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Archive >> September 2012

Taking Punk to the Nordstrom!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Taking Punk to the MassesFantagraphics historyFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 28 Sep 2012 11:00 AM

The flagship Nordstrom store in downtown Seattle is currently hosting The Seattle Music Project, an exhibit of photos and ephemera commemorating five decades of Northwest music, curated by renowned local photographer Lance Mercer!

The exhibit is on display in the Mens Shop, downstairs...

... next to the rounder of plaid flannel shirts...

...and by the escalators, you'll find this photo by Cam Garrett of the legendary Fallout Skate Shop! Can you spot the employees of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery? Yup, that's our very own Larry Reid and Russ Batagglia above, circa 1985! Fashion icons! 

[ ETA: Eric informs me, "there's also two ex longtime-employees in that pic: Tom Price and Tim Hayes!" Nice! ]

"We love the grunge music..."

The Seattle Music Project exhibit will be on display at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom location [ 500 Pine Street ] through this Sunday, September 30th

 http://www.fantagraphics.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/f494870a84c4a5fc7fd07f33b0985a4c.jpg

For more excellent photos and stories of the grunge-era, get yr hands on a copy of Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind! And stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery [ 1201 S. Vale Street ] to say hi to Larry and Russ!

Jack Davis Exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jack Davisevents 25 Sep 2012 1:30 PM

Jack Davis self-portrait

This fall, the Georgia Museum of Art presents Beyond the Bulldog: Jack Davis,” an exhibition that will go deeper into Jack Davis’ career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known, focusing on his black-and-white drawings in particular.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, November 3rd, and the next day, Sunday, November 4th, curator Patrick Dean, a cartoonist himself who sits on the board of the Jack Davis Foundation, will give a talk from 3:00 to 4:00 PM with a reception to follow.

Jack Davis

Dean says, “The point of the show isn’t to shun his more popular sports drawing, but to bring attention to his work that may not be as well known to the general public. Visitors may recognize some of these images, but I hope they appreciate the level of detail Davis put into his work. Some of that detail gets lost when the images are shrunk down and printed on paper stock of varying quality. Studying Jack Davis’ crosshatching and brushwork will be a real treat to anyone who’s admired this man’s work.”

The Georgia Museum of Art is located at 90 Carlton Street in Athens, GA, at the University of Georgia. This exhibit runs through January 6th, 2013.


The Last Vispo Release Party in Columbus, Ohio!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Nico VassilakiseventsCrag Hill 25 Sep 2012 9:23 AM

The Last Vispo

There's a lot to celebrate on Friday, October 12th!

Not only will it be the release party for The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008, but it's also the 70th birthday of visual poet, John M. Bennett, whose work is featured in the collection!

Join Mr. Bennett and his spouse, artist C. Mehrl Bennett, for an evening of art and music at the It Looks Like It’s Open Gallery from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. C. is also one of four contributing editors of The Last Vispo Anthology. She did research at The OSU Avant Writing Collection, for which John is curator, to research visual poetry to recommend to our editors Nico Vassilakis & Crag Hill, and to help develop her essay in the book. (Profits from book sales will be for the gallery/studio collective’s benefit.)

Work from The Last Vispo Anthology will be on display alongside mail art from The 70 Project, and John will perform his poetry in collaboration with sound artists & musicians: Jeff Chenault, Larry Morratto, Ryan Jewell, Mike Shiflet, and Byron Smith.

The It Looks Like It’s Open Gallery is located at 13 East Tulane Rd. in Columbus, Ohio. 

Ron Regé, Jr. Rocks In More Ways Than One...
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ron Regé Jrrockmerchevents 25 Sep 2012 8:30 AM

Lavender Diamond -  Incorruptible Heart

How did the band Lavender Diamond manage to score the great Ron Regé, Jr. to do their album cover? Oh, I dunno... maybe they asked their drummer... Ron Regé, Jr. Yes, not only is the guy an amazing artist, he's also an amazing musician. Yes, your parents were right: life is not fair. 

The new album is titled Incorruptible Heart, and it is out today on Paracadute Records.  Go stream their awesomeness on their Soundcloud page. For a limited time only, the band is offering a "deluxe package" including an original, hand-drawn piece of artwork from Ron, an exclusive tote bag, the limited edition vinyl (on lavender, natch), and a digital download.

And hey, east coast! Lavender Diamond is heading over for a short lil' tour, so don't miss them!

09.26.12 - Mercury Lounge [ New York, NY ]
09.27.12 - Kung Fu Necktie [ Philadelphia, PA ]
09.29.12 - Glasslands [ Brooklyn, NY ]
09.30.12 - Brighton Music Hall [ Cambridge, MA ]

(Don't forget, Ron will head out solo for the New York Art Book Fair on Saturday, September 29th! Be one of the first to get your lovin' hands on a copy of The Cartoon Utopia!)


