CA – Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Art Exhibition

Legendary artist Toshiyuki Itahana appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 2nd, 2017 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY!

OPENING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS (Sat, Dec 2)

  • FREE General Admission (12pm – 5pm)
  • Artist Toshiyuki Itahana will be available for 3 signing sessions. RSVP HERE
  • Live Drawing Demo with artist Toshiyuki Itahana (6pm – 7pm) RSVP HERE
  • All attendees will receive a raffle ticket for hourly prizes. Winners will be announced on the Nucleus FB page.
  • Free refreshements served.
  • Come in Cosplay or purchase any item from our FF30th pop up shop and get a free spin to win Free prizes!

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Original art from 30 years of the franchise on display and for auction. (more details below)
  • Tribute art by 5 special guest artists will be on display.
  • See a visualized time line of all Final Fantasy games.
  • Select reproductions of concept art will be available for auction.
  • A special Final Fantasy 30th pop up shop will be available till Jan 7 only! (see some of the exclusives below!)

ART AUCTION FEATURES 

  • Artwork will be on display until January 7. Select pieces from the exhibit will be available for auction online.
  • Online bidding begins December 2 at 12pm pst and ends January 9 at 5pm PST
  • Majority of proceeds will go to the charity Global Living
  • Artwork can be picked up or shipped. Shipped items will require an additional shipping fee.
  • More details to come…

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

CA – Excelsior! Art Show

Marvel legend STAN LEE appears at the Hero Complex Gallery on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM for the EXCELSIOR! art show celebrating over 75 years in the comics industry.

Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034
323-334-0035

PA – Wonder Woman: Visions Artists Reception

Press Release:

Join the ToonSeum on Friday, December 1st at 7:00 PM as we continue our celebration of Wonder Woman. As part of the exhibit we asked local women cartoonists to contribute art focusing on what Wonder Woman meant to them. Artists featured in this exhibit includes:

  • Asia Bey
  • Caitlin Rose Boyle
  • Jessica Heberle
  • IIlene Winn Lederer
  • Cynthia Lee
  • Rachel Masilamani 
  • Jenn Meridian
  • Maggie Negrete
  • Christina Joy Neumann
  • Jayla Patton
  • Lizzie Solomon

This event serves as the official opening party for the Exhibit and serves as a reception and celebration for these artists. Come out, see the show, and meet some of the incredible talent Pittsburgh has to offer.

The ToonSeum showcases a superhero icon with the opening of WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS, a new exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Amazing Amazon. In regular publication since her debut in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941, Wonder Woman was the first widely-recognizable female comic book superhero. As evidenced by this year’s sensational summer blockbuster film, she remains a popular and culturally symbolic figure of female empowerment, and an inspiration for all.

WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS is co-curated by ToonSeum board president Anthony Letizia and regional visual artist Jessica Heberle. The exhibit contains original art from Wonder Woman comic books published over the last 75 years, and new drawings by regional female artists that pay tribute to the character while likewise reflecting on what Wonder Woman means to each of them personally. VISIONS literally illustrates these messages, and explores what they mean to audiences here in Pittsburgh.

Throughout the exhibition, The ToonSeum will feature programming that sheds more light on the character’s history and evolution, including presentations, workshops, and tours. Demonstrating that The Spirit of Truth still resonates in the 21st Century, VISIONS is not only designed as a way for Pittsburgh to celebrate the character of Wonder Woman, but presents a “vision” of what she represents to Pittsburghers as well.

This exhibition is suitable for ages 8 and above.

Our galleries at 945 Liberty Avenue are designed for wheelchair access, featuring an accessible, gender neutral restroom, and wheelchair seating. Please contact us with questions related to accessibility at our location.

WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS runs at The ToonSeum from November 17, 2017 to February 25, 2018.

