Celebrate The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood at Fantagraphics Bookstore on January 14

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 14 as we celebrate one of midcentury America’s most influential artists. The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood debuts with an exhibition and slide talk by co-editor J. Michael Catron.

Wallace Wood was among the most prolific and diverse artists of his era. His work included colorful covers for 1950s science fiction magazines and romance comics before contributing to the wildly popular war, crime, horror, and suspense comics on the notorious EC imprint, prior to its demise as result of the draconian restrictions imposed by the Comics Code Authority. He went on to become one of the founding artists of the phenomenally successful MAD Magazine, all the while working with superhero comic book pioneers like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Will Eisner. Wood worked on commercial projects ranging from Alka-Seltzer to Topps bubblegum. He later went on to self-publish the avant garde witzend comics anthology, which included many of the contemporary cartoonists now associated with the alternative comix movement. Wallace Wood was, in the words of filmmaker George Lucas, “One of the all-time great comic book artists.”

The lavishly illustrated Life and Legend of Wallace Wood is the first of two volumes chronicling the work of this amazing artist through commentary by friends and colleagues. The book launch party at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, January 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM will include reproductions of his illustrations, covers, and comics, as well as a selection of books documenting his career. Co-editor J. Michael Catron will talk about the artist at 7:00 PM. This event 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, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206-658-0110.

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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Hot Off The Press Small Press Fest at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will celebrate Seattle’s lively small press and comix community on Saturday, August 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Hot Off The Press: A Cool Summer Small Press Fest features tables of indie publications from the Intruder, Short Run, Yeti Press, Pity Party, Fluke Press and other regional imprints.
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The event includes a reading from recently released short fiction collection The Octopus Rises by provocative literary personality Ryan Boudinot. Also featured are prominent minicomics artist Noah Van Sciver presenting his exquisite new graphic novel Fante Bukowski and an exhibition of original art from the second volume of Gina Siciliano‘s ambitious graphic biography, I Know What I Am: The True Story of Artemisia Gentileschi. The festival marks the debut of Desperate Times: The Summer of 1981, edited by Maire Masco, collecting the six issues of a tabloid zine that serves as a time capsule of an emerging counterculture that would later rock the world. The show will introduce the Extruder, a new publication from the Intruder comix collective, as well as other new handcrafted comix and zines.
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The Hot Off the Press book fair will include tables of local self-publishers set up on the recently completed pedestrian plaza outside the bookstore. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful contemporary art presentations throughout the historic industrial arts corridor. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at the corner of 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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Art Chantry at Fantagraphics Bookstore on July 11

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the global debut of Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design from Port Townsend’s Feral House press. The reception, book signing and companion exhibition by one of the country’s most influential graphic designers opens Saturday, July 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The exhibition continues though August 6, 2015.

Chantry’s idiosyncratic style dramatically impacted contemporary graphic design throughout the 1980s and 1990s with his emphasis on hand-crafted techniques just as digital graphics were becoming ubiquitous. His new book collects captivating essays and illustrations that document the essential elements of graphic arts before the invention of computer technology. Chantry’s unique aesthetic was central in the formulation of Seattle’s grunge youth movement in the 1990s and influenced a generation of designers in all fields. His artwork has been the subject of exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, including a solo show at the Seattle Art Museum in 1993. His work remains relevant and his insights instructive.
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Meet this amazing artist from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coinciding with the July 11 edition of the festive Georgetown Art Attack. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just 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.

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.

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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Tony Millionaire Returns to Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Join us on Saturday, March 8, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Treasury with an art exhibition, book signing, and music concert.

Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters, and more. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling, and endearing new collection.

Mr. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, featuring the comical adventures of Drinky Crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Green Eggs and Maakies collects two years of Maakies in a deluxe landscape hardcover format.

The festive opening on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features music by Ashley Eriksson. Perhaps best known for her music associated with the wildly popular animated television series Adventure Time, Eriksson will perform songs from her recently released Colours album on K Records. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore.

“In his surrealist impulse and draftsman’s brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat.” — John Hodgman, The New York Times

“Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception…” — Elvis Costello

“Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires. He’s concocted a crazy potion with this mixture of Maakies and Sock Monkey.” — Conan O’Brien

“I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things.” — Dave Eggers

Amazing Georgetown Art Attack on March 8

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Come down to Georgetown for the Second Saturday Art Attack on March 8. You’ll find challenging visual and performing arts not seen in anywhere else in the region. This month features contemporary art in a neighborhood that offers lots to do, eat, see, and drink. A small sample of attractions below.

