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Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown this Saturday


Georgetown Bites allows food and beverage fans to experience the diverse culinary delights of Seattle’s historic arts community in affordable fashion. The 3rd annual Taste of Georgetown features special offers from 28 appetizing enterprises for as little as $4 each. Celebrate the unique hospitality of this colorful neighborhood on Saturday, March 25. Tickets are available at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tasting continues until 5:00 PM.

Ed Sheeran having a Bite at Georgetown’s Square Knot Diner. From his hit video “Shape of You.”

Georgetown offers a wide variety of cuisine to suit every taste. Acclaimed new establishments like Ciudad, Sisters & Brothers, and El Sirenito are joined by established dining destinations such as Fonda la Catrina, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Liquor Co., and Hitchcock Deli. The factory outlets of Elleno’s Yogurt and Fran’s Chocolates, as well as the craft beverages of Georgetown Brewing, Machine House, Counterbalance, Lowercase Brewery, and Charles Smith Wines represent the diverse food and beverage production in Georgetown. International dishes from Cutting Board and Hallava Falafel are complemented by blue-collar comfort food from Square Knot Diner, Jules Maes Saloon, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, Smarty Pants and Star Brass Lounge. Pizza from Flying Squirrel and Stellar’s can be topped off with coffee and pastries from All City Coffee and the Conservatory.

Adventurous diners can also visit the many galleries, shops, and assorted cultural attractions on Saturday, March 25 in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Tickets can be purchased at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall for the low price $20 for 5 tickets, redeemable for delicious samples at any of the participating establishments. (Additional tickets available for $5 each.) For a map, specials, and more information visit www.georgetownbites.com.

Ezequiel Garcia at Fantagraphics Bookstore


Fantagraphics Bookstore, in association with the Argentinian Ministry of Culture, is pleased to present Ezequiel Garcia on Saturday, March 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Garcia will discuss his new graphic memoir, Growing Up in Public from Fantagraphics Books.

Garcia’s book chronicles the personal and professional challenges he faces as a young artist in his hometown of Buenos Aires. He laments the loss of architectural landmarks and cultural heritage in the face of shrinking public support for the arts in his home country. His engaging narrative is sure to resonate in Seattle as we deal with remarkably similar issues in our region.

Fantagraphics remains committed to giving voice to artists of diverse cultures in these perilous political times. Ezequiel Garcia’s reportage from Latin America provides a perfect complement to our recent presentation by Russian dissident artist Victoria Lomasko. Please join us for this important perspective from a compelling contemporary cartoonist.

This event coincides with Georgetown Bites, allowing food and beverage fans to experience the diverse culinary delights of Seattle’s historic arts community in affordable fashion. The 3rd annual Taste of Georgetown features special offers from 28 appetizing enterprises for as little as $4 each. Celebrate the unique hospitality of this colorful neighborhood on Saturday, March 25. Bites tickets are available at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tasting continues until 5:00 PM.

Fantagraphics Bookstore 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. Please note new phone number: 206-557-4910.

RACER-AOKE! Karaoke and Black Velvet Paintings at Cafe Racer

Come for the art, stay for the karaoke! Black velvet paintings by artist Celene Ramidan in the main gallery and “Racer-aoke” karaoke party with DJ Vodka Twist in the Official Bad Art Museum of Art. Thursday night, come after the art openings or come early for dinner. Meet the artist, sing a song, have a drink, enjoy a delicious homemade meal. March 2nd, 2017, 8pm-11pm at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle.

From Russia, With Love: Victoria Lomasko at Fantagraphics Bookstore


Fantagraphics Bookstore, in association with Short Run and the University of Washington, is pleased to welcome Russian cartoonist Victoria Lomasko on Saturday, March 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Lomasko will present her new collection of graphic journalism Other Russias, with an exhibition and slide talk, followed by a book signing.

Victoria Lomasko is a fixture at Moscow’s trials and protests, documenting the tumultuous processes that shape today’s Russia. Not content to limit herself to the political life of Moscow, Lomasko travels around the country and the former Soviet republics, exploring the domestic, psychological, and spiritual condition of its diverse marginalized groups. She’ll discuss dissenting views of Putin’s policies – a topical subject in turbulent times. A feature review in the current issue of the New Yorker observes, “It’s a portrait of opposition politics that is also a portrait of deep cultural divisions. Neither Russia’s strengths nor its problems, Lomasko’s book argues, can be attributed to a single force.”

