CA – Meow! Signing

Victoria Ying, Disney Animation Studios’ talented visual development artist, appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 PM to debut and sign her latest book Meow!

Event Highlights:
– Fun crafts photobooth
– Print release from Meow!
– Art demo/presentation

About the Artist:
Victoria Ying is an Author Illustrator who grew up in Southern California with the sun and surf. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, this eventually turned into a career working in Animation. She loves Japanese Curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and taking them out again and hanging out with her big buddy dog Buster. Her film credits include Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Paperman, Big Hero 6, and Moana.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Holly’s Day at the Pool Signing & Art Show

Artist Benson Shum appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, July 15th at 2:00 PM to sign his latest book “Holly’s Day at the Pool” published by Disney-Hyperion as part of their Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.

New original paintings from the book will be on display and available for purchase. Don’t miss out on these traditional illustrations full of summer fun that even families can enjoy.

About the book:
Based on his niece’s experience, Benson created a story about how Holly the Hippo overcame her fear of swimming. Holly is full of questions when it comes to swimming! “What if..” she always wonders, every time she almost dips her toe in the water. Read on how she overcomes her fear of stepping into the pool.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Holly’s Day at the Pool Signing

Animator/illustrator Benson Shum appears at Hicklebee’s Books on Saturday, April 29th at 11:00 AM! Holly’s Day at the Pool is Benson’s first picture book and was selected to be part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Benson Shum enjoys creating and telling stories through animation and illustration. He has worked in the animation industry for seventeen years and is currently at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. His inspiration comes from his love of children’s book illustrations, and observation of the little things in life.

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Hicklebee’s Bookstore
1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 292-8880

Star Wars Celebration Adds Lando, Hera, K-2SO & General Grievous

Star Wars Celebration welcomes Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Marshall, Alan Tudyk, and Matthew Wood!

These new Autographing Guests will be in the Autograph Hall at Star Wars Celebration.  Celebration is very happy to be working with Topps on the Celebration Autograph Hall. For more information on purchasing Autographs and Photo Ops, please check out Star Wars Authentics.

Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,  Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Rebels

Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was an exceptional addition to the cast of heroes in the Star Wars universe, backed by his powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues. Appearing in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Williams brought the iconic character Lando Calrissian to life on the big screen.

Williams’ career includes roles in the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Batman, and Bryan’s Song. He’s been nominated for the Emmy and Independent Spirit Awards, and been presented the TV Land and Image Awards for his performances. In the world of television, Williams has appeared on Dynasty, Lost, NCIS, Night Shift, and Glee to name a few. He has voiced Lando Calrissian in video games, television specials, and in Star Wars Rebels.

Vanessa Marshall: Voice of Hera Syndulla, Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One.

An accomplished artist and author, Williams has been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and won an Hallgarten Award, an honor in the art world.

A graduate of Princeton University with a Masters in acting from NYU, Vanessa Marshall plays Hera in “Star Wars: Rebels,” Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Mary Jane in “The Spectacular Spider-man,” Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” Poison Ivy in “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” Black Canary in “Young Justice,” and Black Widow in “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” In the world of games, she voiced Olga in “Metal Gear Solid 2,” H.Q. in “Socom II” and Jan Ors in “Star Wars: Jedi Knights II.” She is currently the voice of Freeform, and she has also done promos for CBS, HGTV, and MTV.  As a stand up comic and former “plus-size” model, she also created a one-woman show “Got Phat?” – which ran successfully in both LA & NYC.  See www.VanessaMarshall.com for more details.  Follow her @vanmarshall on Twitter and @vanessamarshall1138 on Instagram.

Alan Tudyk: K-2SO, Rogue One

Alan Tudyk is a multi-dimensional actor whose credits span throughout stage, film, television and voiceover entertainment platforms. Over the span of his career, his films have garnered over $2 Billion at the Box Office.

