"COMICS SAVANTS" EXHIBITION OPENING AUGUST 8 -- FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY CELEBRATES SEATTLE ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS
July 29, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Since relocating to Seattle from Southern California 20 years ago, Fantagraphics Books has remained committed to nurturing and promoting the diverse practitioners of alternative comics in the Northwest. The country's most successful purveyor of challenging comics routinely employs local cartoonists and publishes the work of regional artists which has contributed to Seattle's international reputation as the unrivaled center of alternative comics. To celebrate this association, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents "Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" opening Saturday, August 8.
This exhibition will feature over a dozen emerging and established artists, including many of the most accomplished cartoonists in the alternative movement. Among them: Peter Bagge, who coined the term "alternative comics" in 1990 and as the highly-regarded creator of the phenomenal Hate comic book series attracted dozens of young cartoonists to the city during the 90s decade; Seattle native Charles Burns, whose teen years are fictionalized in his amazing graphic novel Black Hole, soon to be a motion picture directed by David Fincher; Visionary artist Jim Woodring, one of only a handful of cartoonists to be embraced by the fine art world, having been awarded the United States Artist Fellowship in 2007 and a 2009 Art Trust Washington State Artists Fellowship, who will exhibit work from his forthcoming graphic novel Weathercraft; Ellen Forney, whose collaboration with local author Sherman Alexie won the prestigious 2008 National Book Award; David Lasky, who will exhibit pages from his collaboration with Seattle writer Chris Esty "The Last Testament" from Hotwire #2; Second wave Seattle alternative cartoonist Megan Kelso; emerging artist Eroyn Franklin, who will exhibit hand cut pages from her Xeric award winning graphic novel Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory; current and former Fantagraphics Books staffers Jim Blanchard, Roberta Gregory, Patrick Moriarity; Ted Jouflas; Jason T. Miles and Eric Reynolds.
In addition to the display of original artworks, an eclectic array of comics and graphic novels by exhibiting artists will be available. Many featured artists will attend the opening reception of Saturday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring exciting visual and performing arts presentations in close proximity throughout the historic artists' enclave.
COMICS SAVANTS: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists
Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Charles Burns, Ellen Forney, Roberta Gregory, Ted Jouflas, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Jason T. Miles, Patrick Moriarity, Eric Reynolds, Jim Woodring, and introducing Eroyn Franklin.
Opening reception Saturday, August 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through September 9, 2009
Join us on Saturday, August 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for the publication party of Eroyn Franklin's Xeric award wining comic Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
We'll post a complete con report sometime soon, time permitting, but if you weren't following along in real time, you can check out our Twitter posts from the floor of the con, with lots of Twitpics taken with my crummy phone camera. We had signings galore, plenty of book debuts, and some exciting visitors (Ray Bradbury!!). Whew!
C. TYLER SIGNS YOU'LL NEVER KNOW AT HISTORIC ERNIE PYLE HOME IN DANA, INDIANA AUGUST 6-8
Ernie Pyle Firemen's Festival, August 6, 7 & 8, 2009.
Ernie Pyle was a newspaper writer and War Correspondent both in Europe and the Pacific during WWII. His folksy, personal writings about combat soldiers were very popular and won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Sadly, he was killed that same year on the front near Okinawa.
Pyle was born and raised in Dana, Indiana. His home was designated a state historic site in 1976 and each year the town celebrates with an annual festival.
This year, C. Tyler will be there on the porch of the Pyle home with her Dad, C. W. Tyler, to sign copies of the remarkable book she wrote and illustrated about him "You'll Never Know, Book I: A Good & Decent Man." Read the NY Times review HERE.
This is a real hometown festival with fun for all. Other events scheduled are:
Thursday August 6: Free ham & beans Friday August 7: Chicken & noodles (sponsored by the ladies aux) Saturday August 8: Jonah Fish Fry starting at noon. Parade starts at 6 pm Also: car show, poker run, flea markets etc.
The historic home is located at the corner of Briarwood and Maple, just over the tracks as you head north into town. Ms. Tyler and her Dad will be on the side porch facing Maple Street, not Briarwood or the Quonset huts. Plenty of Parking is available.
Anyone know of anything happening this week? Oh, right. There is a "comic book" convention!
Yes, Fantagraphics will be returning to Comic-Con in San Diego (BOOTH #1716), as we do every year like the swallows in San Juan Capistrano. We will have a slew of new books, signings all weekend long, and a bunch of freebies for everyone who buys something from us.
First up, the signings. We are hosting signings all weekend long, and although these times are mostly finalized, we will likely have even more lined up between now and the start of the show, so check our schedule on the floor and don't be surprised when you see even more happening than what's listed here. Here's our authors with scheduled times, in alphabetical order:
Next up: NEW BOOKS! We have a slew of new books debuting at the show; you heard it here first. To wit:
LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #2 by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez. It wouldn't be a Comic-Con without a new LOVE & ROCKETS from the brothers Hernandez, and this year is no exception, as we present the second issue of the new, annual L&R that debuted at last year's show.
