The Witch Boy Release Party
Saturday, October 21st
Get into the Halloween spirit at our all ages release party for Molly Knox Ostertag‘s wonderful new book, The Witch Boy! Join Molly and the SHQ crew for spooky drawing, candy, and costumes! Come dressed up in your Halloween best for a special treat.
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From the illustrator of the web comic Strong Female Protagonist comes a debut middle-grade graphic novel about family, identity, courage — and magic.
In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted . . . and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.
When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.
Noah Van Sciver & Joseph Remnant
Book Release Party
Friday, October 13th
2 excellent cartoonists for the price of 1! Uh, the price is free, still. But yes, both Joseph Remnant and Noah Van Sciver will be joining us to celebrate the releases of their new books: Cartoon Clouds and Johnny Appleseed, respectively. Come by, have a drink, pick up a copy of each and get ’em signed!
On Johnny Appleseed:
The story of John Chapman operates as a counter-narrative to the glorification of violence, conquest, and prevailing notions of how the West was Won. It differentiates between the history and the half-myths of Johnny Appleseed’s life and work: His apples, for instance, were prized for many reasons, but none more so than for the making of hard cider. He was also a real estate speculator of sorts, purchasing potentially fertile but unproven acres and then planting saplings before flipping the land. Yet, he had less interest in financial gain―and yes, this is an accurate part of the mythology―than in spreading visions of peace and love. Johnny Appleseed brings this quintessentially American story to life in comics form.
On Cartoon Clouds:
Joseph Remnant’s first original graphic novel Cartoon Clouds follows the recent Art School graduate Seth Fallon and his three friends as they try to navigate that anxiety fueled time between finishing school and trying to figure out what the hell they’re going to do with the rest of their lives. With a mountain of debt and no clear path to financial or emotional stability, Seth struggles to find a creative direction that won’t leave him homeless. In this world of fashion conscious art snobs, talentless social media “gurus,” and drug addled, trust fund hipsters, he tries to hold on to the few meaningful relationships he has when the institution that held them together is no longer a part of their lives.
I Will Pet You While You Sleep
Art Show & Zine Release
With Jon Vermilyea
Friday, October 6th
Adorable? Lovely? Nightmarish? Gnarly? So many adjectives for Jon Vermilyea‘s excellent work! Come peep (and buy?!) a new zine, pin, and original art by the dude!
Tongues Release Party
Friday, September 29th
7 – 9pm
The incomparable Anders Nilsen (Dogs & Water, Big Questions) will be stopping by SHQ on Friday, September 29th with his latest release, Tongues. He will be giving a talk about the book, doing a reading, and signing for all you lucky boys and girls. He will also be selling original art and rare books ONE NIGHT ONLY! Don’t miss out!
Grounded in myth, Tongues is a story of minor gods, murder, and revenge, examining human origins in our distant past and where we are headed in this fraught present moment.
A New Low
Release Party & Signing With Johnny Ryan
Friday, July 7th
7 – 9pm
Join Johnny Ryan & the SHQ Crew to celebrate Johnny’s new Fantagraphics book, A New Low!
For more than a decade, Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comix, Prison Pit) has been filling the back page of Vice magazine with some of the most transgressively hilarious and politically incorrect comics to ever grace a glossy, national magazine. A New Low collects this impressive body of work, as well as several other surprises. The victims of Ryan’s skewering satire in this collection include: G.G. Allin, Caddyshack, Bill Cosby, E.T., Everybody Loves Raymond, Ireland, Italy, Kenny G, Kid Rock, D.H. Lawrence, Ted Nugent, Russians, Small Wonder, The Shield, Spain, Two and a Half Men, Vice magazine, Wall Street, and so much more that can’t be so easily categorized (such as “Erotic Art Collecting Squirrel” or “Whorenado,” to name but a few). Johnny Ryan’s utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century, and A New Low collects almost 100 full-color examples of Vice’s signature cartoonist.