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Counterculture Comix at Bumbershoot FREE on Friday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffPeter BaggeJim WoodringeventsBumbershoot 1 Sep 2010 11:51 AM

Jim Woodring wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork by Jim Woodring — click for larger version and see below for more photos]

Comics connoisseurs can view "Counterculture Comix: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" for free this Friday, September 3 from 11:00 [correction:] noon to 7:00 PM in the Olympic Room on the Northwest corner of the Seattle Center grounds near Key Arena.)

The exhibition features 3 generations of cartoonists from the city that gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement. More than 250 artworks and artifacts are on display, with a comix reading lounge, a continuous screening of David Moore's seminal Hooked on Comix documentary, and cartooning demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers. All Bumbershoot visual art shows are free on Friday, and hizzoner the mayor will tour the exhibitions in the afternoon.

Bumbershoot, Seattle's annual Labor Day weekend arts festival, looks promising this year. In addition to the comix exhibition, there's the daily Flatstock poster show, a special preview of the anxiously-awaited Jesse Bernstein documentary I Am Secretly an Important Man on Saturday, a concert by Hole, featuring the lovely and talented Courtney Love on Sunday, and the equally lovely and talented Tony Millionaire on Monday. Hope to see you there.

Lynda Barry wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Lynda Barry]

Peter Bagge wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Peter Bagge]

Profanity Hill installation, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Jason T. Miles assembles the Profanity Hill installation]




The Debut of Bureau of Drawers at Seattle Art Museum
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under events 26 Aug 2010 11:14 AM

The Bureau of Drawers logo

The Seattle Art Museum's popular Remix series at the sculpture park continues this Friday, August 27. The event features the public debut of the Bureau of Drawers, Seattle's new cartooning salon, which includes Fantagraphics friends David Lasky, Marc Palm, Jen Ralston, Tom Dougherty and many other fine cartoonists. (This provides a preview for the big "Counterculture Comix" exhibition at Bumbershoot when Bureau of Drawers will join Friends of the Nib in cartooning demonstrations over Labor Day weekend.)

Also on the bill at Remix is a major new work and gallery talk by Houston artist Trenton Doyle Hancock whose amazing narrative book Me a Mound was published by Picturebox.

Carol Tyler Presents YOU’LL NEVER KNOW at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on September 11
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCarol Tyler 20 Aug 2010 7:11 AM

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery - postcard

Influential comix artist Carol Tyler will appear in at Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle on Saturday, September 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to present her two-volume graphic memoir YOU'LL NEVER KNOW with an exhibition of original art and book signing. This will mark Tyler's fist visit to the Northwest.

Carol Tyler's career in cartooning began as a graduate student in painting at Syracuse University in the early 1980s. She later moved to San Francisco and began a lasting relationship with underground comix legend Justin Green. Her work soon found its way into seminal female comix anthologies Twisted Sisters and Wimmen's Comix. Fantagraphics Books later published her autobiographical works THE JOB THING (1993) and LATE BLOOMER (2005.)

Tyler's ambitious trilogy YOU'LL NEVER KNOW examines her relationship with her father and his experiences in World War II. The first volume, A Good and Decent Man, explores how his war experience shaped her childhood and affected her relationships in adulthood. The recently published second volume, Collateral Damage, delves deeper into her father's horrific wartime exploits in Italy and her current cycle of family dysfunction. Her delicate line quality and watercolor technique add depth and urgency to this compelling memoir. Bestowed with prestigious industry awards and nominations, as well as universal critical acclaim, Tyler's achievement is unparalleled in recent years. According to the New York Times Book Review, "It's impossible not to compare You'll Never Know with Art Spiegelman's Maus, the first great graphic novel about what happened to a cartoonist's father during World War II... Tyler's book is a vivid, affecting, eccentrically stylish frame built around a terrible silence."

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information:
CAROL TYLER: YOU'LL NEVER KNOW
Book signing and opening reception Saturday, September 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through October 6, 2010
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108 206.658.0110
Open Daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM





Unlikely Stories
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Aug 2010 9:15 PM

Cover Story signing - Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

The COVER STORY book launch party at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last Saturday was great fun. A steady stream of visitors viewed the display of otherworldly album art and visited with contributors Aja West and Cheeba. The book is pretty amazing, and will inspire you to peruse your vinyl collection for the cardstock covers.

If you missed this wonderful event, you can still check out the COVER STORY exhibition and pick up a copy of the book at Fantagraphics Bookstore through this Wednesday, August 18. We're located minutes south of downtown Seattle at 1201 S. Vale St. in the heart of the historic Georgetown industrial arts district. See you soon.

Cover Story signing - Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

COVER STORY: Bizarre album cover action at Fantagraphics Bookstore Saturday, 8/14
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 Aug 2010 1:36 PM

Cover Story Vol. 2

Everyone has seen the strange graphics that grace the covers of obscure albums while flipping through used record bins at garage sales, flea markets and records stores. Some of the weirdest are collected in COVER STORY Vol. 2: Odd, Obscure, and Outrageous Album Art published by Wax Poetics/powerHouse Books. Fantagraphics Bookstore, in association with Georgetown Records, celebrates the publication of this delightfully odd volume with a publication party this Saturday, August 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

The party will feature a display of many of the most outrageous album covers from the book, as well as DJ sets of the actual recordings and a book signing by contributors Aja West and Cheeba. Come discover your own twelve-inch treasures in the record store's 50 cent bins, and peruse a mass of equally unusual comix from Fantagraphics Books.

This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack with action throughout the historic neighborhood. Drive down in your vintage ride and join the "Slow Roll" hot rod cruise down Airport Way at 8:00 PM.

