Wednesday, October 18, 2017
EARLY SCI FI COLLECTION GOES TO AUCTION OCT 21
The Brammer Family Collection of more than 10,000 books, comics, ephemera
to be sold at Quinn's Auction Galleries
A treasure trove assemblage of early science fiction will be sold October 21 when the Fred and Eric Brammer Family Collection of books, comics and ephemera goes to auction at Quinn's Auction Galleries & Waverly Rare Books in Falls Church, Virginia.
An encapsulation of the collections of father and son duo, Fred and Eric Brammer, of McLean, VA, the sale represents more than six decades of purposeful collecting starting with items from early science fiction and fantasy conventions in the 1930s. Fred, a member of the First Fandom, a group of lovers of the sci-fi and horror genres, amassed a collection of pulp fiction, comic books, ephemera, classic novels, short stories and cult hits starting before the Second World War As he traveled the globe attending sci-fi conventions, Fred often purchased the newest works by burgeoning authors. Passing along his love of weird fiction to his son, Eric, the Brammer family eventually became staples at conventions sharing their passion for the genre and supporting then little known authors and ventures such as Star Trek.
After Fred's death Eric, a filmmaker and photographer, decided to bring his father's collection to auction for the purpose of using the proceeds to create a documentary examining the Brammer family story in the world of science fiction. His film will also show the influence and importance the members of the First Fandom had on contemporary science fiction and popular culture fandoms.
Highlights of the Quinn's sale will include a first edition of Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and H. P. Lovecraft's The Outsider and Others. In addition to a series of rare and desirable first editions, the Brammer Family Collection boasts hundreds of golden and silver age comic books including Batman No. 181 with the first appearance of Poison Ivy; Captain America, No. 100, and the first appearance of Captain America in his own series; Fantastic Four No. 48, "The Coming of Galactus," and The Amazing Spider-Man No. 129, the first appearance of the Punisher, among many other important and early comics.
The auction will take place Saturday, October 21 at 11 am at Quinn's Auction Galleries, 360 South Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia. www.QuinnsAuction.com
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The Dark Knight is evolving, with writer Tom King seeing Batman as 'sort of a machine that turns pain into hope.'
By Michael Rapoport
Updated Oct. 16, 2017
Appeared in the October 17, 2017, print edition as 'batman takes on a more human dimension.'
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
...although I can't figure out how to listen to these on a computer...
How Does a Comic Book Store Owner Work?
Jared Smith talks about the weekly grind of bringing comics to readers.
Over the past six episodes of Working, we've been talking with writers and artists about how comics get made. In this episode, which you can listen to via the player above, we're looking at how they make their way into readers' hands.
This week, we sat down with Jared Smith, one of the co-owners of Big Planet Comics, a chain of four shops in the Washington area. Smith discusses the ups and downs of a job that finds him reading comics almost every day. Along the way, he leads us through a week in the life of the comics shop, from the labor that goes into unpacking boxes of new books every Tuesday to the daily effort of building relationships with customers. He also talks Big Planet's publishing partnership with Retrofit Comics, a project that finds him serving an editorial role.
Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Smith talks about the comics he eagerly reads every month. If you're a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at Slate.com/workingplus.
Monday, October 16, 2017
SPX 2017 Panel - Good Minnesotans and Mirror Mirrors: Ten Years of 2dcloud
|Gallant inked by Earskine|
|Shadows drawn and inked by Gallant|
Sunday, October 15, 2017
"Your Home Should Be A Safe Space"
(Art promoting DCMJ's Oct. 31 protest at the headquarters of the Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Despite the personal possession and use of cannabis being legal in DC, residents of Federally-subsidized Section 8 public housing are prohibited from smoking in their homes. Because Congress prohibits DC from enacting Tax'n'Regulate and the DC government prohibits public consumption in bars and clubs, folks in Section 8 have the choice of risking immediate eviction and possible imprisonment by smoking in their homes, or smoking on the street and risking arrest for smoking in public.
It's no wonder Section 8 is often referred to as "prison you pay rent for".
SPX 2017 Panel - Architecture Of A Page
SPX 2017 Panel - Spinning With Tillie Walden
SPX 2017 Panel - Eleanor Davis and Jillian Tamaki in Conversation
SPX 2017 Panel - Emil Ferris: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
SPX 2017 Panel - World Building From Reality
SPX 2017 Panel - Koyama & DeForge: Lose, Everyone Wins
Friday, October 13, 2017
Story and art by Teresa Roberts Logan
4441 George Mason Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22030
Bring the whole family for a celebration of comic books and graphic novels with artists S.L. Gallant, Paulina Ganucheau, Kevin Panetta, Jason Rodriquez, and Ben Towle. Gallant presents his artwork of a familiar hero figure as he is the longest running artist on G.I. Joe: An American Hero. Ganucheau and Panetta co-authored Zodiac Starforce, starring comic high school girls taking on the darkness of the earth. Rodriquez shares his graphic novel, Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775, and his revolutionary idea for exciting young adults to learn about the history of colonial New England. And Towle introduces readers to the coastal town of Blood's Haven, with an ocean full oysters and even oyster pirates in his graphic novel, Oyster War. Sponsored by Canon Solutions America
Join Jason Rodriquez, comic book editor and author of Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775, and artist Liz Laribee for a comic drawing workshop. This workshop will teach kids to create their own comics when they have a story to tell. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.