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Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego Announces Comic Con Int’l Events, July 12 – 15

Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego

Announcing Artist Appearances and Exhibits for Int’l Comic Con

July 12-15, 2012

Mike Kungl, Tennessee Loveless in Person!

Plus

The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Kick-off

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 12-15.  All events and receptions are free and open to the public. 

  • Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars artist, Mike Kungl, will be feted with a reception on Thursday, July 12th from 7 to 10 PM.  The official artist for the Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend, Kungl is known for his sleek stylings reminiscent of the time of luxury liners, movie stars, and geometric designs. His work for Warner Bros., Disney, and Star Wars brings a dramatic theatricality to images beloved by collectors world-wide. Kungl has been selected by the family of legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, to create homage artwork for their celebration of Chuck Jones’s centennial year (1912-2012). In addition to the Homage work, he will be unveiling original Super Heroes mixed media paintings. Kungl will be dedicating artwork purchased at the exhibit.  

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  • On Friday, July 13th, the Gallery will host an open house 7 to 10 PM celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Institutes Traveling Exhibits will be touring a Chuck Jones retrospective beginning mid-2014. To celebrate that and Chuck’s centennial, the gallery will feature an exhibit of original production art from the Chuck Jones archive chronicling his films made during the Golden Age of Animation (1940s, 1950s). This evening will also be filled with free raffles for artwork, games where the winner will receive a free work of Chuck Jones art, plus trivia competitions that will challenge even the geekiest among you, the winners of which will win a free work of Chuck Jones art. PLUS THIS JUST IN!: MEET ARTIST JAMES C. MULLIGAN AND CHUCK JONES'S GRANDSON, CRAIG KAUSEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY!!! SEE MULLIGAN'S LATEST CHUCK JONES HOMAGE ORIGINAL ART UNVEILED!
  • The visually-challenged artist, Tennessee Loveless, will be honored with an exhibition and reception on Saturday, July 14th from 2 to 5 PM.  Severely color-blind, Loveless overcame the obvious obstacles on his road to becoming a young tyro. Utilizing a system of mathematical formulas to plot his color charts, his POP/OP paintings vibrate with color as his imagery delights and surprises collectors.  Chosen by the family of Chuck Jones as one of the Centennial Homage artists, Loveless has applied his skill and undeniable talent to the cartoon characters made famous by the four-time Oscar-winning director. Unveiling his first Homage work, “The Big Kaboom”, Loveless will also be signing and dedicating a limited number of commemorative Comic Con 2012 Chuck Jones Gallery posters.

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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

 

Bianchi’s Big Bash: Thor, Batman & Battalions of Fans!

It's official: Comic Con International got off with a big bang yesterday as the Chuck Jones Gallery welcomed Marvel artist, Simone Bianchi, he of the magnificent paintings and drawings of Thor and Batman, to a reception held in his honor.  

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Erin Liddell (left), senior art consultant at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego and Scott Dicken (center), VP retail–Linda Jones Enterprises, greet artist Simone Bianchi at the gallery last night.

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Bianchi makes a point while speaking with his adoring fans and collectors.

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Holding the attention of his collectors was not a problem for the artist, Simone Bianchi, at last night's opening reception for him at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue (just 1/2 block from the Convention Center), San Diego.

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The Marvel Comics artist, Simone Bianchi, signs the gallery's show sign (a tradition!) at last night's reception in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego's historic Gaslamp District.

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 It's "thumb's up" as Marvel Comics artist, Simone Bianchi, poses with two of his most ardent collectors during the reception held in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.

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Yes, yes, I know, the man with the "Don't Press Your Luck" t-shirt looks really angry, but I guarantee you that he is not–he's just a devoted, passionate fan and collector of the art of Simone Bianchi (shown seated in the black beret.)

We'd be remiss if we did not share with you a few photos (BTW, all of these photos are courtesy the multi-talented Dean Diaz, a longtime employee of Linda Jones Enterprises and all-around wit), of some of the people attending this year's Comic Con International.  Enjoy!

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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!

Plus

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.

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A Flurry of Press Clippings

Chuck Jones and the Chuck Jones Gallery have been in the news lately and forthwith are excerpts from these news stories, interviews and press mentions along with links to the complete article:

Timothy Callahan, staff writer and blogger at When Words Collide (Comic Book Resources) interviews up and coming comic book artist and graphic novelist, Jason Latour, who cites Chuck Jones as an influence:

"I think his cartoons were the first time I
noticed a distinct mind at work. They really helped cultivate my
absurdist side, my sense of humor. The stuff he was doing was so full of
character, you felt like his Daffy Duck was a real person. I could
picture Daffy walking off the set after a shoot to go drown his bruised
ego in vodka and cry in a hooker's lap or something. I know he had large
literary influences. Sure the stuff was satirical of its time but you
can really see he was so well read, so smart, but never condescending.

Aesthetically there's such a visceral rawness to it. Like controlled
freedom. You'd have a perfect gestured, supremely well designed
character… but then the freedom to just let his mouth go wobbly and
crudely expressive. My dream is to get away with… to find the place
for in a story for blotches of color for trees, or something like that
Marvin the Martian space base."

