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Summer Sidewalk Sale - 50% Off!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 6 Aug 2008 10:55 AM

To make room in our warehouse for a boatload of new arrivals, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host a SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE this Saturday, August 9. You’ll get 50% OFF selected backlist books by your favorite Fantagraphics geniuses. These recent returns and slightly marred books will fill your dog days of August with endless amusement.

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack, Saturday August 9

This Saturday also features the August installment of the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack. This monthly art walk celebrates the creative diversity of Georgetown in an effort to generate public sentiment favoring preservation of this wonderful civic asset. More than 30 Georgetown enterprises participate, featuring a lively array of visual, performing, and applied arts.

Peruse highly anticipated and acclaimed new Fantagraphics titles, preview the stunning new exhibition of original art by French cartoonist David B., and patronize Georgetown’s wildly entertaining galleries, boutiques, cafes, and nightclubs.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), 10 minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.

Save 20% on Eisner winners past & present
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsawards 4 Aug 2008 4:58 PM

Eisner Awards logo

We're celebrating our 2008 Eisner Award winners by putting them on sale — along with selected Eisner Award-winning titles from past years! Save 20% off this selection of titles through 11:59 PM Pacific time, August 31, 2008.

Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Andrew Zaben
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 29 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we've been spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off! The sale is ending, so now is your last chance to take advantage of these great savings!

Today we present our final spotlight, featuring two realistic, character-driven books by Andrew Zaben.

Dream Big Dreams by Andrew Zaben

Dream Big Dreams

A promising 100-page debut novel, Dream Big Dreams is a complex narrative about a local bar owner grappling with the decision of whether to sell out to a big chain. The Lower Depths is a secluded basement tavern where locals congregate to discuss socialism and other philosophical concerns. When the owner contemplates selling to a corporation whose sincerity regarding maintaining the bar's integrity is in question, the idealistic regulars resist and decide to take matters into their own hands. Dream Big Dreams is a rarity among debut works: a compelling story rich with thoughtful observations on contemporary society, with well-developed characterizations that slowly come together over the novel's dense 100 pages.

100-page black & white 6.5" x 10.25" softcover
regularly $10.00 • ON SALE $7.50
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Queens Blvd. by Andrew Zaben

Queens Blvd.

Black humor and strong characterization defines this realistic (but fictional) look at a day in the lives of three bookies as they deal with the everyday hassles of living in search of a mildly dishonest buck.

56-page softcover
regularly $6.00 • ON SALE $4.50
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Penny Van Horn
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 28 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, Penny Van Horn, cut her teeth in the Weirdo and Twisted Sister anthologies.

Recipe for Disaster by Penny Van Horn

Recipe for Disaster

"The secret was revealed to me by Carl Jung, and was further illuminated by Sigmund Freud, Herman Hesse, Patti Smith, David Bowie, and Sylvia Plath. Laugh if you must at this cast of characters, but at this ripe intersection in my life, their combination became my personal recipe for disaster..." So begins Van Horn's amazing graphic novella, a collection of short stories and vignettes, mostly autobiographical, part mystical exploration, depicting incidents from the author's life, as well as those of her friends, neighbors and relatives. The title story is an intense autobiographical account of her nervous breakdown which is alternately riotous and terrifying. Van Horn uses her trademark painstaking scratchboard style for every page, giving the book a shockingly intense visual look.

88-page black & white 8" x 11" softcover
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Henriette Valium
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 27 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight is on the artist known as Henriette Valium, who is also known as Montreal's "godfather of punk comics."

Primitive Cretin by Henriette Valium

Primitive Cretin

Disgusting! Awesome! Baffling! Astounding! Hilarious! These are just a few of the adjectives that describe the hypnotically weird stories and artwork of Quebec cartoonist Henriette Valium, seen previously in several issues (and on one memorable cover) of Zero Zero. Amazingly, this is the first mass-market solo Valium comic ever, so we pulled out all the stops with an Acme Novelty Library-sized deluxe package that showcases Valium's mind-bogglingly detailed pages. Primitive Cretin will have fans of Dave Cooper, Glenn Head, and Kim Deitch, among others, clamoring for more!

