Big Wow! ComicFest Previews Art Auction

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The annual Big Wow! ComicFest Art Auction will be held on Saturday April 18th, 2015. The blind auction will run throughout the day in the art gallery in the back of the hall, and will wrap up at 5:30 PM Interested parties must sign up for a bidder/paddle number and then can begin placing blind bids on the art they are interested in.

Art that does not receive three bids will sell for the highest offer at 5:30 PM, and ones that do get at least three bids will be placed in the live auction that begins at 6:30 PM in Panel Room B. There will be a cash bar in the room, and hopefully a number artists that submitted their works to the auction in attendance. Pictured is Stan Sakai’s submission, additional pieces contributed by Neal Adams, Joe Linsner, Brandon Peterson, and many more can be seen at the link…

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Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Jake Lloyd, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more.

For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check the website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

SF – Jiraiya Signs

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Jiraiya appears to sign books at San Francisco’s fantastic Cartoon Art Museum at 2:00pm on March 21st! Come meet one of the world’s greatest gay cartoonists in person.

Making his first ever public appearance, the artist known as JIRAIYA is coming to America in a series of signings and speaking events in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. The legendary Japanese artist will be signing limited edition giclee prints, Japanese-language editions of his collected comics and illustration work, as well as English translations and apparel for MASSIVE, at a variety of bookstores, galleries and academic institutions.

Most recently featured on the cover of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed gay manga anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, Jiraiya’s artwork has entertained audiences around the world since 1998, when his musclebound pinups debuted in G-men magazine. Guy Trebay at The New York Times has described Jiraiya’s figures as “jolly, hairy Asian men of refrigerator scale.”

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

Beverly Comic Con II: Bigger, Badder, Nerdier

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Artists including Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics), Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, Midas Flesh) and more appear at the second Beverly Comic Con will be on Saturday, March 21st for hosted at Porter Mills Studio!

Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

DJ Noel Snow will be in the house teaming up with our featured live artist Brett Mason.

Guests of honor include Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) and Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics).

FULL LIST of artists & vendors include: Amanda Beard, Andy Driscoll, Ben Donahue, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Chris Letarte, Christian Miller, Daniel Kern, David LeBlanc, Eric Boeker, EyeFormation, Omega Level, Jacob Carignan, Jason Casey, Dennis Burke, Joe DellaGatta, Jon Paddol, Joe Haley, Josh Morrissette, Adam Miller, Montserrat Illustration, Robert Van Wagner, Keith Gleason, Matt Mcguirk, Michael Doherty, Patt Kelley, Randy House, Tom Torrey, Harrison’s Comics, Andrew Houle, Jesse Danger, PressBound, Michael Crockett, & John Cardinal.

Alongside our new friends at Wicked Art Bar, our old friends at Montserrat College of Art and the gang at Tryptic Press, we hope to put on a killer event of comics, art, and pop culture!

Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly.
Free admission
Doors open at 10am

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Studios at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

 

UK – Irish Invasion Art Show

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Artists Nick Roche, Stephen Mooney, and PJ Holden appear at Orbital Comics along with special guest Will Sliney on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM for a signing and art exhibition opening!

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

Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

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Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.

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Co-creator Mike DiMartino with the sold out Korrasami print

Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”

When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.

During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”

When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.

The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.

Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

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Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers

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The very first drawing of Aang and early versions of Naga and Momo by co-creator Bryan Konietzko

 

"Past Lives": Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar's previous incarnations.

“Past Lives”: Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar’s previous incarnations.

Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

CA – The Art of HOME Signing

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Adam Rex, Le Tang, Todd Wilderman, Jason Scheier, and more appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 28th!

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Press Release:

Based on the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, comes the fun and exciting animated adventure, HOME by Dreamworks Animation.

Come see rare behind the scenes artwork by artists from the production design, storyboard, and visual development teams.

Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the book The Art of Home.

$5 Admission at the Entrance or FREE w/ purchase of the Art of HOME book
Only 200 attendees will be admitted
Only 80 seats available (20 reserved seats and 60 first-come, first-serve general admission seats)
Standing room and floor seating also available
Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee

Front Row Reserved Seats available online $20. (click here)
Comes in 2 options: Seat Only or Seat w/ a Book
Waives admission fee.
Guaranteed seat in the first 2 rows, only 20 seats available.
No need to wait in line or get to the event early just to get a good seat.
Comes with a free bottle of water.
Guaranteed first in line during the artist signing time.
Get 10% off your book purchase.

General Admission and Signing Instructions

1. Please purchase your admission tickets / books at the register before waiting in line out side to get a general admission seat.

2. Upon purchase of an admission ticket / book you will be given a raffle number. This number signifies your position in the line to receive artist signatures after the panel.

3. Once you have purchased your admission ticket / book and have your raffle number, you can wait in line to be seated. First come first serve. (Those who purchased a front row reserved seat will not have to wait in line)

4. Attendees will be allowed to enter roughly 15 – 20 minutes before the panel begins. Simply show your admission / book receipt at the gallery entrance and you will be admitted.

5. After Q and A, when artists are available to sign books your number will be displayed on the wall in numerical order. (Those who purchased a front row reserved seat will be first in line)

 

Featured Panelists:
Adam Rex – Creator
Jason Scheier – VisDev Artist
Le Tang – Storyboard Artist
Todd Wilderman – Head of Story
more panelists to be listed soon…

 

Event Schdule:
2:00 – 3:00 pm Home Panel / Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A
4:00 – 5:00 pm Signing
5:30 – 8:00 pm Adam Rex exhibition Reception / Signing

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

CA – Lazarus Signing & Art Show

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Writer Greg Rucka and artist Michael Lark appear at Fantastic Comics for a Q&A and signing on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 3:30 – 6:00 PM! RSVP on Facebook!

After the signing, fans are invited to head on over to TR!CKSTER for an art show of Michael’s work and a reception with both creators from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. RSVP on Facebook!

Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
510-848-2988

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

SF – Songs & Secrets Exhibition

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Tomm Moore, director of the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells, appears at the Cartoon Art Museum on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the opening of an exhibition featuring original pre-production artwork (approximately 80 pieces in total) from the films! The exhibit runs until June 21st.

The artbook “Designing the Secret of Kells” will be available for sale and personalization from Tomm Moore for attendees!

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Retrospective Panel

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Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino appear on a panel at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM for the closing of the Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra retrospective exhibit.

Press Release:

Back for the closing reception, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino will be in the gallery for a short moderated Q and A panel and talking a bit about their creative process. Bryan and Mike will be available for signing after the panel for guests only.

2 – 3 new tribute pieces will be on display in the main gallery. In our atrium gallery, will be original Avatar the Last Airbender development artwork by Bryan Konietzko, not previously exhibited.

Aang statues and new exclusive prints of select works in the exhibition will be released for the first time to attendees of the panel.

Signing / Ticket Details
*1 item person. No outside items.
*Tickets will go on sale on this page starting March 18th. $10 a seat, limit 2 seats per person. Orders of more than 2 will be voided and refunded.
*Print or show us from your smart phone, your order confirmation to the event.
*Limited to 100 seats and standing room for 50 people, 150 attendees total. Seats are first come first serve

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

IDW Announces New HQ & Comic Art Gallery

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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.

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