Bill Schelly Goes MAD at Fantagraphics Bookstore on April 11!

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes comics scholar and author Bill Schelly on Saturday, April 11 as he presents his new biography Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America. Schelly will give an entertaining and informative slide talk on the illustrious career of one of the pivotal figures in American popular culture. A book signing will follow the presentation.
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Harvey Kurtzman wrote, edited and drew popular titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for notorious publisher EC Comics. In a departure from their lurid line of crime and horror comics, Kurtzman created the satirical Mad in 1952. EC Comics soon fell victim to the hysterical crusading of politicians, child psychologists and religious zealots when the Comics Code Authority effectively banned most of their titles. Kurtzman’s Mad persevered, and ironically became the instrument that indoctrinated an entire generation in the principle of art in the service of degenerate discourse – laying the foundation for the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.

Kurtzman’s many contributions to midcentury American humor are explored at length by Bill Schelly, with insightful interviews of Kurtzman collaborators like Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Episodes like the FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era and his litigation with EC publisher Bill Gaines are detailed for the first time.
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Don’t miss the debut of this amazing publication with a slide talk, exhibition and book signing on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
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Mark your calendars now for the return of incomparable cartoonist Daniel Clowes on Saturday, April 18 with the global debut of The Complete Eightball, followed a week later by provocative Seattle artist Josh Simmons on April 25. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 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.

Lovely Guy Colwell Art Show on Valentine’s Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Don’t miss the publication party for Inner City Romance this Saturday featuring sweet original art by Guy Colwell. The exhibition fittingly opens on Valentine’s Day from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and coincides with the 7th anniversary of the colorful Georgetown Art Attack.

Guy Colwell’s comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. As Matt Gonzalez observes in Juxtapoz magazine, “Colwell’s art is motivated by two primary sentiments: first, a deep political strain meant to expose and offer commentary on political, economic, and racial disparities that exist in our society, and second, an awareness of man’s uncomfortable relationship with nature and sexuality.”
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The exhibition of original pages, prints, paintings and drawings by this accomplished artist is one of many highlights of the Georgetown Art Attack. Spend a romantic evening in the enchanting industrial arts district of Georgetown. Visit Fran’s Chocolates new factory across the street from the bookstore, explore art studios and galleries, enjoy dinner and drinks at one of two dozen bars and restaurants, and encounter spontaneous spectacles all over the historic neighborhood.

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.
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John Boylan’s Next Conversation at Vermilion Gallery

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John Boylan’s Next Conversation, Tuesday, January 20 at Vermilion Gallery, 1508 11th Avenue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

The Summary
This time we’re tackling two highly energetic and powerful worlds of art: pop surrealism and lowbrow art. And as guests we have two legendary players on the Seattle scene. Read on for details.

The Guests (see bios below.)
Kirsten Anderson, owner and founder, Roq la Rue Gallery
Larry Reid, curator and events coordinator, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

The Story
We’re looking at two art movements that have long been intertwined: pop surrealism and lowbrow art. Both share a deep humor and irreverence, along with a passion for stretching the limits of illustration—and representation in general—to places where the conventions of such drawing and painting don’t generally go. But if both share a sensibility, they also diverge deeply.
I won’t recount the history of lowbrow, as in the early days of Robert Williams, the horizon-bending work of underground comix, and the hot rod art of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Wikipedia provides a basic intro. Suffice it to say that lowbrow begins as an amalgam of comics, album covers, tattoos, California car and surf cultures, and film noir. But it has always stretched these modes, reinventing them, taking them new places. One good way to get a sense of vividness of lowbrow is to look at the work of Robert Williams.

One of the fascinating things about lowbrow is its deep relationship with many other trends in the past fifty years, including punk rock, Chicano art, street art, graffiti. And the attendant cultures are cultures of immersion, for both artists and the audiences: tattooing, cars, comics.

