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Subterranean Sensation
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockPeter BaggeFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel ClowesCharles Burns 17 Jul 2013 4:29 PM

If you had the misfortune of missing the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee in Georgetown last Saturday, you can still catch some action at Fantagraphics BookstoreAll City Coffee, and the Sub Pop Mega Mart

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The seminal years of the legendary Seattle label remain on view in SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz at Fantagraphics Bookstore, where you'll find early works by Peter BaggeCharles Burns, Lynda Barry Daniel Clowes, and other important artists creating the Sub Pop aesthetic.

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Next door at All City Coffee is the companion exhibition CP25/SP25, featuring 25 arresting mages by famed photographer Charles Peterson commemorating 25 years of the Sub Pop phenomenon.  Don't miss the last weekend of the Sub Pop Mega Mart, scheduled to close their temporary quarters across the street on Sunday. This Friday, June 19 get a groove on with an in-store DJ set by Shabazz Palaces

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And in case you somehow missed it, here's a Charles Peterson picture of our own Janice Headley during Mudhoney's unprecedented set on the top of the Space Needle last Thursday as she snaps a picture of Peterson and Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid as they buzzed the pit in a helicopter at the end of the show.  Awesome inadequately describes the moment. 

Spaced Out in Seattle: Tastes Like Teen Spirit!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockPeter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDanny Bland 12 Jul 2013 12:46 PM

Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid caught a ride in the back seat of a helicopter on Thursday for Mudhoney's unprecedented set on top of the Space Needle as famed photographer Charles Peterson leaned out the open door to take photos. Yikes! You can catch a down to earth Mudhoney show for free this Saturday, July 13 in Georgetown at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee

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Before the music begins on Saturday, join Peter Bagge, Charles Peterson, Danny Bland, Bruce Pavitt, Greg DulliJim Woodring, Owen Connell, and others at the opening of SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. We'll be open all day with celebrity guests and lots of great surprises. And awesome music right outside the bookstore doors. Bonus: An amazing show of 25 Charles Peterson photographs commemorating 25 years of Sub Pop right next door at All City Coffee.

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In the life imitates art department: Sub Pop Soda Pop! Catch a super sugar big buzz at the Sub Pop Mega Mart across the street from the bookstore. 

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Comix Rock at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics BookstoreDanny Blandart shows 11 Jul 2013 1:52 AM

SODA POP announcement

Join us this Saturday, July 13 from noon to 9:00 PM for an extraordinary event. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz in association with the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee celebrating 25 years of the legendary Seattle music label. Free concerts by Mudhoney, Built to Spill, J Mascis, Chad VanGaalen, Father John Misty, Tom Price Desert Classic, and many more -- right outside the bookstore doors.

The SODA POP exhibition examines the seminal years of Sub Pop from 1980 to 1990 as a hand crafted zine, cassette label, and music column with an emphasis on its correlation to the alternative comix culture of that era. Art and artifacts by Charles BurnsPeter Bagge, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Charles Peterson, and Jim Woodring, among many others.

Sub Pop 5 - Charles Burns

At 1:00 PM on Saturday, a panel discussion, "Pop Goes Seattle" with label founder Bruce Pavitt, cartoonist Peter Bagge, photographer Charles Peterson, and author Danny Bland will focus on the formative period of the Sub Pop phenomenon. This informal but informative talk will be followed by a short reading at 2:00 PM by Danny Bland and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs from Bland's debut novel, In Case We Die, set in grunge-era Seattle. Visitors will be the first in the country with an opportunity to acquire this provocative book. 

Peter Bagge TAD art

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's lively Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. We encourage patrons to take public transportation and arrive early to Saturday's event. Then stay late!

Mudhoney - photo by Charles Peterson

Fantagraphics Bookstore at the Anacortes Unknown Music Series!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Jul 2013 11:13 AM

Anacortes Unknown Music Series

Larry and Janice will be bringing the grungey-ness of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to the loveliness of Anacortes, WA, for the Unknown Music Series! (What? The store is grunge-y! Have you looked at the floor? Don't!)  Now in its third year, this summer music & arts festival is co-organized by Northwest comic artist Geneviève Castrée.

On Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st, we'll be on-site during the festival's Small Press Book Fair, carrying a handful of our titles alongside some of the self-published mini-comix and zines that we carry at the store.

