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Wednesday night in Halifax: FENWICK!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ray Fenwickevents 13 May 2008 12:33 PM

Emerald City Comicon/Jordan Crane pics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jordan CraneFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 May 2008 2:59 PM

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Emerald City Comicon this past weekend and our official afterparty/Jordan Crane exhibit opening on Saturday! We've got a bunch of photos, of which the two below are just the tip of the iceberg; click here for the whole set on Flickr.

Eric Reynolds and Kristy Valenti on Con duty:

Fantagraphics at Emerald City Comicon, Seattle, 05/10/08

Jordan Crane signs comics:

Jordan Crane exhibit opening / Emerald City Comicon afterparty, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 05/10/08

Bagge & Reid in the P.I.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 May 2008 1:12 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid is the subject of a must-read profile by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's art critic Regina Hackett, wherein Reid and Hackett have contentious opinions about Peter Bagge.

Speaking of the Bookstore, we hope to see you there tomorrow night for the Emerald City Comicon afterparty-slash-Jordan Crane exhibit opening!

Emerald City Con
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peter BaggeJordan CraneFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forney 8 May 2008 10:27 PM

This weekend is the big Emerald City Con in Seattle, and we'll be hosting signings with Jordan Crane (all day Sat. & Sun), Peter Bagge (Sat. 1PM) and Ellen Forney (Sunday at noon). We'll also have new books like Bottomless Belly ButtonExplainersRebel VisionsMost OutrageousAmor Y Cohetes and Mome 11. But, if you do one thing this weekend, do this, it's gonna be fun and the Jordan Crane art is fantastic and goes well with beer: 

Weirdos: interactive slideshow with audio
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaflogcastFantagraphics historyevents 7 May 2008 4:25 PM

The Rocket - August 1986 - cover by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez

If you weren't able to make it to Larry Reid's slide lecture "Weirdos: Seattle’s Alternative Comics Culture in the Context of R. Crumb’s Underground" at the Frye Art Museum last month, or if you were and want to re-live it, we are very pleased to present it here on the website in a nifty interactive format. Stream or download the MP3 audio and follow along with the slides at the "ding," just like back in grade school! (You can also read the text of the lecture and browse the slides at your own pace, if you prefer.) Larry's speech is informative, entertaining and opinionated as always, and the slideshow includes a wealth of seldom-seen imagery like the Rocket cover by the Brothers Hernandez pictured above. Click here to dive on in!

Bagge'd & boarded
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 7 May 2008 12:35 PM

From our pals at Manik Skateboards, the official announcement of the launch of their Peter Bagge line of decks (and the launch party at our storefront on May 17):

Manik presents Peter Bagge skateboard launch party

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Contacts: Marshall Reid
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MANIK SKATEBOARDS PRESENTS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PETER BAGGE
Launch Party on Saturday, May 17 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Seattle-based Manik Skateboards continues its innovative artist-in-residence approach to skateboarding culture with the release of a new line of skate decks and related merchandise by acclaimed local cartoonist Peter Bagge. The launch of this new product line begins with a display and reception for the artist on Saturday, May 17 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown.

Now in it 6th year of operation, Manik Skateboards instituted their artist-in-residence program in 2004. Past participants have included accomplished artists in a variety of media including Maya Hayuk, Andrew Pommier, Charles Peterson, Craig Wetherby, and Jeff Proctor, among many others. Peter Bagge continues this tradition of provocative graphic design with a regional flavor.

Seattle's Peter Bagge is one of the most influential and admired cartoonists in the world. His grunge-era imagery is ideally suited to the skateboarding subculture. At once hilarious and poignant, Bagge's work of this era went beyond satire, and helped fashion both the attitudes and aesthetics of Seattle's only significant indigenous youth movement. Manik partner and designer Nhon "Nin" Truong explains, "Since our inception, Manik has been devoted to preserving our region's cultural heritage. From the anachronistic architectural anomalies of the ‘Aurora Avenue' series, to the jazz and blues legends of the ‘Jackson Street' edition, we've made an effort to expose a new generation to Seattle's cultural legacy. Like Charles Peterson's photographic series of skateboards, Peter Bagge represents an amazing era in our history." Manik partner and promotions director Marshall "Stack" Reid" (a former staffer at Fantagraphics) adds, "I was exposed to Bagge's comics at a very early age, and this series is like reliving my childhood."

The launch party is open to the public of all ages. The artist will be available to sign boards and books. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle's lively Georgetown district. Phone 206.658.0110.

A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information, feel free to contact Nin Truong or Marshall Reid at numbers above.

Websites: www.manikskateboards.com and www.fantagraphics.com

Listing Information
Manik Skateboards Peter Bagge series launch party
Saturday, May 17, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle (206) 658-0110
Admission free. All ages.








Bodé kicks, event in Berlin
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Vaughn BodeMark Bodefashionevents 7 May 2008 11:55 AM

Puma Basket II Bodé sneakers

On Saturday, May 17th, Overkill Shop in Berlin presents "Cheech Wizard goes to Berlin" with artwork by Vaughn Bodé, featuring an appearance by Mark Bodé and celebrating the launch of a limited-edition Bodé sneaker from Puma. The sneakers look pretty sweet (especially riding a Peter Bagge-designed Manik skateboard, I bet), though for me personally they take 3rd place to the Gary Panter-designed Simpsons Vans and Jim Woodring's custom-designed Chucks.

Mauldin virtual book signing Thursday night!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsBill Mauldin 5 May 2008 8:44 AM

Todd DePastino will be participating in a Virtual Book Signing this Thursday night to promote his two new books about Bill Mauldin: A LIFE UP FRONT, and WILLIE & JOE: THE WWII YEARS.

