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Lines Are Forming at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego for the Release of the New Alex Ross Art

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There's no doubt in these collector's minds that the Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue is the place to be before, during, and after Comic Con. Today, the gallery releases new work, "Rough Justice" from DC Comics master artist, Alex Ross. Tonight, from 7 to 10 PM, meet contemporary Art Deco artist, Mike Kungl, and view his new mixed media works on paper, canvas, and board. They're awesome (see a sampling below)!

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"Duck Dodgers" mixed media on board, 18" x 12", by Mike Kungl

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"Gossamer Brand" mixed media acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl 

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"Rocket Squad" mixed media acrylic on board, 14" x 11", by Mike Kungl

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"Pepe: Tour de Romance" mixed media acrylic on board, 12" x 18", by Mike Kungl

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"Black Widow" mixed media acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30", by Mike Kungl

Contact the gallery for pricing and availability. 888-294-9880, SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or visit us at 232 Fifth Avenue, just one half block from the San Diego Convention Center 

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A Little Bit of “Rough Justice” for Comic Con-goers at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, located just steps from the Convention Center at 232 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's historic (and oh-so-naughty, historically speaking, of course) Gaslamp Quarter is your home for the newest art from DC Comics's star artist, Alex Ross. 

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All of Ross's hyper-realistic artwork begins as a pencil drawing and these new works, such as "Rough Justice-Batman" demonstrate why Ross is the go-to artist for DC Comics. Although some of his drawings never get painted, the new series (including Superman, below) show how the drawing evolves into a painting. 

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In this short video, Alex Ross talks about what it takes to be a comic book artist and how he works.

Visit the Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue during Comic Con! 866-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Comic Con Show Schedule:

Thursday, July 12: 7 to 10 PM — Meet artist Mike Kungl

Friday, July 13: 6 PM to ? — Fun and Games with Prizes! Celebrate the Chuck Jones Centennial

Saturday, July 14: 2 to 5 PM — Meet artist Tennessee Loveless

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If You See Me Walking Down the Street…

"It's a Scweam!" is a day brightener at the corner of Market Street and 5th Avenue in San Diego's storied Gaslamp Quarter. Should you find yourself there with your Smartphone, make sure to scan the QR code in the lower right for more information…who knows what you'll find if you look hard enough.

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Jones Family Gathering Welcomes a Special Guest!

At last night's gala dinner on the patio of Lou & Mickey's (at the very heart of San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter–previously known as the "Stingaree"), the Jones Family Gathering welcomed a very special guest, one of Chuck Jones's favorite authors and wits.

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This author has been gone from this world for over a century, so our 'reception' was at times a little blurry, but we kept fiddling with the knobs and dials of our "Way Back Machine" (not to be confused with Peabody & Sherman's WABAC machine), and he eventually came into clearer focus.  

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To everyone's amazement and delight it was that rascal and raconteur, the inimitable Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).  Mr. Twain was gracious enough to stroll among us, delighting us with bits and pieces of his encyclopedic knowledge of all things west of the Mississippi (and some things east of it too!)

Chuck Jones began reading at age three and around the age of seven (circa 1919) discovered the writings of Mark Twain, in particular a book Twain wrote about his and his brother's trip by stagecoach out to the gold fields of the Sacramento basin in 1849 ("a miner, a 'forty-niner', oh my darlin' Clementine…"), titled "Roughing It".  One particular passage stuck with Chuck, and it was Twain's description of the coyote (which is repeated below for your edification); it was a description, Chuck said, that resonated with a scrawny, seven-year-old, and one that when needed about 20 years later, provided much of the characterization of one of Jones's most enduring and popular characters.  Let's see, who could that be?

Twain wrote: 

"Along about an hour after breakfast we saw the first prairie dog villages, the first antelope, and the first wolf. If I remember rightly, this latter was the regular coyote (pronounced ky-o-te) of the farther deserts. And if it was, he was not a pretty creature or respectable either, for I got well acquanited with his race afterward, and can speak with confidence.

The coyote is a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton, with a gray wolfskin stretched over it, a tolerably bushy tail that forever sags down with a despairing expression of forsakenness and misery, a furtive and evil eye, and a long, sharp face, with slightly lifted lip and exposed teeth. He has a general slinking expression all over. The coyote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck, and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him, and even the fleas would desert him for a velocipede. He is so spirtless and cowardly that even while his exposed teeth are pretending a threat, the rest of his face is apologizing for it. And he is so homely! -so scrawny, and ribby, and coarse-haired, and pitiful."

Chuck Jones Gallery Goes to the Dogs!

(And cats, birds, and iguanas, and tetras…etc.)

Celebrating the Gaslamp Quarter's Pet Parade

San Diego, CA–The Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue–in the heart of San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter–will host an open house on Sunday, December 13, 2009 from 1 to 5 PM in honor of the Gaslamp Quarter's annual Pet Parade.  Join Simon, the house dog, as the gallery exhibits never-before-seen Chuck Jones drawings of dogs & cats that he had known throughout his life.

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This remarkable collection of drawings, in a variety of media (including graphite, pen & ink, charcoal,) will captivate and delight pets and their guardians.  A special selection of the works will be featured in an upcoming limited edition portfolio of dogs (a companion to the 2001 "Cat Portfolio" also on display.)  Most of the works shown will be from the archive of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and this will be their first public exhibition.

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Jones, known for his legendary career in animation and as the father of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote plus a host of other Warner Bros. characters, was not only an avid lover of animals, but cared for and sheltered many dogs and cats throughout his 89 years, the most famous of which were Johnson the Cat and Teddy (a dog,) both of whom were immortalized in his autobiography Chuck Amuck and the sequel, Chuck Reducks.  He was also the creator of many of the most recognized cartoon dogs in animation history, including: Charlie Dog, K-9, Sam Sheepdog, Marc Anthony (all at Warner Bros.) and Max (How the Grinch Stole Christmas.)

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Along with refreshments for the humans, a special selection of treats will be available for the furred, feathered and scaled participants in the parade.  The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film representing exceptional art not only from Warner Bros., but also from all major animation studios.  Included in the ongoing exhibitions are works by important international painters, sculptors and photographers.