Pop surrealism shares a lot with lowbrow, but has its own vocabulary, its own style. As the name suggests, it builds on the mystery and strange juxtapositions of surrealism, filtered through modes of pop culture, especially commercial illustration. Pop surrealism is about fantasy, but not the fantasy of sword and sorcery and dragons. Rather, here is the fantasy of the irrational, of dreams, of playful weirdness, carefully and often darkly rendered.

Maybe the best way to get a sense of pop surrealism is to take a look at, say, the work Femke Hiemstra or Peter Ferguson or Mark Ryden. The differences from Robert Williams are evident, but there are odd commonalities as well.
We have only two guests this time, and that’s intentional. Between them, Larry Reid and Kirsten Anderson have both played impressive roles in the culture of Seattle. Reid has long been a curator, writer, advocate, and instigator in Seattle, goes back to co-founding the famous Rosco Louis Gallery in the 1970s and the wild days of CoCA in the 1980s. Anderson founded Roq la Rue 16 years ago, focusing on pop surrealism and later broadening to cover a range of contemporary art. In those years, she has been a prominent writer, publisher, and curator in the field.

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The Guests in Detail
Kirsten Anderson opened Roq la Rue Gallery in 1998 after curating several highly successful group art shows in various locations in Seattle. In addition to curating and running the gallery, she edited and co-published the landmark book Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, which was the first survey of the art movement, in 2004.

She served as the “Editor At Large” at Hi Fructose Art magazine for seven years (until stepping down to focus on other projects in 2014), where she wrote about art and artists integral to the Pop Surrealism/New Contemporary scene as well as major players in the international contemporary art world. She occasionally writes for other publications about art and lectures about the history and current state of Pop Surrealism/New Contemporary and the artists affiliated with the genre. She is regarded as an authority on the main tenets and history of the genre, as well as having a discerning eye for discovering new talent.

Larry Reid has been an advocate for challenging visual and performing arts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond since co-founding Rosco Louie gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square in 1978. He has since served as director of Graven Image gallery and the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), and as curator for Experience Music Project (EMP) and Fantagraphics Books.
Over the course of his career he has presented the work of countless regional, national and international artists including Lynda Barry, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Nirvana, William S. Burroughs, Robert Crumb, Lydia Lunch, Ann Magnuson, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Sonic Youth, Mike Kelley, Karen Finley, Eric Bogosian, Charles Peterson, Einsturzende Neubauten, Von Dutch, Henry Rollins, Daniel Clowes, Gary Panter, Mudhoney, and many more. He has served as a peer panelist for various private foundations and public agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts (1990). He has contributed to several books including Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, Edward Colver: Blight at the End of the Funnel, Tiki Art Now!, Jini Dellaccio: Rock & Roll, and Sub Pop USA: 1980 – 1987.

Reid currently works as curator and events coordinator at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community, where he also serves as president of the Georgetown Merchants Association (GMA) and co-chairs the Greater Duwamish District Council (GDDC).

French Cartoonist Collective Le Cagibi at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery begins a new year of programming on Saturday, January 10 with the fascinating exhibition Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole and a workshop by French comix collective Le Cagibi. Given the tragic assassination of cartoonists in Paris, this event takes on special significance.
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Le Cagibi is an art gallery, publishing house, screenprint, engraving studio in Lille, France. In its 5 years of existence Le Cagibi has produced handcrafted books with inventive printing and binding techniques. These resourceful visiting artists will conduct a free workshop will take place in Fantagraphics Bookstore. Patrons are encouraged to bring garments for screenprinting. There will also be a presentation of Cagibi’s unique books.
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L.B. Cole created some of the most remarkable, proto-psychedelic comic book covers of all time. Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole artwork ever assembled. Editor J. Michael Catron will give a brief presentation on the career of this amazing artist from the golden age of comics.
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This event on Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Seahawks fans can check in on the playoff action at one of several bars in the neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

ROBERT WILLIAMS RETURNS TO SEATTLE DECEMBER 13 & 14!

