Ajax and I actually met their awesome drummer Lucy at the San Diego Comic-Con late last month, and she had mentioned that her band was gonna be playing The Funhouse in Seattle for Pizza Fest 2011! [Full disclosure: Ajax works the door at The Funhouse when not workin' the warehouse at Fantagraphics.] But I totally suck, and I missed the show and the ensuing pizza-eating contest! Dammit.
Don't suck like I did: the band are still on tour, heading back home to San Diego over the next couple of weeks. If you dig that lo-fi garage-pop thing, go see 'em, and chat with Lucy at the merch table about VHS horror films and Johnny Ryan comics!
8/8: The Tube - Portland (w/Grrrl Friend) 8/10: The Knockout - San Francisco (w/Personal and the Pizzas) 8/11: The Blue Lagoon - Santa Cruz (w/ The Groggs) 8/12: Thee Davis Big TV House - Davis 8/13: Total Trash Fest - Oakland 8/15: Burger Records - Fullerton 8/16: Studio Danza - Whittier 8/17: Tower Bar - San Diego (w/ Bear Slim)
And, if you're in a band coming through Seattle, why not visit us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery? We've got your perfect tour van/backstage-reading material in store.
This Friday, August 12th, the fabulous Roq la Rue gallery debuts The Blab! Show, curated by noneother than Monte Beauchamp!
Beauchamp returns to the theme of "Krampus," which you may remember from back issues of Blab! and the collection of vintage Krampus postcards The Devil in Design, and the show features interpretations by artists like Shag, Andy Kehoe, and Ryan Heshka. If you don't recall, Krampus is a sinister holiday devil, so appropriately enough, Roq la Rue promise they'll be "throwing one hell of an opening party!"
The Blab! Show runs until September 3rd. For anyone outside the Seattle area, an online gallery will be posted here this Friday. Roq la Rue is located at 2312 2nd Ave. in the bustling Belltown neighborhood.
This Eisner Award-winning artist and scholar debuted an exhibit last Friday at his hometown library, and fortunately for those of you in Massachusetts, it will run until the end of August! Plus, Paul will be donating half of the proceeds from the sale of his work to the library's expansion fund.
It's big enough news that landmark London shop Gosh! Comics is moving into a new location for the first time in 25 years...
But the news gets even bigger because they'll be inaugurating the space with an exhibition and signing with noneother than Dave McKean!
The exhibit will feature paintings, sculptures, and drawings -- some of which have never been shown in public before, and some of which will even be for sale! McKean will be on hand to sign copies of his latest Fantagraphics book, Celluloid.
The opening gala is this Saturday, August 6th, and McKean will be signing from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. If you're in the Soho area, pop by 1 Berwick Street and check out their new digs!
We've since learned that more Fantagraphics artists will be in attendance, including Laura Park & Lilli Carré (table #3552) and Mome newcomer Nick Drnaso (sharing Ivan's table #3704).
This show sounds amazing... Ivan Brunetti and LeVar Burton on the same bill? Mome artists alongside Peter Tork of The Monkees? Wait, Billy Corgan's gonna be there? And five of the Willy Wonka kids? And the chick who gave Brandon Walsh "euphoria" at a rave on a very-special-episode of Beverly Hills 90210!?!!!! [passes out from pop culture-overload]
Wizard World Comic-Con runs from Thursday, August 11th to Sunday, August 14th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Someone, send me pictures.
Even though it's a library, copies of the book will be available for purchase, so you can get yours signed, if you don't already have a copy.
This free, all-ages event starts at 7:30 PM this Friday. Note: since this is after regular library hours, no other library services will be available, so you'll have to come back another time to pay those overdue fines!
Anders gave a lovely slideshow presentation on the history of his comic Big Questions, in promotion of the 600-page collection just released by our pals at Drawn & Quarterly. I was kinda surprised to learn he used to be the frontman for a band (!), and one of his first self-published zines was a lyric booklet they would hand-out at shows (as seen above!).
And on that "note" (heh), here, upon request, is the setlist to the "Big Questions Mega-Mix" that I DJ'ed at Anders's signing. In honor of his new collection, all the songs I played were questions, natch:
1. "What In It For?" - Avi Buffalo 2. "Who Is Moving?" - Lilys 3. "Don't Ask Me to Explain" - Of Montreal 4. "Where Do You Run To?" - Vivian Girls 5. "Why Is It Always This Way?" - The Ramones 6. "What'cha Gonna Do About It?" - Condo Fucks 7. "What Else Is New?" - Dinosaur Jr. 8. "What Is" - Wipers 9. "Why?" - T. Lance & the Coctails 10. "What More Can I Do?" - The Zombies 11. "Who Loves the Sun?" - Teenage Fanclub, covering The Velvet Underground 12. "Ask" - The Go-Betweens 13. "What Do You Say?" - Pulp (for Steph H.) 14. "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?" - Tame Impala (for Eric B.) 15. "What Was That Thing?" - Able Tasmans (for Martin I.) 16. "Where Do You Wanna Go?" - Super Furry Animals 17. "Where Did My Spring Go? - The Kinks 18. "What Am I Supposed to Do?" - Papas Fritas 19. "What Am I Going to Do?" - Pop Art Toasters 20. "Ask" - The Smiths 21. "Hideous Towns" - The Sundays 22. "What's Happening?!?!" - The Byrds 23. "Who Do You Think I Am?" - Woods 24. "What Do We Do With Love?" - Chris Knox 25. "How Loft I Am?" - Guided By Voices 26. "To Where" - Grass Widow
(Oh, believe me, there were other songs I just didn't get to...)
For those of us who live in Seattle, the exhibit will be up for one more month, ending on August 31st. But for those of you not in the area, here are some pics from our opening night, with artists Megan Kelso and Nikki McClure in attendance!
Here's Megan signing copies of her latest release Queen of the Black Black, a collection of work from her influential self-published comix zine, Girlhero. I know I won't shut up about how great this book is, but seriously, it rules. It may have been borne from the 90's Riot Grrrl scene, but the stories inside are timeless.
And at the register, you may recognize Russ Battaglia from the legendary-but-now-defunct Fallout Records! When I was going through Megan's zine collection, I'd keep seeing Fallout ads in the backs of zines, usually illustrated by Peter Bagge!
And here's a display of Megan's aforementioned zine collection! We've got detail shots over at the Fantgraphics Flickr page, and if you've got any interest in the history of Riot Grrl zines, you'll definitely want to checkitout.
We were honored to be joined by artist Nikki McClure, who made the trip from Olympia for the day. (That's her, center, in the white shirt, talking with friends and fans.)
She and Megan sat down for an inspiring and educational discussion of the DIY scene in Olympia, and how the Riot Grrrl scene helped propel their own creative projects. You can now watch the entire discussion below (or on YouTube here)! (Apologies in advance for the sound quality.)
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