|Emerald City Comicon Spotlight: Megan Kelso|
|Written by janice headley | Filed under Megan Kelso, events||2 Mar 2011 8:15 AM|
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Get your book signed by Megan Kelso! // Pic taken at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
The 9th Annual Emerald City Comicon is just days away, Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th at the Washington State Convention Center, and Fantagraphics is thrilled to represent the finest in alternative comics!
And breaking news! We just found out we'll have hot-off-the-presses copies of Four Color Fear, Love From the Shadows, Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition, and The Last Rose of Summer.
As previously reported, we'll also have the following titles on hand: Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009, FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4, The Strange Case of Edward Gorey, King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World, Stigmata, Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2, Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition, Special Exits, Little Maakies on the Prairie, Prince Valiant Vol. 3 and Popeye Vol. 5.
Oh, and you know what else we'll have? The acclaimed Artichoke Tales and The Squirrel Mother, and on Sunday, March 6th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, the Ignatz Award-winning artist Megan Kelso will be signing at our booth, space #808!
You can still get tickets for Emerald City Comicon at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown. See you there!
Peter Bagge could be doing a sketch for YOU! // This pic taken at SDCC 2010.
Can you imagine?... getting your books signed by the great Peter Bagge?! You can make it a reality this weekend, Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th, at the 9th Annual Emerald City Comicon! (Tickets still available at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown!)
Swing by the Fantagraphics booth at space #808 on Saturday, March 5th from 10:00 am to Noon. Bagge will be signing copies of the latest Hate Annual #8, and additional works, such as Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations.
And you can catch Pete later that night playing with his pop combo, Can You Imagine? Fantagraphics and fellow indie-comic publishers Top Shelf Productions are proud to present an Emerald City Comic-Con after-party on Saturday, March 5th at the Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous. (Also on the bill is The Rheas, fronted by Eric Reynolds, our Associate Publisher, and Matthew Southworth, frontman for The Capillaries, and co-creator of the comic Stumptown. Yours truly will be spinning tracks between the bands, so don't miss it!)
Photo credit: Jonas Seaman
Get ready! This weekend, Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th, Fantagraphics will be taking the 9th Annual Emerald City Comicon by storm!
And slashing things open on Friday, March 4th will be Jacques Boyreau, editor and cultural historian of the book Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box, a celebration of some of the most louche, decadent, minimo-pervo artwork to ever grace a VHS box.
Join Jacques at the Fantagraphics booth at space #808! He'll be signing copies of Portable Grindhouse, and showing film footage, on Friday, March 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
[Jacques will also be joining our friends at the Northwest Film Forum on Friday, March 4th for the opening night of Metalhaus: 1977-1995, a series of heavy metal concert footage, curated by Jacques and Darren Aboulafia! Badass! ]
And yes, the rumors are true! Tickets for the Emerald City Comic-Con are still available at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown. See you there!
Opening reception is Saturday, February 26th at 7:00 pm.
Guapo Comics and Coffee
Irwin at the Jim Flora exhibit opening, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 9/22/07
Our friends at WFMU are kicking off their 2011 Marathon on February 28th, but you can get a jump-start with a pledge now, and like last year, perhaps walk away the owner of Irwin Chusid, editor of our fabulous Jim Flora collections. More details await you here!
I am reeling with jealousy at everyone who lives in Orange County right now, because this Thursday you have a chance to see Jaime Hernandez speak (for FREE!) at the Fullerton Public Library.
It's part of the "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" spearheaded by the awesome-indeed journalist Gustavo Arellano. Arellano is perhaps best known for his syndicated column "¡Ask a Mexican!" which appears in the OC Weekly. He's even the recipient of the "Colbert Bump." And he was nice enough to chat with Fantagraphics about Jaime's work!
How did you first discover "Love & Rockets" and Jaime Hernandez?
Seriously, can you imagine how engaging this event is going to be? Well, if you live in the area, you don't have to imagine! The Fullerton Public Library is located at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA (714) 738-6333. Jaime and Gustavo will begin their discussion at 6:30 p.m., so don't be late!
This series is sponsored by the Cal State Fullerton Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies, the Fullerton Public Library, and the Hibbleton Gallery.
Walmart (!!!) and the Free Library of Philadelphia host the first ever "One Book, One Philadelphia" online book chat today at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST. Just log on here and chat live with Ellen!
(Um, and since it's c0-hosted by Walmart, maybe keep it clean...)
