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Not Tardy to Tardi!
Written by janice headley | Filed under videoKim ThompsonJacques TardiFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 23 Mar 2011 9:13 AM
Jacques Tardi exhibit at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
 
Jacques Tardi exhibit at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Larry Reid greets the crowd at Better Tardi Than Never

Merci beaucoup! Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of our latest exhibit on Jacques Tardi, "Better Tardi Than Never: How France's Greatest Living Cartoonist Took a Mere 32 Years to Break Through to American Audiences." It was especially wonderful to see our friends from the Alliance Française de Seattle.

 Jacques Tardi slideshow at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Not only did we present the world debut of Tardi's fifth book, the epic "icepunk" tale The Arctic Marauder, but we were fortunate to have Fantagraphics co-publisher, editor, and Tardi translator Kim Thompson on hand for the always-informative and often-hilarious presentation "You Don't Know Jacques. Tardi: 20 Books in 20 Minutes." And you can know Jacques yourself, by watching the entire 45-minute talk below (or on the YouTube page)!

And while supplies last, you can get yourself your very own build-it-yourself Tardi diorama free with a purchase of $100 or more at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Kim put this one together himself that Saturday afternoon!

Jacques Tardi diorama at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

The exhibit is currently still on display, so be sure to drop on by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. And for more pictures from opening night, check out our Flickr page.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
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Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




Turn on the Water Works with Giant Robot
Written by janice headley | Filed under Renee FrencheventsEsther Pearl Watsonart showsAndrice Arp 17 Mar 2011 9:21 AM
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This weekend, our friends at Giant Robot kick off a very important exhibit to raise money for the devastation in Japan. Funds will be donated to UNICEF, to help children impacted by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

There are so many wonderful, generous artists involved in this show, including Fantagraphics' own Andrice Arp, Renee French, and Esther Pearl Watson.

And not only will Giant Robot donate proceeds from the sale of artwork, they'll also be donating:

1. Proceeds from the sale of water bottles featuring labels created by artists and signed by celebrities.

2. Fifty percent of proceeds from Giant Robot’s small restaurant, gr/eats, on Saturday, March 19.

3. A percentage of all sales at Giant Robot, GR2, and GRSF during the weekend of March 18-20.

4. Raffles for donated merchandise including designer- and artist-signed items, GR gear, horseback rides, and other items.

5. Cash donations accepted for UNICEF.

On top of all that, Intertrend Communications has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised by proceeds and donations through Giant Robot. 

Seriously... please help Giant Robot reach this goal, and help the children impacted by this terrible catastrophe. Opening reception is this Saturday, March 19, from 6:30 - 10:00 pm at GR2 [2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA], and the show runs until April 13th.

Better Than Spinach
Written by janice headley | Filed under Popeye 16 Mar 2011 11:29 AM
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Mike and I spotted these Popeye Candy Treats at the Bartell Drugstore in Ballard. Definitely my preferred method of power.

ECCC was A+++!
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffrockPeter BaggeMegan KelsoJim WoodringJim BlanchardJacques BoyreaueventsBasil Wolverton 16 Mar 2011 10:38 AM
Fantagraphics at Emerald City ComiCon 2011
Fantagraphics staffers Eric Buckler, Gavin Lees, and an appearance from head honcho Gary Groth!
 
Thanks to everyone who visited the Fantagraphics booth at the 9th Annual Emerald City Comicon! It was great to see everyone there, and we hope you're enjoying the books you bought from us!
 
We sold out of Prison Pit, Vol. 1 and Werewolves of Montpelier pretty quickly -- which I think is awesome and hilarious for this mostly mainstream show. Is Cannibal Fuckface the next great superhero? Clearly, yes. 
 
 
It was exciting to debut 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. And if you were there on Sunday, our great curator Larry Reid was on hand, presenting a sneak peek at our upcoming release Taking Punk to the Masses, out next month! Thanks to Seattlest for the pic above, and for the "comiconversation" with Larry on their site!
 
Fantagraphics at Emerald City ComiCon 2011- Jacques Boyreau
 
We hope you all enjoyed getting your books signed by our artists Peter Bagge and Megan Kelso, and editor Jacques Boyreau, seen above talking "grindhouse" with some ComiCon attendees. Thanks to them for spending time with us at our booth that weekend! 
 
And thanks so much to the Fantagraphics staffers who manned the table. I wanna send out an extra-special thanks to the latest member of the Fantagraphics team, Ian Burns, for working all three days of the con! (Congratulations on the promotion from intern to Customer Service Representative!)
 
And another extra-special thanks goes to The Comics Journal contributor Gavin Lees who was a welcome weekend-long surprise addition to the team, along with his intergalactic-sweetie Heather (who got to meet Shatner!!!).
 
Finally, an additional thanks goes out to our friends at AmericaWare for keeping the good-lookin' staffers of Fantagraphics even more good-lookin' with t-shirts sporting the artwork of Jim Woodring, Jim Blanchard, and (not a Jim) Basil Wolverton. These fantastic tees are available for a limited time only at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, so hurry down there for the best selection!
 
