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  • IDW Announces New HQ & Comic Art Gallery

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    Press Release:

    IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the relocation of their headquarters due to business expansion, in June 2015, as well as the opening of a groundbreaking new comic art gallery. The new offices and gallery will be located in former Navy barracks within the historic NTC in Liberty Station, which is nestled in the Point Loma community of San Diego.

    The San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a unique, new and dynamic space located within the IDW offices, designed to educate and engage the local San Diego community and the region of Southern California with the sequential comic book and graphic arts. The SDCAG will create a permanent home in San Diego as a showcase for this celebrated art form; already so pervasive in pop culture, thanks to the meteoric success of comic-based films, television and entertainment, and already so associated with the San Diego area, thanks to Comic-Con International. With a retail space, a gallery of original art from comics and animation, and actual working artists on the premises, the SDCAG is an entirely new kind of venture. Harry L. Katz, former Head Curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, has been named the curator of SDCAG.

    Through events, author and artist appearances, art installations and celebrations, the SDCAG will become a destination to worldwide fans of the medium, and cement San Diego’s status as a Capital of the comic arts, while becoming an integral part of the immediate community. The first installation will be an extensive showcase of the work of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and local San Diego resident.

    “We’ve been looking to make a move for a while. We’ve been expanding rapidly, and simply have run out of room. At the same time, we’ve been looking for a space that more accurately reflects who we are as a company. When we started talking with the NTC, it became evident immediately that this would be a perfect fit. And with the gallery, we’re going to be able to show the community, and the world, just who IDW is. This move is the perfect next step in the evolution of our company.” – Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher of IDW

    “The NTC Foundation welcomes IDW Publishing and their creative team to the NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station. Their new San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a great addition to the numerous art galleries and museums already at NTC and we look forward to the creative collaborations ahead. We anticipate it will be a San Diego landmark destination for comic and animation art lovers from all over the world.” – Alan Ziter, NTC Foundation Executive Director

    Moving into a historic building has its unique challenges and is being made possible with the assistance of San Diego local area businesses such as Good & Roberts LLC and obrARCHITECTURE inc. Taking 18,344 square feet, IDW will now be the largest tenant in the already vibrant arts district.

    After 15 years as a prominent part of the local business community, IDW Publishing is sure to be a more public presence with the move to NTC. The Grand Opening is scheduled for June 1, 2015.

    CT – Dinotopia Exhibition

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    James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia, appears at the Stamford Museum on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 3:30-4:30 PM to offer a mini-lecture about the making of Dinotopia, followed by a book signing. Copies of Gurney’s Dinotopia editions and art instruction books Imaginative Realism and Color and Light will be available at the gift shop.

    Press Release:

    A fascinating exhibition of original oil paintings from The New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) by James Gurney. The fantastical art in the Dinotopia series was inspired by Gurney’s childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. He went on to work with scientists and historians at National Geographic magazine to create images of ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

    For fossil fans and dinosaur devotees, a variety of specimens from the Paleontology Collection of the Stamford Museum will be exhibited. The exhibition has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.

    RELATED PROGRAMMING

    Fantasy Drawing Workshop with James Gurney Imaginative Realism:
    How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist
    Sunday, March 1, 1 – 3 pm, Leonhardt Gallery

    James Gurney will discuss the practical methods used to translate an imaginative scene into a realistic image for aspiring and intermediate artists and conduct a demonstration drawing and mini-workshop allowing students to try their hand at fantasy drawing with watercolor pencils. He will cover research, thumbnail sketches, models posing, maquettes, photo reference, and plein-air studies. A chronicle of the creative development that led to the fantasy universe of Dinotopia will be presented. Materials will be provided. A selection of Dinotopia books will be available for sale and for signing. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

    Members: $40 per person | Non-Members: $55 per person.
    Limited to 20 participants and recommended for ages 12 and up.

    Stamford Museum & Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903
    203.322.1646

    CA – Legend of Korra/Avatar: The Last Airbender Art Exhibit

    korra_avatar_webPress Release:

    Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon Studios are proud to present an official art exhibition paying tribute to The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    On display will be behind-the-scenes production art and tribute art by select illustrators as well as artists from the TV show. We will also be accepting open submissions from the fans!

    Learn more about how to submit your artwork to this exhibition and the OPEN CALL for entries HERE (submission closed on FEB. 20)

    OPENING NIGHT
    Cosplay is highly encouraged! Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome, No RSVP needed.

    ADMISSION
    $5 or FREE when you come in costume

    OPENING RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS
    Meet the creators of the TV show: Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino as well as other key creatives from the show on opening night on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

    First 40 people in the door will receive a FREE game download code postcard for the Legend of Korra game!

    First 100 people in line to purchase any new exclusive releases will receive a ticket to get their items signed by Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (limit 1 item per person, wristbands will be given to the first 100 in line) No holding place in line for friends or family. Wristbands will be handed out at random times throughout the day as line forms.

    original_AangComplimentary refreshments available

    Hourly raffle giveaways at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm (Winners need not be present to win. Winning #s will also be announced on our Facebook and twitter)

    Original tribute artwork by artists from the TV show and comics will be on display and for sale

    The Art of The Legend of Korra book, Seasons 1, 2, and 3 as well as the comic books will be available in our shop. (See below for event exclusives)

    RECEPTION SCHEDULE / ARTISTS SIGNING
    (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm) press / vip hour
    (6:00 pm) doors open
    (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Signing for first 100 people w/ creators Bryan Konietzco and Michael DiMartino
    (8:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
    (9:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
    (10:00 pm) final raffle prizes / reception concludes (you do not need to be present to win)

    Other exhibiting and tv show artists will be present (look for people with name tags)

