Jim Blanchard signing

  • Comics Place 105 East Holly Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States

Come meet Jim Blanchard. He'll be at Comics Place signing your autograph journals and selling his books, comics and magazines.

Texas-born artist Jim Blanchard has lived all across the U.S.A. and in Norway. From 1982–1988, he edited and published the punk zine Blatch. In 1987, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he’s been an illustrator, cartoonist, and designer. He now lives in Bellingham with his wife Diana and dog Henry. Fantagraphics Books recently published a coffee table book of his work entitled Visual Abuse.

Visual Abuse (available at Comics Place or Fantagraphics Press) is an outrageous and optically rich collection of the halcyon days of illustrator and cartoonist Jim Blanchard, whose work from 1982–2002 intersected with punk rock, grunge, psychedelia, alternative comics, “zine” culture, portraiture, and “girlie” art. The book gathers Blanchard’s different eras and disparate art styles into a cohesive whole. After self-publishing the punk rock/art fanzine Blatch in Oklahoma, Jim brought his act to Seattle, Washington in 1987, where the nascent “grunge” rock scene was poised to erupt. Visual Abuse assembles the best of Blanchard’s LP covers, posters and flyers from the hardcore punk era through grunge, including iconic Black Flag, Nirvana, and Soundgarden posters. Augmenting the posters are exclusive photographs from the shows, including shots by famed photographer Charles Peterson. Also chronicled are page after page of Blanchard’s obsessive psychedelic art, bizarre sociopathic comics, exquisitely detailed pop culture portraits, twisted “glamour girl” art, and some tongue-waggin’ eyeball-poppin’ freaks, making this an overwhelming and long-overdue compendium by an elusive, dedicated, and complex artist.