CA – Pixar Animation Studios Tour

Press Release:

incredible1The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its tenth annual benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. Beginning with the 1986 release of its iconic short film Luxo Jr. to last year’s box office hit Monsters University, Pixar has charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, we welcome you to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home.

Guests may tour the studio’s main gallery and view pre-production artwork from Monsters University. In addition, Pixar artists will be on hand conducting drawing demonstrations. You may purchase special Pixar apparel and merchandise at the Studio Store as well as bid on original and signed art by Pixar animators and other auction prizes. The event also features a 10th anniversary celebration of the Academy Award-winning feature The Incredibles with several of the film’s creators in the studio’s state-of-the-art theater hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session with the filmmakers in the Steve Jobs Theater, including:

Brad Bird, Writer & Director

Mark Andrews, Head of Story

Tony Fucile, Supervising Animator

Andrew Jimenez, Director of Photography

Ted Mathot, Storyboard Artist

• Kevin O’Brien, Storyboard Artist

Please note: Guests are confirmed, however, an unexpected cancellation is always possible.

The event also features light snacks, treats, and will conclude with a wine and dessert reception by the Luxo Cafe staff with a live auction of a variety of original art and signed memorabilia.

Tickets are $500 per person, $450 for members of the Cartoon Art Museum. (Become a museum member and save!)

Purchase one discounted ticket with a Senior/Student Membership, up to two with an Individual Membership, up to four with a Family Membership, up to six with a Friend Membership, and seven or more with a Patron, Sponsor and Benefactor Memberships.) Reserved rows for ten are available for $4,500. Availability for this level is limited.

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Doors open at 2 p.m. with the presentation starting at 4 p.m. in the Steve Jobs Theater.

Please note: The Cartoon Art Museum strives to create an enjoyable experience all attendees—given the nature of the theater presentation and the gracious donation of time by the presenters, we will maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding disturbances during this portion of the program. Anyone causing a disruption (i.e. loud or crying children, talking outside of the Q&A portion, texting) will be given one warning. A second incident will result in the individual being asked to leave the studio. For this reason the presentation is not recommended for children under the age of four. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are visiting San Francisco and looking for a hotel, our partner the St. Regis Hotel, is offering a discounted rate for attendees of the event, click on the link for the discount offer.

Pixar Animation Studios is located in Emeryville, California. Free parking is available on site. For more information, call 415-227-8666, ext. 300. To purchase tickets online, visit cartoonart.org. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets are transferable, but nonrefundable.

SF – Up Director Speaks

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Pete Docter, Academy Award–winning director of Up and Monsters, Inc., and Disney historian Don Peri co-host this talk about the role of the animation director on Saturday March 1st from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Learn about the host of talented  artists who  worked as Disney directors on productions ranging from early silent shorts to the feature films of today and how their role evolved during Walt’s lifetime and beyond. Key directors from Disney’s storied past are highlighted.

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

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

SF – Sam & Max: A Look Back Exhibit

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The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present Sam and Max: A Look Back with Steve Purcell, celebrating 26-ish years with the intrepid Freelance Police on Saturday, February 1, 2014 with a series of special events from 4:00-9:00pm.

The first event will be a booksigning from 4:00-5:00pm at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore. Purcell will sign copies of The Collected Sam & Max: Surfin’ the Highway at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.

The second event will be a guided tour of the exhibition from 6:00-7:00pm. Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell will conduct a private tour of his Cartoon Art Museum retrospective Swift and Mirthful Justice for a limited number of guests. This ticketed event is $20; CAM members will receive two-for-one admission to this event.

The third event is a reception celebrating Sam & Max from 7:00-9:00pm. Guests can meet Steve Purcell and discuss his work, view the Sam & Max exhibition, and check out the Cartoon Art Museum’s other current exhibitions, Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman and Searle In America, featuring the phenomenal illustrations of famed British cartoonist Ronald Searle. Admission to this reception is $5; CAM members will receive two-for-one admission for this event. Purcell will sign additional books and prints throughout the reception. Please note that the ticket for the guided tour also includes access to the reception that follows.

Tickets for the guided tour and the reception are available through this link, and will also be sold at the Cartoon Art Museum’s admissions desk.