In 2016, Tudyk appeared in Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” as the scene-stealing and snarky, security droid, ‘K-2SO.’ Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film grossed over $1 billion at the global box office and is the first live action Star Wars spin-off. He also voiced characters in two Academy-Award nominated animated films, playing the ‘Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s “Zootopia” and the rooster ‘Hei Hei’ in Disney’s “Moana.”

Tudyk also stars as ‘Van’ in NBC’s new upcoming workplace comedy “Powerless,” opposite Vanessa Hudgens. Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Christina Kirk also star. “Powerless” is the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, where the story follows the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains. “Powerless” premiered February 2, 2017.

Tudyk is also the creator and star of the record breaking web series, “Con Man.”Executive produced by Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and author PJ Haarsma, the series was funded via Indiegogo, resulting in a record-breaking $3.2 million donation which had the support of over 46,000 fans from around the world. The second season of the series debuted on Lionsgate’s Comic-Con HQ on December 8th. Loosely based on Tudyk’s and Fillion’s experiences starring in “Firefly,” “Con Man” centers on the post-show life of ‘Wray Nerely’ (Tudyk), the co-star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi TV series canceled before its time that later became a cult classic beloved by fans. ‘Wray’s’ best friend, ‘Jack Moore’ (Fillion) starred as the series’ Captain and has gone on to become a major celebrity, while ‘Wray’ continues to struggle to find his big break. While ‘Jack’ enjoys the life of an A-lister, ‘Wray’ is the begrudging guest of sci-fi conventions, comic book store appearances and different pop culture events. The series explores these events and all the crazy and real things that happen behind the scenes in the world of fandom. In 2016, Tudyk, along with Fillion, also launched “Con Man: The Game” based on the series. The game allows players to build and host their own comic book conventions and can be downloaded for free on iTunes and Google Play.

Tudyk has shown audiences wide versatility in numerous television shows and a plethora of feature films. Most recently he co-starred in the Jay Roach 2015 SAG Award nominated feature “Trumbo,” opposite Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louie CK, Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Root as well as 2014’s “Welcome to Me” with Kristin Wiig. In 2013, Tudyk co-starred in the well-received Jackie Robinson biopic, “42,” as former Phillies manager ‘Ben Chapman.’ He made his feature film debut in 1998, when he first appeared opposite Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.”

Tudyk’s role in the Disney’s animated feature, “Wreck it Ralph,” garnered him an Annie Award for his role as ‘King Candy.’ He returned to the recording booth to voice ‘The Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s Academy Award-winning “Frozen.” He continued his work with Disney Animation Studios voicing ‘Alister Krei’ in “Big Hero 6” and will reprise his role in the upcoming “Big Hero 6” television series on Disney XD. He can also be heard as ‘Ludo’ and ‘King Butterfly’ on the Disney Channel series, “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” which had its second season premiere on July 11th. Tudyk has also done voice work for many other features, television shows and video games.

His film credits also include: “Wonder Boys,” “28 Days,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Death at a Funeral” (the original UK version), “Knocked Up,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Serenity,” “Premature,” “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” and “Transformers 3.” Additionally, Tudyk motion performed the lead robot, ‘Sonny,’ in “I, Robot” opposite Will Smith.

In television, Tudyk was a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy, “Suburgatory” and he reprised his role in the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development” as ‘Pastor Veal.’ His work on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly,” has been highly lauded by fans and has gained him a strong cult following. Tudyk also appeared in “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier,” and “Justified.” He also was the host of “Newsreaders,” written and produced by Rob Corddry and David Wain, on Adult Swim.

Tudyk attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and has starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in “Epic Proportions,” played ‘Lancelot’ with the original cast in Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” as well as the lead role of ‘Peter’ in “Prelude to a Kiss” opposite John Mahoney.

Tudyk grew up in Plano, Texas and lives in Los Angeles.

Matthew Wood: Voice of General Grievous, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars

Matthew Wood has been bringing digital technology to the forefront of filmmaking for over 25 years. As a film and journalism major in college, Matthew realized the potential for blending his creative studies with his lifelong passion for computers, and this innovative edge singled him out. He was invited to join Lucasfilm as a part of the Sound Droid development team at age 17 in 1990.