48-page black & white 8.5" x 13" comic book
regularly $8.95 • ON SALE $6.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Carol Tyler
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsCarol Tyler 26 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight is on Carol Tyler, an acclaimed cartoonist whose work has garnered praise from Studs Terkel and Robert Crumb as well as a 2006 Eisner Award nomination.

The Job Thing by Carol Tyler

The Job Thing

Ever have a job you really hated, wanted to kill your boss, or prayed for that winning lottery ticket to deliver you from the drudgery of yet another day at the salt mines? If so, then you'll love this collection of ten stories all about slaving at the bottom of the employment food chain. Stories include "Fool of the Arts" (horrendous experiences working at a museum), "Book Beat" (you'd think working at a book store would be an ideal job, wouldn't you?), "Job Abuse" (in which Carol survives a framing shop job where she's stabbed through the foot by another employee) — as well as "Detour of Duty" (being introduced to jobs at a tender age) and much more. The Job Thing also includes memories of spectacularly awful jobs suffered by several famous cartoonists in leaner times. This book is a bracing introduction to Tyler's funny and often scathing voice.

72-page black & white 8" x 11" softcover
regularly $7.95 • ON SALE $5.96
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Late Bloomer by Carol Tyler

Late Bloomer

This book presents the biggest, richest and most delightful collection of Tyler's work to date featuring many new and previously unpublished works. In "Migrant Mother," Tyler tells the grueling story of a cross-country trip with the flu and her terrible-twos toddler using her trademark combination of rueful humor and empathy. The full-color "Just A Bad Seed" is a meditation on a problem child who might not be such a problem after all, while "The Return of Mrs. Kite" chronicles a family crisis — how her widowed grandmother fell in with a beau of questionable character. "Gone" (also in full color) is a stirring meditation on all kinds of loss, and "Why I'm A-gin' Southern Men" is a classic rant that dissects that particular breed of male — or at least a certain subspecies of "ex"es — with pitiless wit. Other stories include "Sweet Miss Lee" (a reminiscence of an immigrant roommate and her fate), "There's Something Wrong with a Perfect Lawn" (a tale of suburban obsessiveness), "Little Crosshatch Mind" (where artistic impulses come from), and "Uncovered Property" (discovering the power of sexuality at an early age). Tyler works equally well in delicately crisp black-and-white penstrokes and lushly watercolored paintings (this book features over 30 pages of her stunning full-color work). All told, the three-dozen stories here cement Tyler's reputation as a cartoonist to be reckoned with.

136-page b&w/color 8" x 10" hardcover
regularly $28.95 • ON SALE $21.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Rich Tommaso
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 25 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight features the first major work from Rich Tommaso, a talented cartoonist and former Fantagraphics staffer.

Clover Honey by Richard Tommaso

Clover Honey

Clover Honey is the story of Abigail, an aspiring hitwoman out to prove her value to the family. She braves the wilds of Newark, exorbitant parking rates, traffic jams, and bad hair days to track down Trevor, her former mentor, who is on the lam with a big briefcase of mob dough. It reads like a collaboration between Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino, with its quirky humor, contemporary characters, and unflinching violence. A feast for readers looking for intelligent genre fiction in comics, Clover Honey is a gangster story that concentrates on character. Tommaso designed the look of the page with a combination of bold, fluid brush strokes and stark white highlights against solid gray background; the book is virtually two colors throughout.

120-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover
regularly $12.95 • ON SALE $9.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Carol Swain
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsCarol Swain 24 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, British cartoonist Carol Swain, has been acclaimed by Alan Moore and called "the Raymond Carver of British comics" by Time Out, yet somehow still remains something of a secret.

Foodboy by Carol Swain

Foodboy

Foodboy is about loss and hope, friendship, faith, and bonds that are tested when the paths of two boyhood friends diverge. Gareth and Ross live in a small Welsh village; when Ross ends up alienated from society and living in a near-feral state after an encounter with a visiting troupe of Evangelists, it falls to Gareth to try to help him. Foodboy is drawn in Swain's trademark style of exquisite panel compositions.

80-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Invasion of the Mind Sappers by Carol Swain

Invasion of the Mind Sappers

A disquieting meditation on teenage fantasies in the tradition of Heavenly Creatures and The Miracle, Swain's first full-length graphic novel tells the story of Dai, Helen, and Ivan, three friends who believe that the earthquake that rocked their hometown was caused by — yes — a crashlanding UFO, survived only by their temporary headmaster. Are they right, or is the truth even stranger? Swain's brutally honest depiction of small-town life and her powerfully forthright graphic style create a bruising, harrowing masterwork.

80-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover
regularly $8.95 • ON SALE $6.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Wilfred Santiago
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiagosales specials 23 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, Wilfred Santiago, is poised to make a major splash in 2009 with 21, his comics biography of baseball legend Roberto Clemente.

In My Darkest Hour by Wilfred Santiago

In My Darkest Hour

The Age of Anxiety has never been better depicted in comics form than in In My Darkest Hour, a modernist, mainstream graphic novel that explores the inner life of its protagonist, Omar Guerrero, a 28 year-old Latin American transient, who confronts his pervasive feelings of inadequacy, anger, guilt, and escalating alienation. The first full-length graphic novel from Pop Life collaborator Wilfred Santiago, in a lovely two-color format.

128-page two-color  7" x 9" softcover
regularly $14.95 • ON SALE $11.21
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Chris Polkki
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 22 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, editor Chris Polkki, put together two fantastic anthologies for us in the first half of this decade, one focusing on international artists and one featuring some of comics' newest superstars.

Bête Noire edited by Chris Polkki

Bête Noire

The alternative comics movement has gone worldwide with a vengeance, with cauldrons of activity in a number of countries. With Bête Noire, Polkki set himself the daunting task of corralling all these exciting movements into one fantastically dynamic English-language anthology, with 88 pages of new or previously untranslated comics from two dozen top-notch cartoonists acclaimed for their work in such cutting-edge magazines or cooperatives as Kramers Ergot, Cornélius, Le Dernier Cri, and L'Association. The exciting Bête Noire roster features MS Bastian (Switzerland); Fé + Witko, Frédéric Coché, Ludovic Debeurme, Lucie Durbiano, Quentin Faucompré, Morgan Navarro, and Caroline Sury (France); Adam Dant (UK); Anke Feuchtenberger (Germany); Ichiba Daisuke, Junko Mizuno, Suzy Amakane, Takeshi Nemoto, and Yuichi Yokoyama (Japan); Ben Jones (USA); Reijo Karkkainen (Finland); Peter Köhler (Sweden); Olaf Ladousse (Spain); Helge Reumann (Switzerland); Fabio Viscogliosi (Italy) and the legendary Quebecois madman Henriette Valium (Canada). There is also a color section featuring Kevin Scalzo, creator of the endearingly gross Sugar Booger! David Heatley provides the wraparound cover.

88-page b&w/color 7" x 8.5" comic book
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Blood Orange edited by Chris Polkki

Blood Orange #1-4

The four issues of Blood Orange showcase the comic art of Rick Altergott, Lauren Weinstein, Kevin Huizenga, Ron Regé, Jr., Gary Baseman, Archer Prewitt, Rebecca Dart, Chris Wright, Jeffrey Brown, Matti Hagelberg, Fabio Viscogliosi, Renee French, Anders Nilsen, Ben Jones, Brian Ralph, Lark Pien, Tobias Tak and Ted May, with covers by Steven Weissman, Olivier Douzou, and Lark Pien. In addition, issue #3 features European cartoonists Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury, Ulf K., Alex Baladi, Nicolas Mahler, Olaf Ladousse, and Fabio Zimbres. In a distinctive, beautifully designed format, Blood Orange captures the pulse of alt-comics.

48-page black & white comic books
regularly $5.95 each • ON SALE $4.46 each
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