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Urban Arts Fest this weekend!

urban arts fest

Come on out on October 3 for the first MBP Urban Arts Fest! The two-part, one-day festival will go from 1PM-2AM. The whole day is about the thriving urban art community MBP has advocated since its inception. With skateboard demos and contests, live painting, music and DJs, photography and art installations and plenty of art and books for sale, there will be something for everyone!

MBP will be taking over and transforming the entire lower-half of Castle Braid (114 Troutman Street, Myrtle Ave/Bwy JMZ Train) in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The day’s first part runs from 1PM-9PM and is open to all ages; 8PM-2AM is 21 and over, featuring free beer and a dance party.

Their non-profit beneficiary is Art for Progress, an organization dedicated to supporting rising multi-discipline arts in New York City.

What to expect:

• Gallery-style art installations
• Live graffiti exhibitions & public graffiti wall
• Live entertainment, DJs, dance & musical performances
• Skate park & sponsored game of S.K.A.T.E hosted by Substance Skateboards
• First 500 guests receive a FREE copy of Talk Balk: The Bubble Project by Ji Lee
• Special Guest Signings
• Free corresponding entry to the Brooklyn Artillery Art Fair at the location, hosted by the Williamsburg Gallery Association
• All Ages Arts & Crafts: postal sticker tagging how-to; design your own “Umberto” character from Dutch artisit/illustrator Tijn Snoodijk; make-your-own recycled material tote bags with Bags for the People, design your own canvas laptop case from AIAIAI and more!
• Local & International Artist Showcases & Tables
• Unveiling of exclusive OBEY x PEEL poster by Shephard Fairey for Peel Magazine (authors of MBP’s PEEL: The Art of the Sticker)
• Shopping (MBP bookstore & Local Artists’ offerings)
• Food & Drinks (Brooklyn Brewery, Hoegaarden, Food Trucks)
• Gift Bags & Prizes – with bags from Bags for the People, goodies from MimobotsCafe Bustelo,Zoo YorkAIAIAI and more!

• Martha Cooper, Going Postal
• Remo Camerota, Graffiti Japan
• Ji Lee, Talk Back: The Bubble Project
• Luz A. Martín, Textura: Valencia Street Art
• Artists from ORBIT Gallery (featured in upcoming EdgyCute book: Joe Scarano, Angie Mason, Michael Caines, Chris Uminga, Motomich Nakamura, BECCA, Emma Overman, Robbie Busch; and Frank Sheehan)
• Special Guest Curator Mighty Tanaka (with art from: avone, JMR, Hellbent, Alexandra Pacula, Peter Halasz, Mike Schreiber, AVOID PI, FARO, Royce Bannon, BLOKE, Mari Keeler, John Breiner, Skewville)
• Tijn Snoodijk of Shop Around – Netherlands
• RobotsWillKill (featured in Going PostalPEEL: The Art of the Sticker)
• Project Super Friends
• Royce Bannon (featured in Going Postal)
• Chris Stain (featured in Going Postal)
• Destroy & Rebuild
• Cosbe (featured in Going Postal)
• CR
• Abe Lincoln Jr.
• IndigoMania
• El Celso
• Chalk drawings by Ellis Gallagher

Hosted by: iLLspokinN
DJ Statik Selektah
Krts (Powerstrip Circus)
Hot 97’s DJ Juanyto
Guest DJ Jason Mizell (son of Jam Master Jay)
Michael Brian
Ad Lawless
Greenberet Team
Spokinn Movement
William B. Johnson’s Drumadics

SHOWCASES/VENDORS (list in progress)
Sabrina Beram
Owen Jones & Billy Hahn
Peter Moschel Johnson
JemmanimalsJohn Bent
Natasha Quam/L’Ange Atelier
Dawn of Man Productions
Katie Jean Hopkins
Stephanie Paz
Alessandro Echevarria
Spost Love
iinex grafik
Andrea Grannum-Mosley
Gully Klassics
Clazzi & Qool Accessories

ADMISSION: $15 cash at the door, $10 in advance – come & go the whole day. Buy your tickets here!

OFFICIAL BLOG: BrooklynStreetArt.com

Drawn & Quarterly at the Brooklyn Book Fair (feat. R. Sikoryak!)

d/q signing

Drawn & Quarterly to exhibit at the Brooklyn Book Fair/Festival on Sunday, September 13th!
20th Anniversary Party at Brooklyn’s Rocketship on Saturday, September 12th!
Guy Delisle, R. Sikoryak, R.O. Blechman, Adrian Tomine, Gabrielle Bell and Ron Rege Jr!

