What’s in Store: Ben Horak’s Daydreamin’ Dave release party!

Join us at Fantgraphics Bookstore on Saturday, May 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Daydreamin’ Dave by Ben Horak with a book signing, urban barbecue, and complementary refreshments. Dave is a mild-mannered, imaginative,…

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: Record Store Day with Sky Cries Mary

Celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday, April 21 as Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore host a live concert by Sky Cries Mary. This group features musicians that were pivotal to the “Seattle Sound” of the 1990s, including our good friend J…

What’s in Store: Art, Media, Music & More!

Join us for an evening or art, comix, media, and music this Saturday, May 13 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. We’ll host a reception and exhibition of original art by cartoonist Cathy Malkasian. She will discuss her new graphic novel Eartha in conversation with Fantagraphics Books publisher Gary Groth at…

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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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Re/Read: Prince Valiant Volume 7

Re/Read is a regular feature by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid drawing attention to backlist books you may have missed or are worthy of another read. This time we’ll visit a classic by Hal Foster, Prince Valiant Volume 8, 1951 – 1952. I have long maintained that midcentury America’s fascination with medieval folklore owed more…

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Bill Schelly Goes MAD at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes comics scholar and author Bill Schelly on Saturday, April 11 as he presents his new biography Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America. Schelly will give an entertaining and informative slide talk on the illustrious career of one of the pivotal figures in American popular culture. A book signing will follow the presentation.

 

Harvey Kurtzman wrote, edited and drew popular titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for notorious publisher EC Comics. In a departure from their lurid line of crime and horror comics, Kurtzman created the satirical Mad in 1952. EC Comics soon fell victim to the hysterical crusading of politicians, child psychologists and religious zealots when the Comics Code Authority effectively banned most of their titles. Kurtzman’s Mad persevered, and ironically became the instrument that indoctrinated an entire generation in the principle of art in the service of degenerate discourse – laying the foundation for the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.

Kurtzman’s many contributions to midcentury American humor are explored at length by Schelly, with insightful interviews of Kurtzman collaborators like Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Episodes like the FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era and his litigation with EC publisher Bill Gaines are detailed for the first time.

 

Don’t miss the debut of this amazing publication with a slide talk, exhibition and book signing on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

  

Mark your calendars for the return of incomparable cartoonist Daniel Clowes on Saturday, April 18 with the world premiere of The Complete Eightball, followed a week later by provocative Seattle artist Josh Simmons on April 25. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

Bill Schelly presents Havey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad
Slide talk, exhibition, and book signing
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Hey Look! Bill Schelly presents Harvey Kurtman biography at Fantagraphics Bookstore

 

Celebrate the legacy of one of the pivotal figures in American pop culture as Bill Schelly discusses his new biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD this Saturday, April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The evening will include a display of Kurtzman’s significant achievements as well as an entertaining and informative slide presentation at 7:00 PM, followed by a book signing.

 

Visitors to this event will be the first in the country to see this important contribution to our cultural heritage by noted Northwest comix scholar and author Bill Schelly. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful contemporary art presentations throughout the historic district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) just minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

    

Remember to mark your calendars for the return of Daniel Clowes on April 18 and the Black River book launch party with Josh Simmons on April 25. See you all soon.

 

Daniel Clowes on the Record

It’s fitting that Daniel Clowes will make a rare Seattle appearance on Record Store Day. This Saturday, April 18 marks the annual appreciation of these essential establishments. Clowes will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, which shares space with vintage vinyl purveyor Georgetown Records.

    

Throughout the 90s, Clowes cartoons were associated with Seattle’s illustrious Sub Pop record label. His “Punky” character adorned multiple product lines, and Clowes created album covers for some of Sub Pop’s marquee acts.

 

Don’t miss the unveiling of The Complete Eightball 1 – 18 and a chance to meet one of America’s most influential artists at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Record Store Day from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. No matter where you are, please support your local independent record retailer.

Josh Simmons presents Black River at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present the debut of Josh Simmons’ latest work, Black River, with an art exhibition, short film screening and book signing on Saturday, April 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

 

Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007’s acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs make their way through a post-apocalyptic nightmare in search of civilization in this epic horror comic. Simmons will display original pages from the book together with prints, two film shorts, and a book signing at the reception. Adding to the atmosphere, Fantagraphics Bookstore is located along the former banks of Seattle’s Black River, which dried up after the dredging of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1916.

Joining Josh Simmons on April 25 will be his colleagues from Seattle’s adventurous Intruder comix tabloid celebrating the release of their 15th issue. The Intruder regularly publishes the work of the region’s most accomplished cartoonists. Simmons contributes a story to the latest issue, illustrated by Joe Garber.

 

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.

Listing Information

Josh Simmons presents Black River
Art exhibition, film screening, and book signing
Saturday, April 25, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Exhibition continues through June 10, 2015
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110

Intruders Join Josh Simmons at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Join us this Saturday, April 25 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Josh Simmons’ new graphic novel, Black River, and the release of Intruder #15. Festivities include a display of Simmons’ original drawings, a black light room, short film screening, a book signing, and complimentary refreshments.

