Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Ellen Forney and Simon Hanselmann

  Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as Ellen Forney presents her latest project, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life, with an exhibition and book signing this Saturday, May 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Her…

What’s in Store: A Sensational Spring at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Make plans to attend the many engaging events at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in the coming weeks and months. On Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 PM we welcome back Jamie Hernandez, one of the masters of contemporary comix. Join us for a casual recep…

What’s in Store: Days to Remember

For the past decade, we’ve been privileged to share space with our retail partners at Georgetown Records. The shop specializes in vintage vinyl – everything from early punk, power pop, prog, soul, industrial, electronica, garage, psychedelic, rock n roll, and more. This Saturday, April 22 marks the 10th annual Record Store Day, a national celebration…

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Re/Read: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics

Re/Read is a regular feature by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid drawing attention to backlist books you may have missed or deserve another look. This time we’ll discuss No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall. Comics frequently play a prominent role in social justice movements. Such is the…

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Re/Read: Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge

Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid examining backlist books you may have missed or merit another look. This time we’ll focus on Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge. A generation of comix enthusiasts came of age following the foibles of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable…

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What’s in Store: 40 Years of Comics As Art

  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 greatest contemporary cartoonists. The impressive record of accomplishment and immeasurable influence of this Seattle-based enterprise are chronicled in the new book, We Told You So: Comics as Art, An Oral…

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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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What’s in Store: Independent Bookstore Day

   This Saturday, April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day, when book lovers everywhere are encouraged to support their local bookstores. In Seattle alone, over 20 stores are offering consumers a rich variety of programming and incentives to make the rounds. Fantagraphics Bookstore is hosting a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for Underground Seattle, a…

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NYC: Queers & Comics Conference

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New York, NY – Queers and comics are combining forces and heading to NYC for a two day Queers & Comics conference at CUNY  that will offer two days of panels, workshops, presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art; sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). The history of queers in comics is long and rich, producing some of the most groundbreaking cartoonists of the past 40 years. From punk zines sold in queer bookstores and cafes, and now to the stage of Broadway, queer comics have been as diverse as those making them. Which makes this conference an important venue to continue the understanding and creation of queer stories. 

Keynote presentations from Howard Cruse and Allison Bechdel, and speical guest Gengorah Tagame headline this event, while 100’s of cartoonists and scholars from all over the world come together and present to an eager audience of publishers, editors, academics, and readers alike. 

Some panel highlights that feature Fantagraphics artists include:

May 7th
9-10:45 AM Porn This Way: Male Sexuality in Queer Comics with moderator Justin Hall
 11:45-1:15 PM Gengorah Tagame in Conversation with Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins
4:15-6 PM Drawing Out Queerness: Artists and Scholars in Conversation with Justin Hall
4:15-6 PM Queer Politics, Agit-Pop & Editorial Comics: Comics as an Eyewitness with James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook

May 8th
11-12:45 PM To Be Continued: Serialized Comics with Ed Luce
11-12:45 PM Wonder Woman: And Beyond with Trina Robbins
4:15-6 PM Wet and Sticky: Female Sexuality in Queer Comics with Ellen Forney

 

Registration for the event is open to the public, and has several different levels of prices, including FREE if you’re a member of CLAGS, or a low income option. 

The level of talent as this conference is one for the books, and a testament to the enduring power of art as a vehicle for change. Don’t miss this event! 

PechaKucha Seattle Presents Comics NW Roots

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Wednesday, March 11th

Seattle, WA – PechaKucha! Presenting PKN Sea Vol. 61: Comics! NW Roots! From 5:30-8:30 on March 11th at the Cornish Playhouse , 11 of Seattle’s most notable cartoonists and historians from the area share their stories of influence and experience in the NW Comics scene. Joining on stage will be the ever talented Peter BaggeJim WoodingEllen Forney, and the esteemed Larry Reid.

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If you’ve never been to a PechaKucha event, prepare yourself for a whirlwind of informative speakers, engaging content, and new perspectives on a wide variety of content. 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each while presenters talk about corresponding topics. The format of has gone global, and PKN Seattle never disappoints. 

Seattle, as many readers are probably aware, has a deep and rich history of being what many consider to be the birthing ground of alternative comics in the 1970’s with creators like Charles Burns, Matt Groening, and Lynda Barry. With remarks from their contemporaries, and from those who have been influenced by them, like Max Clotfelter, Tom Van Deusen, and Kelly Froh, this event is a must go to for any fan of the history of comics, art, and Washington State.  

 

PechaKucha Night in Seattle Focuses on Northwest Comics Roots

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The long held view of Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that the Pacific Northwest gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement provides the premise for a lively PechaKucha presentation by 10 regional cartoonists this Wednesday evening at Cornish Playhouse. Reid will be joined by veteran cartoonists Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney and David Lasky, along with emerging artists Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter, Tom Van Deusen, Gina Siciliano, and Tatiana Gill. The PechaKucha concept involves each artist showing 20 images for 20 seconds each – an ideal format for narrative art presentations.

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Reid maintains the foundation for alternative comix was laid when three exceptionally talented cartoonists emerged from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in the late 70s. Lynda Barry, Charles Burns and Matt Groening began syndicating their strips in alternative newspapers around the country. Olympia’s fledgling Sub Pop enterprise and Seattle’s popular music magazine The Rocket provided platforms for these and other inventive cartoonists. Peter Bagge arrived at the dawn of grunge era and soon convinced Fantagraphics Books to relocate to Seattle. The rest, as they say, is history. Reid plans to present a convincing case that our region can claim a heritage of alternative comix innovation.

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Come celebrate Seattle’s legacy of creative comics and narrative art at Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center on Wednesday, March 11. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Program begins at 6:30. Admission is free. A book signing and social hour will follow.

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Now in Stock: Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers

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Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with color 5″ x 6.25″ hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6

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For everyone interested in the history of underground and alternative comics, Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two gathers prime examples—more than 800 pages’ worth—from a quintessential self-publishing format in this compact but hefty hardcover. Previously only seen in limited-run pamphlets, these comics are startling, visionary, hilarious, profane, and profound. This volume also takes a look back at the wild 8-page sex comics called “Tijuana Bibles” that sprang from the 1930s underworld, as context for the contemporary comics that compose this book. Editor and mini comics pioneer Michael Dowers provides a historical survey of several decades’ worth of some of the best that DIY comics has to offer, from some of the medium’s most talented independent creators, including: Johnny Ryan, Trina Robbins, R.K. Sloane, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Tom Neely, Ellen Forney, Esther Pearl Watson, Renée French, Lisa Hanawalt, J.R. Williams, Pat Moriarity, Souther Salazar, Theo Ellsworth, Nick Bertozzi, Dan Zettwoch, Marc Bell, and many others.