By The Editor
July 19, 2005 - 11:25
Rocketship is Brooklyn’s newest comic book and graphic novel store, opening in August at 208 Smith Street, with a wide selection of graphic novels, alternative comics, “DIY” mini-comics, and original comic art.
To help celebrate the grand opening, Rocketship will host “Cartoon Brooklyn,” a gallery show featuring work by some of Brooklyn’s best local artists. Jessica Abel (Artbabe, La Perdida), Dean Haspiel (Opposable Thumbs, The Quitter), Matt Madden (A Fine Mess, Odds Off), and Josh Neufeld (A Few Perfect Hours, The Vagabonds) will all have work displayed in the store throughout August and September. An opening reception will be held on July 29th, from seven until ten in the evening, complete with an open bar that will be serving wine and beer in the store’s garden. (Please contact Alex Cox at 718-797-1348 to be added to the guest list.)
Rocketship is owned by Mary Gibbons and Alex Cox, both of whom have years of experience in comic book retail, and share a love for comics as an art form. Their mission is to showcase cartoon art that goes beyond summer blockbusters and muscled men in tights. To that end, they’ve established Rocketship in Cobble Hill, and have a year’s worth of gallery shows already planned.
“Cartoon Brooklyn” showcases some of the finest artists working in alternative comics today, including three Xeric Award winners (Abel, Madden, and Neufeld) and two Harvey Pekar/American Splendor collaborators (Haspiel and Neufeld). The artists themselves will be present for a signing (to be announced) at the end of August.
Rocketship is located 208 Smith Street (between Butler and Baltic) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.