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Fantagraphics Finds Paranormal Romance with Guido Crepax Print
Wednesday, 04 March 2015

MARCH 4, 2015—SEATTLE, WA—Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce a 10-book series beginning November 2015 collecting the comics of Italian maestro Guido Crepax, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of his character Valentina. A composite of Louise Brooks, Anna Karina, and his wife, Crepax's depiction of Valentina's sensuality is so sophisticated that it undeniably legitimized erotic Eurocomics. Just as with Tom of Finland, he blew apart the boundaries of the medium.

Crepax: Dracula, Frankenstein, and Other Horror Stories is the first book in the series. It features the artist's take on the eponymous literary works by Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley; a half dozen stories, some never before published, starring Valentina—arguably the strongest and most independent female character in European comics up till that time—from the '60s and '70s, and shows how Crepax influenced fashion, architecture, and the French New Wave.

Only a handful of Crepax's works have been reprinted in English, none currently available-until now. With more than 440 pages each of comics and contextual material from consulting editor Manuel Espírito Santo, comics historian Paul Gravett, erotica scholar Tim Pilcher, and testimonies of Guido Crepax heirs, these books will be the most complete and unabridged collections of the award-winning cartoonist Guido Crepax's work ever assembled.

Born in Milan, Italy, Guido Crepax (1933-2003) was an internationally acclaimed cartoonist. After he got his degree in architecture, he worked on national publicity campaigns for Shell and Dunlop, and illustrated book covers and record jackets. He began contributing to the seminal Italian comics magazine Linus in 1965, where his pop art and psychedelic surrealism-inspired graphics exploded into the public consciousness.

By Guido Crepax
November 2015 | $75.00
Hardcover | 440 pages
Black-and-White | 10 1/4" x 14"
ISBN: 978-1-60699-890-8

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 March 2015 )
Five Inventive International Cartoonists at Fantagraphics Bookstore Print
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

For Immediate Release:

Five Inventive International Cartoonists at Fantagraphics Bookstore:
Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, Lane Milburn, Conor Stechschulte, and Patrick Kyle appear on October 11

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 - SEATTLE, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore is pleased to welcome a crew of incredibly talented emerging cartoonists on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Simon Hanselmann from Australia and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will join American artists Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte in presenting their imaginative new works to Seattle audiences for the first time.

Simon Hanselmann developed an international following with his Girl Mountain Tumblr. The characters in Megahex - his debut collection from Fantagraphics Books - are at once melancholy and comedic while dealing with issues of substance abuse, poverty, depression and misanthropy in a perversely seductive fashion.

Michael DeForge honed his idiosyncratic style on webcomics before publishing the first issue of Lose five years ago. DeForge also contributes to Cartoon Network's popular Adventure Time animated series. He'll sign copies of Lose #6 from Toronto's alternative comics publisher Koyama Press.

Lane Milburn of Baltimore's Closed Caption Comics Collective will sign copies of Twelve Gems, his sublime new space opera from Fantagraphics Books.

Conor Stechschulte will present his debut graphic novella The Amateurs wherein two rural butchers suffer from a peculiar case of amnesia, with disastrous results.

Patrick Kyle brings his background as an illustrator to Distance Mover, a Koyama Press collection of his surreal science fiction minicomics of the same name.

This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street, is open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

October 2014 Georgetown Art Attack

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Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, Lane Milburn, Conor Stechschulte, Patrick Kyle
Saturday, October 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )
Seattle Author Danny Bland in Conversation with Jonathan Evison at Fantagraphics Bookstore Print
Monday, 29 September 2014

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Danny Bland Book Signing and Reception - Poster

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 - SEATTLE, WA. Celebrated Seattle author Danny Bland will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance For the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception.

Bland's collection of haiku—from Seattle's illustrious Sub Pop label, where he once worked—follows on the heels of his acclaimed novel, In Case We Die, published by Fantagraphics Books. His clever verse is accompanied by photographs from artist and musician Greg Dulli, who recently performed at Bumbershoot with his band Afghan Whigs. (Dulli also appeared with Bland at Fantagraphics Bookstore at the 2013 Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, reading from In Case We Die.)

