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Short Run 'Marathon' Opens November 9 at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Short RunShannon WheelerPeter BaggeNate NealJim BlanchardFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 31 Oct 2013 12:06 PM

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The Pacific Northwest has become the center of a growing movement of handcrafted small press publishing. “Short Run Small Press Fest” is one of the country’s leading gatherings of self-publishing communities. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid has selected two dozen artists to represent this movement in “Marathon: A Short Run Art Show.” This show of original drawings, prints and publications opens on Saturday, November 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The exhibition continues through December 11, 2013.

The Marathon title implies the epic effort often required to create a career in comix. To illustrate this concept, Reid has assembled an eclectic mix of emerging artists and accomplished cartoonists with self-publishing backgrounds. The show also acknowledges a new paradigm which affords artists the opportunity to fashion viable professions without the benefit of a major publisher. Fantagraphics Bookstore was an early advocate of the revival of small press media, which was once endangered by the ubiquity of the Internet.

Local artists Eroyn Franklin and Kelly Froh, joined by Fantagraphics Bookstore staffer Janice Headley, will present an expanded version of the annual “Short Run Small Press Fest” on Saturday, November 30 at Washington Hall in Seattle. “Marathon: A Short Run Art Show” provides a preview of festival exhibitors, including Robyn Jordan, Noel Franklin, Mita Mahato, Joe Garber, Fiona Avocado, Scott Travis, Peter Bagge, Tom Neely, Bettina McEntyre, Skill Shot, Max Badger, TBASA, Jim Blanchard, Aron Nels Steinke, Elaine Lin, and more.

The opening reception on Saturday, November 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features musical entertainment by Tummy. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic art community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), 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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MARATHON A Short Run art show curated by Larry Reid.

Featuring Gabrielle Gamboa, Robyn Jordan, Noel Franklin, Coin Op, Mita Mahato, Scott Travis, Joe Garber, Fiona Avocado, Tom Neely, Nate Neal, Elaine Lin, Bettina McEntyre, Skill Shot, TBASA, Reid Psaltis, Bobby Mono, Aron Nels Steinke, Jim BlanchardPeter Bagge, Kelly Froh, Eroyn Franklin, Max Badger, Shannon Wheeler, and more.

Opening reception Saturday, November 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Musical entertainment by TUMMY

Exhibition continues through December 11, 2013

A Walk on the Wild Side ends
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockLou ReedLorenzo Mattotti 28 Oct 2013 2:44 PM

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From rock and roll rebel to revered iconoclast, Lou Reed left an indelible mark on international pop culture. His experimental work was influential beyond the standard measure of commercial success. Musician Brian Eno observed, "Only a few thousand people bought the first Velvet Underground, album, but every one of them formed a band. I should know. I was one of those people."

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Reed pursued an adventurous aesthetic throughout his storied career. At the turn of this century, Reed's reimagining of Edgar Allen Poe's verse debuted as a theatrical production, POEtry, under the direction of Robert Wilson. A double album followed, with guest vocals by David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Willem Defoe, Amanda Plummer, and Laurie Anderson. A decade later Reed and Fantagraphics Books commissioned Italian cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti to illustrate his interpretation of The Raven.

Lou Reed. 1942 - 2013.

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Jim Woodring's Strange Brew at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 24 Oct 2013 1:08 AM

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a festive event featuring Jim Woodring's latest batch of ODDLAND beer from Elysian Brewing. We'll taste free samples while Jim demonstrates drawing skills with his oddly giant pen. He'll also be available to sign copies of his fabulous new graphic novel Fran.

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Begin your Halloween frolicking at this colorful early evening gala. Odd attire encouraged. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's lively Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Sweet Halloween Treats!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Wally WoodThomas OttSteve DitkoRichard SalaJosh SimmonsJoe KubertJasonHans RickheitGary PanterGahan WilsonDaniel ClowesCharles BurnsBill SchellyBen Catmull 21 Oct 2013 2:10 PM

With Halloween looming, allow me to suggest thirteen frightening favorites from Fantagraphics Books. Spooky fun for everyone, in no particular order.

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Daniel Clowes' modern masterpiece Ghost World eerily conveys the otherworldly cool of 1990s counterculture. Peculia, by Clowes colleague Richard Sala, collects the misadventures of the precocious protagonist of his Evil Eye comic book serial. Northwest native Charles Burns' essential Big Baby anthology of contemporary horror comix includes classics like "Blood Club," "Teen Plague," and "Curse of the Molemen."

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Mysterious Traveler collects proto-psychedelic horror from Steve Ditko's Charlton era. Similarly, Weird Horrors displays the late, great Joe Kubert's pre-Code classics edited by Kubert scholar Bill Schelly. Wally Wood weighs in with Came the Dawn, featuring timeless tales from the "Vault of Horror," as well as mid-century socio-political nightmares like "The Guilty."

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Ghosts and Ruins is a Ben Catmull collection of exquisite depictions and descriptions of haunted dwellings. Read it with Josh Simmons' disturbing anthology The Furry Trap. Other favorites include Folly by Hans Rickheit, Isle of 100,000 Graves by Jason, Thomas Ott's wordless wonder Cinema Panopticum, Jimbo's Inferno by the great Gary Panter, and finally, from the master of macabre, Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons. Boo!

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Celebrating Seven in Seattle
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics historyFantagraphics Bookstore 17 Oct 2013 1:03 PM

Seven years ago this weekend, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery quietly opened for business in Seattle. (Following a 6-week shakedown, we hosted our grand opening gala in December 2006.) Featuring challenging contemporary comix, graphics, illustration, experimental music and other marginalized media, the space was quickly woven into the cultural fabric of the region. We have since attracted a remarkable array of artists and patrons from across the country and around the world. Thank you all so much!

