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Photos from last week's Charles Burns event
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 5 Nov 2010 9:49 AM

Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Oct. 30, 2010

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery was as jam-packed as it's ever been for Charles Burns's book signing and exhibit opening last Saturday, October 30. If you were claustrophobic, it was not the place to be! On the other hand, if you give half a toot about comics, it was exactly the place to be! The signing line stretched far into the distance and beyond the edge of this photo.

Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Oct. 30, 2010

Charles was happy as a clam chatting with fans all night and signing copies of Black Hole and his newest book X'ed Out — until they sold out, that is.

Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Oct. 30, 2010 - costumed fan

Several fans showed up in their Halloween costumes, including the Invisible Man here.

Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Oct. 30, 2010

We had a great display of Burns prints for sale, many of which are still available.

Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Oct. 30, 2010 - RAW display

Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Oct. 30, 2010 - RAW display

The Bruce Pavitt RAW collection was also on display. The silent auction for this collection continues to accept bids through December 6 — more info here.

We have a ton more photos uploaded to our Flickr page, including individual shots of all the prints, so head over there to see more. Thanks to everybody who came out and made the event such a howling success!

A Happy Halloween Treat: Eye Candy!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Stephane BlanquetrockRichard SalaJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDavid BCharles Burns 28 Oct 2010 1:07 PM

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Visitors to the Charles Burns appearance this Saturday evening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery are in for a treat. Eye candy! While supplies last, we'll have free copies of Stéphane Blanquet's fabulous full color TOYS IN THE BASEMENT mini-comic, which includes a 2-page preview of THE LITTLEST PIRATE KING by David B. For indie music buffs we have a limited quantity of the scary 5-song "Haunted Fang Castle" CD by the sensational Spits, including an illustrated booklet by J. J. Rudisill. And our friends from Frontier Records dropped by with a stack of cool full-color vinyl stickers by Jaime Hernandez commemorating 30 years of pleasurable punk rock. [Hit the Frontier link above for a better look at Jaime's illustration – Ed.]

If that's not enough, with each purchase we'll be giving away free copies of Richard Sala's EVIL EYE comic book. All this and Charles Burns! A Halloween to remember.

Evil Eye - Richard Sala

A Halloween Treat! Charles Burns at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 27 Oct 2010 11:12 PM

Charles Burns X'ed Out poster

You don't want to miss this: Charles Burns returns to his native Seattle this Saturday, October 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for a festive reception commemorating the publication of his amazing new graphic novel X'ed Out.

In addition to an exhibition of rare posters and prints spanning Burns' illustrious career, we'll be celebrating the artist's lasting Seattle legacy with a display of his seminal work for Sub Pop records, as well as his early contributions to Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine.

Start your Saturday night at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to welcome Charles Burns back home. The evening features a brief slide talk, ambient screening of Burns' scary animated movie "Fear(s) of the Dark," spooky tunes by DJ Russ Fallout, complimentary beverages, and collectible Halloween comix treats. Costumes optional. All ages. Free! 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Georgetown. Phone 206.658.0110.

Another Charles Burns Black Hole tattoo
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under tattoosCharles Burns 26 Oct 2010 10:11 AM

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Thanks to Charles Burns fan Harris Smith for sharing this pic of his tattoo based on the cover of Black Hole #7! Show us your Burns tattoos at his exhibit opening & signing on Saturday!

Elvis Burns!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 25 Oct 2010 1:48 PM

The package of posters and prints arrived for the Charles Burns X'ED OUT appearance this Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Seeing his wonderful work on a larger scale is such a treat. He sent copies of 10 rare pieces spanning the range of his career. Prices start at 25 bucks! Yes. You read that right.

Elvis print - Charles Burns

The colorful silkscreen image of Elvis seemed hauntingly familiar. Only $150! Burnin' love, indeed. I couldn't recall the source at first, but perused my comix and zine collection and came across the hilarious "Elvis in Hell" issue of Greed magazine from 1988 with a different colored version on the cover. (Plus a feature on Peter Bagge inside.)

Greed magazine no. 4, cover by Charles Burns

The uncut sheets of "Goon Squad" trading cards with a bonus black and white image on the back are just 50 bucks, but we only have 3 copies.

Charles Burns Goon Squad uncut cards

In addition to posters and prints, the exhibition will include Burns' work from the early 1980s for Seattle's Sub Pop record label and Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine. Don't miss this amazing event as Charles Burns returns for a rare visit to his hometown. See you all then.

RAW materal: Charles Burns, Sub Pop & Spiegelman.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles BurnsAl Floogleman 20 Oct 2010 2:04 PM

My longtime friend Bruce Pavitt has been contemplating purging himself of some material possessions for a few years now. (As an obsessive collector myself, I appreciate the impulse.) We recently concluded that the Charles Burns event on October 30 would provide an ideal opportunity to find new homes for a few of his amazing artifacts. As the founder of Seattle's storied Sub Pop record label, his collection is impressive, to say the least. You might want to shield your eyes to for protection from the brilliance that's below.

Sub Pop 5 original art by Charles Burns

Many people are unaware that Bruce Pavitt created Subterranean Pop as a fanzine while an undergraduate at Evergreen State College in 1980. A year later he shortened the name to Sub Pop and released issue number 5 as a cassette and mini-zine so readers could hear the music being discussed. The dozen tracks included Steve Fisk, Pell Mell, Cool Rays (Calvin Johnson’s pre-Beat Happening project), and perhaps most interestingly, “Reagan Speaks for Himself” by Seattle sound artist Doug Kahn. Pavitt recruited Evergreen alum Charles Burns to do the cover. This issue of Sub Pop was the direct predecessor to the celebrated record label.
 
