Our longtime friend Duff McKagan of Guns and Roses fame dropped by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Thursday to pick up copies of Henry and Glenn Forever ahead of a national tour with his group Loaded. "Don't tell Henry," he implored. (Ooops.)
Speaking of loaded: Hop on your bike and head down to the Dead Baby Bike Downhill Party tonight where you'll find abundant beverages and free sets by more than 20 bands on five stages throughout the historic Georgetown neighborhood. Don't miss BMX daredevils, DJs, tall bike jousting, unmitigated mayhem and merriment into the wee hours. The bookstore will stay open late for the occasion. Drop by and say hi!
Georgetown once again hosts the annual apocalyptic Dead Baby Downhill Bike Race & Party this Friday evening, August 2. Demented depravity on a grand scale - beer, bands, BMX, and the ever-popular tall bike jousting! (Did we mention beer?) For the convenience of raucous revelers, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Georgetown Recordswill remain open until 9:00 PM.
This Saturday, August 3 from 11:00 to 3:00 PM, enjoy an Afternoon Delight, as art studios and galleries throughout Georgetown reprise their July Art Attack attractions. One of your last chances to take in the sweet Soda Pop exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and the fantastic Charles Peterson photography show CP25/SP25 next door at All City Coffee. See you all soon.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts two of the country’s most accomplished young cartoonists on Saturday, August 10. Josh Simmons and Ben Catmull will appear from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to sign copies of recent publications from Fantagraphics Books.
Ghosts and Ruins is Ben Catmull's follow-up to his wildly popular debut Monster Parade. With a rendering style suggestive of Edward Gorey's gothic masterworks, Catmull ingeniously imagines haunted dwellings and the circumstances of their otherworldly occupants. Ghosts and Ruins provides a perfect complement of exquisite art and enchanting narrative. Josh Simmons’ recent collection of short stories similarly explores a sinister world of undiluted horror. By turns macabre and malevolent, The Furry Trap follows in the footsteps of his gripping graphic novel Jessica Farm. Simmons will also sign copies of his equally compelling minicomcs Habit, Training, and Flayed Corpse.
This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack. Don’t miss the return of the Trailer Park Trannies drag show at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall along with other colorful attractions throughout the historic industrial arts corridor.
Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons book signing Saturday, August 10, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM 206.658.0110 | www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore
Prepare to be fully entertained at Fantagraphics Bookstore in the month of August. On Saturday, August 10 we'll host a haunting reception for Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons. Catmull will sign copies of his new book Ghosts and Ruins, while Simmons will sign his recent collection of horror stories The Furry Trap. Frightening fun coinciding with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack. (Catch the Trailer Park Trannies drag show at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.)
On Saturday, August 24, Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes Brandon Graham. The cartoonist behind popular projects like Prophet, Multiple Warheads, and King City returns to his former Seattle home to sign copies of Walrus from PictureBox press.
Don't miss Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot Arts Festival on Saturday, August 31. This lively variety show in the format of a late night talk show features diverse works from some of the country's most accomplished cartoonists: Jim Woodring demonstrates his giant pen, Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch, Eroyn Franklin presents a shadow puppet show, Kelly Froh does a multimedia comedy routine, and Danny Bland performs a beat poetry act. Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk is the house band and the host is played by Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid. The festival also includes Death Cab for Cutie, the Breeders, the Zombies, Superchunk, Redd Kross, MGMT and many more. Fun! (Oh yeah, them, too.)
To take in the action in Georgetown this weekend you may have to navigate a detour. Exit 162 off I-5 is closed for repairs. Use Albro Place exit 161, public transportation or surface street options.
This is the last weekend to visit the temporary Sub Pop Mega Mart across the street from the bookstore. Catch a free DJ set by Shabazz Palaces on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery commemorates the occasion by giving away a free bottle of Sub Pop Soda Pop with every purchase all day long. And don't miss the delightful photography exhibition CP25/SP25 by Charles Peterson next door at All City Coffee.
Escape the city for the wonderful Unknown Music Series in Anacortes this weekend. Visit our table at the small press book fair in Causland Park on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy music by the Hive Dwellers, Karl Blau, Ô Paon, LAKE, the Drink Up Honey, Lori Goldston, and many more. See you there.
Next door at All City Coffee is the companion exhibition CP25/SP25, featuring 25 arresting mages by famed photographer Charles Peterson commemorating 25 years of the Sub Pop phenomenon. Don't miss the last weekend of the Sub Pop Mega Mart, scheduled to close their temporary quarters across the street on Sunday. This Friday, June 19 get a groove on with an in-store DJ set by Shabazz Palaces.
And in case you somehow missed it, here's a Charles Peterson picture of our own Janice Headley during Mudhoney's unprecedented set on the top of the Space Needle last Thursday as she snaps a picture of Peterson and Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid as they buzzed the pit in a helicopter at the end of the show. Awesome inadequately describes the moment.
Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid caught a ride in the back seat of a helicopter on Thursday for Mudhoney's unprecedented set on top of the Space Needle as famed photographer Charles Peterson leaned out the open door to take photos. Yikes! You can catch a down to earth Mudhoney show for free this Saturday, July 13 in Georgetown at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee.
Before the music begins on Saturday, join Peter Bagge, Charles Peterson,Danny Bland, Bruce Pavitt, Greg Dulli, Jim Woodring, Owen Connell, and others at the opening of SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. We'll be open all day with celebrity guests and lots of great surprises. And awesome music right outside the bookstore doors. Bonus: An amazing show of 25 Charles Peterson photographs commemorating 25 years of Sub Pop right next door at All City Coffee.
