Music lovers everywhere support their local independent record retailers on Record Store Day this Saturday. In recognition of the pivotal role played by record shops in the music industry, many labels release special limited edition recordings and merchandise, attracting throngs of shoppers to their neighborhood stores.
The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy teams with Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore to commemorate Record Store Day with Grammy Breakout Sessions: Vinyl Vault. This fascinating program features two of Seattle's most prominent musician/producers, Jack Endino and Steve Fisk, playing records and discussing their creative process. Endino is widely credited with engineering the "Seattle Sound" that influenced generations of musicians. In addition to performing with countless bands, he has produced records by groups like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, and The Sonics. Fisk has worked with eclectic acts like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Joan Osborne, Beat Happening, Low, Reggie Watts, Tangerine Dream, and many more, as well as playing keyboards with Pigeonhed and Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? Both of these artists have been closely affiliated with Seattle's storied Sub Pop Records, so it's fitting they will be joined by label founder Bruce Pavitt spinning records throughout the evening.
The festivities begin at 6:30 PM on April 19 at Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Arrive early to peruse the record bins, and maybe pick up a signed copy of Pavitt's wonderful memoir Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989. Wherever you are, go out and support your local record store on Saturday.
Preparing for next month's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo aka CAKE, the organizers have an excellently curated art auction on Sunday, April 20th! CAKE FRAME 2: Live Art Auction and Brain Frame Comics Performance Event directly benefits CAKE. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.
Artwork up for auction included works by Ivan Brunetti, Lane Milburn, Chris Ware, David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Neil Brideau, Danielle Chenette, Anya Davidson, Jo Dery, Nick Drnaso, Krystal DiFronzo, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Edie Fake, Rebecca Mir Grady, Steve Krakow, Bret Koontz,,Brett Manning, Ben Marcus, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Peanut Gallery, Onsmith, Otto Splotch, Grant Reynolds, Keiler Roberts, Brad Rohloff, Jeremy Tinder, Leslie Weibeler, and Jeff Zwirek!
$20 donator will be entered into raffle for special prize! The evening will also include a wide variety of comics performances by Brain Frame alums Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert. There will be live drawing by Jenna Caravello and live music by El Is A Sound Of Joy. Brain Frame founder Lyra Hill will host the evening as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.
The pertinant deets: Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:30pm April 20 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608 $5 - $20 sliding scale entry
Linework NW was this weekend and yes, yes, yes fantastic. And if you're wondering where photos are of the two dudes in charge, François Vigneault and Zack Soto, they just never stopped moving long enough to photograph! (Photo above by official Linework NW photographer, Caroline Smith)
At the Opening Party (at Reading Frenzy) Ed Luce tells Edie Fake a secret.
The back gallery held a lot of gorgeous Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge art.
Linework NW staffer Sam Marx grabs the yet-to-be-released-in-stores, Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge. The collected Hate comics are the first ones Marx read as a kid, you can get them in print or read them digitally via comiXology (the first issue is free for a limited time!).
Julia Gfrörer returned to Portland to sell the last few copies of Black is the Color, here she's on a panel with the fantastic Tom Neely and Farel Dalrymple. (Photo by Caroline Smith)
Special guest and Fantagraphics' cartoonist Jim Woodring's line just WOULDN'T QUIT the whole show.
Woodring also brought his huge nib and Linework NW had a little fundraiser for anyone who wanted to try to draw with it. Did you know he has to BOIL the dried ink off the nib? And here I was just using some Windex like a chump. (photo by Caroline Smith)
Diana Schutz, Dark Horse editor, stepped behind our booth for a minute to hawk our wares (she's a fan of the classics) and then ran into Shawna Gore and her half-clone.
A whole lotta Seattle people came down to Portland for the show like this line of dudes: Nate, Dave, Gavin and Dean. Kinda in love with their candid, posed, candid, posed pose (unrehearsed but I think this isn't their first rodeo).
One of Jacob Covey's schoolmates came by the booth to 'WOW, HOLY SHIT look at this DESIGN' on Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury. Ladies of the press, Allison Baker (Comic Book Resources) and Shannon O'Leary (Publishers Weekly) came by for a squeeze.
Austin's best new micropublisher, Foxing Quarterly, hangs tough with some beautiful issues with art direction by Jim Rugg and a cat print by Dash Shaw. Sloane Leong and some manga fans drooled over Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano. A few people mourned the fact they had bought the book from Amazon and were waiting on it instead of buying from us directly, "I could be reading it right now!" Craig Thompson just had to come by and visit with Jim Woodring for a bit (in case, you know, anyone he was eating dinner with that night wondered why he was late).
