What’s in Store

Celebrate Independence Day early at Seattle’s favorite independent comix shop! Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will operate normal hours on Friday, July 3 and remain open until 4:00 PM on Saturday, the Fourth of July. Drop by this weekend and check out all our new titles. You’ll have a blast!

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And don’t miss the explosive event on Saturday, July 11 as we welcome eminent Northwest artist Art Chantry and the premiere of his new book, Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s View of 20th Century Graphic Design. The exhibition will include some of Chantry’s most enduring images, many of which were created for Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid. Among them: the poster for “Low Technology: Artists Made Machines” in 1990. This graphic introduced the decidedly low tech Labelmaker typeface, which soon became ubiquitous. (This show also marked the first time Reid exhibited the work of Jim Woodring, a relationship that has lasted more than 25 years.) The show will include Chantry’s memorable “tool poster” promoting the 1991 “Night Gallery” exhibition and performance series at CoCA, Reid’s alternative art space. The piece was so convincing that patrons discarded the mailer, believing it was indeed an advertisement for tools. Both of these images figure prominently in the book.

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Also on display will be the stunning graphic for 1994’s monumental “Kustom Kulture” exhibition at CoCA featuring Robert Williams, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, and Von Dutch. You’ll also see a more recent Chantry creation for a 2007 Jim Blanchard art show and DT’s music performance at the bookstore. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to meet this exceptional artist and celebrate his wonderful book. Fantagraphics Bookstore in 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 206.658.01