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes underground comix legend Robert Williams on Saturday, December 13 to celebrate the publication of the Complete Zap Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing. This event kicks off a weeklong series commemorating the monumental, multi-volume collection of comix that changed the future of this marginalized medium.
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From the time it first appeared in1968 – peddled from a baby carriage on the streets of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district – R. Crumb’s perversely perceptive observations altered the course of American counterculture. The Zap Comix collective came to include eight creative misfits, as Crumb was joined by Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, and Paul Mavrides. Over the course of three and-a-half decades they produced 16 issues on an intermittent schedule. The Complete Zap Comix Anthology will include all prior issues plus the previously unpublished #17 and a fascinating oral history of Zap by underground comix scholar Patrick Rosenkranz. A special, limited edition of the anthology will include a portfolio of signed prints from the pages of Zap. The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will feature prints, posters, drawings and related ephemera from these master cartoonists.
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Robert Williams emerged on the American art scene in 1965 as a designer for notorious hot rod celebrity Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. In addition to his later work on Zap and other underground comix, Williams has enjoyed a successful career as a fine artist. His work was featured in MoCA’s landmark “Helter Skelter” exhibition in 1992 and the travelling “Kustom Kulture” show, which appeared at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1994. His paintings have since been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Fantagraphics Books has published 3 volumes of Williams work including Malicious Resplendence, Hysteria in Remission, and Conceptual Realism. Williams will sign copies of these and other books at the reception on December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, which marks the 8th anniversary of Fantagraphics Bookstore. This event also coincides with the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack.

On Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 PM, Fantagraphics Books hosts the Seattle premiere of Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin’ at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill. This wildly entertaining documentary, directed by Mary Reese and Nancye Ferguson, chronicles the career of this incredibly influential artist. Williams will introduce the movie and take questions following the screening.
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On Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 PM, editor J. Michael Catron will present a discussion the history of Zap Comix and its lasting cultural implications. The festivities will conclude on Saturday, December 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with a Tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread and Jim Blanchard. Rosenkranz will sign copies of The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson: Pirates in the Heartland. Dennis Dread will present his Entartete Kunts, a collection of contemporary artists, cartoonist and illustrators influenced by the Wilson’s work, including Seattle artist Jim Blanchard.

The Zap Comix exhibition continues through January 8, 2015. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 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.

Celebrate Subterranean Seattle on Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Come celebrate the legacy of Seattle’s early music and comix on Saturday, November 29 as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts the book launch party for Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Music Anthology, 1980 -1988. The book documents the formative years of Bruce Pavitt’s fiercely independent fanzine, cassette label and music column. Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid was a contributor to the fanzine (under the pseudonym Lewy Louie.). Bookstore staffer Russ Battaglia contributed graphics and photos to the zines, which were graced with covers by Lynda Barry and Charles Burns. It was amazing to see the almost immediate impact Pavitt’s modest enterprise had on pop music. To those close to him, it came as no surprise that within a decade, Sub Pop would impact popular culture on a global scale.
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The book includes essays, by Reid, Charles R. Cross, Ann Powers, Gerard Cosley, and Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records and early Sub Pop fanzine collaborator. Johnson will perform music at the party, which is the first time he will play Fantagraphics since Beat Happening rocked our wild warehouse party in 1994 (attended by newly anointed princes of punk, Nirvana). Many contributors to the old zine and new book will attend the reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM – a great way to spend Small Business Saturday.
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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.

