Re/Read: Inner City Romance

Re/Read in a recurring column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that examines backlist titles you may have missed or are worthy of another read. This time we’ll look at Guy Colwell’s essential Inner City Romance. Inner City Romance collects five issues of the transitional underground comic book series of the same name, originally published from 1972 to 1978. Colwell’s comix provide an unvarnished look at the impact of crippling poverty, substance abuse, and violent crime in the aftermath of the Bay Area’s sixties counterculture. His work is informed by his incarceration at McNeil Island federal penitentiary as a Viet…

New Comic Book Day: Beyond Time and Again

The latest release from Fantagraphics Books is Beyond Time and Again by George Metzger. In 1967, George Metzger began serializing his counterculture comic strip Beyond Time and Again in underground West coast newspapers, combining high fantasy with prescient views of science, climate change, and political authoritarianism. Faithfully reproduced, for the first time, from the original art, this comix collection brings Metzger’s exquisite craft and mind-bending imagination to a new generation.   Check out a video preview below: A video posted by Fantagraphics Books (@fantagraphics) on Feb 3, 2016 at 3:01pm PST

Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter

Derek Van Gieson’s Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter is part fine-art book, part travelogue documenting the author’s turbulent and fruitful period of time spent in New York City. Through drawings, paintings, photography, and short fiction, Van Gieson delivers an intense experience wrought with heartbreak, joy, destruction, perseverance, and whimsy. Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter echoes influences of seminal artists like George Grosz and Richard Brautigan through its unique ability to entertain and engross. Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter is sure to serve as an art object, conversation piece, and a well-worn carry-on for years to come.   “One of the…

FU Press: Street Scenes by Guy Colwell

Guy Colwell, the seminal underground cartoonist who created Inner City Romance, has been constructing social realist pen and ink drawings for nearly half a century. Street Scenes collects his most moving drawings focusing on both the vile decay and inspirational vibrancy of city life in a series of 36 stand-alone plates. Each portfolio is signed and numbered.         Check out this video preview: And individual prints from the portfolio:    

Colorful Comix and a Carnival at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome two exceptional cartoonists on Saturday, June 13 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Brooklyn-based artist Koren Shadmi will join Seattle cartoonist and educator Greg Stump presenting new works. This event coincides with the 10th annual Georgetown Carnival featuring art, music and more throughout the historic arts community.