Casual fans of Fantagraphics may not be aware of the close association we have with Seattle's illustrious music scene. I was reminded of this relationship on Friday while attending a sold out Mudhoney and Tom Price Desert Classic concert. Nearly half the musicians on stage that night were former or current Fantagraphics staffers. What a great place to work!
We'll celebrate the legacy of Seattle's early music and comix on Saturday, November 29 as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts the book launch party for Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Music Anthology, 1980 -1988. The book documents the formative years of Bruce Pavitt's fiercely independent fanzine, cassette label and music column. Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid was a contributor to the fanzine (under the pseudonym Lewy Louie.). Bookstore staffer Russ Battaglia contributed graphics and photos to the zine, which were graced with covers by Lynda Barry and Charles Burns. It was amazing to see the almost immediate infleunce Pavitt's modest enterprise had on pop music. To those close to him, it came as no surprise that within a decade, Sub Pop would impact popular culture on a global scale.
The book includes essays by Reid, Charles R. Cross, Ann Powers, Gerard Cosley, and Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records and early Sub Pop fanzine collaborator. Johnson will perform music at the party, which is the first time he'll play Fantagraphics since Beat Happening rocked our wild warehouse party in 1994 (attended by newly anointed princes of punk, Nirvana). Many contributors to the old zine and new book will be at the November 29 reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM - a great way to end Small Business Saturday.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
The gorgeous Melrose Market Studios is hosting local businesses on Sunday, November 30th for a bazaar called The Seattle Collective. At this creative market and bazaar, Fantagraphics will be tabling and selling our classic and new classic comics directly to you! From 11-6pm browse the businesses while sipping some local coffee from Slate Coffee Roasters all day and some sumptuous cocktails from Still Liquor during Happy Hour time 4-6pm (the poster says 5 but we have the inside scoop!). Find only the best comics and graphic novels for your loved ones this holiday season (that includes YOU too!)
The local businesses participating include: Ampersand as Apostrophe • BDR Studio • Blk Pine Workshop • Bremelo Press • Clementines • Dolcetta confections • Erika Laureano Design • E. Smith Mercantile • Fantagraphics (you know that) • Fruitsuper • Piano Nobile • Kimberly Baker Jewelry • Ladies & Gentlemen Studio • Makrbox • Noble Neon • Scout • Tyranny & Mutation and many more...
Stop by to say hello, meet the talented owners behind these local creative businesses, drink, shop and meet other like-minded folk. Believe you me, the lavender bitters I got from E. Smith Mercantile last holiday season made the PERFECT London Fogs to sip on while reading Twelve Gems or Nancy. RSVP and let your friends in on the good times via the Seattle Collective Facebook Event Page! It'll look like THIS but bustling with people and the merchants.
Melrose Market Studios 1532 Minor Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
Los Angeles, CA - The Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 tour continues down the West Coast as Ed Piskor heads to Meltdown Comics. BoingBoing Founder Mark Frauenfelder will be in conversation with Piskor in the infamous Nerdmelt Room (made popular by many a cartoonist and the Meltdown comedy show) plus a special guest DJ will make sure the comic shop is bumpin' with beats. Leave work a little early and hit up the shop from 4-6pm for a rad time. (more details)
Wednesday, November 19th
Penn State - Prepare your mind and soul for Jim Woodring as he accepts his Lynn Ward Graphic Novel Prize on the Penn State Campus. From 4-5:30pm, Woodring will receive accolades and give a talk on Fran, Frank and the Unifactor in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library). This is a once in a life-time chance for students and the public, who knows, you might even get extra credit! (more details)
Thursday, November 20th
San Francisco, CA - West Coast, give your best to Ed Piskor on his last tour stop this side of the Mississippi. Appearing at City Lights for a 7pm signing, you'll wanna see the cartoonist who made hip hop and comics coexist before he gets back to his drawing board to make more Hip Hop Family Tree comics happen! (more details)
Ed Piskor hits San Francisco with a BOOM this Thursday, November 20th at City Lights. At 7pm you should stop, drop and caterpillar over to 261 Columbus Avenue to get a copy of Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 AND get it signed by Piskor himself.
This is Ed's second to last tour stop on the Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 tour and your last chance to see him this year, West Coast! Come on out to City Lights, the nations first ALL-paperbackstore, as it sells you Piskor's sexy flexi-bound book.
The Late Child and Other Animalswill continue its illustrious NYC debut at the First Person Plural event at Silvana this Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm. Climb downstairs for the best in new non-fiction as cartoonists Marguerite Van Cookand James Romberger perform along with writers Cameron Fraser, Asali Solomon and FPP co-founder Wendy S. Walters will all be performing with special DJ sets by Lady DM. Silvana is located at 300 W. 116th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd, across from Harlem Tavern, steps from the B/C at 116th. Admission is free but the show is priceless. Silvana 300 W 116th St New York, NY 10026
The Miami Book Fair is a beautiful meeting of literary minds, scholars, writers, cartoonists and readers. This year, the fair will be graced by four brilliant minds, who also happen to have Fantagraphics books out. They are all appearing on some apenls on Saturday, November 22nd at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Most of the comics panels take place in room 1365 in building 1 (see map below) at the intersection of NE 1st Ave and NE 3rd Street.
Joyce Farmer's recent reprint from Fantagraphics is her original graphic novel called Special Exits. It is a touching, heartwarming and melancholy look at the grace and diginity we can honor our elders with as they take their leave of this world. Drawn in her emotive black lines, you can feel the frays on the couch arms and feel the warm, wrinkled hands in a perfect reading experience.
