SF – An Evening with J.H. Williams III

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes acclaimed artist J.H. Williams III for its ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This special presentation will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Williams will talk about his process on Sandman: Overture and will discuss his experiences working on this historic book, as well as giving us a glimpse into the future. Original artwork from the first two issues of Sandman: Overture will be on display as the Cartoon Art Museum approaches the finale of its Sandman retrospective Grains of Sand, which will be held over through April 27, 2014.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for a pre-event dinner with JH Williams III. VIPs will get priority seating at the Cartoon Art Museum presentation, front-of-line privileges at the post-presentation booksigning, and a Sandman sketch from JH on the book or item of their choosing. This option is limited to six guests and is available for $200. (Time and location to be determined; guests will pay for their own meals.)

Ticket details to be announced very soon!

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SF – The Illustrated James Bond 007

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Comedian and cartoonist MIKE CAPOZZOLA and special guest ALAN J. PORTER, author of James Bond: The History of The Illustrated 007, appear with RON EVANS, Cartoon Art Museum board chairman, on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm for a discussion and slideshow of the James Bond comics and newspaper strips from around the world.

The evening also includes:
-Vintage memorabilia!
-Virtual appearances via SKYPE with Special Guests!
-Sudden and unexpected PRIZES
-Cocktails (yes- it will be THAT drink- and you can order it using any accent you want)

Admission $007

Special thanks to the St. Regis Hotel for partnering with the Cartoon Art museum on this event.

Cocktails by kind donation of Bluecoat, American Dry Gin.

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

MA – Leave Your Sleep Signing

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Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock will be signing copies of their book collaboration, Leave Your Sleep on March 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm. The Carle is currently hosting an exhibition of selected works from Leave Your Sleep, including preliminary sketches to finished art.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? Contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org to reserve signed copies.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

CA – Super Emo Friends Art Show

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Local artist JSalvador opens an art show of his heartfelt Super Emo Friends at Earth-2 Comics on Wednesday February 12th at 6:00 pm!

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Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590

MA – Good Guys & Bad Guys

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Artist Andrew Houle opens a solo art exhibition at the Gulu-Gulu Cafe. This show will run the month of February with an artists reception on Thursday February 13th at 7:00 pm featuring everyone’s favorite outlaw jug band Brother’s Rye! This will be the public debut of a large body of work Houle has been focused on creating, pulling from all genres of comic book culture. Come to see the art, stay for the music, food & drinks.

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Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

MA – Michael Crockett Gallery Opening

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Artist Michael Crockett open an art exhibition at the 15 Walnut Gallery on Tuesday February 11th from 7:30-10pm!

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15 Walnut Gallery
15 Walnut Road, Hamilton, MA 01982

SF – Sweets for the Sweet Exhibition

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Artist Charlene Kelley opens her first solo show on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm! A sugar themed extravaganza making it’s debut at TR!CKSTER

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Tr!ckster
2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Pinned! Miami is coming in May

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Pinned! Miami: South Florida’s Pin Up Model, Photography, Culture, Art, Fashion, Tattoo, Rockabilly and Burlesque Festival is 3 days dedicated to the culture of Pin Up, featuring models, bands, photographers, artists, workshops, panels, burlesque, classic cars, exhibitors, vendors, films, tattoo artists and more! Get ready for the sexiest show on Earth!

Pinned! Miami is May 23-25, 2014 at The Miami Airport Convention Center
711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL. 33126
Pinned! Hotline: 954.399.1330 mike@pinupfestival.com
Convention Center and Hotel Phone: 305.261.3800.

http://pinupfestival.com 

Event Hours
Friday, May 23: 2:00pm – 3:00am
Saturday, May 24: 11:00am – 3:00am
Sunday, May 25: 11:00am – 3:00am

Several hotels will be announced as “official” hotels for Pinned! and will include special room rates for our attendees, including:

(a) The Doubletree Miami Airport Convention Center Hotel. The official hotel of Pinned! Miami is the Doubletree attached to the convention center, located at 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami FL. 33126.

