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BEASTS Art Exhibition & 2nd Anniversary Gala
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ted StearnPeter BaggeJim WoodringJim BlanchardFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen ForneyBeastsart shows 20 Nov 2008 2:43 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Celebrates 2nd Anniversary on December 13 with a Spectacular Party and BEASTS Art Exhibition!

Over the course of two years, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has become woven into the region’s cultural fabric and drawn attention to an impressive array of local, national and international narrative cartoonists, illustrators, graphic designers, and fine artists while providing a showcase for Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books. To celebrate the second anniversary of this stimulating space, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts a festive gala and reception for the phenomenal BEASTS BOOKS 1 & 2 book launch and art exhibition on Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Since its publication in December 2006, BEASTS BOOK ONE has become a pop culture sensation, quickly selling out two printings and finding an enthusiastic worldwide audience. Meticulously designed, the book combines colorful illustrations of mythical monsters with imaginative text describing the folkloric origins and characteristics of these creatures. The brainchild of Fantagraphics Books design director Jacob Covey, the first BEASTS volume included accomplished contributors including Art Chantry, Tim Biskup, Tony Millionaire, Richard Sala, Martin Ontiveros, and Jordan Crane among many others. BEASTS BOOK TWO, which will debut at the December 13 event, continues the tradition of illustrations from interdisciplinary international luminaries including David B. (France), Jaime Hernandez (US), Femke Hiemstra (Netherlands), Toby Tam (China), Kim Deitch (US), Tatsuro Kiuchi (Japan), and many more. To commemorate the publication of BEASTS BOOK TWO and the simultaneous release of the paperback edition of BEASTS BOOK ONE, Covey has selected 45 representative artists from both volumes for an eclectic exhibition of original works and fine art prints.

The 2nd Anniversary celebration and BEASTS reception will be hosted by Fantagraphics stalwarts Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Jacob Covey, Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard and special guest Ted Stearn. Musical entertainment will be provided by Peter Bagge’s new pop combo Can You Imagine? featuring celebrated musician and producer Steve Fisk. The public of all ages is welcome and admission is free. Guests can peruse a new crop of bad ass books and exquisite gifts from the Northwest’s most adventurous purveyor of comics, graphic novels and low brow art.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s lively Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. The 2nd Anniversary Gala and BEASTS exhibition on Saturday, December 13 coincides with the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the neighborhood. Please join us for this auspicious occasion.

Listing Information

BEASTS art exhibition and 2nd Anniversary Gala
Saturday, December 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Music by Peter Bagge’s CAN YOU IMAGINE?
BEASTS exhibition of original art and prints by 45 artists continues through January 10, 2009.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com/bookstore

A selection of imagery in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.








Daily links: 11/20/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray FenwickLinda MedleyLilli CarréEllen ForneyDash ShawCharles BurnsawardsAnders Nilsen 20 Nov 2008 1:17 PM

• Dash Shaw's animated trailer for Bottomless Belly Button is now available to watch on ComicBookTrailers.com (in addition to on our own site)

• Speaking of Bottomless Belly Button, Matthew Brady takes a good look at the book

• Congratulations and good luck to Linda Medley for being named a finalist (and the only American on the list) for the Prix de la Critique 2008 by the Association des Critiques et Journalistes de Bande Dessinée for Château l'Attente, the French edition of Castle Waiting

More stunning sketchbook pages from Anders Nilsen

Austin English has some very nice things to say about Lilli Carré's The Lagoon

Ellen Forney has some bad-ass Brazilian jiu-jitsu desktop wallpaper for you to download

Stickers and Donuts declares "Ray Fenwick is my boyfriend"

Brian Ralph asks: "Did Charles Burns make this mask?" Note: Pee-Wee Herman is involved

BEASTS! Print Show: MAHLER
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under nicolas mahlerBeasts 20 Nov 2008 12:01 PM

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Freshly arrived Nicolas Mahler Palesmurt screenprint for the Dec. 13th BEASTS! print show. Only five of these are available on this continent. (Note that this is not the art that appears in the book... It's bonus Mahler!)

