Get ready to be ‘Static Shock’ with the release of the complete third season of the beloved animated series. The two-disc package is available on wb.com/warnerarchive and online retailers. It’s a great series that I watched back in the 2000’s and perfect to revisit or introduce to new fans aka kids or new to the geek world before seeing Black Panther <grrr>
“In the third season, everything sort of got spruced up,” recalls LaMarr, known far and wide for his voice performances in Samurai Jack, Futurama and Family Guy, and his live-action roles for MADtv and Pulp Fiction. “The writing was just as good as ever, but they really raised the stakes. Static’s costume went from homemade to a legitimate super hero costume, Richie became his own super hero in Gear, and that meant there was less sitting back at headquarters – we started going on a lot more duo-action adventures.”
Static Shock – Toys in the Hood (S3 E9)
“Moreover, it was so great to finally have a black super hero who didn’t have ‘black’ in his name. I could relate to him. Here’s a kid who is smart, who’s trying to do the right thing, dealing with relatable problems whether it was family or school or friendships. Despite that fact that it was a cartoon that revolved around super heroes, it felt real to me.”
Phil LaMarr starred as Virgil Hawkins/Static for the entire series run and the release of the third season saw a major shift in the show with important guest appearances, upgrade to his tech and integration in the overall universe. Static got a new costume, Richie his BFF/partner-in-crime-fighting became the super hero Gear and the duo fought crime with some major baddies. All of this feels like a direct line to the upcoming Black Panther since Static ‘returned to Africa’ to find his roots, teamed up with the Justice League and Superman. LaMarr & Marsden worked together on the Disney animated series ‘The Weekenders’ which really made enriched their chemistry as friends IRL and animation!
Static Shock & Gear
“Static Shock provided a second opportunity to play partners and best friends – which was great because we were already good friends,” LaMarr says. “Our friendship on the show was authentic. And there’s nothing better than getting paid every week to work with your friend.”
LaMarr’s connection to Static appealed to him in so many ways as a fan and as someone who was once a black teenage boy. “As a comic book guy, Static was a dream come true – a character who really felt real to me,” LaMarr says. “I always thought Static would be what I would be if I got powers as a teenager. I loved Spidey and Bats, but I never wanted to be them. There are tortured souls, and everything they do is informed by that guilt. For Static, the worst problem was having to do his homework.
Static Shock: The Complete Third Season featured numerous guest performances from actors as acclaimed and diverse as four-time Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard (Miss Evers’ Boys, Desperate Housewives, Hill Street Blues), Emmy Award winner Roscoe Lee Browne (Logan’s Run, The Cowboys), Brock Peters (To Kill A Mockingbird, Soylent Green), Golden Globe winner Terence Stamp (Billy Budd, Superman), three-time Emmy Award winner Jean Smart (24, Garden State), Bud Court (Harold & Maude, M*A*S*H), Dennis Haysbert (24, Major League), Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, The Dark Knight), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color, That’s So Raven), Danica McKeller (The Wonder Years), Phil Morris (Smallville), Charles Rocket (Moonlighting), Sean Patrick Thomas (The District), Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect), Bumper Robinson (The Game), David Faustino (Married With Children), Nicolette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), David Arquette (Cougar Town), Tia Texada (Third Watch) and rapper Romeo Miller.
Also performing guest roles during Static Shock: The Complete Third Season are the voices of Warner Bros. Animation’s core group of DC Super Heroes, including actors from Batman: The Animated Series (Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Arleen Sorkin, Robert Hastings) and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (George Newbern, Carl Lumbly, Maria Canals Barrera, Michael Rosenbaum), as well as Phil LaMarr himself as the voice of Green Lantern/John Stewart.
