CA – Imaginary Friends Art Exhibition

Gallery Nucleus hosts an art show on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

Wrought from the depths of our creativity, imaginary friends have been steadfast companions through amazing journeys and have helped to overcome unbelievable hardships. Despite being figments of our imaginations, these fantastical comrades cultivate immense growth and represent very real bonds.

Inspired by these unreal friendships, award-winning children’s book illustrator Dan Santat‘s The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend weaves a tale about companionship, courage, and finding one’s place in the world.  Beginning on an island far away where imaginary friends are born, one patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when Beekle is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match.

In conjunction with the release of Dan Santat’s book, Nucleus celebrates these not-so-real friendships with a roster of some of our favorite artists, including noteable children’s book illustrators, who would like to introduce all of us to their very own imaginary friends. Join us opening night as we pay tribute to friends both real and imagined.

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Adam Rex
Ako Castuera
Alina Chau

Anna Chambers
Anne Benjamin

Calef Brown
Camille Andre
Corinne Reid

Cuddly Rigor Mortis
Dan Santat

Daniel Brassette
Daniella Volpari
Dave Roman

Genevieve Godbout
Israel Sanchez

Jaime Zollars
Jake Parker

Joy Ang
Lorena Alvarez

Matthew Cordell
Maxime Mary

Nate Wragg
Nicole Gustafsson
Pascal Campion

Seb Mesnard
Tuna Bora
Yohan Sacre

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – Sparky! Signing

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Chris Appelhans appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 29, 2014 from 7:00PM till 10:00PM

Press Release:

Written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans, this is the first widely distributed children’s book that the artist has illustrated. The book stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn’t good at tricks or hide-and-seek…or much of anything. Still, there’s something about SPARKY! that is irresistible.

Original development paintings by Chris will be on display. Meet the artist opening night as he greets fans and signs copies of the new release.

WIN ORIGINAL ARTWORK! (shown below)

With each purchase of the new booknew print, or original Sparky! artwork, be entered to win this original Sparky! painting by Chris Appelhans. Winner will be announced on our Facebook on April 13, 2014.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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JFK Library Displays Superman Original Art

Press Release:

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum unveiled a special new display of rare Superman artwork created by legendary comic book artist Al Plastino featuring President John F. Kennedy. The story, told in ten hand-drawn story boards, was written in collaboration with the Kennedy White House in an effort to promote the President’s initiative encouraging physical fitness. The never-before-displayed original artwork will be shown in the Library’s museum through June 2014 with potential to be extended.

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In 1963, the Kennedy White House launched a highly innovative marketing effort in collaboration with DC Comics (then called National Periodical Publications), the publisher of Superman, to create a story that would promote the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. A hallmark of the Kennedy Administration, the Council established physical fitness curriculum for the country and initiated a national publicity campaign on the topic. In “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy” JFK calls upon Superman to help inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger.

“The alliance between the Kennedy White House and the Superman comic strip designed to promote President Kennedy’s physical fitness initiative demonstrates how innovative the administration was in communicating and advancing key initiatives,” said Tom Putnam, Director of the Presidential Library. “Thanks to the Superman artist, Al Plastino, and the generous donation of DC Comics, we are pleased that this artwork will be available for the public to view for the very first time.”

The Superman piece was in production when President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, and the project was set aside. Eight months later, with the encouragement of President Lyndon Johnson, the story was published as a special tribute to President Kennedy. The final page of the published version states that the story’s original artwork would be donated to the Kennedy Library, which was then in the planning stages.

Al Plastino, who drew Superman for 20 years, took special pride in his drawings for this story. In late 2013, nearly a half a century later, when the artist learned that his original artwork was slated for auction, his family contacted the Kennedy Library to see if it had any record of the material ever being part of its holdings. A thorough search showed no evidence that the artwork had ever been offered to the Library or was ever a part of its collections.

In December 2013, just a month after Mr. Plastino passed away, DC Comics acquired the original drawings and offered them to the Kennedy Library, where they have become part of the permanent collection.

Upon securing the artwork, DC Comics issued a statement saying, “As a tribute to honor him and preserve his artistic legacy, DC Entertainment is pleased to confirm that we have acquired the art and will be donating it to the JFK Library, fulfilling Plastino’s longtime hope for the story, which he often pointed to as one of his most important artistic contributions.”

For more information, please contact the JFK Library at their website: www.jfklibrary.org

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
(617) 514-1600
Toll free (866) JFK-1960

OR – Twin Peaks Art Show

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Pia Guerra, Dan Goldman, Jim Agpalza, Andreis Costa, and Matt Haley appear at Floating World Comics on Thursday April 3th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm!

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Press Release:

Join us Thursday, April 3 for an evening of art, pie and the best damn coffee around! We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the cult-classic TV series “Twin Peaks” with a group art show created and curated by ardent fans and professional illustrators!

“Twin Peaks” became one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and was a critical success both nationally and internationally. It captured a devoted cult fan base and became a part of popular culture that has been referenced in television shows, commercials, comic books, video games, films and song lyrics. Declining viewer ratings led to ABC’s insistence that the identity of Laura’s murderer be revealed midway through the second season. The series was followed by a 1992 feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which serves as a prequel to the television series.

