Your Hidden Skeleton
More Recent Additions:
- James Palmer, 1924
- Mary I. Dupee, August 19th, 1910
- Margaret Mcgee, October 15th, 1916
- Lela M. Stickney, Ferbruary 15th, 1921
- Laura B. Taylor, February 13th, 1910
- Thomas P. Beuford, August 16, 1910
- Fortune Gallo, December 11th, 1920
- Frances A., 1919
- Douglas Fairbanks, 1919
- Eva T. Campanini, 1919
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd
Your Hidden Skeleton
Antique Inkblot Exhibit curated by Chloe Eudaly
A few years ago, your faithful proprietress purchased a 100-year-old autograph book from a rare book dealer called Your Hidden Skeleton. The directions were simple -- "Sign your name with full pen of ink, on folded line. Fold paper while ink is still wet. Be careful to dot the i, and to place the period at the end of the name." -- but the results were otherworldly, revealing images that look like alien x-rays replete with wings, faces, antennae, and other apparitions. For October's show we will give these "skeletons" a new life, plucking the most compelling examples from their yellowing pages, gently enhancing the images, and creating heirloom quality prints that will last another hundred years. In addition to the exhibit, we'll have a handful of the original books on display and inkblot activities. We'll also be exploring inkblot and other accidental art forms, pareidolia, handwriting, and divination in the shop.
Presumably inspired by the 19th century parlor game, Blotto, these novelty autograph books (there's at least one other version called "The Ghosts of My Friends") pre-date the Rorschach Test by at least five years and involve the very unique element of an individual's own handwriting which lends a layer of possible meaning and infinite variation to the game. Read more about the history and cultural impact of the inkblot here.
Exhibit runs through October.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 5pm
Trick or Treat on Mississippi Avenue!
Join us for early trick or treating on Mississippi Avenue! We'll have treats for bigs and littles! Costumes required!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 7pm
Horn! The Collected Reviews
Reading and Signing by Kevin Thomas
Join us this evening for a reading and signing with Rumpus columnist, Kevin Thomas to celebrate his new book Horn! The Collected Reviews (OR Books, 2014)! Most reviewers take thousands of words to do what Kevin Thomas does in nine exquisitely detailed black-and-white panels. Using his captivating illustrations and no more than a handful of words, week by week Thomas decrypts some of the most intriguing books of our day for readers of The Rumpus: now eighty-five of his favorites are collected in one volume.
Fiction and non-fiction, cutting-edge and popular books; the one quality these works have in common is that they've attracted Thomas' remarkably perceptive gaze and pen. This is a paean to reading by a thoroughly unjaded, committed amateur of the art, seriously appreciative of each book's unique attributes. The works he selects are ones he admires: and he excels at conveying the excitement and respect they inspire in him. What a list he's compiled: Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, George Saunders, Hilton Als, Oliver Sacks, Cheryl Strayed, Dennis Cooper and Jennifer Egan are just a few of the authors whose work is here brilliantly distilled.
Visual haikus closer to meditative poetry than traditional criticism, Thomas' unforgettable, evocative drawings often manage to encapsulate the essence of a book far better than a 2,000 word essay in our leading journals. Take a look for yourself.
Kevin Thomas was born in Southern California and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Classically trained in music, he is self-taught in comics. His comic strip Horn! Reviews appears fortnightly on The Rumpus. His work has appeared in Barrelhouse magazine and on OccupyWriters.com. He lives and reads in western Washington.
Try your hand at a nine panel book review and toot your own Horn here!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 6pm
Coloring Is Fun!
Painting Exhibit and Kickstarter Launch by Alicia Justus
For the past few years, Alicia Justus and musician/DJ Jacob Balcom having holding record & coloring nights at a couple local bars. Each week Alicia creates an exquisite black and white drawing of an early Hollywood (and often forgotten) star, and Jacob selects appropriate musical accompaniment spanning the last century, while dozens of friends and fans happily drink and scribble the night away.
Coloring is Fun! presents 20 fantastical paintings of Hollywood legends, as well as a wall full completed coloring pages.
Illuminating the Stars: Volume 1 will be a 32-page coloring book compilation of images from record & coloring nights past. Funded through Kickstarter and available in early 2015.
Refreshments provided! Coloring encouraged!
Show runs through November.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 7pm
The Wax Bullet War -- A Veteran's Day Reading
Reading & Signing with Sean Davis & Friends
Join us for a special Veteran's Day reading with The Wax Bullet War author, Sean Davis and friends.
This is a story for the mothers, fathers, family, and friends of war veterans. This is a collection of one soldier's memories, for those of us who support the troops but not necessarily the war or the reasons behind it; for those of us who have no idea what soldiers actually go through on a daily basis in Iraq; for those of us who have loved ones who have gone through it.
In the first 155 days of 2012, there were 154 suicides among U.S. military troops. What is post-traumatic stress disorder? How does a society help those who return from war with completely different personalities? Follow Sean Davis' life as he discovers the oddities of a pop-up America in a hostile desert wasteland; loses his best friend in a violent ambush; returns, critically wounded, to confinement in a place that's not his home; and deals with the fallout of PTSD and the horror of what he experienced in that war zone.