Static Shock, Gear & the Justice League
“The crossover episodes with the Justice League were so much fun for me – it was great to feel like Static Shock was part of the legacy of the super hero entertainment that I grew up watching and reading,” LaMarr says. “Associating Static with the Justice League sort of legitimized our little show, putting Static on the same level as supers like Batman, Green Lantern and all the rest. Plus getting to act again alongside my Justice League acting pals – Maria Canals Barrera, Susan Eisenberg, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum, George Newbern, Kevin Conroy – was a blast, especially because now they were coming to MY house. It was actually a little weird because we were sitting in the same chairs as we always did when recording Justice League – but now I had more lines. Of course, I had two different characters – Static and Green Lantern John Stewart.”
LaMarr said the dual role – which put him in the unusual position of recording two characters talking to each other – was the first time he encountered that situation in his career.
“I thought the writers wrote those scenes as a challenge for me,” LaMarr recalls. “At least they didn’t have them singing harmony or something crazy like that!”
Static Shock: The Complete Third Season features an all-star lineup of writers behind the scripts: Paul Dini, Dwayne McDuffie, Len Uhley, Ernie Altbacker, John Semper, Courtney Lilly and Adam Beechen. For the Static-Superman team-up episode entitled “Toys in the Hood,” Semper crafted a story that was written by Academy Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).
An episode entitled “Static in Africa” saw the Hawkins family on vacation in Ghana, where Static teams with a legendary African folk hero to combat a group of bandits. The episode was particularly important to LaMarr.
Static in Africa
“Static in Africa was a blast for so many reasons,” LaMarr recalls. “It was a thrill to work for the first time with Michael Jai White and Roscoe Lee Browne, as well as my Justice League castmate Carl Lumbly. Carl and Roscoe are guys whose work I’d seen growing up, and to share a studio with them was fantastic.
“Moreover, it was really cool to be able to explore our roots in a Saturday morning cartoon. I had never seen contemporary Africa on Saturday morning – an Africa that was not unlike our own world. We have super heroes, they have super heroes. Africa wasn’t showed as exotica – it was a world where people like us live. And to me, that was a great part of Static Shock. It wasn’t about that Static was black; but he was black. His life, his world – those were real. And that kind of normalization is what’s key to true diversity.”
The Static Shock: The Complete Third Season two-disc set includes the following animated episodes:
Hard As Nails
Static in Africa
The Usual Suspect
A League Of Their Own, Part 1
A League Of Their Own, Part 2
Romeo in the Mix
Toys In The Hood
The Parent Trap
Blast From The Past
Disc Two also includes the Superman: The Animated Series episode entitled “Obsession” (Season 3, Episode 4), which ultimately served as a prequel to the Static Shock episode, “Toys in the Hood” and spotlighted the first meeting of Superman and Static, featuring the voices of Tim Daly (Superman), Nancy Travis (Darci Mason), Bud Cort (The Toyman) and Joely Fisher (Lana Lang).
Warner Archive Collection (WAC) continues to serve as host to some of the most beloved films, television series and animated entertainment in history – and many are now available on Blu-ray. WAC’s canon runs the gamut from restored and remastered Blu-ray classics such as The Americanization of Emily, The Big Sleep, The Great Race, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Victor/Victoria and Yankee Doodle Dandy to adored TV offerings such as Longmire (on Blu-ray), Alice and Family Matters (on DVD) to feature-length animated films, including the recent Blu-ray release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, to animated TV series headed by recent Blu-ray releases such as Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice, as well as a wealth of classic animated series on DVD including dozens of Hanna-Barbera classics. WAC offerings can be found via wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.
I was a HUGE fan of this series and am so happy it will now be available for me to fangirl as well as introduce to my young relatives. Leave a comment below on your favorite episode and whom you plan to introduce to Static!
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Hero Complex Gallery has a great selection of art available now for those you don’t want to wait for the last minute for the perfect Valentine geek gift. Currently they have art that will appeal to any fanboy or fangirl dream item. As well as the new four artist show with James Rheem Davis, Matty Ryan Tobin, New Flesh and Vance Kelly that opens Friday, February 2nd with artists in attendance.
|NEW BLIZZARDWORLD ART – by Glen Brogan – Available HERE
CRAIG DRAKE SOLO IV ART – Available HERE
REMINDER – QUATTRO 3 – Our 4-artist show with artists James Rheem Davis, Matty Ryan Tobin, New Flesh and Vance Kelly opens Friday, Feb. 2nd – all artists in attendance!
Flight to Duskwood
by Glen Brogan
Fine Art Prints
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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro at the Studio Ghibli official pop-up shop in San Francisco. The shop that is a collaboration between Kinokuniya USA and Her Universe will open be open from 12-6PM starting February 24 – March 18th at TOTO Concept 190 (near AT&T Park) and will feature exclusive items.
The pop-up interior design has been inspired by the forest where friendly spirt ‘Totoro’ lives in the animated film ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro – the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mel and their whimsical interactions with the friendly forest spirit Totoro). The interior of the store will be forest green and have eco-friendly merchandise fixtures made of recycled cardboard and wall graphics of magical creators and critters from the film. Customers who purchase $100 or more at the pop-up will receive a free souvenir tote bag while supplies last. Admission to the shop will be free but large crowds are expected so online registration will be required please follow their twitter accounts and the KinokuniyaUSA site for details.
Keep up on the details of this magical wonderland celebrating ‘My Neighbor Toto’ by following @KinokuniyaUSA and @HerUniverse to learn of merchandise sneak peeks, announcements and other information.
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.
About Kinokuniya USA
Kinokuniya Bookstore was founded in 1927 in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. In 1969, Kinokuniya opened its first overseas bookstore in San Francisco, California.
Our goal was to provide the Japanese community with books and magazines,
and introduce Japanese culture to the local community. Today, we have 11 stores in the U.S.. We honor our initial goal by offering a wide assortment of titles in Japanese and English in all our U.S. bookstores.
About Her Universe
Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, is the vision of Ashley Eckstein, actress, entrepreneur and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Ashley has been widely recognized as a business woman, Fangirl trendsetter and leading voice for female fandom. Founded in 2010, Ashley launched Her Universe with the mission to create stylish, fashion-forward merchandise for female sci-fi fans. Her Universe is a place for fangirls to step into the spotlight and be heard, recognized and rewarded. Ashley’s goal, from the beginning, was to build the company into a stand-alone entertainment and merchandise brand and, today, Her Universe is leading the way. Hoping to change the perception that science fiction and fantasy is just for boys, Her Universe has joined forces with some of the biggest names in the sci-fi/fantasy world to create fangirl apparel and accessories for such well-known names as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Marvel.
Today, Her Universe, a stand-alone subsidiary of Hot Topic, Inc., has expanded into entertainment and is also known as a lifestyle brand. Her Universe produces a “geek couture” fashion show every year at San Diego Comic-Con called The Her Universe Fashion Show, as well as a docu-series based about the fashion show for Comic-Con HQ. Recently, Her Universe announced it’s own publishing imprint called Her Universe Press with books to follow in 2017-2018.
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Animated Drama TEHRAN TABOO, Focused on Sexual Hypocrisy in Iran, Has US Theatrical Premiere February 14, 2018, at New York’s Film Forum
I am fascinated glimpse from the imagination of Ali Soozanheh’s Tehran Taboo. It’s an animated dramatic film telling many stories of men, women and children living their lives in Iran. The Iranian-born Soozanheh has been living in Germany as an exile so was unable to film in Tehran itself so he instead decided to tell the story in animation.
TEHRAN TABOO had its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Critics’ Week than a competition slot at the Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival and will be premiering at the New York’s Film Forum on Wednesday, February 14th. It will be than be screened in San Francisco, CA, on March 2 (Roxie Theatre) and in Los Angeles, CA, on March 9 (at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 and Music Hall 3).
TEHRAN TABOO tells the story of contemporary life in Iran’s largest city from the view point of a woman having an operation to ‘restore’ her virginity, a Islamic Revolutionary Court divorce judge coercing sexual favors from a prostitute, a pregnant woman wishing to live independently by working and young women being trafficked (sold into modern slavery) as virgins to Dubai for sexual bondage.
This animated film shows a glimpse of those living under the Islamic regime where society’s rules and norms are built on religious law and misogyny in the modern world where people try to navigate living.
TEHRAN TABOO (2016, 96 mins.) Written and directed by Ali Soozandeh. Produced by Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Mark Fencer & Armin Hofmann. Cinematography by Martin Gschlact. Edited by Frank Geiger & Andrea Mertens. Music by Ali N. Askin. Art direction by Ali Soozandeh. VFX Supervisors: Ali Samadi Ahadi & Christian “Pingo” Schiffler. Head of Digital Painting: Alireza Darvish. Lead Shading/Texturing Artist: Carlos Cursaro. With Elmira Rifizadeh (Pari), Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Sara), Arash Marandi (Babak) & Bilal Yasar (Elias). Germany / France / Austria. In Farsi with English subtitles. A Kino Lorber release.
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I remember seeing the original Disney’s Aladdin (animated film) in 1992 with my family. It was a delight that had my entire family laughing from my little brother who was in pre-school to my parents. It’s always been a favorite because of the warm fuzzy feelings it gives me so had extremely high expectations when the Broadway show came to the Pantages. We’ve all seen the video of the Broadway cast ‘sing-off’ at the airport with the Lion King cast. The Disneyfication of Broadway has given me hours of joy watching beloved animated series and none have been a disappointment. From the puppetry of The Lion King and delighted by the Beauty and the Beast costumes … Disney musicals are pure magic.
I adored the show it’s a scrumptious visual light pastry that is full of layers to delight attendees of all ages. The moment the curtain opened I was intrigued with the beautiful Aladdin and Jasmine whose voices twirled and danced in my ear like dervishes. The Genie had huge feet to fill but he was able to channel the comic genius of Robin Williams and make it his own. I loved how they were able to translate the animation to real life. We all remember the saucy sarcastic parrot constantly whispering in the Sultans ear. Going into the show I thought they might use a toy bird with a recorder but to have a ‘mini me’ with all the spunk and trouble played by Reggie De Leon (Iago) was hilarious from the evil laugh to plotting with the Sultan to take over the kingdom. I was giggling like a schoolgirl. The costumes were BEAUTIFUL and truly enriched the visuals of the show adding texture and placing them in the Arabian nights fantasy of this Disney fairytale. The costumes didn’t just add texture but also content that reminded me of some of my favorite scenes from the animated films but still allowing the cast to dance and sing. The set designer out did themselves with the market and the cave of treasure. I don’t want to give away too much but don’t take your eyes away from one moment. Try to study the depth and how design enriched the playto transport youto another world. Watching Aladdin made me feel as if I was on the stage with the movement, brightness and cast interactions with the set. It felt ‘real’ and people around me ‘oohed and aahed’ so many times with me. I mean the man to the right gasped with me when the flying carpet took off. When people say ‘Disney magic’ they are talking about this musical that looked so much like a live action of the animated movie that I plan to watch the film again!
Perfect show to see with BFF
The story of boy meets girl and boy finds a genie is the classic romcom I needed to have my feet tapping with beloved songs from the Disney library and new music. My gosh the flying carpet was a marvel and had me so lost in the moment I felt it was magic (since I have NO idea how they did it) but I have never wanted to fly above the city in arms of a good-hearted thief more! I truly recommend going to see Aladdin with your BFF, the person who stole your heart and of course anyone who’s a kid or a kid at heart. Aladdin will show you the world and leave you delighted.
Aladdin opened on Broadway in 2014 with homage to the animated film and fairy tale but with a Walt Disney stamp to appeal to fans of all ages. It was with joy and anticipation to learn that it would make its first appearance in January so was delighted to be able to attend the first show. I wasn’t the only one since the filled Pantages had fans young and old ready to rub a lamp and have Adam Jacobs the Broadway actor who originated the role appear to grant THREE wishes. In addition to Adam Jacobs, Reggie De Leon reprises his role as Iago from the Broadway show.
Aladdin, Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Jan. 10-March 31; $35-$205. hollywoodpantages.com.
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The future is now and Hero Complex Gallery has one final 2017 timed release for Drew Struzan’s Back to the Future artwork screen print. HCG used scans of the original painting to create the perfect print with close consultation and approval of Drew to make sure it looks like the original poster from the beloved trilogy. I remember seeing the first Back to the Future and falling in love with not only Marty and the Professor but the DeLorean! Those gull wing doors, the color and the crazy future that seemed so far away I wasn’t sure we’d even make it! Sadly I was never able to buy my dream car or travel to the future and the past but at least fans from across the world can now own a piece cinema history with the limited edition print. A lucky few will even have the print signed by Drew Struzan himself! This poster design will always bring back memories of not only seeing the movie as a kid in Davenport, IA but also my hopes for the future. So mark your calendar for the timed release and get your card ready for the perfect addition for any collector and an ideal Valentine Day gift to the love of your life, BFF, mom, dad or what the heck YOURSELF!
Back to the Future ‘One Sheet Version’ by Drew Struzan
Back to the Future ‘One Sheet Version’ and Back to the Future ‘Art Print Version’
by Drew Struzan
24 x 36 inches
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starting 12/23/17 and ending at midnight 1/15/18
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This exhibit had me at ‘Song of the South’ which I remember seeing as a child and not realizing he was a slave. I would like to rewatch it but Disney has it in the vault but I do remember the song … ‘Zippity doo dah’
I will be heading to Malibu for the DEPART Foundation exhibition of New York-based artist Chase Hall in Saturday-Mornings. Mr. Hall is a self-taught artist who uses art to examine racial history in the United States with ‘time honored’ racial stereotypes from the ‘happy slave’ to ‘mammy’ caricatures. These racist images have a negative impact for people of African descent playing into a stereotype that generates ‘fear of black men’, ‘welfare queens’, that black kids are adults and treated as such as well as the hyper sexualization of black bodies. Often we do not see a counter balance of positive portrayals or stories of black people so people in the USA and abroad often only see the negative.
Jerry Pulls on Mammy’s Sock, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 18.”
His decision to use art to reveal how the racist images have morphed into a more palpable display doesn’t lessen the impact these are found in children’s literature/school books, tv, movies and advertising. Saturday-Mornings will be displayed at the Depart Foundation Malibu Village in a dedicated project space for Hall’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. This will also be a homecoming for the artist since he spent part of his childhood in the beach community.
Hall has lived all across the USA and in Dubai giving him a unique view of how people view black bodies. He is now based in New York’s East Village where he uses a variety of art styles to bring his vision of race and the African American experience to his art. His art despite the serious subject has such joy and movement that it is provokes thought at it’s beauty and ideas. Hall calls them a “Trojan Horse of racism,” where he is able to get people looking and talking with a somewhat cartoon whimsical look that is influenced by animation, film and TV (entertainment) that most people can better understand by how it effects them as individuals. You may have seen his other exhibits of photography representing New York in ‘snapshots’ of the other side of the city but Saturday-Mornings is the next chapter in this artists display of how he sees the world. Almost from a Saturday morning cartoon series that often didn’t reflect African Americans and when they did it was an offensive stereotype kids would laugh at not realizing the impact.
Aunt Jemima, 2016. Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24.”
Saturday-Mornings will present a series of new paintings alongside a video work by Hall exploring existing caricatural representations of African American identity from the present through the past. By looking to character types like the “mammy,” the “Uncle Remus,” the mistral, the jester, the addict, the puppet, or the fool, revealing just how widespread and available these ‘types’ have been in the visual landscape, Hall addresses the culturally impoverishing effect these impersonations have had on communities from within and without. Seldom depicted as hero or protagonist, the narratives available in the depiction of race are few.
Saturday-Mornings is on view at DEPART Foundation Malibu Village, concurrently with Sea Sick in Paradise, a group exhibition exploring diverse expressions of identity at the intersection of art and surf culture. The exhibition is hosted by Malibu Village and DEAN & DELUCA.
Born in 1993 and raised across Minnesota, Chicago, Las Vegas, Colorado, Dubai and Malibu, Chase lives and works out of his studio in the East Village of New York. He has been included in exhibitions with: IMMA Project Space in Ireland, Cob Gallery in London, Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Moms favorite in Los Angeles, Sheridan in the Bronx, Edward Minskoff Project Space in NYC, among others. He has released the publications: Gaucho, Come, Irie Jesus, Mug, Milk and Honey, Milk and Honey II. His work was awarded “The Best VICE Photos of 2016” and his artwork has been featured in: Vice, Vogue, LOVE, Munchies, Arteviste, Patter, COEVAL and Dazed.
DEPART Foundation provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.
Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of space and resources conducive to research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.
Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark. Since 2014, DEPART Foundation Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions for Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter, Edward S. Curtis, Ulay, and Michael Pybus.
The first West Coast Solo Chase Hall Solo Exhibition examines the visual history of racial bigotry in the United States. The exhibit is open to the public from November 17 to December 31, 2017.
EXHIBITION CONCURRENTLY ON VIEW WITH SEA SICK IN PARADISE,
NOW EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2017
DEPART Foundation Malibu Village
Suite 3844, 3822 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
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Very interested in the 2018 LA Art Show with the announcement of the Yare: One More Dance
I’ve been invited to see a special performance this evening and am fascinated by Cristobal Valecillos creative career! The artist is weaving tech, environment and history using the masks, Los Angeles Landmarks and invoking the Los Diabolos de Yare Festival with contemporary settings. I look forward to this first viewing and the LA Art Show for the exhilarating project.
THE LA ART SHOW
is proud to announce
TIMOTHY YARGER FINE ART
“YARE; ONE MORE DANCE” BY Cristobal Valecillos
Venezuelan-American multimedia artist Cristobal Valecillos: “Los Diablos de Yare”
This UNESCO Cultural Heritage Festival is rooted in an 18th Century celebration of life, renewal, triumph and good over evil. Valecillos has recreated the traditional masks into a contemporary dialogue, set against Los Angeles landmarks, incorporating challenges of today: Religion, Politics, Consumerism, Violence, Consumption, Environment, Technology, Addiction.
For this exhibition, the artist invokes the annual Los Diablos de Yare festival by creating a collection of eight hand-crafted masks. Each unique mask was sculpted using repurposed materials while remaining faithful to the festival’s tradition.
The artist has also created a series of stunning photographs set against a backdrop of iconic Los Angeles landmarks. These provocative and compelling images incorporate the joys and challenges of the contemporary human spirit.
Cristobal Valecillos’ distinguished career includes art direction, music videos, consumer products, commercials, and photography.
These photographs are available in Limited Edition through
Timothy Yarger Fine Art.
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I’m ready to party with the Black Eyed Peas & Friends at Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con where they are performing at the FREE LACC Halloween Cosplay concert with friends! It’s even more excited that they will be at the LACC all weekend with the Marvel graphic novel Masters Of the Sun mixes L.A. Gang culture, B-Boy-ism and Egyptology to tell the heroic tale of a Hip-Hop group from East L.A. who must battle an ancient, alien God sent to earth to continue a Black Curse–which turns drug dealers and gangsters into zombies! With a deep love of the Hip-Hop culture, Zulu-X and his crew go head-to-head with a nefarious ancient order that has infiltrated the inner cities to settle an ancient score. What happens next can only be described as the perfect blend of action, ancient wisdom and street-smarts all rolled into one epic adventure. Boasting one of the most eclectic ensemble cast of characters, Masters of the Sun delivers a powerful social allegory in the form of a new movement! Wear comfy shoes for a fun weekend at LACC and dancing every night!
|FREE IN CONCERT: BLACK EYED PEAS & FRIENDS
LIVE ON STAGE AT L.A. COMIC CON!
Awesome photo of the Peas by Jarod Harris.