Marathon II: A Short Run Art Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, is pleased to present Marathon II, the second annual Short Run art show featuring Tom Neely, Ed Piskor, Josh Porcellino, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow. The exhibition and book signing on Friday, November 14 serves as a reception for participants and fans of the lively comix convention held the following day at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District.
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The exhibition title references the daunting challenge of establishing a viable career in alternative comix. Marathon II showcases a diverse group of gifted artists that defied the odds. John Porcellino is one of the pioneers of the minicomics movement. His primitive King-Cat Comics, which debuted in 1989, document his determination to change perceptions of contemporary cartooning. Tom Neely similarly struggled to fashion a livable income in self-publishing. His fortunes turned when he began producing Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, which follows the fictional romance of punk rock personalities Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. This modest minicomic became a pop culture sensation, and has since been collected into a full graphic novel featuring Neely and other independent cartoonists, including fellow Los Angles artist MariNoami, who will present her new collection Dragon’s Breath at the event.
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Pittsburg’s Ed Piskor collaborated with seminal self-publisher Harvey Pekar on American Splendor and other projects. He current series, Hip Hop Family Tree, from Fantagraphics Books, follows early practitioners of the inner city idiom through their rise to international notoriety. Seattle-based artist Josh Simmons also self-published comix prior to his association with Fantagraphics Books. Pam Wishbow represents an emerging artist at the outset of her career.
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Don’t miss this opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and other participants in the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Friday, November 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 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.

Seattle Author Danny Bland in Conversation with Jonathan Evison

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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 Sub Pop Silver Jubilee in July 2013 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

Charles Burns & Chris Wright at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Famed alternative cartoonist Charles Burns will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM presenting his new book Sugar Skull. He will be followed on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM by Chris Wright signing copies of his recent graphic novel Blacklung.

Seattle native Charles Burns, now a resident of Philadelphia, was among the founders of the alternative comix movement in the 1970s when he emerged from The Evergreen State College with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening. This trio of gifted artists began syndicating their innovative comic strips in alternative weeklies, which gave momentum to a new approach to cartooning. Burns’ groundbreaking graphic novel Black Hole, serialized by Fantagraphics Books, is considered a masterpiece of the form. The story is set in 1970s Seattle and was recently featured in the critically acclaimed film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Burns will be signing copies of his highly anticipated new book Sugar Skull, which completes a trilogy that began with X’ed Out, followed by The Hive. Burns’ unique graphic sensibility has left and indelible mark on Seattle’s culture through his early work with Sub Pop and The Rocket. Join us in welcoming this influential artist back home on Friday, September 19.

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Chris Wright is among a new breed of emerging artists building on the foundation laid by Burns and others. His recent graphic novel from Fantagraphics Books, Blacklung, combines elements of otherworldly adventure and horror rendered in brutal detail – unquestionably one of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years. The signing on Sunday, September 21 marks the artist’s first visit to Seattle. 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, Sunday until 5:00 PM. 206.658.0110.

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Film Noir Poster Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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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, “The 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.

Editor Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging 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.
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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.
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Jini Dellaccio memorial exhibition at Bumbershoot Arts Festival

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© Jini Dellaccio Collection. All rights reserved.

If you attend this weekend’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, be sure to visit the exhibition Jini Dellaccio: January 31, 1917 – July 3, 2014 curated by Chuck Pennington and Larry Reid. This show celebrates the life, career and art of Jini Dellaccio, an American photographer best known for her 1960s images of Northwest rock and roll acts including The Sonics, The Wailers, Merrilee Rush, The Daily Flash and many others. This special tribute show celebrates the diverse subjects of Dellaccio’s lens over her storied career. Friday afternoon offers free viewing of art exhibits. The festival this year features music by the Replacements, Mission of Burma, Negativeland, Dream Syndicate, Afghan Whigs, Foster the People, and more.
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© Jini Dellaccio Collection. All rights reserved.

Peter Bagge present new work at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 10

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 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.
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Swing Down the the Georgetown Art Attack on May 10!

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May 10th, Seattle, WA: Ring in another inspired Spring Art Attack in Georgetown, USA. Take in the sights and sounds while you stroll Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Allow our collective of contemporary artists to amaze and engage you for an evening of art, art, art attack. Jump aboard the FREE Art Ride to check out our west end locations such as Equinox Studios and SANCA.