This event coincides with the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring contemporary visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. 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.

Hey Lady featuring Sylvia Rivera at Fantagraphics Bookstore


Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host a release party and art exhibition for Regina Schilling’s Hey Lady #7 on Saturday, February 11. The new issue focuses on Sylvia Rivera, a civil rights pioneer who was a crucial voice for people of color, transgendered, and low-income communities throughout her life.

Hey Lady is a colorful celebration of women’s contributions to global art and culture. Olympia resident Regina Schilling selects a subject for each book and invites women artists worldwide to contribute portraits. Past personalities include artist and musician Yoko Ono, actress Nichelle Nichols, Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling, musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and artists Leonor Fini and Yayoi Kusama. The results are remarkably revealing. Each issue includes a brief biography and a button affixed to the cover. DIY publishing and contemporary feminist art at its finest.

The event on Saturday February 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore 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.

Black Velvet Painting Show at the Official Bad Art Museum of Art at Cafe Racer 2/10/17

Indulge your senses!

Come and view these black velvet paintings, a sensory delight, by future art mistress and musician Celene Ramadan, in the vein of masters Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Black Velvet Painting King Edgar Leeteg, who created sensuous, tropical paradises in the ’30s and ’40s applying brush to velvet to delicately paint each hair on the head of his lovely subjects

An elite reception to meet the artist and view these sublime black velvet paintings, most of which will be for sale. Prices will range from $60 – $300! A deal at twice the price!

Art show officially happens from 6pm-8pm, but art will available to view and worship all night. Karaoke will go from 8pm-11pm!

Admission is free at Cafe Racer, just have a beer or cocktail and enjoy their full-service menu. All food made onsite and delicious!

Starting at 8pm, enjoy RACEROKE, Cafe Racer Karkaoke by Lushy Kingpin Andy Sodt.

Cafe Racer is located at 5828 Roosevelt Way in Seattle.

The Story of Black Velvet Paintings and the Inuit

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Valentines Day! Circus Contraption Band, Can Can Cabaret, Jason Webley, DeVotchKa, Vince Mira

The Circus Contraption Band returns!
Yes, it’s true! One night only!

We know it will never be the same without Joe and Drew. But the rest of the band is BACK for Valentine’s Day, and they are honored to join a SPECTACULAR bill at Showbox at the Market.

On the bill is Devotchka The Denver-based indie rock band who powers into new territory. Long renowned for their lush sound and eclectic mix of genres, this will be a great Seattle show. Vince Mira is also on the bill. He started playing at the Pike Place Market as a teen and now has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “Inside Edition” and has played the Austin City Limits Festival, Bumbershoot, the mainstage at the Sasquatch Festival and has showcased at SXSW. He is now in the process of writing and recording his 3rd album.

Also performing, local favorites Can Can Cabaret will be performing, along with the Tom Waites of the accordion, Jason Webley.

Tue Feb 14 – Showbox at the Market

Devotchka
Vince Mira
Circus Contraption Band
Can Can Cabaret
Jason Webley

7pm door / 8pm show
Tickets: $40 adv / $45 day-of
21 and over
1426 1st Ave, Seattle WA
Tickets onsale via Showbox tickets

Resist! Artists for Progress Show at The Piranha Shop 1/27/2017

pin The Piranha Shop, 1022 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

Resist! Art Show at The Piranha Shop — 100% of proceeds from the sale of work will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Art today serves a different purpose than it did before the election. As our Nation’s activists, optimists, truth-tellers, and interpreters, we have a responsibility to keep the things that are important as far away and safe from the new CEO in Chief as possible.

So, we’re coming together and raising funds for institutions that are now in jeopardy. We’re fighting hate with hope, rallying together, and speaking our minds. We’re showing the world that we won’t go silently— that progress, creativity, and judiciousness still matter in this weird, new, reality-television version of America.

Because if history has taught us anything, it’s that hope never loses.

Join us to raise money for the institutions that need us most. We can all do our little bit to keep our beautiful country progressing towards acceptance, tolerance, and hope.

