As per annual tradition, our company holiday party was held at the glamorous Sunset Bowl in beautiful downtown Ballard last weekend. Click here for a mess of photos by me and Eric Reynolds; below are a few highlights:
Kim Thompson takes on high-score leader Paul Baresh in a sudden-death winner-take-all showdown...
...from which Baresh emerges victorious! (That's the trophy.)
Our pal Dick Schyberg sent us this pic from a visit to our office this past summer. From left to right: Mike Baehr, Adam Grano, Jacob Covey, Stephanie Hayes, Gary Groth, E. Zuniga, Kim Thompson, and Ludvig the Dachshund.
After nearly a dozen years of selling comic books for the Publisher of the World's Greatest Cartoonists, I must sadly announce that I am (voluntarily) moving on to other -- non-comics -- pastures.
When I started at Fantagraphics back in 1996, I had no idea what to expect from the comic book world. I was a naïve young pup just looking for a publishing job. Over the years I've learned a lot from the job (mostly by trial and error) and made a lot of good friends (and a few enemies). I have spent half of my 20's and 30's working for a company that stubbornly and stringently holds the integrity of their favored art form high above all else*. Working in comics and working for this company has given me extraordinary experiences that will influence everything that I do in the future.
Thank you for helping to create those experiences.
Former Fallout Records owner and long-time Friend of Fantagraphics (and occasional employee back in the day) Tim Hayes is opening up a bar called Tigertail this next Friday in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. If you know what's good for you, you'll be there.
Besides a sake menu and what's sure to be a great jukebox, the works of Daniel Johnston (from Hayes' collection) will be up on display!
I'm very pleased to be a part of the AIGA speaker series at my alma mater next Tuesday evening. I'll be talking about my adventures in graphic design and giving helpful advice on what I've learned through costing my employers thousands of dollars via production screw ups. (My personal low: Typing the wrong contact information on every single page of an international sales catalog while, apparently, the copy editors slept.)
Tips on nepotism, back-stabbing, and charming self-deprecation to follow in the Q & A portion.
If you're in the area please come out. I'm begging you.
[Note: Eric, please stop making fun of me. I know it's ridiculous to put my name in 750 point type.]
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