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Thursday, March 15, 2007

I Heart Fantagraphics

posted by on March 15 at 12:34 PM

Have you been to the new Fantagraphics store in Georgetown yet? This past Saturday, the Jim Blanchard-slash-DT’s show really made me miss old skool Seattle. A Seattle where you could still go buy a comic or some zines, then see a messy punk show at Fallout Records…. a Seattle where you might see Art Chantry chatting up Jack Endino in an art gallery. Georgetown Records seems to be picking up where Fallout left off…. actually, as Capitol Hill seems to be turning into Pioneer Square, Georgetown seems to be turning into a more mature Capitol Hill. Anyway. Get down to Fantagraphics. There’s hundreds of amazing graphic novels and new comics on the shelves - including this not-so-new-but-still-my-FAVORITE COMIC IN THE WORLD….


The Blanchard gallery show runs through March 21.
Check out my video with the DT’s, Blanchard, AND a cameo by the inimitable Miss Ellen Forney over on our video page.

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Hey wait a minute -- I thought Capitol Hill was becoming Belltown?

Posted by Ariel | March 15, 2007 12:46 PM

Huh,I was just going to say you gotta get off your high-Capitol Hill-horse. Then you kinda said it first. Wait, on second thought, just stay up there and regret--we don't want or need you "hipping up" the neighborhood. On third thought, just stop looking at us all together, buy your reprint of Ghost World and go back to the hill from whence you came.

Posted by tsssk | March 15, 2007 1:02 PM

Welcome to Georgetown, spend your money and leave. Do not move here with your emovers/comb-forwards and Jane Fonda shags. I don't appreciate your "ironic" ABBA record collection. There is no Cha-Cha here and we do not want Linda opening a bar here next. Just leave your money and go quickly, thank you for visiting.

Posted by Dash Riprock | March 15, 2007 1:12 PM

Right. We wouldn't want to have anyone with lame affectations in Georgetown. Tattoos and dyed black hair and the Johnny Cash fuck-you tshirts are all incredibly original.

Georgetown for natives!

Er, well, not natives exactly...

Georgetown for people who moved in a few years ago!

Posted by K | March 15, 2007 1:58 PM

Sorry, to disappoint you G-towners, but that's exactly what the folks who got kicked out of B-town & C-Hill were saying 8-10 years ago.

Face facts, you've been discovered. Now, it's only a matter of time before the old two-story brick storefronts come down, to be replaced by shiny new particle-board & plaster condo towers, a Starbucks-Mart opens on every other corner, and high-end nouvelle-Ukranian restaurants start popping up like mushrooms in a rain forest.

In short, I give you about six years before South Park becomes the "new Georgetown".

Posted by COMTE | March 15, 2007 2:00 PM

When I end up writing a book about Seattle-based genius artists, Jim Blanchard and Kelly O. will both be subjects in it.

Posted by Chris Estey | March 15, 2007 2:03 PM

I always liked Georgetown. I used to work at Contour Laminates right off the off ramp in the early-mid '90's (working there isn't part of this fond memory) and loved wondering the neighborhoods there.

Seems like it's becoming a friendlier place to be on foot thanks to a few new businesses. Anyone currently living there that's bitching about "hipsters" coming down maybe hasn't lived there long enough to remember the artist communities (i.e. "hipsters of the past") that were priced out about the time they probably moved in.

Posted by Dougsf | March 15, 2007 2:08 PM

DougSF, you summed it up. It's amusing to hear people in Georgetown complaining that it's been discovered, or 'ruined' as they like to say. These are the same people who have been in the neighborhood for five years, not even realizing they are viewed as newbies by the old timers in the neighborhood. It's comical.

And yes, many in the neighborhood are working on trying to make the area friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclists. They'
re trying to have some say in the growth that is occurring.

Posted by SP | March 15, 2007 2:19 PM

I commend your taste in comics. This is a perfect gift for all the closet-cases I know.

Posted by Shirley Feeney | March 15, 2007 5:25 PM

Somewhere there is a logger, biker gang, or merchant sailor complaining bitterly about how Fremont and Belltown were ruined in the late 1980s by flaky artist types who started moving in to put up their wussy art studios.

Posted by Hank | March 16, 2007 12:39 AM

Somewhere there is a logger, biker gang, or merchant sailor complaining bitterly about how Fremont and Belltown were ruined in the late 1980s by flaky artist types who started moving in to put up their wussy art studios.

Posted by Hank | March 16, 2007 12:42 AM

Every time someone "notices" a neighborhood in Seattle, the developers and townhouse flippers take a huge crap on it. I moved to Georgetown precisely because they missed a spot; it's too bad that people only have One Vision(t) on what revitalization looks like.

Posted by carleton | March 16, 2007 1:52 PM

Well, as an old schoolmate of Mr. Blanchard, it's fun to see him step into painting. I've done that myself and it hurts. It's agree that it's great to have a store where you can get the kind of graphic work that you can't always get elsewhere. Jim has contributed to what I consider important projects, like the illustrated Pallestine. And the DTs are great to see anywhere.

Posted by Brother Love | March 16, 2007 5:49 PM

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