|SEATTLE: Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson Event|
|Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstore, events, Esther Pearl Watson, Eleanor Davis, art shows, art||23 Jun 2014 3:20 PM|
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This July, the talented and incredible Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson will descend upon the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery with the fury of a thousand suns, scorching earth and people in their paths. During the Georgetown Garden Walk on Sunday, July 13th, Eleanor and Esther will have a reception and signing from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. We'll have brand, spanking new copies of How to Be Happy and Unlovable 3 for you (feel free to bring your other EPW and Davis books from your shelves)
The original art exhibition continues through September 10, 2014. This events coincides, as we mentioned, with the festive Georgetown Garden Walk so you'll have a tulip trip of a time visiting all the shops and gardens throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Don't miss the dazzling array of attractions at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in the coming weeks and months. The action begins with the Georgetown Carnival on Saturday, June 14 from noon to 10:00 PM. Cheer on our entry in Hazardfactory's famous Power Tool Races and enjoy free concerts by Fantagraphics friends like Jack Endino's Earthworm, Mark Pickerel, Ancient Warlocks, Tummy, and more! Acrobats, carnival games, sideshows, burlesque, beer gardens and so much more. All free, all day.
On Sunday, July 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM two extraordinary artists, Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson, appear at the store for a joint exhibition and book signing. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Garden Walk.
Join us on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we welcome home one of the most influential figures in contemporary pop culture, Charles Burns, presenting his new book Sugar Skull.
The Short Run comics art festival begins with a reception at the store on Friday, November 14 featuring Ed Piskor signing the second volume of Hip Hop Family Tree, Tom Neely signing the forthcoming Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever collection, MariNaomi presenting her new book Dragon's Breath, and other special guests. Indie art stars, music, comix, and more kick of the Short Run festivities. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements.
From a family drama set in a lushly colored science fictional milieu to a sketchy, playful ode to superhuman strength and masculinity, from fables to slices of real life, Davis's stories are as deeply human and emotionally resonant as they are stylistically diverse. Richly deserved acclaim for Davis's work has come from awards committees (the Eisners & Society of Illustrators), critics (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, etc.), editors & art directors (Best American Comics, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and so on), and, of course, readers who have been moved by her stories and artwork. Read some snippets, and pre-order your copy for July delivery, right here.
Eleanor Davis won the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2009 Eisners, and her illustration work won her a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators last year, further cementing her status as a major young creator. Now, we present How to Be Happy, the eagerly awaited collection of Davis's comics going back to 2007, coming this Summer.
Our downloadable preview includes portions of the stunning painted stories "In Our Eden" and Best American Comics selection "Nita Goes Home," plus a couple of Davis's looser but no less impactful sketchbook strips. Everyone will be talking about How to Be Happy when it comes out in July or early August; make sure you're part of the conversation by pre-ordering your copy today.
It's a great pleasure to reveal the final cover artwork for one of our most anticipated books of 2014. How to Be Happy collects short comics by Eleanor Davis and it will floor you with its beauty and depth. You've seen some of this work in Best American Comics, Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach (if you're tuned in to the hip print outlets) and on the web (if you're tuned in to Tumblr), and now it's collected in one gorgeous book, due out this Summer.
Pre-sale is on now, and more previews are in the pipeline. For now, we thought you might like a look at the jaw-dropping wraparound cover art unfettered by text and stuff. Click to embiggen:
Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)
416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc. — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of high school through Tammy's naivete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable's universal humor and loser cast of characters. Tammy's life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and hilarious.For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book signed by Esther Pearl Watson while supplies last!
144-page full-color/b&w 7.5" x 9.875" softcover • $24.99
Eleanor Davis's How to Be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.
For a Kickstarter pledge of $35 or more, pre-order this book signed by Eleanor Davis while supplies last! Also available: exclusive t-shirt and (coming soon) prints!
(Fun fact: Esther and Eleanor are both Society of Illustrators medal winners!)
Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter has the scoop on three new publishing projects we're undertaking in stories which have rolled out during this first half of Comic-Con International:
First up, details about Sock Monkey Treasury: A"Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" Collection, collecting the material released in comic book, trade, and storybook form by Dark Horse in a big fancy hardcover, and confirmation that it will be followed by an all-new original Sock Monkey story, Sock Monkey in the Deep, Deep Woods.
Hit those links for more details, and keep your eyes peeled for more news!
San Franciscans, get ready for a busy weekend...
Friday, July 5th
• San Francisco, CA: The California College of the Arts kicks off their summer series with special guest Cathy Malkasian! Cathy will be discussing her work in the animation industry, as well as her most recent book, Wake Up, Percy Gloom! (more info)
Saturday, July 6th
Sunday, July 7th
• San Francisco, CA: It's your last chance to stop by the Cartoon Art Museum and see the exhibit I See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art, featuring own Lilli Carré and Mome-veteran Eleanor Davis among many others! (more info)
Bay Area residents will like this week's edition of "This Week in Events"...
Thursday, March 14th
• San Francisco, CA: Editors Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill will be signing and reading from The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 at the The Poetry Center on the campus of San Francisco State University! (more info)
Friday, March 15th
Saturday, March 16th
• San Francisco, CA: Lilli Carré and Mome-veteran Eleanor Davis are just a couple of the artists whose work will be featured in the exhibit I See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art, opening at the Cartoon Art Museum! (more info)