William Shatner to Appear at Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego

Actor, Author Will Be Special Guest during Comic Con Int’l 2015

Presenting Artwork from His “Man O’ War” Cinematic Graphic Novel

The Chuck Jones Gallery will also host receptions for #SuperArtists Mike Kungl, Fabio Napoleoni, Rob Kaz, Rodel Gonzalez, Chuck Jones, and Girls Drawin’ Girls! 

San Diego: William Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series “Star Trek”, will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego on Saturday, July 11 from 8 to 10 PM, RSVP required, announced Scott Dicken, VP of Retail for Linda Jones Enterprises, the gallery’s parent company. The gallery will be premiering artwork from Shatner’s latest creative endeavor, the Cinematic Graphic Novel™ interpretation of his science fiction novel “Man O’ War”. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Hotel and a half-block from the San Diego Convention Center.

“I’m doing something so new and so exciting,” says William Shatner.  “We’re doing illustrated novels in an absolutely new way, something that has essentially never been done before.” The Cinematic Graphic Novel format delivers a groundbreaking form of digital comics that combines moving panels, a new stylistic dimension in animation, in-story sound effects and a music soundtrack to usher in an enhanced reading experience. William Shatner’s Man O’ War is the first licensed property to receive the Cinematic Graphic Novel™ treatment developed by LNL Partners and Panelfly.

William Shatner photographed by Manfred Baumann

William Shatner photographed by Manfred Baumann

The official adaptation of William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel is a 16-chapter taut, action-filled drama of a controversial ambassador sent to negotiate peace between workers at a Martian mining colony and the corporation that owns their lives. Its flawed but charismatic hero, Benton Hawkes, confronts corrupt powerbrokers, political assassination, clandestine relationships and dangerous exploration and investigation on a depleted Earth and a powder-keg Mars.

“Showcasing Shatner at his best, William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel features humanistic storytelling based on his more than 50 years of performance and his lifetime of understanding power and people.  A lifelong fan of comics, Mr. Shatner has actively worked on projects in this field and has had an ongoing vision to advance the medium with technological enhancements. “With the surge of popularity for mobile devices, and with new devices in the pipeline, he believes the time is ripe to introduce a new product channel into the market – and we are thrilled to be part of his vision,” said Mariano Nicieza, LNL Partners Co-Owner.

Collectors who acquire artwork from William Shatner’s Man O’ War cinematic graphic novel from the Chuck Jones Gallery will be given priority access to meet Mr. Shatner on Saturday evening. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the gallery for full details 888-294-9880 or write SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

The Chuck Jones Gallery is also pleased to announce its Comic Con 2015 calendar of events and #SuperArtists Line-Up:

–Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: Premiering artwork from the video game Mortal Kombat IX and Mortal Kombat X. Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular video games ever produced. Its combination of intricate storytelling and gruesome battles has drawn legions of fans around the world. The artwork will represent both the battlegrounds and the stars of the series.

Aztec Courtyard, art from Mortal Kombat X by Marcel Van Vuuren and Atomhawk

Aztec Courtyard, art from Mortal Kombat X by Marcel Van Vuuren and Atomhawk

Also this evening, the Gallery will be introducing new artwork by Rob Kaz and Rodel Gonzalez based on the movie franchise, Star Wars. Mr. Kaz and Mr. Gonzalez will be our #SuperArtists on Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 PM.

Star Wars art by Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz

Star Wars art by Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz

–Thursday, July 9, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: “What’s Pin-up, Doc” an evening devoted to Chuck Jones and Girls Drawin’ Girls. Featuring artwork inspired by Chuck Jones and created by Jennifer Llewellyn, Kate Ferguson, Megan Kelly, Mako Fufu, Joanna Davidovich, Yating Sun, Arie Monroe, Penelope Gaylord, and Heather Chavez. A portion of proceeds of sales this evening will benefit the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Girls Drawin’ Girls.

"Convention Dress Code" by Mako Fufu

“Convention Dress Code” by Mako Fufu

–Friday, July 10, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: “The Chase Is Over”, an evening with Fabio Napoleoni. One of the breakout art stars of the new millennium and our #SuperArtist of the evening, Napoleoni continues to enchant collectors around the globe. The gallery will premier “The Chase Is Over”, Fabio’s latest homage to Chuck Jones, starring the irrepressible Pepé le Pew and his intended paramour, Penelope. Included in the exhibition will be original paintings; rare, sold-out limited editions, and exclusives to the Chuck Jones Gallery. The artist will be signing and dedicating artwork purchased that evening.

