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Culture, The Exhibitionist Japantown's Festa Comedy Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Japantown's Festa Comedy Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Festa Comedy, the monthly Japantown comedy showcase, will celebrate its one year anniversary with two shows on December 13. The first, "Just for Yolks," a rare marriage of brunch and stand-up, will take place at Doc’s Lab, while the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With Marlon Wayans About Aging, In Living Color, and How Comedy Is Too P.C.

Chatting With Marlon Wayans About Aging, In Living Color, and How Comedy Is Too P.C.

Today is Marlon Wayans’ birthday. He’s taking a break from filming his latest movie, a “comedy remix” of 50 Shades of Grey called 50 Shades of Black (which he wrote and will star in), to play a few nights at…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Comic Con Now Almost Entirely Bereft of Comic Books

Comic Con Now Almost Entirely Bereft of Comic Books

SAN DIEGO — Fans from across the world swarmed this California city in order to celebrate and portray their favorite characters from movies, TV shows, Netflix series, and video games. Lending diversity to the crowd, a few people who read…
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Culture, Stage Mind in the Gutter: The Grandfather of the Graphic Novel Schools Comic Fans

Mind in the Gutter: The Grandfather of the Graphic Novel Schools Comic Fans

Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and author of Maus, is a master of letting his images speak for him. But in bringing Wordless!, his multimedia show, to the Bay Area, he'll be all talk — or mostly talk, as he…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "The Sandman" Speaks: Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg on the Glories of Their Graphic Novel

"The Sandman" Speaks: Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg on the Glories of Their Graphic Novel

The Cartoon Art Museum's exhibit, "Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman," celebrates Neil Gaiman's comic-book series like never before. For the first time, original proofs of pre-publication pages are on display alongside original art from the series, which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Q&A: Wonder Woman Filmmaker on Feminism and Why Most Female Superheroes Die

Q&A: Wonder Woman Filmmaker on Feminism and Why Most Female Superheroes Die

She has indestructible bracelets, an invisible plane, and a Lasso of Truth. She appeared on the first Ms. Magazine cover, and on the recent 40th anniversary edition. The man who created her was a psychologist who invented the lie…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Love and Rockets</i> Celebrates 30 Years of Queer, Punk Comic Genius

Love and Rockets Celebrates 30 Years of Queer, Punk Comic Genius

Love and Rockets turns 30 this year. Most people don't associate Love and Rockets with the legendary comic book by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (with occasional contributions by their brother Mario), but with the alt-rock band that named themselves after…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco's Top 8 Comic Book Stores

San Francisco's Top 8 Comic Book Stores

As one of the primary foci of the underground comics movement beginning in the 1960s, the Bay Area has a well-documented tradition of fostering comics creators large and small. Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat, Zap Comix) lived in San…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist In Space, No One Can Hear You Blecch: <i>Mad</i> Magazine's <i>Alien</i> Parodies

In Space, No One Can Hear You Blecch: Mad Magazine's Alien Parodies

Prometheus, Ridley Scott's sorta-kinda-maybe-but-not-really prequel to 1979's Alien, opened this past weekend and made many millions of dollars. Not as many millions of dollars as Madagascar 3, mind you. (USA! USA! USA!) All the same, I'd imagine a Mad Magazine…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Star Wars</em> Comic Book Artists Speak on the Birth of an Empire

Star Wars Comic Book Artists Speak on the Birth of an Empire

In the ever-expanding supernova of subsidiary content in the Star Wars universe (action figures, Lego sets, video games, novels, TV movies, cartoons, and theme park rides), comic books hold a special place. One reason is because the first of Marvel's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Patient and Artist Laugh at Cancer in Comic Called <i>Terminally Illin'</i>

Patient and Artist Laugh at Cancer in Comic Called Terminally Illin'

Kaylin Marie Andres was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) and thyroid cancer at age 23, and she took a path that not everyone would take in response to that. She now lives by the motto, "Cancer is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>MAD</em> Magazine Taught Us How to Laugh at Fame and Power

MAD Magazine Taught Us How to Laugh at Fame and Power

When it launched in 1952, there had been nothing like MAD -- a comics magazine dedicated to humor and satire aimed at a broad range of targets. In particular, MAD exposed the cultural fakery behind familiar and beloved images that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Adorable Characters Meet Phantasmagorical Alcohol Bender in Zak Sally's <em>Sammy the Mouse</em>

Adorable Characters Meet Phantasmagorical Alcohol Bender in Zak Sally's Sammy the Mouse

A hapless mouse is our everyman figure, and an antagonistic duck prone to bouts of rage shows up at inopportune moments to make demands and empty threats. There's also a dog -- a sweet-natured, loyal friend to the mouse. But…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Head to Oakland -- Cartoonist Daniel Clowes Launches His First Museum Exhibition

Head to Oakland -- Cartoonist Daniel Clowes Launches His First Museum Exhibition

"Up until four or five years ago, I still thought of myself as a Midwesterner," says Daniel Clowes, who has called Oakland home for two decades. "I'd close my eyes and see water towers and Chicago at night. And then…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Artist John Severin Donates Work to Cartoon Art Museum Shortly Before His Death

Artist John Severin Donates Work to Cartoon Art Museum Shortly Before His Death

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. In December, the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum received a call…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist R. Crumb's <em>Fritz the Cat</em> Still Shocking, Offensive, and Darkly Funny After 40 Years

R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat Still Shocking, Offensive, and Darkly Funny After 40 Years

There's nothing adorable about Fritz the Cat. Although to some he is the mascot of the underground comix movement that began in the 1960s, Fritz isn't likable. Fantagraphics is giving us another opportunity to revisit R. Crumb's iconic character in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kate Glasheen's Graphic Novel <em>Bandage</em> Deserves to Be Called "Poetic"

Kate Glasheen's Graphic Novel Bandage Deserves to Be Called "Poetic"

There was a time when I read and thought about poetry on a regular basis -- but I broke up with that girlfriend and have barely read a word of it since. That joke points to why it's so difficult…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Transient</em>: Homeless Heroes Save San Francisco From Space Invaders

Transient: Homeless Heroes Save San Francisco From Space Invaders

Transient is like a batshit guy on the street telling you exactly why and how rain is seeded with pore-burrowing nanobots -- one of the craziest things I've seen in a while. It's the debut of Justin "Coro" Kaufman, a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Image Expo 2012: Berkeley Publisher to Spotlight Creator-Owned Comics at February Event

Image Expo 2012: Berkeley Publisher to Spotlight Creator-Owned Comics at February Event

With WonderCon temporarily relocating to Anaheim in 2012 due to the Moscone remodel, Bay Area comics creators, publishers, and fans despaired of going without a major con in the region during the coming year. But Image Comics has come to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Graphic Journalist Susie Cagle on Occupy: "The Camp Is the Demand"

Graphic Journalist Susie Cagle on Occupy: "The Camp Is the Demand"

Reporting on the Occupy movement is a frustrating task, one that has been especially difficult for Susie Cagle. As a graphic journalist, Cagle covers Occupy Oakland with her signature blend of writing and cartooning. While her cartoons make her reporting…
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