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Artopia 2010 Lights up Georgetown
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 29 Jun 2010 1:24 PM

Saturday's Artopia extravaganza was the most festive yet. Thousands of adventurous art patrons strolled through Georgetown taking in everything from Megan's Kelso's Artichoke Tales exhibition to the vintage Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, complete with the mobile Elvis museum and wedding chapel. Circus acts, sideshow routines, carnival games, marching bands, and plenty of food and drink kept everyone wildly entertained.

Georgetown Power Tool Races

Fantagraphics Bookstore's entry in the Power Tool Races — a chainsaw-powered 1991 Daniel Clowes-designed Santa Cruz skateboard — won the trophy for... well, some absurd category. Comedian and film director Bobcat Goldthwait dropped by the store after the races to admire the winner before presenting his cult classic feature film Shakes the Clown.

Bobcat Goldthwait

Bands performed on a stage outside the store all day including the Tom Price Desert Classic featuring our beloved Martin Bland on drums. The festivities came to a crescendo with an improvised session of neighborhood musicians including Georgetown Records co-owners Grant Eckman and Martin Imbach, and a cameo appearance by Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd. Don't miss it next year.

Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd

Renaissance Woman Dame Darcy at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, July 10
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcy 24 Jun 2010 11:08 AM

Dame Darcy at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery flyer

Multifaceted cartoonist, musician, performance artist, fortune teller and neo-Victorian culture maven Dame Darcy appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on July 10 to celebrate the publication of MEAT CAKE, a collection of stories from the first decade of her popular comic book series of the same name. The event features an exhibition of Dame Darcy's original comic art and other creations, an enchanting music recital and a fortune telling session with each book signed.

MEAT CAKE is like a peek into an imaginative, deranged dollhouse filled with fractured fairy tales. An expanded version of the long out-of-print hardcover book, this new paperback assembles the very best of Darcy's work from the first 11 issues of the beloved comic (including "Hungry Is the Heart," the legendary collaboration with Watchmen creator Alan Moore). According to the New York Times, "Darcy's comics are aesthetic manifestos... Darcy is a star. Meat Cake will prevail, as luxury takes over America. And the world beyond." The Los Angeles Times observes, "[Darcy] has created a childlike, otherworldly realm, a land that hovers in the twilight space between the whimsical and the macabre. Ghosts and goblins, foul-tempered stepmothers, lovesick mermaids and charmed forests are all rendered in Darcy's distinctive hand, loose and flowing lines reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey."

Dame Darcy's appearance on Saturday, July 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic industrial arts corridor. 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.

Listing Information

Dame Darcy's MEAT CAKE

Art exhibition, book signing and performance

Saturday, July 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Exhibition continues through September 8, 2010

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone 206.658.0110
Open Daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM



Friday in Portland: Jim Woodring
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 23 Jun 2010 12:22 PM

It's the final stop on Jim Woodring's WEATHERCRAFT tour! 

WHO: Jim Woodring 
WHAT: Multimedia talk and book signing
WHERE: Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR
WHEN: Friday, June 25, 7:30 PM


Friday in Brooklyn: Megan Kelso
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Megan Kelsoevents 23 Jun 2010 12:16 PM

WHO: Megan Kelso 
WHAT: book signing
WHERE: Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: Friday, June 25, 7PM 


Thurs. in NYC: Deitch & Kelso
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Megan KelsoKim Deitchevents 23 Jun 2010 12:15 PM

WHO: Megan Kelso and Kim Deitch 
WHAT: Multimedia talk and book signing
WHERE: The Strand Bookstore, 12th & Broadway, New York, NY
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 7PM

Fantagraphics Books and New York's The Strand Bookstore are proud to present an evening with acclaimed graphic novelists Kim Deitch and Megan Kelso on June 24, talking about and signing their new graphic novels THE SEARCH FOR SMILIN' ED (by Deitch) and ARTICHOKE TALES (by Kelso).

 

 


Esther Pearl Watson at Skylight Books in L.A. - back on for July 9
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 22 Jun 2010 10:15 AM

Esther Pearl Watson

Join Esther Pearl Watson at Skylight Books in Los Angeles on Friday, July 9 at 7:30 PM for a signing and what is sure to be a hilarious and delightful discussion with what Esther promises to be "an awesome slideshow of inspiration, sketches and behind-the-scenes craziness" for Unlovable Vols. 1 & 2. More info here. (This is a rescheduling of the event that was originally slated for May 12.)

Indy Euphoria in Sacramento
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanJordan CraneJohnny Ryanevents 21 Jun 2010 9:58 PM

Indy Euphoria flyer

Johnny Ryan, Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman are among the guests at Indy Euphoria, the awesome-sounding "indy comics/DIY/vinyl toy/lowbrow art/music convention" in Sacramento this coming Sunday, June 27! Jeez that sounds fun.

Jim Woodring at Desert Island - photos & video
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJim Woodringevents 21 Jun 2010 8:40 PM

Photos & video from Jim Woodring's appearance at Desert Island in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 19, 2010. Yoinked from Desert Island's Flickr photostream. More pics here.

Mark Martin art show in Massachusetts
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mark Martineventsart shows 21 Jun 2010 3:08 PM

Runaway Comic #3 - Mark Martin

iBerkshires.com reports that Comic and Cartoon Art Comes Alive: The Art of Mark Martin will be on view July 31 - August 29, 2010 at the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield MA, and "As a precursor to the exhibit, the Storefront Artist Project will be hosting a special United States Postal Service stamp cancellation ceremony... The cancel was created by Martin with his own characters and will be used by the USPS on July 16, 2010 as part of the 'Sunday Funnies' 2010 Stamp Program. A series of related workshops and programs will also be offered to the community in conjunction with the exhibition."

Megan Kelso event & exhibit photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Megan KelsoFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Jun 2010 12:47 PM

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, June 12, 2010

Presenting some photos of Megan Kelso's Artichoke Tales book launch/signing/art exhibit opening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last Saturday, June 12. Thanks to everybody who came out to meet Megan, get books signed and marvel at her amazingly clean originals. Browse the whole photo set, including more shots of the artwork, on our Flickr page; there's also a slideshow embedded below. The show is up through July 7.

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, June 12, 2010

Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, June 12, 2010