Not only will the festival host a book fair, but there will also be a rummage sale, a talent show, and, of course, tons of music from Mount Eerie, Ô Paon, LAKE, D+, Hive Dwellers, Karl Blau, Ashley Eriksson, and many, many more. (In fact, several of these artists have performed at our store!)

If you haven't been to Anacortes yet, this is the weekend to do it! Passes are on sale NOW, so don't hesitate, because the full passes usually sell out. Come by our table and say hi!

Down with OPP*: Marble Season
Written by janice headley | Filed under Gilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreDown with OPP 8 Jul 2013 12:33 PM

Marble Season
* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me.

It's summertime, and the perfect way to spend it is with the "semi-autobiographical" novel Marble Season by the great Gilbert Hernandez, published by our dear friends at Drawn & Quarterly!

Sure, I s'pose it takes place during the school year, but there's just something about Beto's stories of kids staging backyard plays, shooting marbles, and holding initiations for secret clubs that made me think of my own childhood and running around with no parents around during summer vacations!

Even though it was inspired by Gilbert's own childhood growing up in suburban 1960s California, anyone can relate to the family relationships, to crushes on classmates, and, of course, to the developing love of comic books! (Although I will admit I kept thinking, "Is that s'posed to be baby Jaime?! Is Mario the older brother with bad grades?! Hee!")

Get your copy of Marble Season along with many, many, many other Gilbert Hernandez titles at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 7/8-7/15
Written by janice headley | Filed under Leslie SteinGuy PeellaertFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watson 8 Jul 2013 10:30 AM

Kim Thompson at the Guy Peelaert exhibit
photo credit: Larry Reid

Wednesday, July 10th

Seattle, WA:  It's your last chance to see our exhibit Guy Peellaert: The Adventures of Jodelle and Fragments of the Pop Years at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.  The closing of this exhibit is especially bittersweet, as it was the last gallery show Larry worked on with Kim, seen here on opening day with Larry's wife, Tracey, and daughter, Bella, Kim's wife Lynn, and their friend, Ana.  Please do come by and see it. (more details)

Thursday, July 11th

Chicago, IL:  "The Lexicon of Sexicana" + Esther Pearl Watson + A LOT OF WIGS? Seriously, Chicago, do not miss this. (more details)

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Friday, July 12th

Brooklyn, NY:  We sure do wish we could be there for the launch party of Eye of the Majestic Creature, Vol. 2 at Desert Island, especially since it'll also be Leslie Stein's birthday! (more details)

SODA POP announcement

Saturday, July 13th

Seattle, WA:  Everyone in the city will be in Georgetown for Sub Pop Records' Silver Jubilee, and the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be launching its latest exhibit, SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz, featuring art and artifacts from the formative years of Sub Pop by Lynda Barry, Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Owen Connell, Charles Peterson, Art Spiegelman, Jim Woodring, and more. 

At 1:00 PM, Larry will host the panel “Pop Goes Seattle,” featuring some of the principals of the early Sub Pop period including founder Bruce Pavitt, cartoonist Peter Bagge, photographer Charles Peterson, and author and musician Danny Bland. At 2:00 PM, Bland will read passages from his debut novel In Case We Die, a fictional account of the grunge era in Seattle. Danny will be joined by guest reader Greg Dulli, who will later perform music outside the store. A limited number of advance copies of the book will be available at the reading. (more details)

Sub Pop Zine Scene at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockRobert CrumbPeter BaggeGary PanterFantagraphics historyFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDanny BlandCharles Burns 5 Jul 2013 12:43 PM

The evolution of the Sub Pop empire will be examined at Fantagraphics Bookstore in SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz opening Saturday, July 13. These hand made publications serve as exquisite time capsules of early 80s indie culture. I recall sessions at Rosco Louie gallery with Bruce Pavitt and Russ Battaglia in 1981 individually coloring issues of Sub Pop #3 with crayons. The only directive I remember was "Don't stay inside the lines." Covers and random interior pages were scribbled with infantile abandon. Multiple examples of these early Sub Pop zines (with a quaint 80¢ cover price) will be on display.