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-0199

CA – Justice League Cast Q&A + Signing

Voice actors Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Phil Lamarr (Green Lantern), Maria Canals-Barrera (Hawkgirl) and Voice Director Andrea Romano appear at the Perky Nerd on Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a Q&A and signing!

It will be $5 cash at the door which includes a comic, panel, and meet and greet. Plus, thanks to our wonderful friends at the WB, we will be giving away mini posters. Any purchase over $25 will earn a full size movie poster and JL shield pin while supplies last and earns you a ticket into the raffle to win a Justice League Funko POP and two free tickets to see the Justice League in theatres. You can also check out our Just Us League Fan Art Show in the art gallery featuring local artists. It’s going to be a superhero kind of Saturday.

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The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
(818) 823-7511

SF – First Second Books Discussion

Mark Siegel, editorial and creative director of First Second Books, and Andrew Farago, director of the Cartoon Art Museum, appear at the San Francisco Main Public Library on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM to discuss the exhibit First Second Books: A Graphic Revolution, which is on view at the Main Library, Jewett Gallery, November 18, 2017 – March 4, 2018.

San Francisco Main Public Library – Koret Auditorium, Lower Level
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

NJ – José Muñoz Art Exhibition

Press Release:

Scott Eder Gallery is very excited to present <<historietas>> a constellation of meanings, the first-ever U.S. show of Argentine illustrator José Muñoz, featuring artwork from the many issues of Alack Sinner, his seminal long-time collaboration with writer Carlos Sampayo. The gallery will also be offering art from Billie Holiday, the Muñoz-Sampayo graphic novel biography, as well as other select illustrations.

The gallery show follows the 2017 release of Alack Sinner: The Age of Innocence [IDW], the first of two volumes that present, for the first time in English, the complete Alack Sinner comics by the Muñoz-Sampayo team, as well as the recent release of Billie Holiday [NBM], also in hardcover in English for the first time.

Featuring nearly 60 pages of original pen and ink illustrations and sketches from Alack Sinner as well as original pages of art from Billie Holiday, the show opens on Dec. 1st, 2017.

Known for his heavily stylized, shadow-filled black and white imagery, José Muñoz has influenced generations of comic book artists. Many fans and critics consider Muñoz and Sampayo’s work to be a direct inspiration for Frank Miller’s Sin City. Muñoz himself has said, “I like the nerves, the gesture, the energy of the manual blurring that we can make appear between light and shadow, on the border between them, where they are always collaborating and discussing the limits. Both the shadow and the light excite me, differently.” [1]

The Alack Sinner stories, international bestsellers and Muñoz’s most famous work, feature Sinner, a hard-boiled private detective in a noirish, cinematic New York City of the past decades. Muñoz and Sampayo also weave a passion for jazz throughout the stories. This love of quintessentially American music more fully expresses itself in Billie Holiday, a poignant portrait of the singer’s tragic life.

This year’s prestigious “Yellow Kid: Maestro of Comics Award” winner at the international Lucca Comics Festival (as well as a 1983 winner), Muñoz’s work has also won a Harvey Award and the Max & Moritz “Outstanding Life’s Work” Special Prize, as well as three prizes at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, including the top Grand Prix.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, and a student of Alberto Breccia, Pablo Pereyra and Hugo Pratt, Muñoz moved to London in the early 1970s and there began his collaboration with Carlos Sampayo. He currently resides in Milan and Paris, but has a deep and passionate love for New York City.

The show opens on Friday, Dec. 1st, with an artist reception from 5-9 PM.

Special limited-edition prints [silkscreen and letterpress] created for the show, along with books, will also be available.

Scott Eder Gallery
888 Newark Ave, Suite 525, Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 630-4931

UK – An Evening with Dave Gibbons & Tim Pilcher

Dave Gibbons & Tim Pilcher appear at the Cartoon Museum on Friday, November 24th from 6:30 PM till 8:00 PM to present HOW COMICS WORK. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

Spend an evening learning the secrets of how to make comics by the hand of comics laureate, Dave Gibbons, and comic book expert, Tim Pilcher. Gibbons and Pilcher have collaborated in the creation of a new book called How Comics Work. This book is a comics masterclass packed full of rare and unpublished material from Dave’s personal archive and it reveals insider tips on how his work was created.