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

CA – Second Saturday Cartoonist

Pixar animator Sequoia Blankenship appears at the Schulz Museum on Saturday 10, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Blankenship started working as a fix animator on Ratatouille in 2007 and more recently worked as an animator on BraveCars 2, and Mater’s Tall Tales.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

CA – Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth Signing

Artist Sanjay Patel and writer Emily Haynes sign at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday September 22, 2012 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus is pleased to announce artist Sanjay Patel and writer Emily Haynes will be visiting us from San Francisco in celebration of the release of their latest children’s book, “Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth.” There will be a handful of new original drawings on display and plenty of books available! Sanjay and Emily will only be here for one night so be sure to visit us on opening night September 22 to meet these two creative folks and get your book signed. With Mall, Becky Driestadt, and Chris Appelhans exhibit opening the same night, there will be plenty of art to see and good company to enjoy.

Sanjay Patel Bio:
Sanjay Patel is a supervising animator and storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA. He work has been shown in the Asian Art Museum, Brooklyn Art Museum, and here at Nucleus.

 

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

Pixar’s Marty Baumann Appears at Baltimore Comic Con 2012

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the addition of Pixar’s Marty Baumann as a guest at this year’s show, taking place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Marty Baumann is an artist at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures, an illustrator, graphic artist and production designer on such films as Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Mater’s Tall Tales, Planes, and many others. He also helped develop theme park installations, toy packaging, and Pixar corporate branding.

Beyond Pixar, Marty has rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines and newspapers, illustrated children’s books, created logos, info-graphics, Web sites, broadcast promotions, and presentation art for Hasbro, McDonald’s, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books, National Geographic, Scholastic Books, Universal Studios, Weekly Reader, Nickelodeon, and many others.

Recent Marty has worked on projects including the Carsland pavilion at Disneyland, a redesign of the classic game Monopoly, and a redesign of the Cheetos mascot, Chester the Cheetah.

Marty has created “Robot Rodeo,” a portfolio of recent work, especially for the Baltimore Comic-Con.

“Marty is such a great guest, and brings a great pedigree to the show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “I’m so pleased to be able to provide access to such a talent to our guests. Marty was also a guest at the first Baltimore Comic-Con so it’s great to have him back!”

This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Laura & Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).

Tickets
Tickets are now on sale at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets. Please see the website for information about General Admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday, as well as Single-Day admission for both days; Stan Lee VIP Experience Tickets for Saturday only; and tickets for photo and autograph sessions with Stan Lee for Saturday only.

With Stan Lee returning as Guest of Honor this year, tickets are sure to sell fast, so please visit baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information about our VIP packages and to purchase your tickets online!

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

CA – Art of Brave Signing

Emma Coats, Paul Abadilla, and Jenny Lerew appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday June 23, 2012 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM noon to 3:00pm.

Press Release: 

In celebration of Brave, Pixar’s first fairytale film and first film with a main female lead, we have invited some of the artists who worked on the film to participate in an Artists’ Panel/Q and A.

*Share this event on Facebook or Twitter before June 22 and get 15% off the art of book when you purchase in-store

Admission is FREE

12 pm – 1 pm (Panel)
1 pm – 1:30 pm (Q and A)
1:30 pm – 3 pm (book signing)
Featured Artists:

Emma Coats (storyboard artist)
Paul Abadilla (visual development)
Jenny Lerew (author of “The Art of Brave”)

More to be announced…

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – Hero Complex Film Festival 2012

Hero Complex Film Festival tickets go on sale today, Thursday April 26, 2012.

Friday May 18, 2012

Dawn of the Dead 7:00 pm
Special guests: Zack Snyder and Robert Kirkman

Shaun of the Dead 10:00 pm
Special guest: Edgar Wright

Saturday May 19, 2012

RoboCop 12:00 pm
Special guest: Peter Weller

A Clockwork Orange 4:00 pm
Special guest: Malcolm McDowell


SUPER 8:30 pm
Special guest: Rainn Wilson


Sunday May 20, 2012

WALL-E 2:00 pm
Special guest: Andrew Stanton Includes a special preview of Disney/Pixar’s ‘Brave’

Serenity 6:00 pm Special guest: Nathan Fillion

Monday May 21, 2012

An Evening with Stan Lee Screening TBA

2012 event poster designed by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee.

CA – Up Screening

Actor Ed Asner hosts a screening at the Aero Theatre on Sunday December 18th at 2:00pm!

Click here for tickets ($11)

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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