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Drinky Crow Comes to Seattle!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony MillionaireFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 28 Apr 2009 11:17 AM

TONY MILLIONAIRE PRESENTS DRINKY CROW'S MAAKIES TREASURY AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON MAY 9

April 27, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Celebrated cartoonist Tony Millionaire will appear at Seattle's Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, May 9 for an exhibition of original artwork and signing of his new book Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury.

Millionaire's Maakies is among the best and most popular weekly comic strips in America, running in over a dozen of the largest U.S. weekly newspapers including the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly and Seattle's The Stranger. The strip has also been adapted into the hit animated series The Drinky Crow Show on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Maakies chronicles the intoxicating high-seas adventures of alcoholic corvid Drinky Crow and his equally-inebriated simian sidekick Uncle Gabby, blending vaudeville-style humor and a magnificent rendering quality that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Designed by publishing's foremost graphic artist Chip Kidd, with an introduction by acclaimed author Dave Eggers, Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury collects the second five years of the strip in a deluxe landscape hardcover format that complements the strip's classic style. According to the New York Times Book Review, "Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat."

Millionaire's appearance on Saturday May 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM will include an exhibition highlighting 10 years of original Maakies strips, complemented by a screening of episodes of the animated Drinky Crow Show. The artist will be available to sign copies of his many books and informally discuss his influential body of work. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at the corner of Airport Way S., just minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations in dozens of locations throughout the historic arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information:

TONY MILLIONAIRE: DRINKY CROW'S MAAKIES TREASURY
Art exhibition and book signing SATURDAY, MAY 9 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through June 10, 2009
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108 Phone: 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com














Pics: ECCC, Jaime & Stan show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaiPaul HornschemeierJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame DarcyBill Schelly 10 Apr 2009 4:34 PM

Finally getting around to Flogging photos from Emerald City Comicon and our Jaime Hernandez/Stan Sakai exhibit opening last weekend. Lots more photos, plus a couple of short videos, can be seen in our Flickr sets linked above.

Jaime:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Dame Darcy (checking out Mother, Come Home) & Paul Hornschemeier:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Bill Schelly:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Green Lantern & friends flip through Ellen Forney's Lust:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Stan & Jaime post-show Saturday chatting:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Xaime & Sakai art (head to Flickr for closer looks at each individual piece):

Jaime Hernandez artwork, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09

Stan Sakai artwork, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09

Men of the hour:

Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai exhibit opening, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09

Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai exhibit opening, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack springs into action this Saturday, April 11!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 8 Apr 2009 10:52 AM

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack, April 11, 2009

Seattle's most festive monthly cultural encounter continues on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack features unexpected visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. The public is invited to explore this charming, creative cultural enclave, which has been repeatedly selected by area publications as the city's most vibrant community.

Among the highlights of the April 11 Art Attack: Full Throttle Bottles hosts an exhibition of "Satan's Birdcages" by Richard Lemmert; Simultaneous painting exhibitions by Cheri O'Brien at Georgetown Tile Works and the adjacent, recently-relocated Dog Dream boutique; Photographer Bill Hughlett at the Equinox studios; Handcrafted glass bead jewelry by Elaine Alhadeff at the Brewery studio complex; An exhibition of original comics art by heralded cartoonists Jaime Hernandez and Stan Sakai at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; fine dining, exotic shopping, and endless entertainment at Georgetown's wonderful cafes, shops and nightclubs.

Also on April 11, the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack welcomes the annual Honk Fest West featuring a lively array of unorthodox marching bands from 5 states and Canada. Over 20 bands will perform at Calamity Jane's, Smarty Pants, The Stables, Squid & Ink, in the streets and elsewhere. Don't miss this delightfully raucous event.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid. Or visit: www.georgetownartattck.com.

Emerald City Weekend!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Stan SakaiPaul HornschemeierJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame DarcyBill Schellyart shows 1 Apr 2009 9:16 AM

  

This weekend is the Emerald City Con, our hometown comics event of the year. We'll be exhibiting all weekend and showcasing a host of new spring books including Gilbert Hernandez's LUBA, Bob Fingerman's CONNECTIVE TISSUE, Miss Lasko-Gross's A MESS OF EVERYTHING, the great HUMBUG boxed set, Archie Goodwin's BLAZING COMBAT, Boody Rogers' BOODY, Paul Hornschemeier's MOTHER, COME HOME, and much, much more. We'll also be hosting signings, including:

JAIME HERNANDEZ: all weekend!

PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER: all day Saturday!

DAME DARCY: Saturday from 1 to 3PM

BILL SCHELLY (author of MAN OF ROCK, the excellent JOE KUBERT bio): Saturday from 11 to 2PM

Also, STAN SAKAI will be in attendance in Artist's Alley all weekend, signing copies of USAGI YOJIMBO. 

After the con on Saturday, join us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for an extraordinary exhibition of original artwork by Jaime Hernandez and Stan Sakai. Jaime and Stan, together with special guest Paul Hornschemeier, will be signing books and mingling with fans.

