As I told you on Monday, this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. You should visit a favorite local comic shop or two, pick up some free books, and maybe buy a few comics, too. Here are some notes on local cartoonists and comic shops for your FCBD:
If you're not sure where to go on Saturday, the indispensable Sarah Anne Lloyd at Curbed has created a handy map of 21 comics shops in the greater Seattle area. Even I, a full-bore comics nerd, have not been to some of the shops on this map. Hell, I haven't even heard of some of the comic shops on this map.
Real Change arts reporter Lisa Edge has written a great profile of Fantagraphics cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, who has a new show up at the Bellevue Art Museum, which you should check out on FCBD. The show is a companion piece to Hanselmann's next book, which is coming out in July.
The BAM exhibition is a bit of a full- circle moment. He’s gone from having a Fantagraphics poster on the wall of his childhood bedroom to displaying the same memento in the vignette titled “MEGG’S SLOW MORNING” at BAM. Megg’s bedroom is a literal mess. The carpet is peppered with various stains, clothes are strewn about and a single slice of leftover pizza sits in the box. The clutter is arresting. In the installation Megg lies in bed as “sentient meat, pounded by waves of futility, unable to move.”
@tatsgill and @ColleenFrakes will be signing our comics at @Phoenix_Comics this Saturday May 4th in Seattle, 2-4pm, in honor of @Freecomicbook day! 113 Broadway E. Hope to see you there! pic.twitter.com/ZPj4hICzCl— Tatiana Gill (@TatsGill) May 1, 2019