Marguerite Van Cookand James Rombergerwill be debuting their new book, The Late Child and Other Animals, hitting some hard notes on WWII and European feminism. The journeys and struggles over decades of a mother and daughter (in this case, Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
And Ed Piskor will be winding down his Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2tour with Miami Book Fair. Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. As meticulously documented in Piskor's panels, the performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets.
Saturday, Nov 22 11 a.m. Lives to the Contrary: Al Capp, Andre the Giant and the 80s Hip Hop Pantheon A lively discussion on going against the grain...at least for a bit with Denis Kitchen, Box Brown and Ed Piskor, moderated by Joan Hilty. Room 1365
12:30 p.m. Best American Comics 2014 A talk with cartoonists Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Aydin Koch, Ed Piskor, and Raina Telgemeier, moderated by series editor, Bill Kartapoulos.
In Sickness and in Health: Joyce Brabner, Mark Zingarelli and Joyce Farmer Two remarkable new graphic novels explore mortality, courage and the bonds of family in the face of disease. Brabner and Zingarelli discuss the remarkable true story behind their Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague, and Joyce Farmer discusses her new book Special Exits. Moderated by independent editor Joan Hilty. Room 1365
3 - 4:30pm Of Love and Other Stories Liana Finck on A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York, Ray Fawkes on The People Inside, and Marguerite Van Cookand James Rombergeron The Late Child and Other Animals will each take turns discussing their new work, then will share time for Q&A. The presentation is followed by a signing. Room 1365
3:15 - 3:45pm Ed Piskor Signing In-booth autographing in Destination: Comics. Autographing table located in Tate's Comics booth.
Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you'll find Boing Boing founder's Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more.
Get excited and maybe even practice your dance moves with some Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2 era-appropriate dance moves!
In less than a week you could be glued to your seat listening to Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize winner Jim Woodring give a talk on Fran at The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. On Wednesday, November 19th, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State from 4-5:30pm, Woodring will be speaking about his intricate story-telling and world-buildling that cuminated in this surreal and cyclical story of Fran and earning the Lynd Ward Prize. Congratulations, Jim!
This event is free to the public thanks to these sponsors: University Libraries, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Dorothy Foher Huck Chair, Library Learning Services and the English Department.
For more information or if you have questions about physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accomodations at the site, contact Caroline Wermuth at
A five question interview with cartoonist Drew Friedman was featured on the Book Soup blog in anticipation of his signing and conversation with artist William Stout this Friday, November 14th at Book Soup in 8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. People often ask Drew why he draws people and specifically these cartoonists at later stages in their life and he responded: "I like to draw people older or very old because you get to see their lives etched into their faces. Every line, wrinkle and liver spot tells the story of their life. Drawing younger faces is finally boring for me. It's too bland and uninteresting, although I do admire a beautiful face. I like Ava Gardner's quote when she was asked late in life why she didn't get a facelift: 'Honey, I earned every line.' "
Detail of the Will Eisner portrait by Friedman
For more answers (especially to the question, do you LIKE your subjects), check out the Book Soup blog and be sure to stop by Book Soup this Friday for one hell of a time!
Seattle, WA - We're teaming up with our favorite video store non-profit, Scarecrow, to present the deeply influential film, Wild Style. Released in 1983, Wild Style captured the sounds, sights, and moves, of New York hip hop during it's earliest and formative years. It also features rare footage of cats like Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy. This special presentation tonight is also featuring the one and only Ed Piskor. He'll be presenting the film in grand fashion, and then signing copies of Hip Hop Family Tree, which will be on hand to purchase. Screening begins at 7 pm. (More Details)
Friday, November 14th
Seattle, WA - Kick off a weekend of festivities at the Fantagraphics Bookstore for the Marathon II art show, presented by Short Run, the premiere Comix and Art Festival here in Seattle. We're bringing in a slew of artists to sign, mingle and have fun. Come join Tom Neely, Josh Simmons , Ed Piskor, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Simon Hanselmann and Pam Wishbow. The art show will be hanging at the bookstore until December 10th, but we'll only be hanging for one night, so don't miss this FREE event! All the fun starts at 8 pm, or whenever I get there. (More Details)
Los Angeles - Book Soup sounds not only delicious, but enlightening. And at Book Soup, Drew Friedman will be dicussing his latest museum quality work, Heroes of the Comics, with artist William Stout, following with a signing. The full-color, oversized, 80-page book is a force of retrospective nature, capturing candid feeling moments of some of the greatest comic heroes in history. Peep a preview of the book on its page, and then check out the real deal in person. Book Soup discussion begins at 7 PM. (More Details)
Saturday, November 15th
Seattle, WA - The love and joy of comics can be felt none deeper than at Short Run Comix and Art Festival, held at the beautiful Washington Hall. A veritable menagerie of artists, fans, and volunteers will be gathering today from 11 am - 6 pm to look, buy and chat about the wares and talent that make them. There's also a famous bake sale to keep you sustained throughout the day! Come back a few hours later and see Washington Hall transformed into a beach party, ready to warm you up with the sounds of La Luz and The Shivas. Don't miss the good times to be had at the Fantagraphics booth with artists and advanced copies making appearances! (More Details)
San Francisco, CA - Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 will present a multi-media presentaion at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco. The event takes place at Mission High School, from Noon - 1:30 pm. Pat will be sharing the stage with Rickey Winvent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band. This FREE even takes place amongst a whole day of activist authors sharing their works and ideas with the public. Don't miss it!
Sunday, November 16th
Portland, OR - Making his way down the coast, Ed Piskor is making a stop at Bridge City Comics in Portland at 6 pm. New York Times Bestselling graphic novel, Hip Hop Family Tree draws the stellar connections between hip hop and comic, and tells a story about how one of the greatest art forms was born, while using the other greatest art form. Long story short, this book is a genre match made in heaven. Get your copy signed by Ed this Sunday! (More Details)