It's impossible to overstate the enduring influence of LOVE & ROCKETS on the comics medium, so we'll skip the superlatives. Suffice to say that Jaime will be on hand to greet fans and sign books. Stan's epic USAGI YOJIMBO adventure series has introduced generations of young readers to the world of comics, and his books are more popular than ever. His original drawings and paintings are inspiring. Jaime and Stan will be joined by their young colleague Paul Hornschemeier signing copies of his wonderful new graphic novel MOTHER, COME HOME.

This event serves as the official after-party for this weekend's Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, so expect to see other comics creators and luminaries. Adult beverages will be provided for grown ups and sodas for the kids.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located just minutes south of downtown Seattle at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in the colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.669.9059.

See you on Saturday.







JAIME HERNANDEZ and STAN SAKAI: EMERALD CITY Afterparty Art Show BLOWOUT!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Stan SakaiJaime HernandezFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 25 Mar 2009 2:59 PM

Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai at Fantagraphics Bookstore, April 4, 2009

CELEBTRATED CARTOONISTS JAIME HERNANDEZ AND STAN SAKAI APPEAR AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON APRIL 4

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery proudly presents two of the most accomplished and popular cartoonists in America on Saturday, April 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the phenomenal Love and Rockets series, will appear with Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo fame for an exhibition of original art and book signing event. They will be joined by special guest Paul Hornschemeier signing copies of his handsome new hardcover Mother, Come Home.

Jaime Hernandez, together with his brother Gilbert, revolutionized the comic book form with their epic series Love and Rockets. Introduced in 1982, their mythical tale of contemporary multicultural society re-energized a moribund medium and gave birth to the “alternative comics” genre. Jaime’s central characters, Maggie and Hopey, emerged as icons for a generation of disaffected youth and their stories remain relevant and compelling today. With nearly 100 comic books to his credit, and over a dozen collected anthologies published by Fantagraphics Books, Jaime Hernandez is among the most influential cartoonists of his generation. In the words of Alan Moore, "Jaime's art balances big white and black spaces to create a world of nuance in between, just as his writing balances our big human feelings and our small human trivias to generate its incredible emotional power. Quite simply, this is one of the twentieth century's most significant comics creators at the peak of his form, with every line a wedding of classicism and cool."

Much like Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai relies on his cultural heritage in the expansive adventure series Usagi Yojimbo. Sakai chronicles the escapades of wandering Samurai bunny Miyamoto Usagi in feudal Japan with beautifully crafted artwork and an engaging narrative style that appeals to readers of all ages. Usagi Yojimbo is at once poignant, edifying, funny, and spellbinding – a singular achievement in the comics medium. Fantagraphics Books and Portland-based Dark Horse Comics have collected his work in over 24 volumes. According to comic book sage Stan Lee: “One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.”

Mother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier’s piercing graphic-novel debut, long out of print and now available for the first time in hardcover. It secured the cartoonist’s place as one of his generation’s most skillful and ambitious practitioners, and proved a harbinger of the subject matter that the artist would go on to explore most consistently in later work: the nuclear family.

The exhibition and reception on Saturday, April 4 will serve as the official after-party for the Emerald City ComiCon. Expect an array of comics professionals and luminaries to be in attendance. Admission is free. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110.

LISTING INFORMATION

Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai

Love and Rockets and Usagi Yojimbo
Art exhibition and book signing

Saturday, April 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Emerald City ComiCon after-party
Special guest Paul Hornschemeier

Exhibition continues through May 6, 2009.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com/bookstore







Humbug & Dame Darcy pics & vids
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoHumbugFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcyart shows 20 Mar 2009 12:04 PM

Take a virtual tour through our phenomenal Humbug exhibit currently on view (through April 1) at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view greater detail in a new window.

Check out some scenes from last Saturday's lively signing and performance by Dame Darcy at the aforementioned Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Again, click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view it in a new window.

And below, catch a few of the bewitching musical numbers performed by Dame Darcy and her brother Matt at the evening's event. If the embedded player isn't visible, click here for the YouTube playlist.

Better Late: Unlovable party
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watson 19 Mar 2009 3:00 PM

In the spirit of Jason's recent SDCC 2008 reports (but not quite that tardy), here are the photos and video of the gallery opening and book launch party for Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle back on February 7, 2009. If you or your reader don't like embedded slideshows, click here to browse the photos.

Below, Rusty Willoughby (Llama, ex-Pure Joy, ex-Flop) serenades the crowd. I recorded every song but the first one; click here for the YouTube playlist if the embedded player isn't visible. And stay tuned for photos and video from the Humbug exhibit and Dame Darcy's performance last weekend.

Daily links: 3/13/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyMort WalkerMomeLilli CarréJerry DumasFantagraphics BookstoreDash ShawDame DarcyCraig YoeBoody Rogers 13 Mar 2009 1:16 PM

• Review: The A.V. Club "Comics Panel" likes Mome Vol. 14, saying of two featured stories, "Both [Dash Shaw and Lilli Carré] combine striking illustration with a nuanced sense of place and character for a winning mix of the classic and the progressive."