Let’s Get It Started! L.A.’s very own Black Eyed Peas joins L.A. Comic Con all weekend long to celebrate the launch of their new graphic novel, Marvel’s Masters Of The Sun – The Zombie Chronicles!
|But we’re not stopping there! Live and on stage, the Black Eyed Peas and a bunch of their rad friends headline the Saturday night
Halloween Cosplay Ball at Club Novo, to celebrate Masters of the Sun AND the upcoming star-studded Augmented Reality edition that literally jumps off the page! And it’s all FREE to 3-Day and Saturday Badge
holders*, as the Black Eyed Peas’ way of saying Thank You to their hometown crowd!
Plus, fans that purchased the Marvel’s Master of the Sun UPGRADE will have VIP access. But hurry – because there’s only A FEW LEFT! Get yours HERE.
|Get a hold of your 3-Day Badge – and come party with the Black Eyed Peas & Friends! This show is made possible by our friends at Cosmunity!
*Space is limited. Priority will be given to 3-Day Badge Holders, then SaturdayBadge Holders. Wristbands that grant access to the Cosplay Ball will be distributed Saturday afternoon; check StanLeesLAComicCon.com for more information closer to the show. Purchasers of the Marvel’s Master of the Sun upgrade will be given a VIP badge to the VIP lounge at Club Novo. Purchasers of the sold-out Ultimate VIP Upgrade automatically have access to the VIP lounge at Club Novo.
And Don’t Forget Our Friday Party:
CLUB COMIC CON presented by HOT TOPIC!
HALLOWEEN is on the horizon and it’s time to party! With a DJ set by a bonafide vampire, Jackson Rathbone from Twilight, who will be spinning some sick beats, this Halloween bash is the official after-party for Day 1 of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con! Hosted by Disney personality Leo Camacho and The Geek Gatsby, enjoy a rockin’ 90’s set by tribute band “Hit Me 90’s,” special guest performances, and beats by DJ Bubblewrappe, one of LA’s premier ladies on the decks.
You can snare your tix for Club Comic Con HERE.
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I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Cartoon Network burst into my life. The first all animated channel and it’s still going strong with new series and reboots of beloved favorites! If you are a fan of CN that this is the best holiday season EVER! The Paley Center in NYC and LA welcomes CN with an exhibition that has panels, screenings, fun experiences for kids and people who love the art form. See below details for schedule of panels with CN artists who created and worked on popular series.
Cartoon Network: 25 Years of Drawing on Creativity
FREE Exhibit and Screenings
Los Angeles: October 14 to November 19, 2017
Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
New York: This exhibit ran at the Paley Center in New York: September 16 to October 8, 2017.
Twenty-five years ago, the way we enjoyed cartoons changed forever when Cartoon Network launched as the very first twenty-four-hour network dedicated to animation.
Join us at the Paley Center to celebrate twenty-five years of drawing on creativity! Visitors will experience the creative process from sketch to screen and beyond with an in-depth look at Steven Universe, enjoy special exhibits including stop-motion sets from Adventure Time, and have photo ops with sculptures from The Powerpuff Girls and Cartoon Network’s newest hit OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes!
Let the celebration begin!
The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More information about visiting the Paley Center in Los Angeles.
The Paley Center for Media in New York
25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019
More information about visiting the Paley Center in New York.
In Los Angeles:
Free Drop-In Animation Activities for Kids
Saturday, October 14, 2017; noon to 3:30 pm
You be the animator! Through arts and crafts projects from the Paley Education Department, children (ages 5-15) and families will have the opportunity to try out simple animation techniques and gain a better understanding of process behind some of their most beloved Cartoon Network programs.
Storyboarding (ages 5-7)
Using blank storyboard templates, children will be able to map out a scene of their own design. This activity will give children a chance to try their hand at drawing their favorite Cartoon Network characters and then using their creativity, imagination, and literacy skills to fill in the dialogue and action boxes for a complete scene.
Flip Books, Thaumatropes, and Phenakistoscopes (ages 8-15)
One of the best ways of understanding how animation comes to life is to do it yourself. Children will be given the opportunity to create their own simple animation toys like flip books, thaumatropes, and phenakistoscopes that show how small changes over multiple images make for exciting results!
Cartoon Network on the Big Screen
LA: Weekends, October 14 to November 19, 2017
Starting at 12:15 and 2:15 pm
NY: Weekends, September 16 to October 8, 2017
Join us in the theater to enjoy a taste of the Cartoon Network programming that is featured in the exhibit.
Cartoon Network Sampler: One hour screening of episodes featured in our exhibit including Ben 10, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes!, and The Powerpuff Girls.
Steven Universe: One hour screening focusing on Steven Universe, including episodes, behind-the-scenes clips, music videos, other special Steven Universe content.
Weekends: Oct. 14 to Nov. 19
12:15 pm & 2:15 pm
In Los Angeles:
Panel: Cartoon Network Presents: The Creator’s Journey
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 12:00 pm
Our Cartoon Network 25th Anniversary Celebration continues with a special free panel event, The Creator’s Journey. Join creators Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, and Julia Pott for a behind-the-scenes look at Cartoon Network’s hit series Steven Universe, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, and the upcoming Summer Camp Island.
RSVP for FREE!
Rebecca Sugar, Creator, Steven Universe
Ian Jones-Quartey, Creator, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes
Julia Pott, Creator, Summer Camp Island
Moderator: Michael Schneider, Executive Editor, IndieWire; Editor At Large, Variety
In New York:
Panel: Art of the Hero
Saturday, October 7, 2017; 11:00 am
Join creators and artists from Cartoon Network’s most heroic shows to talk about how they have the most epic jobs on the planet! Learn how they got into animation, what advice they have for young artists, and maybe a few secrets about your favorite heroes. In person: Ian Jones-Quartey (Creator, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes!) and John Fang (Producer, Ben 10). FREE!
Fun Facts about Cartoon Network
An entire cable channel devoted to cartoons? Twenty-five years ago, the concept was revolutionary, yet here we are celebrating the anniversary of the October 1, 1992, launch of Cartoon Network, an industry titan that has played a crucial role in redefining children’s television, entertaining and inspiring generations of youths and animators. Like Samurai Jack, Cartoon Network has traveled far and wide in twenty-five years, finding a magical place to fulfill its destiny.
Initially, Cartoon Network provided its parent company, Turner Broadcasting, with a platform to leverage a formidable library of classic animation, including programming from Hanna-Barbera, MGM, UA, and Fleischer Studios—so, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo Where Are You!, Tom and Jerry, Popeye, and numerous other iconic shows. But the following year CN began offering original programming—The Moxy Show was first, followed by Space Ghost Coast to Coast (combining old and new footage) and an incubator initiative, spearheaded by John Kricfalusi and Fred Seibert, that produced such shows as Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and The Powerpuff Girls. In no time at all, Cartoon had demonstrated its commitment to experimentation and innovation, nurturing independent up-and-comers like Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, and Van Partible.
Turner’s 1996 merger with Time Warner opened new doors, resulting in the arrival of animated adaptations of such Warner properties as Justice League, Teen Titans, Acquaman, and the many permutations of Batman. In 1997 Cartoon launched Sean Atkins and Jason DeMarco’s Toonami, a programming block showcasing action anime.
The list of successful CN shows over the last twenty-five years is way too long to present here, but just to whet your appetite: Adventure Time; Steven Universe; The Amazing World of Gumball; Ben 10; Ed, Edd, and Eddy; Samurai Jack; Grim & Evil; The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy; Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends; Regular Show; and, from 2003–05, three seasons of Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars—perhaps you’ve heard of some of them?
What do the next twenty-five years hold in store for Cartoon Network? “Everything ahead of us is totally unknown,” says Jake, Jr., in Adventure Time, one of CN’s most beloved shows. But like Old Tart Toter says in the same show, we’ll “still be here tomorrow to high five you yesterday.”
-David Bushman, Curator, Television
The Paley Center for Media
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