Top Shelf at Emerald City ComiCon - Brett Warnock
 
You can check out more pictures from Emerald City ComiCon on the Fantagraphics Flickr. Above is a pic I snuck of friend Brett Warnock at the Top Shelf Productions booth. Top Shelf were the co-sponsors of our "Con Artists" ECCC After-Party, which was a rockin'-fun time! Photos from the party are also up on Flickr, like the ones seen below!
 
Matthew Southworth at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Matthew Southworth, of The Capillaries
 
Can You Imagine? at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Peter Bagge, to the right, with Can You Imagine?
 
The Rheas at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds with The Rheas
 
Up next: MoCCA!!  Mike, Gary, and I will see you there!
 


More MoCCA Fest 2011 Guests!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ted StearnStephen DeStefanoSara Edward-CorbettPeter BaggeNate NealMichael KuppermanMark NewgardenLeslie SteinKim DeitchGahan WilsoneventsDrew FriedmanDerek Van Gieson 10 Mar 2011 7:29 AM
MoCCA Fest 2011 poster

As previously reported, Fantagraphics is gearing up for the 2011 MoCCA Fest in New York City, April 9-10!

And not only will we be joined by Peter Bagge, Michael Kupperman, Ted Stearn, Leslie Stein, Stephen DeStefano, and Gahan Wilson, but we just added Kim Deitch, Drew Friedman, Mark Newgarden, Nate Neal, Derek Van Gieson, and Sara Edward-Corbett to our signing roster, too!

More details (along with a signing schedule) to follow soon!  See you there!

Kim Thompson Shows You Contempt
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kim Thompsonevents 8 Mar 2011 10:57 AM
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No, really.  He does.

Join Kim on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm, as he presents a screening of the 1963 Jean-Luc Godard masterpiece, Contempt, at Seattle's Central Cinema.

As he explains, the screening is "Part of their regular 'let a prominent Seattleite choose their favorite movie and talk it up' feature. If you've never seen Godard's Contempt, it is well worth seeing in a theatrical setting (in this case projecting from a Blu-Ray disc, which is the next best thing to a actual film), so grab your chance. If you've seen it, you probably know that it's always worth re-visiting, especially on a larger screen."

Central Cinema is located in Seattle's Central District neighborhood at 21st Avenue and E. Union Street. Tickets are available at the door, or online here

Not Sick of LOVESICK?
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 7 Mar 2011 9:26 AM

Us neither! But you've only got a couple more days to check out the "Lovesick" exhibit from Seattle's own Bureau of Drawers cartoonist collective.  If you haven't had a chance to see this collection of original art, handmade books and prints, get yrself down to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery tout de suite!

(Mais oui! 'Cause Larry's gonna start installing our Tardi exhibit next!)

 

And THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to our opening night on Valentine's Day weekend!  It was, indeed, lovely to see everyone out, supporting our local comic scene, and show-goers were serenaded by Bureau of Drawers members Dennis Driscoll and Sean Robinson of Landlord's Daughter.  We've got video from each performance below:

More pics await you on our Flickr set!

Drew Friedman on WFMU's Fool's Paradise
Written by janice headley | Filed under Drew Friedmanaudio 2 Mar 2011 12:47 PM
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The great Drew Friedman was recently a guest on the WFMU radio show Fool's Paradise, discussing everything from, "Drew's early career, Tor Johnson sightings, the healing power of Joe E Ross and Drew's latest masterwork, Sideshow Freaks (Blast Books). Zagnut bars will also be referenced."

If you forgot to tune in, you can listen to the archive here!  And toss those guys a few bucks -- it's the WFMU 2011 Marathon through March 13th!


Giant Robot Game Over IV
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanPaul Hornschemeierjeffrey browneventsart showsAndrice Arp 2 Mar 2011 10:57 AM

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Giant Robot gets a "1UP" with Game Over IV, their latest group show paying homage to video game culture, with several Fantagraphics artists at the joysticks, including Andrice Arp, Jeffrey Brown, Paul Hornschemeier, and Steven Weissman. That's a sneak peek at Paul's work up there, and below, we've got a piece from Steven.

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The show opens Friday, March 4th at GRSF [618 Shrader Street, San Francisco] with a reception from 6:30 - 10:00 pm.  Is the princess in another castle?  You can catch the show until March 30, 2011.

Michael Kupperman Serves Up Some MEAT
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermaneventsart shows 2 Mar 2011 10:34 AM
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I may be a vegetarian, but how can anyone resist MEAT, an art show opening Thursday, March 3rd at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles?
 
Our very own Michael Kupperman will have some savory art delights, along with a bunch of other carnivorous artists. (Charlyne Yi??? Yay!)
 
The opening reception runs from 7-10 pm, and Alie and Georgia (of Drinks with Alie and Georgia) will be on hand to make some special meat-themed cocktails for the show. Again, I may be a vegetarian, but mmmmm!

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