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Down with OPP*: Youth Is Wasted by Noah Van Sciver
Written by janice headley | Filed under Noah Van SciverFantagraphics BookstoreDown with OPP 5 Jan 2015 10:13 AM

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* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me.

While we eagerly await the release of Saint Cole next month, Seattleites and travelers can stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore to pick up Noah Van Sciver's collection Youth Is Wasted, out last year via AdHouse Books!

Youth Is Wasted compiles several short stories from Van Sciver, some that appeared in his self-published comic book series Blammo, and some published elsewhere, like our very own Mome anthology.  Van Sciver's amazing piece 1999 is reprinted here, which first appeared as a mini-comic from Retrofit: I remember reading it on the plane on the way home from a convention back in 2012, and being utterly floored. (No surprise, it was named a "Notable Comic of the Year" in the Best American Comics 2013 anthology.) There are also a few previously unpublished pieces to be found among the pages. Think of it as your Whitman's Samplers of Van Sciver to tide you over 'til you can gorge on Saint Cole.

We've got a few copies left in stock now at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Call Larry: (206) 658-0110.

January Book-A-Day Sale: Ghosts and Ruins
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsBen Catmull 5 Jan 2015 5:00 AM

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull - Cover

Today's book of the day: Ben Catmull's gorgeous hardcover coffee-table art book of ghost stories, Ghosts and Ruins!

Catmull's images are evocative, haunting masterpieces that never tread in graphic imagery, choosing instead to suggest horrors far more frightening than what they explicitly depict. With just the right touch of humor to balance the terror, Ghosts and Ruins is sure to please fans of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, and makes a perfect gift book for the ghost story fan in your house.

Ghosts and Ruins is available all day today at 30% off! Previews and photosets are available on our order page.

January's Book-A-Day Sale: Couch Tag
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsJesse Reklaw 4 Jan 2015 5:00 AM
Couch Tag by Jesse Reklaw - Cover

Next up in our January Book-A-Day sale is Jesse Reklaw's first long-form work, the tragicomic graphic memoir Couch Tag.

Presented as a series of comic novellas that together comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often hilarious memoir about childhood, family, death, mental illness, sex and drug use, the entire book is told through cleverly inviting conceits like cat histories and card games.

The graphic novel is told in five parts: In "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics), Reklaw discovers coping mechanisms that mimic his family pets; "Toys I Love" relates the author's pre-pubescent brushes with deviant sexual activity, and the way innocence converges with real sexual trauma; "The Fred Robinson Story" tells the story of Reklaw's period stalking perfect strangers; "The Stacked Deck," in which hereditary influences towards criminal behavior, drug use and depression are explored via card games the author played with his family; and "Lessoned," a family history of mental illness.

Couch Tag is available at 20% off today only!

January's Book-A-Day Sale: We All Die Alone
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsMark Newgarden 3 Jan 2015 5:00 AM
We All Die Alone by Mark NewGarden - Cover

Up for grabs today at 40% off is Mark Newgarden's collection of syndicated comics, We All Die Alone.

Newgarden's syndicated strip in such publications as L.A. Weekly and The New York Press encouraged a fervent following and exerted a fresh influence on the medium. Today they remain as vital and entertaining as when they first appeared. In addition to compiling his comics, this book is a full picture of the artist, his influences, and his many other careers.

And for today only, we're marking this book at 40% off! Grab your copy now, while we still have stock at our warehouse!

January's Book-A-Day Sale: The End and The Raven
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsLou ReedLorenzo MattottiAnders Nilsen 1 Jan 2015 1:45 PM
The End by Anders Nilsen - Cover

Anders Nilsen's The End is a collection of short strips about loss, death, paralysis, and transformation. It is a concept album in different styles, a meditation on paying attention, an abstracted autobiography and a travelogue, reflecting the progress of his struggle to reconcile the great upheaval of a death, and finding a new life on the other side.

For today only, The End is on sale at 20% off until 11:59 PST.

 


 

The Raven by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattoti - CoverTomorrow, January 2nd, we'll be highlighting Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti's The Raven! Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem of the same name, this book visualizes an extraordinary artistic collaboration between Lou Reed and the likes of David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, and Willem Dafoe, bringing song, verse, illustration, and narrative together into a singular publication.