This Thursday, May 8th, at 6:00 pm Central Time, Virtual Book Signing, in partnership with Jean Albano Gallery, presents the first full length biography of the great cartoonist of the World War II generation, the legendary Bill Mauldin. They will also offer the first edition of our fine two volume set of Mauldin's classic WWII cartoons, Willie and Joe. Order Signed Copies of these titles now for delivery after the event.

Bill Mauldin costs $27.95.
Willie and Joe costs $65.00.

To reserve your signed copies of these titles visit VirtualBookSigning.net
or call (312) 944-3085.

One of Mauldin's most famous cartoons, depicting the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial holding his head in his hands, appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. The original printing plate of this historic sketch was saved from the waste basket by a Sun Times editor, and now is reproduced as a special limited edition of 650 prints:

Thanks to Jean Albano Gallery, Virtual Book Signing will feature that original printing block during the May 8th program with Todd DePastino.
The Limited Edition hand-pulled print, from that historic plate, measures 17.5 x 14 inches.

"Weeping Lincoln" costs $500.00 unframed, or $750.00 in conservation framing.

If you wish to order this special limited edition please use this order form, or call (312) 944-3085.  

 

 






Ray Fenwick release party in Halifax
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ray Fenwickevents 2 May 2008 8:54 AM

FANTAGRAPHICS & FROG HOLLOW BOOKS PRESENT: 

Halifax's RAY FENWICK celebrates the release of HALL OF BEST KNOWLEDGE on MAY 14!

WHO: RAY FENWICK
WHAT: HALL OF BEST KNOWLEDGE release party & author signing
WHERE: EYELEVEL GALLERY, 2063 Gottingen Street, Halifax
WHEN: Wednesday, MAY 14, 7PM

In this exciting debut graphic novel, Ray Fenwick has pioneered his own medium of storytelling, one best described as "typographical comics." [See this excellent NATIONAL POST feature on Fenwick from last month for more info.] HOBK is presented as a handsome, found journal written by an unnamed voice, referred to only as "The Author." Little is known about him. He clearly fashions himself a genius, writing with a faux-aristocratic air. Each page features pearls of "wisdom," lettered in an elegant, almost obsessive fashion, bedecked with Ionic columns and fleurs-de-lis. Only at the end does The Author's true story become clear. The ensuing journey is a riotous tour through the narrator's ego and id, part graphic novel, part art object, part satire, and part puzzle. Elegantly designed and printed with rounded fore edges and belly band.

RAY FENWICK is an artist, illustrator and typographic thing-maker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A former improv comedian and theater school dropout, he now occupies himself making drawings, comics and patterns for people like Blue Q, CMT, Nickelodeon, Urban Outfitters, and others. He contributes regularly to the comics anthology, MOME.

"Fenwick has taken a high-brow route to the art of comedy. Hall of Best Knowledge is several things rolled into one: a bizarre self-help book; an eccentric college text; a guide to life from the unlikeliest of guides. It's hard to categorize (typographical novel? graphic metafiction?), even harder to explain." - Mark Medley, National Post

PUB. DATE: MAY 14, 2008 • 168 pp. • ISBN 978-1-56097-910-4 • $19.99










Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack, May 10
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 1 May 2008 4:23 PM

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack” Spring Offensive Continues with a Blast on Saturday, May10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Seattle'’s liveliest cultural adventure continues with the May 10 installment of the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack. This monthly event, a production of the Georgetown Merchants’ Association, is intended to draw attention to the creative industrial arts district of Georgetown in an effort to foment public sentiment in favor of preserving this historic civic asset. More than 50 galleries, nightclubs, boutiques, studios, and individual artists participate in this colorful celebration of aesthetic diversity.

Coinciding with the Art Attack is the first exhibition of Georgetown Independent Artists in the Engine Room of the enchanting old brewery building. Organized by painter John Ohannesian, the show features recent work by Augie Pagan, Doug Parry, Diana Pharoah, Angielena Chamberlain, Dave Mazak, Steve Wright, Mike Poetzel, Dave McGranaghan, Lance Mercer and many others. While these artists frequently exhibit throughout the region, this exhibition acknowledges the fierce independence of Georgetown’'s working artists, who largely reject the stifling restrictions imposed by traditional gallery representation. Other highlights include: “We Make Our Own Luck,” mixed media encaustic paintings by Joseph Wackerman at Georgetown Tile Works; an exhibition of illustrations and prints by Los Angeles artist Jordan Crane at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; Georgetown artist Sherri Scott at George; musician Anna Coogan performing at Full Throttle Bottles; free musical performances at neighborhood nightclubs; exotic dining, drinking and shopping experiences in the charming Bohemian enclave of Georgetown.

For additional information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid. Website: www.georgetownartattack.com

Listing Information

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack
Saturday, May 10, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

All City Coffee, Artcore Tattoo, Art at the Top of the Stairs. Backstage, Bella Vitale, Belle & Wissell, Black Market Studios, Bolte Creative, Calamity Jane's, Catherine Gill Studios, A Dog's Dream Natural Pet Supply, Equinox Studios, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Fruit Cocktail Collectibles, Full Throttle Bottles, George, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown Liquor Company*, Georgetown Records, Georgetown Tile Works, Great Stuff, Hangar Café, Jules Maes Saloon*, MIX, 9 Lb. Hammer*, Smarty Pants Restaurant*, Squid and Ink, The Stables, Stellar Pizza & Ale, Two Tartes Bakery, 24 Karat, and more. * Indicates 21 + with valid ID