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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Esther Pearl Watson’s UNLOVABLE art exhibition and book launch on Saturday, February 7.
With Valentine’s sentiments in mind, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle is pleased to present UNLOVABLE, an exhibition of original art and book launch celebration by Esther Pearl Watson on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Watson’s visual interpretations of the diary entries of teenager Tammy Pierce will resonate with everyone once afflicted by the eccentricities of adolescent isolation, unrequited love, and other torments of teen angst. The revealing narrative of the protagonist is perfectly suited to the artist’s endearing and empathetic renderings.
Los Angeles-based artist Esther Pearl Watson has exhibited work in prestigious galleries throughout the U. S. and Canada. Her recent paintings are currently featured in a solo exhibition, “Visions of the Future,” at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles. She is author of The Adventures of Jules and Gertie (Harcourt Children’s Books, 1999) and The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2000). Watson is co-author of What'Cha Mean, What’s a Zine? (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) with her artist husband Mark Todd. Her latest book, UNLOVABLE, published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, is loosely based on a teenager’s diary from 1985 found in a gas-station bathroom, detailing the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. Laurie Henzel, creative director at Bust magazine, which serialized portions of the book, observes, “No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us.”
Esther Pearl Watson’s first exhibition in Seattle will include original drawings related to the book, which will debut at the event on February 7. The artist will be present to sign copies of the book. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rusty Willoughby, performing a solo serenade arranged for the occasion. Willoughby, currently fronting Llama and a former member of seminal Seattle bands Pure Joy and Flop, has countless recordings on Sub Pop, Frontier, Sony Music and other labels.
Please join us on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to welcome this remarkable artist to Seattle. The exhibition remains on view through March 4, 2009. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.
Esther Pearl Watson
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
A late-nite update to alert you that Miss Lasko-Gross appears today (Saturday Jan. 17) at Cool Stuff Comics & Collectibles at 417 Burmont Rd. in Drexel Hill, PA (just outside of Philly) from 3-5 PM to sign copies of Escape from "Special" and show off the original art from its forthcoming sequel, A Mess of Everything (out this spring).
I have a solo show at Secret Headquarters called The Monster Show that will feature 14 new paintings/drawings. Opening reception is Feb. 6, from 8 - 10 pm and the show will be up until Feb. 27th. For those not in the Los Angeles area, Secret Headquarters will have the paintings online for purchase as well.
I've seen some of these works in person and they are wonderful.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the wildly popular BEASTS exhibition will be extended though February 4. Inclement weather prevented many from making the trek to Georgetown during the first weeks of the show. This extension will allow everyone to enjoy this delightfully ambitious display. Organized by Jacob Covey, this exhibition includes a diverse collection of colorful artwork by over 50 accomplished artists. (Click here for more information about the exibit.)
Paul Constant’s enthusiastic review in The Stranger observes, “The broad array of talent is impressive... I could go on for hours.” In a comprehensive feature in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch comments, “There’s nothing as satisfying to a reader as a detailed inventory... The visuals range from striking graphic design to comic-book gothic... which blend fantasy, pseudoscience and macabre wit to savory effect.”
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Join us this Saturday, January 10 until 9:00 PM for the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. See you all soon.
D.C., get your D.D. this Friday:
CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS is pleased to begin the New Year with two spirited solo exhibitions: Carole Wagner Greenwood's "Ghosts and Circumstance" and Dame Darcy's "Gasoline." The exhibitions will open to the public January 9, 2009 and will be on view until February 7, 2009. Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, January 9, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm with a free music performance at 9pm.
Civilian Art Projects
In this new exhibition Mark Todd shows an ever deepening interest in deconstructing comic art from his childhood. "The main difference between 'Fragments' and my last showing at La Luz de Jesus is that the works seem to be getting more abstracted and there is more collage elements working into the pieces on paper," states Todd who took his first creative cues from comic books and Star Wars. In this collection of works it is apparent that these two worlds of inventive fantasy still inform his art. Todd references the past, waxes nostalgic about it, and simultaneously lends his own post-modern sensibility to it by employing a limited palette, repetition, distortion and mixed media materials including spray paint, cel-vinyl, glossy varnishes and dusty stains. Todd lives in Southern California with his wife and fellow artist, Esther Pearl Watson and their daughter Lili, an avid artist herself. Todd also co-teaches with Esther at Art Center College of Design.
