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Georgetown Heats Up in July with Second Saturday Art Attack and Garden Walk
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 30 Jun 2010 10:50 AM

Georgetown Art Attack flyer

Summer celebrations continue in Georgetown with the Second Saturday Art Attack on July 10 and the annual Georgetown Garden Walk on Sunday, July 11. These colorful activities accentuate the unique character of Georgetown's historic business corridor and creative residential neighborhood.

Among the highlights of the July 10 Georgetown Art Attack: Seattle Teen Printmakers (STP) display work from recent workshops at Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center together with Amy Pleasant's "Family Album" exhibition and open studios with resident artists; "Meat Cake" book launch party featuring original comic art exhibition, book signing and performance by Portland-based artist Dame Darcy at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; a collection of handcrafted traditional Caribbean masks from Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Jamaica by Alyssa Johnson at Calamity Jane's; the debut of "Seattle Hop" tee shirt and other works designed by Seattle home brewer and digital artist Laura Fletcher at Full Throttle Bottles; "Just Before the Leap" paintings by Mark LaFalce, "Encaustics: the Wave of Wax" by Deborah Stachowic, and "Clay, Baby" works by Pamela Hathaway at 5626 Airport Way S. studios; an exhibition at Indiro artist studio, 5050 First S., featuring Dave Alton, Nicole Appell, Catherine Bailey, Jolie Bergman, Felice Dunn, Darren Emmens, Becky Fitterer, Meredith Jenkins, Brian Kuntz, Gay Seydlitz, Reecca Thayer and Carrie Whitney. Also included in both the Art Attack and Garden Walk is a "Trailer Park Market of Curiosities" featuring local art, vintage clothing, collectibles and more at the newly minted Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.

For Trailer Park Mall information visit: www.georgetowntrailerpark.com. Maps of the Georgetown Garden Walk can be found at the Bank of America parking lot at 1112 S. Bailey St. on Sunday, July 11.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association (GMA). For additional information contact Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid or GMA chair Sara Aruguete at numbers above. For a map of Art Attack participants see: www.georgetownartattack.com

Join Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd on Monday, July 5 for Holiday Fun.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Mark ToddFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watson 29 Jun 2010 3:17 PM

Weenie Roast - Esther Pearl Watson

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes the lovely and talented Esther Pearl Watson and her artist cohort Mark Todd on Monday, July 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Watson will sign copies of her amazing UNLOVABLE collections, among our very favorite titles at the bookstore.

Esther Pearl Watson

Guests will enjoy an urban barbeque with complimentary hot dogs, beans, and cold beverages in addition to an array of Todd and Esther's affordable books and art. Expect a few surprises as well. Don't miss your chance to meet these extraordinary artists and have a meal on us. What better way to spend a lazy day off?

Note that Fantagraphics Bookstore will be closed on Sunday, July 4, but open 11:30 to 8:00 PM as usual on July 5 for this event. And remember to mark your calendars for Dame Darcy's appearance on Saturday, July 10.

Mark Todd - weenie

Artopia 2010 Lights up Georgetown
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 29 Jun 2010 1:24 PM

Saturday's Artopia extravaganza was the most festive yet. Thousands of adventurous art patrons strolled through Georgetown taking in everything from Megan's Kelso's Artichoke Tales exhibition to the vintage Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, complete with the mobile Elvis museum and wedding chapel. Circus acts, sideshow routines, carnival games, marching bands, and plenty of food and drink kept everyone wildly entertained.

Georgetown Power Tool Races

Fantagraphics Bookstore's entry in the Power Tool Races — a chainsaw-powered 1991 Daniel Clowes-designed Santa Cruz skateboard — won the trophy for... well, some absurd category. Comedian and film director Bobcat Goldthwait dropped by the store after the races to admire the winner before presenting his cult classic feature film Shakes the Clown.

Bobcat Goldthwait

Bands performed on a stage outside the store all day including the Tom Price Desert Classic featuring our beloved Martin Bland on drums. The festivities came to a crescendo with an improvised session of neighborhood musicians including Georgetown Records co-owners Grant Eckman and Martin Imbach, and a cameo appearance by Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd. Don't miss it next year.

Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd

Renaissance Woman Dame Darcy at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, July 10
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcy 24 Jun 2010 11:08 AM

Dame Darcy at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery flyer

Multifaceted cartoonist, musician, performance artist, fortune teller and neo-Victorian culture maven Dame Darcy appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on July 10 to celebrate the publication of MEAT CAKE, a collection of stories from the first decade of her popular comic book series of the same name. The event features an exhibition of Dame Darcy's original comic art and other creations, an enchanting music recital and a fortune telling session with each book signed.

MEAT CAKE is like a peek into an imaginative, deranged dollhouse filled with fractured fairy tales. An expanded version of the long out-of-print hardcover book, this new paperback assembles the very best of Darcy's work from the first 11 issues of the beloved comic (including "Hungry Is the Heart," the legendary collaboration with Watchmen creator Alan Moore). According to the New York Times, "Darcy's comics are aesthetic manifestos... Darcy is a star. Meat Cake will prevail, as luxury takes over America. And the world beyond." The Los Angeles Times observes, "[Darcy] has created a childlike, otherworldly realm, a land that hovers in the twilight space between the whimsical and the macabre. Ghosts and goblins, foul-tempered stepmothers, lovesick mermaids and charmed forests are all rendered in Darcy's distinctive hand, loose and flowing lines reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey."