Friday, January 27, starting at 7pm at The Piranha Shop, 1022 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

Participating artists include:
Jennifer Ament
Charles Peterson
Stacey Rozich
Danielle Skredsvig
Joey Veltkamp
Barry Ament
Derek Erdman
Kyler Martz
Victor Melendez
Kate Neckel
Ben Gannon
Teresa Grasseschi
Deborah Faye Lawrence
Valeria Spring
Jamie Randall
Celeste Cooning
Andrew Crawshaw
Michael Heck
Bisco Smith
Ashley Armitage
Mel Carter
Rachel Ravich
Rachel Demy
Lance Mercer
Cheyenne Randall
Greg Dulli
Patrick “Duffy” De Armas
Dominic Nieri

100% of proceeds from the sale of work will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.  RESIST!

A GIANT thank you to our host and partner The Piranha Shop. Beverages donated by the always delicious Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

The Tikigraphs play exotica music at The Parliament in West Seattle 1/28/17

Join The Tikigraphs Saturday, January 28 at Parliament Tavern for an evening of exotica and Polynesian music.  Inspired by the tiki pop culture phenomenon of the 1950s and 1960s, they play exotica lounge music to drink with your Mai Tai.

The Tikigraphs carry on the tradition of the legendary exotica artists such as Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman and more. Percussion, marimbas, lap steel, flute, surf guitar and lush vocals make up their sonic curtain.

$7 cover. 21+.

https://thetikigraphs.bandcamp.com/

Skid Row Puppet Show – Jan 28th 8pm @ Cafe Racer

Skid Row Puppet Show presents
~ No Puppet, No Puppet, You’re the Puppet! ~
A Vaudevillian Cabaret, Where the Puppets’ Got Somethin’ to Say!

Join us: Saturday January 28th, 2017 at 8:00pm (PST)
at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

The puppet slam yer mama warned ya’ll about ~ is Makin’ ‘Merica Great Again!

Has this past year and the current political climate exhausted you?

‘Mr Punch Exhausted’ Image © Dennis Valente Photography

Join these puppeteers & artists for a little commentary & some distraction.

Featuring the doll-wigglin’ styles, music, & shenanigans of:
Brian Kooser, Zelda Starfire, Elly Leaverton, Jess Haynie-Lavelle, Sarah Marie Andrews, Tim Marsden, Mylinda Sneed, West Cascade Puppet Brigade, Trivia Puppet Company, + more…

Tickets – $10 at the door

Curated by Mylinda Sneed
Hosted by Cafe Racer

Not suggested for the faint of heart (ages 14 to ~adult).

Disclaimer: Attendees may have their ethics & beliefs challenged, please note, this is not a test, we want you to question it, question it all …
Image © Dennis Valente Photography

Closing Up Shop? The Uncertain Future of Seattle’s Art Galleries

Why is it so hard to keep an art gallery open in Seattle?  Find out at this panel discussion Jan. 24th at Town Hall 

A spate of recent gallery closings with no new galleries moving in have many art-lovers wondering if this reflects profound changes in the business of art. Will the art community flounder if galleries and openings are replaced by alternative spaces, DIY art projects? What role does the internet play? Why is this happening in a community with as much wealth and education as Seattle? Key members of the Seattle art community take up the issue in a lively and provocative panel discussion, moderated by art critic and Gage Academy of Art Artistic Director, Gary Faigin.

Panelists:
Greg Kucera—Owner, Greg Kucera Gallery
Amanda Manitach—Arts Editor, City Arts Magazine
Mary Ann Peters—Artist, winner of Stranger Genius Award
Mariane Ibrahim—Owner, Marian Ibrahim Gallery
Gary Faigin (moderator)—Founder of Gage Academy of Art

Presented by Gage Academy of Art and Town Hall Seattle

Tickets at Town Hall for 7:30pm Tuesday January 24th

Noir at the Bar – Readings at the Sorrento


Deep, dark lit read by local crime, mystery, horror, and dark fantasy authors. Enjoy some delicious cocktails and marvelously wicked books in the cozy leather-bound environs of Seattle’s Sorrento Hotel and kick your 2017 off right. (Probably not-so-family friendly: it is a bar and we do talk dirty.) Featured readers: Scotti Andrews, Arthur Coburn, Curt Colbert & Waverley Fitzgerald, Nick Feldman, Pierce Hansen, Skye Moody, Kat Richardson, Jim Thomson, Brian Thornton, Will Viharo, and James Ziskin.

Readings by local authors start at 7pm. Stop in anytime, have a cocktail, listen to tales of crime, murder and fantasy!

Luna Park Cafe-West Seattle!!!! Crafts and Cartooning Santa!!!

