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Short Run 'Marathon' Opens November 9 at Fantagraphics Bookstore Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Thursday, 31 October 2013

Marathon postcard image

October 31, 2013 – Seattle, WA. The Pacific Northwest has become the center of a growing movement of handcrafted small press publishing. “Short Run Small Press Fest” is one of the country’s leading gatherings of self-publishing communities. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid has selected two dozen artists to represent this movement in “Marathon: A Short Run Art Show.” This show of original drawings, prints and publications opens on Saturday, November 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The exhibition continues through December 11, 2013.

The Marathon title implies the epic effort often required to create a career in comix. To illustrate this concept, Reid has assembled an eclectic mix of emerging artists and accomplished cartoonists with self-publishing backgrounds. The show also acknowledges a new paradigm which affords artists the opportunity to fashion viable professions without the benefit of a major publisher. Fantagraphics Bookstore was an early advocate of the revival of small press media, which was once endangered by the ubiquity of the Internet.

Local artists Eroyn Franklin and Kelly Froh, joined by Fantagraphics Bookstore staffer Janice Headley, will present an expanded version of the annual “Short Run Small Press Fest” on Saturday, November 30 at Washington Hall in Seattle. “Marathon: A Short Run Art Show” provides a preview of festival exhibitors, including Robyn Jordan, Noel Franklin, Mita Mahato, Joe Garber, Fiona Avocado, Scott Travis, Peter Bagge, Tom Neely, Bettina McEntyre, Skill Shot, Max Badger, TBASA, Jim Blanchard, Aron Nels Steinke, Elaine Lin, and more.

The opening reception on Saturday, November 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features musical entertainment by Tummy. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic art community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

MARATHON A Short Run art show curated by Larry Reid.

Featuring Gabrielle Gamboa, Robyn Jordan, Noel Franklin, Coin Op, Mita Mahato, Scott Travis, Joe Garber, Fiona Avocado, Tom Neely, Nate Neal, Elaine Lin, Bettina McEntyre, Skill Shot, TBASA, Reid Psaltis, Bobby Mono, Aron Nels Steinke, Jim BlanchardPeter Bagge, Kelly Froh, Eroyn Franklin, Max Badger, Shannon Wheeler, and more.

Opening reception Saturday, November 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Musical entertainment by TUMMY

Exhibition continues through December 11, 2013

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 October 2013 )
 
Jim Woodring exhibition and book signings at Fantagraphics Bookstore in October Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Friday, 27 September 2013

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Jim Woodring: Fran

September 27, 2013 – Seattle, WA . Join visionary artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on October 12 for an exhibition and book signing commemorating publication of his latest graphic novel Fran. The event features works created with his giant quill pen and musical entertainment by Stephen Steinbrink.

Seattle-based iconoclast Jim Woodring has enchanted readers for years with the improbable adventures of Frank and a supernatural cast of supporting characters. Metaphysical romance enters the picture in Fran, when the title character seduces Frank. Woodring describes this latest wordless volume as both a sequel and prequel to his sensational graphic novels Weathercraft and Congress of the Animals – completing a surrealistic circle. The idiosyncratic artist will display imaginative artworks created with his giant quill pen, as well as the 7 foot-long-pen itself.

Jim Woodring

The opening reception on Saturday, October 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM includes musical entertainment by K recording artist Stephen Steinbrink. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing art presentations throughout the historic business district.

On Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Elysian Brewing host a preview of the latest Woodring-inspired Oddland beer series. Woodring will demonstrate his prowess with his giant pen while costumed revelers sample his latest concoction.

Listing Information:
Jim Woodring: FRAN

Opening reception and book signing Saturday, October 12, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Musical entertainment by Stephen Steinbrink

Exhibition continues through November 6, 2013

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street. Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110 | facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore
Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 September 2013 )
 
Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore starting Saturday, 9/14 Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Thursday, 05 September 2013

Willard Mullin poster

September 5, 2013 – Seattle, WA. With baseball’s pennant races heating up and the postseason fast approaching, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery looks back to an earlier era of the national pastime. Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934 – 1972 chronicles the game and its legendary players. The bookstore will display pages from the artist’s long career opening Saturday, September 14.

As America’s premier sports cartoonist, Willard Mullin documented the game of baseball in a more genteel era. He was in New York to record the careers of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig. He witnessed Jackie Robinson’s historic integration of the game and the departure of the Dodgers and Giants to the west. In many significant ways, the game of baseball reflected the changes in mid-century American society, and Mullin’s delightful cartoons and caricatures captured the essence of the era with both humor and reverence. Fantagraphics' deluxe hardcover edition of Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball preserves the legacy of this American master for posterity.

The opening of the exhibit on Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information:

Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball
September 14 – October 9, 2013
Opening Saturday, September 14, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

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

 
Alternative Comix Artist Brian Ralph at Fantagraphics Bookstore Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Reggie-12 tour poster

August 28, 2013 – Seattle, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore hosts a rare Seattle appearance by alternative cartoonist Brian Ralph on Saturday, September 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The artist will present an entertaining slide talk and sign copies of his recently released book Reggie-12 from Drawn & Quarterly.

Brian Ralph has maintained an ambitious publishing schedule since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1996 and becoming a member of the influential Fort Thunder comix collective. First serialized in pop culture magazine Giant Robot, Reggie-12 follows the exploits of a hilarious young robot and his bumbling feline sidekick. Ralph’s alternative zombie adventure Daybreak and wordless mystery story Cave-In are also available.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s lively Georgetown industrial arts quarter. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

Brian Ralph book signing and slide talk
Saturday, September 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
206.658.0110 | www.fantagraphics.com

 
Fantagraphics Follies at Bumbershoot Arts Festival Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Fantagraphics Follies flyer

August 21, 2013 – Seattle, WA. Diverse works by accomplished Seattle cartoonists are featured in Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot arts festival on Saturday, August 31 at 6:00 PM in the Leo K. Theater. This entertaining production, in the format of a late night television talk show, includes Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh and Danny Bland. Music will be provided by Peter Bagge’s Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk. Fantagraphics resident curator Larry Reid will serve as host for the festivities.

Iconoclastic cartoonist Jim Woodring demonstrates his drawing skills with a giant quill pen measuring over 7 feet tall. He’ll create an appropriately oversized drawing over the course of the show. Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch to discuss her sensational new book Marbles. Eroyn Franklin presents an alluring shadow puppet show, followed by a multimedia comedy act by Kelly Froh. Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s legendary 1959 appearance on the Steve Allen Show, Danny Bland reads from his new Fantagraphics novel In Case We Die, accompanied on piano by Steve Fisk. Musical interludes from Peter Bagge’s captivating pop combo Can You Imagine? and revealing interviews by comix connoisseur Larry Reid promise to make Fantagraphics Follies a lively and colorful event. The show will be followed by a book signing, providing the public an opportunity to meet these extraordinary artists.

Can You Imagine?

Join us on Labor Day weekend at Seattle’s adventurous Bumbershoot arts and music festival. For complete line-up and ticket information, visit: http://bumbershoot.org.

 
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