March 6, 2013 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Art Show, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Florida Supercon is July 4-7, www.floridasupercon.com. Hundreds of guests, including: George Takei (Star Trek), Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Olivier Coipel (Thor, X-Men, AvX), George Perez (Crisis, Avengers), Nick Cardy (Teen Titans, Superman), Brina Palencia (One Piece, Spice and Wolf), Garry Chalk (Transformers, Stargate), Sgt Slaughter (GI Joe, WWF), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen) and more!!!! Check out www.floridasupercon.com for all the info.
FLORIDA SUPERCON: South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! FSC will be returning for year eight to the MIAMI AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER (MACC).
Planning to attend? Let us know on the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/456431157712145
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.floridasupercon.com/buy-tickets
Cartoonist Bill Griffith appears at the Society of Illustrators to open a retrospective art exhibition on Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Are we having fun yet?” This non sequitur utterance by the clown-suited philosopher/media star Zippy the Pinhead has become so oft-quoted that it is now in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Zippy has in fact become an international icon, even appearing on the (former) Berlin Wall. Zippy’s creator, Bill Griffith, began his comics career in New York City in 1969.
His first strips were published in the East Village Other and SCREW magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad.
He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground comics movement and made his home there until 1998. His first major comic book titles included Tales of Toad and Young Lust, a best-selling series parodying romance comics of the time. He was co-editor of Arcade, The Comics Revue for its seven issue run in the mid-70s and worked with the important underground publishers throughout the seventies and up to the present: Print Mint, Last Gasp, Rip Off Press, Kitchen Sink and Fantagraphics Books. The first Zippy strip appeared in Real Pulp No. 1 (Print Mint) in 1970. The strip went weekly in 1976, first in the Berkeley Barb and then syndicated nationally through Rip Off Press.
In 1980 weekly syndication was taken over by Zipsynd (later Pinhead Productions), owned and operated by the artist. Zippy also appeared in the pages of the National Lampoon and High Times from 1977 to 1984. In 1985 the San Francisco Examiner asked Griffith to do Zippy six days a week, and in 1986 he was approached by King Features Syndicate to take the daily strip to a national audience. Sunday color strips began running in 1990. Today Zippy appears in over 150 newspapers worldwide. There have been over a dozen paperback collections of Griffith’s work and numerous comic book and magazine appearances, both here and abroad.
He became an irregular contributor to The New Yorker in 1994. Griffith’s inspiration for Zippy came from several sources, among them the sideshow “pinheads” in Tod Browning’s 1932 filmFreaks. The name “Zippy” springs from “Zip the What-Is-It?” a “freak” exhibited by P.T. Barnum from 1864 to 1926. Zip’s real name was William Henry Jackson, born in 1842. Coincidentally, Griffith (as he discovered in 1975, five years after creating Zippy) bears the same name. He was born William Henry Jackson Griffith (in 1944), named after his great-grandfather, well-known photographer of the Old West William H. Jackson (1842–1941).
Griffith is currently teaching comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is at work on a graphic memoir. He lives and works in East Haddam, Connecticut with his wife, cartoonist Diane Noomin.
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, and Jesse Hamm sign at Floating World Comics on Wednesday March 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to celebrate the release of HAWKEYE VOL. 1 MY LIFE AS A WEAPON TP. They will also have copies of the Hurricane Sandy benefit issue, Hawkeye #7 for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to American Red Cross, to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hawkeye #7 artists Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm will be available to draw sketches for fans in exchange for American Red Cross donations.
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
Will Morris signs at Gosh! Comics on Friday 15th February from 7:00 – 9:00 pm!
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Gennie Rim, former artistic manager at Pixar and Disney, picks up her ongoing series centered on the art of animation with a new exhibit, “Ladies of Animation,” underlining the personal work of female artists from major studios including Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 6 – 10 p.m at GRspace (114 W. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013). The show runs through March 2nd, 2013.
Featured in the show are: Victoria Ying, Sho Murase, Helen Mingjue Chen, Nicole Mitchell, Clio Chiang, Griselda Sastrawinata, Anna Chambers, Lorelay Bove, Claire Keane, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Brittney Lee, Kendelle Hoyer and Lissa Treiman.
The women’s contributions span many disciplines within the world of animation from the design of feature characters to story and visual development in films such as Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, and Paperman. The reach of their work extends beyond the studios into the arenas of toy design, graphic novels and advertising.
Of these artists, Rim says, “All of these women are world-class talent, and their personal work should be seen and recognized within the community of animation, and also within the world of fine art.”
A portion of proceeds will be used to support GRworks’ free monthly art workshop for kids — Rim’s simultaneous effort to foster interest and support for youth arts in Los Angeles. The next workshop, taught by animation artists, is scheduled for Saturday, February 15th from 1 – 3 p.m. at GRspace. For more information, please email info@GRworks.com.
