6.22.2011

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1.24.2011

Tony Millionaire at Desert Island this Thursday

We will have tons of Tony's books and a new print for you to get signed. Come hang out!

1.07.2011

Welcome to the future!


Lots of amazing guests coming to the store this year

Namely:
Thursday Jan. 27th
Tony Millionaire
book signing
7 - 9 PM

Wednesday Feb. 16th
James Kirkpatrick
book release party and signing
7 - 9 PM

Friday April 8th
Peter Bagge
book signing
7 - 9 PM

12.02.2010

Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

>THIS SATURDAY<
Dec. 4th - from Noon to 9 pm - FREE ADMISSION

275 North 8th St, Brooklyn, NY

Signing at the Desert Island table:
1 - 2 PM: Nate Neal and Derek Van Gieson
2 - 3 PM: Johnny Ryan
3 - 4 PM: Michael Kupperman and Anders Nilsen
4 - 5 PM: Kim Deitch
5 - 6 PM: Bill Griffith
6 - 7 PM: Mark Alan Stamaty

PROGRAMMING EVENTS:
Downstairs at Our Lady of Mount Carmel | 275 North 8th Street, Brooklyn
All panels moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos unless otherwise indicated

1:00 | LYNDA BARRY AND CHARLES BURNS IN CONVERSATION
Lynda Barry drew the syndicated weekly comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek
for more than two decades, and has authored books including Cruddy,
One Hundred Demons, What It Is, and this year's Picture This. Charles
Burns is the author of acclaimed graphic novel Black Hole and the
recent full color book X'ed Out. Join us for this conversation between
two extraordinary artists who also share a personal history as former
classmates.

2:00 | THE ART OF EDITING
In 1980, Françoise Mouly co-founded, with Art Spiegelman, the
ground-breaking comics anthology RAW. She is also the Art Editor of
The New Yorker and the Editorial Director of the TOON Books line of
children's comics. Sammy Harkham is the editor of the Kramers Ergot
series, which has articulated a new aesthetic for comics – and comics
anthologies – with each monumental volume. Harkham and Mouly will
discuss the pleasures and problems of editing.

3:00 | TAKING INVENTORY: THE STORY OF THINGS
In their most conventionally narrative form, comics develop a
storyboard-like continuity from panel to panel. But how isolated can a
panel be? Renée French, James McShane, Jungyeon Roh and Leanne Shapton
will discuss the ways in which they construct or suggest narratives by
assembling images of objects and moments that retain their individual
integrity.

4:00 | IRWIN HASEN: WHEN COMIC BOOKS WERE NEW
Comic books came into their own with the success of Superman’s 1938
debut. By 1940, Irwin Hasen was working in this new field, drawing
early comics featuring Green Lantern and Wildcat before co-creating
the comic strip Dondi and, recently, the 2009 graphic novel Loverboy.
Evan Dorkin and Paul Pope will join moderator Dan Nadel for a special
conversation with an artist who has been working in comics for seventy
years.

5:00 | ANDERS NILSEN Q+A
Anders Nilsen’s fine line, radical graphic experimentation, and humane
philosophical investigations distinguish him as one of the most
notable cartoonists of his generation. This winter sees the conclusion
of his series Big Questions, an epic epistemological adventure
featuring several cartoon birds (some of them dead) and one
disoriented fighter pilot. Anders will discuss his art and career in
this spotlight conversation.

6:00 | HOW NANCY IS: THE SEMIOTICS OF THE GAG
Ernie Bushmiller’s iconic comic strip Nancy has been described as “a
mini-algebra equation masquerading as a comic strip” drawn by “a moron
on an acid trip.” Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead), Mark Newgarden
(How To Read Nancy), and Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comix) will discuss
the unshakeable appeal of Nancy and the essence of gag humor in their
comics.

7:00 | CHAOS AND PATTERN
Artwork that is dense with compositional detail, line, pattern and
texture encourages a lingering, wandering eye. How does this kind of
drawing work in comics? Brian Chippendale, Jordan Crane, Keith Jones
and Mark Alan Stamaty will consider the relationship between densely
made drawing and the propulsive concerns of visual narrative.

