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Happy Anniversary...
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallyrockJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 13 Dec 2010 2:44 PM

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(Mark Pickerel)

We'd like to thank the big crowd that braved a biblical deluge to attend the fabulous fourth anniversary at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Saturday. Thanks to our talented musician friends Mark Pickerel and Zak Sally — who escaped a biblical blizzard in Minneapolis to appear. Kudos also to Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter for organizing the amazing "Medieval Thinkers" art exhibition. Another magical evening at Fantagraphics Bookstore!

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(Zak Sally)

If you weren't able to make it, be sure to drop by the store to see the art show, peruse hand crafted publications by exhibiting artists, check out amazing new releases from Zak Sally's La Mano 21 imprint, and wonderful new offerings from Fantagraphics books, natch.

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(Jim Woodring)

The store is open every day 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. We have delightful and affordable gifts to suit just about any taste. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions. See you all soon.

[Photos by "Medieval Thinkers" contributor Matt Tamaru — see more on his Flickr page. – Ed.]




Go Low This Weekend. Alternative Music, Comix & Graphics Galore!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallyrockJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 Dec 2010 11:07 AM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 4th Anniversary Celebration with Zak Sally - poster

Fans of alternative culture in Seattle are in for a wild weekend. This Friday, Mark Pickerel's pop culture emporium Damaged Goods hosts a poster exhibition by Fantagraphics pal and graphic design guru Art Chantry. Later that evening alternative music group Low plays the Tractor Tavern.

The action heats up on Saturday when Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates its fourth anniversary with an amazing line up of art, music, comix and more. The aforementioned Mark Pickerel, formerly of Screaming Trees, will perform a solo music set, followed by former Low member Zak Sally. Fans will also get a chance to pick up one of six new Jim Woodring tee shirts and view the amazing exhibition "Medieval Thinkers."

To commemorate Zak Sally's appearance, we'll be offering his wonderful comix collection Like a Dog at 20% off. And while supplies last, we'll be giving away a Sally silkscreen print with every purchase of Sammy the Mouse #3. (The original artwork will be on display.)

Complimentary refreshments, DJ Russ spinning delightfully demented holiday platters, and adventurous art action all over Georgetown make Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery a major destination. See you all on Saturday.

Things to See: unseen 1992 Daniel Clowes sketch from Barbara Manning
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seerockPeter BaggeDaniel Clowes 3 Dec 2010 5:12 PM

Barbara Manning - Daniel Clowes
(Click image to embiggen)

Behold! A never-before-seen Daniel Clowes sketch from 1992 provided to us by the great Barbara Manning, who (as previously noted) is playing a show at the Sunset Tavern here in Seattle in mere hours, sharing the bill with Peter Bagge's band Can You Imagine?! It's all a big circle of comics and music and love! Thanks to Barbara for sending us this image!


Attn: Peter Bagge fans: Can You Imagine? CD now available, show this Friday
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockPeter Baggemerch 1 Dec 2010 12:50 PM

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Peter Bagge sends word that the self-titled debut CD from his band Can You Imagine? is now available on CD Baby. Hooray! (And don't forget, there's more CYI merch available right here.)

CYI is playing a show this Friday, Dec. 4, at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle to celebrate. Also on the bill: the great singer-songwriter (and known comics fan) Barbara Manning (playing her first Seattle show in almost 10 years!) and Seattle's Midday Veil. Get more info on the show and RSVP on Facebook. Don't miss it!

Can You Imagine? flyer

Destroy All Movies!!! hometown book release event at End of an Ear in Austin
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockeventsDestroy All Movies 30 Nov 2010 3:50 PM

Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film

Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly will be signing copies of Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film, with musical performances by local bands The Creamers and Cruddy, at a release party at Austin, TX record store End of an Ear this Saturday, Dec. 4, 6-8 PM. More info/RSVP on Facebook here!

Fantagraphics Bookstore Marks 4th Anniversary on December 11 with Festive Holiday Gala
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallystaffrockPeter BaggeNate NealMegan KelsoKim DeitchJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEleanor DavisDrew WeingDJ BryantDash Shaw 29 Nov 2010 3:42 PM

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Since opening in December 2006, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has become a treasured civic asset. In addition to feeding Northwest residents' insatiable appetite for challenging contemporary culture, the space has attracted visitors from across the country and around the world. Saturday, December 11 marks the bookstore's 4th anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion we're once again hosting the season's most festive party featuring amazing music, comix, art, and more!

The evening includes solo music sets by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel. Zak was a founding member of alternative music legends Low and continues solo music endeavors while publishing great comics with Fantagraphics as well as producing exquisitely crafted small press projects on his own La Mano 21 imprint. This event will mark the debut of his ambitious Kim Deitch File portfolio project, among other recent La Mano offerings. Zak will be joined by Fantagraphics friend Mark Pickerel, who began his musical career with the highly acclaimed Screaming Trees and now fronts Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, in addition to being the proprietor of Seattle pop culture emporium Damaged Goods.