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.

Cool Art on a Hot August Night! Georgetown Art Attack Returns on Saturday, August 14
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 Aug 2010 2:13 PM

Georgetown Art Attack flyer

The tradition of cool art in a hot neighborhood continues with the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack on August 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Fabulous food, fine art, friendly bars and a few surprises are in store at this colorful monthly event in one of Seattle's most compelling communities.

Among the many free visual and performing arts events: Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore present the book launch party for "Cover Story: Odd, Obscure, and Outrageous Album Art" featuring an exhibition of album art from the book, a book signing, and DJ sets from contributors Aja West and Cheeba; The Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center presents a solo show "Archetypes and Lucky Charms" which combines universal archetypes with individual portraiture by Seattle artist Deborah Scott; the return of the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall featuring a Market of Curiosities — a collective of local artists with hands-on activities — followed by an outdoor screening of highlights from the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival at dusk; A "Slow Roll" hot rod cruise down Airport Way beginning at 8:00 PM; new paintings by Julie Lukes at Calamity Jane's; photography by Robin Crookall with musical guests presented by the Twilight art collective at the Stables; the grand reopening of Krab Jab Studio, having moved from suite 335 to suite 250 of the Original Rainier Brewery, featuring new member, painter Michael Hoppe, as well as works by Julie Baroh, Kyle Abernethy, and Mark Tedin.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For a map of participants, please see: www.georgetownartattack.com. For additional information contact Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid.

Dead Babies Live!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 Aug 2010 2:04 PM

Tad and the Brothers of the Sonic Cloth

Save The Baby

More than 3.000 maniacal bicycle enthusiasts descended on Georgetown last Friday for the annual Dead Baby Bike bash. Mayhem and merriment ensued as bone crushing bike stunts and ear crunching rock collided on the streets — sometimes literally — right outside Fantagraphics Bookstore. Another exquisite evening in the "Summer of Hate." [Above photos by John Ohannesian; click here for more – Ed.]

Dead Baby biker reading HATE

Dead Baby Bike Bash
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 4 Aug 2010 10:55 AM

Dead Baby Bike Club flyer

This Friday evening in Seattle marks the spectacle of the Dead Baby Bike Club's 14th annual downhill bicycle race. The contest itself is insane, but the real action begins at the finish line in Georgetown. Their apocalyptic party is like the Road Warrior on about 10 hits of acid. Not-to-be-missed: Tall bike jousting (really), bicycle powered carnival rides, music by Tad Doyle's Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Kurt Danielson's Misericords, a sea of liquid refreshment, and more.

If the relentless action gets too intense, take a break at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in the heart of the party. Check out Dame Darcy's lovely art exhibition and pick up some Peter Bagge comic books featured in our "Summer of Hate" promotion. Fantagraphics curator Larry "The Love God" Reid will be spinning discs, including a few tunes from the brand new CD by Bagge's combo Can You Imagine? We'll be open a little later than usual for this one, so stop by and say hi.

Gabba Gabba HATE!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Peter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstore 3 Aug 2010 12:01 PM

It's the Summer of Hate - Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

The "Summer of HATE!" continues at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with a fresh batch of signed copies of Peter Bagge's HATE ANNUAL #8 available for cover price. If you haven't read this awesome issue yet, you're in for a thrill. If you have, pick one up for a friend.

And while supplies last, you can also spread the HATE with a set of 10 collectable HATE postcards for the special price of only $2.48. The cards include beloved Bagge characters like Buddy and Valerie, explosions, demolition derby crackups, and more! When you're in Seattle, drop by our store for a complete selection of HATE and more.

Georgetown Records & Fantagraphics Bookstore Host a Party for COVER STORY Vol. 2 on Aug. 14
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 29 Jul 2010 2:09 PM

Cover Story Vol. 2 book launch flyer

Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore Host a Party for COVER STORY: Odd, Obscure and Outrageous Album Art on Saturday, August 14.

Spend a hot August night with cool music and art at Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle. The party celebrates the publication of COVER STORY Volume Two: Odd, Obscure and Outrageous Album Art on Saturday August 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Contributors Aja West and Cheeba preside over the festivities with a show of album art from the book, a book signing, and a rare combined DJ appearance.

COVER STORY Volume Two: Odd, Obscure and Outrageous Album Art continues a graphic narration of the vibrant subculture of record collecting through the art of the album cover. This edition examines strange and bizarre record covers from across the country and around the globe, illuminating the imaginative past of twelve-inch masterpieces - sadly absent in this era of digital downloads. Published by Wax Poetics in association with powerHouse Books, this colorful 228 page volume celebrates an eccentric era when artistic visions were often so absurd and grandiose they frequently extended beyond the boundaries of the recording and onto the album covers themselves.

The artwork for the COVER STORY series is selected by the staff of Wax Poetics magazine, including Seattle siblings Aja West and Cheeba. Both brothers have colorful backgrounds, recording music together and separately, collaborating with an amazing assortment of players along the way. Both also associated with celebrities early in their careers: Aja as the music assistant to comedian Conan O'Brien and Cheeba with the illustrious Dust Brothers production duo. Their first recording together was a remix for the Fight Club film that appeared in the Japanese and European version of the soundtrack. They now play in each other's projects: Aja's The Mackrosoft and Cheeba's Cheebacabra.

First published in December 2001, Brooklyn-born Wax Poetics was originally created for a concentrated market of music aficionados. It has since expanded to make musical anthropologists out of average music listeners — illuminating the dark corners of our sonic past while also striving to give new and innovative artists broad exposure.

Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery share retail space at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.). Phone 206.658.0110. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring free visual and performing arts presentations at several locations throughout the historic industrial arts district.