Surrounded with real-life examples of Gibbons’ original art at the Cartoon Museum, this evening’s event will provide a unique, behind-the-scenes-perspective on the creative process.

This event is free, but there are limited spaces. You must reserve your spot to attend.

A cash bar will be available throughout the event and copies of the book can be purchased at the museum shop.

**Disclaimer: We reserve the right to give the place to another person if they turn up on the night and you are not there by 6:35 pm.

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The Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street, WC1A 2HH London, United Kingdom
+44 20 7580 8155

SF – Superani Supersigning

Nicolas Nemiri, Dong Ho Kim, and Hans Olo appear at Sketchpad Gallery on Sunday, November 12th at 2:00 PM to meet fans and sign and sketch in their respective books.

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Sketchpad Gallery
505 Natoma St, San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 932-6208

OR – Art of Kill The Minotaur Signing + Art Show

Press Release: 

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is excited to have artist LUKAS KETNER return to exhibit his artwork from KILL THE MINOTAUR from Image Comics. The exhibition begins with an artist’s reception from 6pm-10pm on Thursday, November 2nd, and will be available for viewing throughout November.

In KILL THE MINOTAUR, Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa (RED DEAD REDEMPTION) and Ketner (WITCH DOCTOR) reinvent the most fearsome beast of all with this horrific tale of heroism. Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth. Conspirators believe Theseus can be the hero they need to end the mad king’s bloody reign… but no one on this world has ever encountered anything like the savage minotaur.

Lukas Ketner grew up in Anchorage until moving to Portland, Oregon in 2000. He is the artist and co-creator of Witch Doctor, the launch title for Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics. Other work includes stories for Dark Horse Comics’ Creepy Comics and Supersized: Strange Tales From a Fast-Food Culture, along with covers for IDW’s Hellraiser title. His illustration work varies from his work in comics to editorial illustrations for magazines and alt-weeklies to motorcycle helmet artwork for Icon Motosports. He was a 2009 nominee for the Russ Manning Award, and has twice won entry into the Communication Arts Illustration Annual for his album artwork for the band The Builders and the Butchers.

The KILL THE MINOTAUR exhibit will be on display the entire month of November. The gallery is open for viewing Mondays 2pm-6pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit closes on Saturday, December 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

OR – The Willows Release Party + Art Show

Nathan Carson and Sam Ford sign at Floating World Comics on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM.

Nathan Carson is a musician, writer, and Moth StorySlam champion from Portland, OR. He is widely known as co-founder and drummer of the internationally touring doom metal band Witch Mountain, host of the XRAY FM radio show The Heavy Metal Sewïng Cïrcle, and owner of the boutique music booking agency Nanotear. His byline can be found in the Willamette Week and the Oregonian. A regular on the weird fiction convention circuit, he has published many short stories and novelettes in critically acclaimed horror anthologies. His first standalone novella, Starr Creek, was recently released by Lazy Fascist Press and currently sits at #1 on the Goodreads list of “Books Like Stranger Things.”

Sam Ford is an acclaimed illustrator, and drummer of the lightning-in-a-bottle musical duo Wizard Rifle. Sam was apprenticed as a youth to award-winning comic book legend Paul Chadwick (Concrete) and has used the skills he learned to produce countless highly detailed posters, album covers, and t-shirts for bands as varied as Mountain Goats, Agalloch, Pentagram, Black Cobra, and Thrones. He has called Portland, Los Angeles, and New York City home, but is currently based in Washington state, living a hermetic life in a custom-built trailer, cranking out comic books and music at a fevered pace. The Willows is his comic debut.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

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