The Raven will go on sale for 35% off starting at midnight on January 2nd!

January 30 Days of Fantagraphics: Book-A-Day Sale
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsAnders Nilsen 31 Dec 2014 2:30 PM

It may be the end of 2014, but we're raring to go on January 1st with YARAS (Yet Another Ridiculously Awesome Sale!). For the entire month of January, we'll be highlighting a book a day with discounts galore and all kinds of extra tidbits and special deals. We don't even know what they'll all be yet! So don't let the post-holiday doldrums bog you down.

Books will draw on a loose theme each week, and tomorrow we start with... The End!

Both literally and figuratively, tomorrow will see the book The End, by Anders Nilsen, on sale all day at 20% off. Over the next six days we'll showcase books that, in one form or another, tackle An End—whether it be the end of an era, a life, or a relationship.

Keep your eyes peeled on our Flog and social media sites to keep apprised of the book of the day!

Happy New Year to all!

The End by Anders Nilsen - Cover

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat ThomasLes McCannComing AttractionsAlan Abrahams 30 Dec 2014 3:45 PM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Cover

Portraits shot at the right moment are like the fermata on a pitch perfect note.

Les McCann, jazz musician and photographer, was able to capture such moments of intimacy from legendary jazz singers and musicians. Feast your eyes on the first look of our finished cover art to McCann's retrospective, Invitation to Openness, curated and introduced by Pat Thomas (Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975). Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Dean, and Nina Simone (as well as comedian Redd Foxx) grace the cover, a tiny sampling of the vast array of photographs that McCann took throughout his career.

Invitation to Openness is coming soon from Fantagraphics, a refrain you'll read and hear often until its March release, striking a chord within the hearts of photography fans and lovers of jazz alike.

Le Cagibi and L. B. Cole at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffLB ColeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 30 Dec 2014 1:59 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery begins a new year of lively programming on Saturday, January 10 with the fascinating exhibition Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole and a workshop by French comix collective Le Cagibi.

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L.B. Cole created some of the most stunning, proto-psychedelic comic book covers of all time. Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole artwork ever assembled. He became famous for his brilliant primary colors - often over black backgrounds - which he used on alluring covers for crime, suspense, science fiction, and romance comics and pulp magazines. Editor J. Michael Catron will give a brief slide presentation on the remarkable career of this amazing artist from the golden age of comic books.

Cagibi 

Le Cagibi is an art gallery, publishing house, screenprint and engraving studio in Lilli, France. In its 5 years of existence, Le Cagibi has produced handcrafted books with inventive printing and binding techniques. These resourceful visiting artists will conduct a free workshop at Fantagraphics Bookstore. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own garments for screenprinting. There will also be a presentation of Cagibi's unique books.

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This event on Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Seahawks fans can check out the playoff action on large screens at one of several bars in the neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole exhibition
Le Cagibi workshop and presentation
Saturday, January 10, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
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Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy CraneComing AttractionsCaptain Easy 29 Dec 2014 2:00 PM

Hold on to yer hats and make way for the grand, thrilling adventures of Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy! In this 20-page, 4.2 MB downloadable excerpt, we've got the full introduction by Rick Norwood, "A History of Lickety Whop" by Ron Coulart, and 11 full pages of comics.

Enjoy reading the beginning of Wash Tubb's search for Blackbeard's famed buried treasure on a little island in the Indies called Hurricane Isle, then head over to pre-order your copy of Roy Crane's Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs!

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Cover

LONDON: Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger at Gosh Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Romberger 29 Dec 2014 1:39 PM
The Late child
Trot out of your flat and shake off the holiday malaise Wednesday, January 14th as Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger make a guest appearance at Gosh! Comics in London. On a world tour for The Late Child and Other Animals, Van Cook and Romberger will join the monthly comics discussion group at Gosh! called Process and discuss this beautiful, poignant graphic memoir.
  
The good stuff starts at 7pm on the nose so don't be late for The Late Child, lest we make some terrible Big Ben jokes from across the pond. The Late Child and Other Animals is not only a gorgeous graphic novel by this comics power couple but damn good read as the generational struggles of a mother and daughter come to light after WWII. See you there!
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