This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 9/24-10/1
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoRon Regé JrPeter BaggePat ThomasNico VassilakisJohn PhamGary PantereventsCrag Hill 24 Sep 2012 9:43 AM

John Pham at Giant Robot

Wednesday, September 26th

Brooklyn, NY: Come see Gary Panter kill it with his band Devin, Gary & Ross at Death by Audio! (more info)

Los Angeles, CA: It's your last chance to see John Pham's art exhibit at Giant Robot's GR2 Gallery. (more info)

The Last Vispo

Saturday, September 29th

Brooklyn, NY: Author Pat Thomas presents his acclaimed slideshow presentation for Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. He will also be spinning records from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. (more info)

Bothell, WA: Nico Vassilakis & Crag Hill, editors of The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008, will perform a collaged reading of essays at the "Convergence on Poetics" conference at the University of Washington Bothell. (more info)

Long Island City, NY: The good people of Desert Island will host a signing with Ron Regé, Jr. at the seventh annual NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1! Be one of the first to get your hands on a copy of The Cartoon Utopia! (more info)

Asbury Park, NJ: Stephen DeStefano will be a special guest at the Asbury Park Comic Con! Yes, it is being held in a bowling alley, and yes, there will be beer! (more info)

Peter Bagge
photo credit: Joshin Yamada, Stumptown 2012

Sunday, September 30th

Vancouver, BC: Peter Bagge will be a special guest at the Word on the Street National Book & Magazine Festival! He'll be signing at the "Authors Tent" at 1:30 PM, and at "The Word Under The Street" on 3:30 PM. (more info)

New York City, NY: Pat Thomas will be joined by special guest, Aaron Dixon, the captain and founder of the 1960's Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, at Kim's Video & Music for a signing of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975! (more info

Stephen DeStefano at the Asbury Park Comic Con This Saturday!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoevents 24 Sep 2012 8:25 AM

Asbury Park Comic Con

Stephen DeStefano

The great Stephen DeStefano will be a special guest at the Asbury Park Comic Con this Saturday, September 29th! Stop by his table and get your copy of Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History signed before it sells out!

The Asbury Park Comic Con is being held at The Asbury Lanes [ 209 4th Ave. ] from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Yes, it is being held in a bowling alley, and yes, there will be beer! 

Ron Regé, Jr. at the NY Art Book Fair This Saturday!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ron Regé Jrevents 24 Sep 2012 8:00 AM

The Cartoon Utopia by Ron Regé Jr.

The Cartoon Utopia is coming to the New York Art Book Fair this weekend, and our very own Ron Regé, Jr. will be signing on Saturday, September 29th!

The good people of Desert Island will host a signing with him at 3:00 PM in the lobby of MoMA PS1 (Gallery F). Be one of the very first to get your hands on this spectacular stunner of a book, which won't be in stores until October!

Free and open to the public, the seventh annual NY Art Book Fair runs from September 28th to 30th, at MoMA PS1 [ 4601 21st Street ], Long Island City, Queens.

Love & Rockets at the Brooklyn Book Festival This Sunday!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 21 Sep 2012 10:03 AM

Love and Rockets Tour Poster

The Love & Rockets 30th Anniversary East Coast Tour, sadly, comes to an end at the Brooklyn Book Festival!

Join Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez at the Saint Francis Auditorium [ 180 Remsen Street ] for some compelling chats this Sunday, September 23rd:

2:00 P.M. // Worlds Built over Time
This all-star panel brings together the narrative geniuses of Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Adrian Tomine (New York Stories) and Gabrielle Bell (The Voyeurs) to discuss how they’ve developed characters, stories, and imagined worlds over serial publications. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos, co-organizer, Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. // The Sex Panel: Taboo in Pictures
Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Leela Corman (Unterzakhn), Molly Crabapple (Devil in the Details) and Bob Fingerman (From the Ashes) talk about sex and taboo in comics. What inspires and informs their work and drives their characters (and readers)? From obscenity to art, and the delicious in-between. Featuring screen projection, with viewer discretion advised! Moderated by Heidi MacDonald.

5:00 P.M. // Enduring Unlikable Women
Elissa Schappell (Blue Print), Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) and Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia) write difficult, complex female characters. Join these authors in a reading and discussion that looks at the bad boy and the unlikable woman in literature and how they are reviled or celebrated by their audience and creators. Moderated by Meredith Walters, Brooklyn Public Library.




Gary Panter at Death By Audio, Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under rockGary Panterevents 20 Sep 2012 1:45 PM

Devin, Gary & Ross logo

Come see Gary Panter kill it at Death by Audio [ 49 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn ]!

He and his band Devin, Gary & Ross will be bringing their "stunning psychedelic chicken music" to this Brooklyn venue on Wednesday, September 26th.  Also on the bill are Sunfoot, Volunteers Park and Ice Balloons. Don't miss it!

Love & Rockets at the Rock Shop Brooklyn Friday Night!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 20 Sep 2012 11:35 AM

 

Love and Rockets Tour Poster

Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez are stocking the shelves with awesome as the Love & Rockets 30th Anniversary Tour heads to the Rock Shop in Brooklyn this Friday, September 21st

For two punk afficianados as the Bros, this is guaranteed to be a rockin' night! They'll be joined by special musical guest Jeffrey Lewis! In fact, Jarvis Cocker says Jeffrey Lewis is the finest lyricist of his generation! (That's for our Office Manager, Steph!)

So, shop 'til you drop at the Rock Shop this Friday night starting at 7:30 PM! The Rock Shop is located at 249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.

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