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Me and Mr. Burns
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 19 Sep 2014 10:34 AM

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I first crossed paths with Charles Burns in the mid-70s, when we both attended a small college in rural Washington State. I later learned that Burns wasn't entirely comfortable in an art school attended by eccentric Charles Manson enthusiasts and Symbionese Liberation Army sympathizers. By contrast, I had finally found my people. Burns soon departed for the greener pastures of The Evergreen State College, where he joined talented young artists Lynda Barry and Matt Groening.

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Upon graduating in 1978, I opened the experimental Rosco Louie gallery in the tony Pioneer Square section of Seattle. I was privileged to give both Lynda Barry and Charles Burns their first gallery shows. Burns later served as soundman at Rosco Louie for a performance by San Francisco band Pink Section, which included his then-girlfriend, fashion designer Carol Detwieler. He in turn designed the cover for the 1982 Sub Pop 7 cassette compilation, which included my wife's band, Little Bears From Bangkok. At the same time we were both frequent contributors to Seattle music monthly, The Rocket.

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As Burns migrated to the East Coast, we both continued our association with Sub Pop. In 1988, Burns illustrated the stunning cover to the momentous Sub Pop 200 LP. Shortly thereafter, I promoted a Tad, Mudhoney, and Nirvana show at my alternative space, the Center on Contemporary Art, which found Kurt sporting a Burns tee shirt. (As seen in Charles Peterson's photo above.) On a subsequent Seattle visit in 1993, I accompanied Burns to a secret Tad and Nirvana show at a small downtown venue, where he was received as a rock star himself. 

Throughout my tenure at Fantagraphics Books, I've continued to encounter Charles Burns, a pleasure that will repeat itself this evening when Burns appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to present his new graphic novel, Sugar Skull. Please join me in welcoming this immensely influential artist back to his hometown.

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Charles Burns and Chris Wright at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Weekend
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under hooray for HollywoodFantagraphics BookstoreeventsChris WrightCharles Burns 15 Sep 2014 10:37 AM

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Famed alternative cartoonist Charles Burns will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM presenting his new book Sugar Skull. He will be followed on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM by Chris Wright signing copies of his recent graphic novel Blacklung.

Seattle native Charles Burns, now a resident of Philadelphia, was among the founders of the alternative comix movement in the 1970s when he emerged from The Evergreen State College with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening. This trio of gifted artists began syndicating their innovative comic strips in alternative weeklies, which gave momentum to a new approach to cartooning. Burns' groundbreaking graphic novel Black Hole, serialized by Fantagraphics Books, is considered a masterpiece of the form. The story is set in 1970s Seattle and was recently featured in the critically acclaimed film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Burns will be signing copies of his highly anticipated new book Sugar Skull, which completes a trilogy that began with X'ed Out, followed by The Hive. Burns' unique graphic sensibility has left and indelible mark on Seattle's culture through his early work with Sub Pop and The Rocket. Join us in welcoming this influential artist back home on Friday, September 19.

Chris Wright is among a new breed of emerging artists building on the foundation laid by Burns and others. His recent graphic novel from Fantagraphics Books, Blacklung, combines elements of otherworldly adventure and horror rendered in brutal detail - unquestionably one of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years. The signing on Sunday, September 21 marks the artist's first visit to Seattle. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00 PM. 206.658.0110. 

Film Noir Poster Exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Mark Fertighooray for HollywoodFantagraphics BookstoreeventsChris WrightCharles Burnsart shows 3 Sep 2014 12:08 PM

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of posters featured in the new book 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s - 1950s. The show opens on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Editor Mark Fertig will be available to discuss the work and sign copies of the book. The exhibition continues through November 10, 2014.

The film noir genre holds a special place in American cinema and the posters reveal a lot about mid-century aesthetics. As director William Friedkin observes in the book's introduction, "The posters convey the style and content of the movies they were designed to advertise, and yet they represent an art form of their own. They are a valid and important school of American art." These posters depict the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood in some of their most memorable roles. The book includes both a synopsis and fascinating analysis of the films depicted by the posters.

Editor Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Don't miss appearances by Seattle native Charles Burns signing his new graphic novel Sugar Skull on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Chris Wright signing Black Lung on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. See you all soon.

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Fantagraphics Curator Rocks Bumbershoot Festival
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockFantagraphics BookstoreBumbershootart shows 27 Aug 2014 10:28 PM

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One of the highlights of Seattle's Bumbershoot arts festival over Labor Day weekend is the exhibition Jini Dellaccio: January 31, 1917 - July 3, 2014 co-curated by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid. This show celebrates the life, career, and art of Jini Dellaccio, an American photographer best known for her iconic images of Northwest proto-punk bands including The Sonics, Wailers, Merrilee RushDaily Flash and many others. This special tribute show features the diverse subjects of Dellaccio's lens over her long and legendary career. Friday afternoon offers free viewing of the art exhibits. The festival includes music by the Replacements, Mission of Burma, Negativeland, Dream Syndicate, Afghan Whigs, Foster the People, Elvis Costello, Rose Windows, Los Lobos, and countless others.  (Photos appear courtesy Jini Dellaccio Collection, all rights reserved.) 

