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This Week(end) in Fantagraphics Events: 12/16-12/23
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mark ToddLilli CarréJesse ReklaweventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 19 Dec 2013 9:33 AM

Couch Tag

Thursday, December 19th

Portland, OR:  Don't miss a reading and signing with Jesse Reklaw at Floating World comics tonight! From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Reklaw will be signing copies of his graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite. (more info)

Friday, December 20th

Chicago, ILLilli Carré debuts a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, part of the MCA's Chicago Works series, focusing on new work being made by emerging and established Chicago artists. She's created all new work for the show, including projected animation, works on paper, and a series of ceramic pieces. The show will be up through April 15th, but why wait? Go today! (more info)

Mexico City, MXEsther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd launch a stunning new art show, titled Challengers of the Unknown, at Guru Gallery Shop tonight! Come see Esther's glittered saucer paintings and collaged foil/pencil drawings. Mark will be exhibiting a group of new comic-inspired works, and debuting a limited edition zine with original drawings. (more info)

Chris Ware & Chip Kidd to WOW Seattle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeeventsChris WareChip Kidd 18 Dec 2013 2:00 PM
Chris Ware 
Hold on to your horses, the howling wolves of great comics and design are baying. We don't want to unseat you but find you some seats! On February 19thChip Kidd & Chris Ware will appear before your very eyes at Town Hall in Seattle. Part of the Litarary\Arts Series, the two will engage in a coloful conversation (maybe even a fight to the death?) starting at 7:30pm.
 
There is a signing afterwards and their books will be on sale for those of you not clutching a well-loved copy already. Buy your tickets now and make it a great holiday gift; be it Christmas, Boxing Day, Valentines or Darwin Day! 
Chris Ware 
 
Chris Ware is an award-winning comic book artist and cartoonist, whose work includes the celebrated graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and most recently Building Stories. 
Chip Kidd  
Chip Kidd, associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, is a renowned graphic designer who recently released the book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and designed Tony Millionaire's Maakies treasuries. Seattle Arts and Lectures are excited to have these two artists talk with each other about the worlds of design and comics, as their conversation should make for a colorful evening.
 
Sponsored by Paper Hammer & Marquand Books, The Stranger's arts and performance quarterly, A&P, University Book Store.
 
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave, Seattle 
February 19th, 7:30pm  
Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd Art Exhibit in Mexico City!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mark ToddeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 18 Dec 2013 10:13 AM

¡Ay, caramba! Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd have a stunning new exhibit launching Friday, December 20th in Mexico City!

The show, Challengers of the Unknown, features Esther's glittered saucer paintings and collaged foil/pencil drawings. Mark will be exhibiting a group of new comic-inspired works, and debuting a limited edition zine with original drawings.

Guru Gallery Shop is located at Colima 143, La Roma, Mexico City. Check out the opening reception if you're lucky enough to be in town, or contact the gallery directly if you are interested in seeing additional images and/or making a purchase!

Guantanamo Courtroom Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore on December 28
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Janet HamlinFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 17 Dec 2013 1:37 PM

Janet Hamlin graphic

Guantanamo Courtroom Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore on December 28

Please join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island internment compound. Hamlin served as the media pool sketch artist, and was among a handful of journalists to bear witness to the military tribunals of accused terrorists and “enemy combatants.” Neither sentimental nor didactic, Hamlin’s evocative drawings provide a revealing look at this enigmatic episode of American jurisprudence.

Journalists at Guantanamo were subject to draconian security measures. Their living and working conditions were arduous. Courtroom photography was banned. As a result, Hamlin’s deft imagery provides the only visual record of these unparalleled proceedings. Her work was subject to approval by not only the military authorities but also the defendants themselves. Hamlin boldly persevered, and her chronicle of this unprecedented period of American history is captivating.

This inspiring artist will appear on December 28 at an informal reception and book signing event at Fantagraphics Bookstore, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown art community. We can’t wait to meet her.

Listing Information

Janet Hamlin book signing Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006 - 2013

Saturday, December 28, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open Daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM.

Sketching Guantanamo


Jesse Reklaw, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney and More at Fantagraphics Bookstore!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringJesse ReklawJeremy EatonFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forneyart shows 13 Dec 2013 11:21 AM

Don't miss the fabulous 7th anniversary gala at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The focus of the festivities is "cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix."

Couch_Tag 

One of many highlights of the show is the cover painting for Jesse Reklaw's sublime graphic memoir Couch Tag. The artist will be present to sign copies of his amazing new book. Also on display is a suite of four drawings by Ellen Forney from her bestselling book Marbles as she contemplates the torment of Vincent Van Gogh. The show also features the debut of a significant new painting by Jim Woodring. We'll also have available the fanciful new collaboration between Woodring and Yo La Tengo including an animated video DVD and colorful soft vinyl figures. The perfect complement of art and music. Additional comix art, prints, and publications by Jeremy Eaton, Damon Gentry, and John Ohannesian make this an event not to be missed.

Yo_La_Tengo_Woodring 

The party coincides with the holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack featuring adventurous visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only 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.

