What’s in Store: The Birth of Kustom Kulture


Hope you can join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday evening as we celebrate the late Michael Dormer, one of the pioneers of Kustom Kulture in the 60s and 70s. His signature cartoon character, Hot Curl, became synonymous with Southern California’s surf scene, but he’s perhaps best known for his contributions to the 1964 cult classic, Muscle Beach Party. Dormer designed the animated opening sequence and his murals adorned the sets, providing a colorful backdrop for Little Stevie Wonder‘s dazzling appearance with Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Dormer worked with legendary surf, hot rod, and skateboard artists like Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Rick Griffin, and Fred Boatman, but he’s been largely unheralded until now. We’ll debut a new book, Michael Dormer and the Legend of Hot Curl with a show of drawings, paintings, comix and posters, plus cold beverages and cool surf sounds by Pleasure Island at 7:00 PM. Bonus: It’s the Georgetown Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is 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.