Dame Darcy's appearance on Saturday, July 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic industrial arts corridor. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport way S.) only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

Dame Darcy's MEAT CAKE

Art exhibition, book signing and performance

Saturday, July 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Exhibition continues through September 8, 2010

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone 206.658.0110
Open Daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM



The Georgetown Chainsaw Massacre
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreDaniel Clowes 21 Jun 2010 5:26 PM

Fantagraphics Power Tool Racer

Fantagraphics Power Tool Racer

Fantagraphics Power Tool Racer

Don't miss the Hazard Factory's fantastic Power Tool Races this Saturday, June 26 -part of the fabulous Artopia arts extravaganza and Georgetown Music Festival from 2:00 to 10:00 PM.

Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid created a demonic chainsaw-powered racer fashioned from an autographed 1991 Daniel Clowes-designed Corey O'Brian Santa Cruz skateboard.

Come cheer for our racer (just don't get too close), see dozens of bands (featuring Fantagraphics favorites the Tom Price Desert Classic right outside our space), art exhibitions (including Megan Kelso's wonderful new work inside our store), carnival games, aerial acts, food, drinks, and a special appearance by demented actor/comedian/filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait. It's all FREE!

[Ed. Note: see our Power Tool Racer from 2007 here!]

Megan Kelso event & exhibit photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Megan KelsoFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Jun 2010 12:47 PM

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, June 12, 2010

Presenting some photos of Megan Kelso's Artichoke Tales book launch/signing/art exhibit opening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last Saturday, June 12. Thanks to everybody who came out to meet Megan, get books signed and marvel at her amazingly clean originals. Browse the whole photo set, including more shots of the artwork, on our Flickr page; there's also a slideshow embedded below. The show is up through July 7.

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, June 12, 2010

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, June 12, 2010

Belated Kupperman photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 15 Jun 2010 4:56 PM

Michael Kupperman at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 8, 2010

Better-Late-Than-Never Dept: I finally got a chance to upload my photos from Michael Kupperman's appearance at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery back on May 8 for his art exhibit opening and launch of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6. Browse the whole photo set, including shots of every piece of art, on our Flickr page, or if you like slideshows, there's one embedded below. And stay tuned tomorrow for our exclusive "Diaflogue" interview with Kupperman!

Michael Kupperman at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 8, 2010

Michael Kupperman at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 8, 2010

Artopia Arts Festival in Seattle’s Utopian Georgetown on June 26
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockMegan KelsoFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 15 Jun 2010 10:57 AM

Artopia poster

Don’t miss this: The Artopia cultural extravaganza and Georgetown Music Festival take place on Saturday, June 26 from 3:00 to 10:00 PM. It’s all FREE!

Dozens of bands will perform on several stages, including one right outside Fantagraphics Bookstore featuring the Tom Price Desert Classic with our own Martin Bland on traps. Old school carnival games and confections, aerial circus acts, and thrilling Power Tool Races are among the many attractions. You’ll love the demonic chainsaw-powered Daniel Clowes skateboard created by our curator Larry Reid and daughter Bella. Just don’t get too close. 

This year’s Artopia features a special appearance by demented actor/comedian/director Bobcat Goldthwait (Shakes the Clown). Drop by the store for a beverage and check out Megan Kelso’s amazing new work as well as a boatload of impressive new books from your favorite artists. See you all soon.
Megan Kelso’s ARTICHOKE TALES at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Megan KelsoFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Jun 2010 3:47 PM

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Celebrated Seattle cartoonist Megan Kelso unveils her latest masterpiece ARTICHOKE TALES this  Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Megan burst onto the comics scene in the early 90s with her provocative self-published zine Girlhero. She has since proven herself to be a master storyteller..

The New York Times' recent rave called her new book “…surprising and wonderful” with a “consistently sweet and airy approach [that] provides a likable surface for a story with much darker and stickier depths…” The Stranger says “Artichoke Tales feels like series of expansions. The characters and their world grow to envelop the reader in a singular, charming way.”

Please join us on Saturday to celebrate the work is this remarkable artist. DJ Russ "Fallout" Battaglia will spin platters and complimentary beverages will be provided. The reception coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic industrial arts district.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in the heart of Georgetown. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Video: Jim Woodring's Weathercraft talk
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 Jun 2010 1:11 PM

Courtesy of The Comics Journal contributor Gavin Lees comes this video of Jim Woodring's slideshow presentation of Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on May 22, 2010. Below, some still photos of the event. Jim signs copies of the book:

Jim Woodring signs Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Jim presents the slideshow to a rapt audience:

Jim Woodring presents Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Jim Woodring presents Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Ellen Forney gets a boost to watch the slideshow (photo by Janice Headley):

Jim Woodring presents Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Back to the signing table:

Jim Woodring signs Weathercraft at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

Jim's Moëbius-strip comic on display:

Moebius-strip comic by Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, May 22, 2010

The new Anthologies shelf at Fantagraphics Bookstore, holding Mome, Weirdo, Kramer's Ergot, and many many more:

The new anthology shelf at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery