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Category >> Zak Sally

Zak Sally on the teevee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak Sallytelevision 21 Dec 2010 3:39 PM

Zak Sally author photo, 2009

A segment featuring Zak Sally will run on Twin Cities Public Television's new weekly arts series, MN Original, premiering on Thursday, December 30 at 7:30 PM (with a full schedule of repeats following). Viewers in Minnesota can tune in to Channel 2, and the segment will also be available online — we'll be sure to post it when it is.

The Kim Deitch Files now available from La Mano
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyKim Deitch 21 Dec 2010 11:50 AM

The Kim Deitch Files, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010

Zak Sally has sent out word: The Kim Deitch Files print portfolio is now available to order from Zak's La Mano 21 press in both regular and deluxe editions. Featuring Kim's pencil studies for his story pages as well as previously unseen artwork, hand-assembled in hand-printed packaging, it's another beautiful, lovingly produced item in the La Mano catalog. We had the privilege of debuting the set for the West Coast at the 4th anniversary party for Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, where copies are still available. 

The Kim Deitch Files

The Kim Deitch Files deluxe edition

Anniversary party photos & video
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyvideorockJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Dec 2010 9:51 AM

Here are some photos (and a video) I took at our 4th Anniversary party last Saturday night. See a whole bunch more (including photos of the entire "Medieval Thinkers" art exhibit) over on our Flickr page.

Anniversary party crowd, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
It was packed shoulder-to-shoulder!

Jim Woodring & Zak Sally, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Jim Woodring & Zak Sally greet their public.

Bill Frisell, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Larry Reid chats with Grammy-winning musician and Jim Woodring collaborator Bill Frisell

Jim Woodring, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Jim signs copies of Weathercraft

Mark Pickerel performs, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Mark Pickerel (ex-Screaming Trees) performs a solo set

Zak Sally performs, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Zak performs songs from his album Fear of Song accompanied by his 4-track cassette recorder


Watch Zak play his final song of the evening, "My Secret World"

Medieval Thinkers exhibit, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Folks checking out the "Medieval Thinkers" exhibit

Medieval Thinkers exhibit, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Lots of comics from the exhibiting artists for sale

The Kim Deitch Files, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
The Kim Deitch Files print portfolio from La Mano 21 makes its debut

Medieval Thinkers exhibit, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Gary Groth checks out the exhibit

Aaaand, as if that weren't enough, there's a whole great big mess more photos to be seen on Medieval Thinkers contributor Kelly Froh's Flickr page. Whew!

















Happy Anniversary...
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallyrockJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 13 Dec 2010 2:44 PM

FriendsOfNib-1000300
(Mark Pickerel)

We'd like to thank the big crowd that braved a biblical deluge to attend the fabulous fourth anniversary at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Saturday. Thanks to our talented musician friends Mark Pickerel and Zak Sally — who escaped a biblical blizzard in Minneapolis to appear. Kudos also to Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter for organizing the amazing "Medieval Thinkers" art exhibition. Another magical evening at Fantagraphics Bookstore!

FriendsOfNib-1000310
(Zak Sally)

If you weren't able to make it, be sure to drop by the store to see the art show, peruse hand crafted publications by exhibiting artists, check out amazing new releases from Zak Sally's La Mano 21 imprint, and wonderful new offerings from Fantagraphics books, natch.

FriendsOfNib-1000295-C
(Jim Woodring)

The store is open every day 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. We have delightful and affordable gifts to suit just about any taste. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions. See you all soon.

[Photos by "Medieval Thinkers" contributor Matt Tamaru — see more on his Flickr page. – Ed.]




Go Low This Weekend. Alternative Music, Comix & Graphics Galore!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallyrockJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 Dec 2010 11:07 AM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 4th Anniversary Celebration with Zak Sally - poster

Fans of alternative culture in Seattle are in for a wild weekend. This Friday, Mark Pickerel's pop culture emporium Damaged Goods hosts a poster exhibition by Fantagraphics pal and graphic design guru Art Chantry. Later that evening alternative music group Low plays the Tractor Tavern.

The action heats up on Saturday when Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates its fourth anniversary with an amazing line up of art, music, comix and more. The aforementioned Mark Pickerel, formerly of Screaming Trees, will perform a solo music set, followed by former Low member Zak Sally. Fans will also get a chance to pick up one of six new Jim Woodring tee shirts and view the amazing exhibition "Medieval Thinkers."

To commemorate Zak Sally's appearance, we'll be offering his wonderful comix collection Like a Dog at 20% off. And while supplies last, we'll be giving away a Sally silkscreen print with every purchase of Sammy the Mouse #3. (The original artwork will be on display.)

Complimentary refreshments, DJ Russ spinning delightfully demented holiday platters, and adventurous art action all over Georgetown make Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery a major destination. See you all on Saturday.