And finally, one of my favorite reoccuring con sightings are the young kids that read Johnny Ryan. Like, DEVOUR it. His mother was unfazed by any phallic or vaginal imagery in it. Parents, am I right?!
The show was non-stop. It was a tad hot since we were in the back but such fun to engage with fans of Fantagraphics' cartoonists and books in general.
Norse Hall was beautiful and I'm already sad that Linework NW will probably move somewhere larger next year but Zack Soto and François Vigneault know aesthetics.
The after-party at Em Space Book Arts Center was slammin' with pizza, beer and so many letter presses - I was honestly a little apprehensive with amount of food around the equipment but everyone was pretty respectful. Portland State University Vanguard reporter, Andrew, gets the low-down on the show from Danithan and Caity of Foxing Quarterly.
Anna helped out at the table for a good chunk of the day and Seattle cartoonist Damon Gentry offered his food-getting services countless times. Thanks for having us and being so darn sweet to us, Portland. Fantagraphics will be back!
Author at large, Kipp Friedman will be appearing at TWO of our favorite literary hotspots in New York next month. Whether shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kipp Friedman led a colorful childhood. The youngest son of celebrated writer and satirist Bruce Jay Friedman, Kipp looks back fondly on the amusing and sometimes confusing events and encounters that helped shape his early life in this moving tribute to growing up among a family of creative artists - swept up in the whirlwind of the New York arts scene of the 1960s and '70s.
First on Friday,May 23rd at 7pm, you can hear him read a section from his laugh-out-loud funny memoir about growing up in a celebrity family, Barracuda in the Attic, at WORD in Brooklyn. Got plans that night? Never fear, for on Saturday, May 24th he'll be at the KGB Bar in the Lower East Side having a Q&A with author and friend Jay Ruttenberg (of The Lowbrow Reader). After each event, Friedman is happy to sign your copy of Barracuda in the Attic. See you in the Big Apple!
"A detail-rich account of an unfathomably awesome childhood in the epicenter of 1960s - 1970s New York culture, and further evidence of the magnificence of the Friedman genes." - Daniel Clowes
And we're also happy to share that Miss will be part of a special edition of R. Sikoryak's celebrated Carousel series! Get ready for laughs on Saturday, April 12th at 5:00 PM. Miss will be reading alongside Dean Haspiel, Danny Hellman, Seth Kushner & Christa Cassano, Kriota Willberg, and, of course, host R. Sikoryak!
Carousel will be held in the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel [ 1401 Ocean Blvd ], in the lower level of the east side (ocean side) of the first floor in Room F. (Hotel staff refer to it as "The Steinbach Room.")
David B., Incidents in the Night: Vol. 1 (Uncivilized Books)
Ben Katchor, Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories (Pantheon)
Joe Sacco, The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme (W. W. Norton & Co.)
This Friday, April 11th, the winner will be awarded in a sold out event. Is it corny to say they're already winners to us? 'Cause it's true!
Depending on how things go, you can stop by the Festival of Books on Saturday, April 12th to either congratulate or console Anders Nilsen, who will be in town to participate in the panel "Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel" at noon, alongside fellow artists Mimi Pond, Ben Katchor and Vanessa Davis. The panel will be held in the Seeley G. Mudd. Auditorium, Room 123.
Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel - See more at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/fob-schedule/#sthash.WE0PLtRj.dpuf
The Intruder cartoonist collective is at the forefront of Seattle’s flourishing comix community. On Saturday, April 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of the 10th issue of the Intruder anthology ("The flagship anthology of Seattle's comics boom" – The Stranger) with a lively party including an art exhibition, music performance, and book signing.
The Intruder is a free quarterly tabloid featuring an eclectic group of contributors from the fields of comix, illustration, fine art, and graphic design. Issue #10 includes the work of Max Clotfelter, Aidan Fitzgerald, Billis Helg, Ben Horak, Tim Miller, John Ohannesian, Marc Palm, Darin Shuler, James Stanton, Tom Van Deusen, and more. In addition to the debut of the latest Intruder, original art, prints, and handcrafted books by these artists and others will on display at the bookstore though May 7.
The Intruder reception will be preceded from 4:00 to 6:00 PM by Michael O’Driscoll presenting his new self-published comic, Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom. At 7:00 PM, Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore welcome a musical performance by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson. Goldston is Stranger Genius honoree who has performed with countless bands, including new Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductees Nirvana. Lori and Kyle will perform songs from their recently released album. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging contemporary art presentations throughout the historic district (including an arty Easter egg hunt.)
