Coming soon (this month to be exact) to a bookstore near you is Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box, edited by Jacques Boyreau, the guy behind Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters. This 200-page soft cover tome documents our ghoulish favorites from video stores past in full splatterific detail, encased, ever so snugly, in a “facsimile VHS slipcase”.
I can’t even begin to tell you my excitement. But wait … there’s more!
Then, on Sunday, December 13, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, as a continuation of the anniversary celebration, the Gallery will feature a five-person panel of genre experts focusing, again, on Portable Grindhouse. Its editor, Jacques Boyreau, will be moderating the discussion, which will cover exploitation favorites, personal influences, and cultural impact. A reception and book signing will be held after the presentation so stick around, fright fans.
• Marc Palm: Scarecrow Video cartoonist
• Mark Rahner: Seattle Times pop culture critic
• Robert Horton: Film critic, curator, and co-writer of Rotten
Admission to both events is free.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is open daily at 1201 S. Vale Street just south of downtown Seattle; for more info call 206.658.0110.
So, my Pacific Northwest Monsters Kids, this could be fun. Heck, I wish I were out there to go myself. As for Portable Grindhouse, I am hoping to get my claws on a copy so I can report back soon with a full review.
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