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Love and Rockets Rocks Seattle
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezFantagraphics historyFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 7 Dec 2012 12:35 PM

Love 

To commemorate Fantagraphics Bookstore's 6th anniversary and 30 years of Love & Rockets, we commissioned Clone Press to publish a silkscreen print of the image pictured above. Signed copies of this 18" X 24" edition of 100 will be available at the event for only $25 on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM. Since the Hernandez Brothers appeared in Seattle at Fallout Records on their 10th anniversary tour, we thought it appropriate for the proprietor of that legendary establishment to DJ two decades later. Russ Battaglia will spin vintage punk rock vinyl and demented holiday hits. Don't miss what promises to be the season's most festive party.

Cartoonist-Musician Genevieve Castree Performs at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockLove and RocketsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 5 Dec 2012 1:05 PM

Castree

We're thrilled to host a rare Seattle performance by gifted French Canadian cartoonist, artist, and musician Geneviève Castrée at Fantagraphics Bookstore's 6th anniversary gala on Saturday evening. She'll present her experimental Ô Paon music project as we celebrate 30 years of Love & Rockets. We'll offer a variety of small press publications and indie recordings from this Drawn & Quarterly Showcase and Kramer's Ergot contributor. Listen to Sainte-Patronne de Rien Panttoute from her 2010 LP Courses. Oui.

O_Paon

Celebrate 30 Years of Love and Rockets with Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, Fantagraphics Bookstore 12/8
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 28 Nov 2012 11:15 AM

Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary - Gilbert Hernandez - Jaime Hernandez

Celebrate 30 Years of Love and Rockets with Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 8!

When Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez created the first issue of Love and Rockets three decades ago, they foreshadowed the diverse American society we enjoy today. Their work wasn’t overtly political. They simply reflected their cultural environment. In doing so, they profoundly influenced popular culture on a global scale. Celebrate the illustrious legacy of these amazing artists on Saturday, December 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This festive evening of art, comix, and music marks the 6th anniversary of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery .

The Love and Rockets comic book series helped lay the foundation for the alternative comix movement. Brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez combined elements of their Southern California punk counterculture with accessible pop motifs, breathing new life into the moribund underground comix form. Their work found a receptive audience among the adventurous youth culture of the period. The Hernandez brothers’ efforts soon came to the attention fledgling comic book publisher Fantagraphics Books, helping launch that storied enterprise. The relationship remains strong 30 years later, as Fantagraphics and Love and Rockets help shape the rising influence of alternative comix. The Love and Rockets franchise has grown to include countless comix collections and continues as an annual edition that complements the solo projects of the sibling artists.

The festivities on Saturday, December 8 include an exhibition of Love and Rockets art and artifacts chosen by Fantagraphics editorial associate Kristy Valenti and bookstore curator Larry Reid. A signed commemorative silkscreen print will be produced for the occasion. Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez will be available to sign a wide variety of comix, anthologies, and related merchandise. Accomplished cartoonist, visual artist and musician Geneviève Castrée will provide entertainment with her music project Ô Paon – helping us celebrate 30 years of Love and Rockets as well as six wonderful years of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. This event coincides with a lively holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood, including wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound.

Ô Paon

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30 Years of Love and Rockets with Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
Exhibition and book signing, with music by Ô Paon
Saturday, December 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle. 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




Misfit Lit and Music Series
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under The StrangerrockNoah Van SciverNico VassilakisLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen ForneyDavid Lasky 26 Oct 2012 1:19 PM

Misfits

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Georgetown Records are pleased to announce a sensational series of music, comix, and literary events for the remainder of this year. Don't miss a minute!

On Friday, November 2, David Lasky and Noah Van Sciver appear for a joint exhibition and book signing from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Musical entertainment will be provided by K recording artist Dennis Driscoll, who promises to cover some Carter Family material. The following Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 PM, newly christened "Stranger Genius" Ellen Forney will present her courageous new graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me in the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Public Library Central Branch. On Saturday, November 24 at 6:00 PM, we host a book launch party for The Last Vispo Anthology, edited by longtime Fantagraphics staffer Nico Vassilakis. The evening features readings by many contributors and music by another "Stranger Genius" honoree Lori Goldsten (former Earth and Nirvana cellist), joined by former Black Cat Orchestra bandmate Kyle Hanson. On Saturday, December 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore commemorates its 6th anniversary in style with Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez celebrating 30 years of Love & Rockets. Special guest artist and musician Geneviève Castrée will perform for the occasion. The series concludes on Sunday, December 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM with Nathan Bulmer signing Eat More Bikes collection from Koyama Press. All events are all ages and free. Make plans to move to Seattle now.

