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Archive >> February 2008

This Saturday night: Forney's LUST!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forney 6 Feb 2008 8:11 AM

LUST: Kinky Online Personal Ads by Ellen Forney

Unveiled at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle

Book Launch Party and Original Art Exhibition on Sat., Feb. 9, 2008.

Fantagraphics Books celebrates the publication of cartoonist Ellen Forney's provocative "LUST" collection with a book launch party and art exhibition befitting the romantic Valentine's Day occasion. This festive event takes place on Saturday, February 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's lively Georgetown district. The display of original art from the book continues through March 17, 2008.

"LUST: Kinky Online Personal Ads From Seattle's The Stranger" (Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, 2008) takes a peek at the alluring deviance revealed in the alternative weekly's "Lustlab" section. Each week for the past several years Forney has selected one ad to illustrate as a "Lustlab Ad of the Week" cartoon in both the print and online versions of the newspaper. "LUST" collects these images and includes fascinating interviews with several of the advertisers, with an introduction by Stranger editor Dan Savage. Forney recently illustrated "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, winner of the prestigious 2007 National Book Award for young people's literature. Alexie contributed the introduction to her wildly successful anthology "I Love Led Zeppelin" (Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, 2006). Forney is a regular contributor to The Stranger and other periodicals, and a highly regarded illustrator, painter and performance artist. She was chosen to participate in the Seattle P. I.'s 2007 Writers in Residence program.

The exhibition, opening Saturday, February 9, will include more than two dozen seductive selections from the book. Creative custom LUST chocolate Valentine novelties will be dispensed by sensuous hostesses to an exotic mix of love songs by DJ David James. Forney will present a short multimedia performance based on the book's contents. The "LUST" launch party coincides with the inaugural "Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack." More than twenty-five galleries, studios, nightclubs, boutiques, and cafes will participate in this monthly showcase of Georgetown's creative diversity.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Events are free and open to the public of all ages.

Listing Information:

Ellen Forney's "LUST" Opening reception

Saturday, February 9, 6:00 - 9:00 PM*

Original Forney art show, DJ David James, artist performance, Valentine's Day party favors.

Exhibition continues through March 17, 2008

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

*It's the inaugural Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack! Festive openings, performances and related events throughout the neighborhood.

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Theroux video from the Strand
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsAlexander Theroux 6 Feb 2008 8:03 AM

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Alexander Theroux read from Laura Warholic and answered questions last night at the Strand bookstore in New York City, and those unable to attend can watch a tape of the event at the Strand website (click "highlights"). 

Rick Griffin mystery revealed
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rebel VisionsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 5 Feb 2008 9:19 PM

Rick Griffin poster for the Grateful Dead and Blue Cheer

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery impresario Larry Reid passes this info along: the Grateful Dead/Blue Cheer poster pictured above, pointed out to us by friend of Fantagraphics Denis Wheary, reveals the probable origin of the "lost" Rick Griffin piece in our "Rebel Visions" exhibition:

Rick Griffin artwork from Rebel Visions exhibit

Don't forget, the last day to see "Rebel Visions" is tomorrow, February 6, before it comes down to make way for Ellen Forney's LUST exhibit (opening party on Saturday February 9)! 

Tonight at the Strand: Alexander Theroux
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsAlexander Theroux 5 Feb 2008 1:01 PM

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ALEXANDER THEROUX AT THE STRAND FEB, 5th:

LAURA WARHOLIC OR, THE SEXUAL INTELLECTUAL

 

Fantagraphics Books and The Strand Bookstore are proud to announce a rare appearance and reading by National Book Award nominee ALEXANDER THEROUX, promoting his first novel in nearly twenty years, the just-released LAURA WARHOLIC OR, THE SEXUAL INTELLECTUAL.

 

“Brilliantly written.” — NORMAN MAILER

 

Listing Information:


WHEN: Tues., Feb. 5th, 7:00PM

WHERE: Strand Bookstore, 2nd Fl.

828 Broadway @ 12th

New York, NY 10003

212.660.6643

 

In LAURA WARHOLIC, Theroux returns with a compendious satire, a bold and inquisitorial, circuit-breaking examination of love and hate, of rejection and forgiveness, of trust and romantic disappointment, of the terrors of contemporary life. Eugene Eyestones, an erudite sex columnist for a Boston cultural magazine, becomes enmeshed in the messy life of a would-be artist named Laura Warholic, who, repulsing and fascinating him at the same time, becomes a mirror in which he not only sees himself but through which he is forced to face his own demons. Horrifying and hilarious, damning and demanding, Laura Warholic in its uncompromising power will surely be one of the most talked-about novels of the season, and for years to come.

 

Alexander Theroux is the author of three highly regarded novels—Three Wogs, Darconville’s Cat, and An Adultery—and of several books of essays, fables, and poetry. He lives in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, with his wife, artist Sarah Son.

 

“A work that screams ‘Literary Event’.” — BOOKLIST

 

“Theroux’s first novel in 20 years is as smart, funny, outlandish, angry and moving as we expect, and more accessibly riveting than we dreamed.” — GARY GIDDINS

 

HARDCOVER • 888 pp. • ISBN 978-1-56097-798-8 • $29.95

 

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MOME Interview 2: Gabrielle Bell
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MomeGabrielle Bell 4 Feb 2008 2:47 PM

Illustration by Gabrielle Bell

Presenting the second MOME interview to be presented on Fantagraphics.com in its entirety: Gabrielle Bell, from MOME Vol. 2:

gary groth: Do you remember a time or a period when you made a decision... "This is what I want to do?"

gabrielle bell: Yes. I was traveling at the time. I was in Texas and I was just wandering through a comic book store. There were some instructions on how to become a comic artist. It was very simple — very, very easy. But actually, it was before that I decided to be a cartoonist, maybe a couple of weeks before. It was pretty organic.

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Oh, man.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gary Panter 4 Feb 2008 2:07 PM

More info HERE. This book is the reason our Dal Tokyo collection is going to be delayed about a year (to Spring '09 or so). Couldn't imagine a better reason. 
New Website Feature of the Day: Polls
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 4 Feb 2008 1:39 PM
106 people responded to our inaugural poll, giving us their feedback on the most recent edition of our Ultimate Catalog. Thanks to everyone who chimed in! Starting today there's a brand new poll which you can find at the bottom of the right column here on FLOG and on various other pages of our site (including the homepage): What was the primary reason you registered on Fantagraphics.com? Vote today! (And if you haven't registered yet, there's no time like the present!)
Dave Cooper at Billy Shire Fine Arts
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dave Cooper 4 Feb 2008 11:27 AM
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Opening this weekend.

21 preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiagopreviews 4 Feb 2008 10:36 AM

21 by Wilfred Santiago

Wilfred Santiago just joined the Flickr and is posting previews of 21, his forthcoming Fantagraphics graphic novel about baseball great Roberto Clemente. Check it out!

New Chocolate Cheeks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissman 4 Feb 2008 8:56 AM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

It's a bit tardy, but his week's installment of Steven Weissman's "Chocolate Cheeks" is now up for your reading pleasure. (Remember, site registration is required. Say, this might be a good time to mention that we just made our sign-up page a little more user-friendly.)


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