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Listening to Listen, Whitey! at the Fantagraphics Bookstore!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat ThomasFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 6 Feb 2012 2:36 PM

Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975,

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this past weekend as we celebrated the release of Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975.  It was the very first time we were able to present the book to the public, and every copy just blew outta the store!

Authors Mark Long and Jim Demonakos

We were also honored to be joined by local authors Mark Long and Jim Demonakos (also the founder of Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon!), who together with cartoonist Nate Powell, created the graphic novel The Silence of Our Friends. The chilling story was inspired by real-life incidents that Mark experienced growing up in the racially-tense environment of Texas in the mid-60s.

Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975

And then editor Pat Thomas stepped up to the projector for his slideshow on Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975, with our friends at the adjacent store Georgetown Records providing the soundtrack with the companion CD of the same title from Seattle-based Light in the Attic records.

And his presentation was riveting! It was so cool hearing the stories behind these rare tracks that Pat discovered, many of which are being released on CD for the very first time ever!  I ended up going home and staying up until 2:00 AM reading his book, and supplementing it with internet research on the Black Panthers. My mind is blown.

If you're also intrigued by the musical scene behind the Black Power movement, Pat is going to be giving a 90-minute presentation on Thursday, March 1st at the historic Washington Hall here in Seattle! More details, including ticket information, can be found on the FLOG here.

And Pat promises, if you get there early, you can hear the entire 20 minute radio segment that Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver recorded after he helped Timothy Leary escape from prison... aaaand then put him under  "revolutionary arrest" when he got sick of him! Hilarious!

TCAF 2012 guests announced: Giandelli! Jason! Schrauwen!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Olivier SchrauwenJasonGary PanterGabriella Giandellievents 3 Feb 2012 2:07 PM

Jason

The Toronto Comics Art Festival has announced the first batch of special guests for the 2012 fest, and we're excited to reveal that we'll be hosting the following global guests on May 5th and 6th:

Jason: You asked for him, you got him!  Jason was, hands-down, the most asked-about artist at TCAF 2011. See? Don't say we don't ever listen to you, Toronto. He will be signing his latest, Athos in America, along with many, many other books.

Gabriella Giandelli: We are absolutely delighted to be hosting Gabriella, all the way from Italy! This is a rare treat to meet this wonderful artist, and we'll be debuting the collection of her Ignatz comic Interiorae!

Olivier Schrauwen: And making his North American comic convention debut (we're pretty sure), it's Olivier Schrauwen! He'll be signing copies of The Man Who Grew His Beard, among other things.

And stay tuned to the FLOG as we announce which artists from this continent will also be joining us at the Fantagraphics table for TimBits! See you at TCAF!

Listen, Whitey! Presentation with Pat Thomas in Seattle!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 3 Feb 2012 11:17 AM

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

Get ready to listen up on Thursday, March 1st as editor Pat Thomas gives a special presentation for Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!

Join us at the historic Washington Hall [153 14th Avenue, Seattle] for a slideshow on this powerful and politically-charged period of music, starting at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $10 at the door, or you can purchase tickets in advance for $8 general public / $5 students at Brown Paper Tickets.

This wonderful event is presented by Seattle's Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, and co-presented with Elliott Bay Book Company and co-sponsored by Hollow Earth Radio’s Central Sounds. We could not be more thrilled to be working with such great Seattle institutions of culture!

Exclusive Woodring T-Shirt from Boing Boing!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim Woodringfashion 2 Feb 2012 11:08 PM

Jim Woodring t-shirt for Boing Boing

Everyone -- er, everything -- will wanna follow you home when you're wearing this snazzy t-shirt designed by our own Jim Woodring!

Jim designed these t-shirts just for our friends at the website Boing Boing! This exclusive design is screened in scarlet ink on a jet black t-shirt, for a "tigers' breath in a cave" effect, as Jim describes it. Follow this link to get one sent to your home!

Amazing Book Launch for Everett Archives Vol. 1!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsBlake BellBill Everett 1 Feb 2012 11:39 AM

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1

It's gonna be amazing! Join editor Blake Bell and our friends at The Beguiling on Wednesday, February 29th for the launch party of Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1!  Be one of the first people to get your hands on this long-awaited book, and get a special bookplate, signed by Blake himself!

Blake will also present a slideshow, titled "Bill Everett and Steve Ditko: Before the Sub-Mariner and Spider-Man" -- featuring a sneak peek at Blake's other upcoming collection, Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 3, out in the Spring.

The event starts at 7:00 PM at The Central [ 603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada], a restuarant/bar located next door to The Beguiling

Paul Hornschemeier Awarded Ohio Residency!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 31 Jan 2012 10:44 AM

Paul Hornschemeier

Congratulations are in order for Paul Hornschemeier!  Earlier this month, the Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House announced a collaboration for their first ever Graphic Novelist Residency, and the receipient is none other than this Ohio State University alumnus!

