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.
Don’t miss the second annual Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown on Saturday, March 26 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This food festival celebrates the delightfully diverse culinary attractions and cafe culture in Seattle’s coolest neighborhood. Georgetown is home to Seattle’s oldest continuously operating beer hall, Jules Maes Saloon, as well as its newest vintner, the award-winning Charles Smith Wines. Craft breweries like Georgetown Brewing, Machine House, and Counterbalance Brewery join gourmet establishments like Hitchcock Deli, Fonda la Catrina, and Fran’s Chocolate factory – (makers of Michelle and Barack Obama’s favorite confections). Pizza parlors, boutique burgers, fresh roasted coffee, creative enterprises like game emporium Flip Flip, Ding Ding, Full Throttle Bottles, and our new neighbor Rainier Glass Blowing studios, provide an entertaining afternoon of extremely affordable cuisine. Drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore for tips on the hottest deals.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates its 9th anniversary in wild style with the Cheech Wizard Show, Mark Bodé, Laura Knetzger, and more! Our festive holiday gala on Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM marks the debut of Cheech Wizard’s Book of Me featuring a fabulous group show of tributes to the alluring art of the late Vaughn Bodé and a rare reunion of his extended family.
The Cheech Wizard Show includes original drawings by Vaughn and Mark Bodé in addition to an amazing array of local and regional artists: Michael Leavitt premieres a new piece from his ongoing HiPop Project ahead of his solo show at New York’s Jonathan Levine Gallery next May; Seattle hip hop pioneer Specs Wizard creates a new work following his spectacular entry mural at the current Hip Hop Legacy show at the Museum of History and Industry; Bay Area underground-cartoonist-turned-painter Hector Tellez and Seattle game designer and fine artist Augie Pagan will be joined by Intruder contributors Marc Palm, James Stanton, and John Ohannesian, together with graphic artist Mike Poetzel, Fantagraphics production manager Mike Baehr, and more. Bonus: This show coincides with the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack!
The party continues the following day as we host Laura Knetzger signing copies of her new Bug Boys collection on Sunday, December 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Laura recently returned to Seattle from Brooklyn and is a welcome addition to our lively comix community.
You’ll find a wonderfully diverse yet carefully curated selection of alternative comix, graphic novels, classic comic strips, and badass books at Fantagraphics Bookstore, open every day at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle in the heart of historic Georgetown. See you all soon.
Come celebrate Seattle’s amazing comix community on Friday, October 30 as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts Short Run Marathon III, a pre-fest reception and art exhibition. The show includes the work of Short Run featured artists Charles Forsman, Melissa Mendes, Jim Woodring, Krish Raghav, Bruce Bickford, and special guest Sam Alden, with live music by Lisa Prank.
All artists, as well as other Short Run exhibitors, will be present. They’ll be joined by Sam Alden debuting his graphic novel New Construction with a slide presentation and signing. An award winning cartoonist, Alden is a storyboard artist for the popular animated series Adventure Time. Join us on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for this festive party with complimentary refreshments, Halloween treats, art, music, and more. 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.
And don’t miss the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival on Saturday at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion on Saturday, October 31 as artists from across the country and around the world present their self
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
In 1987, influential industrial rock band Big Black chose Seattle as the site of their last performance. The Georgetown show, with special guests Jesse Bernstein and Roland Barker, became legendary. On Monday, January 20th, Scarecrow Video will host two screenings of the resulting concert film, Big Black’s Last Blast.
It’s not only a document of this band’s final performance, but also a snapshot of Seattle’s music scene in the late ’80s. The three-camera concert video was directed by local artist Debra Geissel. (The on-stage camera was operated by her then-husband and current Cafe Racer proprietor Kurt Geissel.) The sound was engineered by John Nelson and mixed in Chicago by Steve Albini. Russ and Janet Battaglia of Fallout Records served as executive producers, and Monday’s screening will be presented by the film’s producers, Susie Purves and Larry Reid.
Scarecrow Video will host two screenings of Big Black’s Last Blast, at 7:00 and 8:30 PM. A small display of artifacts from the show will be featured, including the neck of Albini’s smashed guitar. The event is free, with a no-host bar, and is open to all 21 and over.
Since its inception in February 2008, the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack has warmed the hearts of Seattle art patrons. This lovely showcase of adventurous visual and performing arts enters its fourth year on February 12, just in time for Valentine’s. What better way to celebrate this romantic occasion than with boisterous revelry in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown industrial arts quarter?
Among the programming on February 12: Rat City Brass in concert at the 9 Lb. Hammer; the first annual “Freakfest” at the Mix featuring Ramona the Band, burlesque acts, DJs and more; “The Chair Project” at Seattle Design Center with works by Laura Ward, Steve Jensen, Chris McMullen, Larry Calkins, Tom DeGroot, Piper O’Neill, Romson Bustillo, Brian Murphy, Jared Rue and Judith Kindler; “Lovesick” at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with recent works by Bureau of Drawers cartoonist collective including Breanne Boland, Nikki Burch, Tom Dougherty, Scott Faulkner, Billis Helg, Tyler Hill, David Lasky, Calamity Jon Morris, Marc Palm, Sean Robinson, Mark Stockbridge, Ed Trumbule, Adam Watson, Dalton Webb, and Stevie VanBronkhorst; drawing and paintings with sculptural inclusions, found objects, and fiber by Joseph Larkin at Nautilus studio; a group exhibition at Calamity Jane’s with Richard Olmsted, Micheal Shephard and Anne O’ Neill; painter and illustrator Anson Maddocks at Krab Jab studio; a blacksmithing demonstration by Andy Blakney at Firelight Forge and other open studios in the Equinox building; the Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center commemorates its fourth anniversary with resident artists Angelina Torrentino, Ed Lebel, Tiphoni, Lee Holcomb, Loie Gong, Breinna Hartman and Ted Wallace; Fonda La Catrina, Georgetown’s soon-to-open Mexican restaurant hosts an exhibition by Angielena Vitale Chamberlain with the premiere of large paintings, live music, and DJs; a group show of heart art curated by Marq Dean, Amanda Dellinger, and Mary Enslow at All City Coffee; ArtCore Studios presents a new series of stencil paintings by Sullivan Giles focusing on the machines used by tattoo artists; Georgetown Trailer Park Mall features new work and live painting by muralist Henry Ward and friends along with a romantic collection of vintage trailers full of gifts, and sweet & savories by guest culinary artists Street Treats & Fusion on the Run; new works by Shawn Zeiger at the Firm; and the usual assortment of exotic characters and cuisine in one of Seattle’s most colorful neighborhoods.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly production of the Georgetown Merchants Association. For a printable participants map visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.
This Friday Night! Georgetown is gonna be a Twisting and a Frugin, as The Soul Hole throws down with a “Summer BBQ Edition” at The Georgetown Ballroom.
7 sets of music to be played by DJ’s: Greg Vandy, Miss Lilli, Nipper, Cruddy, Self-Administered Beatdown, Chilly and Johnny Horn, with a live music by The Basements.
If that don’t make you wanna jump up and dance nothing will! If the party gets to crowded just do the Cavern Stomp!
5623 Airport Way South
Food and Drink available