Re/Read: Last Girl Standing by Trina Robbins

   Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid examining books you may have missed or are worth another look. In the wake of the second annual woman’s march, we’ll focus this time on Last Girl Standing and other works by Trina Robbins. Last Girl Standing is a fascinating first person account of Robbins’ early years as a counterculture maven in the Hollywood folk rock scene, to her arrival in New York’s East Village as a fashion designer, boutique owner, and model, before becoming an influential member of the underground comix scene. The story chronicles her involvement with…

Cheech Wizard and Hip Hop Digitally

Cheech Wizard and hip hop have always made a perfect pair, so it’s fitting that they are the subjects of today’s digital releases. Once upon a time at two-thirty in the afternoon, on the enchanted island of York, lived a Wizard… a mild-mannered, lovable Wizard who wore a big hat to mask his true identity. But who is under the hat? Who is Cheech Wizard? Vaughn Bode created Cheech in 1956 and the character remained a constant companion for the rest of Bode’s life, surfacing in his college papers, underground comix, the National Lampoon, and in the world of graffiti…

What’s in Store (Best of 2015 Edition)

It’s time that I select my favorite comix of 2015. Lots of incredible books to choose from this year. I was particularly impressed with the quality of self-published and small press editions, which I’ll list separately on the bookstore’s Facebook page. – Larry Reid, Curator, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery   Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole. The colorful covers of golden age comix are the focus of this exceptional and long overdue volume on mid-century master L. B. Cole. Essential.   We Are Gypsies Now. Tacoma-born media artist Danielle de Picciotto chronicles her nomadic adventures with husband and collaborator…

What’s in Store (Anniversary Edition)

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates its 9th anniversary in wild style with the Cheech Wizard Show, Mark Bodé, Laura Knetzger, and more! Our festive holiday gala on Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM marks the debut of Cheech Wizard’s Book of Me featuring a fabulous show of tributes to the alluring art of the late Vaughn Bodé and a rare reunion of his extended family. The Cheech Wizard Show includes original drawings by Vaughn and Mark Bodé in addition to an amazing array of local and regional artists: Michael Leavitt premieres a new piece from his ongoing HiPop…

Wizards and Lizards at Fantagraphics Bookstore

I’m like Vaughn Bodé, I’m a Cheech Wizard, Never quittin’, So won’t you listen. – Beastie Boys, “Sure Shot”    The enduring influence of the late Vaughn Bodé is the subject of a fascinating exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery opening Saturday, December 12. The Cheech Wizard Show celebrates the store’s 9th anniversary and the debut of Cheech Wizard’s Book of Me, the most comprehensive volume to date of this amazing American artist. Special guest Mark Bodé will appear to present this important publication.   Vaughn Bodé’s mystical motifs became ubiquitous in the underground comix and science fiction scenes of the 1960s…

What’s in Store

Plan your social calendars for a sensational series of events at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this fall.      On Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Warren Bernard presents Cartoons for Victory with an exhibition from his fascinating archive of World War II home front ephemera, a slide talk, reception, and book signing. On Friday, October 30 at 6:00 PM the store hosts Short Run Marathon III featuring work of special guests at the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival including Charles Forsman, Melissa Mendes, Jim Woodring, Krish Raghav, Bruce Bickford, and Sam Alden, with live music by Lisa…