Through the ‘90s, Wood worked on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Mission Impossible (1994), Con Air, Eraser, and finally Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1997 as Supervising Sound Editor, a role he reprised on both Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

In addition to his work in sound, Wood lent his acting talents to the roles of Bib Fortuna and Ody Mandrell in The Phantom Menace and the voices of Magaloof and Seboca in Attack of the Clones. Revenge of the Sith would allow Matthew to expand his acting in the prequels one giant step further, landing the role of the voice of General Grievous for Revenge of the Sith.

Starting in 2006, Matthew started working on the Emmy award winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars, reprising his role as the voice of General Grievous and behind the scenes as Supervising Sound Editor.  He picked up new voices roles as all the battle droids, Wat Tambor and Poggle the Lessor.

In between Star Wars projects, Matthew supervised the soundtracks at Skywalker Sound on Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood as well as Disney/Pixar’s Wall*E which earned him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations on both films.

After working with J.J. Abrams on Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, Matthew was the natural choice to supervise Star Wars: The Force Awakens, garnering BAFTA and Academy nominations once again.

Currently, Wood has been very busy as the Supervising Sound Editor on the Star Wars Rebels animated series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  He is also voicing a main character “Roger” the battle droid on Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

Alan Tudyk Joins Great Philadelphia Comic Con 2017

Press Release:

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con adds Alan Tudyk to their guest roster for the convention on Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9, 2017.

Tudyk’s credits cross film, TV, voice acting, and stage work. He is the creator and star of the webseries Con Man for which he also co-wrote the accompanying comic book Spectrum. In the early 2000s, he starred in the short-lived, though passionately loved, TV show Firefly. Created by Joss Whedon, the show combined elements of sci-fi in space with cowboys in the Old West. Most recently he played the scene stealing security droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He also voices characters in several Disney animated films, including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana.

Tudyk currently stars as Van Wayne, head of Wayne Security, in NBC’s new workplace comedy “Powerless,” opposite Vanessa Hudgens. “Powerless” is the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, where the story follows the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains

He’s joining fellow media stars Angus Macinnes (Judge Dredd), David Ankrum (voice A New Hope), Alan Harris (Empire Strikes Back), Sean Schemmel and Mike McFarland (voice Dragonball Z), Veronica Taylor (Sailor Moon), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), and Karan Ashley and Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Comics guests include Neal Adams (Superman), Mike Zeck (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Ty Templeton (Batman ’66), Chriscross (Unity), and Graham Nolan (Detective Comics).

Visit www.philadelphiacomiccon.com for further information and tickets! RSVP on Facebook!

CA – Art of Moana Signing

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Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus welcomes the artists of Disney’s latest animated film Moana. Join us on Saturday December 3rd from 2:00 – 5:00 pm to hear the artists & animators share stories from behind the scenes and see their development work on the movie. Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of The Art of Moana book!

In addition, Griselda Sastrawinata will also be signing her illustrated Little Golden Book of Moana. You don’t want to miss this!

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Bill Schwab – Character Design
Neysa Bove – Visual Development
Griselda Sastrawinata Visual Development
Normand Lemay – Story Artist
more to be announced!

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 Artist Discussion Panel
3:00 – 3:30 Q & A (moderated by Ben)
3:40 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:00 Book Signing

For more information on the artists, please click on their names to link to their website!

Pre-sale tickets will be sold via EVENTBRITE starting Saturday Nov. 19 8AM (PST). For information please click HERE.