For the third year in a row, D+Q will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The festival has kindly invited Guy Delisle (Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang, Shenzhen) to be a special guest on the festival’s international stage, which will mark Delisle’s first-ever NYC event. D+Q cartoonists in attendance will be [Parsons Illustration Alum and Faculty] R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), R. O. Blechman (Talking Lines), Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings), Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan In New York) and Ron Rege Jr. (Skibber Bee Bye, Against Pain). To celebrate such a momentous gathering of D+Q cartoonists as well as toast to the company’s 20th Anniversary, please join us for cocktails at the Brooklyn purveyor of fine comics, Rocketship, on Saturday evening.

Saturday, September 12th, 7:00 PM
Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, September 13th, 10:00AM-6:00 PM
Brooklyn Book Festival, Borough Hall, Brooklyn NY

11:00 AM Guy Delisle on the BBF’s International Stage
11:00-12:00 PM Gabrielle Bell & Ron Rege Jr signing
12:00-2:00 PM Guy Delisle & Adrian Tomine signing
2:00-4:00 PM R. O. Blechman & R. Sikoryak signing
4:00-6:00 PM Guy Delisle & Gabrielle Bell signing

All signings will be at the Drawn & Quarterly booth!

Brooklyn Bailout Burlesque featuring Illustration Alum Christine Young

brooklynbbBrooklyn Bailout Burlesque


Jon Burgerman (UK)
Jim Avignon (Germany)
Roman de Milk & Wodka (Switzerland)
Ema (France)
Asuka Ohsawa (Japan)
Daniel Dueck (Brooklyn)
Christine Young (Brooklyn) [Parsons Illustration Alum ’09]

Christine Young and a host of other amazing artists are included in the Fresh Factory Show, Brooklyn Bailout Burlesque which runs till August 30th, 2009. Here’s the official description:

The art world, global companies, complex societies and every small individual all have one problem in common: how to deal with the crisis. When money goes wrong nothing goes right. Many in the high society of art dreamt the dream of instant success and big overnight money, but the awakening was rough and most of the ambitious collectors had gone with the wind. So how can one stay in a market that barely exists in this time, where money displays a rather strange behavior.

Jim Avignon, Brooklyn-Berlin based artist, musician and hopeless bohemian curated a show with 7 young artists from Brooklyn and Europe,which might have some answers for you. They throw their skills together and create a panorama, where strange and funny characters inhabit a peculiar zone somewhere between realist figuration. cartoons, messageboard-doodling and pure fantasy.

Expect everything from unsentimental portraits, vibrant colors, playful items contemporary weirdness with a good old anti-establishment vibe.

Between high art and crumbling economy there is a common ground for inexpensive works, keenly tailored for broad appeal.

The show must go on.

Factory Fresh is currently OPEN from 1-7pm Wednesday thru Sunday and is located at 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the L train Morgan Stop.

General information or questions, please contact info@factoryfresh.net.

[painting above by Jon Avignon]

The CBLDF presents: Conversational Comics


The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund proudly presents Conversational Comics: a new summer speaker series taking place on three separate Saturday afternoons at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Please join us for lively panel discussions with artists currently changing the face of comics, all moderated by comics critic (and Parsons Illustration Adjunct) Bill Kartalopoulos. Then stick around to get a book signed, hit the taco truck, and sip a summer drink with our featured cartoonists.

All events take place at 2:00 pm in the back room at Union Pool. Union Pool is located at 484 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Lorimer-Metropolitan G and L stop.

June 27 @ 2:00 pm
Autobiography: My Life in Comics

David Heatley (My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down, Kramers Ergot), Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories, The Goddess of War) and Julia Wertz (Fart Party) will discuss the process, pleasures, and problems of making comics based on their own personal lives and observations.

July 11 @ 2:00 pm
Telling Stories: Fiction in Comics

Jessica Abel (Artbabe, La Perdida), Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies) and Matthew Thurber (1-800-Mice, Kramers Ergot) will talk about the nature of narrative and fiction in comics. We�ll consider forms of storytelling that comics can adapt, and others that comics can generate.

August 15 @ 2:00 pm
Lines on Paper: Drawing and Cartooning

Austin English (Windy Corner, Christina and Charles), Lisa Hanawalt (Stay Away From Other People, I Want You), and Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button, Bodyworld) will discuss the relationship between image-making and drawing for comics. How do pictures work differently in comics than they do on gallery walls?

Suggested donation for each event is $5. All proceeds go to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Bill Kartalopoulos
teaches classes about comics and illustration at Parsons. He is a Contributing Editor at Print Magazine, where he frequently writes about comics.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.

For additional information, donations, and other inquiries please visit www.cbldf.org

Comic Strip Serenade feat. Bill Kartalopoulos and Mark Newgarden


Bill Kartalopoulos & Mark Newgarden Present:


Please join us on Sunday, June 7 for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear forgotten songs inspired by unforgettable comic strip characters!

