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No Apologies Necessary
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics historyFantagraphics Bookstore 3 Apr 2014 1:10 PM

It's with sadness and a certain measure of pride that we commemorate the tragic loss of Kurt Cobain 20 years ago. Sadness in that many of our staff had the honor of associating with this brilliant artist; pride in knowing that his work impacted popular culture on a global scale. Nirvana's accomplishments will be recognized on April 10 with their formal induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Those of us that were here will never forget the time Fantagraphics staff was invited backstage for their triumphant return in front of fifteen thousand fans at the Seattle Coliseum in September of 1992. Prior to that, most of us had only seen them play in little bars and dance halls around town. The stage alone that night was bigger than many of those early venues!

Please note that cellist Lori Goldston, seen on this MTV Unplugged video, will perform with Kyle Hanson on Saturday, April 12 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for the opening reception of the Intruder 10 art exhibition. Come as you are.

Kurt Cobain. February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994.

Tony Millionaire at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairerockFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 6 Mar 2014 12:35 PM

Sock Monkey postcard

Join us on Saturday, March 8, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury with an art exhibition, book signing, and music concert.

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics of the new millennium. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this endearing new collection. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip.

The festive show on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features 15 original Millionaire drawings and music by Ashley Eriksson. As a child in Los Angeles, Eriksson sang on the Ren and Stimpy Christmas Album; as an adult she sings "Island Song," the closing credits for Cartoon Network's cult-sensation Adventure Time. On Saturday she’ll sing from her recent K Records release Colours.

This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Green Eggs and Maakies

 

Ashley Eriksson Serenades Millionaire Fans this Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairerockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 4 Mar 2014 12:01 PM

As a child in Los Angeles, Ashley Eriksson sang on the Ren and Stimpy Christmas Album; as an adult she sings "Island Song," the closing credits for Cartoon Network's cult-sensation Adventure Time. On Saturday, March 8 she'll sing songs from her recent K Records release Colours at Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury art show and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. See you all then!

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Tony Millionaire Returns to Fantagraphics Bookstore on March 8!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairerockMaakiesFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 25 Feb 2014 1:52 PM

Sock Monkey postcard

Join us on Saturday, March 8, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Treasury with an art exhibition, book signing, and music concert.

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing new collection.

Mr. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, featuring the comical adventures of Drinky Crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Green Eggs and Maakies collects two years of Maakies in a deluxe landscape hardcover format.

The festive opening on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features music by Ashley Eriksson. Perhaps best known for her music associated with the wildly popular animated television series Adventure Time, Eriksson will perform songs from her recently released Colours album on K Records. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore.

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Green Eggs and Maakies

"In his surrealist impulse and draftsman's brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat." – John Hodgman, The New York Times

"Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello

"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires." – Conan O'Brien

"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers

Listing Information

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey book signing and art exhibition

Opening reception Saturday, March 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Music by Ashley Eriksson

Exhibition continues through April 9, 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM


Famed Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Jeremy Spencer at Fantagraphics Bookstore/Georgetown Records!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 4 Feb 2014 4:18 PM

Visitors to the Gregory Benton signing on Saturday, February 22 are in for an unforgettable evening as Fantagraphics Bookstore and Georgetown Records host an in-store performance by celebrated blues musician Jeremy Spencer. An original member of Fleetwood Mac, Spencer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He played on the band's timeless early hits like "Black Magic Woman," "Albatross," "Oh Well," and countless others. He frequently fronted Fleetwood Mac, channeling legends like Elmore James and Elvis during their raucous live shows. Check out vintage Jeremy Spencer in Paris on New Year's Eve 1968.

Spencer will play songs from his recent International Record Store Day release Bend in the Road and the forthcoming Coventry Blue LP in advance of his show at the Columbia City Theater the following day. He's also an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist, as seen in his portraits of former band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and fellow blues guitarist Eric Clapton below. Spencer's original artwork will be on display for the occasion. Don't miss this amazing evening of art, comix, and music.

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Remember this December at Fantagraphics Bookstore!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockJim WoodringJesse ReklawJeremy EatonJanet HamlinFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forneyart shows 3 Dec 2013 12:51 PM

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Don't miss a minute of the action at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this holiday season. We kick off the fun on Saturday, December 7 with an extraordinary event featuring Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt. His new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 documents a pivotal period in late 20th century pop culture. In an improbable effort to attract international attention to the fledgling label, Sub Pop sent Nirvana, Mudhoney, and TAD to Europe. Pavitt chronicled the triumphant tour with candid observations and captivating images. Members of all three bands will attend this monumental party. Georgetown Records will have recently reissued vinyl from the featured groups and the bookstore will stock merchandise from last summer's Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. See you all this Saturday at 6:00.

