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CELEBTRATED CARTOONISTS JAIME HERNANDEZ AND STAN SAKAI APPEAR AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON APRIL 4
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery proudly presents two of the most accomplished and popular cartoonists in America on Saturday, April 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the phenomenal Love and Rockets series, will appear with Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo fame for an exhibition of original art and book signing event. They will be joined by special guest Paul Hornschemeier signing copies of his handsome new hardcover Mother, Come Home.
Jaime Hernandez, together with his brother Gilbert, revolutionized the comic book form with their epic series Love and Rockets. Introduced in 1982, their mythical tale of contemporary multicultural society re-energized a moribund medium and gave birth to the “alternative comics” genre. Jaime’s central characters, Maggie and Hopey, emerged as icons for a generation of disaffected youth and their stories remain relevant and compelling today. With nearly 100 comic books to his credit, and over a dozen collected anthologies published by Fantagraphics Books, Jaime Hernandez is among the most influential cartoonists of his generation. In the words of Alan Moore, "Jaime's art balances big white and black spaces to create a world of nuance in between, just as his writing balances our big human feelings and our small human trivias to generate its incredible emotional power. Quite simply, this is one of the twentieth century's most significant comics creators at the peak of his form, with every line a wedding of classicism and cool."
Much like Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai relies on his cultural heritage in the expansive adventure series Usagi Yojimbo. Sakai chronicles the escapades of wandering Samurai bunny Miyamoto Usagi in feudal Japan with beautifully crafted artwork and an engaging narrative style that appeals to readers of all ages. Usagi Yojimbo is at once poignant, edifying, funny, and spellbinding – a singular achievement in the comics medium. Fantagraphics Books and Portland-based Dark Horse Comics have collected his work in over 24 volumes. According to comic book sage Stan Lee: “One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.”
Mother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier’s piercing graphic-novel debut, long out of print and now available for the first time in hardcover. It secured the cartoonist’s place as one of his generation’s most skillful and ambitious practitioners, and proved a harbinger of the subject matter that the artist would go on to explore most consistently in later work: the nuclear family.
The exhibition and reception on Saturday, April 4 will serve as the official after-party for the Emerald City ComiCon. Expect an array of comics professionals and luminaries to be in attendance. Admission is free. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110.
Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai
Love and Rockets and Usagi Yojimbo
Saturday, April 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through May 6, 2009.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Take a virtual tour through our phenomenal Humbug exhibit currently on view (through April 1) at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view greater detail in a new window.
Check out some scenes from last Saturday's lively signing and performance by Dame Darcy at the aforementioned Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Again, click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view it in a new window.
And below, catch a few of the bewitching musical numbers performed by Dame Darcy and her brother Matt at the evening's event. If the embedded player isn't visible, click here for the YouTube playlist.
In the spirit of Jason's recent SDCC 2008 reports (but not quite that tardy), here are the photos and video of the gallery opening and book launch party for Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle back on February 7, 2009. If you or your reader don't like embedded slideshows, click here to browse the photos.
Below, Rusty Willoughby (Llama, ex-Pure Joy, ex-Flop) serenades the crowd. I recorded every song but the first one; click here for the YouTube playlist if the embedded player isn't visible. And stay tuned for photos and video from the Humbug exhibit and Dame Darcy's performance last weekend.
THE 2009 PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR
April 2, 5:30-8:30PM: CHARLES A. HARTMAN FINE ART, Portland
"Paul Hornschemeier: Cloistered in Crowds" First Thursday reception and book signing
134 NW 8th Ave. • hartmanfineart.net
April 3, 6PM: LUCKY'S COMICS, Vancouver
Book signing and author talk
3972 Main St. • luckys.ca
April 4, All Day: EMERALD CITY CON, Seattle
Appearing at the Fantagraphics Books tables
Seattle Convention Center • emeraldcitycomicon.com
April 4, 7PM: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY, Seattle
A book signing and Emerald City Con after-party with Stan Sakai & Jaime Hernandez
1201 S. Vale St. • fantagraphics.com/bookstore
Read the new book MOTHER, COME HOME from Fantagraphics
The colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack enters its second year with a lively array of arts and entertainment on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Residents of region are invited to explore the enchanting Georgetown arts community and visit the diverse and delightfully creative artists, residents, and merchants that inhabit this historic neighborhood.