Davis transcends politics without ignoring them to bring to light a story of the effects of war on a single soldier. It's not a manual for fixing the military, foreign policy, or the ravaging effects of PTSD; rather, it's a guidebook that nudges us along, points out the details, and tells us about things we never knew existed. It's a beautiful, harrowing, powerful ride through the reality of veteran life in the 21st century.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 7pm
Sara or the Existence of Fire
Book Release Party with Sara Woods
More info coming soon...
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, 7pm
John Porcellino, MariNaomi, and Yumi Sakugawa!
Screening, Slide Show Reading & Release Party at Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.)
Reading Frenzy is proud to present this triple header comics event with John Porcellino, MariNaomi, and Yumi Sakugawa at the historic Hollywood Theater! The main presentation will be followed by a Q&A with all three authors and a book signing. Books and documentary will be available for purchase.
John Porcellino will be screening Root Hog or Die: A Film About John Porcellino and King-Cat Comics and celebrating the release of his comics memoir The Hospital Suite (Drawn & Quarterly, 2014).
Root Hog or Die follows the life of John Porcellino, who has self-published King-Cat Comics and Stories for twenty-five years. His comics, with equal parts Thoreau and Husker Du, showcase the moments-between-moments which make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. Filmmaker and friend-of-John, Dan Stafford, spent five years making this film which features interviews with John and more than twenty of his friends, fellow cartoonists, bandmates, confidantes, and admirers.
The Hospital Suite is an autobiographical collection detailing John's struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 1997, John began to have severe stomach pain. He soon found out he needed emergency surgery to remove a benign tumor from his small intestine. In the wake of the surgery, he had numerous health complications that led to a flare-up of his preexisting tendencies toward anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Hospital Suite is Porcellino's response to these experiences simply told stories drawn in the honest, heart-wrenching style of his much-loved King-Cat mini-comics. His gift for spare yet eloquent candor makes The Hospital Suite an intimate portrayal of one person's experiences that is also intensely relatable.
John Porcellino was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. He is the author of Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, Perfect Example, King-Cat Classix, Map of My Heart, and Thoreau at Walden. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, "John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive."
MariNaomi will give a slideshow reading about her comics memoir Dragon's Breath and Other True Tales (2D Cloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014). Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories collects nearly 400 pages of comics by MariNaomi, many of which first appeared on The Rumpus as the series "Smoke In Your Eyes." In this collection of raw, emotionally honest stories, MariNaomi explores a wide range of topics including youthful rebellion, mortality, disillusionment, and compassion. These poignant stories, some filled with hope, others tinged with remorse, are sure to appeal to even the most discerning reader.
MariNaomi has been making comics since 1997. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections and the Eisner-nominated No Straights Lines, as well as her award-winning graphic memoir, Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22. Her work on the Rumpus won a SPACE award as well as honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Comics 2013.
Yumi Sakugawa will present slideshow reading from her metaphysical lesson book Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe (Adams Media, 2014) -- a hand-drawn path to inner peace!
Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe will set you free on a visual journey of self-discovery. Set against a surreal backdrop of intricate ink illustrations, you will find nine metaphysical lessons with dreamlike instructions that require you to open your heart to unexplored inner landscapes. From setting fire to your anxieties to sharing a cup of tea with your inner demons, you will learn how to let go and truly connect with the world around you.
Whether you need a little inspiration or a completely new life direction, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe provides you with the necessary push to find your true path--and a whimsical adventure to enjoy on the way there.
Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Southern California, and author of I think I am in Friend Love With You. A graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is a regular comic contributor for The Rumpus. Her illustrations and comics have been featured on Buzzfeed, Lifehacker, PAPERMAG, Apartment Therapy, and elsewhere. Her short comic story "Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years" was selected as Notable Comics of 2012 by the Best American Comics anthology editors.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27th
CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 6pm
Handmade & Affordable Art Show
More info coming soon...
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 7pm
Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988
With Bruce Pavitt & Selector Dub Narcotic ~ A Joint Event with Beacon Sound!
Join us for a reading and signing with Bruce Pavitt and an after-party two doors down at Beacon Sound (3636 N. Mississippi Ave.) with Selector Dub Narcotic!
Many people don't realize that years before there was Sub Pop, the legendary indie record label, co-founder Bruce Pavitt ran a radio show and produced a zine called Subterranean Pop. Sub Pop USA is a complete collection of Pavitt's zine and Sub Pop USA columns for The Rocket.
Bruce Pavitt currently lives in Seattle, Washington. He keeps engaged in music by periodically speaking at conferences and festivals, consulting with artists and music labels, and as a DJ. A true music fan, Bruce continues to study music history in every genre.
Selector Dub Narcotic hails from Olympia, Washington and is the pseudonym of choice for Calvin Johnson when he is engaged in spinning records. Drawing largely from a stack of 45s, he is known to mix the genres dancehall, soul, punk, garage, R&B, rock steady, bubblegum and rockabilly with assorted curiosities of the current underground music scene.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25th
CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2nd, 6pm
Art During Wartime
Syrian Refugee Art
More info coming soon...