An exhibition of comix art curated by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter, in association with Friends of the Nib, features promising emerging cartoonists. together with masters of the medium. "Medieval Thinkers" includes original works by Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright. According to Friends of the Nib co-curator Miles, "Many of these artists work with antiquated materials most commonly associated with 19th and 20th century cartooning, specifically the metal dip pen or crowquill pen nibs, although use of these tools was not a requisite for inclusion. What brings these artists together is an imagist approach to picture-making and a willful ignorance of the aesthetics, fashion, and politics of the fine art industry. Medieval thinkers organize their experience by executing lessons in perspective, balance, humor and alchemy."

All this plus screaming deals on comix, celebrity guests, holiday libations, demented Christmas platters spun by DJ Russ Fallout, and a few surprises makes Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th anniversary party the place to be on Saturday, December 11. This event coincides with the colorful holiday version of the Georgetown Art Attack with amazing visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community.

Listing Information:

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th Anniversary Celebration
Music, Comix, Art and More!

Saturday, December 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Music by
ZAK SALLY and MARK PICKEREL

Medieval Thinkers original comix exhibition featuring
Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright.
Curated for Friends of the Nib by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter.

Exhibition continues through February 8, 2011.

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






Daily OCD: 11/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockMoto HagiomangaJaime HernandezDestroy All MoviesDaily OCD 10 Nov 2010 4:02 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film [Pre-Order]

Review: "Punk and the movies met when the former was very young. When punk eventually grew up, the movies still insisted on viewing it as a child. Their union, nowadays perverted by mutual materialistic bloat, has been rather like an arranged marriage: long-lasting, with moments of real understanding, but fundamentally fraudulent. Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly's hefty new tome Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film chronicles this tragicomedic marriage in A-Z encyclopedic form encompassing more than 1,100 movies, 450 pages, and lots of vintage promotional imagery." – Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Plug: Punknews.org spotlights Destroy All Movies!!!, calling it "an ambitious, if slightly obsessive take on film and punk rock"

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Review: "The artwork is as beautiful, subtle, and well-crafted as the stories. [...] Significant to Hagio’s stories is her ability to so masterfully communicate emotions in the artwork. Hagio uses body language as well as facial expressions. Her artistic genius is seen in character’s eyes alive with emotions radiating off the page. [...] A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is a wonderful collection of stories for mature readers. The stories embody a complex mix of emotions. Hagio isn’t offering us easily digestible pap, but solid food that will take time to process and absorb properly." – Ed Sizemore, Manga Worth Reading

Special Exits [Pre-Order]

Plug: "It's... wonderful to note the imminent publication of Joyce Farmer's Special Exits. It speaks well to comics as an art form that there's a prominent place for powerful work from an older cartoonist that may have more to offer in terms of underground cred than in a modern marketplace track record." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Love and Rockets: New Stories #3 [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Tunes: Bibliodiscoteque, a music podcast specializing in playlists inspired by writers, presents a Jaime Hernandez episode

Amazing Holiday Gala at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallyrockPeter BaggeNate NealMegan KelsoKim DeitchJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEleanor DavisDrew WeingDJ BryantDash Shaw 9 Nov 2010 1:13 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 4th Anniversary Celebration with Zak Sally - poster

Mark your social calendars in indelible ink! Saturday, December 11 marks the 4th anniversary of the fabulous Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. To celebrate this auspicious occasion we're once again hosting the season's most festive party featuring amazing music, comix, art, and more!

The evening includes solo music sets by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel. Zak was a founding member of alternative music legends Low and continues solo music endeavors while publishing great comics with Fantagraphics as well as producing exquisitely crafted small press projects on his own La Mano imprint. He will be joined by Fantagraphics friend Mark Pickerel who began his musical career with the highly acclaimed Screaming Trees and now fronts Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, in addition to being the proprietor of Seattle pop culture emporium Damaged Goods.

An awesome exhibition of comix art curated by Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter, in association with Friends of the Nib, features prominent living legends and emerging cartoonists. "Medieval Thinkers" includes original works by Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright. Toldja it was awesome.

All this plus screaming deals on comix, celebrity guests, holiday libations, demented Christmas platters spun by DJ Russ Fallout, and a few surprises makes Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery's 4th anniversary party the place to be on Saturday, December 11. See you all then.

Tony Millionaire continues to dominate the airwaves
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairetelevisionrock 7 Nov 2010 10:55 PM

More television appearances of Tony Millionaire's cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom (images courtesy Tony):

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - David Letterman

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - David Letterman

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Joe Scarborough

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Joe Scarborough

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Johnny Carson

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Steve Allen

Okay, a couple of these are straining credulity... I mean, Joe Scarborough??

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costello art on the teevee again
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairetelevisionrock 7 Nov 2010 12:16 PM

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As Elvis Costello keeps making the talk-show rounds promoting his new album National Ransom, so does Tony Millionaire's cover art. Note how Late Night host Jimmy Fallon holds the album so as not to obscure any of the artwork on Friday night's episode — nicely done, Jimmy. (Screenshot via a well-wisher of Tony's.)

Elvis Costello - National Ransom - cover art by Tony Millionaire