NY – Spain Rodriguez Documentary Screening

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Spain Rodriguez and Susan Stern debut their documentary on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 2:00–4:00 pm.

Susan Stern is a director, producer and writer who recently turned her camera on her husband, underground cartoonist and artist Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez. Her critically acclaimed first film, Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour, was inspired by their daughter, Nora, and aired on the Public Broadcasting Service’s “Point of View” series in 1998. Rodriguez, who grew up on Buffalo’s East Side and today lives and works in San Francisco, will discuss his career starting with The Spectrum, East Village Other, Zodiac Mindwarp, and the celebrated Zap Comix.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is located at 1300 Elmwood Avenue, in the heart of Buffalo’s Museum District. This exhibit will run through Sunday, January 20th, 2013.

NY – Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels, & Revolution

Press Release:

Buffalo, NY pays tribute to their proud native son Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez with Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels, & Revolution, an in-depth career retrospective opening Friday, September 14th at 5:30pm.

The exhibition will be hosted by the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and will include both original drawings and reproductions representing all stages of Spain’s comix career (East Village Other, Zodiac Mindwarp, Zap Comix, Subvert, Anarchy, Weirdo, Zero ZeroBlab, American Splendor, et al.), including prints from his poster designs for the San Francisco Mime Troupe (1974–2011), with particular emphasis on his mature work of recent years in which he explores both his personal history of growing up in Buffalo in the 1950s and early ‘60s.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is located at 1300 Elmwood Avenue, in the heart of Buffalo’s Museum District. This exhibit will run through Sunday, January 20th, 2013.

Carnival of Stars Featuring Underground Creators at August 2011 Show

August 5, 2011 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Horror


Press Release:

WHAT: Latifa and Alexandria present the Eighth Annual Carnival of Stars Belly Dance & Comic Art Festival  – an All-Ages, Family-Friendly World Dance and Art Extravaganza!

WHERE: Richmond Memorial Auditorium

403 Civic Center Plaza (27th and Nevin), Richmond, CA 94804

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 2011, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days

TICKETS: Adults: $15. Children under 12, $6. Parking: FREE

WHO: Top Belly Dance Performers, Famous Comic Book Artists, and an
International Bazaar with Mediterranean Cuisine.

RICHMOND, CA–Come to the most unique cultural event in the Bay Area, combining comic books and belly dancing with live musical performances and panel discussions! This year the festival will be bigger and better than ever, with two days of non-stop professional belly dance performances by top Local and World Artists. Performers converge on the stage, solo after solo, troupe after troupe, while audience members are free to watch and shop at the numerous vendors’ booths, and also to savor delectable Mediterranean Cuisine! Our International Market features a wide range of gifts: dance costumes and accessories, jewelry, arts and crafts, rare and collectible comic books, graphic novels, toys, artwork, books, trading cards, and Rock and Roll and Sixties Memorabilia! Dancers of all skill levels can participate in workshops, intensive training and free dance classes with the Masters and Pioneers of Belly Dance!

Special Media Guests this year include: Underground and Political Comix Legend (Sunday Only) Spain Rodriguez (Zap Comix, Zodiac Mindwarp), Horror-Host John Stanley (Creature Features), Counter-Culture Author and Publisher Dan Fogel (Hippy Comix, Underground Comix Price Guide), Special Effects and Makeup Master Ed Martinez (The Dead and the Damned), and the Multi-Talented Pepper Alexandria (Belly Dance Comix, Clone Comics).

Our fan-favorite Costume Contest with cash prizes takes place Saturday at 3 pm, and our first-ever Special Raffle takes place Sunday at 1pm!

For more information please see our website at www.carnivalofstars.com
Call (510) 548-6128 or contact Pepper Alexandria at hipaysha@aol.com

SF – Rebel in Ink Exhibit

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Spain Rodriguez: Rebel in Ink

Cartoon Art Museum exhibition: September 12, 2009 – February 7, 2010

Opening reception:  Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm, free and open to the public

*Calendar:  Please note that the Cartoon Art Museum exhibition “Brinkley Girls” has been extended through September 6, 2009*


The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents Spain Rodriguez:  Rebel in Inka retrospective exhibition celebrating the art of seminal underground comix creator and San Francisco legendSpain Rodriguez.

Rebel in Ink looks back on Rodriguez’s 40-plus years as a comic book artist, providing the most comprehensive gallery exhibition of his work to date.  In the late 1960s, Rodriguez was one of the pioneers of the underground comix movement, through work on such groundbreaking publications as The East Village Other, Zap Comix, and the first underground tabloid, Zodiac Mindwarp, which was created by Rodriguez.  Trashman, one of Rodriguez’s best known creations, was an icon in underground newspapers of the 1960s and 1970s.  Rodriguez was an early pioneer of online comics as well, and he collaborated with the late comics historian and writer Bob Callahan in the 1990s on The Dark Hotel, which was featured on the popular website Salon.com.  Rodriguez has also been active as an educator at various Bay Area colleges and schools.  Among his more recent works are numerous illustrations for the mainstream press, several anthology comics collections, and the critically acclaimed Che:  A Graphic Biography, a 2008 graphic novel depicting the life and times of Che Guevara.

The opening reception for this exhibition will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2009from 7:00-9:00pm.  Spain Rodriguez will look back at his long and storied career in a discussion moderated by Cartoon Art Museum founder Malcolm Whyte.  This event is free and open to the public.

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

SF – The Cresting Wave Exhibit

Dan Fogel curates an Underground Comix retrospective.

Dan Fogel curates an Underground Comix retrospective.

“The Cresting Wave: San Francisco Underground Comix Experience” 

July 10 — August 22, 2009
Artists Reception 6-8 pm, Friday July 10th

Electric Works
130 8th Street
San Francisco, CA
415 626 5496

Electric Works is pleased to present “The Cresting Wave: The San Francisco Underground Comix Experience,” a group exhibition featuring Underground Comix artists from San Francisco, from the mid-’60’s to the late ’80’s.  Artists included are Mark Bode, Vaughn Bode, Guy Colwell, R. Crumb, Jay Kinney, Paul Mavrides, Dan O’Neill, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Larry Todd, Randy Vogel, and S. Clay Wilson. Culling work from private collectors and the artists themselves, guest curator, Underground Comix writer, publisher and historian, Dan Fogel, has amassed important work from each artist that spans personal drawings, well-known comix pieces, including covers and original comps, as well as other rare ephemera from the heyday of the San Francisco scene.

San Francisco was the birthplace of the Underground Comix scene in the mid 1960’s: nowhere else on the planet was there such an concentration of talent, vision, and production.  In a relatively short time, the artists who coalesced in the Bay Area changed the face of popular culture forever.  Taking on issues of politics, race, sexuality, drugs, the counterculture of the time, and intellectual property, these artists were able to push the bounds of propriety, “decency” and imagery more drastically than in any other medium of the era.

Complementing the robust gallery show, Electric Works will feature many other important pieces by the artist which will be available for viewing during the course of the exhibition in our flat files.  In addition, Electric Works will be publishing limited edition prints, mini-prints, and a collaborative “jam” print featuring many of the artists in the exhibition, proceeds of which will benefit the S. Clay Wilson Special Needs Trust, benefiting their friend, who is recovering from serious injuries.

” Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime . . . the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . .   So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”  — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, 1971.