SATELLITE EVENTS AND EXHIBITS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
“Nazi Knife” Exhibit Opening
Location: Secret Project Robot | 210 Kent Ave, Brooklyn
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

A collection of images curated by the French collective Nazi Knife,
whose eponymous anthology has become a post-millennial clearing house
for the psyche-grotesque and other non-narrative drawing in the
transgressive post-punk French tradition. Artists include: C.F., Mat
Brinkman, Hendrik Hegray, Jonas Delaborde, Andy Bolus, Leon Sadler,
Massimiliano Bomba, Stephane Prigent.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival presents:
Cartoonists and Comics On Camera, 1916-1962
Location: The Knitting Factory | 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

A once-in-a-lifetime presentation of rare footage featuring 20th
century comics greats and some unusual animated adaptations of their
work, curated by Mark Newgarden. See Rube Goldberg, Otto Soglow,
Chester Gould, Frank King, Harold Grey, Hal Foster (and many more) at
the drawing board! See Jefferson “Gags And Gals” Machamer act! See a
drawing lesson from Fred C. Cooper! Plus Krazy Kat, Al Capp, Jacky’s
Diary and many more surprises! And join us afterwards for drinks at
the Knitting Factory’s front-room bar.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7
“Renée French: Drawings” Exhibit Opening
Location: Adam Baumgold Gallery | 60 East 66th Street, NY, NY
Time: 7:00 pm

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents a selection of Renée French's exquisite
graphite-on-paper drawings from 2007 to the present. Included here are
sequences from her acclaimed new graphic novel, H Day, as well as a
series of metaphorical "portraits" -- uncanny visages made up of
microscopic details.

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is an ongoing project by
Desert Island, PictureBox and Bill Kartalopoulos. More information
about the Festival is available online at
www.comicsandgraphicsfest.com.

Direct link for Programming Schedule:
http://www.comicsandgraphicsfest.com/?page_id=81

Direct link for Satellite Events:
http://www.comicsandgraphicsfest.com/?page_id=83

Direct link to Press Release on our site:
http://www.comicsandgraphicsfest.com/?p=158

10.23.2010

Leslie Stein profile from Etsy


Check out this video portrait of our cartoonist pal Leslie Stein from 2008 (with a cameo in our shop). Her comics are great, and she has a book coming out with Fantagraphics in 2011.

10.09.2010

Larry Storch at Desert Island


Larry Storch appeared at Desert Island with Drew Friendman for the book launch of Friedman's "Too Soon?"

10.05.2010

Drew Friedman at Desert Island


This will be a good one! Drew Friedman in person at Desert Island, interviewed by Dave the Spazz from WFMU, celebrating his new book TOO SOON? We'll also have a new limited edition print published by Desert Island. Good times!

Here's his wikipedia entry in case you've had your eyeballs shut for the past 30 years:

Drew Friedman (born 1958) is an American cartoonist and illustrator who first gained renown for his humorous artwork and "stippling"-like style of caricature, employing thousands of pen-marks to simulate the look of a photograph. In the mid-1990s he switched to painting. His painstaking attention to detail and photorealistic parodies of Hollywood legends is widely admired.
Friedman's work has appeared in such periodicals as Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Observer, Esquire, RAW, Rolling Stone, and MAD Magazine.

