What’s in Store: Comic Book Day

This Saturday, May 6 marks the 15th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day. Or, as we at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery like to call it, Comic Book Day. We’ll offer complimentary copies of Fantagraphics Books’ World’s Greatest Cartoonists collection featuring new work by Noah Van Sciver, Simon Hanselmann, Jason, Ed Piskor, Liz Suburbia, Matt Furie,…

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Digital Cosplayers and More

The cosplayers are back to brighten your holiday spirits and more backlist titles come out to play in this week’s round of digital releases. What do you get the cosplayer who has everything? What do you get your best friend to show her how much she means to you? Cosplayers Annie and Verti return to…

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What’s in Store: Short Run Marathon Exhibition

   Seattle’s Short Run Comix & Arts Festival has become one of the country’s liveliest celebrations of the independent comix movement. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to again host the Short Run Marathon art exhibition and pre-festival reception this Friday, November 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Marathon exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and…

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What’s in Store: Short Run Marathon Exhibition

   Seattle’s Short Run Comix & Arts Festival has become one of the country’s liveliest celebrations of the independent comix movement. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to again host the Short Run Marathon art exhibition and pre-festival reception this Friday, November 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Marathon exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and…

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What’s in Store: Northwest Exposure

Don’t miss the Northwest Alternative Comics exhibition at Washington State University’s Museum of Art featuring Jim Woodring, Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, David Lasky, Max Clotfelter, Tom van Deusen, Eroyn Franklin, Taylor Dow, and Paul Chadwick, on view through December 17. Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid served as a consultant and will speak (very briefly) at…

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“For his feature-length debut, Dash Shaw has assembled a…

“For his feature-length debut, Dash Shaw has assembled a stellar voice cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Margo Martindale, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky, and John Cameron Mitchell. The two-and-a-half-minute scene above, featuring Rudolph, Watts, and Schwatzman floating in a water-filled classroom, gives viewers a sense of Shaw’s deadpan absurdism.”

Watch the exclusive clip at Entertainment Weekly:
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/09/my-entire-high-school-sinking-into-the-sea

Get tickets to a Sunday screening at TIFF here:
https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/tiff/EN/buy/details/6S1124RY

“For his feature-length debut, Dash Shaw has assembled a…

“For his feature-length debut, Dash Shaw has assembled a stellar voice cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Margo Martindale, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky, and John Cameron Mitchell. The two-and-a-half-minute scene above, featuring Rudolph, Watts, and Schwatzman floating in a water-filled classroom, gives viewers a sense of Shaw’s deadpan absurdism.”

Watch the exclusive clip at Entertainment Weekly:
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/09/my-entire-high-school-sinking-into-the-sea

Get tickets to a Sunday screening at TIFF here:
https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/tiff/EN/buy/details/6S1124RY

What’s in Store: Fantagraphics at 40!

   Fantagraphics Books begins our celebration of 40 years publishing the world’s greatest cartoonists with an exhibition of the world’s greatest cartoonist. R. Crumb: Early Works, 1965 – 1967 documents the artist as he develops his signature style with original drawings, comix, and related ephemera. Most of these works have never been displayed publicly, so you’re…

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Look at ALL these digital releases!

If you like reading comics on your tablet, today is a big day. We’ve got books by the late, great Jack Davis, modern classics by Dame Darcy and Dash Shaw, and new collections and graphic novels from Spain and Argentina. The Living Mummy and Other Stories collects Jack Davis at his most eye-poppingly terrifying and…

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Fantagraphics at MoCCA Festival 2015

Fantagraphics is ready and rarin’ to go with at MoCCA Festival 2015 at the brand-new-to-you-and-me location. All weekend long you can find Gary tabling at 204-207 on the Second Floor (Red Zone) along with some of the world’s finest cartoonists and their excellent books at the hot new location for MoCCA! Debuts:  • The Kurdles by Robert Goodin In the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of their own crisis; their forest house is trying to run away! Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin’s stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children. Out in Stores: late April 2015 $24.99
• Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan’s career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. Out in Stores: April 2015 $49.99

• Violent Girls by Richard Sala (FU Press) A limited edition portfolio featuring 44 action portraits lovingly inspired by the kind of dangerous females who have populated pulp fiction and B-movies throughout the history of pop culture-blazing their way through every kind of genre, potboiler, cliffhanger, and fever dream imaginable. Available exclusively at comic conventions and at the Fantagraphics online store, $35.00
• The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the “Art” World by Jonah Kinigstein (FU Press) is an 80 page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein’s political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Out exclusively in comic stores, conventions and on our website now, $30.00
• Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America’s best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat.” With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both “Casey” and Mullin’s images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of “Casey” is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages. Available now, $9.99.  
SIGNING SCHEDULE Tabling at 204-207 Second Floor (Red Zone)SATURDAY11-12 Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger  12-1pm Aline Kominksy-Crumb 1-2 Robert Goodin2-3 Kim Deitch 3-4 Dash Shaw  4-5 Robert Goodin  SUNDAY11-1 Robert Goodin
1-2:30 Jonah Kinigstein 2:30-4 Michael Kupperman 4-5 Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger

   

PANELS
SATURDAY
12:30 pm / The Rusack Room of the High Line Hotel
Work in Progress
This is the ultimate sneak preview: Four artists will discuss graphic novels they are currently working on, showing pages yet-to-be-published from books yet-to-be-announced, and revealing material that lays bare their working methods. This session will offer a rare glimpse of work fresh from the drawing table, and will bring us directly into the processes of artists Kim Deitch, Sarah Glidden, Dash Shaw, and Julia Wertz, all of whom are currently working on new and surprising books. Moderated by Richard Gehr, author of I Only Read It for the Cartoons.