• All City Coffee featuring Women of Equinox: Clair Putney, Lisa Geertson, M. Anne Sweet, Sophia Wheelwright, Stacy Rosevear and Syd Shera. Equinox is Georgetown’s largest artist occupied warehouse accommodating over 50 tenants doing amazing work from blacksmithing and metal sculpture, to painting and ceramics, with woodwork, leatherwork, glass, photography and much more in between. These women represent a portion of the creativity emanating from the World War II era factory building located on 5th and Michigan.
• Calamity Janes featuring Mark Tedin, game illustrator and art instructor, presents recent works on paper for show at Calamity Jane’s in Georgetown. Color pastels and graphite portraits of costumed subjects will be showcased for the Georgetown Art Attack and throughout the month of March.
• Eight and Sand presents Felt Nature, the art of Mary Clymer. This is a solo installation style show of Flora in felt. Mary is a local artist hailing from Renton, Wa. She enjoys working in fiber and experimenting with combining fiber and non fiber arts. Mary is inspired by nature, big dreams, bike rides and little mushrooms.
• Equinox Studios, of West Georgetown welcomes you to visit our big blue building. We run an art shuttle van to Airport Way and back, park here. 6555 5th Ave S, 98108. ?Open studios include ?Sarah Woodson, of Downing Pottery; Hand-thrown and neighborhood inflected mugs; ?Anne Sweet, graphic artist, feminist themes; Alex Miller, of Bizarre 1979, videographer and then some; Syd Shera, ceramic art.; Jeff Olhoeft, stone carver; Sherry Hussey, of Iron Idiom, glass bead making.?Tabasco Mills, blacksmith; ?Sophia Wheelwright, mixed media.
• Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery features TONY MILLIONAIRE. Book signing and art exhibition with music by Ashley Eriksson. Exhibition continues through April 9, 2014.
• Georgetown Atelier: open studio
• Georgetown Liquor Company features mixed media art by Rachel Setzer in a show titled “Pain Body”. An exploration of the anatomical body inspired by chronic pain. Each piece represents its location in the body and is intended to convey that different places hurt differently (and that each person experiences pain differently). Your pain is real, it is really part of you, no one has the right to deny or diminish it. However, just because it hurts, doesn’t mean that it’s in charge. Subject matter aided by The Anatomy Coloring Book (Wynn Kapit & Lawrence M. Elson), and series inspired by The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom.
• The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall would like to apologize in advance for KARAOKE NIGHT ~ Swing by and Give the Performance of Lifetime ~ Find Your Eye of the Tiger at the Vintage & Artisan Market ~ Curated by Frida, Make Believe, Sire Vintage, Clocharde Shop & Beaver’s Den Vintage.
• Krab Jab Studio presents the enchanting, mythical illustrations of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.
• LxWxH Gallery “stereotype” is an interdisciplinary project that features 6 national artists who enter the visual field of race by dint of text. The exhibition’s title is a partial nod towards the word ‘stereotype’ having its first meaning as a plate used to press images. It is also a (quiet) suggestion that the written word might also exist as an image by other means. The text-based pieces in stereotype focus on poetics, type and typography as aesthetic markers that can outline and expand upon racial identities. In the offing is the possibility of looking at agency and authority in unexpected ways, not only in the white cube of the gallery, but also in the lived reality of viewer and artist alike. Artists: Barbara Earl Thomas, C. Davida Ingram, Duriel E. Harris, Francine J. Harris, Krista Franklin, Natasha Marin
• Machine House Brewery features a yarn installation by Jessica Steffl that spans the entire length of the brewery in one area.
• 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.
• SANCA School of Flight has joined Art Attack via the Art Ride bus! Flying trapeze demonstrations by SANCA Flyers and Pay-per-Flight opportunities to fly for Art Attack patrons! Journalists and Press ride free (show your credentials)!
• Runway Cafe features paintings/drawings by Michael O’Driscoll who has been painting and illustrating in Seattle since 1996. His Bedbug character is now in ‘Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom’, a 40 page hardbound book of cartoons from his online Daily Cartoon postings.
• Spectrum House Salon & Photography presents”Peep Show” a collection of art works by pinup artist Suzy Todd. Oil paintings and watercolors of pinup queens that titillate and tease; from Rococo Hussies, to circus darlings, to sultry Lover’s eyes.

?AT A GLANCE: Georgetown Art Attack?Date: Saturday, March 8th, 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

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with the Bureau of Drawers, hosts “LOVESICK” Comix Exhibition Opening February 12.


Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery loves local comix! Saturday, February 12 features the opening of “Lovesick,” an exhibition of emerging and established artists from the Bureau of Drawers cartoonist collective. The show includes original art, handmade books and prints by 16 Seattle comix artists and illustrators. Exhibiting artists will be present for a festive reception at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, February 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM – just in time for Valentine’s.

The Bureau of Drawers formed in 2010 as an alliance of independent local alternative cartoonists. They meet weekly for an informal salon at Café Racer in Ravenna and have participated in high profile events at the Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot, and Urban Light Studios. The group includes accomplished cartoonists like David Lasky, Tom Dougherty and Scott Faulkner as well as promising young talent like Nikki Burch and Marc Palm. Other participating artists include Breanne Boland, Billis Helg, Tyler Hill, Calamity Jon Morris, Sean Robinson, Mark Stockbridge, Ed Trumbule, Adam Watson, Dalton Webb, and Stevie VanBronkhorst Expect an eclectic mix of topical works on the loose theme of unrequited love.

This event coincides with the 3rd anniversary edition of the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring adventurous – and amorous – visual and performing arts events throughout the historic neighborhood. For more information and a participant map visit: www.georgetownartattack.com. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (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.

R. Crumb Joins Michael Leavitt’s Art Army

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Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt is involved an ongoing 8-year project sculpting figures for his fanciful “Art Army.” Inductees include Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Mark Ryden, Robert Williams, Ron English, Shag, Banksy, and countless others. His latest recruit is none other than underground comix legend R. Crumb.

This fully articulated wood-carved sculpture was commissioned by an out-of-state collector. Before it ships off to the private collection, the piece will be put on public display at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for one night only during the reception for Gahan Wilson on Saturday, February 13. If you can’t make it then, you can view Leavitt’s recent work, including collaborations with Fantagraphics friend Charles Krafft, at Stolen Space Gallery in London May 13 through May 30.