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Book Launch at Sorrento Hotel for ‘A Night at the Sorrento and Other Stories’

David Lasky and Henry Chamberlain enjoy a hearty laugh at the Sorrento Hotel, 8 November 2014. What was so funny? Perhaps it was Henry's best joke ever!

David Lasky and Henry Chamberlain enjoy a hearty laugh at the Sorrento Hotel, 8 November 2014. What was so funny? Perhaps it was Henry’s best joke ever!

Let the word go out, loud and clear, that the graphic novel, “A Night at the Sorrento and Other Stories” has officially launched! There was an intimate gathering at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, this Saturday, November 8, to celebrate the launch of Henry Chamberlain’s new book, a collection of some of his best work in comics. Do you like scary stories? Apparently many of you out there do. Well, this book has got you covered. Perhaps you like humor? Or a tour de force coming-of-age tale. Again, you’re covered. Covered. Covered. Covered. This book is your best bet as a gift for the holidays! Get it here.

Henry Chamberlain with a copy of A Night at the Sorrento and Other Stories at the Sorrento Hotel

Henry Chamberlain with a copy of A Night at the Sorrento and Other Stories at the Sorrento Hotel.

The Sorrento Hotel is truly a unique destination. If you’re staying the night, you are in for a treat. But, you can also stop by for an exceptional cocktail, fine dining, and some excellent pastimes, such as live music in the legendary Fireside Room. It was my pleasure to act as host as some friends gathered to help me launch my new book.

It is only fitting to have a book launch at the Sorrento Hotel as this is the setting for the title story in the book. I created this story when I stayed at the Sorrento Hotel to conduct one of my 24-hour comics experiments. The story that resulted is a spooky little gem involving a couple with supernatural abilities and a lot of issues to resolve. Since then, I have come to rely upon the Sorrento as an old friend that you can always trust to serve you well.

Pat Moriarity and Henry Chamberlain at the Sorrento Hotel, 8 November 2014.

Pat Moriarity and Henry Chamberlain at the Sorrento Hotel, 8 November 2014.

Truth be told, creating a work is only half the battle. The other half is promoting the work. Often, the biggest hurdle to jump is competing with all the distractions of life. And the most important thing to always remember is that the book’s creator must always remain that book’s most steadfast and loyal fan. People will come around. If the book is worth it, well, its creator will have never left its side.
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A NIGHT AT THE SORRENTO and Other Stories: Now Available at Comics Dungeon

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“A Night at the Sorrento and Other Stories” is now available at Comics Dungeon in Seattle. It is a collection of comics, short works and one long form work, all about people searching for something: clues, treasure, the meaning of life. It holds up well, even invites, multiple readings. It is offbeat and alternative in the best sense of those terms. Let’s say that, if you enjoy the weird, intense, and quirky world of Charles Burns, then you will find a lot to enjoy in this book, my first book collecting some of my best work in comics.

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Comics in 2014: A NIGHT AT THE SORRENTO AND OTHER STORIES

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“A Night at the Sorrento and Other Stories” collects the work of a longtime cartoonist of the Seattle School, yours truly, Henry Chamberlain. We cartoonists grew up in the Generation X ethos of DIY, small press, and a pride for a certain alternative comics aesthetic. Make no mistake, just like alternative rock from the 1990s, there is something specific that is meant by alternative comics. To the point, these are comics that favor the offbeat and idiosyncratic. This spirit rings true today as it embraces an independent vision. Stay tuned. This collection will rock your world, very alternatively, in 2014.

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24 HOUR COMICS DAY: Further Down the Rabbit Hole

The trick to a successful 24 Hour Comics Day is to be a truly bad mofo. You’re into staying awake and drawing like crazy.

There is no easy way about it. You can’t cram for this. You can’t try to do this ahead of time. You just do it.

So, if you’re in a venue with a variety of possibilities, you stake your spot and go from there. I chose to spend a good bit of time at the Sorrento’s Hunt Club.

I also made sure to visit to legendary “haunted” fourth floor. There’s something about room #408. Let me know if you find out. Something happened in there, at least in urban legend.

And, of course, your feet get restless. You get itchy feet and need to wander about a bit. The soles of your feet are crying for stimulation, right?  I chose to try the nearby watering hole, The Hideout. Here are a few photos of the men’s room artwork. Pretty cool, huh? Well, definitely above average. Must be the local artist element at work.

Okay, back to work.

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24 HOUR COMICS DAY: First Impressions

The Sorrento Hotel is a wonderful experience from the moment you walk in the door and you’re greeted at the front desk. I think the staff are very courteous and friendly and I find the Sorrento to be so full of character. I love my room. It has a nice view that provides me a catbird’s seat to new arrivals and the activity down below. There’s plenty of room to settle into and a big fancy desk to get to work on.

I’ll have to get some dinner soon. And I’ll settle into the Fireside Room later on and listen to some jazz. I have a good layout already under way with plenty of room for changes and additions, just the way it should be for a 24 Hour Comics Day. And thanks always to Comics Dungeon for their sponsorship. And expect an awesome book to come from all this. You can see some of my previous work here. A page from “The Dog Who Would Be King” was auctioned off this year at the annual Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction.

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24 Hour Comics Day: A Night At The Sorrento

I am doing a special 24 Hour Comics Day event at the Sorrento Hotel this year which takes place October 20 – 21. I am proudly sponsored by the leading comics shop in Seattle, Comics Dungeon.  In the same spirit as Molly Crabapple’s solo performances, I have booked a night at a marvelous hotel where I alone will create art throughout the night. This is not just any hotel. This is the landmark Sorrento Hotel that has been providing Seattle with its old world charm since 1909. It is regal. It is sophisticated. And it has stories to tell. My goal is to tell a story, or more, that do justice to this beautiful treasure of a hotel.

The goal of the 24 Hour Comics Day event, observed world-wide, is to complete a 24-page comics narrative during 24 hours. That’s what I will be doing. I will be drawing my heart out. In the process, I will have not only my comics project but any number of drawings that I will be able to work up into paintings at a later date. I will complete a 24-page narrative which I intend to build up into a graphic novel. Basically, I will make the most of this wonderful and exciting opportunity for any writer, artist and cartoonist. I will be discreet, respectful and play it by ear as to whether I’m at the bar in the Hunt Club or lounging at the Fireside room. Essentially, you’ll find me somewhere in the Sorrento Hotel while I am a guest at the hotel, from the time of check in at 4 pm on Saturday, October 20, up until check out the next day at noon. So, if you happen to spot me drawing, feel free to say hello. That same day, October 20, Comics Dungeon will host two amazing talents, Erika Moen and Jeff Parker who will be signing their collaboration, the graphic novel,”Bucko,” a very sexy and funny murder mystery.

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