Many horror fans reminisce about the days of old when VHS box art was the highlight of their trip to the local video store--every shelf teasing and pleasing with gory, lurid images. Editor Jacques Boyreau and Fantagraphics Books have released a tasty opus dedicated to the colorful VHS art of vintage exploitation films. Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box is cleverly packaged in a VHS slipcase and includes 200 pages of info and pics of video store gems. In case that wasn't enough, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is inviting all of you to help celebrate the book launch in Seattle. Jealous!

On Saturday, December 12, Fantagraphics will be hosting their 3rd anniversary party (free to attend) featuring the Portable Grindhouse book launch from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. There will be merriment and book signings galore. The following day from 4:00 to 6:00 PM there will be a panel discussion focusing on Portable Grindhouse with panelists Lisa Petrucci (Something Weird), Marc Palm (Scarecrow Video), Mark Rahner (Seattle Times, Rotten) and Robert Horton (critic & curator, Rotten). The panel will be moderated by Jacques Boyreau and will be followed by a book signing and reception. The fab five will share short clips from their favorite exploitation films and discuss its influence on their work, as well as the broader social implications of the genre.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is open daily so visit the website or call 206-658-0110 for more information. If you attend, please tease me with pics of the event and I will post them on Twitter.