Ticket Types:

VIP Admission – Guaranteed entrance and seating in the first 4 rows. No waiting in line for entrance. Will be first to line up to get items signed.  Limited to 2 tickets per person per purchase

General Admission – Guaranteed entrance. First come first serve seating, standing room available.  Limited to 4 tickets per person per purchase

Event Guidelines:

  • Tickets will go on sale 8:00 AM (PST) Saturday November 19th.
  • VIP & General Admission Pre-sale ticket holders are guaranteed entrance.
  • Non-ticket holders ARE NOT guaranteed entrance if the event is sold out. We have a limited capacity in the gallery and cannot guarantee entrance for non-ticket holders.
  • People who purchase an Unsigned book along with their admission ticket on Eventbrite can pick up their book in store on the day of the event.
  • Due to time constraints, each attendee is allowed only 1 signing item per person. Artists will not be doing sketches.
  • If you do not purchase a book from us for signing, and you bring your own book, then an outside signing fee of $10 will be charged at the door.
  • ALL SALES ARE FINAL.  No refunds will be given if you cannot make the event.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Lovely Ladies of Animation Signing

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Press Release:

Join us in welcoming the Lovely Ladies of Animation to the Disneyland® Resort! Lorelay Bové, Mingjue Helen Chen, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Brittney Lee and Victoria Ying will be on hand for a special book signing December 5, 2015 at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Don’t forget to stop by to pick up a copy of the book and take a look at some of their latest artwork.

About The Artists:
Lorelay Bové: As part of a family of gifted artists (her father is renowned painter Quim Bové) art has always been a way of life for Lorelay Bové, who was raised in the Principality of Andorra, Spain. Educated at the prestigious California Institute for the Arts, a school founded by Walt Disney to foster young creative talent, this exciting young artist has made an impact on the art and animation world almost immediately upon her arrival. After making her entry into the animation industry as an art intern at Pixar Animation Studios, Lorelay quickly transitioned into her current role as a Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. As a visual development artist for Disney, Lorelay’s conceptual artwork has been extremely influential in the visual direction of films such as: The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-it Ralph, Big Hero 6, and the Frozen Fever short. Currently she is working on Disney’s upcoming film Gigantic as an art director.

Mingjue Helen Chen is an Art Director and Illustrator currently based in Los Angeles. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2010 and has since contributed to many notable film projects, which include: Frankenweenie, Paperman, Wreck-it Ralph, and Big Hero 6. In addition, she has also contributed to several comic book titles including DC Comics’s Gotham Academy, Batgirl, and Marvel’s Sinister Silk. You can find more of her work at mingjuechen.carbonmade.com

Claire Keane is known for her work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Tangled and Frozen. She studied graphic design at the Ecole Superieure D’Arts Graphiques in Paris, France. Claire now lives in Venice Beach, California, with her husband and kids. She is the author of the picture book, Once Upon A Cloud.

Lisa Keene: Throughout the history of The Walt Disney Studios and its unparalleled role in shaping the course of animation in film, few artists have been able to contribute on the scale and scope that Lisa Keene has over the last 28 years. After studying art at USC and The Art Center College of Design, Lisa went on to become a major artistic influence in some of the most beloved Disney Classics of all time. Her first role with the studio was as a Background Artist for The Black Cauldron (1985) and her career as a Background Painter, Stylist, Character Designer, Visual Development Artist and Art Director has since spanned four decades. Her resume includes such films as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Princess and the Frog, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tangled and many more.

Brittney Lee is a visual-development artist at The Walt Disney Animation Studios. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, she knew that she would pursue a career in animation from the moment she saw The Little Mermaid at age 6. Brittney currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their small orange cat. Her handiwork can be found in Frozen and Wreck-it Ralph as well as the Disney short films Paperman and Get A Horse! She is currently busy working on not –yet-announced projects.

Victoria Ying grew up in Southern California with the sun and surf. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, this eventually turned into a career working in Animation. She loves Japanese Curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and taking them out again and hanging out with her one eared cat. Her film credits include Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Paperman, Big Hero 6, and Moana.

Limit two (2) items signed per Artist, per Guest. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid Disneyland® Resort receipt may be required. Separate admission is required to enter the Disneyland® Resort theme parks.