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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.

 
Brandon Graham appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, August 24 Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Walrus poster

August 12, 2013 – Seattle, WA. Please join us on Saturday, August 24, as Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes Brandon Graham. The cartoonist behind popular projects like Prophet, Multiple Warheads, and King City returns to his former Seattle home to sign copies of his new book Walrus from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

A product of West Seattle now living in Vancouver, B. C., Graham was recently acclaimed by Publishers Weekly as “…one of the most inventive action cartoonists working.” As a member of the Meathaus group, his influence on contemporary popular culture extends beyond comix. Walrus, from adventurous PictureBox press, is an eclectic collection of illustrations, short strips, and sketches that provide a revealing look into the artist’s creative process.

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

Listing information

Brandon Graham book signing
Saturday, August 24, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle
206.658.0110 | www.fantagraphics.com

Walrus

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 August 2013 )
 
Danny Bland Tour Dates and Trailer for In Case We Die Print
Written by Riot Act Media   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
LOCAL 638 RECORDS AND FANTAGRAPHICS TEAM UP TO PRESENT DANNY BLAND'S NOVEL IN CASE WE DIE; AUDIOBOOK READ BY AIMEE MANN, DUFF McKAGAN, MARC MARON, MIKE McCREADY, MARK ARM, MARK LANEGAN, MORE! BLAND ANNOUNCES BOOK TOUR!

BOOK TRAILER (PLEASE POST & SHARE):

http://youtu.be/ApFIGfRf0m8


 

Fantagraphics Books and Local 638 Records are proud to announce the September 2013 release of In Case We Die, the first novel by Danny Bland, in hardcover and audiobook. Bland, a 25-year veteran of Seattle’s music scene (The Dwarves, Cat Butt, Best Kissers In the World) brings his own experience to the depiction of a harrowing tour through Seattle's darkest underground. Both love story and horror story, In Case We Die is a semi-autobiographical and visceral story of crime, addiction, redemption and revenge.

In Case We Die‘s audiobook is read by an incredible team of legendary artists, musicians, actors and comedians, all of whom have lent their support and donated their talent and time. Readers include Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Steve Earle, Aimee Mann, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Marc Maron (WTF With Marc Maron) and many others . A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, a stellar non-profit that assists musicians and music business workers to obtain medical care and human services.

The (digital) audiobook chapters will be added as a bonus to all pre-orders of the physical novel via Fantagraphics (http://www.fantagraphics.com/incasewedie).

Listen to (and share) audiobook samples here:
http://local638recordsseattle.bandcamp.com/album/in-case-we-die-audiobook   

The audiobook is over seven hours in length.
Available digitally and also CD format (1 disc - mp3 for car stereos).

BOOK TOUR – more dates TBA
* surprise guests from the audiobook will read with Danny in select cities

August 31 – Bumbershoot – “Fantagraphics Follies” – Seattle, WA
September 9 – Powell’s Books – Portland, OR
September 11 – Booksmith – San Francisco, CA
September 14 – Book Soup – Los Angeles, CA with Dave Alvin, Wayne Kramer, Lew Temple
September 18 – Changing Hands – Tempe, AZ
September 21  - The Regulator - Durham, NC
September 24 – Atomic Books – Baltimore, MD
September 25 – The Random Tea Room – Philadelphia, PA
September 26 – Manitobas – NYC – 7pm
September 30 – Barnes & Noble – Peabody, MA with Damien Echols
October 1 – Bookcourt – Brooklyn, NY 7pm
October 2 – Quimby’s – Chicago, IL
October 14 – Elliott Bay Books – Seattle, WA


Advance praise/Testimonials:

“Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women; a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock’n'roll tragedy.” – John Doe (X)

“Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness.” – Dave Alvin (Blasters)

“In Case We Die is a poetic and elegant journey … straight to the gutter.” – Wayne Kramer (MC5)

“Beautiful, literary redemption.” – Exene Cervenka (X)

“A great piece of work — full of filth and heart.” – Steve Earle

“A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss.” – Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)

