CA – Pashmina Launch Party

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Join Nidhi Chanani and Trickster on Saturday, October 14th at 6:00 PM for the official launch party for her debut graphic novel PASHMINA. Expect original art (not available elsewhere), samosas and tea. This will be a truly special event and we hope to see you there!

Nidhi will do a short presentation about her process, path to comics and sign copies of PASHMINA.

About PASHMINA:
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions–the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

ABOUT NIDHI CHANANI:
Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she’s worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Pashmina is her first graphic novel.

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Tr!ckster
2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-665-8900

CA – Fish in a Forest Exhibition

Artist Peter Han opens a solo exhibition at the Center Stage Gallery on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

Welcome to a forest of imagination. Follow a traveler who encounters fantastic creatures as he goes on a journey to accomplish many quests and make friends on his way. The Fish in a Forest world was created from a simple afternoon sketching in a cafe between two artists. Through a moment of spontaneous creation a whole series of images was created to develop a rich and colorful world.

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Center Stage Gallery
847 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 259-1598

UK – Redlands Signing & Exhibition

Artist Vanesa Del Rey signs at Orbital Comics on Saturday 16th of September from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Del Rey’s resumé boasts a breadth of highly-praised work; from Boom Studios’ Hit, to DC’s Constantine: The Hellblazer, and Marvel’s Scarlet Witch. Now, with her new Image Comics series Redlands (written by the amazing Jordie Bellaire) out on our shelves, we can think of no better time to see her art in person.

The exhibition runs throughout the month of September, and with such beautiful and evocative range, promises to be one of our most memorable shows.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

CA – Star Wars Children’s Books Signing

Join Gallery Nucleus for a day of celebrating Star Wars as artists Eren Unten, Matt Meyers, and author Drew Daywalt will be in the gallery for the launch of their new children’s books! Come by Saturday September 23 from 3:00 – 5:00PM for an exhibition of original art from the book, live readings, and other fun activities! Families and Jedi with younglings are encouraged to attend, especially in costume!

  • Original paintings by Matt Meyers on display and for sale
  • Live reading with Drew Daywalt
  • Live reading and drawing demonstration with Eren Unten
  • Bring your remote controled BB-8 as we try setting a record for the most BB-8 toys driving within a public space.
  • FREE themed refreshments served
  • FREE admission, ALL AGES, NO RSVP NECESSARY
  • More activities to be announced…!

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

OR – The Art of Shutter Exhibition

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Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is proud to present LEILA DEL DUCA, and her art from SHUTTER from Image Comics. The exhibition begins with an artist’s reception from 6pm-10pm on opening night Thursday, September 7th, and will be available for viewing throughout September.

Del Duca is both the artist and the co-creator of SHUTTER, along with writer Joe Keatinge. Described by NPR as the first postmodern take on the adventurer genre, SHUTTER tells the tale of Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer of an alternate, fantastical Earth. Kate is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting. SHUTTER ended with issue #30 in July of this year; the final collected trade is due out this September.

Leila del Duca is a comic book artist and writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. Since co-creating SHUTTER with Joe Keatinge in 2014, Leila has worked on other titles including THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, SCARLET WITCH, and AMERICAN VAMPIRE. She also wrote AFAR, the young adult graphic novel drawn by Kit Seaton, published by Image Comics. In 2015 and 2016, Leila was nominated for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award for her work on SHUTTER.

The SHUTTER exhibit will be on display the entire month of September. The gallery is open for viewing Mondays 2pm-6pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit closes on Saturday, September 30th, at the end of business.

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Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
328 NW Broadway, Apt 113, Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 916-9293

CA – Over the Garden Wall Signing + Concert

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Nucleus and Cartoon Network are proud to present a book signing / concert event in celebration of the Art of Over the Garden Wall, a new art book based on the mini-series. Be the first to get the book as we debut this on the night of the event!

Join creator Patrick McHale and various musical talents for this special one day event on Saturday, September 16th.

BOOK SIGNING (2:00 – 4:00 PM)

  • Book signing with creator Patrick McHale (Up to MAX 200 people, no ticket required, first come first serve!)
  • Limited to 2 signing items per person. At least ONE item must be purchased from our store.
  • FREE admission, open to the public

LIVE CONCERT (7:00 – 9:00 PM)

EXCLUSIVE RELEASES

  • OTGW Concert Poster signed limited edition of 100
  • OTGW Alternate Concert Poster signed limited edition of 50
  • OTGW enamel pins
  • 2 original art pieces by creator Patrick McHale

ART AUCTION

  • 2 original pieces by creator Patrick McHale will be on display in the gallery (one shown below)
  • This will be a silent auction. Bids can be placed in person or by phone.
  • Bids must be made in increments of $25
  • Auction begins Saturday September 16th at 1:00 pm PST and ends Tuesday September 19th at 2pm PST

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

MA – Becky Cloonan Signing

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Acclaimed comic book creator Becky Cloonan will appear for a reception and signing event at That’s Entertainment in Worcester on Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00 till 4:00 PM. Cloonan will be signing comics and other memorabilia. She will be selling prints and pins at her table. The event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.

The reception celebrates the installation of an original 16-foot x 24-foot mural which Cloonan will paint on the Lois Lane side of That’s Entertainment’s building throughout the week prior to the signing event. Cloonan’s mural is part of the Pow! Wow! Worcester art event, and That’s Entertainment is one of the sponsors. Visitors will be able to see the mural taking shape beginning August 25th.

