1. fantagraphics:

    The beautiful and well-printed Foxing Quarterly is attempting to host a new convention in Austin, Texas, an area nearly bursting to the seems with comic and illustrative talent, called NEW SOUTH. They have a Kickstarter set up with some amazing awards like a Jim Rugg Tote Bag (if you don’t like Street Angel, you obviously have no soul). And they need your help to meet the goal. From Danithan’s mouth, “Two years ago I co-founded Foxing Quarterly, a literary & arts magazine based here in Austin, Texas. My goal with Foxing was to spotlight literature and comics within our city and beyond. We’ve done this through readings, art shows, concerts, book swaps, and even a small-scale literary festival.” 

    Danithan Mejia is one of the most earnest souls in comics, trying to make something from nothing, whether it is their FQ publication, stickers featuring Steven Weissman and Sam Alden or gorgeous jaw-dropping prints by Eleanor Davis. FQ is hosting a LitCrawl along with the Texas Book Festival next weekend featuring our own Tim Lane, celebrating his new book, The Lonesome Go. FQ is also somewhat tied to local community pillar store Book People, another sign that New South and Foxing Quarterly will not be disappearing anytime soon. See Ben Sears made a great illustration for a shirt (above!)

    They also want to keep the festival free to the public so more goes to the artists, cartoonists and writers (who also are paying cheaper table fees). So please read their own pitch on the Kickstarter page and help be a part of the New South

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  2. Project of the Day—In 1964, Bob Parsons bought his stepson Gram Parsons (who you may know from influential band The Byrds or his equally influential solo work) a place to perform music. That place was Derry Down, and it went on to host shows by Parsons and a bunch of other legendary musicians like Tom Petty and the Allman Brothers. The building’s since fallen into disrepair, but with some fixing up it could once again become a legendary place to hear music.

    Project of the Day—In 1964, Bob Parsons bought his stepson Gram Parsons (who you may know from influential band The Byrds or his equally influential solo work) a place to perform music. That place was Derry Down, and it went on to host shows by Parsons and a bunch of other legendary musicians like Tom Petty and the Allman Brothers. The building’s since fallen into disrepair, but with some fixing up it could once again become a legendary place to hear music.