Family Affair
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallySimon DeitchKim DeitchJim WoodringGene DeitchFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 7 Dec 2010 3:03 PM

Jim Woodring

Mary Woodring

Max Woodring

Seems like the Crumbs aren't the only family of talented alternative cartoonists. Jim and Mary Woodring, together with their son Max, all have pieces in the Friends of the Nib "Medieval Thinkers" exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday, December 11 — part of the store's festive fourth anniversary celebration.

Kim Deitch

Of course the Deitch family - father Gene and siblings Simon and Kim — qualify as well. We're thrilled to include an original drawing by Kim Deitch in the exhibition. In addition, the event will mark the debut of the Kim Deitch File, a portfolio published on Zak Sally's La Mano 21 imprint. See you all this Saturday.

Diaflogue: BEFOR I WUS BORN an interview with Zak Sally
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Zak SallyDiaflogue 2 Dec 2010 8:11 AM

An interview with cartoonist, publisher, musician, professor and friend Zak Sally. Prompted by the release of Sammy The Mouse #3 and Zak's forthcoming appearance and performance at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 4th Anniversary Party.

SAMMY THE MOUSE 3

JASON T. MILES: Sammy The Mouse is one of the funnest comics I've read.

I think it's hilarious, it makes me laugh out loud and I find myself happier after reading and re-reading each issue to date. How much fun is it for you to make these comics? Is the process as excruciating as you describe in Like A Dog?

ZAK SALLY: Yeah, Sammy is a totally different deal; I really and truly enjoy writing and drawing the thing. I won't say that it's all roses, there's always still the problem solving and running up against your own limitations and inevitable crises of faith, but, you know: that's COMICS! There definitely is a feeling of "holy crap this is great there's nothing I'd rather be doing" more often than not while working on Sammy.

And yeah, in a lot of ways Sammy was a reaction to the whole thing I had going on with comics up until the Like A Dog and Recidivist material; by the time I finished Recidivist #3 I just thought – this is ridiculous. If I can't find some way to get some kind of happiness through this then I ought to just give up, for real. I'm supposed to LOVE comics, not hate them. I wasn't sure it'd work at the time, but it did, somehow.

RECIDIVIST 3

I think I'd gotten too wrapped up in that "comics are SERIOUS" thing, and forgotten what a great medium comics are for just...telling a story. That writing an entertaining, engaging comic is... as big a deal as some snooty-assed art comic. Like those old issues of Hate ... man, each one came out and it was JAM PACKED-- after reading it you felt like you'd been to the free buffet at the casino but all the food was GOOD: more story than you could handle, at least a couple for-real-laugh-out-loud moments, great characters and art, a LETTERS PAGE... GOD that was a great comic book. Pete Bagge is an AMERICAN TREASURE!!

Sammy is still pretty slow and boring compared to that stuff, but what you wrote there at the top makes me feel really good; I want it to be fun, and funny.

I think it's funny, and it makes ME happy, so...

My only problem is that I can't find more time to work on them, get out at least a couple a year or something.

MILES: As you know, I'm also a big Bagge fan and similar to his work Sammy possesses a real sense of terror and consequence. In Sammy I think the hardest laffs quiver shoulder to shoulder with disaster. Can you speak a little more to how you're making comedy with dread and horror in Sammy? I mean, the skeletal bastard is simply awful! and when Pat the rabbit bartender hammers a nail into Feekes forehead...!!!

HG FEEKES

SALLY: Actually, I'm not entirely sure I can speak to that. Again, sort of in response to how I used to make comics, I really consciously set out with Sammy to not... over-think too much (as that hadn't got me anywhere all that useful in the past). I mean, yeah-- I've got a tendency to take stuff too seriously in real life, but I don't really walk around all day in a haze of existential dread, you know? I'm a FUNNY GUY, and... I think really hard about the story, and the structure and the mood and all that; I really do sweat the details but when I'm writing and drawing the thing, a lot of it is really, "Does this feel right?" If it does you nail it to the ground and if not you burn it off (note: this is harder than it sounds).

If something makes ME laugh, then... it's right, period. Thinking TOO much about it will kill it dead (I know this from experience).

And, you know: the "terror" of life is so subjective, and so is humor.

some folks will say that ALL humor is based on suffering... but all those people are pretentious, insufferable windbags, and can go get fucked.

With that said, I think when Sammy's all said and done, what it might be "about" is consequence. Maybe. We'll see I guess.

I need to work on being more inscrutable and mysterious: it increases sales.

How am i doing so far?

MILES: I think you're doing good-- wait! Do you mean "how am I doing at being inscrutable and mysterious?" or "how am I doing sales-wise?"

SALLY: (long, uncomfortable pause.)

I'm not telling.

[Read more...]