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Visionary Artist Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsartists 5 Aug 2014 11:45 AM

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July 30, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Jim Woodring is often described as among the most important cartoonists of his generation. This assessment is confirmed in the pages of JIM, the latest anthology of Woodring’s work. Meet this amazing artist at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, August 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

The eclectic content of JIM ranges from confessional autobiographical stories to the idiosyncratic allegorical comix that have come to define this prolific artist. This collection, available for the first time at Fantagraphics Bookstore, spans 30 years of spellbinding creativity.

Join us on Saturday, August 9 to commemorate the publication of this monumental work. The book signing coincides with the Georgetown Art Attack, which features challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the neighborhood's historic arts community.

And don’t miss our reception on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for emerging Canadian cartoonist Georgia Webber with her compelling comix serial Dumb. This event will also serve to celebrate the City Arts Award bestowed upon Seattle cartoonist Max Clotfelter for his work in last April’s Intruder art exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Fantagraphics Bookstore: Land, Air, and See
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 30 Jul 2014 9:32 AM

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Don't miss the apocalyptic Dead Baby Bike party this Friday, August 1 in Georgetown. Live music, BMX daredevils, beer gardens, and bike jousting right outside Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The party begins at the conclusion of the reckless Dead Baby Bike Downhill Race about 7:00 PM and continues into the wee hours.

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Arrive early to the Dead Baby Bike Party on Friday for a front row seat to the big Boeing Air Show. Watch vintage Spitfires, Thunderbolts, Mustangs, and Tomahawks, along with breathtaking Boeing F-18 Blue Angels and more fly right over the store.

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Join us on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the reception for emerging Canadian cartoonist Georgia Webber with her compelling comix serial Dumb. This event will also serve to celebrate the City Arts Award bestowed upon Seattle cartoonist Max Clotfelter for his piece in last April's Intruder art exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Art Attacks Georgetown This Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreart shows 8 Jul 2014 11:20 AM

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Beginning in 2008, the Georgetown Merchants Association commissioned graphic artist Tim Silbaugh to design posters for the Georgetown Art Attack. Working with Fantagraphics curator and GMA president Larry Reid, Silbaugh's monthly motifs convey something about distinctive character and colorful culture of the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host an exhibition of the posters next door at All City Coffee opening Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The digital composite prints on archival stock are available in a signed, limited edition. Prints can be purchased at Fantagraphics Bookstore for $25 unframed ($40 framed.) The exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.

Cartoonist Clotfelter Finalist for City Arts Cash!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreeventsawardsart shows 7 Jul 2014 1:11 PM

Every three months, Seattle's tony cultural journal City Arts awards cash prizes for the best artworks exhibited in local galleries. A panel of three guest jurors nominates finalists each quarter. Winners will be chosen by popular vote this Thursday, July 11 at the Summer Art Walk Awards party. Max Clotfelter's story from the Intruder 10 exhibition in April at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is up for an award. Show up at Sole Repair by 9:00 PM, have a drink, carefully consider all the nominated work, then vote for Max!

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The new Intruder 11, a comix tabloid edited by our own Marc Palm, was released this weekend. Drop by the bookstore and pick up a free copy of this lively anthology.

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Blowout at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockKim ThompsonFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 23 Jun 2014 10:42 AM

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Honk Fest West on Friday was a blast! Over 30 cacophonous brass bands from across the country descended on Georgetown for this annual gathering. As was the case last year, the event began on a somber note with a funeral march in front of Fantagraphics Bookstore in memory of Kim Thompson on the first anniversary of his passing. The concerts climaxed with a pitched percussion battle between the Super Bowl champion Seahawks Blue Thunder and the Garfield Drumline (alma mater of musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, and Macklemore.) Too much fun!

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Our good friend and former Mayor Mike McGinn dropped in to do some comix shopping during the festival. Lest we be accused of favoritism, we also played host to current Mayor Ed Murray a week earlier at the colorful Georgetown Carnival below. Good times.

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Fantagraphics' Extreme Measures
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 Jun 2014 12:43 PM

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Don't miss Fantagraphics Bookstore's latest creation in Hazardfactory's world famous Power Tool Races. This thrilling side-by-side spectacle is the centerpiece of Saturday's colorful Georgetown Carnival. Extreme Measures is powered by a DeWalt retractable tape. You'll just have to see it race. The bookstore  has entered wicked tools in every race since 2007 and won the top prize in 2011 with the Georgetown Chainsaw Massacre.

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The Georgetown Carnival is a festive celebration of the creative diversity of Seattle's oldest neighborhood. Acrobats, aerialists, sideshows, stiltwalkers, interactive arts, carnival games and confections combine to create one of the region's liveliest art fairs. Musical highlights include Tummy, Ancient Warlocks, Mark Pickerel (formerly of Screaming Trees), Vaporland (featuring former Love Battery, Tad, and Fluid members), and more. Then get ready to Rumble with the architect of the Seattle Sound, Jack Endino's Earthworm. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray kicks off the festivities with opening remarks at noon. All free, all day, all ages. See you Saturday in Georgetown!

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