 

Josh will be joined by his colleagues from the Intruder comix collective presenting their latest issue. The free Intruder tabloid publishes the work of Seattle’s most accomplished contemporary cartoonists. Simmons contributes a story in the latest issue illustrated by Joe Garber.

 

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. See you on Saturday.

Josh Simmon’s Black River Tour Kicks Off

This weekend, our master of horror, Josh Simmons, kicks off his Black River tour with three stops around the Pacific Northwest. After a successful weekend at Portland’s Linework NW festival, Josh is hitting the road and heading to Canada. On Friday, April 24th, catch Josh in Vancouver at Lucky’s for a book signing and screening of three shorts by Simmons, beginning at 7 PM.

Next stop, Seattle! Saturday, April 25th, our very own Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting Josh in Georgetown, also with a signing and screening. He’ll be joined by the Intruder gang for the release of Intruder #15, one of the most adventurous comics collectives out there. Festivities kick off at 6 PM.

And if you’re in Tacoma, don’t worry! We didn’t forget about you. Josh will be making a stop at Destiny City Comics on Sunday, April 26th for a signing beginning at 2 PM.  Next door at King’s Books, they’re celebrating their 11th annual Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza. You wont want to miss this all-day affair!

 

Each stop along the tour will feature these limited black light posters created by Simmons, and only available during the tour. Other prints featuring a gorgeous black and white interior of Black River, and the full color cover of The Furry Trap will also be on hand for you to get your hands on!

 

Chicago: Eightball Signing at Quimby’s

Thursday, April 30th 

Chicago, IL – We’ve been hogging all the advance event copies of The Complete Eightball to ourselves here in the Pacific Northwest, so now it’s the midwest’s turn to get a crack at this gorgeous and vibrant collection. Eightball creator Daniel Clowes will be at Quimby’s Bookstore on Thursday, April 30th to sign your fresh copies, still with that new baby smell. 

It was no surprise that the Fantagraphics BookstoreLinework, and Powell’s City of Books all sold out of their event copies of the book, and Quimby’s will be your last chance to get it before hitting shelves in June. Pre-order and Kickstarter copies will be in stock shortly!

Get yourself and your closest friends and frenemies to Quimby’s on the 30th by 7 PM for a trascendental book signing with Daniel Clowes, cited as one of comics most influential cartoonists. 

 
Clowes signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery 

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.

Daniel Clowes Returns to Fantagraphics Bookstore on April 18

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host the return engagement of one of America’s most influential artists, Daniel Clowes.  His cynical satires of popular culture in the pages of the wildly popular Eightball comic …

Good Taste!

From boutique breweries to chocolate confections, decadent burgers to gourmet delis, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is also its most sumptuous. Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown offers delicacies from over two dozen diverse drinking and dining establishments on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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The food and hospitality industry played a pivotal role in Georgetown’s remarkable revitalization. Georgetown Brewing (maker of the popular Manny’s Pale Ale) has been joined by Ellenos Yogurt and Fran’s Chocolates (favored by America’s first couple Barack and Michele Obama and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.) Pioneering dining and nightlife establishments like Jules Maes Saloon, one of the region’s oldest taverns, along with nearby Nine Pound Hammer, Stellar Pizza, and Smarty Pants have attracted a growing array of alluring restaurants, bars, and cafes including Zippy’s Burgers, Fonda la Catrina, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Liquor Company, Brass Tacks, Square Knot Diner, All City Coffee, Hallava Falafel, Flying Squirrel, Star Brass Lounge, Hitchcock Deli, and many more. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample some of Seattle’s most creative cuisine.

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Georgetown Bites also marks the official beginning of the Festival Street project under construction right outside Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. City officials and contractors will appear at noon on Saturday for the ceremonial groundbreaking to preview the project and answer questions from the community. See you then.

What’s All The Racket?

 The entryway to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is currently undergoing a major renovation. When this project is complete on May 30, the historic Georgetown arts community will enjoy a spacious central plaza right outside the stor…

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.  

 

Spectacular Spring Cleaning Sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, March 14 as we clear space for new arrivals with a big sale of comix and graphic novels by some of our most popular cartoonists. Fabulous Fantagraphics titles by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Johnny Ryan, Dame Darcy, Kim Deitch, Kaz, Jordan Crane, R. Crumb, Megan Kelso, Jessica Abel, Zak Sally, Dave Cooper, and many more will be offered at 50% to 75% off all day Saturday from 11:30 to 9:00 PM.

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This Saturday also marks the opening of part 2 of Guy Colwell’s Inner City Romance exhibition with new work on display, also available at bargain prices. His graphic depictions of contemporary urban characters and situations are both appealing and topical. Don’t miss your chance to see original drawings, paintings and prints by this wonderful American artist.

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This event coincides with the monthly Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. 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.

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Don’t be detoured by the construction project outside our space. The City of Seattle is investing $1.1 million in a lovely pedestrian-friendly plaza called the “Festival Street.” This wonderful amenity, funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy, will include elevated crosswalks, improved lighting, public art, and extended plazas right outside the bookstore. The work is scheduled for completion by May 30. Both Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore will maintain normal hours throughout construction. See you soon.