For one night only, the fabulous Jalopy theater will host a live performance of vintage compositions based on Krazy Kat, the
Katzenjammer Kids, Barney Google, Smokey Stover, Li’l Abner, and more, featuring lyrics by Milt Gross, Rube Goldberg, Walt Kelly, and other cartooning and pop music legends.

These songs are lively (and funny) artifacts from the days before television, when comic strips were the dominant form of daily visual entertainment, and from the days before radio, when new songs –published as sheet music — were routinely performed by families and friends in America’s living rooms and parlors. Hundreds of songs based on comic strip characters were published during this fertile period, and co-curators Bill Kartalopoulos and Mark Newgarden will present some of the very best — as well as some of the most wonderfully obscure!

Many of these comic strip songs were never recorded, never filmed, and most have never been publicly performed in the decades since their original publication. The event will also feature some later, post-war songs, including a selection from Broadway’s Li’l Abner and Walt Kelly’s memorable Pogo songs. The archival sheet music used for this special performance was provided courtesy of Mark Newgarden’s longtime collection.

A stunning line-up of celebrated musicians will bring these unearthed gems back to life, including:

Doug Skinner (The Regard of Flight, White Knuckle Sandwich)
Peter Stampfel (The Holy Modal Rounders, the Bottlecaps, the Fugs)
Meg Reichardt (Les Chauds Lapins, The Roulette Sisters) with Kurt
Hoffman (Band of Weeds, Les Chauds Lapins)
Robin Goldwasser & Chris Anderson (The Last Car)
John Keen (Ragtime pianist extraordinaire)

…and many more surprises!

Join us after the MoCCA comics festival ends in a relaxing Brooklyn venue for this very special celebration!

Show starts at 9:00 pm
$10 cover

315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY

Subway Directions: F or G train to Carroll St. (first car if coming
from North/West). Walk 1 block up Smith St to 1st Place. Make left.
Walk down past highway to Columbia St. Make left to 315 Columbia.

NYC Zine Fest


NYC Zine Fest ’09

June 27 & 28, 2009

Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Makers of Zines, Chapbooks, Affordable artists’ books, Indie ephemera:  all WELCOME and DESIRED!

It’s only $25 for a 4′ table each day ($40 for both days), so if you are inclined to whip up some zines or already have, consider booking–the deadline is May 30th and you get applications here!  If you attend but don’t exhibit (or even if you do), bring lots of dollar bills (zines are usually cheap).  They are also looking for zines, art, gift certificates, etc. for a RAFFLE, either at the Party or the Fest. If you have something to donate, please contact the organizers!

There will also be a FUNDRAISING PARTY at the Brooklyn Lyceum (sneak peak to the venue) on:
Friday, May 29, 2009.
8:00-midnight, $5 – $15 sliding scale.

Kid Koala’s “Music To Draw To” in BROOKLYN!

koala drawing

1)  LOUD PARTY:  get up! get down!  indoor block party LOUD shake it loose turntable dance party at a concert venue or club in the town. bring your dancing shoes and some smiles and come on down and make some noise.  The NEW YORK LOUD Indoor block party May 3rd at Le Poisson Rouge.

2)  QUIET WORK:  Music to Draw to… soiree.  Our little event from Montreal is going to see the world.  This event will be a little quieter… 5-hour set of quiet time tunes to work to…  Bring your sketchbook, yarn or that lump of clay and come on down and get some work done.  Baked goods will be provided.  uiet people are invited.  o dancing.  $5 bucks includes a free cup of hot chocolate and a pencil.  The NEW YORK “Music to Draw to…” event May 4th in Brooklyn at House of Yes (7pm-midnight)

For more info:


Bonnie Gloris in “Everyone We Know”


A sketchbook of Parsons Illustration Alumni Bonnie Gloris is included in the Sketchbook Project:  “Everyone We Know” .   This traveling group exhibition of sketchbooks organized by Art House (an artist co-op and gallery) is on tour February 27 – April 2, 2009.  And in fact, the tour stops in Brooklyn tonight!  Here are the details:

Mar 13, 2009
7:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY

195 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Over 2,000 artists from around the country were sent a small Moleskine sketchbook. Their task was to fill the book with “everyone we know”. Every book that we receive back will be on display. Visitors are encouraged to pick up the books and freely browse through them.

3rd Ward is a member-based artists’ co-op who has remarkable facilities available to artists as well as a great vibe. 3rd Ward’s views are so similar to Art House’s, that it is clearly a match made in heaven. We can’t wait for the show and especially to meet everyone at 3rd Ward as well as all of our New York participants!

Way to go, Bonnie! And if you’re in the Brooklyn area, stop by and see all this fantastic art.