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Celebrate seven years of Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 14 with "cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix" featuring Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be on hand to sign recent publications. This festive holiday gala coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Listen for wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound featuring our own Lynn Emmert.

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On Saturday, December 28 join us as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island prison. As a courtroom sketch artist, Hamlin was among a handful of journalists to bear witness to the military tribunals of accused terrorists and "enemy combatants." Neither sentimental nor didactic, Hamlin's evocative drawings provide a revealing look at this enigmatic episode of American jurisprudence. We can't wait to meet her.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 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.

Experience Nirvana with Bruce Pavitt on December 7 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 19 Nov 2013 1:04 PM

Experiencing Nirvana

November 19, 2013 – Seattle, WA. The Seattle music scene in 1989 was on the precipice of altering the course of global pop culture. Ironically, the punk music of the Pacific Northwest was having difficulty gaining traction beyond a small but enthusiastic regional following. While critically acclaimed, the embryonic movement was in imminent danger of a premature demise. In an effort to draw international attention to their fledgling label, Sub Pop sent their three marquee acts to Europe. The rest, as they say, is history.

Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 is Bruce Pavitt’s account of this pivotal period of contemporary culture. As the visionary founder of Sub Pop – first as a hand crafted zine, then a series of cassettes, music columns, and radio broadcasts – Pavitt was in a peculiar position to chronicle the tour that cemented grunge as the soundtrack of a generation. Through journal entries and candid photographs, Pavitt follows Nirvana, TAD, and Mudhoney at a momentous stage of a movement that almost didn’t happen.

Pavitt will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 to give a brief reading from this fascinating account and sign copies of the hardcover book. A selection of photographs from the triumphant tour will be on display with sales proceeds to benefit the Vera Project. Photographer Charles Peterson will guest DJ and several prominent musicians of the era will attend.

Listing information

Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989
Reading and book signing with author Bruce Pavitt
Saturday, December 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street in Georgetown, 206.658.0110



Run down on Marathon at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeinternsFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 8 Nov 2013 12:30 PM

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.

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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. 

Everybody is Stupid 

A Walk on the Wild Side ends
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockLou ReedLorenzo Mattotti 28 Oct 2013 2:44 PM

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From rock and roll rebel to revered iconoclast, Lou Reed left an indelible mark on international pop culture. His experimental work was influential beyond the standard measure of commercial success. Musician Brian Eno observed, "Only a few thousand people bought the first Velvet Underground, album, but every one of them formed a band. I should know. I was one of those people."

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Reed pursued an adventurous aesthetic throughout his storied career. At the turn of this century, Reed's reimagining of Edgar Allen Poe's verse debuted as a theatrical production, POEtry, under the direction of Robert Wilson. A double album followed, with guest vocals by David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Willem Defoe, Amanda Plummer, and Laurie Anderson. A decade later Reed and Fantagraphics Books commissioned Italian cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti to illustrate his interpretation of The Raven.

Lou Reed. 1942 - 2013.

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Fantagraphics Follies at Bumbershoot Arts Festival
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeJim WoodringeventsEllen ForneyDanny BlandBumbershoot 21 Aug 2013 1:59 PM

Fantagraphics Follies flyer

August 21, 2013 – Seattle, WA. Diverse works by accomplished Seattle cartoonists are featured in Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot arts festival on Saturday, August 31 at 6:00 PM in the Leo K. Theater. This entertaining production, in the format of a late night television talk show, includes Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh and Danny Bland. Music will be provided by Peter Bagge’s Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk. Fantagraphics resident curator Larry Reid will serve as host for the festivities.

Iconoclastic cartoonist Jim Woodring demonstrates his drawing skills with a giant quill pen measuring over 7 feet tall. He’ll create an appropriately oversized drawing over the course of the show. Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch to discuss her sensational new book Marbles. Eroyn Franklin presents an alluring shadow puppet show, followed by a multimedia comedy act by Kelly Froh. Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s legendary 1959 appearance on the Steve Allen Show, Danny Bland reads from his new Fantagraphics novel In Case We Die, accompanied on piano by Steve Fisk. Musical interludes from Peter Bagge’s captivating pop combo Can You Imagine? and revealing interviews by comix connoisseur Larry Reid promise to make Fantagraphics Follies a lively and colorful event. The show will be followed by a book signing, providing the public an opportunity to meet these extraordinary artists.

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Join us on Labor Day weekend at Seattle’s adventurous Bumbershoot arts and music festival. For complete line-up and ticket information, visit: http://bumbershoot.org.