm: Comic Book Trivia!
Join a team when you arrive, answer questions to win some as yet to be determined prize. :)
8:00 - ?: Graphic Novel Swap
* Bring a graphic novel you’re willing to say goodbye to. Buh-bye!
* Be prepared to talk it up & sing it’s praises ;)
* Offer it up for trade with someone!
Saturday Aug 16th 6pm - Join us in welcoming award winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang and his new book, The Shadow Hero!
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"I’ve loved superheroes all my life. Superheroes are about all sorts of things, but at their core superheroes are about America. They were invented in America, they’re most popular in America, and at their best, superheroes express America at its best.
Superheroes are also about immigrants. Take at look at Superman, the granddaddy of them all. His parents sent him to America in search of a better life. He had two names, one American (Clark Kent) and the other foreign (Kal-El). He wears two sets of clothes and lives in between two cultures. He loves his new home, but a part of him longs for his old one.
In The Shadow Hero, Sonny Liew and I explore the immigrant experience through the genre of superheroes. We tell the story of Hank Chu, a Chinese American teenager growing up in 1930′s Chinatown. Hank wants nothing more than to work in his family’s grocery store. His mother has more ambitious plans. She wants him to embody the excitement of their new home. She wants him to become a superhero.”
Glimpsing at a cover or synopsis for the newest graphic novel by Derek McCulloch (Eisner award nominated writer of Stagger Lee) and Anthony Peruzzo gives few hints about the journey inside. What is the book about? The plain answer- it’s a masterful blend of crime thriller, family drama, and supernatural suspense that has both murder and time travel. The better answer? Everything you need to know can be found in the name. It speaks of those who feel removed from where they belong. Some are separated from their families, others from their very identities. They are immigrants, ghosts, wandering children, and kidnapped women. They are Displaced Persons.
The tale begins with private investigator Garland Price and his immigrant friend Davy Abramowitz as they work a missing persons gig in San Francisco, a case that raises increasingly bizarre questions. We then follow their ancestors and predecessors to uncover answers in wide-spanning settings and eras. True to the book’s title, each character personifies the many iterations of what it means to be lost and out of place, literally and figuratively.
McCulloch’s writing is exceptional in that it condenses complex material into simple form. Characters are deep and developed while remaining relatable. Seemingly conventional circumstances are made unique through interconnecting plot points in the narrative timeline, tied together by supernatural means. The dialogue reads well and is easy to follow, but the finest allusions and statements are hidden among the casual exchanges between climaxes. Thus a careful reading is encouraged to gain the fullest view of the symbolic and thematic web McCulloch has weaved.
Peruzzo’s artwork reflects this affective simplicity as well by trading a wide color palette for clarity of expression from the lines. His style of rough line art and low contrast complements the pervading theme of “displacement”- the eye never sits too comfortably on these dark illustrations, as if something were missing (in a good way). Even the occasional appearance of bright colors are used to the effect of emphasizing the main theme, highlighting characters that find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There is no comprehensive way to summarize what sort of book McCulloch and Peruzzo have put out here. It is an undeniably personal work of great artistic achievement, intended to explore that common disposition which reaches many of us on occasion: the sense that we should be elsewhere, that we are trapped in our own past or future, unable to see the present. But to truly experience its weight you have to hold it in your head. So consider picking up Displaced Persons if ever you have felt such sentiments. Despite the title, you will feel right at home.
"The Shadow Hero" signing with Gene Luen Yeng, August 16th!
Gene Luen Yeng is coming for a signing of his latest book The Shadow Hero on August the 16th. Here is a book trailer!
He’s a Chinese American comic artist and teacher. At first he was self-publishing under his own imprint “Humble Comics” and then joined First Second Books as well as other publishers (such as Marvel or Dark Horse). He wrote a lot of graphic novels, in collaboration with other artists, or on his own. Currently he is writing some of the Avatar Airbender comic series for Dark Horse. Gene Luen Yeng really believes in the educational power of comics and graphic novels, he has worked on this subject for his master’s project and created an online comic for teachiong math.
American Born Chinese won a lot of prestigious awards, such as the Eisner Award. There are three storylines in this graphic novel. The first one is an adaptation of the Chinese story of the Kung Fu practicing Monkey King. The second storyline is about the childhood of an American born Chinese and his identity struggles. Finally, in the third and last story line we follow an American boy who is ashamed of his Chinese cousin here in the US for a visit. On his website Gene Luen Yang explains: “Since my own ethnic heritage is such an important part of how I understand myself, I knew I wanted to…. I came up with three ideas and couldn’t decide which one was the best. American Born Chinese is me doing all three at once.”
A more recent project,Boxers and Saints is a very interesting concept. Two books are compiled in a beautiful box; the books relate the same story through the eyes of two different characters. Moreover it is the story of the Boxer Rebellion and war, taking place in China between 1899 and 1901 according to both sides. It is crazy how you will find sympathy for the camp of the first one you read, and then will think completely differently while reading the second one.
You can find a lot of information on the author’s website: http://geneyang.com/