YOW! Legendary Cartoonist Bill Griffith Book Signing and Zippy Art Exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on November 8.
“Are we having fun yet?” We will be on Saturday, November 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, when Bill Griffith creator of the iconic Zippy the Pinhead comic strip character, makes a rare public appearance in the Northwest. Griffith will be on hand to sign his new Zippy collection Welcome to Dingburg, present an exhibition of original Zippy artwork, and give a brief slide talk. The public of all ages is invited to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle’s Georgetown district to welcome this extraordinary cartoonist.
Bill Griffith began his storied career in New York in 1969, publishing comics in the East Village Other. A year later he moved to San Francisco to join his colleagues in the Underground Comix movement. He collaborated with Art Spiegelman to launch Arcade, a quarterly anthology of alternative comics, and Young Lust, a parody of 1950s romance comic books. His signature character Zippy first appeared in 1970 in Real Pulp #1. In subsequent years, “Zippy the Pinhead” was syndicated and currently appears in hundreds of newspapers across the country. Griffith’s creation has entered the cultural lexicon with his sometimes oblique, sometimes pointed, commentary on American political and popular culture. Since 1993, Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books has collected “Zippy the Pinhead” strips in several periodical publications. The latest of these handsome volumes, Welcome to Dingburg, will make its debut at the event on November 8.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Georgetown’s creative community, only minutes south of downtown Seattle - open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Bill Griffith’s appearance coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the neighborhood. A selection of imagery in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.
BILL GRIFFITH Opening reception and book signing, Saturday, November 8, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Exhibition of original Zippy art continues through December 10. 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
In these uncertain economic times, there's nothing to lift your spirits like FREE comics, eh? Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery came into possession of a stash of Steven Weissman's LE SKETCH #06 micro mini comic, free for the asking to all store visitors. This delightful 16-panel accordion fold cartoon sketchbook on sturdy cardstock provides a great introduction to this popular Fantagraphics star.
While you're at the store, check out Weissman's "Affect Horror" print, published by our friends at Payseur & Schmidt and available exclusively at Fantagraphics Bookstore for only $20. This 18" x 24" silkscreen is printed on an ultra-bright white Finch 80lb. cover stock. Limited to 125 signed and numbered copies. Cheap art for the huddled masses!
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's colorful Georgetown arts community, only minutes south of downtown. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.
SHOCK AND AWE AT GEORGETOWN SECOND SATURDAY ART ATTACK ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
Adventurous arts enthusiasts are again invited to invade Georgetown on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack. This lively celebration of creative diversity features provocative programming in visual, performing, and applied arts at over 30 locations throughout the historic Georgetown industrial arts district.
Among the many highlights: Georgetown artist Tina Randolph's cement and encaustic paintings on steel panels at Revival Home & Garden; a Day of the Dead group show, "Día de los Muertos," including Chris Lefebvre, Amaranta Ibarra, Tamlin Marx and others at Georgetown Tile Works; "Just Kids," a charming exhibition of children's portraits by Georgetown photographer Rebecca Bolte at Bolte Creative; "Transect," new and selected works by Michael McDevitt at Georgetown Art Center; new works by Marty Gordon at the Mix; "Cosmocopia," an exhibition by cartoonist and fine artist Jim Woodring with a reading by acclaimed science fiction author Paul DiFilippo at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; Georgetown's Dubcar performing a sensuous blend of rock ‘n' roll, old school reggae, funk and soul at 9 Lb. Hammer; a festive CD release party for "Sharing My Heart" by Eileen Day at Helmet Head Salon; handmade glass by local artisans at Totally Blown Glass; exquisite handcrafted gifts at Little q Designs and George boutiques; delicious dining and drinking at Jules Maes Saloon, Georgetown Liquor Company, Calamity Jane's, Smarty Pants, Stellar Pizza & Ale, Hanger Café, All City Coffee, and Squid and Ink; amazing antiques at Great Stuff, 24 Karat, the Stables, and Fruit Cocktail Collectibles; open salons at several unique art studios.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack on October 11 follows the ART ON AIRPORT 2008 studio tour, a multi-building open studios event. Visit dozens of our artist neighbors to the north at Sunny Arms Artists' Cooperative studios, 707 S. Snoqualmie St., The Old Rainier Brewery Complex studios, 3200 Airport Way S., and 4810 Airport Way S. studios from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a production of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. A map locating Art Attack participants can be found at: www.georgetownartattack.com. For more information please contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid.
JIM WOODRING AND PAUL DIFILIPPO PRESENT COSMOCOPIA AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON OCTOBER 11, 2008
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Payseur & Schmidt, is pleased to host the debut of Cosmocopia by acclaimed author Paul DiFilippo, illustrated by Jim Woodring. This event, on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, will feature an exhibition of new work by Woodring and a reading from the book by DiFilippo, followed by a book signing. This exquisite hardbound literary work is limited to 500 copies housed in a handsome box and includes a 513-piece jigsaw puzzle by Woodring — an extraordinary collaboration by two of the country’s most creative minds.