Among the Arts & Entertainment Highlights:

All City Coffee presenting paintings by Lucas Irwin.

Eight and Sand We live in a era of spying, secrecy, and hypocrisy where the masses are fed misinformation and the government is for sale to the highest bidder. “Criminal State of Mind” is artist Christopher J Olson‘s Orwellian examination of the mindset of the wealthy elite, politicians, and propagandists.

Equinox Studios, The big ugly blue building full of beautiful art! Come experience the wonder with over 60 artists in residence and the free Georgetown Artride shuttle to get you here and back.This month featuring Betty Jo Costanzo, Sarah Woodson, Downing Pottery, Karl Seng, Claire Putney, Tabasco Mills and the Iron Monkeys, and much more. As always, bonfires, brats and beautiful people!

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery Presents Peter Bagge: “Buddy Buys a Dump.” Exhibition and book signing with musical performance by Kelli Frances Corrado.

Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center Open studios! Guest artist, Seb Barnett, presents “Modern Myths”, a surreal painterly vision of modern day mythos. Bring the family!

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Georgetown Liquor Company presents an encore opening: “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And We Feel Adorable)”. HappyTime Apocalypse is an art collective that celebrates the balance of dark and light, good and evil, happy and horrified. We aim to create an artistic escape from the horrors of the world that surround us by bringing attention to the humor and beauty within the maddening and grotesque parts of the human experience, illuminating the opposing forces of humanity within us all.

The Georgetown Stables: Soul parties are designed to connect you to the truth-telling, mirror-holding, energy-soaked creative goodness that comes when mindful artists let their talents loose! We’ll be displaying the photography of Natasha Komoda, and Naomi Wachira will be playing music. It’s “pay what you will” at the door, and half the proceeds go to Artists Life Guild, a Seattle non-profit that provides low-cost therapy for artists.

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall ”NIGHT of the GIANT MONSTERS!” Vintage & Artisan Market curated by Sire Vintage, Frida, Make Believe, Beaver’s Den Vintage, Urban Treasury and Special Giant Guest.

Krab Jab Studio presents “Daring Stories”, all new work in this solo show of local favorite, Heather Hudson! In this show she explores the world of pulp fiction alongside her usual cornucopia of monsters and oddities.

Le Objects For The Home in Historic Georgetown is excited to present an event during our monthly Art Attack “Meet The Makers” 3 Local artist will be featuring their locally made products… Eric Mendelsohn of Time Beat Clocks featuring his snare drum clocks and his Band will be playing live music all evening + Lisa Deffacio of Fern Heath Design featuring her Fleurs collection. Dina Curtis will be showing her Bike Mounts. This event will be packed with fun and adult beverages. come by and see what’s new in the 3D art world of Le Objects For The Home

LxWxH Gallery presents “Come Hell or High Water”. In this solo show, Nancy Baker will continue to investigate two-dimensional work mixing digital representations of hardware parts and abstracted forms. In Baker‘s work, chains, rivets, bolts and connectors transform otherwise stoic blue collar objects into transcendent images of floating worlds which are populated by numbers and letters against starry skies. Often citing literary sources, specific phrases wind their way through a labyrinth of connected phrases, jewels, glitter and paper machine fixtures; much like the tales she is referencing.

Machine House Brewery presents a group show of plant related art featuring local talent and plant designers. Features include installation and stand alone pieces.

Mary Tudor and Ferrell, open studio. Mary Tudor art with timeless, iconic, images verging on being meditative objects, and Ferrell, art with spacial and abstract imaging. Music by Luscious Leopard Lips, the Georgetown atmospheric music DJ with a Theremin synthesizer.

RHI Solutions: featuring artist Twozdai Hulse. Pop up art shop at RHI Solutions – worth the trip around the back of the Rainier cold storage. Original and prints of mixed media images of Iconic Seattle.

Runway Cafe The works of Phil Keane are original hand drawn, handcut, colored, and assembled 3D drawings inside shadow boxes w/ at least a 1/4? of space between each layer of buildings or landscape. The shadowboxes are recycled and refurbished to reflect the urban character of the work.

Spectrum House Salon & Photography featuring a solo show by Chani Murat,an established artist and tattooer in the Seattle area. Born and raised in the PAC NW, she’s inspired by big bright colors and high contrast images. For this show she will be showcasing a body of work with many different mediums. In addition, Spectrum House always features a boutique stocked with Seattle-made treasures & garments.

Studio Sanctum: The Nautilus Studio has changed it’s name to Studio Sanctum, showcasing the realist oil paintings of Jethaniel Peterka and Kyle Abernethy. Located next door to the Georgetown Stables.

Wittman-Estes: Furniture designed and fabricated by University of Washington Department of Architecture students in collaboration with Kimo Griggs and Danish furniture designer Erling Christoffersen. The exhibit will showcase the newly released designs, completed this spring.
AT A GLANCE: Georgetown Art Attack

Date: Saturday, May 10th, 6 – 9 pm
Location: Georgetown neighborhood, Airport Way S corridor between Lucile S and Bailey S; over 40 locations!

Features: Art, Live Music, Food and Spirits, Art Ride art bus (free)

Website: www.georgetownartattack.com

Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Artists at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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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.
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Ries Niemi and Sheila Klein take on Seattle

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It’s a big month for the Bow-Edison artists Sheila Klein and Ries Niemi, as they’re having two shows in two different venues in Seattle this month.

Sheila Klein and Ries Niemi are married, and each have their own careers making art. They share inspirations, ideas, mediums, techniques, children, and dinner. Back to back, they launch themselves into different directions. The universe is infinite, their relationship is at the center point, and art shoots off in every direction. Inevitably, there are similarities, and big differences, in their work.

Ries Neimi and Sheila Klein

In their second collaborative exhibition at PUNCH, they have physically constructed the words they are speaking to each other, and to the world. Much of the work was made or conceived of while they spend part of each year in Buenos Aires.

Klein has selected some recent works in textiles that form vignettes comprised of crocheted architecture and dark doilies. She has recently installed four bronze sculptures on Bell St. in Seattle. Currently working on civic projects in Baltimore,Charlotte North Carolina, Tukwila and Qatar, her big dream now is a global project to make a contemporary Tabernacle.

Niemi will show clusters of embroidery, metal, paint, and text that are solidifying into books. Beyond the exhibition, he is currently working on a sculpture for Oak Harbor High School, and a steel ping pong table.

The couple will be showing at Punch Gallery with an opening on Thursday, April 3 from 5pm to 8pm. The artists will also be present noon to 5pm Saturday, April 5th with other trade goods and travel tales.

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And in another creative endeavor, there will be a dedication of new public artwork by Sheila Klein at the new Bell St. Park in the Belltown neighborhood. The Seattle Parks and Recreation opening celebration will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12.

Klein’s new artwork, Souvenir, consists of four bronze sculptures that are featured on each of the blocks that Bell St Park occupies (1st Ave – 5th Ave). In the 1980s, Klein and her husband lived and rented their artist studio in the Belltown neighborhood. Belltown was then inhabited by many artists, writers, dreamers, fashion designers and other creative types eating toast on the sidewalk, sharing with other inhabitants and reinforcing the idea that they were a community. The four sculptures that make up Souvenir (Toast, That was something we used to do, Sunch, and To Be Determined) speak to Klein’s Belltown, serving as a physical love letter to the neighborhood and encouraging those who live in and visit Belltown to find their own path.

Celebrate the dedication of new public artwork by Sheila Klein at the new Bell St. Park in the Belltown neighborhood. The Seattle Parks and Recreation opening celebration will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at Bell St. Park, Bell St. between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, 98118

Seattle Erotic Art Festival presents artist talk and exhibition with Crystal Barbre and Kate Protage

Crystal Barbre and Kate Protage at Bherd Studios

“Streetlights and Torches, Priuses and Centaurs: Exploring the Role of Myth and History in Our Everyday Lives”

In this two-person exhibition, Crystal Barbre and Kate Protage use paintings and drawings to explore our relationships to mythic themes, and the connections between our modern world and our cultural lineage.

