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Santiago Hits a Home Run in Seattle
Written by janice headley | Filed under Wilfred SantiagovideoFantagraphics Bookstoreevents21 17 May 2011 12:21 PM

Wilfred Santiago at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Wilfred Santiago signs 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.

It was a slam dunk when artist Wilfred Santiago stopped by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery earlier this month with a touchdown on his new book 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, and I... I...

I don't know anything about sports.

But that's what made the talk so interesting and informative for me. Santiago sat down with local best-selling author Rob Neyer, national baseball editor for SBNation.com, and together, they introduced me to this inspirational athlete, whose accomplishments during his short life extended way beyond the dugout.

Wilfred Santiago talks with Rob Neyer
Wilfred Santiago talks with Rob Neyer.

Thanks to Rob and Wilfred for the engaging discussion at the store, and thanks to everyone for coming out on a rare sunny Seattle evening to participate and listen! If you live outside of Seattle, or just weren't able to make it for some reason, we've got video of their talk right here! (Please excuse the background noise... Not surprisingly, Steven Jesse Bernstein was talking about this neighborhood in his poem "More Noise Please.")

[On YouTube in two parts here and here, in case the embedded videos don't show above.]

After the talk, our curator Larry Reid turned the radio dial to the Mariners game (we're doing... bad?), and fans of baseball and comic arts lined up to get their books signed by Santiago.

There's more pics to see on the Fantagraphics Flickr page. Wilfred has some more events lined up, and I highly encourage everyone, sports fan or not, to go! We'll keep you posted with future signings and events right here on the Fantagraphics FLOG.