Paul DiFilippo, of Providence, Rhode Island, is a prolific author primarily associated with science fiction’s provocative cyberpunk and steampunk sub-genres. His popular short stories have been collected in The Steampunk Trilogy, Fractal Paisleys, Ribofunk, and A Year in the Linear City. His utterly unclassifiable novels include Ciphers, Fuzzy Dice, A Mouthful of Tongues, and Spondulix. Among DiFilippo’s work in comics is Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct, a sequel to the Alan Moore series on DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. He has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Philip K. Dick, Wired Magazine, and World Fantasy awards.
Seattle-based cartoonist and fine artist Jim Woodring has cultivated an international following with his visionary rendering style and lurid palette. His award-winning comic book series include Jim and Frank, which have been collected in several volumes by Fantagraphics Books. His recent books include The Portable Frank and Museum of Love & Mystery. Woodring’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and he was a recipient of a prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006. His exhibition will include recent paintings, drawings and prints.
Cosmocopia follows fictional fantasy artist Frank Lazorg as he is driven to madness. His failing career is reinvigorated by the discovery of a miraculous drug, which ultimately plunges the artist into an equally disturbing alternate reality. Cosmocopia is published by Seattle-based artisan press Payseur & Schmidt. Specializing in speculative fiction, Payseur & Schmidt is the creation of Jacob McMurray and Therese Littleton. McMurray is senior curator at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame as well as a graphic designer, publisher, and arts activist in the Northwest. Littleton serves as director of curatorial affairs at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and has been a literary arts advocate in our region for many years.
Please join us on Saturday, October 11 for this festive celebration. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication. For more information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.
Fantagraphics Bookstore and Payseur & Schmidt Present COSMOCOPIA JIM WOODRING • PAUL DIFILIPPO
Saturday, October 11 Book signing and opening reception 6:00 - 9:00 PM Paul DiFilippo reading at 7:00 PM
Jim Woodring art exhibition continues through November 5, 2008
The public of all ages is once again invited to enjoy the unique pleasures of Seattle’s most colorful arts community during the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack on September 13. This lively celebration of Georgetown’s creative diversity involves up to 30 enterprises programming provocative visual and performing arts, dining, shopping and spontaneous entertainment.
Highlights of the Art Attack offensive on Saturday, September 13 include: “Phono Graphics,” an exquisite exhibition by Seattle DJ and visual artist David Rauschenberg at Georgetown Tile Works. Rauschenberg combines his passion for art and music with portraits of musical legends etched on black vinyl and mounted on handcrafted turntables; An appearance by notorious New York cartoonist and illustrator Danny Hellman, together with local cartoonists D. J. Bryant, Dalton Webb, Pat Moriarity, Max Clotfelter, and Mark Campos for a book signing of the new “Typhon” anthology at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Hellman will present a multimedia cartoon performance and Moriarity will perform a short music set with his 10-year-old son Jack – as seen on Willie Nelson’s website; Georgetown Art Center presents a group show of seductive encaustic paintings, and All City Coffee hosts a delightful exhibition of neo-Pop paintings by Lucas Vidana; Open salons at the studios of independent Georgetown artists.
The evening will conclude with “The Summer’s Last Beach Party” in honor of the artists, volunteers, and sponsors of last summer’s Artopia arts festival. Musical entertainment will be provided by the sensational sounds of the DEL LAGUNAS. This instrumental surf and garage combo boasts an impressive pedigree that marks the reunion of [former Fantagraphics staffer - Ed.] Tom Price and Chas Ryan of Seattle’s legendary U-Men. The Del Lagunas will be joined by Georgetown’s own DUBCAR performing a sensuous Caribbean blend of rock ‘n’ roll, old school reggae, funk and soul. Frothy surf films, fabulous music, sand, suds, sun and fun all located at the exotic environment of The Stables. The Georgetown Art Attack is a promotion of the Georgetown Merchants’ Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland, or Larry Reid.
Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack Saturday, September 13, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Art, music, and more at 30 locations throughout Georgetown business district. www.georgetownartattack.com
I'll let the images speak for themselves except to say that everybody and everything was delightful and wonderful. I've said this before, but it bears repeating: what a great month it's been to be a graphic novel fan in Seattle.
TONIGHT! SEEDaniel Clowes in a rare in-store appearance! GAZE upon an exhibit of original art from Ghost World! HEAR Dan answer questions from our fearless leader Gary Groth! MEET other special unannounced guests! PURCHASE the very first copies of Ghost World: Special Edition and our special signed limited-edition silkscreen exhibit poster (VERY limited quantities of both - get there EARLY to secure your copies)! GET your Clowes books and paraphenalia signed! CLICK here for more details!
Photographer Steve Sampson of the Alliance Française also took many, many great photos over the week; we'll be sure to post a link when they're up on the Alliance's website. And we recorded audio at all these events (and the Library is going to be podcasting theirs), so we should be able to bring you MP3s and possibly some multimedia in the near future.
Special thanks to all of the individuals and organizations who worked so hard to put together this fantastic week of events, and of course to the gracious and phenomenally talented David B. for making the journey, tirelessly signing and sketching, and providing such fascinating discussion. It's a great month to be a graphic novel fan in Seattle.