• Review: At the same link, The A.V. Club "Comics Panel" finds Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers "wild" and says the stories "read like uneasy fever dreams punctuated by cornpone gags. They aren’t funny ha-ha or funny strange, they’re funny with a touch of madness."

• Review: Italian site Il Sole 24 Ore says our collection of Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas's Sam's Strip is "exceptional... As always, the presentation of Fantagraphics is superb and worth sharing," according to the Google translation

• Profile: Gurldoggie spotlights Dame Darcy in anticipation of her appearance at our store tomorrow night

• Interview: Video blog 3-Minute Egg talks to Zak Sally at the MOMEntum exhibit opening at MCAD last weekend

• Interview: Newsarama talks to editor Craig Yoe about Boody

• Things to see: The Fabuleous Fifties presents a nice selection of uncollected Sparky Watts newspaper strips by Boody Rogers

The secret life of a Fantagraphics Bookstore employee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffFantagraphics Bookstore 11 Mar 2009 5:29 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore employee Janice Headley

A couple of weeks ago, Wired.com profiled nine different comic store employees, including Gary Panter's daughter Olive. However, their feature focused solely on stores either in New York or the Bay Area, bypassing the Emerald City and our very own fine establishment, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Therefore, we've taken it upon ourselves to spotlight an employee from our store (whom you might also meet staffing our booth at various conventions across the country), using the same basic questions Wired used for their interviews. Wired.com, you're welcome.

Name: Janice Headley
Store: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Age: 32
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lives in: Seattle, Washington
Background: Also runs the arts-n-crafts website copacetique.com (currently on hiatus), and works in the Programming Department at KEXP.ORG

If you could be any comic book character, who would it be?
Pupshaw. My best friend would be a kitty, and I'd have a loyal, awesome admirer to romp with. Sounds good to me! Plus, I could make an army of tiny me's spring from my mouth and attack my enemies. Cutest. Death. Ever.

Which title has fallen farthest from grace?
Hmmm... I'm gonna get SO much crap for this, but for me personally, I'm gonna have to say Popeye. You see, for me, it all comes down to the Whiffle Hen. In Volume One, I was entranced by the Whiffle Hen. I eagerly turned page after page, wondering, "Where's the Whiffle Hen?" But in Volume Two? No Whiffle Hen. Forget about Volume Three. Nope. Totally off the Popeye wagon here.

Which has risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of suck-itude?
Any comic out there that wants to adopt a Whiffle Hen...

How long have you worked in a comic store? How did you start?
I guess it's been something like a year and a half now? I took over for the awesome Ms. Rhea Patton, wife of also-awesome Eric Reynolds, who used to work the Sunday shift until she got pregnant with the lovely lil' Miss Clementine. As the spouse of a Fantagraphics employee myself, the application process was surprisingly simple.

What are the best and worst parts about working in a comic store?
Best: Getting to talk to customers about comics. What can I say, I love dorking out with fellow enthusiasts. It feels great introducing someone to a new artist, or telling them about new books coming out, and then watching them freak out with excitement. That rules. Also, our bookstore shares its space with Georgetown Records, so I get to spend my shifts listening to obscure 60's garage rock.

Worst: The customers who spend three hours in the Eros corner, staring at me creepily, and then they leave without buying a thing. Quit it.

What's the least nerdy thing about you?
Everything about me is nerdy. Everything.

Biggest pet peeve about customers?
When they talk down to me because I'm a girl. It's such a sucky stereotype that comics are a "guy" thing. With amazing artists like Ellen Forney, Miss Lasko Gross, Megan Kelso, Esther Pearl Watson, Renee French, Leah Hayes... Do I even need to go on? Jeez, aren't we past that yet?

What's the worst misconception about comic books and their fans?
Besides the misconception that comics are a "guy" thing? That we don't get any sex. Let the recent Fanta baby boom put that misconception to rest!

Why is there such a big crossover between comic book fans and tech junkies?
Is there? I don't know if that's necessarily true in our world. Sometimes when I try to tell customers to check out our website, they shake their heads and frown. I think there's still a large number of comic book fans who prefer the good ol' fashioned storefront.

Do you have any anecdotes about working in a comic store?
This really precocious kid came in once, maybe 9 or 10 years old. He looked up at me wide-eyed and said, "These aren't normal comics, are they? These comics are... are..." He scrunched up his face, like he was trying to find the right word from last week's vocab test. And then looked back up, beaming with pride, and said, "These comics are revolutionary!" Awwwww! So right you are, kid.


































Look maw, we're on the teevee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under televisionFantagraphics Bookstore 6 Mar 2009 10:41 AM
Seattle TV station KING5's "Evening Magazine" program presents a picturesque profile of the Georgetown neighborhood, with clips of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and sound bites from manager/curator Larry Reid. I gotta visit that vintage telephone museum someday.