What started out as a really cute way for libraries to get patrons to check out books sight-unseen has turned into a pop quiz for Fanta employees about our books. See a description of a book you like? Try to figure out what it is and then click on the link, order it and fall in love.
We love all our interns, hell we've hired more than a few like Eric Reynolds, Kristy Valenti and Anna Pederson. But some move on and spread the magic to other parts of the country. Michael Fitzgerald fits into the category as on Wednesday, October 1st, he is opening up a NEW comics store in Tacoma, Washington called Destiny City Comics.
Right next door to King's Books on St. Helens Avenue, Destiny City Comics will offer the latest in comics, acclaimed graphic novels, and works by local creators. On opening day, comics like Thor #1 will be available, a new series by Marvel featuring a female Thor. There will also be a choice collection of graphic novels like Batman: the Long Halloween, the Walking Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, works by local cartoonists like members of the C.L.A.W. (Cartoonist's League of Absurd Washingtonians) and some fabulous Fantagraphics titles.
"King's Books is terribly excited to have a comic book store as a neighbor," says bookstore owner sweet pea Flaherty. "For years we have had both a Graphic Novel Book Club and hosted C.L.A.W., so it's a natural fit for the space. Destiny City Comics will enhance the literary landscape by offering variety of comic art forms that will bring more appreciation for the craft to Tacoma."
To make it easier for customers to enjoy even more books, Destiny City will offer 15% off all graphic novels every day and a subscription service featuring a sliding scale discount. Here's a sneak peak inside the store Michael gave us while setting up) Destiny City Comics' opening will include a Halloween ComicFest party on October 25. This event will feature an assortment of free comics, including the popular Afterlife with Archie, Scooby Doo Meets Batman, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, and more.
As a member of the creative enterprise cohort with Spaceworks Tacoma, Fitzgerald evolved the concept of Destiny City Comics from a rough idea to a solid plan and we look forward to seeing it thrive. Destiny City Comics will be open for business Wednesday, October 1. More information about the store can be found at destinycitycomics.com.
Visitors to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday are in for a treat. Among the many highlights of Marathon: A Short Run Art Show are neo-deco delights from Peter and Maria Hoey of Coin-Op press. Equal parts Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Winsor McCay, and Chris Ware, these comix, flipbooks and fine art prints are wondrous beyond words. You have got to come see this show.
Arrive early as hometown hero Peter Bagge signs copies of the fantastic new edition of Everybody is Stupid Except For Me as well as other recent publications from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Then stay late for a set at 8:00 by Tummy featuring our lovely and talented intern Lillian Morlock. All this and the festive Georgetown Art Attack with action all over the neighborhood! See you then.
Holy comicsolly! Here's photos from the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR. Dash Shaw was in attendance with New School, which flew off the table. WHY THE WAIT on pictures? We forgot our own con rules. To remain human you must 5-2-1-I: At least 5 hours of sleep, 2 meals a day, 1 shower and Ibuprofen at night. Four hours of sleep one night wrecked this gal and boy, did she pay for it.
Lots of our Fantastaff came to the show since it was so close! Me, Designer Emory Liu, PR Director Jacq Cohen, Dash and Office Manager Steph Rivers.
Patrick Rosenkranz held some long, lovely conversations with fans of comics history and his book Rebel Visions. Patrick also led a Spain Rodriguez tribute panel, if you can ever take a class by him bring a recorder!
Dash talks to fans, cartoonists and the awesome Ming Doyle (who is both).
Portland is awesome because there are cartoonists everywhere. And by everywhere I mean at bars or restaurants. We ran in to Greg Means, Alec Longstreth and Claire Sanders at the Red Flag on the way to the Top Shelf party.
Having the warehouse van proved useful driving home slightly drinky cartoonists. James Kochalka, Rachel Foss and Dash Shaw hold court in the back.
ACCESSORIES. We saw quite a bit. Ed Luce rocked some additional tags.
Dash signed the Stumptown sketch poster HIS WAY.
Patrick Yurick had the best NEW comics-related tattoo. It even has the Wattersonesque dropped panel borders for that comic beat.
Speaking of PANELS: Dash tickled the audience with this animation and comic panel. He's got comedic timing DOWN.
