Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute A Fundraising Auction for the Cartoon Art Museum

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum is thrilled to announce its first themed original art fundraising auction, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute. Proceeds from the auction will support the Cartoon Art Museum’s operations and public programming as the board and staff prepare for CAM’s grand reopening at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco later this summer.

Since Mike Mignola’s Hellboy first hit the stands in 1993, it has become a cultural sensation, racking up a dozen Eisner Awards and inspiring numerous spinoffs, from a novel line, to video games, to feature films. The Cartoon Art Museum’s fundraising auction, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute will feature original artwork from dozens of top graphic novelists, animators, and cartoonists who have drawn inspiration from the master storyteller’s signature creation. Featured artists include Sergio Aragonés (MAD), Harry Bliss (The New Yorker), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Sam Kieth (Sandman, The Maxx), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Steve Purcell (Sam and Max), Kent Williams (The Fountain), and more to be announced.

“We’re thrilled to pay tribute to one of the comic world’s greatest creator-owned properties, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, as the series celebrates its 25th anniversary,” said CAM Executive Director Summerlea Kashar. “The staff and board of the Cartoon Art Museum are very grateful for Mike’s assistance with this fundraiser, and we’re overwhelmed by the talent and generosity of the participating artists.”

The online auction will launch on May 15 on eBay, under the user account “cartoonartmuseum” and will continue with new pieces added biweekly throughout the summer. Preview pieces for the auction at our Comic Art Fans page. The Cartoon Art Museum will publish a full color catalog collecting all of the artwork created for this auction as well as an exhibition featuring this material alongside a selection of Mike Mignola’s own Hellboy artwork, tentatively planned for display at the Cartoon Art Museum in fall 2017.

NM – Elektikos Show

KENT WILLIAMS opens EKLEKTIKOS A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings and Drawings
September 2 – 30, 2010 | Opening reception Thursday, September 2, 6 – 8 pm

EVOKE Contemporary
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite F, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

CA – One Night Only


Barron Storey & Kent Williams Book Signing This Saturday 

February 13, 2010 / 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Join us in welcoming two amazing artists; Barron Storey and Kent Williams as they meet fans and sign copies of their published works.

After being out of print for 17 years, Barron Storey’s legendary and nearly impossible-to-find MARAT/ SADE JOURNALS is back in an all-new, re-scanned and re-edited edition. Storey will also have copies of LIFE AFTER BLACK, a “sequel” to MARAT/ SADE available.

Kent Williams’ work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of Robin and Marsha Williams, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Darren Aronofsky, and Meg White. His works have been published in numerous books, including the most recent KENT WILLIAMS, AMALGAM: PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS, 1992-2007, the most comprehensive collection of Williams’ work to date.

Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – The Human Electic Exhibit

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Kent Williams opens an exhibit on Oct. 17th

THE HUMAN ECLECTIC | An Exhibition Curated by Kent Williams
October 17 – November 7, 2009

Opening Reception: October 17, 8 – 11 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm
170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Bldg.)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-4408

What is becoming of the ‘us’ – the ‘each of us’? Where will all of our technology leave us? Maybe it’s our detachment from the reality of mass human destruction, or the invited dehumanization of our existence through computers and online interactions. It could be our growing desensitization to cruelty, to violence and to suffering through the television invasion. Whatever it is, it appears we have stopped celebrating, or even acknowledging, the very thing that defines our entire race – our humanity. We are offering it up, as though sacrificially, to the machines we create and worship.

Because of this almost inevitable crisis of self, we find it important again, maybe now more than ever in the history of art making, to cling to our most basic possession – the human form. Call it a quiet revolution – the lone artist embracing the representation of man again – slowly and deliberately turning himself back around to look at himself again. Through the idiosyncratic self, the artists in this show collectively identify the masses: the everyman, the other men, the always woman and the sometimes child – their existences, their truths, their triumphs and their failures. These artists remind us that we, the family of man, must not allow ourselves to disappear.

This selected small, though strong group of artists is just a sampling of those who reflect the value that is being put back on the human form. These are artists who reach again to cling to the arms, to the legs and to the hearts of humankind for inspiration, and in doing so, remind us of what we are – the good and the bad – the beautiful restfulness and the harrowing despair.

Not a school or a group or a movement in the –ism sense, these artists are as different at times as they are similar, investigating mankind through courageous and honest contemplation. Bringing to the show painting, sculpture and photography, the following artists welcome us back to our basic needs and realities:

Peter Liashkov, Barron Storey, Jon J Muth, Kent Williams, Aaron Smith, Dean Karr, Mari Inukai, Chris Anthony, Jennifer Poon, Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Llewellyn, Sara Escamilla.

For more information, please contact Merry Karnowsky at mkgallery@att.net, 323.933.4408

Press Contact: Ellen Thompson at ellen@mkgallery.com or Kent Williams at contact@kentwilliams.com