CA – LAIKA 10th Anniversary Art Show


Press Release:

One of the greatest animation studios celebrates its 10 year anniversary! This October, Gallery Nucleus is honored to present brand new and unique tribute artwork inspired by Coraline, Paranorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo & the Two Strings. With production puppets and art also on display, this will be a must see event for all fans of the craft of animation and LAIKA studios.

Panel / Signing (3:00 – 5:00pm)
Exhibition (6:00 – 10:00pm)

FREE ADMISSION, Open to the public, No RSVP, All ages welcome

  • First 100 attendees get a FREE door prize
  • Purchase any LAIKA related items from our shop and be entered in our hourly raffle giveaways
  • Travis Knight (LAIKA CEO and Director/Producer of Kubo and the Two Strings) plus other LAIKA creatives will be in attendance for signings
  • Signatures will be limited to the first 200 guests who purchase any LAIKA related items
  • Live Shamisen music by Tsugaru Terry inspired by “Kubo and the Two Strings”


Alan Cook
Andrew Kolb
April Liu
Brendan Merien
David Au
Drake Brodahl
Israel Sanchez
Jackie Huang
Joey Chou
Julia Sarda
Mael Gourmelen
Maxime Mary
Pete Oswald
Seb Mesnard
Stan Manoukian
Uli Meyer
Zaruhi Galstian

…and more to be announced!

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

NM – Sixteen Legs Screening

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The Jean Cocteau Cinema will host the premiere of Sixteen Legs, a film by Bookend Trust that features Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and Neverwhere, on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM. Neil and the film creators from Bookend Trust will be at the Cocteau to answer questions! There will also be a fantastic exhibition of spider replicas, sculptures of egg sacs, and much more. Tickets are $15.00 and will be available soon!

Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates try to find love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often reviled, that has survived previous mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath one of the world’s last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this is a real-world “Charlotte’s Web,” capitalizing on master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to take a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.


This is a never-before-told story of a weird underground world dominated by the love-lives of giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates.

These are still-living prehistoric animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents, and have endured the entirety of human civilization within some of Australia’s largest and deepest caves. These animals were the first web-spinners on the planet and are at the apex of this extraordinary ecosystem, which in turns influences the wilderness above them.

The documentary has exclusive access to deep research with a global scientific pedigree. The 25th anniversary of research on these giant animals reveals that they break the rules compared to their surface cousins: they have a very unusual mating strategy that allows the males to survive in the dark, their young take 9 months to emerge from the egg-sacs (instead of 6-8 weeks), they have structurally and chemically unique egg structures to allow the eggs and young to develop for so long, and the adult spiders live for decades (instead of 2-3 years).

This story is told from one of the world’s last great wildernesses, a visually stunning and unbelievably beautiful landscape that meets the highest number of criteria for World Heritage Listing of anywhere on the planet.

Filming has been undertaken in some of Australia’s deepest and most spectacular caves. These are ‘Restricted Access’, which means they are not open to the public or media due to the high conservation value of the caves themselves, and the fact that only the most experienced cavers can safely access them (only 72 people are allowed access per year). We have been granted exclusive filming access on the basis of our long history of cave research, and our proven capacity to work in highly fragile and dangerous underground environments. No one else will be able to capture this footage.

The footage has been captured over 4 years in 4K and 5K resolution.

This is a real-life tale of deep science told with a dark fairytale twist by master storyteller and best-selling international author Neil Gaiman (Doctor Who, Coraline). The celebrity and pop-culture appeal of the project is increased with atmospheric vocals from chart-topping Australian singer Kate Miller-Heidke and contributions from Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Mark Gatiss, Adam Hills, and Polly Adams (daughter of Douglas Adams – author of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘Last Chance to See’).

Alongside our work with UTAS, ground-breaking input has also been added from scientific teams in New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Europe and South America – including experts from Oxford University (UK), Cornell University (US) and the American Museum of Natural History discussing an upheaval (“a paradigm shift”) in the previously understood pattern of global spider evolution. This information has been given exclusively to us for the documentary. At a time when we are bombarded by messages of doom and gloom, this is an antidote to excite and inspire modern audiences with the joy of the natural world.

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

NYC – Sandman: Overture Signing


Neil Gaiman appears in conversation with Junot Diaz at the Congregation Beth Elohim on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM! Details at the link…

Press Release:

New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman returns to The Sandman with a prequel story to his trailblazing series in The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition, out on November 10. Rendered in artist JH Williams III’s lush panoramas, The Sandman: Overture takes readers from the birth of the galaxy to Morpheus’s capture, before the events of The Sandman #1, and sheds new light on Gaiman’s rich mythological canon.

In conversation with novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, celebrate the release of Gaiman’s magnum opus with the author. This program is free with RSVP. For the first time in years, Neil will be signing The Sandman after the event. He will only be signing The Sandman Overture Deluxe hardcovers available for sale at this event. Pre-signed books will also be available for purchase from Community Bookstore. 

Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place, New York, NY 11215

PA – An Evening with Neil Gaiman


Join Neil Gaiman at the Tower Theater on Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00 pm for an evening of engaging conversations and stories of his life’s work both past and future, including an open discussion with the audience.

Neil Gaiman is one of fantasy’s most extraordinary innovators. Long considered a top writer of comics, he is also the creator of genre-defying prose, poetry, film, and drama for audiences of all ages. Gaiman’s award-winning works include the #1 New York Times bestselling adult novels The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Anansi Boys, the young adult novel Coraline, the TV series Neverwhere, and the groundbreaking Sandman comics series.

The Doylestown Bookshop has been chosen as the on-site bookseller for this event.

Tickets for sale online. After that tickets available at box office window.

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The Tower Theater
S 69th St at Ludlow St, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082

UT – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

gaimanNeil Gaiman appears on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Eccles Center Main Stage!

Press Release:

Bestselling and award-winning author Neil Gaiman comes to the stage with decidedly more than an ability to spin a good yarn. He creates and he inspires. His work extends from fiction and comics to screenplays, song lyrics, poetry, journalism and multimedia works. A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel, American Gods, took the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards—as did his bestselling young adult story, Coraline.

Tickets available at the link…

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Eccles Center
1750 Kearns Blvd, Park City, Utah 84060


WA – An Evening with Neil Gaiman


Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline, Trigger Warning) appears at the University of Washington on Friday April 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Join the HUB CaPP and ASUW Arts & Entertainment in welcoming bestselling and award-winning author, Neil Gaiman, to UW. Having written Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, and more, Gaiman is acclaimed around the world for his vivid writing and graphic novels. Hear him speak, tremble beneath his gaze, and be ready for one of the best literary minds of the 21st century to be on campus. Find all the info on poster below!

TICKETS: $18 – University, $35 – General Admission

HUB Ballroom
The University of Washington
Seattle, WA

TX – An Evening with Neil Gaiman


Press Release:

The Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities, The Friends of the Ector County Library, The Education Foundation of Odessa, and the Odessa College Foundation are pleased to announce that author Neil Gaiman has been selected as the author for One Book Odessa 2015. Mr. Gaiman will appear at the Wagner Noël on May 20th, 2015 at 7pm. This event is free, but tickets are required (convenience charge may apply).

One Book Odessa 2015 book selection and schedule will be announced April 20th, 2015.

Tickets are free, but S/H charges may apply.

About Neil Gaiman:

Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books. His works for adults include Neverwhere (broadcast as a BBC radio adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch); Anansi Boys; Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); and the short story collections Trigger Warning, Smoke and Mirrors, and Fragile Things.

His most recent novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane , was described by The Guardian as “a book that summons both the powerlessness and wonder of childhood, and the complicated landscape of memory and for getting.” It too was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. Coraline was adapted as a musical by Stephin Merritt in 2009. Other works for younger readers include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (illustrated by longtime collaborator Dave McKean); The Wolves in the Walls (made into an opera by the Scottish National Theatre); Odd and the Frost Giants (written for 2009’s World Book Day, illustrated by Brett Helquist); and The Dangerous Alphabet (illustrated by Gris Grimly).

His most recent children’s book is Fortunately the Milk, another bestseller.

Gaiman has appeared as himself on The Simpsons and an episode of Arthur, and has written for the hit television series Babylon 5.

He has also penned screenplays for the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere; Dave McKean’s first feature film, Mirrormask, for the Jim Henson Company; and co-wrote (with Roger Avary) the script to Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf. Other of Gaiman’s work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer); Coraline (an Academy Award nominee and the BAFTA winner for Best Animated Film); Sandman (currently in development as a major motion picture); and American Gods (aforthcoming television series).

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
1310 N. FM 1788 Midland, TX

OK – An Evening with Neil Gaiman


Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline, Sandman) appears at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman is listed in the “Dictionary of Literary Biography” as one of the top ten living post-modern writers. A prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama, Gaiman’s latest book is “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains.”

Tickets available at the link…

Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 596-7122

NYC – The Art of Neil Gaiman Signing

artofngHayley Campbell and Neil Gaiman appear at Barnes & Noble on Monday December 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

Author Event
An unlimited number of wristbands will be distributed with purchase of The Art of Neil Gaiman beginning at 9:00 am on December 15. One wristband per person. Hayley Campbell will discuss The Art of Neil Gaiman.

Special Instructions
Space is limited. The first 250 people with wristbands will attend the program. Remaining guests will be asked to form a line on third floor and outside for book signing with Neil Gaiman and Hayley Campbell. Neil Gaiman will sign one additional book or piece of memorabilia per guest.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

SF – An Evening with The Boxtrolls

boxtrollsPress Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls with co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. Annable and Stacchi will share art and stories behind the making of The Boxtrolls, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and was released nationwide by Focus Features on September 26, 2014. The exhibition features concept art and puppets from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s third stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D.

About The Boxtrolls:

The Boxtrolls is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.

About LAIKA:

Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA is a feature film animation company located in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA’s first two films, Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012) were nominated for Academy Awards® and BAFTA® Awards.

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

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