Here I am looking goofy alongside some of the smarter people in comics on a submissions panel: Allison Baker of MonkeyBrain Comics, Jamie S. Rich (talking about old Oni days), Bob Schreck and Sina Grace of Image and Skybound. Panel photo by Glenn Peters.
Our Kristy Valenti, Patrick Rosenkranz and Tom Spurgeon gave a beautiful Spain Rodriguez tribute panel. Photo by someone who still rocks a flash.
INTERN POWER. We had several interns tabling with their own comics. Low-res intern Kevin Uehlein and Ben Horak on the edges of a beautiful comics table, Beth Hetland and Pat Barrett in the middle. Ben's shy so all you get is his sideburns.
Intern Nomi Kane and her comic spread. The Back of Ben Horak.
Seattle is once again the center of the alternative comix universe with shows opening all over town this weekend. On Friday, January 11 at Roq la Rue from 6:00 to 9:00 PM is the post-apocalyptic group show "I'll Love You Til The End Of The World" featuring Fantagraphics favorites Camille Rose Garcia and Scott Musgrove. The same evening you'll find "Friends" at Cairo, featuring Intruder artists Max Clotfelter, Darin Shuler, Aidan Fitzgerald, Tom Van Deusen, Marc J. Palm, David Lasky, Nikki Burch, Ben Horak, Jason T. Miles, Tim Miller, James Stranton, Kazimir Strzepek and Alexa Kristine Koenings. (The future of alternative comix now.)
The comix action moves to Georgetown on Saturday evening, with a show of "Paintoons" by John Ohannesian at the One Night Stand Gallery (located directly above Fantagraphics Bookstore.) John has been busy in recent months as a Fantagraphics freelancer faithfully restoring classic strips like Nancy, Buz Sawyer, and Popeye for your reading pleasure. It'll be interesting to see how this exercise informs his cartoon paintings. Across the street at LxWxH Gallery is Bette Burgoyne's "Forest," a 30-foot narrative scroll drawing. And, of course, don't miss the Problematic reception with Jim Woodring at our bookstore. Lots of great surprises await.
Waffle days are BACK at Fantagraphics thanks to a hearty group of staffers: Stephanie, Jacq, Kristy, Steph O. and Jen. The waffles proceeded, of course, a staff meeting because we like our sweet AND sour here.
Featuring delicious chicken and some heart-shaped vegan waffles, we chowed down with the regular condiments too like Nutella, peanut butter, fruit, whipped cream and good ol' Vermont maple syrup. Ian nibbles in anticipation of that perfect golden brown waffle.
Emory and Tony talk turkey (bacon).
Grillmasters Jen and Jacq.
Interns were not locked in the basement as per our usual when free food is around so they frolicked wielding doughy forks and wearing happy grins. WAFFLES ARE BACK.
(Beautiful waffle pic by Steph Haynes. There is no grunge appropriate Instagram filter, yet.)
Creator of the seminal NANCY comic strip in addition to Fritzi Ritz, Ernie Bushmiller would have been 107 today. A truly 'algebraic' comic, the oddly yet perfectly balanced strip was and still is hugely popular with comic strip readers despite its squat protagonist and cornball comedy. A cartoonist who rarely took a day off, Bushmiller inspired generations of future cartoonists and Fantagraphics is proud to reprint the strips. As Tom Spurgeon was so nice to point out, when Fantagraphics was located in Stamford, Connecticut, our neighbor WAS Ernie Bushmiller! Celebrate the love of Bushmiller and read some Nancy today. The strip below was reformatted to fit the blog.
But why stop at reading Nancy in appreciation of Bushmiller, you could also a Nancy tattoo! OSU Librarian Caitlin McGurk sports Nancy's head while cartoonist and Fantagraphics intern Ben Horak flexes a Sluggo tattoo. But we're still looking for the elusive 'three rocks' tattoo. Happy Birthday, Mr. Bushmiller.
This "Handy Fantagraphics Map/Staff Field Guide" was created by Chi-Wen Lee and Andrew Davis to help future interns: it dates roughly back to the third week of October, where it originated over a bubble tea-fueled discussion about Lucky in Love, how awesome the Fantagraphics people are, the awesomeness of Seattle, the mysterious stairway that leads to the upstairs apartment, how hard it is to remember everyone's names, and Pinocchio with a gun. Yes, in that order.