Need some last minute Holiday pressies and prizes?  Come browse the goodies that Luna Park employees have for you.  It’s a mini craft sale on our patio out front.  Also included Avalon Glassworks, and some of our customers!   Saturday December 10  from 11am-4 pm.  There is Art by Staci! Soaps By Sami!  Scarves by Sweetpea!  Candles and Jewelry by Hallie! ! Art glass by the artists at Avalon Glassworks!   Stop by and pick up a goodie or two!

Looking for somewhere that is NOT the Mall but want to take the kids to see Santa???? Luna Park has that too!!!!    The evening of Saturday  December 17 from 4-7 pm, Santa will be in attendance, but this aint your average Santa!!!! This is CARTOONING Santa!!!!  He will be doing cartoons for the kids for free. There will be cookies and treats, and you can get your picture with him!!!  Dress up and bring the family down for our dinner and drink specials we having that night!  Take a break from the shopping crowds and head down to see Santa and his Elves at Luna Park Cafe

We are located at 2918 SW Avalon Way, Seattle Wa 98126  http://lunaparkcafe.com/    https://www.facebook.com/Luna-Park-Cafe-159927590707384/

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American Painting Today

Matthew Offenbacher
Matthew Offenbacher

What is painting to Seattle? What is Seattle to America? What is the value of painting? What can be shared? What does democracy look like?

“American Painting Today” is an encyclopedic collection of paintings by artists from the greater Seattle area staged during the waning days of a short-lived temporary arts space on Capitol Hill.

Lisa Buchanan
Lisa Buchanan

Organized and curated by Matthew Offenbacher. You may remember the remarkable Mr. Offenbacher who, along with Jennifer Nemhausermade, created a conceptual artwork that consisted of buying works by women and queer artists for Seattle Art Museum.

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Cable Griffith

Featuring:
Julie Alexander, Juan Alonso-Rodríguez, Sean Barton, Kelly Bjork, Susanna Bluhm, Alexi Brown-Schmidt, Lisa Buchanan, Lisa Buchanan, Buddy Bunting, Laura Castellanos, Jaq Chartier, Claire Cowie, Timothy Cross, Brian Cypher, Carole d’Inverno, Sue Danielson, Linda Davidson, Pat De Caro, Nathan DiPietro, Susan Dory, Sasha Ferré, Denis Fitzpatrick, Ben Gannon, Karen Gantz, Emily Gherard, Klara Glosova, Preston Graves, Cable Griffith, Peter Gross, Francisco Guerrero, Patricia Hagen, Laura Hamje, Alfred Harris, Victoria Haven, Colleen Hayward, David Hytone, Claire Johnson, Leena Joshi, Ken Kelly, Amanda Knowles, Paul Komada, Terry Leness, Margie Livingston, Sara Long, Ray Mack, Molly Magai, Marisa Manso, Sherry Markovitz, Mark Miller, Philip Miner, Jeffry Mitchell, Abraham Murley, Brian Murphy, Tuan Nguyen, Sarah Norsworthy, Nicholas Nyland, Shaw Osha, Michael Ottersen, Doug Parry, Forrest Perrine, Trung Pham, Philippe Pirrip, John Radtke, Andrew Rubinstein, Peter Scherrer, Ann Leda Shapiro, William Shields, Jennifer Beedon Snow, Whiting Tennis, Barbara Earl Thomas, Kate Thompson, Kimberly Trowbridge, Catherine Uehara, Claude Utley, Joey Veltkamp, Brad Winchester, Robert Yoder, Claude Zervas and Ellen Ziegler

Claire Cowie
Claire Cowie

The old Value Village on Capitol Hill, Seattle

(1525 11th Avenue)
November 28 – December 18, 2016
Party: December 8, 5-8 pm

Exhibition: November 28—December 17, 2016
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays—Fridays 12-2 pm (and by appointment)
Opening party: Thursday, December 8, 5-8 pm
2nd party opportunity: December 17, 8-11 pm (the closing of V2)

Jennifer Zwick – Nintendo and Fortune Cookie Series

Nintendo by Jennifer Zwick
Nintendo by Jennifer Zwick

Ghost Gallery presents a series of watercolors on paper by local Seattle artist Jennifer Zwick called “Nintendo and Fortune Cookies”.

These diminutive sketches with graphite and watercolor document the object of obsession for many a teenage boy, but also apparently for this post-adolescent lady artist.

The show opens today at Saint John’s Bar & Eatery, 719 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122 and will be up through all of November and December.

