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Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffhooray for HollywoodFantagraphics Bookstore 30 Nov 2010 8:50 AM

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid takes a break from reading comix to be an interview subject in a documentary film about legendary Northwest rock photographer Jini Dellaccio. At the youthful age of 93, it's about time she got some recognition. Reid authored the introduction to Dellaccio's recent exhibition catalogue, and the documentary is being co-produced by Fantagraphics friend and neighbor Gabe Kean at Belle & Wissell. Note the cinematographer in the foreground is John Jeffcoat, director of the independent film "Outsourced," which was adapted into a new hit comedy show airing Thursdays on NBC after "The Office." For a short story on the artist and the documentary visit: http://www.hasselbladusa.com/promotions/jini-dellaccio.aspx

Fantagraphics Bookstore Marks 4th Anniversary on December 11 with Festive Holiday Gala
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallystaffrockPeter BaggeNate NealMegan KelsoKim DeitchJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEleanor DavisDrew WeingDJ BryantDash Shaw 29 Nov 2010 3:42 PM

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Since opening in December 2006, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has become a treasured civic asset. In addition to feeding Northwest residents' insatiable appetite for challenging contemporary culture, the space has attracted visitors from across the country and around the world. Saturday, December 11 marks the bookstore's 4th anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion we're once again hosting the season's most festive party featuring amazing music, comix, art, and more!

The evening includes solo music sets by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel. Zak was a founding member of alternative music legends Low and continues solo music endeavors while publishing great comics with Fantagraphics as well as producing exquisitely crafted small press projects on his own La Mano 21 imprint. This event will mark the debut of his ambitious Kim Deitch File portfolio project, among other recent La Mano offerings. Zak will be joined by Fantagraphics friend Mark Pickerel, who began his musical career with the highly acclaimed Screaming Trees and now fronts Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, in addition to being the proprietor of Seattle pop culture emporium Damaged Goods.

An exhibition of comix art curated by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter, in association with Friends of the Nib, features promising emerging cartoonists. together with masters of the medium. "Medieval Thinkers" includes original works by Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright. According to Friends of the Nib co-curator Miles, "Many of these artists work with antiquated materials most commonly associated with 19th and 20th century cartooning, specifically the metal dip pen or crowquill pen nibs, although use of these tools was not a requisite for inclusion. What brings these artists together is an imagist approach to picture-making and a willful ignorance of the aesthetics, fashion, and politics of the fine art industry. Medieval thinkers organize their experience by executing lessons in perspective, balance, humor and alchemy."

All this plus screaming deals on comix, celebrity guests, holiday libations, demented Christmas platters spun by DJ Russ Fallout, and a few surprises makes Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th anniversary party the place to be on Saturday, December 11. This event coincides with the colorful holiday version of the Georgetown Art Attack with amazing visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th Anniversary Celebration
Music, Comix, Art and More!

Saturday, December 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Music by
ZAK SALLY and MARK PICKEREL

Medieval Thinkers original comix exhibition featuring
Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright.
Curated for Friends of the Nib by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter.

Exhibition continues through February 8, 2011.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM






Georgetown Art Attack Lights Up the Holidays on Saturday, December 11
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 24 Nov 2010 11:31 AM

Georgetown Art Attack

The colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack celebrates the holiday season on December 11 with a diverse array of challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic business district. Dozens of independent artists' studios will be open to the public, joined by the many creative enterprises that make Georgetown a wonderfully unique civic asset.

