What’s in Store: Best Comix of 2019

It’s come the time that Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid selects his favorite comix of the year. If this list seems somehow less cohesive than in the past, it’s testament to the creative and cultural diversity in current contemporary comix. That’s a good thing. These wonderful books, and many more amazing new titles that I absentmindedly overlooked here, can be found at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 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 206-557-4910. 20. Book of Weirdo. This oral history…

Celebrate Fantagraphics Bookstore’s 11th Anniversary with Charles Forsman, Dame Darcy & Frank Young!

Time flies when you’re having fun! Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore to celebrate our 11th anniversary with an evening of comix, music and more on Saturday, December 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The festivities include guest appearances by Charles Forsman, Dame Darcy and Frank Young, as well as an exhibition of prints by Charles Burns and Jaime Hernandez from their recently released Fantagraphics Studio Editions.     Charles Forsman returns to the bookstore to sign copies of his new graphic novel, I Am Not Okay with This. The book continues the cartoonist’s examination of adolescent alienation with his signature deadpan…

What’s in Store: Rock is Not Dead

Join us on Saturday, March 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the release of Rock is Not Dead, a collection of comix and prose inspired by contemporary pop music. This ambitious publication, from Canada’s 11th Dimension Press, comes complete with a CD of the songs referenced in the book. The event will include a performance by Amy Denio, who is featured on the project covering the Throwing Muses “Not Too Soon” which provided the inspiration for Seattle cartoonist Noel Franklin’s contribution to the book. Other subjects include songs by The Clash, Beatles,…

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, Mita Mahato, and Paul Chadwick, on view through December 17. Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid served as a consultant and will speak (very briefly) at the opening reception on Thursday, October 6. Artist talks, workshops, and related activities are planned throughout the run of the show. WSU is conveniently located in the middle of nowhere, on the border between Washington and Idaho south of Spokane. Then tune up…

What’s in Store: Incomparable Cartoonist Charles Burns

Fantagraphics continues its commemoration of 40 years of publishing the world’s greatest cartoonists with an event focusing on one of the founders of the alternative comix movement. Charles Burns appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 to discuss his graphic novel masterpiece Black Hole and other seminal works. Seattle native Charles Burns emerged from the Evergreen State College in nearby Olympia with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening in the mid-’70s. Together, this trio of gifted cartoonists popularized a new approach to contemporary comix. Burns came to the attention of future Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman, who…

Re/Read: Big Baby by Charles Burns

  Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that examines backlist titles you may have missed or are worthy of another read. This week we’ll focus on Big Baby by Seattle native Charles Burns. Big Baby collects four stories created by Burns between 1983 and 1992 from works published in RAW comix anthology and his syndicated “Big Baby” comic strip. Much like the Hernandez Brothers‘ Love & Rockets stories of this period, science fiction plays an important role, though Burns’ EC horror comics influences are more evident. His primary protagonist is a peculiar little boy with an…

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 in for a treat. The show opens on Saturday, September 10 and continues through November 2, 2016. The 40th year festivities continue on Saturday, October 8 as Seattle native Charles Burns discusses his graphic masterpiece Black Hole. This arresting story is set a short distance…

What’s in Store (Affordable Gift Edition)

If you’ve been procrastinating on your holiday shopping, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is the perfect place to painlessly complete this annual ritual. The store stocks a delightfully diverse selection of comix, graphics novels and badass books, with many exquisite gifts under $20. Among them…   Fante Bukowski by Noah van Sciver is a wildly entertaining and cleverly conceived story by one of the masters of alternative American comix. Lucy Knisley chronicles her adventures on a European book tour in the engaging memoir Age of License. At under 10 bucks, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking is the perfect stocking stuffer (and you’ll save an…

What’s in Store

   We can’t wait to unveil Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design. Come meet the influential graphic arts guru at a book signing, art exhibition and reception this Saturday, July 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the lively industrial arts corridor. The exhibition continues through August 6, 2015. Be sure to check out our vast array of small press publications including a beautiful new portfolio of Black Hole drawings from Charles Burns. Both Burns and Chantry contributed to the aesthetics…