But the Northwest is not taking it lying down!

Take a quick trip to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Friday, June 8 from 6 to 8 PM and welcome Ivan Brunetti to our fair city. This multi-talented (and mild-mannered) cartoonist has a lovely new collection and exciting exhibition, “Misery Loves Comedy,” currently on display. You’ve seen his hilarious and revealing Schizo comics, as well as his recent work on the cover of the New Yorker. He’ll be signing books, comics and his exquisite silk screened exhibition print available in an edition of 50 signed copies for only $20. (See attached image).

You’ll also want to check out a dozen new Fantagraphics titles, our newly expanded erotic comics section, and a limited-time steep discount on all hardcover Blab! storybooks by accomplished fine artists and illustrators including Camille Rose Garcia, Drew Friedman, Sue Coe and David Sandlin. Fantagraphics Bookstore is open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM (Sundays until 5:00 PM) at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in Seattle’s historic Georgetown District. See you all soon.

Furthermore, if you can’t make it to Georgetown on Friday, Brunetti will be appearing in Olympia on Saturday. This year’s Olympia Comics Festival will take place on Saturday, June 9th. The festival consists of a Cartoonists Expo and various panels during the day and a stageshow in the evening.

The Olympia Comics Festival is devoted to the principle of comics as a unique and powerful art, showcasing some of the greatest practitioners of the form and to support local and small press efforts. The Guests of Honor for 2007 are Ivan Brunetti and fellow Fantagraphics’ favorite Ellen Forney.