The Chase Is Over by Fabio Napoleoni

The Chase Is Over by Fabio Napoleoni

–Saturday, July 11, from 5 to 7:30 PM, RSVP Required: “Fast and Blast” a reception for the Art Deco-inspired #SuperArtist, Mike Kungl. His love of all things Looney Tunes continues to challenge and inspire him and this year we are pleased to present his latest paintings celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Chuck Jones Gallery as well as original drawings and limited editions. 

"Fast" and "Blast" by Mike Kungl

“Fast” and “Blast” by Mike Kungl

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Mike Peraza, Eric Goldberg, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

Art images available upon request.

What’s Up Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones Opens June 13 at EMP Museum, Seattle

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What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” opens Saturday, June 13 at the EMP Museum, Seattle; the exhibit closes mid-January 2016. If you’re in the area or planning to travel to Seattle, it is a not-to-be-missed experience for fans of Chuck Jones, animation, and art.  The exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of the Moving Image, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bugs Bunny model sheet from an unknown production, colored pencil on 5-hole punch 12 field animation paper, circa early 1950s.

New in the Gallery: Caricatures by Thornton Hee (AKA T. Hee)

It’s hard to believe, but this is the 85th birthday of Warner Bros. Animation. You have to imagine a group of young men, many in their mid-20s, employed in animation during the Great Depression. How will they entertain themselves? One way was through caricature. Each of them in their own style would skewer the uppity, rib(ald) the randy, and generally make good-natured fun of their associates. The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to present a collection for sale of caricatures of animators, directors, story writers, and others from the hand of Thornton Hee.

Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng as imagined by T. Hee.

Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng as imagined by T. Hee. For information about the availability of these drawings, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant. Phone numbers available at the end of the post.

Thornton Hee was one of these young men. Although his legendary status was in its formative years, he was noted for his quick wit and sharp pencil. Hee is known for working at the biggest and the best Hollywood studios, such as Disney, directing the “Dance of the Hours” segment of “Fantasia”. Later he worked at UPA (United Productions of America) where he was responsible for story and designs for many of their classic Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, and other one-shot cartoons.

Tex Avery by Thornton Hee

Tex Avery by Thornton Hee

But, for two years, 1935-36, T. Hee helped revolutionize the Warner Bros. animation style. His designs for the caricatures of Hollywood movie stars were used in the classic Tex Avery short, “The Coo Coo Nut Grove”, as well as one of Bob Clampett’s shorts, “Russian Rhapsody”.

Ken Harris wasn't safe either from the razor sharp wit of T. Hee.

Ken Harris wasn’t safe either from the razor sharp wit of T. Hee.

Years later, T. Hee, along with veteran Disney director, Jack Hannah, became the heads of the character animation department at CalArts; he later became the chairman of the Fine Arts department at the school.

Tedd Pierce got the Hee treatment.

Tedd Pierce got the Hee treatment.

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Not to Be Missed! Irvine Classical Players with Seraphim Symphony Perform at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Irvine Classical Players with Seraphim Symphony are pleased to present a musical tribute to the 1996 Emmy Award-winning live action with animation television special, “Peter and the Wolf”* on Friday, May 29 from 7 to 9 PMat the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
Selections of music from Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 symphony with spoken word, “Peter and the Wolf” will be performed live by this group of talented musical prodigies,and a photo montage of the characters designed by Chuck Jones for the live action/animated version will be shown. Introduction and spoken word by Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson.
All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the charities.
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Watch Vinson Luo of the Irvine Classical Players Perform!

 

 

We Get Mail: The History of Animation with Linda Jones Clough

Chuck’s daughter and Emmy Award-winning producer, Linda Jones Clough, was in New York this past weekend for the 25th anniversary performances of George Daugherty’s “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”.

While in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s information kiosk, she met an animation student, Gabe Schleifer. Gabe sent us this email this morning:

“Hello, this email is for Linda Jones. My name is Gabriel Schleifer, I’m a 3rd year animation student at The School of Visual Arts. She and I met at Lincoln Center a few days ago during the Bugs Bunny at the Symphony concert where she and her granddaughter were promoting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

“I just wanted to let you know that I had a great time chatting with you about your father and about the foundation, not to mention all of the talented artists who are already helping. It’s wonderful to be able to speak to someone who is, in some way or another, a part of the history of this extraordinary art form and is making sure the revolutions of it’s pioneers lives on.

“Here are a couple of photos taken from the event. I plan to stay in touch with this organization.”

Thanks again! Gabe Schleifer

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with correspondent and animation student, Gabe Schleifer, right, and his friend.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Symphony Night: A Tribute to “Peter & the Wolf”

Please join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Emmy Award-winning, “Peter and the Wolf”. Enjoy an evening’s recital with the Irvine Classical Players and the Seraphim Symphony in this fundraising benefit for the Center and these fine Orange County musicians. All proceeds will benefit the non-profits. This musical evening will take place Friday, May 29, from 7 to 9 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Tickets are available by clicking on this sentence.

