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Archive >> February 2014
Join us on Saturday, March 8, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Treasury with an art exhibition, book signing, and music concert.
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing new collection.
Mr. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, featuring the comical adventures of Drinky Crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Green Eggs and Maakies collects two years of Maakies in a deluxe landscape hardcover format.
The festive opening on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features music by Ashley Eriksson. Perhaps best known for her music associated with the wildly popular animated television series Adventure Time, Eriksson will perform songs from her recently released Colours album on K Records. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.
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. Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore.
"In his surrealist impulse and draftsman's brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat." – John Hodgman, The New York Times
"Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello
"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires." – Conan O'Brien
"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey book signing and art exhibition
Opening reception Saturday, March 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Music by Ashley Eriksson
Exhibition continues through April 9, 2014
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Advance copies of Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn have arrived by special Duck delivery and it's another great-looking volume of The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library, inside and out. In this volume: Donald gets superpowers! A sinking Viking ship! Dueling steam shovels! A steam calliope! And of course the titular mythical beast, plus much more all-ages adventure and comedy from the mirthful mind and masterful pen of the great Carl Barks.
This book hits shelves in a couple of months; pre-order your copy and read a nice big excerpt for free right here.
Wednesday, February 26th
• Seattle, WA: Stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for Foxing & Friends, a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. (more info)
Friday, February 28th
• Portland, OR: It's your last chance to see the Julia Gfrörer exhibit Play Dead, at Floating World Comics in Portland, showcasing the original art to her exquisite new book, Black is the Color. Go drown in its beauty! (more info)
Saturday, March 1st
• Los Angeles, CA: Don't miss the opening reception of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia exhibit at the gallery Dem Passwords! Ron will be unveiling some amazing large-scale paintings that you'll definitely want to see! (more info)
That stunning work of art above, from Esther Pearl Watson, is titled "Mother and Daughter Work to Change the Future" -- and it's the perfect piece for this upcoming art show featuring Esther collaborating with her daughter, Lilian Todd!
Esther and Lilian will debut their first collaborative art pieces in an upcoming group show, opening on Thursday, March 6th! Together, these two creative ladies work to change the future with their surreal, intergalactic pieces. Congratulate them in person at the opening reception, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
The group show Amazon Solitaire, curated by Akina Cox, will be on view at the Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through March 27th.
And, don't forget about Esther's solo work, like the upcoming release of Unlovable, Vol. 3!!!
Celebrate the brand new lunar Year of the Horse with noneother than Ron Regé, Jr. this Sunday, February 23rd!
Tomorrow night, the all-ages non-profit place pehrspace kicks off their new series, Pehrtalks, with "Spiritual Arts Night," an evening to explore the varied mysteries of the metaphysical arts. Five expert practitioners of different disciplines will form a panel to introduce their crafts and answer questions from the audience. There will be art, musical meditation, and light refreshments!
At 8:15 PM, Ron will give a presentation on The Cartoon Utopia, his graphic novel masterpiece that focuses on ideas that he's become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.
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Admission is $3 at the door, which will go to the guest speakers. Bring a pillow or something else to sit on.
pehrspace is located at two blocks south of Temple in Historic Filipinotown at 325 Glendale Blvd. (Note: finding them the first time may be difficult. They are in the back of the Glen Village parking lot, behind a short palm tree. You won't see it from the street; you'll have to come into the parking lot.)
Kim Thompson had an answer for a feature in the March, 1983 issue of Heavy Metal which asked just that question. Our own Kristy Valenti came across it and provided this scan.
It's interesting to revisit statements like this now. In terms of what Kim called "pop comics" his last couple of lines are oddly apropos now that 30 years later one of the most successful comic titles is a zombie comic.
There's a significant event happening tonight for Significant Objects, our collection of extraordinary short stories inspired by ordinary stuff -- things like novelty items, discarded souvenirs, and tasteless kitchenware picked up cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.
And tonight, Friday, February 21st, at the Dallas Museum of Art, Significant Objects editor Rob Walker presents Materially Untrue: Stories About Objects Unearthed from Art Storage!
At 7:00 PM, four Texas authors (Will Clarke, Doug Dorst, Merritt Tierce, and Shay Youngblood) will debut original stories about objects unearted from DMA art storage.
This event is FREE and open to the public! A book signing will take place after the readings. The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 North Harwood in Dallas, Texas.
Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we welcome Gregory Benton signing his new graphic novel B + F this Saturday, February 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. His award-winning hardcover book on the adventurous AdHouse imprint is a sublime meditation on goodwill, hostility, and isolation. Come see!
Then return to the bookstore on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM for "Foxing & Friends," a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues at American Short Fiction, The Austin Review, A Strange Object, Write Bloody Publishing, and Foxing Quarterly, visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. This'll be a blast!
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in the heart of the historic Georgetown arts community, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
February 28 - March 26, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 28, 7-10pm
Special Event: Sequential S'mores - Progressive Art Opening - with Sequential Artist's Workshop and F.L.A. Gallery, Friday, Feb. 28, 6pm - 12am (click link for more info)
Gallery Protocol is pleased to announce Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art, an exhibition of comic and sequential art from artists Pat Aulisio, Derek Ballard, Josh Bayer, Erin Curry, CF, Hellen Jo, Aidan Koch, Emma Louthan, Molly Colleen O'Connell, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, Ron Rege Jr, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, and Angie Wang. Collectively, these artists represent the past, present, and future of underground and independent comics - beginning with its origins in the punk and zine movements of southern California in the late 70's, all the way through to its dispersal as a nationwide (and international) subculture today.
As the show's title suggests, the exhibition focuses particularly on how these artists incorporate notions or elements of abstraction within their work. Comics are uniquely positioned to engage with abstraction from both a narrative, linguistic (semiotic), and visual perspective. In that sense, they combine the abstraction of the novelist, the poet, and the painter all into one. Beginning with the assertion that all systems of representation are abstract, the exhibition examines the results of this conflation and how these different threads of abstraction compound, complicate, temper, or derail one another as they operate side by side within the confines of a single undertaking. The exhibition features original and preparatory works in a range of media as well as published comics in a variety of printed formats.
Curated by Tom Hart of the Sequential Artist's Workshop, Jeff Owens, and Chase Westfall.
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The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108. Tel: 206-658-0110.