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Stars Align at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Fall
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffSimon HanselmannS Clay WilsonrockRobert WilliamsPatrick RosenkranzLane MilburnJosh SimmonsJim Blanchardhooray for HollywoodFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEroyn FranklinEd PiskorDanny BlandConor Stechschulte 1 Oct 2014 1:27 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome an amazing array of accomplished cartoonists throughout the fall and winter of 2014, culminating with an appearance by one of America's most influential artists.

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The action begins on Friday, October 10 with Danny Bland presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do from Seattle's illustrious Sub Pop label. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception. The next night, Saturday, October 11, we host an international crew of incredibly talented cartoonists. Simon Hanselmann from Australia and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will join American artists Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte in presenting their imaginative new works to Seattle audiences for the first time.

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On Friday, November 14, in association with Seattle's Short Run comics and art festival, we present "Short Run Marathon II," an exhibition, book signing and reception featuring Tom Neely, MariNaomiJosh Simmons, Pam Wishbow, John Porcellino, and special guest Ed Piskor.

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On Small Business Saturday, November 29, we celebrate the publication of Bruce Pavitt's new book Sub Pop USA, The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980 - 1988, which chronicles the seminal years of what would soon become an international pop culture phenomenon. The book includes the early issues of Pavitt's Sub Pop fanzine, his columns from The Rocket, and related ephemera, along with essays from Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid and K Records founder Calvin Johnson, who will DJ and perform music at the signing.

Saturday, December 6 marks the festive closing party for the "Short Run Marathon II" exhibition featuring Eroyn Franklin previewing her upcoming graphic novel, Dirtbag.

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The bookstore celebrates its 8th anniversary in spectacular fashion on Saturday, December 13, as cultural icon Robert Williams presents The Complete ZAP Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing, kicking off a weeklong commemoration of this monumental achievement. We'll screen the documentary Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' on Sunday, December 14 at Northwest Film Forum, and on Wednesday, December 17 editor J. Michael Catron will give a slide talk on the history of ZAP. The festivities coclude on Saturday, December 20 with a tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread, and Jim Blanchard. We'll see you all soon and often!

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Now in Stock: In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Richard Salanew releases 1 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala - Cover

In a Glass Grotesquely
by Richard Sala

136-page full color 7" x 7" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-797-0

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The latest book from the author of THE HIDDEN and DELPHINE contains the epic 115-page tale of a modern master-criminal. Following in the bloody footsteps of super-fiends such as Fantomas, Fu Manchu, or Professor Moriarty, Super-Enigmatix is ruthless, cunning, and thoroughly evil. His only goal is to spread fear and cause chaos — but does he want to destroy civilization, or save it? Not even his loyal army of female commandos can guess his real motives, or his true identity. The fast-moving "picture story" is told with sly humor and all the mayhem is depicted in Sala's trademark colorful watercolor washes and sharp, detailed line-work. Also included in this collection are three shorter stories, appearing in print for the first time, from Richard Sala's archive of strange and offbeat tales!

An Evening of Spontaneous Creation with James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 1 Oct 2014 9:13 AM



James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring!!! Seriously, what more do I need to say?

I've written before about the creative synergy between our dear Uncle Jim and McNew and his band, Yo La Tengo. They've collaborated before on everything from CD illustrations to tattoos to plastic figurines of the band... yet, somehow, they had never collaborated ON STAGE.

This Sunday, October 5th, this monstruous injustice will be put to rest at Seattle's Town Hall.  McNew will be joined by legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, who collaborated with Woodring himself on the (now sold out) 2002 "children's" book, Trosper.  Together, these two musical madmen will create catastrophic beauty with an "in-the-moment collaboration."

Inspired by the music, Woodring will create his otherworldly artwork, projected on a screen for everyone to witness unfolding. TL; DR? Simply put, minds will be blown

Tickets are a ridiculously cheap $5. If ever there were a time to take advantage of the insanity of artists, this is it. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the Fantagraphics Bookstore crew will have Jim's stunning books in stock. (And Jim reports he'll have some of those limited-edition hard-to-find Yo La Tengo Presspop Dolls with him!)

This once-in-a-lifetime (oh, fine, maybe it'll happen again someday) performance begins at 7:30 PM. The beautiful, historical Town Hall is located at 1119 8th Avenue.

Now in Stock: Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set by Ed Piskor
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesEd Piskor 1 Oct 2014 9:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set by Ed Piskor - Cover

Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set
by Ed Piskor

248-page full color 9.125" x 13.25" softcover • $59.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-791-8

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To celebrate the resounding critical and commercial success of the first two volumes of Ed Piskor's unprecedented history of Hip Hop, we are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. As if that's not enough, in addition to the two books and the slipcase itself, Piskor has drawn a 24-page comic book — Hip Hop Family Tree #300 — specifically for this boxed set that elegantly reflects the confluence of hip hop and comics, which was never more apparent in the early 1990s than with the famous Spike Lee-directed Levi Jeans commercial starring Rob Liefeld, who went on to create Youngblood and co-found Image Comics, not to mention ending up on the radar of gangster rapper Eazy E. Piskor tells this story as a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to ’90s Image comics.

Now in Stock: The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tim Lanenew releases 1 Oct 2014 8:30 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - Cover

The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

296-page black & white/color 8" x 10.75" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3

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Tim Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering — both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You'll witness a young man's dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern "Hoovervilles"; and experience the life and death of an undocumented immigrant bookstore doorman, former boxer, and expert hustler.

The Complete Zap Comix - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Victor MoscosoSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbpreviewsGilbert SheltonComing Attractions 1 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

The Complete Zap Comix - Cover

The Complete Zap Comix

The Complete Zap Comix

The Complete Zap Comix

It…It's just beautiful.

