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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
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Jim Woodring signs on Friday Sept 9, 2011 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
For his second graphic novel, the artist of Weathercraft gives Frank, his long-time short-story protagonist, a more expansive arena, chronicling what ensues when Frank leaves The Unifactor. Escaping by way of an amusement park ride, Frank encounters things he’d never imagined.
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
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JIM WOODRING signs on June 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
Co-presented with FANTAGRAPHICS. The wordless adventures of Frank, an inhabitant of the surreal and unpredictable world called the Unifactor, began (at least in print) in 1990, and have continued through an extraordinary series of comics and collected stories. These now appear in the much-anticipated, first full-length Frank graphic novel, Congress of the Animals (Fantagraphics). In Congress of the Animals, Frank leaves the Unifactor and heads into even harder times than before—if that can be imagined. (It is, and brilliantly.) Previous Frank collections include The Frank Book and Portable Frank. The person behind all of this, Seattle artist and graphic novelist Jim Woodring is a master, recipient of a 2010 Stranger Genius Award, and more. It’s a pleasure to finally have him here at Elliott Bay.
Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
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Dan Clowes is on tour promoting his new graphic novel Mister Wonderful:
Tuesday, April 19— 7:30 pm – Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz,CA
Thursday, April 21—7:00 pm – Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA
Saturday, April 30—Los Angeles, CA 11:30 am – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Campus. Signing at Skylight Books booth. 1:30 pm – Panel Discussion with Jim Woodring and others, followed by book signing.
Discussion with Ben Katchor and Chip Kidd, followed by book signing on Tuesday, May 3—Philadelphia, PA 7:30 pm – Philadelphia Free Library.
Wednesday, May 4—6:00 pm – Brookline Booksmith at the Coolidge Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
In discussion with Chip Kidd Thursday, May 5—7:00 pm – Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, 10003, NY.
Wednesday, May 11—7:00 pm – City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Monday, May 16—7:30 pm – Powell’s Books, 40 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
The debut performance of Jim Woodring’s Giant Pen takes place on Sunday, January 9 from 1pm to 4pm at the Gage Academy of Art’s Skinner Auditorium (1501 Tenth Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102)
Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring has built a 7-foot-long pen-and-penholder, a giant version of the steel dip pen nib and wooden handle used by artists and calligraphers. The pen will make its debut in the Skinner Auditorium of Gage Academy of Art on Sunday, January 9, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
The nib is 16 inches long and made of brass-plated, hand-engraved cold-rolled steel. The handle is lathe-turned poplar, painted with black lacquer. The ink is a specially formulated acrylic blend. A vase functions as an inkwell.
When this project was announced earlier this year it was met with heavy skepticism. Many felt a pen this size could not function because of the relationship between scale and fluid dynamics. Woodring was convinced it could be done, and the nib has performed well in tests with prototypes. This will be the first public demonstration of the finished product.
Woodring will be making large ink drawings (up to 4 x 6 feet) on a specially built drawing board and conversing with the audience as he works. Regulation pen-and-ink supplies will be on hand for interested audience members to use; instruction will be provided for beginners by members of Seattle’s Friends of the Nib.
The Giant Pen was built with finds raised through United States Artists Special Projects, 2010. Free art supplies provided by Blick Art Materials on Capitol Hill, Fantagraphics will provide door prizes and refreshments are courtesy of Gage Academy of Art. Special thanks also to St. Mark’s Cathedral.
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Jim Woodring’s idiosyncratic aesthetic has earned him an international following as both a cartoonist and visual artist. He was a recipient of the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006 (with frequent collaborator Bill Frisell) and was an Artist Trust-Washington State Artist fellow in 2008. His work is published and exhibited worldwide, finding him traveling to exhibitions in France and Australia last year, a residency in Alaska last month, and to Sweden next month.
Though Fantagraphics Books has published several wonderful Woodring comic book series and collections, WEATHERCRAFT represents his first full-length graphic novel. Employing mystical motifs and enigmatic characters, the book continues the artist’s tradition of imaginative narratives allowing subjective responses from the reader. In a recent review in Vice magazine, Nick Gazin observes, “There’s not much point in trying to sum up the story of this comic. There’s no text, the art is beautiful, and you’re totally consumed by the world he’s created and you exist inside it while you’re reading it.”
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, minutes south of downtown Seattle in the center of the historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Jim Woodring opens an exhibit of work featuring work from his graphic novel Weathercraft at the Scott Eder Gallery on June 18th from 6-8pm.
Scott Eder Gallery, 18 Bridge St, Suite 2-i, Brooklyn, NY 11201
|Convention||Jet City Comic Show|
|Venue Name||Seattle Center Exhibition Hall|
|Venue Address||305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
|Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables||163|
|What category best describes your convention?||Comic Books|
|What other categories might be appropriate for your convention?||– Collectibles|
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Fantagraphics Gallery Anniversary Party
The Fantagraphics comics store and gallery in Seattle, Washington, will celebrate its third anniversary with a party on December 12 featuring such indie comics creators as Peter Bagge, Femke Hiemstra, Paul Hornschemeier, Jay Ryan, Dame Darcy, and Jim Woodring. The event will also serve as the launch party for the new Fantagraphics book Portable Grindhouse. Entrance is free to the general public, and entertainment will be provided by Bagge’s band Can You Imagine. More details are available here. The Fantagraphics Gallery is located at 1201 South Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108.
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“COMICS SAVANTS” HIGHLIGHTS SEATTLE ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS
Fantagraphics Books celebrates 20 years in Seattle with “Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists” this Saturday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Since relocating from Southern California, Fantagraphics has nurtured the comics community and promoted local artists, resulting in Seattle’s international reputation as the dynamic center of alternative comics.
On view will be work from Seattle stalwarts Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Charles Burns, Ellen Forney, Roberta Gregory, Ted Jouflas, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Jason T. Miles, Patrick Moriarity, Eric Reynolds, Jim Woodring, and introducing 2009 Xeric award winner Eroyn Franklin.
In addition to the display of original artworks, an eclectic array of comics and graphic novels by exhibiting artists will be available. Many featured artists will attend the opening reception on Saturday. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108