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In 1983 Pavitt migrated north from Olympia to Seattle, enabling him to interact with a larger cultural community. He soon found a home for Sub Pop as a regular feature in The Rocket, where he joined an extended family of talented writers, artists, cartoonists, and graphic designers that would play an important role in the future development of the Sub Pop aesthetic. The second installment of the column in May 1983 featured an early appearance of what would become Sub Pop's signature logo, designed by future Fantagraphics art director Dale Yarger. The Rocket regularly ran comix and illustrations by Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Matt Groening, Gary Panter, Robert Crumb, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, and Peter Bagge, among others. Several examples of these important columns will be featured in the SODA POP exhibition, along with art and artifacts by Barry, Burns, Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Charles Peterson, Jim Woodring, and more.

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At 1:00 PM on July 13, I'll moderate a panel discussion, Pop Goes Seattle, with Pavitt, Bagge, Peterson and Danny Bland on the formative period of the Sub Pop phenomenon. This informal but informative talk will be followed by a short reading by Danny Bland and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs from Bland's debut novel, In Case We Die, set in grunge-era Seattle. Patrons at the reading will be the first in the country with the opportunity to acquire this essential book. Russ Battaglia will spin period platters following the reading. Then the real fun begins. Free concerts by Mudhoney, Built to Spill, Chad VanGaalen, J Mascis, Tom Price Desert Classic, and countless others right outside the bookstore. Don't miss a minute. Arrive early. Stay late. Buy comix!

In_Case_We_Die

Sub Pop and Seattle's Seminal Comix Culture
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDanny BlandCharles Burns 3 Jul 2013 12:22 PM

My first encounter with Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt came when he participated in an art show I co-curated at Rosco Louie gallery called "Famous Artists of the 80s," which opened on New Year's Eve at the dawn of that decade. Bruce contributed a delightfully playful painting rendered on the headboard of a baby crib. Though still a student at Evergreen State College, he came closest to fulfilling the ironic premise of the exhibition.

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Pavitt soon began producing his hand crafted Subterranean Pop fanzine, enlisting recent Evergreen alumni Lynda Barry to create the cover of issue 2 and Charles Burns to illustrate the back cover of issue 4. At this point the young editor was anxious to have the esoteric regional music he was promoting available for readers to experience. The inexpensive cassette format with a mini-zine insert ideally suited the dual-purpose publication. He again tapped Burns to draw the cover of the three subsequent cassette releases, and later the cover for the landmark Sub Pop 200 vinyl release.

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Pavitt had an intuitive appreciation of the alternative musicians, cartoonists, and graphic designers in the region. As the '80s progressed, these elements combined to create an amazing atmosphere in Seattle that would soon impact popular culture on a global scale.

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By the end of the decade I was director of Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art. In 1989 I coerced Pavitt and partner Jonathan Poneman to program a weekend concert series at this space. The shows featured Nirvana, Mudhoney, GWAR, Dwarves, Supersuckers, Tad, Dickless and Cat Butt. It's worth noting that Cat Butt's Danny Bland helped book the bands. None of the acts were named publicly. The event was promoted simply as SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz - a reference to Mudhoney's recent Sub Pop release Superfuzz Bigmuff. (During Mudhoney's raucous set, the audience was showered with 80 pounds of powdered sugar.) In retrospect, this event seemed to suggest that something extraordinary was about to happen. 

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On Saturday, July 13, the legendary Seattle label commemorates 25 years of going out of business with the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee featuring free concerts by more than 15 amazing bands throughout the historic Georgetown arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery contributes to the festivities with SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz, an art exhibition, panel discussion and reading fousing on the formative years of Sub Pop, emphasizing the role of regional cartoonists in shaping the attitudes and aesthetics of the emerging youth movement. Don't miss this! Make travel arrangements and hotel reservations now!

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SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore for the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreDanny BlandDaniel ClowesCharles Burns 1 Jul 2013 2:50 PM

SODA POP

SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore examines formative years of Sub Pop coinciding with Sub Pop Silver Jubilee

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee celebration in Georgetown with an exhibition, panel discussion and reading on Saturday, July 13. The show examines the influence of alternative comix, illustration, and graphic design on the legendary music label, which gave rise to the last significant youth movement of the millennium. This event coincides with the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, a free music festival commemorating 25 years of Sub Pop featuring 15 bands on 3 stages in the Georgetown industrial arts corridor.