Becky Cloonan is a versatile and well-known comic book artist and writer, whose output has ranged from self-published mini-comics to work for the major publishers over the past fifteen years. In naming her one of the top female comic creators of all time, Comic Book Resources called Cloonan “a fast rising star [who] as a result… has a shocking list of credits for one so young” and added that “she has especially become known for her ability with horror, subtle or unsubtle. The ability to create real mood and atmosphere and emotional resonance through her imagery.”

For Vertigo, she worked with writer Brian Wood on Demo and Northlanders, and drew the American Virgin series. For DC Comics, Cloonan’s most notable work was as writer and artist on Gotham Academy, and she also drew issues of Swamp Thing and Harley Quinn. She became the first female artist in history to draw the main Batman title. Cloonan also wrote Southern Cross for Image Comics, and has also collaborated with Wood on Conan the Barbarian for Dark Horse Comics.

That’s Entertainment Manager Ken Carson says, “Cloonan’s Conan the Barbarian art was especially impressive and memorable for me. Conan has appeared in comics for almost 50 years, and actually goes back to the 1930s in pulp magazine stories. But Becky somehow gives the character a completely fresh take, so it all seems brand new again.”

By Chance or Providence: Stories by Becky Cloonan, just released in a trade paperback edition by Image Comics, collects in one volume her trilogy of award-winning short stories: “Wolves”, “The Mire” and “Demeter”.

“This volume is a showcase for Becky’s storytelling talent,” says That’s Entertainment’s Marketer Sorana Gatej.

“The best comic books blend words and pictures seamlessly, and her stories of sword and sorcery are haunting and lovely.”

“Anytime would be a fine time to host Becky Cloonan, and to have her create a giant, wonderful mural on our building,” adds Carson. “But since we are in the midst of celebrating our 25th year on Park Avenue, this all seems especially well-timed.”

Located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, That’s Entertainment is a pop culture emporium which specializes in everyone’s “geek.” Checkout their wide variety of comics, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, roleplaying games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and so much more!

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

MA – It’s Alive! Exhibition with Kirk Hammett

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One night only! Experience an exclusive evening with Kirk Hammett as he talks about his lifelong passion for classic horror and sci-fi movie posters and their influence on his musical creativity at the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM. He’ll discuss the genesis of the exhibition ‘It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection‘ with curator Daniel Finamore. Tickets available at the link…

Kirk Hammett, best known as the guitarist of the rock band Metallica, is also an avid collector of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. This exhibition features 90 works that provide insight into the evolution of horror and sci-fi films and how they have played upon contemporary societal fears. Hammett acknowledges his poster collection as a source of inspiration for his own musical creativity. The exhibition features film posters as well as collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures. The exhibition will be on view August 12, 2017 to November 26, 2017.

VIP Meet & Greet: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm (**SOLD OUT**)

Only 100 tickets available for this book signing! Ticket includes museum admission voucher, professional photo with Kirk Hammett and an autographed copy of the exhibition catalog for It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection.

A limited number of tickets have been set aside for active members in advance of the public sale; limit of 2 tickets per membership. Join today to be able to take advantage of this member benefit at the link…

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St, Salem, Massachusetts 01970
(978) 745-9500

CA – Comics: Antimatter and the Space Between

Authors Charles Glaubitz and Pepe Rojo (Nos Toy) appear at the Athenaeum Art Center on  Saturday August 12th at 6:30 PM.

Comics occupy a fringe space or edge-land, existing between high and low brow, image and text, and the individually or collectively created. This (in) between space affords comics the possibility of experimentation while simultaneously allowing the art form to consolidate itself as the seed bank of corporate entertainment.

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Athenaeum Art Center
1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, California 92113
(619) 269-1981

OR – Arm Eyes Art Show

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Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is proud to present local artist RON CHAN, and his exhibit “ARM EYES”, a collection of his original art, prints, and a new series of watercolors focused on Yang Ren, an obscure character from Chinese folklore . The exhibition begins with an artist’s reception on Thursday, August 3rd from 6pm-10pm on opening night, and will be available for viewing throughout August.

Ron Chan was born and raised in Portland, OR and works as a freelance cartoonist, storyboard artist, and illustrator. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005, and his comics work has been published by Dark Horse, Marvel, and Image Comics. He is best known for drawing Plants vs Zombies comics for Dark Horse.

CHAN: “While I was on a trip to Chicago, I stopped in to the famous Field Museum of Natural History, known best for Sue, the most complete and best preserved T-Rex skeleton yet discovered. While Sue was surely a sight to be seen, what truly caught my eye was much smaller: It was a mask of a Chinese man, with arms sprouting from his eye sockets, and then eyes on the palms of those arms. His name was Yang Ren. He came from the Chinese story Investiture of the Gods, and I knew from the moment I saw him, that I couldn’t allow myself to not draw him. Without any real direction, or guidelines, I drew nine drawings of Yang Ren. Needless to say, things got weird.”

“ARM EYES” will be on display the entire month of August. The gallery is open for viewing Mondays 2pm-6pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit closes on Saturday, September 2nd, at the end of business.

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Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
328 NW Broadway, Apt 113, Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 916-9293

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