Although in recent years Friedman has mostly worked doing caricature illustrations for mainstream publications, he first attracted public attention in the 1980s producing morbid alternative comics stories, sometimes working solo but often with his brother Josh Alan Friedman writing the scripts. These stories portrayed celebrities and character actors of yesteryear in seedy, absurd, tragi-comic situations. One memorable story followed Bud Abbott and Lou Costello wandering the urban jungle at night, encountering whores, junkies and other lowlifes. Friedman created strips featuring actor/wrestler Tor Johnson in his iconic hulking moron persona from Ed Wood, Jr. films. The brothers also wrote stories about talk-show host Joe Franklin, including one strip, written by Drew, for Heavy Metal magazine, The Incredible Shrinking Joe Franklin, that prompted Franklin to sue for $40 million. The suit was later dismissed.[citation needed] These stories were generally meant to be amusing, although they were extremely dark and a few were tragic. Drew Friedman's work won high praise from such notable figures as Kurt Vonnegut Jr., who compared him to Goya,[citation needed] and R. Crumb, who wrote, "I wish I had this guy's talent".[citation needed]
The Friedman brothers were first published in RAW Magazine. Working with and without his brother, Drew's comics were published in Heavy Metal, Weirdo, High Times, National Lampoon, and other comics anthologies from the '80s into the early '90s. The brothers published two collections, Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental and Warts and All. In a Comics Journal interview, Drew Friedman lamented that he and his brother had failed to earn a living creating work that was time- and labor-intensive yet earned little. Josh gave up comics to become a journalist and a musician.[citation needed]
Beginning in 1986, Drew illustrated a monthly feature, "Private Lives of Public Figures," for (the now-defunct) SPY magazine; these illustrations were compiled in a book published by St. Martin's Press in 1992. He also provided illustrations for Howard Stern's two best-selling books, Private Parts and Miss America. Friedman served as comics editor for the National Lampoon in 1991,[citation needed] introducing the works of (among others) Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware to a wider audience. Since 1994 he has provided regular front-page illustrations for the New York Observer.
In 2006, Friedman published Old Jewish Comedians (Fantagraphics Books), a collection of portraits of famous and forgotten Jewish comics of film and TV in their old age, about which Steven Heller, in the New York Times Book Review, wrote: "A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces, . . . Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt."[1] A sequel, More Old Jewish Comedians (Fantagraphics Books), was published in 2008. A collection of newer work, The Fun Never Stops! was published by Fantagraphics in 2007, containing many comics co-written by his frequent collaborator and wife, K. Bidus. Booklist listed it as One of the Ten Best Comics Collections of 2007.[citation needed]
He is the son of author/satirist Bruce Jay Friedman.

8.25.2010

Julia Wertz & Aaron Renier event

Aaron Renier / Julia Wertz
DOUBLE BOOK LAUNCH!!
(extra exclamation mark necessary for the doubleness!)

Aaron Renier and Julia Wertz will be teaming up to launch The Unsinkable Walker Bean and Drinking at the Movies at Desert Island on September 3rd, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm

Come down to Desert Island for slideshows, an exclusive silkscreen print collaboration from Aaron and Julia, and lots of fun times.

Desert Island is at 540 Metropolitan Avenue, only a block away from the Metropolitan/Lorimer G/L train. You should stop by!

7.29.2010

7.13.2010

Denis Kitchen and Charles Brownstein

click on the pic to hear the whole talk!

7.08.2010

Underground legend Denis Kitchen friday July 9th

Mr. Kitchen on the left, photo by Alan Light
Legendary underground comics publisher and cartoonist Denis Kitchen will appear at Desert Island on Friday July 9th for a book signing and talk with Charles Brownstein. Brownstein is the the current director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which was founded by Mr. Kitchen in 1986.

This event celebrates "The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen," a new hardcover book featuring artwork from Kitchen's forty-plus years in the comics industry, an introduction by Neil Gaiman, and an extensive biographical essay by CBLDF president Charles Brownstein.

Denis Kitchen
in conversation with Charles Brownstein
followed by book signing

Friday, July 9th, 7-9 pm
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
http://www.desertislandbrooklyn.com/

RSVP on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135106543180795&index=1


Denis Kitchen grew up in Wisconsin, attending William Horlick High School, Racine, where he co-founded and edited Klepto, an unofficial school paper, also contributing stories and illustrations to the paper. He continued this interest at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where in 1967 he co-founded and served as art director for the humor magazine Snide, also supplying cartoons.

