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SEATTLE: Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson Event
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor Davisart showsart 23 Jun 2014 3:20 PM
EPW ED
This July, the talented and incredible Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson will descend upon the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery with the fury of a thousand suns, scorching earth and people in their paths. During the Georgetown Garden Walk on Sunday, July 13th, Eleanor and Esther will have a reception and signing from  3:00 to 5:00 PM. We'll have brand, spanking new copies of How to Be Happy and Unlovable 3 for you (feel free to bring your other EPW and Davis books from your shelves)
 
How to Be Happy Eleanor Davis  
The original art exhibition continues through September 10, 2014. This events coincides, as we mentioned, with the festive Georgetown Garden Walk so you'll have a tulip trip of a time visiting all the shops and gardens throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just 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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Waiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 23 Jun 2014 1:52 PM

There are few greater joys in life than being able to revisit the stories of one's childhood. Except, perhaps, getting to share them with others in a cute, fun-sized book!

Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts strips are a cornerstone of American 1950's-60's culture, and his beloved characters, including Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy remain household names to this day. In our latest pocket-sized Peanuts gift book, Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we've collected those Halloween-themed strips revolving around Linus' unshakeable belief in, and proselytizing of, the Great Pumpkin — a mysterious figure who rises from pumpkin patches every Halloween to bring presents to good kids.

Read our 13-page (1.1 MB) excerpt and, while you're at it, avoid the fall rush and pre-order your copy now!

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

Ron Rege: Cinders Gallery Artist of the Month
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ron Regé Jrinterviewartistsart 23 Jun 2014 12:22 PM

 Ron Rege

Ron Regé, Jr has the esteemed pleasure of being named the Cinders Gallery Artist of the Month! Cinders interviews Regé all about his comics creative process, his band Lavender Diamond, magick and even the last good movie he saw (a 1981 animated film, Ferherlofia aka Son of the White Mare). You'll notice that Rege is also sporting a very UNIQUE pair of leggings made from his Cartoon Utopia cover. The leggings are almost as hypnotizing as the book!

Think you have all the Regé books and what not out there? Cinders also has a limited edition print available on their site, there are only 30 left so get one now!

Regé Print 

Blowout at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockKim ThompsonFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 23 Jun 2014 10:42 AM

SoundWave 

Honk Fest West on Friday was a blast! Over 30 cacophonous brass bands from across the country descended on Georgetown for this annual gathering. As was the case last year, the event began on a somber note with a funeral march in front of Fantagraphics Bookstore in memory of Kim Thompson on the first anniversary of his passing. The concerts climaxed with a pitched percussion battle between the Super Bowl champion Seahawks Blue Thunder and the Garfield Drumline (alma mater of musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, and Macklemore.) Too much fun!

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Our good friend and former Mayor Mike McGinn dropped in to do some comix shopping during the festival. Lest we be accused of favoritism, we also played host to current Mayor Ed Murray a week earlier at the colorful Georgetown Carnival below. Good times.

Murray_Carnival 

Friday Flash Sale! Al Columbia's Pim and Francie, plus Biologic Show #0
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsAl Columbia 20 Jun 2014 2:15 PM

Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Years by Al Columbia 

Al Columbia fans, get ready for our Friday Flash Sale! While supplies last, we're including a FREE copy of Biologic Show #0 with every purchase of Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days!

Did you catch that? That's a FREE copy of Biologic Show #0 with your purchase of Al Columbia's Pim and Francie.

Do you just want to buy Biologic Show #0 to complete your Al Columbia collection? We have very limited quantities remaining in stock, now selling at $10 a pop

Biologic Show #0 by Al Columbia 

Bomb Run and Other Stories (EC Comics Library)
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Will Eldernew releasesJohn SeverinHarvey KurtzmanEC Comics 19 Jun 2014 2:42 PM

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Bomb Run and Other Stories (EC Comics Library)

Bomb Run and Other Stories (EC Comics Library)
by John Severin, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman

264-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9

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John Severin draws war stories so starkly, stunningly realistic, you'll want to hug the ground to dodge the bullets whizzing around your head.

