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May Day Comic Book Giveaway
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under new releasesJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 22 Apr 2010 8:48 AM

Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales - Jim Woodring

Saturday, May 1 marks the 9th installment of Free Comic Book Day. This annual promotion is intended to expose new readers to the medium and acknowledge loyal patrons with a free comic book produced especially for the occasion. Over 30 books in a variety of genres were produced for Free Comic Book Day this year.  

Fantagraphics Books’ contribution to Free Comic Book Day is a delightful comic by Jim Woodring sure to appeal to readers of all ages. WEATHERCRAFT and Other Unusual Stories showcases Woodring’s visionary approach to cartooning. Included is an excerpt from Jim’s forthcoming full-length WEATHERCRAFT graphic novel, a Woodring character guide, artworks rendered in his singular style, and other features. Yours for the asking at your local participating comic book retailer.  

Jim Woodring himself will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Free Comic Book Day from noon to 1:00 PM to pass out complimentary copies. We’ll also have a supply of Drawn & Quarterly’s free comic book YOW! featuring John Stanley stories from Nancy, Melvin Monster and 13 Going on 18. You’ll have one last chance to view the stunning exhibition of original art by Gilbert Hernandez and peruse a bevy of beautiful new books from the world’s greatest cartoonists. See you then. 

YOW!

Stumptown Here We Come
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 22 Apr 2010 8:28 AM

Northwesterners unite! Fantagraphics will be heading down I-5 tomorrow to take part in the Pacific Northwest's premiere art comics event, The Stumptown Comics Fest! Staffers Jacq Cohen and Tony Remple -- both former Oregonians -- will be on hand all weekend to answer your questions and sell you some books. We'll have a few new releases on hand as well as signings with Dame Darcy and T. Edward Bak (MOME). Also, our own Jason T. Miles will also be in town for the show, pimping his Northwest-centric zine concern, Profanity Hill. Come check it out!

C. Tyler & Paul Hornschemeier in SPACE
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeiereventsCarol Tyler 21 Apr 2010 3:14 PM

SPACE Poster

This weekend join Carol Tyler (Saturday only) & Paul Hornschemeier at the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (along with old-school Fanta alum William Messner-Loebs and many other guests) in Columbus OH.

Of course, we ourselves will be out at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR this weekend — stay tuned for more info about that.

Kim Deitch in Baltimore this Sunday!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 19 Apr 2010 6:37 PM

The Homewood Art Workshops wraps up its 35th anniversary celebration with a slide talk by legendary cartoonist Kim Deitch on Monday, April 26. Deitch's talk, "The Search for Smilin' Ed and Other Tales," will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Deitch's latest book, The Search for Smilin' Ed, will be published by Fantagraphics in June. He will sign advance copies of Smilin' Ed at the Johns Hopkins Barnes & Noble, 3330 St. Paul Street, on Sunday, April 25, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. 

Dash Shaw & Paul Karasik at Harvard Book Store on Weds. April 21
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul KarasikeventsDash Shaw 19 Apr 2010 10:44 AM

Dash Shaw, Paul Karasik

Join Dash Shaw & Paul Karasik in conversation about Dash's new book Bodyworld at the Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, on Wednesday April 21 at 7 PM. Both guys will be signing books after the talk so bring your Bottomless Bellybuttons, Unclothed Men, Civilized Planets and Evil Creations. More info here.

Ain't no party like a Bagge & Sturm party
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeJames SturmFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 18 Apr 2010 9:40 PM

James Sturm & Peter Bagge, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, April 17, 2010

It was our great pleasure to once again host hometown hero Peter Bagge at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and to welcome the great James Sturm all the way from Vermont for a joint signing and book release on Saturday evening. Unfortunately some technical difficulties put the kibosh on James's planned multimedia presentation but it was a lively evening regardless, with a great turnout of fans and Seattle cartooning luminaries alike. Above: David Lasky chats with James, Fantagraphics' Janice Headley rocks the register, and Peter takes a breather. Check out some more photos on our Flickr page.

Craig Yoe talks at Politics and Prose in DC tonight
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsCraig Yoe 16 Apr 2010 1:04 PM

Craig Yoe talks at Politics and Prose

Craig Yoe talks about his book The Great Anti-War Cartoons at Politics and Prose in Washington DC at 7PM tonight — that's in 2 hours! More info here.

