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Have an Unlovable Valentine's on Feb. 7!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 21 Jan 2009 2:33 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Esther Pearl Watson’s UNLOVABLE art exhibition and book launch on Saturday, February 7.

UNLOVABLE

With Valentine’s sentiments in mind, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle is pleased to present UNLOVABLE, an exhibition of original art and book launch celebration by Esther Pearl Watson on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Watson’s visual interpretations of the diary entries of teenager Tammy Pierce will resonate with everyone once afflicted by the eccentricities of adolescent isolation, unrequited love, and other torments of teen angst. The revealing narrative of the protagonist is perfectly suited to the artist’s endearing and empathetic renderings.

Los Angeles-based artist Esther Pearl Watson has exhibited work in prestigious galleries throughout the U. S. and Canada. Her recent paintings are currently featured in a solo exhibition, “Visions of the Future,” at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles. She is author of The Adventures of Jules and Gertie (Harcourt Children’s Books, 1999) and The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2000). Watson is co-author of What'Cha Mean, What’s a Zine? (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) with her artist husband Mark Todd. Her latest book, UNLOVABLE, published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, is loosely based on a teenager’s diary from 1985 found in a gas-station bathroom, detailing the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. Laurie Henzel, creative director at Bust magazine, which serialized portions of the book, observes, “No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us.”

Esther Pearl Watson’s first exhibition in Seattle will include original drawings related to the book, which will debut at the event on February 7. The artist will be present to sign copies of the book. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rusty Willoughby, performing a solo serenade arranged for the occasion. Willoughby, currently fronting Llama and a former member of seminal Seattle bands Pure Joy and Flop, has countless recordings on Sub Pop, Frontier, Sony Music and other labels.

Please join us on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to welcome this remarkable artist to Seattle. The exhibition remains on view through March 4, 2009. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.

Listing Information

Esther Pearl Watson
UNLOVABLE
Art Exhibition and Book Signing
Saturday, February 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Serenade by Rusty Willoughby
Exhibition continues through March 4, 2009

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









The BEASTS Go On...
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsBeastsart shows 8 Jan 2009 3:44 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the wildly popular BEASTS exhibition will be extended though February 4. Inclement weather prevented many from making the trek to Georgetown during the first weeks of the show. This extension will allow everyone to enjoy this delightfully ambitious display. Organized by Jacob Covey, this exhibition includes a diverse collection of colorful artwork by over 50 accomplished artists. (Click here for more information about the exibit.)

Paul Constant’s enthusiastic review in The Stranger observes, “The broad array of talent is impressive... I could go on for hours.” In a comprehensive feature in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch comments, “There’s nothing as satisfying to a reader as a detailed inventory... The visuals range from striking graphic design to comic-book gothic... which blend fantasy, pseudoscience and macabre wit to savory effect.”

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Join us this Saturday, January 10 until 9:00 PM for the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. See you all soon.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery holiday hours
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstore 19 Dec 2008 12:59 PM

In any weather conditions, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be open every day until Christmas to fill your frantic gift list. We close at 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas day. The store will also be open between Christmas and New Year's, closing at 5:00 PM on New Year's Eve and the following New Year's Day.

Drop by and see our stunning BEASTS exhibition and the equally exquisite BEASTS BOOK 2, as well dozens of delightful new titles from the publisher of the world's greatest cartoonists. 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle. (206) 658-0110.

Dig the party scene
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPeter BaggeFantagraphics BookstoreeventsBeasts 15 Dec 2008 5:33 PM

Yes you can! Yours truly recorded videos of every song played by Peter Bagge's new band Can You Imagine? at our gala Beasts! print show opening and 2nd Anniversary party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last Saturday and plunked 'em on our YouTube page, where you can enjoy the strains of their original (correction) the Herman's Hermits hit "A Must to Avoid," embedded above, and a dozen more swingin' numbers!

Of course we have photos of the exhibit and the party crowd, too, including our special guests (not to mention Peter Bagge & Steve Fisk's erotic birthday cake). Check them out in this slideshow; to see all the annotations and credits, browse through manually. (By the way, if you missed the opening, don't despair, good prints are still available — hustle on down to Georgetown on your little Bobby Orr legs.)

