Veteran alternative cartoonist Jesse Reklaw, creator of the long-running weekly comic strip Slow Wave, delivers this tragicomic graphic memoir, his first long-form work. Presented as a series of comic novellas that together comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often hilarious memoir about childhood, family, death, mental illness, sex and drug use, the entire book is told through cleverly inviting conceits like cat histories and card games.
The graphic novel is told in five parts: In "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics), Reklaw discovers coping mechanisms that mimic his family pets; "Toys I Love" relates the author's pre-pubescent brushes with deviant sexual activity, and the way innocence converges with real sexual trauma; "The Fred Robinson Story" tells the story of Reklaw's period stalking perfect strangers; "The Stacked Deck," in which hereditary influences towards criminal behavior, drug use and depression are explored via card games the author played with his family; and "Lessoned," a family history of mental illness.
Celebrate 7 Years of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” on December 14.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery opened seven years ago in a deserted south Seattle industrial district. In the intervening years, both the bookstore and the neighborhood have woven themselves into the cultural fabric of the region. Celebrate the impact of this unique urban enterprise on Saturday, December 14 with a festive holiday gala and opening reception for “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix.”
From its inception, the showroom for Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books has endeavored to demonstrate the contributions of comix to contemporary culture. “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” features the work of six narrative artists who elevate the medium. The exhibition features Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be present to sign recent publications at the opening on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
In addition to his role as Fantagraphics Bookstore curator, Larry Reid serves as president of the Georgetown Merchants Association (GMA), which played a pivotal role in revitalizing the formerly neglected business district. The bookstore’s anniversary celebration coincides with the holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, a monthly promotion of the GMA. Dozens of visual and performing arts presentations take place throughout the historic neighborhood, including wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound featuring our own Lynn Emmert.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix featuring Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring.
Opening Saturday, December 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Exhibition continues through January 8, 2014 Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street. Seattle, WA 206.658.0110 | www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
This tragicomic, debut graphic novel by acclaimed cartoonist Jesse Reklaw (Slow Wave) presents a series of novellas about cats, toys, and card games that collectively comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often funny memoir about family, childhood, death, mental illness, sex and drug abuse.
In the fourth volume of Fantagraphics' Captain Easy series, our eponymous hero and his loyal sidekick Wash Tubbs answer a newspaper ad that they don’t know is years out of date, and wind up stranded in Guatemala with a busted landing gear and only five dollars to their name. Whoops! They need all their wits and ingenuity to get them out of this fix. Which they manage to do by the skin of their teeth, only to stumble onto a lost city in the jungle. Lost cities in the jungle are never good news, and so it is with our two boisterous heroes. Against all odds, they extricate themselves from this dastardly peril and head for home on a ship carrying tigers (Roy Crane loved to draw tigers). They’re out of danger, right? Wrong! What kind of a Captain Easy adventure would this be without our boys getting stranded on a desert island and encountering the beautiful but savage Wolf Girl (Crane loved to draw Wolf Girls!)?
Don’t miss the last volume of Fantagraphics' glorious reprint of Roy Crane's full color Captain Easy Sunday pages.
Black is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario.
Julia Gfrörer's delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer's prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.
Larry Reid, manager of the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery was highlighted in the GIFTED insert of the latest issue of The Stranger (Vol. 23, No. 12). He gives you all you need to know about shopping, eating and fun fun fun in Georgetown this holiday season. From The Complete Peanuts collection we're publishing to 'seven-inch slabs by the Stranglers' ("Golden brown, texture like sun...") available in the other half of the store known as Georgetown Records, there is plenty to stuff stockings with, hand over at Channukah or leave on a friend's desk as a secret gift.
We've got music and books at the store but what about holiday movies? Larry recommends:
One hundred influences — one hundred portraits from The New York Times best selling author of Life with Mr. Dangerous and Mother, Come Home.
Culled from cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier's drawing blog, The Daily Forlorn (one of Tumblr's featured illustration blogs), Artists Authors Thinkers Directors is as stylistically varied as the subjects it explores. A scrawled, single line drawing of Lenny Bruce, a triangular Heisenberg... A stippled Stanley Kubrick, a bubbly Billy Wilder... Each turn of the page offers a new take on a familiar face.
In the afterword, Hornschemeier includes brief notes on each portrait and that creator's particular work or insight that spoke specifically to him. And in that specificity, much of what is universally affecting in each creator shines through.
“Crane’s art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane’s dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-.” – The A.V. Club
"Though he was one of the genre’s pioneers, Roy Crane’s Captain Easy is arguably the most idiosyncratic of all the adventure strips. But it’s this blend of loud slapstick, young-boys-styled adventure and blatant sex appeal that make Captain Easy such a winning, fun strip to read." – Robot 6
"...[O]ne of comics' purest entertainments... Combining cartoony figure drawing and considerable humor with rousing adventure, Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips... exceeds even Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films in exuberant action and breathless pace." – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Generous and thoughtful cartoonist Rina Ayuyang posted a lot of artwork and comics up on eBay to raise money for the people affected Typhoon Haiyan. While some are about to end their bidding cycles, you have days left on a few and these are amazing! A 'littering' sketch by Jaime Hernandez, a signed Ghost World with a Enid sketch in it.
Here's Martin Cendreda's "Hopskotch" page from an early Mome is for the tried and true Fantagraphics' fan!
Here's a killer Jim Rugg drawing! Bid now! 100% of the proceeds from these art sales go to American Red Cross and their efforts in the Philippines for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
"Esther's consistently original, hilarious and heart-felt work evokes the travails of puberty with painful accuracy. After perusing Unlovable Vol. 3 we immediately broke out in zits and had clumsy beginner sex." — Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
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