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Another Wild Weekend at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Simon HanselmannLane MilburnFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDanny BlandConor Stechschulte 8 Oct 2014 12:15 PM

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Make your way to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this weekend for two of the liveliest events of the year. On Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM we host Danny Bland in conversation with noted Northwest novelist Jonathan Evison. They'll discuss Bland's new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do featuring calligraphy by Exene Cervenka of X and photographs by Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs. Look for an engaging dialogue from these unlikely literary luminaries, followed by a reading, book signing, and reception.

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This Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, we welcome an incredible crew of gifted cartoonists from Australia, Canada, and the United States. Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle make the final stop of their phenomenally successful North American book tour. They'll be joined by Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte for one of the most colorful comix affairs in recent memory. This event coincides with the always-entertaining Georgetown Art Attack.

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, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Wanna See Something Scary?
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Thomas OttSimon HanselmannRichard SalaJoe KubertGary PanterFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEC ComicsDaniel ClowesConor StechschulteChris WrightCharles BurnsCarl BarksBill SchellyBen CatmullAl Columbia 6 Oct 2014 11:52 AM

With Halloween approaching, it's a good time to consider some spooky favorites from Fantagraphics Books.

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The formative work of Charles Burns in Big Baby foreshadows the brilliance that would follow. Alluring stories like "Curse of the Molemen," "Blood Club," and "Teen Plague" remain creepy and compelling while exploring themes of adolescent angst. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes is a similarly insightful examination of the otherworldly imaginations of its youthful protagonists. It remains among the greatest graphic novels - and film adaptations - of all time.

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Al Columbia's Pim & Francie is at first blush a collection of meticulously rendered drawings, but a closer examination reveals a seductive narrative involving a cute cartoon couple caught in a world of horrific nightmares.

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Ghost of the Grotto by comics genius Carl Barks is a playful adventure set in an exotic island locale, sure to appeal to kids and adults alike. See also The Old Castle's Secret for more fowl frights.

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A misanthropic witch wrestles with real world issues in Simon Hanselmann's Megahex and surreal horror unfolds in The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte as two butchers are afflicted with a mysterious case of amnesia. Meat these amazing artists this Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore.

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More terrifying tales can be found in Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, Gary Panter's Jimbo in Purgatory, the EC Comics Library from midcentury America's masters of macabre, Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archive Vol. 1 edited by Bill SchellyBlacklung by Chris WrightR.I.P by Thomas Ott, and everything by Richard Sala.

The Great Pumpkin Never Tasted So Good
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockPeanutsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 2 Oct 2014 10:59 AM

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This Friday and Saturday marks the 10th annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, featuring dozens of tasty punkin beers from over 60 Northwest brewers, at the Elysian brewery in Georgetown. Stagger down the street a few blocks to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery afterward and pick up a copy of Waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

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If you don't have tickets to the sold out beer festival, be sure to take in the  Macefield Music Festival in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, where the Tom Price Desert Classic, featuring our own Martin Bland, open for legendary Northwest proto punk band The Sonics on Friday.

Stars Align at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Fall
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffSimon HanselmannS Clay WilsonrockRobert WilliamsPatrick RosenkranzLane MilburnJosh SimmonsJim Blanchardhooray for HollywoodFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEroyn FranklinEd PiskorDanny BlandConor Stechschulte 1 Oct 2014 1:27 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome an amazing array of accomplished cartoonists throughout the fall and winter of 2014, culminating with an appearance by one of America's most influential artists.

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The action begins on Friday, October 10 with Danny Bland presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do from Seattle's illustrious Sub Pop label. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception. The next night, Saturday, October 11, we host an international crew of incredibly talented cartoonists. Simon Hanselmann from Australia and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will join American artists Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte in presenting their imaginative new works to Seattle audiences for the first time.

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On Friday, November 14, in association with Seattle's Short Run comics and art festival, we present "Short Run Marathon II," an exhibition, book signing and reception featuring Tom Neely, MariNaomiJosh Simmons, Pam Wishbow, John Porcellino, and special guest Ed Piskor.

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On Small Business Saturday, November 29, we celebrate the publication of Bruce Pavitt's new book Sub Pop USA, The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980 - 1988, which chronicles the seminal years of what would soon become an international pop culture phenomenon. The book includes the early issues of Pavitt's Sub Pop fanzine, his columns from The Rocket, and related ephemera, along with essays from Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid and K Records founder Calvin Johnson, who will DJ and perform music at the signing.

Saturday, December 6 marks the festive closing party for the "Short Run Marathon II" exhibition featuring Eroyn Franklin previewing her upcoming graphic novel, Dirtbag.

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The bookstore celebrates its 8th anniversary in spectacular fashion on Saturday, December 13, as cultural icon Robert Williams presents The Complete ZAP Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing, kicking off a weeklong commemoration of this monumental achievement. We'll screen the documentary Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' on Sunday, December 14 at Northwest Film Forum, and on Wednesday, December 17 editor J. Michael Catron will give a slide talk on the history of ZAP. The festivities coclude on Saturday, December 20 with a tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread, and Jim Blanchard. We'll see you all soon and often!

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Toronto Trouble and Other Fun
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockhooray for HollywoodFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 23 Sep 2014 11:32 PM

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome acclaimed Canadian artist, musician, and producer Don Pyle to Seattle to present his photography exhibit "Toronto Punk and Other Trouble 1976 - 1980" at Machine House Brewery in Georgetown. The show features Pyle's pictures of seminal Toronto punk bands along with early images of The Clash, Ramones, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Dead Boys and others.

As a musician, Pyle was a member of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, widely recognized for their musical contributions to the Kids in the Hall television show.  His photography show opens Wednesday, September 24 and remains on view through Sunday, September 28. Pyle will present his Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow this Friday at 7:30 at Machine House Brewery, 5840 Airport Way S., across the street from the bookstore. The talk will be followed by a concert by Girl Trouble down the road at Slim's.

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As if you needed another reason to visit Georgetown, Fran's Chocolates is opening their new chocolate factory this Thursday, directly across the street from the bookstore. Fran Bigelow's milk chocolate and salt caramels are a favorite of Barack and Michele Obama, who serve the sublime Seattle confections to White House visitors. The facility includes a viewing platform, tasting room, and retail outlet. Georgetown also plays host on Thursday and Friday to an Amazon Prime film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic futuristic novel The Man in the High Castle.

Don't miss a wild weekend of amazing music, movie making, beer, art, candy and comix in the country's coolest neighborhood. Parking might be tight, so arrive early and stay late.

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.