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Past EventsNov. 17, 2018: Drawn to Berlin Signing
Ali Fitzgerald appears to launch her memoir DRAWN TO BERLIN on Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 PM at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.
Entwining political and personal displacement, Ali Fitzgerald’s graphic memoir, Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe, is about loss, community, and the drawings that bind us. The students in Fitzgerald’s drawing classes are among the record-breaking number of people who are seeking asylum in Berlin, fleeing from countries such as Syria and Afghanistan. They draw images of experienced violence and careful optimism: rafts and tanks, flowers and the Eiffel Tower. Over the course of her decade in Germany, Fitzgerald experiences the highs of the creatively hopeful along with the deep depression of the disillusioned, all while waiting to stumble into her own glory like the great Modernists before her. Her comics are compassionate and unflinchingly intimate, as the fantasy of her bohemia crumbles in a globalized city.
Ali Fitzgerald is a comic artist and writer living in Berlin. She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker. Her comics have also appeared in New York Magazine’s The Cut, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Bitch, and The Guardian. From 2013 to 2016, she wrote and drew the popular webcomic Hungover Bear and Friends for McSweeney’s.Oct. 13, 2018: From Crust Till Dawn Signing
Cartoonist Sarah Romano Diehl celebrates the release of her new graphic memoir, From Crust Till Dawn, with a signing and pizza party at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 6 PM.Sept. 12, 2018: Penguins Signing
Nick Thorburn (indie-pop icon and frontman of The Unicorns, Islands, and Mister Heavenly) presents his first published comics collection, Penguins, at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Wednesday, September 12th at 6 PM.
Told almost entirely without words, Penguins is one of the most playfully original graphic novels in recent memory.Relying on visual expression and the physical movement of his penguin characters, as well as the formal properties of sequential drawings (with penguins routinely moving within and without each page’s panel borders), Penguins is a series of interconnected short strips that, without words or human characters, does more to showcase the breadth of emotion we as humans experience than most prose novels.
Thorburn will sign copies of Penguins, talk about his cartooning style, and play some tunes! Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening evening!May 26, 2018: Daydreamin’ Dave Signing
Join Fantagraphics on Saturday, May 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Daydreamin’ Dave by Ben Horak with a book signing, urban barbecue and complementary refreshments.
Dave is a mild-mannered, imaginative, anthropomorphic, joke-spewing day dreamer. Dave is constantly breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to the delighted audience, ending every quip with a friendly wink. This is Dave’s world, we just live in it. But what happens when Dave is suddenly gone? How can the story continue? Who will entertain the audience? As the comic itself begins to break down and revolt, a new Dave must be chosen…
Ben Horak is a Seattle-based cartoonist and graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Ben has had art appear in Arts In America, The Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Intruder Comix Newspaper and Thick As Thieves. Ben also self publishes the short story anthology Grump Toast.