Pinned! Miami is coming in May

Pinned! Miami

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

CA – Wicked Crispy Signing

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Jeff Victor appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday January 25th from 2-4pm for an art exhibition and book signing.

Press Release:

Join us for the release of Jeff Victor’s NEW book, Wicked Crispy. He will be here signing and doodling copies of his new book, as well as exhibiting a few pieces of original work! Prints will also be available.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The new book features over 80 pages of hilarious and articulate character evolutions, inventive re-imaginings and comical caricatures, and informative behind-the-scenes details, brought to you by the illustrious Jeff Victor. This beautifully bound hardcover would make an excellent addition to the collection of anyone interested in pop culture, films, societal observation and creative satire.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jeff Victor studied art and design at the University of Kansas and has worked as an illustrator ever since. Some of his clients include Warner Bros. Animation, HBO, Playstation 2 and Universal Studios: Hollywood. Currently, he is working full time as a designer for Nickelodeon Games and as a freelance illustrator. His work has been displayed in galleries all over the world.

FREE Admission

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

OR – Play Dead Art Exhibit

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Julia Gfrörer signs at Floating World Comics on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 6:00pm until 10:00pm!

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 9720

NM – Full Disclosure/Perfect Machine

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Press Release:

Stranger Factory is thrilled to present two new exhibits for February from artists Phil Noto and Jim Mahfood.

Phil Noto’s “Full Disclosure” finds Noto’s signature style in top form, as the artist deftly brings beautiful new characters to life. Few artists are able to capture the subtleties of Full Disclosureuman expressions like Noto, and it’s impossible to look at his works without being drawn in immediately. Beautiful understatement is the name of the game with Noto’s work, from a slightly raised eyebrow to the tiniest of smirks. We are huge fans of Noto’s paintings, and thrilled to be able to present another solo show by this modern master.

In the Project Room we have the frenetic illustration style of Jim Mahfood. His new exhibit, “Perfect Machine”, brings to Stranger Factory an exploration of sense and sensuality couched in his trademark chaotic style…heaps of black ink seem to explode within and around his subjects as they struggle for a handhold in an unsure world. Mahfood’s illustration style is dense and rich, and carries an intense load of sex, comedy, and violence.

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Please contact our Press Manager with any additional requests for artist information or show images.

Both exhibits run February 7th – March 2nd, with an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

CA – Adventure Show

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Artists Nicole Gustafsson and Meghan Stratman open a new exhibition at the Hero Complex Gallery on Friday, February 7th, from 7-10pm!

Please join us on this special two-artist show with acclaimed artists, Nicole Gustafsson and Meghan Stratman, as they journey through Adventure-themed lands. Both artists will be in attendance, with 10-15 new original works each, as well as limited-edition prints.

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Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034
323-334-0035

SF – Sandman: The Worlds’ End

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes artists Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha for its ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This special presentation will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

In 1993, Neil Gaiman embarked upon one of the most ambitious Sandman storylines with Worlds’ End. Reminiscent of Chaucer’s legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS’ END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a “reality storm.” Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two stranded travelers are entertained by mesmerizing myths of infamous sea creatures, dreaming cities, ancient kings, astonishing funeral rituals and moralistic hangmen.

To fully realize the different realities depicted in this storyline, Gaiman selected several of his favorite artists and tailored stories specifically to their talents. Artists Bryan Talbot and Mark Buckingham illustrated the framing sequence, and pencilers and inkers from A to Z (Allred to Zulli) rendered the six different reality-spanning tales authored by Gaiman. Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha both contributed to the final issue of Worlds’ End, with Amaro’s story foreshadowing the series’ conclusion.

Amaro and Leialoha will discuss their collaborations with Neil Gaiman on this classic Sandman story, as well as their other work for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The two artists will collaborate on a limited print for VIP ticket buyers, available as an attendees-only exclusive.

Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale, and can be purchased here…

General Admission: $10.00 (Cartoon Art Museum members will receive two-for-one admission and an exclusive print). VIP Admission is $25 and includes an exclusive print created for the event by Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha.

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

OR – Snakebomb Comix Release Party

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Press Release:

Join Floating World Comics on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm for an evening with the publisher and artists of Snakebomb Comix. We’re celebrating with a group art show and triple book release of the Snakebomb Comix 3 anthology, Tom Toye’s Illogical Comics Dailies and A. Degen’s AREACC reprint! Jack Hayden, Pat Keck, Ryan Dirks, Karissa Sakumoto and more will be in attendance.

Snakebomb Comix is a Portland-based comics publisher and risograph print studio founded by cartoonist Jack Hayden. His flagship anthology series “Snakebomb Comix” has seen three issues and over twenty artists since its 2011 debut. The all-new SB3 showcases eight cartoonists drawing comics that range from barbarians battling robots to young punk romance, suburban demon resurrection, mutagenic bar fights and more. Tom Toye’s Illogical Comics Dailies is a collection of hilarious, gory, monster-crazy one pagers stealthily drawn at the artist’s day job. AD’s AREACC has been hailed as a “modern comics masterpiece” and follows the adventures of heroine CoCo as she travels through the dystopian megalopolis Nova Zomia in search of paradise.

Artists featured in this show include SB3 contributors Patrick Keck, Pete Toms, Marc Palm, Leah Wishnia, AD, Jack Hayden, Ryan Dirks, Eric Benton, Tom Toye as well as frequent Snakebomb collaborator Karissa Sakumoto.

Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 9720

CA – Art of Frozen Signing

_frozen_web2Brittney Lee, Lisa Keene, and Paul Briggs appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 7, 2013 at 7:00pm!

Press Release: 

Join us for a very special presentation of the making of the film from the talents behind it as they share rarely seen images and reveal the interesting details about the creative process.

In Walt Disney Animation Studios upcoming film, Frozen, the fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. “The Art of Frozen” features concept art from the making of the film—including character studies and sculpts, color scripts, storyboards, and more—alongside interviews with the film’s artists about the making of this comedy-adventure.

$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the art of Frozen book (seats are limited, standing room available)

Featured Artists:

Brittney Lee (Visual Development)
Lisa Keene (Visual Development)
Paul Briggs (Story Artist)

more to be announced…

Event Schedule:

4:00pm – 5:00pm (Panel Presentation)
5:30pm – 6:00pm (Q&A)
6:00pm – 7:00pm (Signing)

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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