Artists featured in this show include “Y: The Last Man” artist Pia Guerra, noted collage artist Andreis Costa, “Red Light Properties” creator Dan Goldman, rock poster artist Justin Hampton, Eraserhead Press cover artist Jim Agpalza, DC Comics artist Matt Haley. Their original art will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Pixie Project, a local non-profit animal adoption center and rescue.

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

Mondo Disney Show Recap!

On March 7th, the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX featured a fantastic exhibition of classic and modern Disney films captured brilliantly by some of today’s top pop culture print artists! With fans waiting in line as early as Tuesday afternoon, over 300 fanatic fans showed up to take part in this amazing show. While the show may be closing, the remaining prints will go on sale tomorrow at the Mondo Tees website! And now, here are some pictures showing off the gorgeous artwork!

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Nothing’s Impossible, the title of Mondo’s Disney show!

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The line of chairs that stayed outside for days prior to the show.

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Aaron Horkey’s Ratatouille regular and variant prints!

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Olly Moss’ Jungle Book!

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Brandon Holt’s Jungle Book stole the show!

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Martin Ansin’s Beauty and the Beast regular and variant editions!

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Kevin Tong’s Up and Wall-E prints!

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Jason Edmiston’s beautiful trio of villain paintings gracing the walls of the Mondo gallery.

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Phantom City Collective’s The Skeleton Dance print!

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Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Cauldron print!

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JC Richard’s Peter Pan, Tiny Kitten Teeth’s 101 Dalmatians, Rich Kelly’s The Sword in the Stone, and Dave Perillo’s Winnie the Pooh!

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Finding Nemo, one of Tom Whalen’s 4 prints for the Disney show!

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Ken Taylor’s Alice in Wonderland in sandwiched between 2 more Tom Whalen prints. Don’t miss these on tomorrow’s online drop!

CA – The Art of Mr. Peabody & Sherman Signing

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Press Release:

Join Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 22nd for a very special presentation of the making of the film by the talents behind it as they share rarely seen images and reveal interesting details about the creative process.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a highly anticipated upcoming 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film based on the characters from the Peabody’s Improbable History segments of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The film features Mr. Peabody, a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world, and his adopted boy Sherman. When Sherman’s misuse of their time traveling WABAC machine results in disastrous and comical events, it is up to them to put things on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.

Meet the artists one-on-one as they share rare behind the scenes stories and artwork as well as sign copies of the new Art of Mr. Peabody & Sherman book!

Featured Artists:

Jason Schleifer: Head of Character Animation
Tim Heitz: Story Artist
Carlos Zaragoza: Visual Development Artist
Michael Amos: Animator
Shane Prigmore: Visual Development Artist
Featured Print:

Only available at Nucleus for a limited time and released exclusively for event: “Adventure Awaits!” by Shane Prigmore. Shane will also be a guest panelist and will be available to sign books and prints. Signed copies are limited so be sure to pre-order yours today.

Event Schedule:

3:00pm – 4:00pm (Panel Presentation)
4:30pm – 5:00pm (Q&A)
5:00pm – 6:00pm (Signing)

$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman book (seats are limited, standing room available).

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – The Art of Final Fantasy X Release Party

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Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus and Square Enix are proud to invite you to the North American release of FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster, a dual console high-definition launch of the FFX series in one wistful collection commemorating its 10 year anniversary. Welcoming two of the games’ creators on opening night, this launch event also boasts over 50 works of development artwork. Select artworks will be available through an online art auction benefiting those immediately affected by Typhoon Haiyan. In addition to the new releases, fans can also shop the Final Fantasy X Pop-Up Shop featuring PLAY ARTS KAI Tidus and Yuna action figures and much more!

Be the first to own the game days before anyone else! Come early to be sure to get your game signed! Chairs are permitted, but tents are prohibited.

OPENING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS:
-Free admission includes raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes
-First 300 attendees receive an exclusive FFX art print
-Meet Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora as they sign the first 200 games sold (signing at 3pm & 5pm)*

OPENING NIGHT ACTIVITES:
-Themed photo booth
-Enter for a chance to win a framed art print by voting on the most memorable scenes
-Write a personal message to the FFX development team
-Demo the new releases

EXHIBITION / AUCTION FEATURES
-Artwork will be on display until March 26.
-All sales of auctioned artwork will benefit the Hurricane Haiyan disaster relief effort.
-Select pieces from the exhibit will be available for auction online.

more details to be announced…

GAME FEATURES:
-Remastered HD versions of FINAL FANTASY X and FINAL FANTASY X-2
-Includes the International versions of both games, featuring 20 hours of bonus gameplay never released in North America
-Bonus Audio Drama that continues the story
-Cross save functionality between PlayStation®3 and PS Vita versions

For the latest news and updates, visit the official Facebook page…
#listentomystory

© 2001-2004, 2013 ,2014 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.
CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA
FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX and the Square Enix logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix Group.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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

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