Seattle's own alternative comics pioneers Fantagraphics are bringing their award-winning wares to the 9th Annual Emerald City Comic-Con, March 4th - 6th, 2011 at the Washington State Convention Center. Tickets for the Emerald City Comic-Con are available at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown.
Visit our table at space #808 and check out new titles, such as Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009, FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4, The Strange Case of Edward Gorey, King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World, Stigmata, Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2, Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition, Special Exits, Little Maakies on the Prairie, Prince Valiant Vol. 3 and Popeye Vol. 5.
Special guests include:
Peter Bagge, the funniest cartoonist of his generation. Bagge is probably best known for the 1990s comic book series Hate, which followed the exploits of the slacker ne'er-do-well Buddy Bradley. Bagge will be signing copies of the latest Hate Annual #8, and additional works, such as Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations, on Saturday, March 5th from 10:00 am to Noon.
Jacques Boyreau, editor and cultural historian of the book Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box, a celebration of some of the most louche, decadent, minimo-pervo artwork to ever grace a VHS box. Boyreau will be signing, and showing footage from Portable Grindhouse films, at our table on Friday, March 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Megan Kelso, Ignatz Award-winning artist who has returned to Seattle after a period in New York, where she published a weekly comic strip in The New York Times magazine. Kelso will be signing copies of her acclaimed novel Artichoke Tales, and other titles, on Sunday, March 6th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Fantagraphics & Top Shelf Presents: Con Artists, the Emerald City Comic-Con After-Party
DJ'ing between sets will be DJ Janice, aka Janice Headley, Events Coordinator/Publicist for Fantagraphics (and Programming Assistant at Seattle radio station KEXP).
Con Artists: Emerald City Comic-Con Afterparty
Emerald City Comic-Con
* Other People's Publications
For this special Valentine's Day edition of "Down with OPP," I'm spotlighting one of the most romantic books we have in stock at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery: Scenes from an Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly).
I had read an interview with Tomine in ReadyMade magazine a few years ago where he talked about how he'd made this mini-comic for wedding guests. And since my invitation got lost in the mail... (cough, cough -- no, I'm just kidding), the publication of this book meant I could stop trolling eBay for disgruntled wedding guests unloading their copies.
Tomine fans, be forewarned: this book is really, really sweet. Even the artwork strays a bit from what we've come to know from him, with charming homages to Peanuts and The Family Circus both. If you prefer your Tomine tortured, it might be better to dig out your well-read copies of Summer Blonde instead.
But, if any of my friends were getting married, you can bet the bride would be getting a copy of this from me at her bridal shower. From the neat, petite size to the Tiffany Blue cover, it really is tailor-made for gift-giving.
(Of course, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has tons of other great gifts, too... cough.)
Scenes from an Impending Marriage, and more anguished Adrian Tomine titles, are currently in stock at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110. See you soon!
* Other People's Publications
If you've got a hankerin' for the finest in local independent comic books, then satisfy your appetite with one of these Combo #1's from Seattle artist collective, The Bureau of Drawers!
Each "happy meal" comes in a hand-screened take-out box, featuring artwork by Dalton Webb, and the prize inside is a countless abundance of lovingly-assembled mini-comics! (Why "countless"? Uh... 'cause, I didn't wanna count 'em.)
Ingredients include a juicy reprint of Hotwire-contributor David Lasky's 1994 comic Portrait of Ella. Marc Palm's psychedelic lyric-centric comic comes with a CD in the back. Calamity Jon's An Hourly Comic is completely endearing and relatable, 'cause who doesn't dream about owning a fat bunny who likes to sit on your feet? And for me, dessert was Nikki Burch's These Are My Jokes, which is gorgeously rendered, reminding both me and store impresario Larry Reid of the great Julie Doucet.
And really, that's a mere taste of all the goodness you get in the Combo #1. Why, just check out this commercial, provided by The Bureau of Drawers:
Just like the fabled McRib, the Combo #1 is limited edition, and we've only got a few of them in stock at the store. But, hey, why not pick yours up on Saturday, February 12th as the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents the opening of "Lovesick," an exhibition of original art, books and prints by the master chefs behind the Bureau of Drawers themselves! You can read more about the opening on the Fantagraphics FLOG here.
The Bureau of Drawers' Combo #1 is currently in stock at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110. See you soon!
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The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108. Tel: 206-658-0110.