Phone: 305-261-3800. Rooms will be available for $109 per night (single/double). Stay tuned for booking info to be posted shortly!

VA – Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find Exhibition

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Press Release:

Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: the Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum
January 24 through June 29, 2014
Preview Reception: February 6 from 6-8 p.m.
United-Legard Galleries

Shelton Drum, owner of the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comic book store and founder of the renowned annual Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, brings William King Museum a vast array of original comic book art from his private collection. With the help of Neil Bramlette, founder of Bristol’s Out of Step Arts Collective, classic comics, private commissions, and original pages showcasing key artists from the 1950s and 60s as well as artists working today will be on display for the first time. Featuring comic arts past and present, this exhibit is full of recognizable characters that are sure to surprise and delight fans and newcomers alike.

William King Museum
415 Academy Drive Abingdon, VA 24210
276-628-5005

SF – Searle In America Exhibition

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The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates the life and art of Ronald Searle with Aardman/Pixar story artist Matt Jones, a lifelong Searle fan and longtime publisher of the Ronald Searle Tribute blog, with a special presentation on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 6:00-9:00pm. Jones will discuss Searle’s artwork and his legacy, and will discuss his forthcoming Searle-related projects during a slideshow presentation at 7:00pm. Searle fans will have the opportunity to view the exhibition prior to Jones’s lecture, and a catalog signing will immediately follow his presentation.

Tickets for this reception are $10, and Cartoon Art Museum members will receive free admission for themselves and a guest. The deluxe ticket package is $30, and includes the full-color 96-page catalog featuring all of the Ronald Searle artwork featured in the Searle in America exhibition as well as dozens of Searle tribute pieces rendered by today’s top animators and illustrators. Advance sale tickets can be purchased here…

Matt Jones’s Curatorial Statement:

“Ronald Searle is known primarily as the creator of the wicked schoolgirls of St. Trinians and later his series of humorous books on cats and their foibles. The general public in the U.K., Europe and the U.S. hold these books dear, but to the artist they were merely ‘what sold’ and paid the bills. He even ‘killed off’ the St. Trinians’ girls in their last book in 1957; the year of his first visit to America. A household name in Great Britain, Searle would crack the American magazine illustration market under the guidance of his New York art agent, John Locke.

“He spent over a decade between the late ‘50s and late ‘60s traveling extensively on reportage assignments for the premier magazines of the day: Life, Holiday, Look, Venture, Travel & Leisure. It was a golden era of illustration, where magazines had sizable budgets to send illustrators to exotic locations and commission
substantial spreads of artwork.

“Sadly, this work is largely forgotten. Holiday magazine was not published in Europe and is virtually unheard of in the U.S., slipping into decline in the late ‘70s. Searle republished some of this work in collected editions, but the books are long out of print. The original art has languished with art editors and agents for decades, and most remain unseen since their first publication.

“Well I’ve found it! I’ve unearthed the lot. I’ve maintained a website devoted to Searle’s work since 2006 and even became acquainted with the artist himself while working in the south of France in the years preceding his death. Initially starting out of a love of his work and a desire to see more of it online, the site has become an essential database of an incredible career spanning eight decades!

“I’ve traveled far and wide myself to track down the originals, and this show at CAM gathers some of the best. From collections in the Midwest, New York, Connecticut and California, I’ve assembled a show revealing my favorite era in Searle’s career. The golden period of 1955-1965 was a decade of intense work and travel, and the art has a vitality and urgency to it energised by the artist being constantly on the go. The work is a synthesis of his acute observational style and his ability to caricature figures, crowds and architecture. Most of the work is in full color, which will be a surprise to those only familiar with his monotone cats and schoolgirls.

“This catalogue is laid out in an unorthodox manner. I wanted to present the work uncropped where possible without it being split across two pages; hence the dual portrait/landscape format.

“The show would not have been possible without the contributions of a group of cartoonist friends around the world who contributed original art to an online auction to raise the funding necessary to stage the Exhibition and put this catalogue together. This is dedicated to them, to all Searle fans and to new fans who will discover this part of his oeuvre for the first time.”

-Matt Jones, San Francisco, September 2013

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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