Simon Hanselmann, Patrick Kyle and Michael DeForge are going on tour together, an event that will doubtless span a thousand autobio comics. DeForge is the best known of the group, acclaimed for Lose, Ant Comix and many more of his abstractly horrifying enquiries into social systems human and animal. Hanselmann’s Megahex presents a sit-com for millennials, as an owl a witch and a cat struggle with depression and ennui. I have read Kyle’s Distance Mover yet, but the blurb has me sold:
Mr. Earth can move incredible distances in his improbable Distance Mover, a wondrous vehicle that reflects the fantastic world it traverses. He, and his young art-star protégée Mendel, explore culture-rich crystalline cities, challenge the mighty Council of the Misters, try to overcome the all-conquering Ooze, and much more!
The crew kicks off on Thursday at Atomic Books, travels to SPX, hits Bergen Street, the Brooklyn Book Festival, Secret Headquarters, Floating World, Fantagraphics and even Vegas. Here’s the whole schedule:
September 12th – Baltimore, MD – Atomic Books
(with Charles Burns, Ed Piskor, Noel Freibert and more!)
September 13-14th – Bethesda, MD SPX
September 15th – Charlottesville, VA – Telegraph Gallery
(with Noel Freibert)
September 16th – Philadelphia, PA – Locust Moon Comics
(with Farel Dalrymple, Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)
September 20th – Brooklyn, NY – Bergen Street Comics
(with Eleanor Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Matthew Thurber, Mark Connery, Alex Degen and Noel Freibert)
September 21st – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Book Festival
September 23rd – Manhattan, NY – The New School
September 24th – Pittsburgh, PA – Copacetic Comics
(with Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)
September 27th – Columbus, OH – Kafe Kerouac
September 30th – Chicago, IL – Quimby’s
October 2nd – Minneapolis, MN – Boneshaker Books
October 4th – Las Vegas, NV – TBA
October 5th – Los Angeles, CA – Secret Headquarters
October 7th – San Francisco, CA – Mission Comics
(with Ed Luce)
October 9th – Portland, OR – Floating World
October 10th – Portland, OR – Gridlords
October 11th – Seattle, WA – Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery
(with Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte)
October 12th – Vancouver, BC – Pulp Fiction
(sans Simon Hanselmann)
The Floating World event takes place on October 9th and here’s some more info:
Celebrating the release of each of their own new comics, Hanselmann’s Megahex (Fantagraphics Books), DeForge’s Lose #6 (Koyama Press), and Kyle’s Distance Mover (Koyama Press), the trio are traveling from coast-to-coast starting at Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD and ending at The Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle, WA. Going from state-to-state, they will be signing books and selling an exclusive tour poster collaboration, silkscreened by Telegraph Gallery.
These cartoonists represent the new generation of underground comics. All contributing to the medium in different ways with very stylized humor comics, they each gained popularity posting their comics online before branching out onto the printed page. Now together and in planes, trains, and automobiles, Simon, Michael, and Patrick are taking their comics on the road to meet the fans (and crash on their couches). A few other special guests will join them along the way so find your city and plunk your butt down in front of the store for a good time.
You’ve been warned!
WHO: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle WHAT: Book release party WHEN: Thursday October 9th, 5-8pm WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.