The original Charles Burns artwork for this cassette zine will be offered in a silent auction during the Burns exhibition with a reserve bid of $1,000. (The original Burns artwork for the Sub Pop 200 LP sold 8 years ago for several times this amount to EMP, the music museum founded by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen.) Bids will be accepted through the run of the Burns exhibition, October 30 through December 6.

RAW Number Four - cover by Charles Burns

Pavitt is also offering his collection of pristine copies of Art Spiegelman’s RAW magazine. These coveted oversize issues included bound-in copies of Maus and other extras, including the aforementioned Doug Kahn recording from Sub Pop 5 as a bound-in sound sheet (almost never found intact in RAW #4.) It’s worth noting that RAW #4 was delayed because the conservative owners of Eva-Tone Soundsheets, the only domestic publisher of flexi-discs, refused to press Kahn’s piece, and Speigelman was forced to press the disc in Holland.

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As Pavitt was showing me this sterling stash of RAWs, out fluttered a long-forgotten letter. In it, Spiegelman compliments Pavitt on Sub Pop 5, mentions a Burns story in forthcoming RAW #4 — but fails to mention Burns’ die-cut cover — and informs him of Doug Kahn’s inclusion.

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I found it fairly astonishing that these two visionaries were collaborating on this level as far back as 1981. Who would’ve thought that a decade later, Spiegelman would be honored with a Pulitzer Prize for Maus, forever altering the comix idiom, and Pavitt would launch the alternative rock genre, penetrating pop culture globally? I was sort of stunned by this document. And in the midst of all this we find Charles Burns.

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The letter was penned on the back of a proof of Spiegelman’s art for the German edition of DEAD MEN ALL HAVE THE SAME SKIN, which I’d never seen. I find it somehow unsettling to see German language on Spiegelman’s work from this era, given the content of the contemporaneous MAUS.

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All 8 near mint copies of the RAW, the Pavitt-Spiegelman document, RAW one shots by Sue Coe and Burns' BIG BABY: Curse of the Molemen, and related ephemera will also be offered at silent auction with a reserve bid of $1,000 through December 6. They will be on display at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for the run of Charles Burns X’ED OUT exhibition October 30 – December 6.

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For more information or to register bids on the framed Charles Burns original Sub Pop 5 illustration or the RAW magazine lot, call Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid at 206.658.0110 during business hours.

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Happy Halloween
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Charles Burns 19 Oct 2010 10:12 AM

Charles Burns Returns to Seattle on October 30 with Spooky New Book
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 14 Oct 2010 11:51 AM

Charles Burns X'ed Out poster

Charles Burns was among a trio of gifted cartoonists to emerge from The Evergreen State College in the mid-1970s. Together, Burns and fellow Evergreen alumni Matt Groening and Lynda Barry altered the course of contemporary comix and left an indelible mark on regional culture. Burns makes a rare return visit to his native Seattle on Saturday, October 30 to celebrate the publication of his amazing new graphic novel X'ED OUT with a slide talk, art exhibition, and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. His idiosyncratic horror-story sensibility is perfect for the Halloween-eve occasion.

Burns began his career as a fine artist in Seattle while publishing illustrations and his "Big Baby" cartoon in The Rocket magazine, developing his signature stark-contrast rendering style. Burns also composed covers for Bruce Pavitt's seminal Sub Pop cassette fanzine, the forerunner to the celebrated record label. On a visit to New York, Burns came to the attention of cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who subsequently published his work in the influential anthology RAW. The rest, as they say, is history. Spiegelman published the collected BIG BABY on his RAW imprint, and Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books produced his influential BLACK HOLE serial, as well as graphic albums SKIN DEEP and EL BORBAH (in addition to reprinting BIG BABY.)

X'ED OUT continues the artist's examination of the furtive insecurities of adolescence becoming manifested in bizarre and horrific consequences. In a departure from Burns' prior work, the current graphic novel is presented in full color.

The reception at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street, will feature a brief slide talk and book signing. An exhibition of recent fine art prints will be complemented by Burns' original drawings and related Sub Pop ephemera courtesy of label co-founder Bruce Pavitt.

Please join us to celebrate the lasting legacy of Charles Burns on Seattle's civic culture and the debut of his graphic novel X'ED OUT on Saturday, October 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Spooky Halloween costumes are welcome but not required. All ages, free admission.

Listing Information

CHARLES BURNS: X'ED OUT
Slide Talk, Print Exhibition and Book Signing
Saturday, October 30, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110
Open Daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00 PM




Charles Burns' Generation X'ed
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 28 Sep 2010 11:05 AM

Charles Burns X'ed Out poster

I recently had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Charles Burns' amazing masterpiece X'ED OUT. As a fledgling art dealer 30 years ago, I mounted an exhibition of Burns' large-scale graphite drawings at my neo-Dada Rosco Louie gallery in Seattle. His imaginative portraits were strangely grotesque, yet sensuous and alluring. Burns' appeal has grown steadily from that point on, and he is rightfully considered a contemporary master of the comix medium.

I can hardly wait for his slide talk, art exhibition and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, October 30. His eerie iconography is perfect for the Halloween eve occasion. No costumes required! Simply come enjoy a beverage with one of the world's most revered alternative cartoonists.

See you all then. Spread the word.

Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival - no us
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Renee FrenchJordan CraneJohnny RyanGabrielle BelleventsCharles BurnsBill GriffithAnders Nilsen 22 Sep 2010 4:48 PM

Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival poster by Anders Nilsen

The announcement for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is making the rounds and unfortunately we won't be there — but some of our favorite folks will, including but not limited to Gabrielle Bell, Charles Burns, Jordan Crane, Renée French, Bill Griffith, Anders Nilsen, and Johnny Ryan, so do be sure to give them a visit on December 4. And ooh la la, that poster by Anders!