LOCAS II by Jaime Hernandez. The second hardcover opus of Maggie, Hopey & Ray's adventures. Over 400 pages of Hernandez's sprawling saga under one cover for the first time. The book features material originally published in Love & Rockets Vol. II issues 1-20.
WEST COAST BLUES by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette. Our first Tardi book finally hits, and it's a sizzling crime thriller that's already earning raves from modern crime masters like Ed Brubaker and Howard Chaykin.
PRISON PIT by Johnny Ryan. You think you know Johnny Ryan? You don't know this Johnny Ryan. Ryan's first original graphic novel is a hyperviolent fantasy tour de force inspired by Kentaro Miura's BERSERK Manga, but filtered through Ryan's singularly twisted sense of humor.
SQUIRREL MACHINE by Hans Rickheit. An amazing, original graphic novel debut with a strong steampunk-ish bent. The gist? Two brothers in 19th Century New England invent a number of fantastic musical instruments from strange technologies... and scavenged animal carcasses. Driven to conceal their work for fear of recrimination, they make a startling discovery in... the Squirrel Machine.
GIRAFFES IN MY HAIR by Carol Swain and Bruce Paley. Acclaimed British cartoonist Carol Swain illustrates writer Bruce Paley's graphic novel memoir of the late-1960s, from dropping acid at Disneyland to crashing the 1968 Democratic Convention with armed Black Panthers, hanging out at Max's Kansas City, shooting heroin with Johnny Thunders and much more — a journey that mirrored the changing times as the optimism of the 1960s gave way to the nihilism of the punk years.
ROCK CANDY by Femke Hiemstra. A startlingly gorgeous art collection from a soon to be star on the pop surrealistic circuit, handsomely designed by Jacob Covey. Reminiscent of Mark Ryden, but wholly her own talent, just pick this one up and flip through it, but come prepared to be seduced.
THE RED MONKEY DOUBLE HAPPINESS BOOK by Joe Daly. The apotheosis of stoner comedy. Action, adventure, mystery, and copious bags of weed. I think this book is something of a masterpiece, which may say more about me than Joe Daly.
ALL AND SUNDRY by Paul Hornschemeier. This stunningly handsome collection corrals Paul's work from the last five years that has never been collected, or printed at all. Comics, illustrations, sketchbooks, and more, it's all presented with exquisite thought and detail in a way that adds up to the proverbial sum greater than its parts.
THIS SIDE OF JORDAN by Monte Schulz. Schulz (son of Charles M.) will be making his first-ever Comicon appearance to support the release of his new novel, a tapestry of American life in the summer before the economic crash of 1929, and a quintessential novel of the rural Midwest offered unexpectedly as a crime thriller. Come by and pick up the book and ask him questions about his life and family.
ABSTRACT COMICS edited by Andrei Molotiu. You've heard the buzz on this one already. A showcase spanning cartoonists new and old who have payed with the possibilities of comics featuring little to no representational imagery, and which tell no stories beyond those that result from the transformation and interactions of shapes across the page. Which doesn't do the handsomeness of this volume justice, lusciously packaged as it is by the aforementioned Mr. Covey. Featuring Crumb, Moscoso, Panter, Craghead, Kochalka, Overby and many more.
THE COMICS JOURNAL No. 299 edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean & Kristy Valenti. This issue of TCJ features one of the most amazing stories I've read about comics, and it's one that I'd inexplicably never heard before. Bob Levin presents the story of Someday Funnies, or, "How Michel Choquette (Almost) Assembled the Most Stupendous Comic Book in the World." 30 years ago, The Someday Funnies almost became a book that would have made Kramer's Ergot #7 look like a minicomic, with contributions from names including Kurtzman, Kirby, Fellini, Burroughs, Steadman, Wenner, Beck, Dali, Eisner, Wolfe, Zappa and literally hundreds more. I'm not even remotely exaggerating the awesomeness of this piece.
This list doesn't even include a slew of other super recent releases like PRINCE VALIANT Vol. 1, YOU SHALL DIE BY YOUR OWN EVIL CREATION, TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE Vol. 1, LOW MOON, LUBA, FROM WONDERLAND WITH LOVE, the new COMPLETE PEANUTS, the conclusion to Richard Sala's DELPHINE (#4), GROTESQUE #3, etc.
And last but not least: FREE STUFF!!!
Everyone who purchases something from Fantagraphics at the con is going to get a bag stuffed with freebies (while supplies last, anyway, but they should last most of the weekend). Every bag includes several free items, including:
• A back issue of THE COMICS JOURNAL
• An original back issue of the legendary LOVE & ROCKETS Vol. I
• One of our FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Samplers (Love & Rockets, I.G.N.A.T.Z., Funny Book, etc.)
• Our COMIC STRIP MASTERPIECES tabloid
• Plus postcards, stickers, and other surprises!
