Over the past decade Brian Chippendale and CF have reinvigorated the action-adventure genre and with their unique mixtures of personal politics, humor, fantastic worlds, sex, and visionary drawing. Now these two acclaimed Providence-based artists are embarking on their first book tour in support of their new works If ‘n Oof (an 800 page graphic novel) and Powr Mastrs 3 (the climactic volume in this multi-part graphic novel series).

Chippendale and CF will present slide shows about their work, answer questions, and sign books. At Floating World in Portland we are also honored to welcome local writer, Matt Fraction, who will interview the artists about their work. I’m anticipating the comics crossover of the century.

About the books:

If ‘n’ Oof (Flexibound, 800 pages, $30) focuses on the misadventures of the mismatched eponymous duo Chippendale’s very own Laurel and Hardy. Chippendale allows the two to explore his landscapes and alien beings. Comedy, horror, and out-and-out adventure in a story-driven, manga-style adventure, replete with the frenetic linework and concise, witty dialogue for which he has become known.

Powr Mastrs 3 (Flexibound, 112 pageas, $18) This latest installment continues C.F.’s Dune-like science fiction/fantasy epic featuring a misguided scientist and the race of beings he has created, who inhabit a surreal world called New China. Powr Mastrs overflows with graphic innovation, from the intricately designed costumes each character wears to the exactingly drawn architectural detail, all rendered in C.F.’s distinctive pencil line.

About the authors:

Brian Chippendale, who also performs in Lightning Bolt and Black Pus lives and works in Providence, RI. His previous graphic novels include Maggots (2007) and Ninja (2006), both published by PictureBox.

C.F., a contributor to Kramers Ergot, among other books, also performs under the monikers Kites and Daily Life. His first two books, Powr Mastrs 1 and 2 were published in 2007 and 2008 by PictureBox. He lives in Providence, RI.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.


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