And heavy. Loyal ZAP fans, this beast of a box set will surely not disappoint. Our desks are sagging just a little bit under the weight of the very first advance copies, straight from the printer, and we just had to share these sneak peek images with you straightaway!

More previews are imminent, and we'll be posting sample pages from The Complete Zap Comix at its dedicated Facebook page over the next few weeks. This limited edition, one-of-a-kind collection is due to arrive by the end of the year. Pre-ordering yours is just a click away!

LAS VEGAS: Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannGilbert Hernandezevents 30 Sep 2014 4:27 PM
Cosmic Comics
One of the world's best veteran cartoonists is joining forces at Cosmic Comics with some of the world's best cartoonists from the internet this Saturday, October 4th from noon-4pmSimon HanselmannMichael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be signingalongside 30 year comics veteran Gilbert Hernandez of Love and Rockets. Gilbert's newest collection, Luba and Her Family, follows the matriarch as she moves her family north to the U.S. when Palomar gets leveled by an earthquake.

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Nearing the end of their world tour, Simon is celebrating the release of his 'stoner tragedy' Megahex, made popular on his Girl Mountain Tumblr, now available in a sexy hardback from Fantagraphics. Poverty, misanthropy, depression all fogged up in substance abuse grace these watercolored pages but you'll still be rolling in tears laughing so hard by the end of it. Meanwhile, Michael DeForge is continuing his long line of one-person short story anthologies, Lose #6 (first published online 5 years ago) out from Koyama Press. Often hailed as the next Daniel Clowes, DeForge is a prolific cartoonist with only more great ink to flow from his pen. Also from the Toronto-based publisher, illustrator and cartoonist Patrick Kyle is signing his newest comic, Distance Mover, a collection of sci-fi stories featuring the improbable vehicle of the same name that moves a Mr. Earth across the world.

So bring your comics and some of your favorite gambling game suggestions for the guys.  
Cosmic Comics
Cosmic Comics
3830 E Flamingo
Las Vegas, NV 89121
702.451.6611






Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDon RosaDisneyComing Attractions 30 Sep 2014 4:15 PM

In the first adventure that Don Rosa takes us on in Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful, titled "The Crocodile Collector," Uncle Scrooge enlists Donald Duck and the intrepid trio, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, on a quest to find the fabled sacred crocodiles of Emperor Nero.

This goose—er—crocodile chase takes the ducks from the bustling capitol city of Cairo, Egypt to the fetid, bug-infested swamps north of Lake Victoria, Africa. To quote Donald Duck: "Oh, my aching duckfeathers!"

Give the 20-page excerpt a gander here, and check out the book page for more info and for pre-sale ordering.

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful by Don Rosa - Cover 

Now in Stock: Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - New Reprint!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Matt ThornInio Asano 30 Sep 2014 12:00 PM

New reprint! Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Nijigahara Holograph

296-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

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Even as butterflies ominously proliferate in town, the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. When the body of Arié Kimura's mother is found by this tunnel's entrance, next to apparently human traces, the legend seems to be confirmed. Is the end of the world coming? In order to appease the wrath of the beast, the children decide to offer it a sacrifice: The unfortunate Arié, whom they believe to be the cause of the curse, is shoved into a well that leads to the Nijigahara tunnel — an act that in turns pushes Komatsuzaki, the budding thug who has carried a torch for Arié for a while already, entirely over the edge.

But this is only the beginning of the complex, challenging, obliquely told Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Suzuki; Higure, his stalkerish would-be girlfriend; their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more — brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another and all will eventually — ten years later — have to live with what they’ve done or suffered through.

Asano, whose Solanin was nominated for the 2009 Eisner and Harvey comics awards (and which was made into a feature film in 2010), delves into disturbing territory with this Lynchian horror story, told in his unnervingly crisp and detailed panels.


Destiny City Comics opens in Tacoma
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under internsField Tripeventsart 30 Sep 2014 11:55 AM

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We love all our interns, hell we've hired more than a few like Eric Reynolds, Kristy Valenti and Anna Pederson. But some move on and spread the magic to other parts of the country. Michael Fitzgerald fits into the category as on Wednesday, October 1st, he is opening up a NEW comics store in Tacoma, Washington called Destiny City Comics.

Right next door to King's Books on St. Helens Avenue, Destiny City Comics will offer the latest in comics, acclaimed graphic novels, and works by local creators. On opening day, comics like Thor #1 will be available, a new series by Marvel featuring a female Thor. There will also be a choice collection of graphic novels like Batman: the Long Halloween, the Walking Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, works by local cartoonists like members of the C.L.A.W. (Cartoonist's League of Absurd Washingtonians) and some fabulous Fantagraphics titles.

"King's Books is terribly excited to have a comic book store as a neighbor," says bookstore owner sweet pea Flaherty. "For years we have had both a Graphic Novel Book Club and hosted C.L.A.W., so it's a natural fit for the space. Destiny City Comics will enhance the literary landscape by offering variety of comic art forms that will bring more appreciation for the craft to Tacoma."

To make it easier for customers to enjoy even more books, Destiny City will offer 15% off all graphic novels every day and a subscription service featuring a sliding scale discount. Here's a sneak peak inside the store Michael gave us while setting up)display
Destiny City Comics' opening will include a Halloween ComicFest party on October 25. This event will feature an assortment of free comics, including the popular Afterlife with Archie, Scooby Doo Meets Batman, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, and more.

As a member of the creative enterprise cohort with Spaceworks Tacoma, Fitzgerald evolved the concept of Destiny City Comics from a rough idea to a solid plan and we look forward to seeing it thrive. Destiny City Comics will be open for business Wednesday, October 1. More information about the store can be found at destinycitycomics.com. 

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