New Comics Day 11/19/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted Stearnnew releasesNew Comics DayLinda MedleyLilli Carréjohn kerschbaum 19 Nov 2008 1:12 PM

After a couple of quiet weeks we're back with a vengeance at your local comics shop this week with the following titles scheduled to arrive:

Castle Waiting Vol. II #13 by Linda Medley
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn
The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum 

As usual, check the links for more info and previews. (Note that the new Castle Waiting is in stores before we have it in stock ourselves.)


Daily links: 11/19/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairePeanutsMaakiesLilli CarréJohn Phamjohn kerschbaumJasonGary Panter 19 Nov 2008 1:08 PM

• Webcomics avatar/fictional comic shop clerk Lydia includes The Lagoon and Petey & Pussy in her staff picks this week in The Rack

Here's a transcript of Gary Panter's panel discussion with C.F. and Dan Nadel at the Tokion Creativity Now Conference

Sequart looks at Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

Syndicate Product gives a quick overview of The Complete Peanuts

Wart plugs the January 2009 release of the French edition of Jason's Pocket Full of Rain (in French)

The Phoenix compares The Drinky Crow Show (debuting this weekend!) to its source material, Tony Millionaire's Maakies

• Wow, check out this amazing mosaic made of Peanuts strips at the Schulz Museum (photo by David Lasky)

Daily links: 11/15-18/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPopeyePeanutsJim WoodringGene DeitchEllen ForneyDaniel Clowes 18 Nov 2008 2:06 PM

There'll be a little more catch-up tomorrow:

Etch-A-Peanuts

Fantagraphics art director Jacob Covey talks to United Arab Emirates newspaper The National about Garfield Minus Garfield - wait, what?

• Flog commenter "Faraquet" points out this 2001 Dutch TV interview with Daniel Clowes (via this blog) and says "It's very weird" (having watched the first few minutes we're going to say it's the background music that gives that impression)

For Publishers Weekly, Frank Santoro looks at the new volume of E.C. Segar's Popeye

Ellen Forney announces on her blog that she'll be collaborating with Sherman Alexie again on his next book - congrats, Ellen!

Chris Diaz shares a photo of Gene Deitch from Gene's recent visit to San Francisco

Comics Bulletin looks at The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

• I'm pretty sure I've seen this circulate on the blogosphere before, but: Tim Hensley presents The World's Weirdest Comics Jam

Warehouse finds
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter Baggenew releasesChris Ware 18 Nov 2008 12:18 PM

A recent sweep of our warehouse has revealed copies of the following titles which had been thought to be sold out. Quantities are limited so get them before they're gone again!

ACME Novelty Library #3 by Chris Ware
Hate #13 by Peter Bagge
Lena's Bambinas by Monte Wolverton
The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories by Daryl & Josef Hutchinson


Webcomics update for 11/14/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 14 Nov 2008 7:46 AM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Time for the new installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. In this week's episode: getting to the bottom of things by climbing to the top. (Note: last week's page is also still up, since we had to update the page yesterday for scheduling reasons.)

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

This is also a great time to catch up on our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's Rocky, updated Monday-Friday!

As a reminder, registration is no longer required to read our webcomics; they're free for all!

Death Ray costume
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel Clowes 13 Nov 2008 2:39 PM

Eightball 23 by Daniel Clowes / Death Ray Halloween costume

Daniel Clowes fan Matt Taylor dressed up as the Death Ray from Eightball #23 for Halloween and documented the creation of the costume on his blog. Nicely done!

Interviewed: Nilsen, Covey, Hiemstra
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Femke HiemstraBeastsAnders Nilsen 13 Nov 2008 1:49 PM

Robin McConnell and the Inkstuds crew talk to Anders Nilsen about Big Questions and more.

Van Jensen of CBR talks to Jacob Covey and Femke Hiemstra about BEASTS! 2.