2010 MoCCA Art Festival wrap-up & photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under tattoosstaffSara Edward-CorbettPaul KarasikNate NealMiss Lasko-GrossMichael KuppermanKim Deitchjon vermilyeaJaime HernandezHans RickheitGlenn HeadGahan WilsonFletcher HankseventsEsther Pearl WatsonDerek Van GiesonDash ShawCharles BurnsArnold RothAl Jaffee 15 Apr 2010 2:19 PM

Thanks to all the artists, attendees, and MoCCA staff & volunteers for helping make the 2010 MoCCA Art Festival our most successful ever! We sold out of numerous titles, some within hours (and to the chagrin of our artists who ran out of books to sign — sorry!), and had mobs of fans turn out for our signings.

I took a load of photos; some highlights are below, followed by an embedded slideshow with lots more shots (which you can also view full screen) and a mosaic of thumbnails to browse. You can also browse the full set of photos with captions on our Flickr page.


Our setup at opening time, dwarfed by the cavernous interior of the Armory.


Mome dudes Derek Van Gieson, Nate Neal, editor Eric Reynolds, and Jon Vermilyea.

Jaime Hernandez, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Jaime Hernandez with a long line of fans.

Jaime Hernandez, Eric Reynolds, Todd Hignite & Adrian Tomine, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Eric observes as Jaime & Adrian Tomine share a laugh; that's Todd Hignite, author of The Art of Jaime Hernandez, in the tan jacket.

Charles Burns & Jaime Hernandez, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Charles Burns & Jaime Hernandez.

Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee & Gahan Wilson, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Eric looks on in admiration as living legends Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee & Gahan Wilson sign and greet fans.

Glenn Head & Hans Rickheit, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Hotwire editor Glenn Head and Squirrel Machine auteur Hans Rickheit.

Fletcher Hanks tattoo, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
We were all knocked out by this guy's Fantomah tattoo!

Kim Deitch & Paul Karasik, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Kim Deitch & Paul Karasik.

Esther Pearl Watson, Miss Lasko-Gross & Sara Edward-Corbett, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Esther Pearl Watson, Miss Lasko-Gross & Sara Edward-Corbett form a trio of triple-named women.

Dash Shaw, Michael Kupperman & Charles Burns, MoCCA Art Festival, April 11, 2010
Dash Shaw, Michael Kupperman & Charles Burns.

Last one, MoCCA Art Festival, April 11, 2010
The End!

Enid + pandas
Bonus: We spotted Enid preparing to clobber a pair of amorous pandas in our mural-filled hotel.

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Peter Bagge and James Sturm at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Peter BaggeJames SturmFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 15 Apr 2010 7:04 AM

Hate Annual #8 - Peter Bagge

Don't miss the action this Saturday, April 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Two brilliant cartoonists — Peter Bagge and James Sturm — celebrate the publication of 3 new books. 

Peter Bagge will sign fresh copies of HATE ANNUAL #8. The latest installment of his signature series has Lisa rockin' out and right into trouble. It's everything we love about Hate — silly, sexy, and outrageous, but with a disquieting air of familiarity. The signing will mark the world premiere of OTHER LIVES on DC's Vertigo imprint. We haven't seen it yet. (It won't be officially released until next week.) Peter takes on the socially awkward high tech crowd, and he assures us it's a laff riot. [Ed. note: I've read it and it's a cracking good yarn.]

Market Day - James Sturm

James Sturm returns to Seattle where he co-founded alternative weekly The Stranger in the early 90s. He went on to co-found the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and continues his career as a cartoonist. He'll give a brief slide presentation on his early days at The Stranger and sign copies of MARKET DAY, his first full graphic novel in a decade. 

Saturday, April 17 is also national Record Store Day at neighboring Georgetown Records. Created 3 years ago by our good pal Eric at Criminal Records in Atlanta, Record Store Day draws attention to the cultural value of these essential enterprises. Not to mention lots of great swag. Support your local record store.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale at Airport Way S., mere minutes from downtown Seattle. We're open every day 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Denver ComicFest this weekend
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneNoah Van Sciverevents 14 Apr 2010 10:59 PM

Denver ComicFest 2010

Tim Lane is a special guest at this weekend's Denver ComicFest, where you'll also be able to catch the likes of Noah Van Sciver and John Porcellino. Looks like a fun time!