Among the highlights of the March 14 installment: A record release party for Strange Jerome with special guests The Drews at the Mix; Paintings from the book "Monito Hermoso" by Mike Cressy at Georgetown Tile Works; Notebook drawings by Georgetown neighborhood advocates Holly and Kathy at their charming George boutique; A book signing and music performance by celebrated cartoonist and counterculture maven Dame Darcy at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; An opening of the expanded quarters of mid-century modern purveyors Fruit Cocktail Collectables; A multimedia presentation by participants of the South Park Youth Media Workshop taught by Laura Wright and Web Crowell at Belle & Wissell; Open studios and performances celebrating the first anniversary of our Sodo neighbors Seitch 22 Artist Studios at the Old Rainier Brewery.
The Art Attack festivities will be followed by a special benefit auction for Georgetown's favorite son and resident motorcycle mechanic Phil Weigel at the Cretins Motorcycle Club headquarters on Spokane Street at E. Marginal Way. Phil recently suffered a broken hip, and the entire neighborhood has rallied to his support. Please join us.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid via www.georgetownartattack.com.
Cult cartoonist Dame Darcy appears for music performance and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Saturday, March 14.
Charismatic cartoonist and counterculture maven Dame Darcy will grace Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with her presence on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. She will present an acoustical music performance and sign copies of her popular comic book Meat Cake as well as her new graphic novel Gasoline.
Currently in its 17th issue, Dame Darcy’s Meat Cake is a visionary blend of gothic horror, Victorian fantasy, and punk romance rendered with the artist’s singular graphic sensibility. Published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, Meat Cake has developed a devoted following among a dramatically diverse readership. Her recently released graphic novel, Gasoline, is a post-apocalyptic gothic fairy tale of suspense, heartbreak, and redemption.
Dame Darcy has achieved national recognition through her creative associations with counterculture personalities including Courtney Love, Lisa Crystal Carver, Thurston Moore, Tori Amos, and Alan Moore, among countless others. Currently residing in Portland, OR, she remains active in visual arts, comics, video, film and music.
Dame Darcy will perform on vocals and banjo with her acoustic trio, followed by a reception and book signing. Patrons will also enjoy the exhibition of original art by the MAD geniuses behind Harvey Kurtzman’s Humbug. Admission is free. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110. This event coincides with the lively “Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack” featuring visual and performing arts presentation throughout the historic neighborhood.
I'm making my first-ever trip to Minneapolis on Thursday for this event, which I'm very much looking forward to. Any of you Flog readers in Minneapolis out there reading, I'd love to meet you there!
When: March 6 - April 19, 2009
mome noun (1553) 1. archaic: fool; blockhead. 2. a quarterly anthology showcasing the best new talent of this decade's rising cartoon generation.
MOMENTUM: The New Comics presents a retrospective of comic artworks published in the Harvey and Eisner award-nominated quarterly Mome (Fantagraphics Books), one of the industry's leading contemporary anthologies. Anchored by an ever-evolving core roster of contributors, the lauded series showcases comic art's best emerging talent alongside some of North America and Europe's most respected creators.MOMENTUM artists include rising stars such as Sophie Crumb, Tim Hensley, R. Kikuo Johnson, Tom Kaczynski, Zak Sally, and Dash Shaw.
In case you missed this part of our Humbug exhibit announcement yesterday:
Don’t miss a special performance and book signing by cult cartoonist Dame Darcy on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Darcy will perform with her three-piece acoustical combo and sign copies of her wildly popular Victorian gothic comic book series Meat Cake, as well as her new graphic novel Gasoline. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentation throughout the historic neighborhood.
Saturday, March 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM