Beloved multi-media Brooklyn gallery, Cinders, is celebrating 10 years of not just existing, but of bringing a community together through their diverse group of artists. This special anniversary show, A Decade of Decadunce (+10 pun points), features an impressive list of artists who have helped shape them over the past 10 years into the non-profit art organization they are today. Check out this lineup:
Maya Hayuk, Brian Chippendale, Diane Barcelowsky, Allyson Mellberg, Jocko Weyland, Jungil Hong, Esther Pearl Watson, Kyle Ranson, Blok, Jim Tozzi, Travis Egedy, Matt Furie, Anna Hellsgard, Ron Rege Jr., and Ric Ocasek (lead singer of the CARS!), plus many many many more. This list just scratches the surface.
Ron Rege Jr. was also the gallery's June Artist of the Month (an excellent choice), and you should read their interview with him to hear more about his airy, and magical cartooning style.
Opening reception party kicks off Thursday, July 10th, from 7-10 pm, with DJ Dave Potes, at the Dossier Outpost on the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. A beautiful, colorful building that's the perfect location for a beautiful Thursday night party!
Ron Regé, Jrhas the esteemed pleasure of being named the Cinders Gallery Artist of the Month! Cinders interviews Regé all about his comics creative process, his band Lavender Diamond, magick and even the last good movie he saw (a 1981 animated film, Ferherlofia aka Son of the White Mare). You'll notice that Rege is also sporting a very UNIQUE pair of leggings made from his Cartoon Utopia cover. The leggings are almost as hypnotizing as the book!
Celebrate LA cartoonists at the opening reception for Beyond Baroque's first ever comic show, Going Graphic! Sponsored and organized by enthusiastic champion of the comic's medium, Comics Juice. Meet and mingle with artists Ron Rege Jr., Jordan Crane, Tom Neely, and others. Then settle in for laughs as the attending artists read pieces from their work.
Beyond Baroque is a renowned literary and arts center/performance space/theatre/gallery/bookstore, located in the gorgeous old city hall building of Venice, CA. And they are pleased to be venturing into new territory with their first comic art gallery exhibit, highlighting LA's leading talent, and we're thrilled that some of our most exciting artists have been included!
The exhibit will be on display until July 19th, 2014, but the FREE opening reception on Sunday, June 22nd will begin at 3 pm, with the once-in-a-lifetime reading slated to begin at 4 pm.
Don't miss out on this community driven celebration of cutting edge cartooning work.
Charlotte, NC: Soak up some Southern charm at the 2014 Heroes Con! Known for being almost solely comics centered, there are too many amazing artists and writers attending for me to list them all. But here are some Fanta greats that'll be holding it down in the invitation only, Indie Island: Rich Tommaso! Noah Van Sciver! Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez! Plus so, so, so many others. The convention runs from June 20-22, with tickets still available! (More details)
Saturday, June 21st
Charlotte, NC: Continues through the weekend! Just as awesome as yesterday, maybe as awesome as tomorrow. Don't miss the Hernandez Bros panel at 1:30, moderated by Tom Spurgeon!
Savannah, GA: The solstice is going to get fun and freaky in Savannah as Dame Darcy hosts its first annual Mermaid Parade through Tybee Beach! Wear your boldest Mermaid costume, win prizes, clam jam to live music, and take a chance to be crowned mermaid QUEEN! Parade kicks off the festivities at 1 pm. (More details)
Seattle, WA: If you've been looking to spruce up your walls with some new original art pieces, pop by the Jeremy Eaton art show in Ballard, running from 12-6 pm. (More details)
Seattle, WA: For the first time, Seattle audiences will get to witness the live action comics anthology performance of Gridlords #23! Presented by Short Run, watch a combination of music, puppetry, video, readings, and more come together to form an original narrative. Many artists are participating, including Andrice Arp! Begins at 7 pm, at Gallery 1412. (More details)
Sunday, June 22nd
Venice, CA: A free opening reception for an exhibition celebrating the work of LA comics artists winds down the weekend, and features pieces by the likes of Ron Rege Jr., and Jordan Crane! The featured artists will be attending and reading from their work. Sponsored by Comics Juice, the reception begins at 3 pm.
• Seattle, WA: Stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for Foxing & Friends, a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. (more info)
Celebrate the brand new lunar Year of the Horse with noneother than Ron Regé, Jr. this Sunday, February 23rd!
Tomorrow night, the all-ages non-profit place pehrspace kicks off their new series, Pehrtalks, with "Spiritual Arts Night," an evening to explore the varied mysteries of the metaphysical arts. Five expert practitioners of different disciplines will form a panel to introduce their crafts and answer questions from the audience. There will be art, musical meditation, and light refreshments!
At 8:15 PM, Ron will give a presentation on The Cartoon Utopia, his graphic novel masterpiece that focuses on ideas that he's become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.
✦ ✦ ✦ 7:30 Mingle, drink herbal tea, and start feeling magical. 7:45 Solaris, "Zodiac Forecast" 8:00 Melinda Lee Holmes, "Wearable Magic, Crystal and Moon Guidance" 8:15 Ron Rege Jr, Cartoon Utopia 8:30 Marcella Kroll, "Ancestral Karma Healing: how clearing the past can heal our future" 8:45 Jessica Snow, "Compassionately unlocking the treasures within" 9:00 Questions 9:30 Sonic Meditation by Brian Griffith 9:45 Get really peaceful! ✦ ✦ ✦
Admission is $3 at the door, which will go to the guest speakers. Bring a pillow or something else to sit on.
pehrspace is located at two blocks south of Temple in Historic Filipinotown at 325 Glendale Blvd. (Note: finding them the first time may be difficult. They are in the back of the Glen Village parking lot, behind a short palm tree. You won't see it from the street; you'll have to come into the parking lot.)
Gallery Protocol is pleased to announce Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art, an exhibition of comic and sequential art from artists Pat Aulisio, Derek Ballard, Josh Bayer, Erin Curry, CF, Hellen Jo, Aidan Koch, Emma Louthan, Molly Colleen O'Connell, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, Ron Rege Jr, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, and Angie Wang. Collectively, these artists represent the past, present, and future of underground and independent comics - beginning with its origins in the punk and zine movements of southern California in the late 70's, all the way through to its dispersal as a nationwide (and international) subculture today.
As the show's title suggests, the exhibition focuses particularly on how these artists incorporate notions or elements of abstraction within their work. Comics are uniquely positioned to engage with abstraction from both a narrative, linguistic (semiotic), and visual perspective. In that sense, they combine the abstraction of the novelist, the poet, and the painter all into one. Beginning with the assertion that all systems of representation are abstract, the exhibition examines the results of this conflation and how these different threads of abstraction compound, complicate, temper, or derail one another as they operate side by side within the confines of a single undertaking. The exhibition features original and preparatory works in a range of media as well as published comics in a variety of printed formats.
Curated by Tom Hart of the Sequential Artist's Workshop, Jeff Owens, and Chase Westfall.
For more information, contact Chase Westfall: 352-339-3905,
Los Angeles, brace yourself for the wonder of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia, coming March 1st to the gallery Dem Passwords in Los Angeles!
Ron relates on his blog, "If you were to go way back in the archive of this blog, you would notice me talking about The Cartoon Utopia as of a set of concepts & ideas that I was creating art with, not simply the title of my book. The project started as a set of drawings that were displayed in solo art shows around the world."
The utopia lives on! A year after the book's release, Ron is debuting the exhibit Cartoon Utopia 2014, featuring brand-new drawings that he's been working on since the beginning of the year! Like this one:
Don't miss the launch of Cartoon Utopia 2014! Dem Passwords is located at 5413 West Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Forget these icy cold temperatures -- Fantagraphics is heading to sunny L.A., baby! Join us on Sunday, February 16th for the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest!
It's gonna be HOT, in a figurative, if not literal, sense: our own Ron Regé, Jr. will be presenting a multi-media presentation for The Cartoon Utopia, and the great Esther Pearl Watsonwill be hosting the excellent Zine Hut with her husband, artist Mark Todd!
And for the real scorcher: Jaime Hernandez will be the Keynote Speaker! He'll be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, discussing his groundbreaking work on the legendary Love and Rockets series!
This wonderful event is FREE and open to all, so, come by and see us from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!
L.A. Zine Fest is located at the Helms Bakery District Parking Garage (between La Dijonaise and Vitra) on 8703 Washington Blvd. Check out their website for lots of helpful tips on how to get there and where to park, and heads up, two lanes of traffic on the 405 from Getty Center Dr. north to Ventura Blvd will be closed! (They're calling it "jamzilla"!)