This is an off-site show produced by Seattle’s own Ghost Gallery, owned by the lovely Laurie Kearney and located at 504 E. Denny Way at Olive Street.

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The big opening is  November 10th during Capitol Hill Art Walk – DJ Pavone will be spinning tunes after 7pm- Amazing food & drinks to boot!  If you can’t make it,

Jen’s work will also be available online starting Nov. 10th at the Ghost Gallery website. 

Frocks and Vestments show at SAM Gallery with Elizabeth Jameson and Liz Tran

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SAM GALLERY: OPENING RECEPTION FOR FROCKS & VESTMENTS
THU OCT 13 2016
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
SAM GALLERY
6 PM – 7:30 PM

Celebrate the SAM Gallery opening of Frocks & Vestments, with featured artists Larry Calkins, Elizabeth Jameson, Christopher Kroehler and Liz Tran, all riffing on the topic of clothing. You’ll enjoy Liz Jameson’s colorful renditions of royal clothing, carefully executed in pastels and Liz Tran’s amazing impressionist explosions of color which are reminiscent of colorful necklaces. Larry Calkins 3D sculptures inhabit any room they reside in and Christopher Kroehler oil paintings on glass glow with amazing detail.

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Light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public.

John Hawkley art opening at Steve Gilbert Studio October 13, 2016

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Little Birds, Tiny Tool Sheds and Other Curiosities

Recent and new works by John Hawkley exploring themes of ritual, mystery, obsession, shrines, bones, and reuse of tools and everyday objects in a different context

Steve Gilbert Photo Studio
1418 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 , 5-10pm

Early Works by R. Crumb at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Fantagraphics Books launches an exciting series of events celebrating its 40th anniversary with R. Crumb: Early Works, 1965 – 1967, opening Saturday, September 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. This important exhibition features over two-dozen previously unseen original drawings and arcane artifacts, which demonstrate the development of the artist’s signature style. The show remains on view through November 2, 2016.
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Robert Crumb is widely considered America’s greatest living cartoonist. His work was recently featured in the Seattle Museum’s “Graphic Masters” exhibition alongside Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Hogarth, and Picasso. The seminal work on display at the bookstore spans a period that found the artist in Cleveland and Chicago, through his arrival in San Francisco, where he became a founding member of the Underground Comix movement. Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books has comprehensively documented the work of R. Crumb with the 17-volume Complete Crumb Comix, 10-volume R. Crumb Sketchbook, 5-volume Complete Zap Comix, and collections of his memorable characters Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, among other publications. “R. Crumb: Early Works, 1965 – 1967” represents an ongoing effort to preserve the history of the comix medium and provides a fitting start to Fantagraphics 40th anniversary festivities. The expatriate artist currently resides in France and will not attend the exhibition opening.
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The exquisite work in this exhibition was created by Crumb for the benefit of the late Alix Gianasi. Her sister Mimi recalls, “We first met Robert Crumb in Cleveland, Ohio, in the mid-1960s. I understood at the time that he had recently moved there from Pennsylvania. When we met he was working at the American Greeting Card company. It was early days in the psychedelic revolution; the counter culture was just emerging. The crucible in Cleveland was the University Circle area and Robert fit right in. It was a scene of college kids, artists, musicians and poets. A tall, lanky young artist, wandering around with a sketchbook full of odd frogs and chubby teenybopper women was just the thing.” The drawings Crumb created for Alix reflect his evolving aesthetic that would soon alter the course of comix and American pop culture.
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The opening reception on Saturday, September 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful contemporary art presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only 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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Neat Stuff with Peter Bagge at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, August 13 for the debut of the Complete Neat Stuff by legendary Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge. A limited number of advance copies of this two volume, slip case edition will be available for the artist to sign between 6:30 and 8:00 PM.

Neat Stuff includes early work by Bagge introducing a cast of iconic characters that would populate his comix for decades. The Bradleys became a template for the dysfunctional American family, influencing the work of artists like Matt Groening, Mike Judge, Dana Gould, and countless others. This book collects the classic comic book serial that ran from 1985 through 1989, setting the stage for work that would not only define his career, but document Seattle’s 1990s pop culture phenomenon for the world to see.
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Celebrate the release of this extraordinary work with one of Seattle’s most accomplished cartoonists on Saturday, August 13. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts throughout the historic neighborhood, including the popular Trailer Park Drag Strip drag show at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall. 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