This exclusive event includes an artist talk by each artist, wine and light appetizers. The exhibit and show is located at Bherd Studios Gallery located at 312 N. 85th, upstairs on the second floor. The talk and exhibit is from 7 to 9pm, Thursday, February 20th.

Crystal and Kate are past Seattle Erotic Art Festival artists and it is a joy and an honor to work with Bherd Studios Gallery to give you a sneak peek into the stories behind their current show.

Ron Regé Cartoon Utopia at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present The Cartoon Utopia, an exhibition and book signing with visionary cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. opening Saturday, January 11 with a festive reception for the artist. The show continues through February 5, 2014.

In The Cartoon Utopia, Regé examines religious, mystical, and spiritual philosophies employing an imaginative narrative construct. The subject ideally suits the artist’s intriguing rendering technique. In the words of acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware, Regé is “One of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only reinvent comics to suit his own idiosyncratic impulses and inspirations as an artist, but also to imbue it with his own peculiar, ever changing emotional energy. To me, he is unquestionably one of ‘the greats.'”

The opening reception on Saturday, January 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, at the corner of Airport Way S. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Guantanamo Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Please join us in Georgetown at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island internment compound.

Journalists at Guantanamo were subject to draconian security measures. Courtroom photography was banned. As a result, Hamlin’s deft imagery provides the only visual record of these unparalleled proceedings. According to the New York Times, “When future historians search back in time to ‘Camp Justice’ and the rigidly controlled, tightly censored terrorist trials in Guantánamo, Cuba, they will likely linger over the vivid courtroom sketches of Janet Hamlin.” The Stranger declares, “This is important.”

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Join my Europe Art Delegation in April

Join us on the trip of a lifetime in the Spring, a FANTASTIC art delegation exploring Europe (artists and non-artists will find it fascinating) to Copenhagen • Warsaw • Krakow • Roznov • Vienna. The trip is in April (14th – 23rd), the entire itinerary is on their website (WTE USA, World Trade Exchange).
We’ll meet artists, tour their studios, get private sessions with Museum curators, and experience world-famous paintings to folk-art to contemporary design, from Hans Christian Anderson to Cannaletto to Klimt. And of course tour the historic castles, Jewish Ghettos, Moravian old-world villages, and everything in between. I’ve led 2 other art delegations with WTE, and we have lots of the same members come back, all raving about the experience and how beautifully we were treated and incredible connections we made.
The links are below, 1st is WTE’s website (password for the pdf itinerary is “kellyeurope”), second one is me talking about it in a little video.
For more info contact WTE USA or kelly Lyles at kelly@kellyspot.com

http://www.wte-usa.com
http://vimeo.com/channels/635476

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Celebrate 7 Years of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” on December 14

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery opened seven years ago in a deserted south Seattle industrial district. In the intervening years, both the bookstore and the neighborhood have woven themselves into the cultural fabric of the region. Celebrate the impact of this unique urban enterprise on Saturday, December 14 with a festive holiday gala and opening reception for “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix.”

From its inception, the showroom for Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books has endeavored to demonstrate the contributions of comix to contemporary culture. “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” features the work of six narrative artists who elevate the medium. The exhibition features Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be present to sign recent publications at the opening on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

In addition to his role as Fantagraphics Bookstore curator, Larry Reid serves as president of the Georgetown Merchants Association (GMA), which played a pivotal role in revitalizing the formerly neglected business district. The bookstore’s anniversary celebration coincides with the holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, a monthly promotion of the GMA. Dozens of visual and performing arts presentations take place throughout the historic neighborhood, including wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.