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Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Sunday, July 13 Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Thursday, 26 June 2014

Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Sunday, July 13

Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Sunday, July 13

June 26, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Two of the country's most talented young cartoonists, Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson, will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The event includes a book signing and exhibition of original art, which coincides with the colorful Georgetown Garden Walk.

Esther Pearl Watson returns to Seattle for the publication of UNLOVABLE Vol. 3. This series features the illustrated adolescent observations of Tammy Lee Pierce and was inspired by a 1980s diary Watson discovered abandoned in a gas station restroom. The narrative is at once tragic and hilarious, rendered in a fashion that reflects the insecurities of the venerable teenage protagonist. Eleanor Davis will present the debut of her comics anthology HOW TO BE HAPPY. Her polished line work and alluring palette perfectly complement her compelling stories.

Please join us in welcoming these exceptional artists on Sunday, July 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Complimentary beverages will be provided. This event coincides with the 17th annual Georgetown Garden Walk, where the public is invited to tour the lovely home gardens in Seattle's historic Georgetown neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of the Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

LISTING INFORMATION

Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson Book Signing and Exhibition
Sunday, July 13, 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
Exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle | Phone 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 )
 
Fantagraphics Welcomes Sophomore Graphic Novel From Noah Van Sciver Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Friday, 30 May 2014

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver

Fantagraphics Welcomes Sophomore Graphic Novel From Noah Van Sciver

MAY 30, 2014, SEATTLE, WA — Fantagraphics has acquired the international rights to Saint Cole, the second graphic novel from critically acclaimed cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, coming in March of 2015. Serialized as a webcomic starting in 2013, this book highlights Van Sciver's ability to create dark portraits of contemporary twentysomething manhood.

Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe, who works at a pizzeria to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. When Nicole invites her troubled mother to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again, Joe reacts by retreating into alcohol: he wants out, and he’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly — and he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his wildly successful debut — a graphic biography of Abraham Lincoln entitled The Hypo — yet upon closer reflection, it shares the cartoonist's preoccupation with pathos and the human condition.

"Basically from the beginning of my 'comics career' people have told me that my work was very Fantagraphics. That's a high compliment!" explains cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. "I was ecstatic when they became the publisher of my first book, and now I'm even happier to be working with them on my second graphic novel. It's a perfect fit."

"Noah Van Sciver is an aesthetic moving target," says Fantagraphics president Gary Groth. "Saint Cole couldn’t be more different from The Hypo — an intimate story that reflects the despair and nihilism of modernity."

The Hypo was lauded as MTV's "Best Graphic Novel of 2012," one of Library Journal's "Best Graphic Novels of 2012," #3 on Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey, #4 on Publishers Weekly's "2012 Graphic Novel Critics' Poll," one of the Ten Essential Graphic Novel Biographies by The A.V. Club, and was featured in newspapers across the country and online.

Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 and raised in New Jersey. He first came to comic readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz Award nomination in 2010. He currently lives in Denver, CO.

SAINT COLE
By Noah Van Sciver
March 2015 • $19.99
Flexibound • 978-1-60699-817-5
112 pages • Black & White • 7.5" x 9.25"

Saint Cole pg. 2

 
Fantagraphics Feels the Wuv with Ed Luce Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Friday, 09 May 2014

Wuvable Oaf

Fantagraphics Feels the Wuv with Ed Luce

SEATTLE, WA—MAY 9, 2014. Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Ed Luce’s indie comic sensation Wuvable Oaf, to be released March 2015. Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.

Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.

“The first indie comics I ever bought were published by Fantagraphics, including Love and Rockets, Eightball and Usagi Yojimbo,” explains cartoonist Ed Luce. “Much of Wuvable Oaf's DNA was directly influenced by Fantagraphics publications. In putting this collection together, it's like they’ve stepped forward to claim paternity. I couldn't be more excited to find myself in the company of such wonderful work.”

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds says he’s "eager to take Ed Luce’s infectious voice and inviting visual style to a bigger stage, because I believe he’s only scratched the surface of his potential audience for the Oaf, who is one of the most singular characters to emerge from the corners of ‘alternative comics’ in several years.”

Ed Luce (pronounced “loose,” like the opposite of tight) has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series. Since 2008 he’s been traveling to conventions and comics festivals all over the U.S. Wuvable Oaf has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. Luce lives in San Francisco with his partner and collaborator, Mark, and their kitty, Luna. He can regularly be found either under a pile of drawing paper or at a local comics festival.

WUVABLE OAF
By Ed Luce
March 2015 • $29.99
Hardcover • ISBN 978-1-60699-816-8
264 pages, black & white with 16 pages color

Wuvable Oaf

Ed Luce

Wuvable Oaf

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 )
 
New Work by Peter Bagge at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 10! Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Presents Peter Bagge

April 29, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, one of the founding fathers of the alternative comix movement, returns with another chapter in the continuing saga of his signature character, Buddy Bradley. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of Buddy Buys a Dump with a show of original drawings, a book signing, and music performance on Saturday, May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Peter Bagge’s Hate has chronicled the misadventures of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable losers since the formative period of the grunge era. His observations went beyond satire to help define the attitude and aesthetics of the most significant youth movement of the 1990s. Buddy Buys a Dump is the third collection of Buddy stories from Bagge’s Hate comic book serial. It contains material from the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion.

The opening reception features a display of original art from the book. Bagge will be present to sign copies of recent publications. Musical entertainment will be provided by Seattle singer-songwriter Kelli Frances Corrado at 7:30 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate an impressive work by one of America’s most important and influential cartoonists.

Listing Information

Peter Bagge: BUDDY BUYS A DUMP art show and book signing
Saturday, May 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Music by Kelli Frances Corrado
Exhibition continues through July 9, 2014
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

 
Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Seattle Cartoonists Featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore April 12 Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Intruder 10 postcard

Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Seattle Cartoonists Featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on April 12. 

April 2, 2014 – Seattle, WA. The Pacific Northwest enjoys a long tradition as a breeding ground for innovative illustrators and cartoonists. At no time has this been more evident than now. The Intruder comix collective is at the forefront of this new movement. On Saturday, April 12, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of the 10th issue of the Intruder anthology with a lively party including an art exhibition, music performance, and book signing.

The Intruder is a free quarterly tabloid featuring an eclectic group of contributors from the fields of comix, illustration, fine art, and graphic design. Issue #10 features the work of Max Clotfelter, Aidan Fitzgerald, Billis Helg, Ben Horak, Tim Miller, John Ohannesian, Marc Palm, Darin Shuler, James Stanton, Tom Van Deusen, and more. In addition to the debut of the latest Intruder, original art, prints, and handcrafted books by these artists and others will on display at the bookstore though May 7, 2014.

The Intruder reception will be preceded from 4:00 to 6:00 PM by Michael O’Driscoll presenting his new self-published comic, Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom. This limited edition hardcover follows the exploits of O’Driscoll’s pesky protagonist, cleverly mimicking the format of a children’s book. Additionally, Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore welcome a musical performance by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson. Cellist Goldston is Stranger Genius honoree who has performed with Nirvana, Earth, and countless others. She’ll be joined on accordion by frequent collaborator Hanson performing songs from their recently released album. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district.

Listing Information:

INTRUDER 10 art show and launch party
Saturday, April 12, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Music by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson
Exhibition continues through May 7, 2014
Michael O'Driscoll signing Bedbug's Book of Wisdom 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00 PM

Georgetown Art Attack

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 )
 
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