By Leroy Douresseaux
January 7, 2007 - 13:51
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts a live Comic Book Jam featuring “Friends of the Nib” on Wednesday, January 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery invites the public to observe the creative process unfold with a fascinating demonstration of comic book production on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 PM. This free event features inventive Seattle-area cartoonists associated with "Friends of the Nib," a weekly cartoonist's salon founded by influential artist, Jim Woodring (Jim, Frank). Over the course of the evening, the participating artists will create and reproduce a narrative mini-comic, which will be offered for sale at a nominal price at the conclusion of the event.
Formed over a year ago, "Friends of the Nib" meets each Wednesday at Café Racer, near Woodring's Ravenna neighborhood home. "I wanted to create an informal meeting place for young artists to draw comics and network," he explains. "I've only recently met most of the artists, and many of them aren't professional cartoonists. Anyone can participate." Many successful cartoonists regularly attend to mentor aspiring artists.
Woodring, together with collaborator, guitarist/composer Bill Frisell (Have a Little Faith and Nashville are two of his CD releases), was recently awarded a prestigious United States Art fellowship, funded by The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Prudential Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation. After presiding over the "Friends of the Nib" comics jam, Woodring will depart for France, where he will be a featured guest at the 33rd annual International Comic Strip Festival in Angouleme.
This lively event will complement the current exhibition "MOME: The New Guard" which features emerging cartoonists published in Fantagraphics Books quarterly anthology of the same name. Admission is free to the public of all ages. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's creative Georgetown district. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication.
"Friends of the Nib" Comic Book Jam
Wednesday, January 17, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way)
Seattle, WA 98108