Fantagraphics Books commemorates its 40th anniversary with a series of talks, exhibitions, book signings, performances, and parties celebrating four decades of publishing the world’s most influential contemporary cartoonists. These accomplishments are chronicled in the new book, We Told You So: Comics as Art, An Oral History of Fantagraphics Books.
The festivities begin with a panel discussion on Fantagraphics’ first 40 years on Friday, December 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the elegant Folio library, located at 384 Marion Street in downtown Seattle. Moderated by Fantagraphics publisher and co-founder Gary Groth, the panel includes Love & Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Stranger Genius honorees Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney, and contributors to Fantagraphics’ colorful history. A reception will follow. Admission is free to the public.
On Saturday, December 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts an exhibition and book signing with artists above, joined by legendary Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, with a special musical performance by Simon Hanselmann. The exhibition features art and artifacts from the formative years of Fantagraphics Books. (This occasion also marks the 10th anniversary of Fantagraphics Bookstore and coincides with the holiday editions of the Georgetown Art Attack.) This event will be followed by an anniversary gala at the nearby Georgetown Stables, 980 S. Nebraska St. Bonus: It’s the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack!
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of the historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206-658-0110.
Fantagraphics Books continues its 40th anniversary celebration with a book launch party and exhibition for Visual Abuse: Jim Blanchard’s Graphic Art, 1982 – 2002 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, November 12.
Blanchard relocated to Seattle in 1987 from Oklahoma City, where he self published his popular punk fanzine, Blatch. He soon found work as an art director at Fantagraphics Books, while continuing to create posters and graphics for bands associated with Seattle’s emerging grunge movement. He published several comix on Fantagraphics’ provocative Eros imprint, and later worked as inker for Peter Bagge’s influential Hate comic book series. His artwork has been featured in exhibitions across the country, including solo shows at Seattle’s Roq la Rue, and is currently on display at La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles.
Visual Abuse includes two decades of Blanchard’s idiosyncratic graphics, informed by the outrageous style of Mad magazine, psychedelic posters and underground comix of the 60s, pop culture iconography of the 70s, and the neo-dada punk aesthetic of the 80s and 90s. As cartoonist Jim Woodring observes in the book’s introduction, “Blanchard is an inspired original whose work succeeds perfectly on its own iconoclastic terms as well as in the larger world of visionary art.”
The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will focus on Blanchard’s contributions to the Seattle’s music scene, including memorable posters, illustrations, and record covers for groups like Nirvana, Melvins, Tad, Accused, Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, and more. The artist will be present on November 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to sign copies of his new collection. The show remains on view through December 8.
This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic Georgetown 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come down to Georgetown this Saturday, July 9 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM as Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes acclaimed indie comix artist Sammy Harkham and wishes a fond farewell to the Intruder at the second annual Hot Off the Press book fair!
This colorful festival features tables of local handcrafted comix, prints, and zines by many of the Northwest’s most admired artists and small press publishers, including Short Run Micropress, Neoglyphic Media, Fogland Studios, Yeti Press, and Pity Party. Special guest Sammy Harkham will sign copies of the newly released Kramer’s Ergot 9 anthology as well as his alluring self-published serial Crickets. Another attraction is Seattle artist Josh Simmons signing the latest installment of Jessica Farm project, a highly conceptual series of books designed by Harkham.
The fair will also feature the final issue of the Intruder, a free comix tabloid that has been largely responsible for launching the careers of a new generation of Seattle cartoonists including Tom van Duesen, Max Clotfelter, Marc Palm, Ben Horak, Marie Hausauer, Brittany Kusa, and many more. Issue #20 will debut with a retrospective exhibition of contributors. Selected back issues will also be available. A festive after-party will follow across the street at Machine House Brewing.
This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic art community, including a performance by seminal Seattle punk rock act Chinas Comidas at Georgetown Records. 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.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present an international multimedia tribute to late Italian cartoonist Guido Crepax. The tribute features original art by contemporary American cartoonists including David Lasky, Peter Kuper, Benjamin Marra, Roberta Gregory, George Pratt, and Mark Wheatley, as well as reproductions from the Complete Crepax Volume 1. The opening on Saturday, April 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM includes film shorts by Brazilian artist Alex Korolkovas, a sound installation by Sérgio Rocha of Portugal, a limited edition companion publication, and other exclusive Crepax merchandise.
Guido Crepax created his signature character Valentina in 1965. A mod photographer and globetrotting badass inspired by silent film star Louise Brooks, Valentina’s fashion sensibility, unabashed sexuality, and sense of adventure personified the proto-feminist paradigm as portrayed in post war European film, fine art, and pop culture. The Complete Crepax represents an ambitious project aimed at introducing American audiences to the work of this influential artist, translated into English for the first time. Volume one includes adventures like “The Subterraneans,” “Valentina in Sovietland,” “Un Poco Loco,” and adaptations of classic gothic horror stories “Frankenstein” and “Dracula,” among many others.
This April 9th event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring adventurous visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 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.
Daniel Clowes is among the most accomplished artists of his generation. Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, March 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Patience, his most ambitious graphic novel to date.
Clowes came to prominence with his groundbreaking Eightball comic book series in the 1990s, which was characterized by biting social satire rendered with a singular graphic sensibility. Eightball also included several cinematic long form stories such as Ghost World, which was adapted to film in 2001 featuring Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch in the lead roles. Clowes received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation. His work has been embraced by the art world as the subject of solo exhibitions at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Oakland Museum of California, and many others. He has received the Pen Literary Award as well as prestigious cartoonist honors including multiple Harvey and Eisner Awards. Patience is the first all new full-length graphic novel from Clowes in five years. Best described as a psychedelic science fiction romance, the artist mines new territory with a profoundly innovative approach. The full color artwork is both buoyant and intense – living up to its billing as the most anticipated graphic novel in years.
Meet this extraordinary artist on Saturday, March 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. He’ll sign advance copies of Patience as well as previous publications from Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring contemporary art presentations throughout the thriving arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 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.
Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, as we celebrate Cartoons for Victory with visiting editor and comics scholar Warren Bernard. This event features an exhibition from Bernard’s fascinating archive of World War II home front ephemera. Bernard returns to Seattle following the recent Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD, where he serves as executive director. He co-authored the Eisner-nominated Drawing Power, which examines the role of classic comics in advertising.
Bernard will give an informative slide presentation at 7:00 PM at the reception on Saturday. Senator Bob Dole, a decorated WWII veteran, comments in the foreword, “When they were drawn, these cartoons had topical points to make that went beyond slapstick or simple comedy. As I look at them now, collected in this volume, they bring back memories of what those times felt like.”
This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring contemporary visual and performing arts events throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.