The SODA POP exhibition, organized by Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt and Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid, focuses on the formative years of Sub Pop as a hand-crafted zine, cassette label, and column in Seattle music monthly The Rocket, laying the foundation of the grunge phenomenon that would later impact global pop culture. The exhibition features art and artifacts from the formative years of Sub Pop by Lynda Barry, Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Owen Connell, Charles Peterson, Art Spiegelman, Jim Woodring, and more. The show takes its title from a 1989 concert at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art during Reid’s tenure as director of that organization. Featuring seminal bands like Nirvana, Mudhoney, Dwarves, GWAR, Supersuckers, Tad, Cat Butt, and Dickless, this event foreshadowed the Seattle sound that would soon reverberate around the world.

Sub Pop 5 - Charles Burns

The exhibition programming includes a panel discussion “Pop Goes Seattle” at 1:00 PM featuring some of the principals of the early Sub Pop period including founder Bruce Pavitt, cartoonist Peter Bagge, photographer Charles Peterson, and author and musician Danny Bland. A book signing will follow the panel. At 2:00 PM, Bland will read passages from his debut novel In Case We Die, a fictional account of the grunge era in Seattle. Danny will be joined by guest reader Greg Dulli, who will later perform music outside the store. A limited number of advance copies of the book will be available at the reading. A companion exhibition, “CP25/SP25: Charles Peterson Presents Twenty Five Photographs from the Vaults in Celebration of Sub Pop's Twenty Fifth” takes place next door at All City Coffee.

Mudhoney - photo by Charles Peterson

The Sub Pop Silver Jubilee features sets by Mudhoney, J. Mascis, Built to Spill, Tom Price Desert Classic, Shabazz Palaces, Father John Misty, Chad VanGaalen and many more. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early. The event also coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Patrons are encouraged to return the following day for the free Georgetown Garden Walk and Cross Pollinate art and music festival featuring residential garden tours; music by Shivering Timbers, Tummy, Dennis Driscoll; and more.

Listing information

“SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz”
Art and artifacts from the formative years of Sub Pop by Lynda Barry, Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Owen Connell, Charles Peterson, Art Spiegelman, Jim Woodring, and more.
Opening preview Saturday, July 13, noon to 9:00 PM.

“Pop Goes Seattle: The Seminal Years of Sub Pop”
Panel discussion with Bruce Pavitt, Peter Bagge, Charles Peterson, Danny Bland, moderated by Larry Reid
1:00 PM, followed by book signing

In Case We Die
Reading of Danny Bland's debut novel by the author and guest reader Greg Dulli
2:30 PM, followed by book signing.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 206.658.0110
www.fantagraphics.com  |  https://www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore

At All City Coffee
1205 S. Vale Street:

"CP25/SP25: Charles Peterson Presents Twenty Five Photographs from the Vaults in Celebration of Sub Pop's Twenty Fifth"

Opening preview Saturday, July 13, noon to 9:00 PM

Exhibitions continue through August 7, 2013

SODA POP announcement









Down with OPP*: The Big Feminist But
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ulli LustRon Regé Jrjeffrey brownGabrielle BellFantagraphics BookstoreDown with OPPAndrice Arp 25 Jun 2013 1:00 PM


* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me.

I'm a big fan of anthologies -- I think they're a fantastic way of discovering new artists whose work you might be unfamiliar with, nestled beside the work of some of your favorites.  So, I was excited to see on our shelves The Big Feminist But: Comics About Women, Men, and the IFs, ANDs, & BUTs of Feminism, edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly.

There a quite a few Fantagraphics artists included: Ron Regé, Jr. submits the transcendent piece "Adam & Lilith," while Ulli Lust teams up with Kai Pfeiffer for "Her Fat Feminist Ass." There's also Gabrielle Bell's piece on Valerie Solanas, and Justin Hall, our delightful editor of No Straight Lines, turns in a fantastic piece on gay marriage. Mome-veteran Andrice Arp contibutes a collaboration with Jesse Reklaw, and Jeffrey Brown makes an appearance with "Doesn't This Baby Realize We're Trying to Redefine Gender Roles?". 

That's just a sampling of the artists in this thoughtful self-published anthology, and I did indeed discover some new artists who I'm now curious about!

Perhaps you will too, when you pick up this collection at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.