Daily links: 12/15/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyWillie and JoeSteven WeissmanreviewsPeanutsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJules FeifferJoe SaccoIvan BrunettiFletcher HanksFantagraphics BookstoreBill MauldinBeasts 15 Dec 2008 2:30 PM

The Boston Globe "Out of Line" blog thinks that Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin belongs on more end-of-year Best-of lists

Sean T. Collins on the unhinged beauty of I Shall Destroy All the Civlized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks

• Johnny Bacardi puts Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 on his Top 10 of 2008 list

Little Nemo's Kat examines The Comic Strip Art of Lyonel Feininger (en Español; Google translation)

Spurious writes an ode to Ivan Brunetti

Austin English puts 20 questions to Zak Sally

Those Fabuleous 50's presents a run of Sunday strips omitted from our collection of Jack Cole's Betsy and Me

• "They'd make great Christmas presents," says The Stranger of the Beasts! books

...nurgh... looks back at the Golden Age with the help of Jules Feiffer's The Great Comic Book Heroes

The Philadelphia Inquirer recommends The Complete Peanuts 1967-1970 box set for holiday gift giving

Seattlest suggests hitting the adults-only section of our Georgetown store for your holiday shopping

CuatroTipos looks at the reality-based comics of Joe Sacco (en Español; Google translation)

Post-It pugilism by Steven Weissman, animated by Chris Diaz

Beasts! show preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsBeastsart shows 12 Dec 2008 2:33 PM

Skinwalker by Tom Neely

Speaking of the Beasts! print show opening tomorrow, Jacob Covey has been previewing some of the prints that will be on display and for sale there on the Beasts! blog (including Tom Neely's "Skinwalker," above).

This show is going to be incredible.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery tote bags
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreDaniel Clowes 10 Dec 2008 2:15 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Tote Bag with Daniel Clowes art

Now available at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle: capacious, durable, environmentally-friendly canvas tote bags emblazoned with the likeness of Dan Pussey, the store's official mascot, as drawn by Daniel Clowes. These sturdy, smart-looking bags measure 18" x 12" x 6" -- enough room for about a dozen copies of Gary Panter's Jimbo in Purgatory, one of our largest books -- and have reinforced nylon webbing handles for your heaviest loads. Sure to last through years of comic conventions, farmer's markets, record stores, etc., all while broadcasting your excellent taste in comics and keeping pounds of paper and plastic out of landfills. Only $14.95 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery -- why not pick up a few for yourself and for gifts at our big 2nd Anniversary party & Beasts! exhibit opening this Saturday, December 13?

BEASTS Rears Its Lovely Head!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Peter BaggeFantagraphics BookstoreeventsBeasts 9 Dec 2008 1:42 PM

Here’s a little preview of some of the wonderful artworks you’ll find at the phenomenal BEASTS exhibition opening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Cryptozoology at its finest.

Deer Woman by Thomas Allen

Behold the seductive “Deer Woman” by Thomas Allen (in a rare group show appearance). According to The New Yorker, “Pop up art ascends to sublime heights” in Allen’s work. You have to experience this sensational piece up close to fully appreciate its alluring beauty.

Chonchonyi by Peter Bagge

The predatory beast “Chonchonyi” as imagined in this painting by Peter Bagge. Legend has it that this monster produces a melodic cry in flight. Bagge himself will provide the melody at the BEASTS reception with his new band Can You Imagine? The combo includes legendary musician and producer Steve Fisk. We can hardly imagine.

BEASTS silkscreen poster

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, curator Jacob Covey created this lovely silkscreen poster image.  The 3-color print is limited to 75 signed copies, available exclusively to patrons of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for the affordable price of only $20. (And don’t miss screen printer Art Garcia’s new work at neighboring Georgetown Tile Works.)

Also opening on Saturday is “The Story of Belle and Wissell” right around the corner at the venue that hosted the inaugural BEASTS exhibition in 2006. And if that’s not enough, our neighbors at Georgetown Records are displaying the new line of Manik skateboards by illustrious Seattle photographer Charles Peterson.

Join hosts Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Jacob Covey, Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard and special guest Ted Stearn for the season’s most festive holiday gala. See you this Saturday.

Georgetown Art Attack Holiday Blast
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 26 Nov 2008 11:10 AM

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack poster

GEORGETOWN SECOND SATURDAY ART ATTACK HOLIDAY BLAST ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13!

Join us in Georgetown for one of the season’s most festive holiday celebrations on Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack offers diverse entertainment, visual arts exhibitions, unique shopping experiences, exquisite dining and boisterous socializing at dozens of locations throughout South Seattle’s colorful industrial arts quarter. Discover why Seattle Magazine named Georgetown as “Seattle’s Best Neighborhood” of 2008.

