By popular demand, we are extending our massive blowout Spring Cleaning Sale at our storefront through Wednesday, April 16! There are still some choice goodies to be had, so if you couldn't make it over the weekend, you still have a few more days to get in on the fun.
Man of the hour Martin Bland, right, with Jason Miles:
Below, Dutch artist Femke Hiemstra with Roq La Rue gallery owner Kirsten Anderson. We will be publishing Hiemstra's work in the Beasts 2 anthology (Jacob Flogged her piece back in January) and in her own solo book, Rock Candy. Her work is currently on exhibit at Roq La Rue, through May 3rd:
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY HOSTS “MARTIN BLAND’S RANDOMIZED CONTROL TRIALS” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12
Fantagraphics Books’ resident genius will present his recent experimental sound project, “Martin Bland’s Randomized Control Trials,” on Saturday, April 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. This event coincides with the colorful “Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack.” The bookstore will also offer a huge “Spring Cleaning Sale” with hundreds of graphic novels marked at 50% off from April 11 though April 13.
Fantagraphics Bookstore employee Martin Bland has an impressive musical pedigree. He was the drummer for Australia’s legendary psyche-garage band Lubricated Goat prior to relocating to Seattle 1992. He performed with Bloodloss and Monroe’s Fur and later joined Fantagraphics alums Mark Arm (Mudhoney, Mr. Epp) and Tom Price (U-Men, Gas Huffer) in the grunge supergroup Monkeywrench, which also featured Tim Kerr (Big Boys) and Steve Turner (Mudhoney). Monkeywrench recently released a posthumous collection, “Gabriel’s Horn,” on the Birdman label.
Martin Bland’s Randomized Control Trials represents a departure from his previous work. “The premise involved using the ‘shuffle’ program on a group of compact disc players running simultaneously to produce unique arrangements of original music,” Bland explains. “All of the pieces followed a few guidelines: the musicians should be recorded separately from one another with little or no idea what the other musicians had played. They would be given a loose theme to improvise on and a rigid tempo to follow. These recordings were transferred on to a computer and cut into short phrases and fragments. Once all of the music for a piece had been recorded, each instrument was then assigned a CD player. The CD players were then played simultaneously with the ‘shuffle’ program activated, thus producing a unique arrangement of the piece each time. Some of the voices were of a ‘found’ nature but none of the music was sampled from other sources.”
The resulting recordings are often stunning and always entertaining. The presentation on April 12 will reflect the random nature of the concept. Featured musicians include Bland, Price, and Arm, as well as violinists Janis Wildy and Tom Swafford, pianist John Wright, and a host of contributors from various musical genres. Examples can be heard by clicking headlines at: http://martinblandsrct.blogspot.com.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will also be the site of the publisher’s “Spring Cleaning Sale” on April 11 though April 13. Hundreds of slightly marred or damaged graphic novels will be offered at half price. Titles by Fantagraphics superstars including Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Ellen Forney, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Charles M. Schulz, Joe Sacco, Jim Woodring and dozens more will be featured. And Drew Friedman’s exquisite exhibition of original art “The Fun Never Stops!” remains on display through May 6. The space is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) in the heart of Georgetown. Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110 As always, patrons of all ages are welcome, and admission is free.
Martin Bland’s Randomized Control Trials Saturday, April 12, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle 206.658.0110 Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM www.fantagraphics.com
Good ol' G.W. Bush hopes to kick-start the U.S. economy by giving everyone a tax rebate this year. We say, what better way to use your windfall than by affirming your freedom to read great comics! In honor of Tax Day on April 15, save 15% on select books in our Politics & World Affairs category all throughout the month of April 2008!
Whether fictional satire skewering our malevolent and/or less-than-competent leaders, journalistic comics reporting from conflict-torn regions, or trenchant commentary on societal issues, these books present the finest in topical cartooning and exemplify our time-honored tradition of freedom of speech.
Sale ends at 11:59 PM Pacific time on April 30, 2008.
For the month of March, we're helping you put some bunny in your basket for Easter and beyond by offering 20% off all Usagi Yojimbo titles!
Brimming with exciting swordfights, authentic locales and costumes, drama and humor, Stan Sakai's tales of a rabbit ronin (with a colorful cast of his allies and foes) is an all-ages classic that will get the kids in your life hooked on great comic storytelling. Stock up now for holidays, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs... and extra copies to keep for yourself.
(Sale ends 11:59 PM Pacific time, March 31, 2008.)
Our Grand Opening "Free Shipping" offer has ended, but we have a new special offer for our website customers: for the month of February 2008, all in-stock back issues of The Comics Journal through #250 are marked down a whopping 50% OFF!
Presenting: a chance to win prizes! A way to familiarize yourself with the new Fantagraphics.com website! A fun time-waster! Everyone who's registered on Fantagraphics.com (do it here) has a chance to earn a 20%-off coupon good toward any online order by correctly answering ten Fantagraphics-related trivia questions (all of the answers can be found on Fantagraphics.com), and one randomly-chosen winner will receive a coupon for a whopping 50% off! Contest ends February 15, 2008. For the list of questions and complete rules, make sure you're logged in and then click here (or click "My Account" and select "Win 20% Off!" from our navigation menu at any time). Good luck!
After a longer time in the making than I care to think about, we are extremely pleased to bring you the debut of the new Fantagraphics.com website!
Settle in and have a look around. You'll notice lots of new features, which we will be introducing you to here on Flog day by day with a feature handily titled "New Website Feature of the Day." You can follow these posts via the "meta" tag (Flog tags will be the subject of a future installment).
We'll start with a two-fer. The first thing you're going to want to do is register -- registered users get access to all kinds of exclusive benefits, including members-only special offers, online comics from our most popular cartoonists, previews of upcoming titles from your favorite artists, Flog commenting privileges, and stuff we haven't even thought of yet. Once you register and log in, links to these features will appear under the "My Account" menu item. Membership is free and spam-free, so sign up today!
Second: see that tab at the top of the page that says "Open Specials Panel"? Give it a click. That banner that slides its way down is telling you the truth:
FREE STANDARD SHIPPING TO THE U.S. ON ALL ONLINE ORDERS (and 50% OFF Air Mail to the rest of the world) THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2008!
Just select the "FREE Standard" or USPS "50% OFF" shipping option when you go through our shopping cart. We'll be running periodic specials like this, so keep checking that Specials Panel from time to time. (And don't forget to click "Close Specials Panel" when you're done looking at it.)
See you again soon with another New Website Feature of the Day!