Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Book of WEIRDO Celebration at the Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St in New York hosts a visual panel and book signing for The Book of WEIRDO, a history and celebration of R. Crumb's legendary humor/graphics/comics magazine, published by Last Gasp of San Francisco on Thursday, June 6th beginning at 6:30 PM. Hosting will be the author Jon B. Cooke, and appearing will be cover artist and WEIRDO contributor Drew friedman, along with Weirdo contributors Mark Newgarden, Glenn Head, John Holmstrom, Kim Deitch and Art Spiegelman. A large (18x24 inch) FREE book cover Poster for everyone who purchases a ticket and attends, as well as buttons, postcards, flyers, etc.

The Book of WEIRDO is an exhaustive retrospective -- called a "great book... the defineitive work on the subject" by Robert Crumb -- on WEIRDO magazine, Crumb's irreverent 1980s humor comics anthology, and featuring a comprehensive history, interviews with Crumb and the other two Weirdo editors, Peter Bagge, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, as well as publisher Ron Turner. Also included are over 130 testimonials by Weirdo contributors and sidebars on all sorts of Weirdo-related aspects of that era, as much a history of the alternative comics of that time as it is the tale of a single magazine. Crumb added that The Book of WEIRDO was "a monumental statement on American culture and life in that dismal decade of Reagan, AIDS, widespread cocaine abuse, and the rise of the Yuppies, the 1980s."

The Book of WEIRDO, 288 pages, hard cover, published by Last Gasp of San Francisco, $39.95. Cover art and foreword by Drew Friedman.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Book of WEIRDO Launch at the East Coast COMiCON

I'll be a guest at the East Coast COMiCON on Sat, May 18th. I'll be doing two panels, SCHTICK FIGURES at 1:30 PM modorated by comics historian Danny Fingeroth, and at 5:00 PM, a panel celebrating the official launch of THE BOOK OF WEIRDO, hosted by the author Jon B. Cooke and featuring special guests Peter Bagge, Kaz, Carol Tyler, Kim Deitch, Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik. Books will be available for inscription, as well as large 18 x 24 cover posters (free to anyone who buys the book), postcards, buttons, etc.

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