The December 13 Art Attack will feature: An exhibition of charming canine portraits by Misti Tucker at A Dog’s Dream boutique, where you’ll find an array of gifts for four-legged family members; "The Story of Belle and Wissell: How It All Began" including a story kit and window display featuring the illustrations and writing by Steven & Carmela D'Amico (creators of the "Ella" books) and free letterpress posters printed by Belle & Wissell co-founder Mr. Wissell; Georgetown Tile Works’ Second Annual Holiday Artisans Bazaar including marionette theater puppets by Branden Romans, paintings by Dave Mazak, Kamala Dolhin-Kingsley, Joe Wackerman, Jenna Colby, Tina Randolf and Don DeLeva, prints by Art Garcia, Kelly Lyles and Mike Poetzel, soft sculptures by Sara Lanzillotta and Miss Oblivious, and more; A show of photographs by Katherine Mitton at Full Throttle Bottles, which will feature a full line of seasonal beverages perfect for stocking stuffers; “Beasts,” an exhibition of prints and paintings marking the release of the second volume of this sensational book together with the second anniversary party of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery featuring music by Peter Bagge’s pop combo Can You Imagine?; A display of photographer Charles Peterson’s new line of Manik Skateboards at Georgetown Records; Open studios including our neighbors to the north at the Tully’s building with Douglas Wilcox, Scott Dodson, SocialEyes Studio, Aaron Cohen/Novustone, Jesse Thomaselli, Michael Gaston, Heather Wofford, Matt Brown, Alana Lindner, and Tyler Potts. All this and much, much more.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a production of the Georgetown Merchants’ Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid, or visit www.georgetownartattack.com.

BEASTS Art Exhibition & 2nd Anniversary Gala
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ted StearnPeter BaggeJim WoodringJim BlanchardFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen ForneyBeastsart shows 20 Nov 2008 2:43 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Celebrates 2nd Anniversary on December 13 with a Spectacular Party and BEASTS Art Exhibition!

Over the course of two years, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has become woven into the region’s cultural fabric and drawn attention to an impressive array of local, national and international narrative cartoonists, illustrators, graphic designers, and fine artists while providing a showcase for Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books. To celebrate the second anniversary of this stimulating space, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts a festive gala and reception for the phenomenal BEASTS BOOKS 1 & 2 book launch and art exhibition on Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Since its publication in December 2006, BEASTS BOOK ONE has become a pop culture sensation, quickly selling out two printings and finding an enthusiastic worldwide audience. Meticulously designed, the book combines colorful illustrations of mythical monsters with imaginative text describing the folkloric origins and characteristics of these creatures. The brainchild of Fantagraphics Books design director Jacob Covey, the first BEASTS volume included accomplished contributors including Art Chantry, Tim Biskup, Tony Millionaire, Richard Sala, Martin Ontiveros, and Jordan Crane among many others. BEASTS BOOK TWO, which will debut at the December 13 event, continues the tradition of illustrations from interdisciplinary international luminaries including David B. (France), Jaime Hernandez (US), Femke Hiemstra (Netherlands), Toby Tam (China), Kim Deitch (US), Tatsuro Kiuchi (Japan), and many more. To commemorate the publication of BEASTS BOOK TWO and the simultaneous release of the paperback edition of BEASTS BOOK ONE, Covey has selected 45 representative artists from both volumes for an eclectic exhibition of original works and fine art prints.

The 2nd Anniversary celebration and BEASTS reception will be hosted by Fantagraphics stalwarts Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Jacob Covey, Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard and special guest Ted Stearn. Musical entertainment will be provided by Peter Bagge’s new pop combo Can You Imagine? featuring celebrated musician and producer Steve Fisk. The public of all ages is welcome and admission is free. Guests can peruse a new crop of bad ass books and exquisite gifts from the Northwest’s most adventurous purveyor of comics, graphic novels and low brow art.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s lively Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. The 2nd Anniversary Gala and BEASTS exhibition on Saturday, December 13 coincides with the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the neighborhood. Please join us for this auspicious occasion.

Listing Information

BEASTS art exhibition and 2nd Anniversary Gala
Saturday, December 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Music by Peter Bagge’s CAN YOU IMAGINE?
BEASTS exhibition of original art and prints by 45 artists continues through January 10, 2009.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com/bookstore

A selection of imagery in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.