Like Bland and Dulli, Jonathan Evison shares a background in music, having fronted the Bainbridge Island punk band March of Crimes that included future members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Evison went on to become the award-winning author of several novels, including All About Lulu, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Look for a lively discussion between these two colorful literary figures.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110

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Danny Bland in conversation with Jonathan Evision, book launch event for I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do.
Friday, October 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore, 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle. Phone: 206.658.0110

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )
Fantagraphics Books Starts A Micro Publishing Imprint - Fantagraphics Underground (FU) Press Print
Thursday, 11 September 2014

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FU, Buddy!
Fantagraphics Books Starts A Micro Publishing Imprint -
Fantagraphics Underground (FU) Press

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 - SEATTLE, WA — Fantagraphics Books is launching Fantagraphics Underground Press (FU Press), a new micro imprint that will publish books and print projects appealing to a smaller, more rarefied readership. The Fantagraphics mission has always been to publish comics and cartoons that take risks and reflect the uncompromising vision of the artist. It's also crucial for us to put out books that will survive in an unforgiving mass market, but, what about work that doesn't quite fit into our standard business model? Work by relatively unknown cartoonists that's innovative, quirky, idiosyncratic, oddball, experimental, or downright crazy, work by established cartoonists that's simply off-kilter or too obscure to sustain a mass market release, or archival work by significant cartoonists who have been overlooked and that might otherwise be short-shrifted due to the commercial demands of the traditional marketplace.

The FU Press imprint will inhabit a space between self-publishing and mass-market publishing. We'll print limited editions (between 100 and 500 copies), market them on our website, help arrange signings and convention appearances, and sell them at comic festivals and to a select few comics shops across North America and overseas. With such an ever-changing landscape, we have the opportunity to produce exciting and hand-crafted editions in short runs here in the United States utilizing a wide gamut of printing methods and formats: everything from a traditional digital-offset paperback to a hand sewn jacketed softcover to an epic accordion book; as projects demand, we can utilize silkscreen or letterpress, or any combination, and create truly artisanal books.

The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the "Art" World by Jonah Kinigstein - Cover"I'm terrifically excited to be a part of Fantagraphics' new effort to bring noteworthy projects out from underground," explains printer Jonathan Barli, who will be directing the production of each release. "We're not placing any limitations on ourselves and aim to break new ground."

Fantagraphics wants the cartoonist to be as involved in all of these areas as he or she wants to, but we're willing to do the heavy lifting, allowing the cartoonists to focus on their creative work without worrying about every step of the commercial process - the logistics and financial hassles of printing, distribution, and promotion.

Fukitor by Jason Karns - CoverThe first two FU books will debut at Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD and be available for purchase by mail in October of 2014. They are both violent responses to different aspects of pop culture, high and low. Jonah Kinigstein's The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the "Art" World is an 80-page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein's political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Jason Karns' Fukitor is an attack of a different kind: reprinted from the artist's self-published zine, the book is a 144 page compilation of full color comics that reside uneasily between a straight and satirical response to the violence, xenophobia, and sexual and racial stereotypes found in pop culture.

Future projects include portfolios of drawings by Richard Sala and Guy Colwell, and a reprint of seminal underground/alternative cartoonist George Metzger's Beyond Time and Again.

It's fitting that the name of the imprint is Fantagraphics Underground (FU Press) - since underground comics were a source of inspiration when Fantagraphics started publishing The Comics Journal in 1976; in 1981 Jack Jackson's Los Tejanos was the first "graphic novel" we ever published. The underground comics movement was a guerilla model we looked up to: uncensored expression, author ownership, and work that could only be published outside of mainstream channels. FU Press is a return to our roots.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 March 2015 )
Film Noir Poster Exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Print
Saturday, 06 September 2014

Film Noir Poster Exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

August 29, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of posters featured in the new book 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s. The show opens on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Editor Mark Fertig will be available to discuss the work and sign copies of the book. The exhibition continues through November 10, 2014.

The film noir genre holds a special place in American cinema and the posters reveal a lot about mid-century aesthetics. As director William Friedkin observes in the book's introduction, "[t]he posters convey the style and content of the movies they were designed to advertise, and yet they represent an art form of their own. They are a valid and important school of American art." These posters depict the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood in some of their most memorable roles. The book includes both a synopsis and fascinating analysis of the films depicted by the posters.

Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Also, don't miss appearances by Seattle native Charles Burns signing his new graphic novel Sugar Skull on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Chris Wright signing Black Lung on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s

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Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s
Mark Fertig gallery talk and book signing Saturday, September 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through November 10, 2014
Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle, WA | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 September 2014 )
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