Lucy Knisley is appearing at her first big event since the debut at SDCC! Starting Friday, September 26th at 7pm at Challengers Lucy will be signing and customizing your copy of her newest book from us, An Age of License. This travelogue follows recounts the artist's charming (and romantic!) adventures on a book tour in Europe. The comic store has even gone to the kitchen to whip up some of her sweet and savory treats found in a previous graphic novel, Relish. Challengers was also awarded the 2013 Will Eisner Spirit Award so roam the stacks with ease and feel free to ask the staff any questions, they can fire an answer right back 'atcha!
Get there early before the books sells out or else we highly suspect you'll have to fight crowds, zombies and possible commit a misdemeanor. Glimpse into the future provided by Lucy herself here:
Challengers Comics + Conversation 1845 N. Western Ave Chicago, IL 773.278.0155
Pittsburgh, PA: Tonight! The Copacetic Comics Company is hosting the boys of Summer on their whirlwind tour of books, friendship, and probably a coming of age story. Annie Mok will be joining them at this stop, and all the fun starts at 7 pm!
Thursday, September 25
St. Louis, MO: You won't be lonseome this Thursday if you get yourself over to Subterranean Books for the early early book release and signing of Tim Lane's newest book, The Lonsesome Go; a haunting exploration into the American Myth. This book should be in every college English Lit class, but you can get yours now this Thursday from 7-10 pm! (More Details)
Friday, September 26
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration of exploitative art and images in cinema, currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash. The Exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater. Tonight's film gets a little saucy with the Franco-Italian drama, Last Tango in Pariswhere Marlon Brando takes his shirt off. (More Details)
Saturday, September 27th
Columbus, OH:Kafe Kerouac is party central in Columbus, OH this Saturday when the boys are back in town. And by boys of course by now you know I mean Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle. They've been deservedly flaunting their stuff all over the East Coast, as shown in the above picture. Drop by at 9 pm for the full revue! (More Details)
As a musician, Pyle was a member of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, widely recognized for their musical contributions to the Kids in the Hall television show. His photography show opens Wednesday, September 24 and remains on view through Sunday, September 28. Pyle will present his Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow this Friday at 7:30 at Machine House Brewery, 5840 Airport Way S., across the street from the bookstore. The talk will be followed by a concert by Girl Trouble down the road at Slim's.
As if you needed another reason to visit Georgetown, Fran's Chocolates is opening their new chocolate factory this Thursday, directly across the street from the bookstore. Fran Bigelow's milk chocolate and salt caramels are a favorite of Barack and Michele Obama, who serve the sublime Seattle confections to White House visitors. The facility includes a viewing platform, tasting room, and retail outlet. Georgetown also plays host on Thursday and Friday to an Amazon Prime film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic futuristic novel The Man in the High Castle.
Don't miss a wild weekend of amazing music, movie making, beer, art, candy and comix in the country's coolest neighborhood. Parking might be tight, so arrive early and stay late.
If you're home alone watching that show, Too Cute, don't be surprised if you see Hanselmann, Deforge, and Kyle scampering across your screen, playing with puppies and baby ducks. Especially if those baby ducks* are at the Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, OH. Beginning at 9 pm, you can get drinks, books signed, build up some social skills, and hopefully go on a journey that leads to founding a literary movement.
These cute boys may have gotten a head start on you though, because their recent releases: Megahex; Lose #6; and Distance Mover; have been taking the comic world by storm.
You can get caught up in the storm by heading to Kafe Kerouac this Sat (the 25th) at 9 pm!
*Not responsible for there not being any actually cute animals at event. But aren't these boys enough for you?!
The time is nigh to buy tickets to see Jim Woodring at Town Hall in Seattle! On Sunday, October 5, from 7:30 - 8:45pm you will be glued to your seat for Offhand Gestures: An Evening of Spontaneous Creation with James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring. Woodring will great on-the-spot drawings and paintings inspired by the collaborative musical efforts of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and James McNew, bassist for Yo La Tengo.An event for the lover of music, comics, visual performance arts and above all, collaboration. Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Fantagraphics and sponsored by City Arts.
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Town Hall website. Woodring's newest book is available for purchase online, at your local comic and bookstores or your favorite library branch.
