Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, is pleased to present Marathon II, the second annual Short Run art show featuring Tom Neely, Ed Piskor, Josh Porcellino, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow. The exhibition and book signing on Friday, November 14 serves as a reception for participants and fans of the lively Short Run comix convention held the following day at Washington Hall in Seattle's Central District.
The exhibition title references the daunting challenge of establishing a viable career in alternative comix. Marathon II showcases a diverse group of gifted artists that defied the odds. John Porcellino is one of the pioneers of the minicomics movement. His primitive King-Cat Comics, which debuted in 1989, document his determination to change perceptions of contemporary cartooning. Porcellino will present his new graphic novel, The Hospital Suite. Tom Neely similarly struggled to fashion a livable income in self-publishing. His fortunes turned when he began producing Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, which follows the fictional romance of rock personalities Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. This modest minicomic series became a pop culture sensation, and has since been collected into a full-length graphic novel featuring Neely and other independent cartoonists, including fellow Los Angles artist MariNaomi, who will present her new collection Dragon's Breath at the event.
Pittsburg's Ed Piskor collaborated with seminal self-publisher Harvey Pekar on American Splendor and other projects. He current series, Hip Hop Family Tree from Fantagraphics Books, follows early practitioners of the inner city idiom through their rise to international notoriety. Seattle-based artist Josh Simmons also self-published comix prior to his association with Fantagraphics Books. Pam Wishbow represents an emerging artist at the outset of her career.
Don't miss this opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and other participants in the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Friday, November 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Marathon II: A Short Run Art Show featuring Tom Neely, Ed Piskor, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow.
Opening reception Friday, November 14, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Exhibition continues through December 10, 2014
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
West Coast represent! Ed Piskor, cartoonist behind the NY Times Best Seller Hip Hop Family Tree series is heading down the BEST COAST this November. Catch him and his newest graphic novel, Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2, at these locations! More details on the FLOG coming up, hot and fresh.
Seattle, WA - In conjuction with our favorite video store non-profit, Scarecrow Video, Fantagraphics is pleased to host an in-store screening of the film, Wild Style, with an intro and signing to follow with Hip Hop Family Treecartoonist, Ed Piskor.
Wild Stylewas first released in 1983 and featured the hottest graffiti artists of the day. Not only that, it captured a perfect snapshot of Hip-Hop culture of New York City in the early '80s. Breakdancing, freestyle, scratching by Grandmaster Flash, and of course some of the most classic and notorious graffiti artists and their work.
And in the 2000's, Ed Piskor has been able to illustrate these moments and more in his New York Times Graphic Bestseller series, Hip Hop Family Tree. Engaging, funny, historical speak to HHFT and Wild Style, making their pairing at Scarecrow Video all the more perfect.
Put down the can of spray paint for a few hours, and join us for a night of art, friends, and a little boom bap. Screening begins at 7 PM!
The time is nigh to get your sea legs so strap on your cutlass and step aboard the good ship Criminal Records this coming Saturday, November 8th. Nefarious outlaw among the waves, Drew Weing will be signing and sketching in copies of his freshly reprinted graphic novel, Set to Sea. This rollicking adventure and ballad follows the life of an aspiring poet (and big lug) as he is shanghaied aboard a ship bound for Hong Kong, changing his notions on the romantic sea life. Weing will also give a small presentation about life under the stars and above the murky depths.
But what's this? The fine and true, Eleanor Davis, has stowed away aboard Criming Records and the penalty for such crimes is signing copies of her NY Times Best Seller, How to Be Happy! This collection of tales twists and turns about all genres with gorgeous full-color dystopians to two color fairy tales.
Come to Criminal Records at 3pm on Saturday, November 8th lest we find ya and hogtie you.
Washington D.C. - The Multicultural Student Services Center at George Washington University is hosting acclaimed journalist, music producer, and author, Pat Thomas. His premier book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, is an interdiciplinary and multi-sensory look at the music, and sociopolitical atmosphere of the times that helped influence the creation of the Black Power movement.