SUNDAY
12:30 pm / The Matthews Room of the High Line Hotel
Alt-Weekly Comics
Beginning with the Village Voice in the 1950s and peaking with a wave of publications in the 1980s and 1990s, alternative weekly newspapers spoke with an independent voice to local communities, and comics were a distinct part of those papers’ visual identities. Coinciding with the Alt-Weekly Comics exhibit currently on view at the Society of Illustrators, this panel will consider the phenomenon of alt-weekly comics with art director and editor Bob Newman (The Seattle Sun, The Rocket and The Village Voice) and cartoonists Ben Katchor, Michael Kupperman, and Mark Newgarden. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

12:30 pm / The Rusack Room of the High Line Hotel
Biography: The Lives of Artists
Memoir, non-fiction and biography have emerged as significant categories in comics. Comics about artists represent a special challenge: the cartoonist must represent the work of an artist through his or her own visual approach, revealing points of disjunction and harmony. Hyperallergic Senior Editor Jillian Steinhauer will discuss these issues with French comics legend Annie Goetzinger, whose Girl in Dior chronicles the first season of the storied fashion house; James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, whose 7 Miles a Second was both a biography of and a collaboration with David Wojnarowicz; and Dutch cartoonist Barbara Stok, whose Vincent makes Van Gogh approachable through a style completely unlike his own.  

SATURDAY Night there is also a KURDLES Release Party as part of the BERGEN STREET TAKEOVER! 7pm join artists from Koyama Press, 2D Cloud and Rob Goodin for a blow-out!  

This year, MoCCA Art Festival will take place at Center548, 548 West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue.

Center548
MoCCA Festival
548 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York City, NY 

CAKE Bake Auction

Saturday, April 25th

Chicago, IL – A strong comics community exists in Chicago, and for the third year in a row it’s banding together again for the annual fundraiser to support CAKE or, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. This year features a delicious lineup of artists auctioning off original works during a silent and live bidding, with all proceeds going to this year’s CAKE.

Doors at No Nation open at 7 PM, and the show begins at 8 with performances by John Porcellino, Sarah Heymann, Ben Marcus and auctioneer Lyra Hill. There’ll also be music by El is a Sound of Joy. Admission starts with a $5 suggestion, but a full $20 donation will enter the individual into a raffle for prizes from Bred PressGraham CrackersQuimby’s and Spudnik Press

The live auction will feature 20-30 pieces of beautiful work that has been donated by Chicago artists such as Lane MilburnLilli CarreIvan Brunetti and Anders Nilsen.

(Lilli Carre and Lane Milburn)

All the proceeds from the auction go right back into the event, making it possible for the organization to bring out special guests and create programming and workshops. This years special guests include Jaime HernandezGilbert HernandezEleanor Davis, and Dash Shaw

CAKE takes places June 6th-7th, and this FREE show is open to the public from 11 AM-6 PM. More details about Fantagraphics at CAKE to come! In the meantime, consider making a stop at CAKE Bake this Saturday, and get loaded up on excellent art treats that’ll satisfy more than just a sweet tooth.

 

FCBD Events at FPNYC

 Saturday, May 2nd

New York City – We know you have options in New York about where to get your free comic fix this coming Saturday during the national Free Comic Book Day holiday. But are any of those stores besides Forbidden Planet bringing in Dash Shaw and Ed Piskor for a signing? Didn’t think so! Starting at Noon the Union Square store will be hosting these top notch artists to sign copies of their books. Titles they’ll have on hand include “Cosplayers“, and Doctors by Shaw, and the award-winning, action-packed Hip Hop Family Tree series by Piskor. 

FCBD can be competetive, but we hope you get lucky with a copy of our Hip Hop Family Tree three-in-one. Featuring Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw’s Cosplayers! Piskor’s half features excerpts from all three existing HHFT volumes, plus the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation and exclusive pinups by R Crumb, Scotting Young, Jim Rugg, Ben Marra, and more…! Shaw’s side delivers an all-new, 24-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers. Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With exclusive wraparound cover by Piskor.

 

This annual tradition of free comics has turned into one of the most poppin’ days of the year for many stores. Cosplayers, special sales, and in-store guests. A lot of work goes into throwing a FCBD, and no one works harder than Forbidden Planet. Line up early to get your free books, and then stick around for this signing mash-up that leads the pack in showing just how diverse comics can be as a medium. (But we won’t tell if you slept outside waiting for the new Avengers movie.)

Forbidden Planet NYC
832 Broadway
New York, NY 10003 

Free Comic Book Day and More at Fantagraphics Bookstore

 

Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, May 2. While supplies last, we’ll be giving out free copies of Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree Three-In-One featuring contributions from Jim Rugg, R. Crumb, Ben Marra and more, together with a companion 24-page Cosplayers story by Dash Shaw.

 

Saturday also marks the first national Independent Bookstore Day. Following a successful inaugural year in California, Independent Bookstore Day hopes to attract legions of literati the way Record Store Day rallies audiophiles to their local record retailers. No fewer than 17 bookstores in the Seattle area are joining forces in an unprecedented effort to draw attention to the wonders of the written word. Details of this promotion can be found in this story in the current issue of The Stranger, complete with cautionary comments from Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid.

 

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. Wherever you are, please support your local comic book shops and independent bookstores on Saturday.

Cake 2015 Special Guests and more

CAKE 2015 in Chicago sent out their final list of special guests and exhibiters today and we CANNOT wait! We are, as usual, blown away but the number of specials guests at conventions who have Fantagraphics books and comics out. Behold, …