December_2013_Art_Attack 

Celebrate 7 Years of Fantagraphics Bookstore with cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix on Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringJesse ReklawJeremy EatonFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forneyart shows 12 Dec 2013 12:57 AM

cARToons flyer

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery opened seven years ago in Seattles Georgetown industrial district. In the intervening years, both the bookstore and the neighborhood have woven themselves into the cultural fabric of the region. Celebrate the impact of this unique urban enterprise on Saturday, December 14 with a festive holiday gala and opening reception for "cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix" featuring Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be present to sign recent publications at the opening on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

The bookstore's anniversary coincides with the holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack. Dozens of visual and performing arts presentations take place throughout the historic neighborhood, including wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound featuring our own Lynn Emmert.

 

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.

 

Fantagraphics Pop-Up Store in Downtown Seattle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeslimy marketingevents 11 Dec 2013 12:40 PM

Popup 

The time to fa-la-la and fill your friends' bookshelves will excellent graphic novels and comics is here! Fantagraphics Books is excited to be participating in the American Express Holiday Pop Up Shop in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Conveniently located on the corner of Western Ave and University St (55 University St), the AmEx Holiday Pop Up Shop brings local businesses together to showcase a collection of merchandise all under one roof. 

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Fantagraphics Books will be slinging our wares from December 11th through the 16th. In this time, we will be providing shoppers the opportunity to browse some of our latest releases, plus a few classic favorites. Come on down and pick up a gift for that special someone (but also feel free to spoil yourself with a comic or two). Don't fret, if you can't make it to the Pop Up Shop, you can always find us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery located in the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood. 

We've got it all on display, original graphic novels, classic reprints, underground comics and haunting novels (some Seattle-centric!)

Xmas colors 

VENUE INFO
Alki Art Gallery and Event Space
55 University Street at corner of Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 

Look how much fun Jacq is having reading the fun and fiesty Unlovable!

jacq 

STORE HOURS:
Sunday - Thursday 10am-­‐7pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-­‐8pm 

Jen curls up with the new color Peanuts Every Sunday (and talks about herself in 3rd person!) 

jen 



This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 12/9-12/16
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kipp FriedmanJim WoodringJesse ReklawJeremy EatonFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen ForneyDame DarcyBill Griffith 10 Dec 2013 9:13 AM

Marathon postcard image

Wednesday, December 11th

Seattle, WA:  It's your last chance to check out Marathon, an art show of original art, prints, and publications by some of the exhibitors at last month's Short Run Small Press Festival. Plus, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery currently has the show anthology On Your Marks in stock now! Go get it! (more info)

cARToons flyer


Friday, December 13th

Seattle, WA:  Celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with the exhibit cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix, featuring work from  Jeremy EatonEllen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring! (more info)

New London, CT:  Zip on over to the Monte Cristo Bookshop for a signing and discussion with noneother than Bill Griffith at 7:00 PM! (more info)

Savannah, GA: Spooky Girls is a combined show by artists Austin Highfield and Dame Darcy that examines the duality of 2D and 3D art work. Please join them for an opening night of supernatural revelry from 6:00 to 8:00 PM! (more info)  

New York City, NY: Author Kipp Friedman will be reading from hilarious memoir, Barracuda in the Attic, at 7:00 PM at KGB Bar! (more info

 

Monday, December 16th

• New York City, NY: And then come see Kipp Friedman read from Barracuda in the Attic at 2A Bar! He'll chat with fellow writer Jay Ruttenberg and do a reading at 8:00 PM! (more info



Get off the Couch to go to Floating World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jesse Reklawevents 9 Dec 2013 10:34 AM

Couch Tag 

 

Get Off The Couch With Couch Tag
Jesse Reklaw's Launches His New Graphic Novel at Floating World

WHAT: Get Off The Couch Book Tour for Jesse Reklaw's Couch Tag
WHEN: Thursday Nov. 19th, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St

Join Jesse Reklaw at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR on December 19th for a night to remember. From 6pm to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his twisted graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.

Veteran alternative cartoonist Jesse Reklaw, creator of the long-running weekly comic strip Slow Wave, delivers a tragicomic graphic memoir, his first long-form work. Presented as a series of comic novellas that together comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often hilarious memoir about childhood, family, death, mental illness, sex and drug use, the entire book is told through cleverly inviting conceits like cat histories and card games. Reklaw's own psychological state is expressed through his erratic art-style changes and darkening imagery.

The graphic novel is told in five parts: In "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics), Reklaw discovers coping mechanisms that mimic his family pets; "Toys I Love" relates the author's pre-pubescent brushes with deviant sexual activity, and the way innocence converges with real sexual trauma; "The Fred Robinson Story" tells the story of Reklaw's period stalking perfect strangers; "The Stacked Deck," in which hereditary influences towards criminal behavior, drug use and depression are explored via card games the author played with his family; and "Lessoned," a family history of mental illness.

Floating World
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR
www.fantagraphics.com/couchtag 

 





COUCH TAG RELEASE PARTY at DESERT ISLAND
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJesse ReklawFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 6 Dec 2013 10:51 AM
Couch Tag poster
Join Jesse Reklaw, Desert Island's Gabe Fowler and and friends tonight at Desert Island for a rockin' good time. From 7 to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his new graphic novel, Couch Tag, just for you! Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.
 
He'll also be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on December 14th while gracing the shelves of Portland's Floating World on December 19th! See you at every single location!
Couch Tag