Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd


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.


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


Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers


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 – 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)

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

$5 or FREE when you come in costume

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)

(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)

Alan Wan
Angela Song Mueller
Anthony Wu
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!


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

CA – Art of How To Train Your Dragon 2 Exhibit

Press Release:

Nucleus is proud and honored to host this special exhibition featuring artwork by over 40 DreamWorks artists all creating original art in celebration of the new film, How To Train Your Dragon 2. With select pieces available for sale and several artists in attendance, guests will have a chance to meet the creative talent behind the film as they sign copies of the new Art of How To Train Your Dragon 2 book.

Purchase a HTTYD book and receive a raffle ticket to attend the event for free and avoid standing in line to get your book signed as we will call out numbers in sequence. Keep your raffle ticket as it will allow you to win prizes at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. (prizes to be announced)

Trade in your HTTYD movie ticket stub to attend our event for free and to receive an extra 5 raffle tickets for more chances to win!

Purchase a HTTYD book from our site or shop from now till July 7th and be entered to win a free signed Nicolas Marlet HTTYD print! Winner to be announced July 8th at 5pm on our Facebook page and blog. (shipping fees may apply)
Exclusive HTTYD prints to be released at the opening reception.
Enjoy Burnt to a Crisp, a Food Truck that serves Texas Smokehouse BBQ!
Event Schedule:
6:00pm – 7:00pm (Artists Panel Presentation)
8:00pm – 10:00pm (Artist Signing)
8:00pm (1st raffle drawing)
9:00 (2nd raffle drawing)
10:00 (final raffle drawing)

$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of The Art of How To Train Your Dragon 2 book (seats are limited, standing room available).

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Featured Panelists:
to be announced…

HTTYD2Contributing Artists:
Chris Sanders
Dean Deblois
Elaine Bogan
Peter Ramsey
Rodolphe Guenoden

Arthur Fong
Christopher Zibach
Cundo Rabaudi
Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay
Iuri Lioi
Marcos Mateu Mestre
Nate Wragg
Nico Marlet
Peter Chan
Raymond Zibach
Richard Daskas
Takao Noguchi
Woon Jung
Zhaoping Wei

Adam Cootes
Andy Erekson
Anthony Zierhut
Ariana Oh
Ben Juwono
Cinzia Angelini
Clio Chiang
Dave Wolter
Ennio Torresan
Glenn Harmon
Heidi Jo Gilbert
Ian Abando
Januel Mercado
Jean Kang
Johane Matte
Kenjo Ono
Le Tang
Louie Del Carmen
Mark Sperber
Megan Dong
Michael Lester
Nassos Vakalis
Natasha Wicke
Peter Paul Bautista
Phil Craven
Rikke Asbjoern
Ryan Savas
Sean Charmatz
Sharon Bridgeman Lukic
Simon Otto
Stephanie Stine
Steven Macleod
Todd Wilderman
Tom Owens
Tron Mai
Vi-Dieu Nguyen

DreamWorks Employee:
Andrew Bandong
Brittany Biggs
Chelsea Bryan
Haley Hughes
Hannah Sherman
Jackie Marion
James Baxter
Jennifer Harlow
Jessica Forer
Jisoo Kim
Joshua Caez
Justin Melillo
Marco Regina
Patrick Ian
Paul Schoeni
Sucheta Bhatawadekar
Victor Tang
more to be announced…

Tribute Artists:
Anthony Wu
Claire Hummel
Crowded Teeth (Michelle Romo)
Dan Matutina
Helen Chen
Israel Sanchez
Jeff Victor
Justin Gerard
Kei Acedera
Nicole Gustafsson
Patrick Awa
Rustam Hasanov
Seb Mesnard

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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CA – Harry Potter Tribute Show

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Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus is proud to present the ‘Harry Potter Tribute Art Exhibition’, an exhibition that features extraordinary art from over 50 talented artists/fans from around the world. In celebration of the final film and all things Harry Potter, this exhibit is carefully curated through open submissions and private invitations, the Harry Potter Tribute blog has been active for the past year and amongst the artists featured include Kazu Kibuishi, Amy Kim Kibuishi, Brittney Lee, Jake Parker, Johane Matte, William Stout, Mindy Lee, Israel Sanchez, Cory Godbey, and Mary Grandpre, cover Illustrator of the American editions of the Harry Potter books series. Opening night is July 9, 2011 from 7-11pm.

Admission is $2 per person at the door, but FREE admission to those who come in Harry Potter-inspired attire or when when you Facebook, Twitter, or Blog about the event before July 2, 2011.

Guests will also be invited to participate in a plethora of activities including:
FREE entrance gift of exclusive exhibition buttons that will divide attendees into individual Hogwarts houses (available while supplies last).
Snitch-Seeking machine booth and contest.
Harry Potter photo area.
Costume Competition.
Trivia Competition.
Mystery flavored Jelly Belly tasting station.
Raffle giveaways.
FREE Butterbeer and snacks served.

Prizes for contest and raffle winners will include Harry Potter merchandise, a Warner Brothers Studios Tour ticket, and an exclusive print from Mary Grandpre!

This event is not to be missed for Harry Potter fans, and those who can’t fly all the way to Universal Studios, Orlando.

For the complete roster of participating artists, including further details about opening reception highlights, please visit our homepage.

Plus, follow our ongoing tribute blog for any news and updates on the exhibit, the featured artists, or anything Harry Potter!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Dark Horse to Publish Avatar: The Last Airbender Comics

Press Release


MILWAUKIE, OR – Feb. 8, 2011 – Following the breakout success of last year’s Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series, Dark Horse is proud to collaborate with Nickelodeon on a comprehensive publishing program built around this beloved and exciting Emmy-winning animated series!

The first installment of this new series will be released on Free Comic Book Day, May 7, with two introductory short stories—the unpublished tale “Relics” and the iconic Dirty Is Only Skin Deep… This free comic will be packaged with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars in a special flip-book comic, available only at your local comic book shop.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Lost Adventures will be released on July 13. This all-new 240-page comic book contains over 70 pages of never-before-seen material in addition to long-out-of-print comics previously published in Nickelodeon Magazine. With 26 stories set in Airbender continuity and created by a host of top-notch talent, many of whom worked on the original animated series, this is an essential addition to any fan’s bookshelf.

Additionally, Dark Horse will create all-new Airbender stories that will be published as digest-style original graphic novels—conveniently sized paperback collections—in early 2012. Picking up where the season three finale left off, this new series will follow the further adventures of Aang and his friends, as they help to rebuild a world torn apart by 100 years of war.

“We had a great experience collaborating with Dark Horse on Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Art of the Animated Series,” series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino said. “We are excited to work closely with them once again to bring the further adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends to the comic world.”

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, Serenity and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publisher of licensed comics material.

About Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages the world’s third largest licensing business, representing leading properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, and managing merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

QC – Horus Signings

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Johane Matte (Flight, Water Tribe) signs the new French edition of Horus with colorist Saymone Phanekam at two locations in Montreal.
Friday, October 2, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Librairie Fichtre, 436, de Bienville, Montreal, QC, Canada
Saturday, October 3, 2009
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Librairie Planete BD, 3883 St-Denis, Montreal, QC, Canada