“I am a believer in what Bland has to say. He writes with eloquence, candor, darkness, and humor….the good stuff!” – Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses)

Danny Bland is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. Beneath a crusty, punk rock exterior lies one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. This book? It’s the literary version of Danny Bland.” – Damien Echols (West Memphis Three)

Beautiful and brutal. The prose are visceral, eloquent and moving. Addiction, love and music in the seedy underworld of rainy Seattle in the 1990's … so vivid I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't back there again. Danny Bland is a modern Charles Bukowski. – Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)

Copyright © 2013 Riot Act Media, All rights reserved.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 September 2013 )
 
Fearsome fun at Fantagraphics Bookstore with Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons on August 10! Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

The Furry Trap by Josh Simmons

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts two of the country’s most accomplished young cartoonists on Saturday, August 10. Josh Simmons and Ben Catmull will appear from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to sign copies of recent publications from Fantagraphics Books.

Ghosts and Ruins is Ben Catmull's follow-up to his wildly popular debut Monster Parade. With a rendering style suggestive of Edward Gorey's gothic masterworks, Catmull ingeniously imagines haunted dwellings and the circumstances of their otherworldly occupants. Ghosts and Ruins provides a perfect complement of exquisite art and enchanting narrative. Josh Simmons’ recent collection of short stories similarly explores a sinister world of undiluted horror. By turns macabre and malevolent, The Furry Trap follows in the footsteps of his gripping graphic novel Jessica Farm. Simmons will also sign copies of his equally compelling minicomcs Habit, Training, and Flayed Corpse.

This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack. Don’t miss the return of the Trailer Park Trannies drag show at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall along with other colorful attractions throughout the historic industrial arts corridor.

Listing Information

Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons book signing
Saturday, August 10, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
206.658.0110 | www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore

 
Fantagraphics Books To Publish Simon Hanselmann's Megahex Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Saturday, 20 July 2013

Megg, Mogg & Owl

San Diego, CA 7/20/2013 — Fantagraphics is excited to announce the acquisition of the first book by acclaimed Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, to be released in the summer of 2014. Megahex will be a deluxe hardcover featuring over 200 pages of Hanselmann's beloved Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics, including over 70 never before seen pages. Hanselmann's Tumblr site Girl Mountain has already propelled Megg, Mogg, Owl & Co. to Internet infamy, and Megahex will be the solid collection those fans have long been waiting for.

Megg (a green-skinned witch), Mogg (a black cat), and Owl (an anthropomorphic owl) are a trio of ne'er-do-well roommates cohabiting in a suburban flophouse. Megg and Mogg spend most of their time smoking pot and having sex, while Owl works various office jobs and usually comes home to find himself as the butt of every joke. Behind the crass poop jokes and stoner humor are the depressed and misanthropic lives of these characters. They all possess tragedies that weigh on their shoulders, keeping them from escaping the nihilistic pit into which they've fallen. Equally funny and melancholic, Hanselmann is able to evoke empathy for his characters, making it easy for readers to fall in love with this disdainful bunch. Part Tennessee Williams, part Peter Bagge, Megahex will make people laugh, cry, and then take a shower.

"This is literally a teenage dream," explains Hanselmann, "Fantagraphics has been my favorite / the best comics publisher since forever. I've had a Fantagraphics poster hanging over my bed since I was fourteen. My brain is doing confused celebratory cartwheels."

Simon Hanselmann
Simon Hanselmann

"Simon has the deadly combination of talent and work ethic," says Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "He has a sneaky awareness of the language of comics and a pitch perfect sense of dialogue and humor. He is almost too good to be true. The first Megg & Mogg strips I read were so effortlessly funny and fully realized that I almost couldn't believe he wasn't a pseudonym for someone more established."

Megahex is set to release in June 2014 from Fantagraphics Books, Inc.

Megg, Mogg & Owl

Silver Sequin Mini-Skirt

Megg's Depression
Megg's Depression

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 July 2013 )
 
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