Paul will spend three weeks starting in March living in a two-bedroom apartment located in the boyhood home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. In addition to researching and producing new work, he will also take part in several awesome events around Columbus!

Monday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 PM
Paul will lead an adult writing workshop for the graphic novel at Thurber House.  Deadline to register is March 16th.

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 PM
Paul will lead a young writer's studio at Thurber House.

Saturday, March 31, 2:00 PM
Otterbein professor of philosophy Andrew Mills will speak about Hornschemeier’s work in a philosophical context at the Columbus Museum of Art. Presented in collaboration with The OSU Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities. Admission to the lecture is free.

Thursday, April 5, 7:00 PM
Join Paul at the Columbus Museum of Art as he speaks about his creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at Ohio State University. In conjunction with his talk, the museum will display a selection of Hornschemeier’s scripts, storyboards, and sketches highlighting his creative process. Free with museum admission.









Down with OPP*: Kramers Ergot #8
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tim HensleySammy HarkhamKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanGary PanterGabrielle BellFrank SantoroFantagraphics BookstoreDown with OPPDash ShawBen Jones 30 Jan 2012 1:15 PM

* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me.

Hey, it's the very first 2012 edition of "Down With OPP," our occasional column where we spotlight books from other publishers that you can find at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle!  And I was thrilled to get to the store this past weekend to find the latest volume of the celebrated Kramers Ergot anthology, from our friends at PictureBox.

It's chock-full of Fantagraphics artists: It opens with a great "Jimbo" strip from Gary Panter. There's also a wonderfully-drawn one-page gag from Tim Hensley. Kevin Huizenga re-draws a sci-fi story originally written decades ago by Bill Molno and Sal Trapani. And Frank Santoro & Dash Shaw turn in a beautiful collaboration on, well, catching pedophiles. 

Gabrielle Bell has one of my favorite stories, and I admit, I get so used to reading her autobiographical strips, that with this one, I had a moment of, "You and your Dad did what?!"

Reading Johnny Ryan's story, I found myself thinking, "This might be the most romantic thing he's ever written," but then I ended up nearly laughing out loud by the end. It complements Sammy Harkham's marital comic, in a weird way.

I couldn't help reading the comic from Ben Jones in an "Alfe" voice, and the dialogue is so hilariously quotable, I just wanted to post random lines from it on Twitter.

And there's still more I haven't even mentioned, like the glossy full-color photography, the 70's Penthouse reprints, and the intro from Ian Svenonius, who will forever be to me "The Sassiest Boy in America."  

Get a copy for yourself 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.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/30-2/5
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat ThomasFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 30 Jan 2012 12:34 PM

 

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Saturday, February 4th

Seattle, WA: The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery kicks off Black History Month with the debut of two diverse books. Seattle-based music scholar Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975, will be joined by Seattle authors Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, who together with cartoonist Nate Powell created the graphic novel The Silence of Our Friends. (more info)

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Giant Robot!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanRenee FrencheventsAndrice Arp 24 Jan 2012 12:00 PM

Year of the Dragon at Giant Robot

Gung Hay Fat Choy! According to Chinese astrology, it is the Year of the Dragon, and our friends at Giant Robot are celebrating with a fiery dragon-themed show, featuring mythical creatures from our own Andrice Arp, Renee French, and Steven Weissman, among many others!

Astrologists say the Year of the Dragon is a year of change and mobility, so it's only appropriate that this event also serves as a farewell to Giant Robot's Michelle Borok, who is moving to Mongolia. I will miss seeing her and her awesome eyeglasses at conventions!

Year of the Dragon opens on Saturday, January 28th with a reception from 6:30 to 10:00 PM at  GR2 [2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA], and the show runs until February 15th.

Frank Santoro’s Comic Book Layout Workshop Tour!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Frank SantoroFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 24 Jan 2012 11:39 AM

Dash Shaw, Frank Santoro, and Jon Vermilyea at APE 2009

The great Frank Santoro (center, with Dash Shaw and Jon Vermilyea, back at APE 2009) is heading to the west coast for a Comic Book Layout Workshop that will have you flexing your mental muscles!

The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is thrilled to welcome this talented artist and TCJ Contributor for this FREE workshop on Saturday, February 11th! Everyone is welcome, whether you're an artist yourself, or just interested to discover how some of your favorite cartoonists map out their panels.

The workshop runs from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, right before the opening reception of our exhibit Funny Valentines: A Tribute to Jack Davis -- more exciting details about that to come -- so, head to Georgetown early for what's sure to be an excellent evening!

And for those of you outside of Seattle, here are the rest of Frank Santoro's Comic Book Layout Workshop tour dates:

Thursday 2/2
Escapist Comics
Berkeley, CA

Friday 2/3
Mission Comics
San Francisco, CA

Thursday 2/9
Floating World Comics
Portland, OR

Saturday 2/11
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Seattle, WA

Thursday 2/16
Lucky’s Comics
Vancouver, BC


















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