In 1969 Kitchen decided to self publish his comics and cartoons in the magazine, Mom’s Homemade Comics, inspired in part by Bijou Funnies and Zap Comix. The selling out of the 4000 print run inspired him further, and in 1970 he founded Kitchen Sink Press (initially as an artists' cooperative) and launched the underground newspaper The Bugle-American, with Jim Mitchell and others. Under the name of the Krupp Syndicate, he syndicated comic strips to almost 50 other underground and college newspapers. In addition to the Milwaukee artists like himself, Mitchell, Bruce Walthers, Don Glassford and Wendel Pugh, Kitchen began to publish works by such cartoonists as Howard Cruse, Trina Robbins and S. Clay Wilson, and he soon expanded his operations, launching Krupp Comic Works, a parent organization into which he placed ownership of Kitchen Sink Press and through which he also launched such diverse ventures as a record company and a commercial art studio.

By 1973 Kitchen Sink Press was publishing works by established comics artists Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner, and Kitchen was approached by Stan Lee to edit Marvel's underground comic magazine, Comix Book. Kitchen assembled a number of underground comics artists to submit to the venture, including Justin Green, Kim Deitch and Art Spiegelman, whose three page story was the foundation for what was to become Maus. Sales were not strong enough for Marvel to support the book beyond three issues, and although Kitchen put out two more through Kitchen Sink Press to utilize the work already commissioned, the title ceased publication with issue five.

Kitchen's founding of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund occurred in 1986, after comic store manager Michael Correa was charged with possession and sale of obscene material. Since two of the works cited in the case as obscene were published by Kitchen Sink Press, Kitchen felt some responsibility for Correa's predicament, and so he set about raising funds for the defense of Correa, who saw his conviction overturned on appeal. Kitchen used surplus funds to incorporate the fund as a non-profit charitable organization in 1990. Kitchen served as the fund's president from its inception until 2004, noting on his retirement from the board that "The challenges facing comics are different from when I founded the Fund ... I think it's fitting that the generation directly facing these challenges ... should be the ones standing up to them."

Read a recent interview with Kitchen here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=25284

The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen HC
Writer: Denis Kitchen, Neil Gaiman, Charles Brownstein
Artist: Denis Kitchen with design by John Lind
Genre: Art Book Publication Date: June 16, 2010
Format: FC, 200 pages, HC, 9" x 12"
Price: $34.99
ISBN-10: 1-59582-360-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-360-1
Preview the book here:
http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=35575

6.24.2010

Megan Kelso slideshow & signing Fri June 25th

Megan's book Artichoke Tales has been ten years in the making. And now it's here! Come check out this amazing book, and watch a live reading with the artist. 

Artichoke Tales is a 176-page coming-of-age story about a young girl named Brigitte whose family is caught between the two warring sides of a civil war, a graphic novel that takes place in a world that echoes our own, but whose people have artichoke leaves instead of hair. Influenced in equal parts by Little House on the Prairie, The Thorn Birds, Dharma Bums, and Cold Mountain, Kelso weaves a moving story about family amidst war. Kelso’s visual storytelling, uniquely combining delicate linework with rhythmic, musical page compositions, creates a dramatic tension between intimate, ruminative character studies and the unflinching depiction of the consequences of war and carnage, lending cohesion and resonance to a generational epic. This is Kelso’s first new work in four years; the widespread critical reception of her previous work makes Artichoke Tales one of the most eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2010.

Megan Kelso started working in the 1990s with the minicomic Girlhero, which won her a Xeric Foundation grant in 1993. She has since published several other projects including Queen of the Black Black and The Squirrel Mother. She was the editor of the female cartoonist anthology, Scherherazade: Stories of Love, Treachery, Mothers, and Monsters (published by Soft Skull Press). Among many other publications, Kelso had a story (which she co-created with Ron Rege) in SPX 2004.
She received two Ignatz Awards in 2002, for Outstanding Artist (for Artichoke Tales #1 and her story in Non #5) and Outstanding Minicomic (for Artichoke Tales #1).
From April 1 to September 9, 2007, Kelso published a weekly comic strip in The New York Times Magazine titled Watergate Sue. She is recently completed her graphic novel Artichoke Tales for Fantagraphics Books.

Check out her site here: http://www.girlhero.com/