Psychedelic Bricks
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockKrazy KatGeorge HerrimanFantagraphics BookstoreChris Ware 8 Oct 2012 1:15 PM

MarsWilliams

The Psychedelic Furs dropped by Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday to stock up on records and comix ahead of their set at the Showbox. It was amusing to hear Chicago-born saxophonist Mars Williams, a Krazy Kat enthusiast, attempt to explain the decidedly American brickbat humor of the strip to his British bandmates. Mars graciously agreed to a photo op next to Krazy Kat book designer and fellow Chicagoan Chris Ware's Building Stories display. Thanks to the band for putting us on the guest list. Fun show (below).

Showbox 

Ron Regé, Jr. Rocks In More Ways Than One...
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ron Regé Jrrockmerchevents 25 Sep 2012 9:30 AM

Lavender Diamond -  Incorruptible Heart

How did the band Lavender Diamond manage to score the great Ron Regé, Jr. to do their album cover? Oh, I dunno... maybe they asked their drummer... Ron Regé, Jr. Yes, not only is the guy an amazing artist, he's also an amazing musician. Yes, your parents were right: life is not fair. 

The new album is titled Incorruptible Heart, and it is out today on Paracadute Records.  Go stream their awesomeness on their Soundcloud page. For a limited time only, the band is offering a "deluxe package" including an original, hand-drawn piece of artwork from Ron, an exclusive tote bag, the limited edition vinyl (on lavender, natch), and a digital download.

And hey, east coast! Lavender Diamond is heading over for a short lil' tour, so don't miss them!

09.26.12 - Mercury Lounge [ New York, NY ]
09.27.12 - Kung Fu Necktie [ Philadelphia, PA ]
09.29.12 - Glasslands [ Brooklyn, NY ]
09.30.12 - Brighton Music Hall [ Cambridge, MA ]

(Don't forget, Ron will head out solo for the New York Art Book Fair on Saturday, September 29th! Be one of the first to get your lovin' hands on a copy of The Cartoon Utopia!)


Gary Panter at Death By Audio, Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under rockGary Panterevents 20 Sep 2012 2:45 PM

Devin, Gary & Ross logo

Come see Gary Panter kill it at Death by Audio [ 49 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn ]!

He and his band Devin, Gary & Ross will be bringing their "stunning psychedelic chicken music" to this Brooklyn venue on Wednesday, September 26th.  Also on the bill are Sunfoot, Volunteers Park and Ice Balloons. Don't miss it!

Dash Shaw's new Sigur Rós music video
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videorockDash Shawanimation 12 Sep 2012 1:34 PM

Seraph from Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Films on Vimeo.

Seriously go grab something to mop up the tears and exploded-brain matter before clicking "play" on this astonishing short animated film directed by Dash Shaw and co-written by Dash and filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (with backgrounds by Frank Santoro) encompassing two songs by the amazing Icelandic band Sigur Rós from their new album Valtari. Like seriously.

Your simultaneous Guy Peellaert fix and Robin Gibb tribute for the weekend
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under videorockGuy PeellaertComing Attractions 8 Jun 2012 2:13 PM

Yes, our Jodelle book is running late, and we're sorry. All we can say is, the project has expanded to something way beyond our original planning and you'll be blown away by the scope of what we've come up with. We're also in the final stages of refining and fixing the coloring of the book itself, which turned out to be a lot more labor- and thought-intensive than we initially thought.

In the meantime, here is a 1968 video clip of the Bee Gees (RIP Robin!) performing "IDEA" against sets designed by the one and only G.P. What a decade!


'I'm seeing a lot of song titles'
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 9 Apr 2012 2:02 AM

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So said the mighty and wonderful David Gedge (leader of one of my all-time favorite bands, The Wedding Present) leafing through the copy of Michel Gagné's Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics I gave him at their Seattle gig on Friday night. He opened right up to that page — I swear I didn't plan this moment! Being able to present our books to folks I admire is one of the best parts of my job. What an absolute thrill.

By the way, David is not only an avid comics reader, he's published a comic book of tour stories, Tales of the Wedding Present, and his songs have inspired an anthology of comics short stories titled Snapshots.


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