We look forward to seeing everyone next week, stop on by and say hi to the whole Fantagraphics crew (Gary, Kim, Eric, Mike, Zuniga, Jason, Janice, Kristy and Ajax the Conqueror).
The hits just keep on coming! We just completed this high-quality screenprint of Hanks's Fantomah in anticipation of the NYC book-launch for You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! Don't miss this event. Paul Karasik and Dan Nadel will be on hand to discuss the Hanks legacy and field questions, and the book looks amazing.
that's 7 -9 pm Thursday July 23rd at Desert Island 540 Metropolitan Ave
John Kerschbaum is the guest on the new episode of Mike Dawson & Alex Robinson's podcast The Ink Panthers Show -- go here to listen! Not only that, John appears live with Mike & Alex this Sunday at noon at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn -- info below. Muffins and mimosas? Ooh la la!
The signing will take place after a screening of the W.C. Fields classic, So's Your Old Man at approximately 5:15 pm as part of the San Francisco Silent Film festival (admission is by Festival ticket). Zwigoff will also be introducing the film. See HERE for details.
Go HERE for a link to the complete author festival line up with further info.
Okay, so you already know we're publishing Zak Sally's LIKE A DOG in the early fall, right? (It should debut at SPX). But did you know that this is just the endcap to what's shaping up to be The Summer of Sally?
Sally recorded a record last year entitled Fear Of Song and is finally putting it out in a signed/numbered/handmade edition via his own LA MANO 21 publishing outfit on JULY 22.
Our good pals at Sub Pop are also releasing a 7" from said record (with an exclusive B-side) on JULY 21; check it out.
The reserve is set at exactly the amount it will cost to put out the record.
It's a biggish, 24" x 13" image area (approx), watercolor on banged-up wood. The auction goes live today (July 8), ending July 15. Own a piece of Low history, already!
So back to this new record. Zak wrote, sang and played everything on it, and recorded it with his old pal Ben Durrant (Andrew Bird, Dosh, Shearwater) at Crazy Beast Studios. 9 songs 37 minutes, and will be released on CD in a signed and limited edition, with all the packaging and such done by hand on the La Mano press. A must have.
There is also probably going to be a video for the single by Phil Harder (Foo Fighters, and... Prince!).
To this end La Mano is setting up an amazing release party and benefit show on JULY 22, hosted by the good folks at Eclipse Records (and therefore ALL AGES and CHEAP) right on University Ave in St. Paul.
Starting at 5:30-ish, you will se performances by these local luminaries:
• JIM AND THE FRENCH VANILLA (Jim from the blind shake's solo venture) • PAUL METZGER (solo treated guitar unbelievableness) • SKOAL KODIAK ("sorry everyone else, but the best damn band to come out of minneapolis in a decade solid," says Zak) • T.O.G.P.T.F.F.S.O.T.W.O.T.E.R.A.T.S.Y.O.A (Three Old Guys Play The First Five Songs Off The Wipers' Over The Edge Record And The Song Youth Of America, featuring Zak Sally, Dale Flattum [Milk Cult, Steel Pole Bath Tub], and double duty from Freddy Votel [Cows, Skoal Kodiak, a million other bands]) • THE SEAWHORES.
Besides that, there will be tables selling ZINES, POSTERS, BOOKS and whatever by a bunch of your favorite local Minneapolis arteests.
It's gonna cost $6, but your $6 also gets you $6 off any La Mano book or poster at the event. Aside from all that, the first hundred or so people in the door will almost certainly get some free thing from the La Mano archives. Oh, and cosplay is encouraged:
July 7, 2009 – SEATTLE, WA. The creative arts and business community of Georgetown continues its colorful tradition of presenting challenging contemporary art this Saturday, July 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack features a diverse array of visual, performing and applied arts together with unparalleled drinking, dining and shopping opportunities at more than thirty locations in south Seattle’s incomparable industrial arts quarter.
Among the many presentations of the July 11 Art Attack installment: Celebrated cartoonist Peter Bagge’s diverse talents are the focus of an art exhibition and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery followed by a musical performance at nearby Jules Maes Saloon with Hank Adams, Fox Hollow, Can You Imagine? and The Action Suits featuring Bagge and illustrious musician-producer Steve Fisk; Georgetown Tile Works presents the official opening of its sister store "Frida" dedicated to local independent designers, artists and plucky finds; The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival will screen this year’s film festival DVD at the Belle & Wissel; “Print for Life” benefit exhibition for the new print studio at Georgetown Art Center featuring Sam Hamrick, Angielena Chamberlain, Jameson Hubbard, and Jeff Mihalyo; “Citizens In” group show at Artcore Studios with Chris Crites, Jessica Geiger, Cliff Hare, Kelly Lyles and others; Bubbalicious and Furniture Girls headline a beach party at the Mix Lounge; Sullivan Giles’ detailed stencils inspired by Victorian design,medical illustration, machines and trinkets of old world charm at Smarty Pants; and the usual mirth and mayhem we’ve come to expect from this monthly celebration of eccentric misfits.
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