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