Among the many highlights of the holiday Art Attack: Open studios at Equinox with live music, blacksmithing demonstrations, refreshments and the work of over 50 resident artists; Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center hosts figurative sculpture by Katrina Wolfe; the 4th Annual Holiday Artisans Bazaar Party with lights, treats and special guests at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall featuring soft sculptures by artist Rick Baker of Hallava Falafel in the Frida Trailer Gallery and a Trailer Park Cinema screening of "Santa Claus vs. the Martians" among other holiday classics; quilt artist Mary K. Parkhurst and photographer Sue Benyak at Two Tartes Café; a lively Art Jam at 9 Lb. Hammer featuring Georgetown artists creating works on site to a rhythmic urban beat; Holiday Art Sale with all paintings under $100 at the Miller School of Art; Bella Vitale studio features "Flamenco paintings" and cold weather glam clothing for humans and dogs by Bella Vitale; Brandon Bowman's fantastic metalwork and paintings at Nautilus studio; Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's fabulous 4th anniversary party with music by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel and "Medieval Thinkers" comix art exhibition curated by Friends of the Nib; hip hops at Full Throttle Bottles; stencil artists Randal Owen and of Dave Ryan at Calamity Jane's; and much, much more.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants Association. For more information contact Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid at numbers above. For a printable map of participants please visit: www.geoorgetownartattack.com.

Free Black Hole on Black Friday at Fantagraphics Bookstore!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreCharles Burns 23 Nov 2010 11:41 AM

Black Hole #7 - Charles Burns

Dreaming of a Black Christmas? Start your holiday shopping at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle this weekend. We'll be giving away a free BLACK HOLE comic book with every purchase through Sunday, November 28. An amazing stocking stuffer valued at $4.50. Visitors will get a chance to see the exquisite exhibition of Seattle native Charles Burns. This wonderful display, spanning his 30-year career in comix, remains on view through December 7.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's lively Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Holiday hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day. Open until 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Phone 206.658.0110.

Dutch Treat: Femke Heimstra at Roq la Rue
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under eventsart shows 10 Nov 2010 1:12 PM

Le Carrefour - Femke Hiemstra

Femke Heimstra, High Priestess of European Low Brow, opens a new exhibition, "The Bone Shaped Bone," at Roq la Rue in Seattle this Friday, November 12 [along with "Super Things" by Ryan Heshka, whom you may remember from Blab Vol. 18 – Ed.]. I was able to get a preview of the show on Monday, and her new work is breathtaking. While the entire exhibit is already sold out — natch — Femke will be on hand to sign a limited number of copies of her wonderful picture book, ROCK CANDY, which includes an introduction by Roq la Rue proprietor Kirsten Anderson.

We're hoping to tempt Femke to drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday afternoon for the DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! matinee with Zack Carlson, Bryan Connelly, and Jacob Covey. See you all then.

Femke Hiemstra - author photo from Rock Candy

Rock Candy - The Artwork of Femke Hiemstra

Amazing Holiday Gala at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallyrockPeter BaggeNate NealMegan KelsoKim DeitchJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEleanor DavisDrew WeingDJ BryantDash Shaw 9 Nov 2010 1:13 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 4th Anniversary Celebration with Zak Sally - poster

Mark your social calendars in indelible ink! Saturday, December 11 marks the 4th anniversary of the fabulous Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. To celebrate this auspicious occasion we're once again hosting the season's most festive party featuring amazing music, comix, art, and more!

The evening includes solo music sets by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel. Zak was a founding member of alternative music legends Low and continues solo music endeavors while publishing great comics with Fantagraphics as well as producing exquisitely crafted small press projects on his own La Mano imprint. He will be joined by Fantagraphics friend Mark Pickerel who began his musical career with the highly acclaimed Screaming Trees and now fronts Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, in addition to being the proprietor of Seattle pop culture emporium Damaged Goods.

An awesome exhibition of comix art curated by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter, in association with Friends of the Nib, features prominent living legends and emerging cartoonists. "Medieval Thinkers" includes original works by Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright. Toldja it was awesome.

All this plus screaming deals on comix, celebrity guests, holiday libations, demented Christmas platters spun by DJ Russ Fallout, and a few surprises makes Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th anniversary party the place to be on Saturday, December 11. See you all then.

DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! Punk Rawk Matinee at Fantagraphics Bookstore on November 13.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDestroy All Movies 5 Nov 2010 4:16 PM

Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film

Celluloid chaos is on tap as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, present the final Seattle celebration of DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film on Saturday afternoon, November 13 at 2:00 PM. Editors Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly will be joined by Fantagraphics Books' resident design genius Jacob Covey to sign copies of this exquisite, encyclopedic compendium of punk movies. The event features an ambient screening of clips drawn from the more than 1,100 films chronicled in the book.

DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! documents the punk movement as captured through the lenses of major Hollywood studios, international independent filmmakers, and everything in between. The book includes movie stills, posters, opinionated reviews and revealing interviews with the actors, directors and musicians featured in the films.

Join us for this festive punk rock matinee with free popcorn and soda, as we celebrate the remarkable achievement with Zack, Bryan and Jacob. And visitors can view the stunning exhibition by famed cartoonist Charles Burns. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. 

Georgetown Art Attack Falls on Saturday, November 13
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDestroy All Movies 4 Nov 2010 3:43 PM

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The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack returns on Saturday, November 13 with challenging visual and performing arts presentation throughout the historic industrial arts corridor.

Among the many highlights on November 13: The AV Club, a new Georgetown film and video showcase located in the alley between Flora and Ellis behind Tacoma Screw, will feature the installation, "Ohio," by Laura Wright, which serves dual functions as an environmental installation and as the ambience for AV Club Cinema media presentations; the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall launches the Fourth Annual Holiday Bazaar including new work by Mark Tweed in the Lula B Lightning Trailer and Cooper Lanza in the Red Purse Airstream; the Georgetown Atelier is hosting its annual holiday party celebrating their second year in Georgetown with artwork raffled to raise money for student scholarships; Krab Jab Studio will be host a solo show of Mark Tedin's large works on paper; Calamity Janes will present oil paintings by Kyle Abernethy, assemblages by Corey Urlacher and photography by Michelle Smith Lewis; Mickey Williams' photographs are at the Nautilus studio; Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts a book launch event for Destroy All Movies: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film with editors Zack Carlson, Bryan Connolly, and designer Jacob Covey, together with an exhibition of prints by cartoonist Charles Burns.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information contact Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid at the numbers above. For a site map of Art Attack participants, please visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.

A Happy Halloween Treat: Eye Candy!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Stephane BlanquetrockRichard SalaJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDavid BCharles Burns 28 Oct 2010 1:07 PM

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Visitors to the Charles Burns appearance this Saturday evening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery are in for a treat. Eye candy! While supplies last, we'll have free copies of Stéphane Blanquet's fabulous full color TOYS IN THE BASEMENT mini-comic, which includes a 2-page preview of THE LITTLEST PIRATE KING by David B. For indie music buffs we have a limited quantity of the scary 5-song "Haunted Fang Castle" CD by the sensational Spits, including an illustrated booklet by J. J. Rudisill. And our friends from Frontier Records dropped by with a stack of cool full-color vinyl stickers by Jaime Hernandez commemorating 30 years of pleasurable punk rock. [Hit the Frontier link above for a better look at Jaime's illustration – Ed.]

If that's not enough, with each purchase we'll be giving away free copies of Richard Sala's EVIL EYE comic book. All this and Charles Burns! A Halloween to remember.

Evil Eye - Richard Sala

A Halloween Treat! Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 27 Oct 2010 11:12 PM

Charles Burns X'ed Out poster

You don't want to miss this: Charles Burns returns to his native Seattle this Saturday, October 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for a festive reception commemorating the publication of his amazing new graphic novel X'ed Out.

In addition to an exhibition of rare posters and prints spanning Burns' illustrious career, we'll be celebrating the artist's lasting Seattle legacy with a display of his seminal work for Sub Pop records, as well as his early contributions to Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine.

Start your Saturday night at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to welcome Charles Burns back home. The evening features a brief slide talk, ambient screening of Burns' scary animated movie "Fear(s) of the Dark," spooky tunes by DJ Russ Fallout, complimentary beverages, and collectible Halloween comix treats. Costumes optional. All ages. Free! 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Georgetown. Phone 206.658.0110.