In the life imitates art department: Sub Pop Soda Pop! Catch a super sugar big buzz at the Sub Pop Mega Mart across the street from the bookstore.
Join us this Saturday, July 13 from noon to 9:00 PM for an extraordinary event. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz in association with the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee celebrating 25 years of the legendary Seattle music label. Free concerts by Mudhoney, Built to Spill, J Mascis, Chad VanGaalen, Father John Misty, Tom Price Desert Classic, and many more -- right outside the bookstore doors.
The SODA POP exhibition examines the seminal years of Sub Pop from 1980 to 1990 as a hand crafted zine, cassette label, and music column with an emphasis on its correlation to the alternative comix culture of that era. Art and artifacts by Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Charles Peterson, and Jim Woodring, among many others.
At 1:00 PM on Saturday, a panel discussion, "Pop Goes Seattle" with label founder Bruce Pavitt, cartoonist Peter Bagge, photographer Charles Peterson, and author Danny Bland will focus on the formative period of the Sub Pop phenomenon. This informal but informative talk will be followed by a short reading at 2:00 PM by Danny Bland and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs from Bland's debut novel, In Case We Die, set in grunge-era Seattle. Visitors will be the first in the country with an opportunity to acquire this provocative book.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's lively Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. We encourage patrons to take public transportation and arrive early to Saturday's event. Then stay late!
The evolution of the Sub Pop empire will be examined at Fantagraphics Bookstore in SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz opening Saturday, July 13. These hand made publications serve as exquisite time capsules of early 80s indie culture. I recall sessions at Rosco Louie gallery with Bruce Pavitt and Russ Battaglia in 1981 individually coloring issues of Sub Pop #3 with crayons. The only directive I remember was "Don't stay inside the lines." Covers and random interior pages were scribbled with infantile abandon. Multiple examples of these early Sub Pop zines (with a quaint 80¢ cover price) will be on display.
In 1983 Pavitt migrated north from Olympia to Seattle, enabling him to interact with a larger cultural community. He soon found a home for Sub Pop as a regular feature in TheRocket, where he joined an extended family of talented writers, artists, cartoonists, and graphic designers that would play an important role in the future development of the Sub Pop aesthetic. The second installment of the column in May 1983 featured an early appearance of what would become Sub Pop's signature logo, designed by future Fantagraphics art director DaleYarger. TheRocket regularly ran comix and illustrations by LyndaBarry, CharlesBurns, Matt Groening, GaryPanter, RobertCrumb, GilbertandJaime Hernandez, and PeterBagge, among others. Several examples of these important columns will be featured in the SODA POP exhibition, along with art and artifacts by Barry, Burns, Bagge, DanielClowes, Charles Peterson, JimWoodring, and more.
At 1:00 PM on July 13, I'll moderate a panel discussion, PopGoesSeattle, with Pavitt, Bagge, Peterson and DannyBland on the formative period of the Sub Pop phenomenon. This informal but informative talk will be followed by a short reading by Danny Bland and GregDulli of Afghan Whigs from Bland's debut novel, InCaseWeDie, set in grunge-era Seattle. Patrons at the reading will be the first in the country with the opportunity to acquire this essential book. Russ Battaglia will spin period platters following the reading. Then the real fun begins. Free concerts by Mudhoney, BuilttoSpill, Chad VanGaalen, JMascis, TomPriceDesertClassic, and countless others right outside the bookstore. Don't miss a minute. Arrive early. Stay late. Buy comix!
My first encounter with Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt came when he participated in an art show I co-curated at Rosco Louie gallery called "Famous Artists of the 80s," which opened on New Year's Eve at the dawn of that decade. Bruce contributed a delightfully playful painting rendered on the headboard of a baby crib. Though still a student at Evergreen State College, he came closest to fulfilling the ironic premise of the exhibition.
Pavitt soon began producing his hand crafted Subterranean Pop fanzine, enlisting recent Evergreen alumni Lynda Barry to create the cover of issue 2 and Charles Burns to illustrate the back cover of issue 4. At this point the young editor was anxious to have the esoteric regional music he was promoting available for readers to experience. The inexpensive cassette format with a mini-zine insert ideally suited the dual-purpose publication. He again tapped Burns to draw the cover of the three subsequent cassette releases, and later the cover for the landmark Sub Pop 200 vinyl release.
Pavitt had an intuitive appreciation of the alternative musicians, cartoonists, and graphic designers in the region. As the '80s progressed, these elements combined to create an amazing atmosphere in Seattle that would soon impact popular culture on a global scale.
By the end of the decade I was director of Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art. In 1989 I coerced Pavitt and partner Jonathan Poneman to program a weekend concert series at this space. The shows featured Nirvana, Mudhoney, GWAR, Dwarves, Supersuckers, Tad, Dickless and Cat Butt. It's worth noting that Cat Butt's Danny Bland helped book the bands. None of the acts were named publicly. The event was promoted simply as SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz - a reference to Mudhoney's recent Sub Pop release Superfuzz Bigmuff. (During Mudhoney's raucous set, the audience was showered with 80 pounds of powdered sugar.) In retrospect, this event seemed to suggest that something extraordinary was about to happen.
On Saturday, July 13, the legendary Seattle label commemorates 25 years of going out of business with the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee featuring free concerts by more than 15 amazing bands throughout the historic Georgetown arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery contributes to the festivities with SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz, an art exhibition, panel discussion and reading fousing on the formative years of Sub Pop, emphasizing the role of regional cartoonists in shaping the attitudes and aesthetics of the emerging youth movement. Don't miss this! Make travel arrangements and hotel reservations now!