Tonight, a comic event which will be very difficult to top no matter how many more you see this year:
An Evening with HUMBUG
Featuring Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in conversation with Gary Groth
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00PM
The Strand Bookstore
12th St. & Broadway, New York, NY
The occasion is a discussion of HUMBUG, the humor magazine launched by Harvey Kurtzman, Roth, Jaffee, Will Elder and several other geniuses in 1957, which has just been reprinted in a deluxe edition by Fantagraphics. Stephen Kroninger has more background and some pages from the book:
In 1957, five artists — HARVEY KURTZMAN, WILL ELDER, ARNOLD ROTH, AL JAFFEE and JACK DAVIS — hot on the heels of creating MAD magazine, pooled their money and their talent and entered into the creative, exuberant folly of a lifetime by creating the greatest satirical magazine of their careers. Join HUMBUG co-founders Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in a book signing and discussion about this historic publication with Fantagraphics Publisher and editor of the collected HUMBUG, Gary Groth. Attendees will also enjoy an exclusive screening of a documentary short film about the late Will Elder.