To compliment this inspiring book, Pat Thomas is presenting a multi-media presentation that combines music, images, and spoken word recordings to present a bizarre and engaging connection between the Partridge Family and the Black Panther Party; Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver; Amiri Baraka and Mowtown; and Bob Dyland and George Jackson.
Free and open to the public, this presentation takes place from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Multicultural Student Services Center on campus, room 209.
From October 20th and until November 19th, Comica Festival 2014, the 11th London International Comics Festival, presents conversations, exhibitions, workshops, launches and the unmissable, free-entry Comica Scarycat Comiket, the Independent Comics Market, and Transitions Conference, plus numerous satellite events across the capital. One of those events will feature the amazing Carol Swain. ‘What Makes A Cult Comic?' talk with Rob Davis, Ilya, Paul Rainey & Carol Swain is next Friday November 7th, 2014 7-8:30pm at Foyles Bookshop, watch these creative minds dig into some deep comic topics. "Not all comics are corporate global franchises spun off into endless merchandise and movies. Some of the very best comics are cult comics, defined as 'honest, heartfelt, homemade' by Ilya, editor of The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics, launching tonight. Ilya joins three other leading graphic novelists to discuss their work and its place in comics culture."
Seattle, WA: The spirit of Brandon Lee, our son of the sound, has flown home to the Northwest Film Forum this week as they present 3 nights of the best comic book film adaptation, The Crow. Presented in conjuction with the release SUPERTRASH by Jacques Boyreau, he will be presenting a special video introduction of The Crow, as well as a preview of SUPERTRASH. This is the film's 20th Anniversary, so you must go to the NWFF if you want to see Eric Draven live! (More Details)
Saturday, November 1st
St. Louis, MO: Meet the man behind the American mythological drama. Artist and thinker, Tim Lane, will be giving a presentation worthy of the history in his hometown. Lane's new sweeping drama, The Lonesome Go takes you across a vast landscape with dynamic characters and settings. To illustrate this further, Lane is inviting musicans and singers to record themselves and weave their personal sound into a tapestry of life. Event kicks off at 7 PM. (More Details)
On Sunday, November 2nd, join the punk illiterati and connoisseurs of low art for a book signing withJacques Boyreau at Elliott Bay Book Company. Boyreau's new book, SuperTrash celebrates the vague, fuzzy line between high art and lowly trash. Would a Picasso by any other name look as sweet? Boyreau will give you a lesson in taxonomy and a tour through his curation of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book: interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is surrealism for the 21st century.
So head on over to Elliott Bay Book Company at 3pm this Sunday (1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA) for an afternoon you'll never forget!
In addition theNorthwest Film Forumpresents three screenings of THE CROW on October 29, 30, and 31, at 8pm., in celebration of the SuperTrash release with a video presentation on Halloween night featuring a SuperTrash trailer. Filled with enthusiastic performances, anguished romance, and unchecked sadism, The Crow is a Baudelairian graphic poem about toilsome "undyingness."
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Elliott Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Tim Lane, master of the intense and dense comics page is back at his hometown store for a book signing this Saturday, November 1st at 7pm. Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering - both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. Star Clipper in St. Louis is the place to be to meet the man behind the myth.
Feel like singing in the great "Jackie's Blues" experiment? Every town Lane visits he invites musicians and singers to record themselves. Lane is documenting the folksy sounds of ordinary and extrodinary people even in the midst of the heady technological age and you could be a part of it.
Hop a train, throw out a thumb on the highway or break into those new-to-you shoes to get to Star Clipper.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 29 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Sub Pop USA from Brooklyn publisher Bazillion Points. Longtime Seattle residents remember the humble beginnings of the legendary record label as a fanzine, cassette compilation, and broadsheet column by visionary indie music impresario Bruce Pavitt. His early efforts soon brought national attention to bands like Big Black, Sonic Youth, and the Wipers, while laying the foundation for an international pop culture phenomenon that gave us music by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and more. This collection of the first 8 years of Sub Pop includes art by Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, and Charles Peterson, with forewords from Fantagraphics curator and former Sub Pop contributor Larry Reid and K Records founder and Beat Happening front man Calvin Johnson, who will play music at the book launch event. Make plans now to spend the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Fantagraphics bookstore. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.