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Chuck Jones Gallery — San Diego Announces Comic Con Schedule of Events!

Chuck Jones Gallery 

Announcing Artist Appearances and Exhibits for Int’l Comic Con

July 21-24, 2011

Simone Bianchi, Randy Martinez in Person!


The Art of Ralph Bakshi with

Special Guest, Edward Bakshi

and Pencil, Ink And Story, the Art of Henry Scarpelli

San Diego, CA:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the historical center of the city at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today their schedule of artist appearances and exhibits during International Comic Con, July 21-24. 

  • Marvel and DC Comics Super-Artist Simone Bianchi will be feted with a reception on Thursday, July 21st from 7 to 10 PM.  Bianchi is one of the new breed of Marvel Comic whose work has revolutionized the way the Marvel characters look.  Known for his use of watercolor half-tones and ink washes, Bianchi’s non-traditional comic book drawing style has catapulted him to the heights of the comic book world.  This reception for the artist will feature his most recent work on paper and canvas from both DC Comics and Marvel.  The gallery will be exhibiting two exclusive editions from Bianchi, “The Call of the Knights” and “Batman.”  Bianchi will be dedicating artwork purchased at the exhibit. 

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  • On Friday, July 22nd, the Gallery will host an open house and reception for the Art of Ralph Bakshi, with his son, animation director and producer, Edward, as our special guest, from 7 to 10 PM.  Bakshi, the producer, director, writer and animator of such ground-breaking animated films as “Fritz the Cat”, “Coonskins”, “Wizards”, and “The Lord of the Rings” is regarded by critics and collectors as one of the modern giants of animation.  The exhibition will feature not only original production art from a variety of his films, but also his most recent mixed media constructions, drawings and paintings.  Ralph Bakshi will be signing dedication cards for artwork purchased during the exhibition. 

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  • Star Wars artist Randy Martinez will be honored with an exhibition and reception on Saturday, July 23rd from 6 to 9 PM.  Known for his compelling portrayals of the landmark George Lucas film series, Martinez has also drawn over 10,000 sketch cards for Topps Trading Cards for such brands as, “Lord of the Rings”, “Hero”, “Terminator”, “Marvel Comics” as well as “Star Wars”.  Martinez, along with his co-author, Denise Vasquez, will be premiering his latest book, “Sketch Card Mania” and will offer a demonstration of how-to create your own sketch cards.  Martinez will be dedicating artwork purchased at this event and he and Denise Vasquez will sign their most recent book.

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  • Throughout the four days of Comic Con (July 21-24) the art of Henry Scarpelli will be on view in the gallery.  Scarpelli, best known for his work on the Archie Comic Strips (both as writer and artist), was also the creator of the syndicated one-panel cartoon “TV Tee Hees” and at Dell Publishing the artist behind many of their comic books based on TV shows such as, “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Hogan’s Heroes”.   This exhibit will feature both daily and Sunday Archie comic strips and panels.

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About the gallery:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists and photographers whose work is entertainment related.  For more information please call the gallery at 888-294-9880 or online at www.ChuckJonesGallery.com.  Blog: Chuck Redux.

Simone Bianchi, Randy Martinez and Ralph Bakshi are available for interviews subject to their schedules.  Images available for print and online usage.  Contact Erin Liddell at Erin@ChuckJones.com or 619-294-9880 for more information.



Image of the Day: Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck


In 1989, Chuck Jones' autobiography Chuck Amuck was released with much fanfare and critical acclaim. In a series of appearances at art galleries around the nation that launched the release, Jones was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and admiration from his legion of collectors, fans and admirers.

One aspect of book publishing is the all important cover art, and in the case of Chuck Amuck there was no doubt who would be providing said art.  Chuck Jones created this image of Bugs Bunny seated at an animator's desk, quickly animating Daffy Duck with the sign "Rabbit Season"; it is, in essence, a flurry of drawings as they fly off his drawing surface. 

Released at the same time as his autobiography, Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck is a 16 field (13.5" x 16.5") hand-painted cel art edition.  The line for the edition was created by Mr. Jones in graphite and then beautifully inked (with a brush) by him, it was then transferred to acetate sheets, painted and Mr. Jones then hand-signed each example in the edition.  It is the perfect centerpiece to any collection of Chuck Jones art.  Learn more about it here