What’s In Store: Jim Blanchard’s Visual Abuse

    Fantagraphics Books continues its 40th anniversary celebration with a book launch party and exhibition for Visual Abuse: Jim Blanchard’s Graphic Art, 1982 – 2002 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, November 12. Blanchard relocated to Seattle in 1987 from Oklahoma City, where he self-published his popular punk fanzine, Blatch. He soon found work as an art director at Fantagraphics Books, while continuing to create posters and graphics for bands associated with Seattle’s emerging grunge movement. He published several comix on Fantagraphics’ provocative Eros imprint, and later worked as inker for Peter Bagge’s influential Hate comic book series….

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: 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: Peter Bagge’s Neat Stuff!

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, August 13 for the debut of the Complete Neat Stuff by legendary Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge. A limited number of advance copies of this two volume, slip case edition will be available for the artist to sign between 6:30 and 8:00 PM. Neat Stuff includes early work by Bagge introducing a cast of iconic characters that would populate his comix for decades. The Bradleys became a template for the dysfunctional American family, influencing the work of artists like Matt Groening, Mike Judge, Dana Gould, and countless others. This book collects the classic comix…

What’s in Store: Art & Music Galore

Don’t miss the amazing Georgetown Carnival on Saturday, June 11. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery features Tatiana Gill presenting her new adult coloring book Down to Clown from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. She’ll appear in full clown costume and encourage customers to contribute to the exhibition with their own creations from the book. (Tatiana is a guest of honor along with Peter Bagge and Brandon Graham at Olympia Comics Festival this Saturday.)        At 5:00 PM, Lisa Prank will perform right outside the store, following her guest appearance at last week’s Sasquatch music festival (and ahead of her appearance at…

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 handsome minicomic produced exclusively for the occasion. The book includes stories by some of Seattle’s most accomplished cartoonists including Tom van Deusen, David Lasky, Eroyn Franklin, Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, Kelly Froh, Robyn Jordan, Max Clotfelter, Laura Knetzger, Joe Garber, Tatiana Gill, Pat Moriarity, Seth…

What’s in Store: Art, Music, Comix and More!

Don’t miss the action this Saturday, April 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with Simon Hanselmann and HTML Flowers. This promises to be a wildly entertaining evening of art, music, and comix action. You might want to arrive a little early. The following Saturday, April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day (like Record Store Day, only for bookstores.) To commemorate the occasion we published a 32-page mincomic, Underground Seattle, featuring stories by a crew of exceptional local artists including Tom van Deusen, David Lasky, Eroyn Franklin, Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, Kelly Froh, Robyn Jordan, Max Clotfelter, Laura Knetzger, Joe Garber, Pat Moriarity,…

Buckle Up for More Backlist!

We’ve got no new digital releases today, but that’s not stopping us from delivering some more backlist Best-Ofs to you! Fire up your tablets because, for the very first time, these books will be available through comiXology: Out of the Shadows by Mort Meskin Buddy Does Seattle by Peter Bagge Buddy Does Jersey by Peter Bagge Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 by Patrick Rosenkranz Demons and Angels: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 2 by Patrick Rosenkranz

What’s in Store (Celebrity Edition)

Prepare for a wild weekend of art, music and mayhem in Georgetown. In the words of Seattle’s preeminent lit critic Paul Constant, “You might as well camp out in the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery all weekend long.” The action begins this Saturday with an appearance by Seattle cartoonist Tatiana Gill. Her comix chronicle the seemingly mundane circumstances of daily existence, but when taken together reveal a highly complex and appealing character. She’ll be signing three recent publications from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic…

Best of the Northwest in November at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present some of Seattle’s most compelling cartoonists throughout the month of November. On Saturday, November 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Tatiana Gill debuts her latest collection of revealing journal comix Omnibusted: Stories I Told Myself 1999-2009. Her work is characterized by courageously confronting issues of social anxiety and substance abuse in an accessible, often humorous fashion. This self-published book represents her most ambitious work to date. This event coincides with the entertaining Georgetown Art Attack featuring exciting visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.     The following day, Sunday,…