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Please come visit the store and see the astonishing new exhibition by Jim Woodring. (Yes. He really drew them with the giant pen.) Peruse our wonderfully diverse, yet cohesive selection of comix, graphics novels, and badass books. Check out the colorful collection of new and vintage vinyl offered by our retail partner Georgetown Records. Explore the historic Georgetown industrial arts colony. Hope to see you soon.

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

Really Big Show with Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Oct 2013 1:19 AM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Jim Woodring: Fran

Join us this Saturday, October 12 at Fantagraphics Bookstore for a big Jim Woodring event. The launch party for Jim's stunning new graphic novel Fran features an exhibition of oversized drawings done with his giant quill pen. The 7-foot instrument will also be on display. Musical entertainment will be provided by K recording artist Stephen Steinbrink.

Jim Woodring

Visitors to this event will be among the first in the country to get copies of Fran, the anxiously anticipated follow-up to Jim’s visionary wordless tales Weathercraft and Congress of the Animals.  The reception takes place Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack, featuring compelling visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

Jim Woodring - Fran

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26 when Fantagraphics Bookstore hosts a tasting party for Woodring’s new batch of Oddland beer from Georgetown-based Elysian Brewing. Odd attire encouraged. 

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.  Phone 206.658.0110.

Jim Woodring exhibition and book signings at Fantagraphics Bookstore in October
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 27 Sep 2013 12:37 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Jim Woodring: Fran

September 27, 2013 – Seattle, WA . Join visionary artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on October 12 for an exhibition and book signing commemorating publication of his latest graphic novel Fran. The event features works created with his giant quill pen and musical entertainment by Stephen Steinbrink.

Seattle-based iconoclast Jim Woodring has enchanted readers for years with the improbable adventures of Frank and a supernatural cast of supporting characters. Metaphysical romance enters the picture in Fran, when the title character seduces Frank. Woodring describes this latest wordless volume as both a sequel and prequel to his sensational graphic novels Weathercraft and Congress of the Animals – completing a surrealistic circle. The idiosyncratic artist will display imaginative artworks created with his giant quill pen, as well as the 7 foot-long-pen itself.

Jim Woodring

The opening reception on Saturday, October 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM includes musical entertainment by K recording artist Stephen Steinbrink. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing art presentations throughout the historic business district.

On Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Elysian Brewing host a preview of the latest Woodring-inspired Oddland beer series. Woodring will demonstrate his prowess with his giant pen while costumed revelers sample his latest concoction.

Listing Information:
Jim Woodring: FRAN

Opening reception and book signing Saturday, October 12, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Musical entertainment by Stephen Steinbrink

Exhibition continues through November 6, 2013

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street. Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110 | facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore
Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




Wonderful Ware & Burns motifs adorn new Skype complex
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Eric ReynoldsChris WareCharles Burnsartists 23 Sep 2013 2:03 PM

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When Seattle software giant Microsoft purchased Skype in 2011, the company committed to create a contemporary working environment to house the service. Consulting with Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid and others, Jason Thomas Faulkner from the Skype UX Design Team recently completed finishing touches to the Skype complex, located in two buildings on Microsoft's sprawling suburban campus. Last week Faulkner gave Reid and Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds a guided tour of the stunning new facility.

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One building features lyrical graphics related to Seattle's celebrated music history, with rows of oversized Charles Burns portraits from Black Hole defining conference rooms intended to facilitate creative communication. In addition to the Burns installations, the building includes important works by Jini Dellaccio, Victoria Haven, and Ron English, among others.

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The adjacent building explores the architecture of communication using breathtaking floor-to-ceiling Chris Ware imagery as a backdrop. The glass partitions in both buildings double as white boards, (though Faulkner was quick to observe that staff had so far been reluctant to blemish the pristine spaces with unsightly scribbling).

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Alternative comix add an element of casual creativity and culture to any edifice devoted to innovative communication. Bring some comix to work. You'll see!

Celebrate Baseball’s Golden Age at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Willard MullinFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 Sep 2013 12:33 PM

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With baseball’s pennant races heating up, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery looks back to an earlier era of the national pastime. Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934 – 1972 chronicles the game and its legendary players. The bookstore will display pages from the artist’s long career opening Saturday, September 14.

As America’s premier sports cartoonist, Willard Mullin was in New York to record the careers of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig. He witnessed Jackie Robinson’s historic integration of the game and documented the departure of the Dodgers and Giants to the west. In many significant ways, the game of baseball reflected the changes in mid-century American society, and Mullin’s delightful drawings captured the essence of the era with both humor and reverence.

Fantagraphics' deluxe hardcover edition of Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball preserves the legacy of this American master for posterity. The opening of the exhibit on Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Celebrate Stan Sakai at Baltimore Comic-Con this Weekend
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaiKim Thompsonevents 6 Sep 2013 12:28 PM

The late Kim Thompson introduced the world to Stan Sakai in Fantagraphics' Critters anthology three decades ago. As Sakai's signature character Usagi Yojimbo nears its 30-year anniversary, the Baltimore Comic-Con honors this exceptional artist at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday.

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Sakai will greet fans at booth 1902 before appearing at the Usagi Yojimbo Celebration with Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz in room 301 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. An exclusive Usagi Yojimbo tee shirt (pictured below) and yearbook featuring homages of the intrepid Samurai warrior by over 40 artists will be available at the convention. At 5:00 PM you can bid on the original art by Sakai and other contributors at booth 2505 in the Main Hall. Don't miss this opportunity to meet one of the world's most gifted cartoonists, not to mention one of the nicest people in our industry.

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