Bookish Beasts

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material

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sexandculture:

We are very proud to have two of the Bay Area’s finest local independent publishers joining us at Bookish Beasts this Sunday. They are Manic D Press and Last Gasp.

The first 5 images in this post are covers from books by Manic D Press:

Manic D Press was founded by Jennifer Joseph in 1984. An award-winning literary press based in San Francisco, California publishing fiction, poetry, pop culture, music, art, narrative-oriented comix, and alternative travel books, we represent a diverse group of unique writers and artists, with emphasis on those who have been shunned by the traditional publishing establishment for lacking commercial viability, regardless of their talent or future promise.

The last 4 images are from Last Gasp:

Last Gasp is one of the largest and oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comics in the world, celebrating its 41st year in business. Over the years we have published, and in some cases brought to light, some of the most respected and talented artists working today, including R. Crumb, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Mark Ryden, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Frank Kozik, Todd Schorr, Winston Smith, Spain, Robert Williams, and countless others. Today, we publish 12-20 new titles per year, focusing on ‘lowbrow’ and ‘pop surrealist’ artists, as well as graphic novels and pop culture titles. We also distribute all sorts of weird ‘n’ wonderful subversive literature, graphic novels, tattoo, and art books, supplying them to bookstores and art galleries on six continents.


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The prolific Shayna Why is bringing her goods to Bookish Beasts this Sunday.  In addition to making comics, Ms. Why paints, draws, makes scary soft dolls (depending on what you’re afraid of), silkscreens on fabric panties and dresses, constructs dollhouses and just self-published an anthology of her artist and writer friends.

Check out her work  http://www.shaynawhy.com/and you’ll be as excited as the CSC staff to see her latest projects.

Bookish Beasts — Sunday, July 13 — noon to 6 pm 1349 Mission Street SF (the one and only Center for Sex and Culture)

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Bookish Beast Contributor Bio: Tyler Cohen

sexandculture:

In case you were wondering what other awesome work you have to look forward to !!THIS SUNDAY!!— we present:

Tyler Cohen!

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Tyler is a cartoonist who works with multiple voices: surrealism, true vignettes around being the feminist mom of a young daughter, and journalistic bits about language.

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sexandculture:

Next Sunday at CSC’s Bookish Beasts, Ajuan Mance will be selling prints and zines.

I am so glad Ajuan Mance will be joining us again. Visual artist, arts organizer *and* English professor at Mills College this is what she say about her drawing series:

1001 Black Men is a series of drawings inspired by the faces I see in Oakland every day, and by my memories of the family, friends, and neighbors I grew up with out east.  In the poem “Beautiful Black Men,” Nikki Giovanni describes her love for all types of Black men, explaining that, for her, they represent “the same old danger/but a brand new pleasure.” In this series of drawings, I push past entrenched stereotypes to create images of Black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African American lives–our history so deeply embedded in our present, our celebrations so often tempered by grief and, yes, the pleasure and danger we find in so many of the people, places, and activities that give us joy.

Check out More of her work here and those of you who live too far to come to Bookish, she has an online store!

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sexandculture:

As you all know Bookish Beasts is coming up in less than a month! That’s fucking crazy. Year two of celebrating deviant zines and comics. I feel we are definitely seeing the academic trend of zines slowly being recognized by libraries and his/herstorians as important bits of information that highlight our DIY attempts to balance our personal worlds of thoughts and ideas that the normative culture continually shames. Whew! that last sentence was way too long. An important part of claiming our identities and sexualities has been through writing self-published material, many taking the form of zines. We have and continue to lay the groundwerk for future perverts and queers to build off of. It’s exciting to have a day that allows us to celebrate our DIY his/herstories as it constantly changes and reworks and rewords itself into the future.

We will be featuring different finds in our collection at this year’s Bookish Beasts. Here are some genderfucked zines we stumbled upon the other day from the early 2000s. A couple from Tara Jensen called The Bathroom Liberation Front and Smut Ball. And another called The Little Black Book of Drag by Nellie Wilson and Julia Gregory, which I believe we have some original art from in our Archives. Some history, some anger, some fierce Gertrude Stein quotes.

Come to Bookish Beasts on July 13th. http://on.fb.me/T2Shlm

Or just come hang out on Monday at CSC to see our zine collection (http://csczine.tumblr.com/) and stretch your legs and loins out at your favorite sex library.

In love and gendersmashing

Miss Ian

Resident Pervert Librarian at CSC

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GiveOUT Day ***EXTENDED*** till 11:59pm EST, Friday 5/16! Keep those donations to CENTER FOR SEX & CULTURE coming!

centersexculture:

Holy wow! Give OUT Day has been extended to 11:59pm EST 5/16 (that’s TOMORROW!) due to Razoo being down for a couple of hours today. Razoo is back up now, so this means LOTS more time to support Center for Sex and Culture. Let’s keep those donations rolling, and get to #1 in the Bay Area and National Leader Boards!: http://giveout.razoo.com/story/Center-For-Sex-And-Culture


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CENTER FOR SEX AND CULTURE

centersexculture:

Oh my stars & garters, everyone! Center for Sex and Culture is currently at SECOND PLACE in the Bay Area Small Non-Profit Leaderboard for Give OUT Day, and we are at 23rd place nationally! This is amazing — but we’ve still got a ways to go to get to #1! Please keep those donations rolling in, and please keep telling friends to donate. Remember that we get extra prizes and incentives for each individual donation that we receive today. If all you can give is $10 and a signal boost to your network, that’s cool! If you can give more, that’s also greatly appreciated! Giving goes till 11:59pm ET tonight. Let’s MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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ZINES, COMICS & ART BY THE BAY AREAS BEST CREATORS OF TRANSGRESSIVE AND EROTIC MATERIAL!
BOOKISH BEASTS: Center for Sex and Culture is looking for  zine and comic book makers!
After the success and fun of last year’s fest, we are inspired to bring together and try to grow the audiences of local zine and comics artists who make sexy books. Center for Sex & Culture is a fantastic multi-use space that is perfect for gathering local artists whose works need to be celebrated for their blatant hotness.Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.
The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.
CSC provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource. All of CSC’s books are searchable through Goodreads and CSC’s zine database: http://www.sexandculture.org/lbryIf you want to participate or have any questions, contact us at:sexandculturegallery@gmail.com The registration fee is $20. To register, go to: http://www.sexandculture.org/ click on the red donate button on the right side of the page. 

Center for Sex and Culture 
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

ZINES, COMICS & ART BY THE BAY AREAS BEST CREATORS OF TRANSGRESSIVE AND EROTIC MATERIAL!

BOOKISH BEASTS: Center for Sex and Culture is looking for  zine and comic book makers!

After the success and fun of last year’s fest, we are inspired to bring together and try to grow the audiences of local zine and comics artists who make sexy books. Center for Sex & Culture is a fantastic multi-use space that is perfect for gathering local artists whose works need to be celebrated for their blatant hotness.

Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.

The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.

CSC provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource. All of CSC’s books are searchable through Goodreads and CSC’s zine database: http://www.sexandculture.org/lbry

If you want to participate or have any questions, contact us at:sexandculturegallery@gmail.com The registration fee is $20. To register, go to: http://www.sexandculture.org/ click on the red donate button on the right side of the page. 

Center for Sex and Culture 

1349 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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centersexculture:

I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595936600/cscs-safer-sex-poster-exhibition-catalog

Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.

 These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.
 Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 7 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014. Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.

Dorian

centersexculture:

I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595936600/cscs-safer-sex-poster-exhibition-catalog

Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.

These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.

The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.


Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 7 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.


Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.

Dorian

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