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Seven Stories Press celebrates the release of The Graphic Canon Boxed Set with local contributing artists David Lasky, Colleen Frakes, Megan Kelso, Jeremy Eaton, Stan Shaw, and Roberta Gregory

November 7, 2013 7:00pm

November 7th at 7pm GCBoxSet
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join local artists David Lasky, Colleen Frakes, Megan Kelso, Jeremy Eaton, Stan Shaw, and Roberta Gregory as they discuss their artistic careers and their contributions to the Graphic Canon anthology at the Seattle Public Library on November 7th at 7pm.

THE GRAPHIC CANON is a one-of-a-kind, three-volume anthology of classic and contemporary world literature re-interpreted by comics artists and illustrators and edited by Russ Kick. Praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, Library Journal, BooklistKirkus, and a slew of comics and literary magazines, The Graphic Canon is a truly unique collection that showcases over 200 works of literature adapted by over 150 artists.

The Graphic Canon Boxed Set (Nov. 5, 2013) includes Vol. 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons, Vol. 2: From ‘Kubla Khan’ to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray and Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest as well as a special edition poster of Dame Darcy’s Alice in Wonderful and a collector’s slipcase.

For more information see: www.thegraphiccanon.wordpress.com

Seattle artist DAVID LASKY has been writing and drawing comics for over 20 years. His earliest success was a nine-page mini adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses. In the 90s he was known for the solo comic ‘Boom Boom,’ and then collaborated with Greg Stump on the Harvey-nominated ‘Urban Hipster.’ His stories have appeared in countless anthologies over the years, including Kramers Ergot and Best American Comics. With writer Frank Young, he co-created two graphic novels: Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (Eisner Award winner in 2013). He has been a graphic novel instructor at Richard Hugo House and various other venues in the Seattle area.

COLLEEN FRAKES grew up on the ocean, but left home for funny book school. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and was awarded a Xeric Grant in publish her book Tragic Relief in the fall of 2007. In 2009, her second graphic novel, Woman King, won the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Her most recent book, Island Brat, was published with help from Koyama Press. More at www.tragicrelief.com.

JEREMY EATON is an alternative cartoonist and illustrator whose work has been published in more than a dozen comics and paperback collections by the likes of Fantagraphics Books, Chronicle Books, Kitchen Sink Press, and Black Eye Comics, major titles being A Sleepyhead Tale, The Island of Dr. Moral, and A World of Trouble. More at www.jeremyeatonart.com.

A native of Seattle, WA, MEGAN KELSO first came to comics fans’ attention with her Xeric Award-winning mini-comic Girlhero. Two collections of short stories followed: Queen of the Black Black (Highwater, 1998) and The Squirrel Mother (Fantagraphics, 2006). In 2007 the New York Times asked Megan to create a strip for their Sunday Magazine. The resulting story, Watergate Sue, ran weekly for six months, in a slot previously occupied by Chris Ware, Seth, and Jaime Hernandez. In 2010, Fantagraphics published Megan’s double-Ignatz Award-winning Artichoke Tales. Megan is currently at work on a children’s book and a new collection of short stories. More at www.girlhero.com.

ROBERTA GREGORY has been creating her unique comics since the 1970s with appearances in “undergrounds” like Wimmens’ Comix and her own title, Dynamite Damsels, through the 1990s with forty issues (and many collections) of her Fantagraphics solo title, Naughty Bits. Her notorious Bitchy Bitch character, translated into several languages, has been a weekly strip, three live theater productions, and an animated series on cable television. Roberta was also responsible for the Winging It graphic novel, Sheila and the Unicorn, and Artistic Licentiousness, among other works. Her most recent book is a collection of her travel comics, Follow Your Art, and she is currently working on a “Bitchy” graphic novel, True Cat Toons, and Mother Mountain, a series of four prose novels (with a graphic novel). More at www.robertagregory.com.

STAN SHAW is known as a comic book artist. This is only partially true, due to the fact that he has to buy groceries once in a while. Most of his time is spent on editorial illustration, advertising, animation, and storyboards, with a client list that includes the Village Voice, Esquire, Slate, Starbucks, the Seattle Mariners, Nintendo, Rhino Records, Microsoft, REI, BET, DC Comics, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Lucas Film Licensing, MAD, and the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. His work has appeared in How, Communication Arts, Print, and Covers and Jackets by Steven Heller. He can be reached at drawstanley@harbornet.com or drawstanley.com.

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