    EXHIBITING ARTISTS
    Alan Wan
    Angela Song Mueller
    Anthony Wu
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    original_NAGA_500Bobby Rubio
    Bryan Konietzko
    claire hummel
    Dan Matutina
    Dave Filoni
    David Au
    Dean Kelly
    Elsa Garagarza
    Emily Tetri
    Ethan Spaulding
    felt mistress
    Frederic Stewart
    helen chen
    Jed Henry
    Joaquim Dos Santos
    joey chou
    Johane Matte
    Justin Oaksford
    Justin Ridge
    Kenji Ono
    Lauren MacMullan
    Leonard Peng
    Mayumi Nose
    Melissa King
    Natasha Wicke
    Owen Sullivan
    perry maple dixon
    Ricardo Delgado
    original_Korra Art 3_500Sachin Teng
    Simona Candini
    Will Ruzicka
    William Nanqing Niu
    Young-Ki Yoon

    …more to be announced!

    EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION RELEASES

    Aang Statue $149.95 limited edition of 750 (Released for the first time on opening night, if arrives as scheduled)

    Naga Plush $34.95 (Released for the first time on opening night)

    The Art of Legend of Korra Book 3 $39.95

    More to be announced…

    RSVP on Facebook!

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

    MA – Comically Speaking Gallery Opening

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    Essex Art Center hosts a gallery opening on Friday January 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm for “Comically Speaking,” a humorous way to see and express the daily life and happenings in our society. Featuring the work of Don Mathias from Andover, MA; David Sullivan from Dracut, MA, Sage Stossel from Cambridge, MA, Mark Parisi from Melrose, MA and John Klossner from Maine. These five cartoonists have been published in the Boston Globe, The Valley Patriot, and the Andover Townsman to name a few.

    Essex Art Center
    56 Island Street, Lawrence MA 01840
    978-685-2343

    CA – Line Weight III Exhibition

    Press Release:

    Pulling this time from among the most prolific individuals in the illustration, animation, and visual development industries, Gallery Nucleus is proud to present the third installment in a series of exhibitions strictly devoted to art of drawing with Line Weight III. This event will feature a roster of artists who excel in crafting engaging and expressive images with the most simple of visual elements. Join us January 24th 2015 at 7:00 PM, as we appreciate striking elegance of the drawn line.

    elsachang1Exhibiting Artists
    Claire Hummel
    Cory Loftis
    Elsa Chang
    Helen Chen
    Joy Ang
    Marguerite Sauvage
    Natalie Hall
    Robert Valley

    …and more to be announced!

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

    OR – Labyrinthectomy/Luncheonette Release Party

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    Chris Cilla appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00PM for a book release party and art exhibit! Artwork will be on display until January 31st.

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

    CT – Star Wars Tribute Art Show

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    Artists Rodney Raines and Obie Hughes appear at Hope Gallery Tattoo on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm for the opening reception of their Star Wars tribute art show.

    Hope Gallery Tattoo
    835 Woodward Ave. New Haven, CT 06512
    203-467-1622

    UK – Gnash Comics Signing

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    Meet artists Jock and Dom Reardon Saturday 13 December 2014 from 3:00-5:00 PM at Gnash Comics, hear them talk about their work from 3:30pm, followed by a Q&A session. There will also be an exhibition of their original comic art!

    Mark your calendars, comic collectors and art aficionados; two of the most celebrated British illustrators in the business will be making a personal appearance at GNASH Comics and Graphic Novels on Saturday December 13th.

    Dom Reardon is a household name for British industry devotees thanks to a lengthy and renowned run with 2000AD, the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. Few things inspire more fear than the rule of Tharg, but Reardon has been responsible for countless sleepless nights for comic book consumers; in addition to a number of renowned Terror Tales, Reardon pencilled and inked the spine-chilling Caballistics, Inc. for over half a decade. Most recently Reardon has worked alongside fellow Brit Rob Williams in The Ten-Seconders and The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael, in addition to providing illustrations for the feature-length graphic adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s Raven’s Gate.

    Jock, meanwhile, has worked within the mythical metropolises of Mega City One, Gotham and Hollywood since making his breakthrough at the turn of the millennium. In addition to eminent work on classic 2000 AD strips, Jock’s distinctive drawings have graced countless covers and interiors for industry titans DC, Vertigo and Marvel – Hellblazer, The Losers, Batman, Swamp Thing, Wolverine and Daredevil are just a handful of the marquee characters pencilled by the illustrious illustrator. Currently scaring up a storm alongside celebrated Bat-scribe Scott Snyder with the spellbinding Wytches for Image Comics, an audience with Jock is not to be missed.

    In addition to hosting an open Q&A for the fortunate attendees of the appearance alongside Reardon, Jock will also be signing copies of Dredd: The Illustrated Script and Visuals. A gorgeous tome that peeks behind the scenes of 2012’s fantastic cinematic chronicle of everyone’s favourite funnybook fascist, for which the Scottish sketcher provided the concept art, the book also provides a unique comic strip adaptation of Alex Garland’s screenplay.

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    Gnash Comics
    9A West Street, TQ13 7DT Ashburton, Devon UK

    DC – Adam WarRock Performs

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    Nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock appears at Fantom Comics on Friday, December 12th at 9:00 PM! $10 cover at door.

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    Fantom Comics
    2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
    202-241-6498

    UK – Sean Phillips Art Show

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    Artist Sean Phillips appears at Orbital Comics for a very special signing on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. It will then lead into a private view of his new exhibition in the Orbital Gallery from 7pm, featuring a selection of pages from FATALE, CRIMINAL, HELLBLAZER, SLEEPER, VOID, and more.

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

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