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Comix Culture and Sedentary Sousa

Megan Sukys
04/17/2008

Graphic novels have hit the big time, thanks in part to the work of Seattle–based comics publisher Fantagraphics. Curator Larry Reid tells the history of comics in Seattle. Plus we'll hear the music of the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band and get art reviews from Gary Faigin.



At 2:08 p.m. – Sedentary Sousa Band (Archive from 1/31/08)
The marches of composer John Philip Sousa grew out of military tradition, but there is also a strong party vibe. Liz Dreisbach formed the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band 23 years ago. The group keeps the marching party going while remaining rooted in their seats. Amanda Wilde talks with Liz in an archive interview from January 31, 2008.

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At 2:20 p.m. – Kelly Harland: A Will of His Own (Archive)

Music can be excruciating and confusing to a child with autism. It can also be a valuable therapeutic tool. These two facts had a profound impact on the lives of Seattle jazz musician Kelly Harland and her husband. Their infant son, Will, was diagnosed with autism fourteen years ago. They turned to the experts at the University of Washington Autism Center for help. Kelly Harland writes about learning to live with autism, music and family in her book A Will of His Own.

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At 2:20 p.m. – Kites And Other Flying Things (Archive from 11/8/07)
Ali Fujino's been captivated by things that fly her whole life. But she never thought baseball and boomerangs would lead her to a career in kites. In 1995, she got a call from a friend asking her to help him start and run a kite foundation. She took the plunge and helped found the Drachen Foundation here in Seattle. Drachen means kite in German. Ali shows Jeannie Yandel around the Drachen Foundation's Queen Anne headquarters.

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At 2:40 p.m. – Gary Faigin Art Reviews
Most of us don't have trouble deciding what’s good or bad in the case of food, music, or movies, but art seems to be a special case. Opinionated people can seem to lose their powers of speech the moment they walk into a contemporary gallery. Our art critic Gary wondered about this phenomenon while visiting a current show of abstract paintings in Ballard, and he joins us now with his thoughts.

Pirjo Berg: New Works continues at Gallery 6311 in Ballard through Wednesday, May 7. Artist, author, and critic Gary Faigin is co–founder and Artistic Director of Gage Academy of Art, offering classes for aspiring artists of all ages and levels at its campus on Capitol Hill.



At 2:50 p.m. – Seattle's Comics Culture
In the early 90's, Seattle became exported grunge culture to the world. At the same time, the Northwest became a destination for comic artists. While the music faded the comic scene continued to grow. It fueled the current graphic novel genre. Larry Reid is a Seattle native and the curator for local comics publisher Fantagraphics. He thinks the groundwork for the scene started in the 50's with cartooning weathermen.

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