"Woodring's great talent, apart from his beautiful artwork, is his ability to make these absurd and almost nonsensical stories enthralling." - Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
Planes, trains, and automobiles. Also motocycles, or just your legs. Whichever method you prefer, just make sure you use one of them to get to the early book release and signing for the next great American classic, The Lonsesome Go. Join author Tim Lane from 7-10 PM at this Subterranean Books event, in St. Louis, MO, to celebrate this beautifully constructed exploration of drama, myth, and classic American storytelling.
Tim is the author of the acclaimed book, Abandoned Cars, the existenssial noir collecting stories of mystery and Americana. The Lonesome Go is a follow up to those themes, but if we learned anything from college philosophy, these idioms and ruminations are not exactly solveable elements of human life. Which is what makes Lane's work so vibrant in our minds.
Subterranean Books, Tim Lane, and Fantagraphics would be delighted if you joined us Sept. 25 for this anticipated release!
Tuesday, September 23th is a sumptuous ending to our New York Events as Simon Hanselmann and Michael DeForge give talks at the Bark Room at 8pm in association with Parsons the New School for Design. Moderating the talks will be faculty member, Steven Guarnaccia. This is just one of the many stops on the Cute Boy Alert tour featuring Hanselmann, DeForge and Patrick Kyle. For more information about future stops, click here and flip your hair to the right, left and right again. Here the boys are (RtoL: Hanselmann, DeForge and Kyle) at the Telegraph Gallery last week.
Bark Room, Parsons 2 West 13th Street (at the corner of Fifth Ave.) Room M101 New York, NY 10011
I first crossed paths with Charles Burns in the mid-70s, when we both attended a small college in rural Washington State. I later learned that Burns wasn't entirely comfortable in an art school attended by eccentric Charles Manson enthusiasts and Symbionese Liberation Army sympathizers. By contrast, I had finally found my people. Burns soon departed for the greener pastures of The Evergreen State College, where he joined talented young artists Lynda Barry and Matt Groening.
Upon graduating in 1978, I opened the experimental Rosco Louie gallery in the tony Pioneer Square section of Seattle. I was privileged to give both Lynda Barry and Charles Burns their first gallery shows. Burns later served as soundman at Rosco Louie for a performance by San Francisco band Pink Section, which included his then-girlfriend, fashion designer Carol Detwieler. He in turn designed the cover for the 1982 Sub Pop 7 cassette compilation, which included my wife's band, Little Bears From Bangkok. At the same time we were both frequent contributors to Seattle music monthly, The Rocket.
As Burns migrated to the East Coast, we both continued our association with Sub Pop. In 1988, Burns illustrated the stunning cover to the momentous Sub Pop 200 LP. Shortly thereafter, I promoted a Tad, Mudhoney, and Nirvana show at my alternative space, the Center on Contemporary Art, which found Kurt sporting a Burns tee shirt. (As seen in Charles Peterson's photo above.) On a subsequent Seattle visit in 1993, I accompanied Burns to a secret Tad and Nirvana show at a small downtown venue, where he was received as a rock star himself.
Throughout my tenure at Fantagraphics Books, I've continued to encounter Charles Burns, a pleasure that will repeat itself this evening when Burns appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to present his new graphic novel, Sugar Skull. Please join me in welcoming this immensely influential artist back to his hometown.
Have you heard? Art Spiegelman is coming to Seattle, and he's bringing an entourage! Along with musical accompaniment by jazz composer Phillip Johnston and his sextet, Spiegelman will be presenting his new work, "Shaping Thought!" as well as images and stories that have influenced him, at the Moore Theatre on Sunday, October 12th as part of his WORDLESS! tour. This is not a show you'll want to miss. To that end, Fantagraphics has partnered with The Seattle Theatre Group to give away two tickets to one lucky fan.
Here's how to enter: It's simple. Take a picture of yourself—or your favorite furry companion—with a copy of Maus in hand (any version, either volume). Send it in to us at
with the Subject: "Wordless Contest" to receive one entry for the giveaway. One entry per e-mail address, please! The contest will run from Thursday, September 18 through 12 noon PST on Friday, October 3rd.
By entering this giveaway, you're agreeing to let us use your image submission on our website and social media networks.
We've been using the Latin alphabet since roughly 700 B.C., but as a language, and an art form, it's continuously evolving. Niko Vassilakis has been astutly aware of it's possibilies as an aural, oral, and ocular medium, and seeks to combine all those senses familiar with words and the alphabet into a visual display of poetry.