Fantagraphics Bookstore Marks 4th Anniversary on December 11 with Festive Holiday Gala
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallystaffrockPeter BaggeNate NealMegan KelsoKim DeitchJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEleanor DavisDrew WeingDJ BryantDash Shaw 29 Nov 2010 3:42 PM

http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/flog/larry/thinkers-card_front.jpg

Since opening in December 2006, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has become a treasured civic asset. In addition to feeding Northwest residents' insatiable appetite for challenging contemporary culture, the space has attracted visitors from across the country and around the world. Saturday, December 11 marks the bookstore's 4th anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion we're once again hosting the season's most festive party featuring amazing music, comix, art, and more!

The evening includes solo music sets by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel. Zak was a founding member of alternative music legends Low and continues solo music endeavors while publishing great comics with Fantagraphics as well as producing exquisitely crafted small press projects on his own La Mano 21 imprint. This event will mark the debut of his ambitious Kim Deitch File portfolio project, among other recent La Mano offerings. Zak will be joined by Fantagraphics friend Mark Pickerel, who began his musical career with the highly acclaimed Screaming Trees and now fronts Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, in addition to being the proprietor of Seattle pop culture emporium Damaged Goods.

An exhibition of comix art curated by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter, in association with Friends of the Nib, features promising emerging cartoonists. together with masters of the medium. "Medieval Thinkers" includes original works by Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright. According to Friends of the Nib co-curator Miles, "Many of these artists work with antiquated materials most commonly associated with 19th and 20th century cartooning, specifically the metal dip pen or crowquill pen nibs, although use of these tools was not a requisite for inclusion. What brings these artists together is an imagist approach to picture-making and a willful ignorance of the aesthetics, fashion, and politics of the fine art industry. Medieval thinkers organize their experience by executing lessons in perspective, balance, humor and alchemy."

All this plus screaming deals on comix, celebrity guests, holiday libations, demented Christmas platters spun by DJ Russ Fallout, and a few surprises makes Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th anniversary party the place to be on Saturday, December 11. This event coincides with the colorful holiday version of the Georgetown Art Attack with amazing visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community.

Listing Information:

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th Anniversary Celebration
Music, Comix, Art and More!

Saturday, December 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Music by
ZAK SALLY and MARK PICKEREL

Medieval Thinkers original comix exhibition featuring
Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright.
Curated for Friends of the Nib by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter.

Exhibition continues through February 8, 2011.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM






Debuting soon: The Kim Deitch Files
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyKim DeitchFantagraphics Bookstore 23 Nov 2010 12:38 PM

The Kim Deitch Files

An exciting announcement from Zak Sally and his La Mano 21 imprint: The Kim Deitch Files print portfolio nears completion and will make its debut at two opposite-coast events in December: the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival on Dec. 5 and the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 4th Anniversary celebration on Dec. 11, where Zak will also be performing a solo music set. Sez Zak:

"The Kim Deitch Files is a limited edition portfolio of the looseleaf 'story' pages which serve as Kim's sketchbook; it's where he works out the ideas for his comics. included in this folio are selections of the original story pages from many of Kim's major works (Alias The Cat, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams) as well as many of his other projects (Deitch's Pictorama, Southern Fried Fugitives), never before seen projects (the aborted Alice's Adventures Underground) and even a couple pretty jaw dropping life studies. they are exclusively in pencil, many in a fully rendered style that is both insanely gorgeous and (in their way) totally different than what you 'expect' from Kim's art. these pages have rarely been seen, and as individual pieces and as a look into the process of a master cartoonist...this is the real deal, folks."

More details and progress photos at the La Mano website. I can't wait to see this sucker in person!

FREE: One Glued Down Corner from Zak Sally
Written by janice headley | Filed under Zak SallyOriginal Artgood deeds 9 Nov 2010 9:16 PM

 

As Eric already reported here on the FLOG, the world recently lost a great man, Sub Pop Records employee Andy Kotowicz.

Our own Zak Sally used to be in a band on that label, Low, and to help raise money for the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, he's auctioning off this beautiful original work of art on eBay.  I'll let him explain it:

this is zak sally: what we have here is the original art for a flyer i did while i was in the band Low; copied this image on nice paper and sent it to all the promoters on some long-ass national tour that i can't remember which one now (maybe Songs For a Dead Pilot or Secret Name?). anyway, it's about 11x 17 image area, pen and ink (but you can see the non-repro blue pencil underneath) one corner where i overpasted is coming up but i'll glue that down for FREE. i wanted it to look like wallpaper and it looks like wallpaper but it's not it's a real live drawing. comics fans-- there's some lightly pencilled page on the back of the drawing called "Pig in: Shit." that i have no recollection whatsoever of drawing.

100% of the sale will go to the Andy Kotowicz family fund, so bid often and high.

thanks.
--zak.

You heard the man.

[And thank you, Starfire, for the link... xo]