Mark Bode forwarded us this message from a fellow friend of S. Clay Wilson, Dave Hodtwalker:
Hi everyone. This holiday brings a little sad news from an old friend of mine, underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson of ZAP Comix, The Checkered DEMON, Capt. Pissgums and his Perverted Pirates, Star Eyed Stella and all your favorite demented ungerground comix characters. Steve either fell or was attacked about 2 months ago and suffered a very serious brain injury. He's having trouble recovering and the bills are mounting. Fortunately a good samaritan called it in when they found him and after a long stay at S.F. General, he is now in rehab. He will need a lot of therapy and recovery time in the next few months. We will be holding a Benefit for him in conjunction with the Bistro, (Thanks Vic) and Father's Amp Repair. There will be the regular jam featuring Kenny Gross, Andrew G., Vic and Whitt Vicena, Roger Lind, and yours truly. Steve and I go way back to Lincoln Nebraska many years ago and I'd like to help get him back on the drawing board again as I'm sure you all would. I hope you can all come by. There'll be a little food, lots of music, great beers at the B of course (just a couple blocks from BART if you didn't know so you can avoid the local gendarmes), and we'll have representatives from his publishers who have graciously agreed to donate some of Steve's books for sale at a discount. We'll also have a raffle at the end of the evening with signed posters, beverages from the Celebrator donated by Tom Dalldorf and possibly a special guitar created by Andrew G. (S. type.) For you musicians there will be free amplifier service coupons from Father's Amp Repair. Please come down Sunday December 28th for this benefit to help Steve get back on his feet. You won't be dissappointed in the music, the beverages, the comix or the holiday atmosphere at the Bistro. 1001 B. St. Hayward CA.
Secret Headquarters Presents:
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville tells the hilariously bizarre adventures of Pluck, an irritable and featherless rooster, and his best pal, the awkwardly unsocialized but lovable teddy bear known as Fuzz. These two usually inseparable and co-dependent misfits find themselves suddenly separated and alone. Pluck vows to establish his place in the world's pecking order by becoming a champion gladiator, while the more demure Fuzz finds himself a POW in a stuffed animal collection, only to escape and befriend a mercurial ferryman who recruits him for an impossible task. These absurdities pile on and eventually converge in a fatal collision course that reunites our heroes.
Fuzz & Pluck is an odd, and unusually original graphic novel, a "funny animal" comic that is surprisingly human. Rich with pathos, wit, farce, existentialism and drama, often cruel, always funny, this superficially ridiculous struggle for survival is an Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups that reaches absurdly delightful heights. As Simpsons creator Matt Groening says, "This epic tale of a hapless li'l bear and his defeathered friend is why I love comics. All hail the peculiar Fuzz & Pluck and their creator, Ted Stearn!"
Ted Stearn is longtime storyboard artist for animation. Fuzz & Pluck is the author's most personal work, showcasing his vivid imagination and meticulous draughtsmanship.
Yes you can! Yours truly recorded videos of every song played by Peter Bagge's new band Can You Imagine? at our gala Beasts! print show opening and 2nd Anniversary party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last Saturday and plunked 'em on our YouTube page, where you can enjoy the strains of their original (correction) the Herman's Hermits hit "A Must to Avoid," embedded above, and a dozen more swingin' numbers!
Of course we have photos of the exhibit and the party crowd, too, including our special guests (not to mention Peter Bagge & Steve Fisk's erotic birthday cake). Check them out in this slideshow; to see all the annotations and credits, browse through manually. (By the way, if you missed the opening, don't despair, good prints are still available — hustle on down to Georgetown on your little Bobby Orr legs.)