Founded by animation professional Gennie Rim, GRworks was conceived in 2012 to bridge the gap between the creativity in commercial animation and fine art. Integral to the vision and philosophy of GRworks is the desire to create a space for highly talented production artists to pursue and exhibit personal works to the fine art and contemporary art communities. GRworks-curated shows have showcased many of the animation industry’s top talent. Rim brings more than 15 years of experience in animation and film, working at such industry titans as Disney and Pixar.
Graphic Novelist Kazu Kibuishi appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday January 26th to exhibit NEW original Daisy Kutter art work, meet fans and sign books.
(6pm – 7pm) Artists panel / Q and A.
Kazu will discuss the origins of the book and share his experience and wisdom using Kickstarter as an independent publishing and marketing tool.
Admission: $5 at the door
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
December 28, 2012 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Art Show, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
GEORGE TAKEI has just been announced as a guest at Florida Supercon 2013! www.floridasupercon.com July 4-7, 2013.
George Takei is an american icon, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in Star Trek and in recent years as a social media superstar! George has appeared in more than 40 feature films and has hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. He is a regular guest on The Howard Stern Show, currently co-stars of the Nickelodeon series Supah Ninjas, recently appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and was one of the co-stars of the NBC series Heroes. He has lent his voice to numerous cartoons such as Adventure Time, Futurama, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Chowder, Scooby-Doo, Transformers: Animated Series, Transformers Prime, Archer, Super Hero Squad, Fish Hooks, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, Mulan and Mulan II.
George and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga have recently premiered the new musical”Allegiance” at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, which is getting prepared for a run on Broadway.
Guest curator Jimmy Palmiotti and special guest Amanda Conner open an exhibition of comic art at Stranger Factory on Friday January 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Calling all comic book nerds, Stranger Factory is kicking off 2013 with a bif! whap! pow! and BANG with The Art of Narrative, a comic arts exhibition curated by industry giant Jimmy Palmiotti (Deadpool, Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex, Punisher, Painkiller Jane). Showcasing narrative-based art and illustration from an amazing group of critically-acclaimed comic book and fine artists, The Art of Narrative celebrates a cross-section of artists and illustrators in the industry who are not only masters of storytelling, but elevate comic art beyond its commercial graphics roots and into a higher form of artistry.
The exhibition will present original works by Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Geoff Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Dave Taylor (Judge Dredd), Bill Ward (Torchy), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Guardians of the Galaxy), John Buscema (Conan The Barbarian), Klaus Janson (Batman), Sanjulian (Devlin’s Luck), Raffa Garres (Wolverine), J.G. Jones (Wanted), Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong) and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), among others.
The Art of Narrative opens Friday, Jan. 4th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. Jimmy Palmiotti and his partner in crime, Amanda Conner, will be in attendance.And it doesn’t stop there: in conjunction with this exhibit, Stranger Factory will host a special 2-hour writing workshop with Jimmy Palmiotti on Sunday, Jan. 6th. The workshop will discuss creating your own characters and intellectual property and how to sell it beyond the printed page. With Palmiotti’s wide range of experience in writing and creating for comics, video games, television and films, attendees will have a chance to gain first-hand industry knowledge to help with their own careers. Palmiotti has worked with a number of the top publishers and intellectual property holders in the world, and during this workshop will offer artists valuable information and coaching on creating, protecting, and monetizing their work.
Tickets are $50 per person, and space is very limited. To reserve your tickets, please contact the gallery at email@example.com or (505) 508-3049 as soon as possible!
109 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
Ltd. Art Gallery hosts their second annual STAR WARS art show, once again paying homage to the much beloved universe and characters that George Lucas built.
Over 40 artists will be displaying their own unique interpretation of these classic films, drawing upon the characters and themes that have inspired them since childhood.
Featuring Lucasfilm Fine Art from Acme Archives; and collectible statues, toys, and replicas from Gentle Giant Studios, eFX Collectibles, and Sideshow Collectibles.
We will also be debuting a brand new print from acclaimed STAR WARS artist, Steve Thomas.
Additional Art From: Barry Blankenship, Craig Drake, Michael Fleming, Kim Gordon, Blunt Graffix, Eric Kirchmer, Aaron Jasinksi, MIKEATRON!, Augie Pagan, Devi Pellerin, Brian Rood, Wade Schin, Clarke Snyder, Cat Staggs, Suckadelic, Jayson Weidel, Andrew Wilson, and Wednesday Wolf.
Opening Night SPECIAL EVENTS:
- Costumed Characters courtesy of the 501st Legion
- A themed set from DJ Hojo.
- and our own special “Mos Eisley Cantina” with complimentary drinks
WE WILL ALSO BE GIVING AWAY A NINTENDO 3DS to one lucky attendee, donated by Nintendo America.
Ltd. Art Gallery
307 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122