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.
Get yourself SO READY for Fantagraphics at the new, hip one day show in Portland, Oregon this weekend called Linework NW that is absolutely free to attend! From 2-9pm Linework NW will be open at Norse Hall at 111 NE 11th Ave. You'll find the Fantagraphics table (#18) RIGHT next to Jim Woodring's for all your signing needs! We'll have all the Multiverse titles you've been craving plus Woodring's sketchbook, Problematic. Julia Gfrörer will also be at Linework, right as you walk in the door (in teal below). If you see a copy of Black is the Color on her table or ours GRAB IT* because it is sold out. Julia is also signing at our table from 5:30-6:30pm.
There are more parties than show practically at Linework. Thursday night is Edie Fake's presentation and siging for her new book, Memory Palaces at Floating World. The Opening Party is at Reading Frenzy on Friday, April 11, 7:00pm featuring Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge. After the show on Saturday is the Closing Party at Em Space: Saturday, April 12, 9:00 pm. And then finally on Sunday, April 13th at 7pm Gridlords will be performing along with Julia Gfrörer at Holocene Portland.
• 4:30pm Release Party (Greig Lounge) Some of today's best cartoonists reveal their exciting new projects scheduled for 2014....and Beyond! With Farel Dalrymple, Julia Gfrörer, Sam Alden, Tom Neely and Benjamin Marra. Moderated by Sam Marx.
• 5:30pm Super Real (Greig Lounge) Explore the surreal worlds of Special Guests Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge. In conversation with Cameron Snyder.
Two butchers arrive at work to find their shop empty of meat and their minds empty of how to do their job. As customers arrive, events become increasingly disastrous. A surreal, debut graphic novella of horror and humor with one huge, hanging question. This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.
He's back! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump - because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge's iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era.
This 32 page floppy comic is a sweet & sour, sad & funny story that follows the adventures of Annie and Verti as they shoot homemade movies for YouTube, guerilla-style, and face some unexpected consequences. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.
• The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 Vol. 1 (paperback) by Charles M. Schulz This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip. Three major cast members - Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus - initially show up as infants and only "grow" into their final "mature" selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy!
So come on by this fantastic FREE show this Saturday and say hi to me, I'll be sling all those hot Fantagraphics' titles you've been waiting for!
* and pay for Black is the Color or I will hunt you down.
Portland is priviledged to host the next installment of the national Illustration Conference, ICON, and on Saturday, July 12th, they welcome special guest, visual journalist Janet Hamlin!
"Author and illustrator Janet Hamlin has been where very few journalists or artists have dared to tread. Ms. Hamlin has had a front seat to history as the only courtroom artist to sketch the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her drawings and accompanying text provide rare insight to the military court and are the only visuals the world is allowed to see."
Registration to the conference is required to attend. No tickets for individual main stage sessions will be sold. A "Day Rate" ticket will be announced later depending on availability. ICON8: The Illustration Conference will be held across Portland from July 9-12, 2014.
COMICS IN A MOVIE ALERT! FINDING NEIGHBORS is coming to a film festival near you, as soon as this weekend and it's about a cartoonist. There is some Fantagraphics fun sprinkled in here and there so keep your eyes peeled for the Fanta-Look-and-Find. FINDING NEIGHBORS is showing this weekend at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando and the Boston LGBT Film Festival as well as Dallas and California later this month so check their site for more details.
FINDING NEIGHBORS is a comedic drama about Sam Tucker (Oscar® nominee Michael O'Keefe, The Great Santini), a successful stay-at-home graphic novelist, who has hit a mid-life and creative crisis. Six months late on the deadline of his latest novel, Sam has already created turmoil with his publisher after his last book was a disaster. When his therapist wife Mary (Catherine Dent, TV's The Shield) starts to suspect Sam of having an affair with Sherrie (Julie Mond), his provocative and willing next-door neighbor, she's surprised to find out he's actually spending all of his time with a man. Jeff (Blake Bashoff), his gay fellow "housewife" neighbor, is a fan of Sam's published works. As his friendship with Jeff grows and he begins to recapture his creative fire, Sam finds he may be losing the one thing he never doubted: his marriage. Also featuring Sean Patrick Thomas as Jeff's partner, Paul.
A touching film about friendship and confidence, FINDING NEIGHBORS is writer/director Ron Judkins's first feature since his acclaimed The Hi-Line from 1999.