With Severin's eloquent artistry, Harvey Kurtzman's precisely paced scripts, and Will Elder's heroic attention to detail, these 32 taut, dramatically expressive tales of combat set a new standard for accuracy, emotional authenticity, and psychological impact.

Severin's astounding versatility takes you down into the trenches and high up in the air, across the Pacific and straight into a bloody D-Day attack. Look inside and witness the human cost of armed conflict from the Roman Empire to the American Revolution, from the Civil War to World War I, and from World War II to Korea.

"The minute you looked at his artwork you knew you were looking at a John Severin illustration; it could be no one else. Besides his inimitable style, there was a feeling of total authenticity to whatever he drew, whether it was a Western, a crime story, a superhero saga or a science fiction yarn." — Stan Lee

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." — Al Feldstein

Tulsa, OK: Jim Blanchard Art Show 6/21
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Jim Blanchardeventsart shows 19 Jun 2014 11:37 AM

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Saturday, June 21st

Usually art shows open with a fancy party, lots of chatting, wine drinking, art looking. But Jim Blanchard and the Dwelling Spaces Gallery in Tulsa, OK are mixing it up! Though the show opens this Saturday (June 21st), they're going to close out strong on July 17th at 6pm, the last day of the show, with Jim Blanchard in attendance to meet, greet, and have a good time.

Jim Blanchard has carved an impressive mark in the Seattle punk, art, and comics scene with original illustrations, band flyers, album art, The Stranger covers, and comics featured in books like Newave! and Treasury of Mini Comics

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If you find yourself in the Tulsa area during this gallery run, you need to do yourself a favor and see the vast array of paintings, posters, books, and some large gilcee prints that are also going to be available for purchase. But if you can't find yourself in the Tulsa area, you can also peep and/or purchase his work online!

 

Venice, CA: Going Graphic Opening Reception 6/22
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Ron Regé JrJordan Craneeventsart shows 19 Jun 2014 11:31 AM
going graphic 
Sunday, June 22nd 
 
Celebrate LA cartoonists at the opening reception for Beyond Baroque's first ever comic show, Going Graphic! Sponsored and organized by enthusiastic champion of the comic's medium, Comics Juice. Meet and mingle with artists Ron Rege Jr.Jordan Crane, Tom Neely, and others. Then settle in for laughs as the attending artists read pieces from their work. 
 
Beyond Baroque is a renowned literary and arts center/performance space/theatre/gallery/bookstore, located in the gorgeous old city hall building of Venice, CA. And they are pleased to be venturing into new territory with their first comic art gallery exhibit, highlighting LA's leading talent, and we're thrilled that some of our most exciting artists have been included! 
 
The exhibit will be on display until July 19th, 2014, but the FREE opening reception on Sunday, June 22nd will begin at 3 pm, with the once-in-a-lifetime reading slated to begin at 4 pm. 
 
Don't miss out on this community driven celebration of cutting edge cartooning work.  
 
 
 
 
Kim Thompson, One Year Later
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kim Thompson 19 Jun 2014 10:35 AM

Kim, Eric, Rhea, Gary

From the Eric Reynolds archives: Kim Thompson hanging out with Eric, Rhea Patton, and Gary Groth, all celebrating Groth's 50th birthday. Kim passed away one year ago today. He still is and will always be missed by his family, friends, co-workers and the comics community. 

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Now in Stock
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve Ditkonew releases 18 Jun 2014 5:06 PM

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Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback)
by Steve Ditko

240-page full color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

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Over 200 Pages of Pre-Spider-Man, Pre-Comics Code Horror Comics by Steve Ditko

"This book is chock-full of intense faces and monsters and colors. Strong blacks, horror comics, mean revenge, strange surgery…It's all horror comics from before Fredric Wertham illegalized good-time comic books." – Vice

"The tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations, and disintegrations. …Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." – Rue Morgue

"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." – Entertainment Weekly