Celebrate the legacy of Seattle’s seminal alternative comix scene at The Real Comet Press Retrospective opening Saturday, March 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Join hosts Art Chantry, Michael Dougan, Ruth Hayes and other Real Comet alumni for this festive reunion. Original art, books, comix and ephemera from the primordial period of Seattle’s comix counterculture of the 1980s will be on display.
Coveted out-of-print books and posters by Lynda Barry – some of them signed, first editions – will be offered for sale at bargain prices. Michael Dougan’s masterful East Texas will be available, as will a selection of delightful flipbooks by Ruth Hayes. The early 80s in Seattle gave birth and momentum to our current alternative comix culture, which grew exponentially with the arrival of Fantagraphics at the end of the decade. Real Comet Press promoted an amazing array of gifted artists, authors, cartoonists, and graphic designers, creating the foundation for a youth movement that would soon have indelible impact on global popular culture.
Don’t miss the action on Saturday evening. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic industrial arts district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you soon.