“Peter and the Wolf” was originally commissioned in 1936 by the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow with the intent to engage young people at an early age with a love of classical music; Prokofiev finished the work in just four days. In 1995 Chuck’s character designs became the basis for an live action/animated TV special produced and directed by George Daugherty, that starred Lloyd Bridges and Kirstie Alley. It won an Emmy the following year for best children’s television special.

The Center is pleased to partner with Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony to bring you this selection of music from this musical masterpiece. Please join us!

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Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Photos by Stephen Russo

 

Red Dot Auction 2015: The Photos

What a great evening! Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, friends, and artists who came out to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 5th Annual Red Dot Auction this past Friday, May 1, 2015. With a crowd numbering in the 300s, the silent auction was a big success!

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck's grandsons.

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck’s grandsons.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd. They were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and  business maven, Tracy Tanner.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and business maven, Tracy Tanner.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, "Rain" creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, “Rain” creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

The crowd.

The crowd.

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Where do I put my bid?

Where do I put my bid?

Did I win?

Did I win?

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with one of the over 200 contributing artists.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with Mayu Tanimoto, one of the over 225 contributing artists.

Is this where I write my bid?

Is this where I write my bid?

Artist James C. Mulligan

Artist James C. Mulligan and friend.

This one's mine!

This one’s mine!

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Collectors Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana's contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana’s contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

Well, it’s time to start planning the 6th Annual Red Dot Auction! See you next May!

Photos courtesy the incomparable Stephen Russo, longtime volunteer and supporter of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Preview Night: Red Dot Auction Update!

On Thursday, April 30th, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted a private preview evening for their donors, sponsors, and the artists who had contributed artwork to this year’s Red Dot Auction. What a lovely evening! Cocktails and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres flourished, the repartee was sparkling, the evening was a smash!

Those in attendance had the opportunity to not only preview the incredible artwork that is on display, but to also bid and use the eponymous “Red Dot” to secure their favorite works of art by committing to pay $600 for the one of their choice. Cowbells were heard throughout the night!*Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman.

Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman. Ms. Merryman gave a brief introduction to the science of creativity for those assembled.

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Artists from left: Mike Kungl, our intrepid photographer, Stephen Russo, Daniel Killen, and Jimmy Mulligan.

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It’s true, your mother is always your biggest fan. In this instance, with good cause, the young man is incredibly talented.

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Our creative council members, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

A trio of our creative council members, volunteers all, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

All photographs by Stephen Russo, a volunteer on the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity.

*Cowbells were rung every time a Red Dot was used.

 

What in the World? Red Dot Auction Update!

What in the world? It’s not of this world, it’s from Mars! Marvin the Martian is making a splash at this year’s Red Dot Auction as witnessed by these creative submissions by artists from around the country. Which one will be yours? Online pre-bidding is available through Thursday, April 30 at 10 PM CDT at Heritage Auctions website. Check it out!

Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Just $25 per person online HERE, or $35 per person at the door on Friday, May 1.

Just a reminder: proceeds from the Red Dot Auction fund the programs, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals at the Center and around the country. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 public charity.

Boy Marvin with Puppy K-9

Boy Marvin with Puppy K-9

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From Crickets to Coyotes and Everything In-between! Red Dot Auction Update!

So much awesomeness! Artists, where do you get all of your ideas? The theme this year, as it has been in the past, was “The Life and Times of Chuck Jones”. Chuck was born in 1912 and passed away in 2002; his nine decade life spanned most of the 20th century as well as the history of the animated film. He was interested in, no, let me put that another way, he was fascinated by everything in the world around him. A voracious reader, Chuck Jones cited influences as diverse as Mark Twain and Carlos Santayana; and from the actor and director Charlie Chaplin to the grapefruit-loving Johnson the Cat.  Nothing was too small not to catch his attention.

That gave our artists for this year’s Red Dot Auction a lot to consider and to be inspired by as witnessed in the works below.

What’s that you say? You haven’t bought your tickets for the Red Dot Auction on Friday, May 1 from 7 to 10 PM? What are you waiting for? They’re just $25 per person online (click here) or $35 per at the door. Be there or be square (just like the canvases!)

Mel Blanc, pyrography (wood burning) on wood, 12" square.

Mel Blanc, pyrography (wood burning) on wood, 12″ square.

Claude and Frisky Puppy, colored pencil on canvas,

Claude and Frisky Puppy, colored pencil on canvas, 12″ square.

"Roughing It" acrylic on canvas, 12" square.

“Roughing It” acrylic on canvas, 12″ square.

Cricket and Kandinsky, digital art on paper, 12" square.

Cricket and Kandinsky, digital art on paper, 12″ square.