Read the full interview here.

Erin Liddell, senior art consultant at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego got some ink this week in an article from the San Diego News Room on the economic impact of Comic Con on local San Diego businesses and the possibility that Comic Con may relocate after their contract with the San Diego Convention Center expires.  

“There isn’t anywhere else on this earth
that we would want to be during Comic-Con,” Liddell said. “From
publicity and press to the increase in people coming in to enjoy our
artwork, it’s 100 percent amazing for us. To lose it would have a huge
impact on us.”

To read the complete article, click here.

Chuck Rothman, in his blog Great But Forgotten, talks about the Chuck Jones character, the Mynah Bird, created initially for Jones' "The Little Lion Hunter" but used in subsequent short films by him:

The Bird is introduced with Inki following his tracks into some bushes,
which begin to wave violently.  He retreats, thinking it's a larger
animal, but out of the storm** comes a small, black bird, like a crow
only rounder, and with a yellow beak and legs.  The bird walks across
the forest to the time of Mendelssohn's "Fingal's Cave/Hebredes
Overture"  in a peculiar gait that part walking, part hopping, moving
in a perfectly straight line until he vanished into a hole or another
bush.  He ignored everything going on around him — until the right
moment, when he would wreck havoc on those who got in his way (usually a
lion that was out to get Inki). 

To finish reading the article, go here.

One of our favorite animation websites is Cartoon Brew, helmed by authors Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi.  They recently posted a note about the upcoming film night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that will feature all nine of Chuck Jones' Oscar-nominated (3 wins!) short films.  Get the 411 here.

Thrilling for the Chuck Jones Gallery was hosting a reception and art exhibit for famed indie animation creator, producer and artist, Bill Plympton during Comic Con 2010.  Plympton, as always so gracious and gentlemanly, mentioned the exhibition at his own blog Scribble Junkies.   To catch up with Bill and what he's up to, click here.

Journalist Tom Foreman who blogs on Anderson Cooper's website, AC360°, cited Chuck Jones in an open letter to the president: "Chuck Jones, the famous cartoonist and animator, once told me that when
he was a teenager he enrolled in art school and the teacher began class
by telling the students, “You each have ten thousand bad drawings in
you. The sooner we get them out the better!” As a result, even into
his 80’s, Chuck was still creating up to a dozen drawings every day,
just to keep in practice. No wonder he was a master." 

Read the whole letter here.

Bill Plympton at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Animation legend (and Indie film bad boy) Bill Plympton made the scene at the Chuck Jones Gallery, San Diego, on Friday evening, July 23rd.  Fresh off a full day of seminars and screenings at the 2010 Comic Con, Bill was the picture of graciousness, greeting and meeting and speaking with hundreds of his fans that joined the gallery in welcoming this artistic iconoclast to San Diego and his first-ever gallery show.

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Animation legend Bill Plympton exhibits some of the same enthusiasm as his character does in his over-the-top hilarious animated short film "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger." 

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Plymptom adds his imprimatur to an original drawing from his animated short film "Hot Dog."

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At times throughout the evening, Bill would stop the proceedings and a short film would be popped into the DVD player and everyone would stop what they were doing and watch the film with Plympton commentary running along with his mostly silent films (they do have the occasional squeal, howl, laughter, weeping & splats.) 

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Bill Plympton explains a bit of animation to a film crew from Canada. 

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Happiness is a gallery full of collectors and fans!

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The Chuck Jones Gallery staff with Bill Plympton: from left Bob Parker, Scott Dicken, Joel Shapiro, Plympton, Erin Liddell, Carla Miramontes, Mike Dicken, Katy Easland, and Chris Scardino. 

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Plympton pauses during the festivities to get a hug from documentary director and producer of the soon-to-be-released documentary "Plymptoons", Alexia Anastasio, and Craig "Spike" Decker of the world famous "Spike and Mike's Animation Festivals."

Meet Artist Mike Kungl! Saturday at the Chuck Jones Gallery

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Meet artist Mike Kungl on Saturday, July 24 from 7 to 8:30 PM as the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego unveils and premiers his latest graphic work for Marvel Comics, Iron Man and The Black Widow! These beautiful new prints (24" x 19" fine art reproductions on canvas) will be available for dedication by the artist during the reception. 

This exhibit will also include work from the world of DC Comics, including new graphic editions from Alex Ross and Jim Lee.  For more information, call the gallery at 888-294-9880. 

Bill Plympton & Plymptoons Tonight!

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Bill Plympton, two-time Oscar nominee, will be our special guest tonight from 7 to 10 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in the heart of San Diego's historic GasLamp District (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and smack in between K & L Streets.) 

Mr. Plympton will be dedicating and remarque-ing artwork purchased at this show.  Don't miss out on his first ever gallery exhibit in San Diego!  See you tonight! 

Stan Lee & Anthony Winn + Special Guest Felix Cane @ Chuck Jones Gallery

Pow!  Bam!  Kaplooey! 

What a night!  The Chuck Jones Gallery hosted a reception for the super hero creator, author, artist and all around bon vivant, Stan Lee, and his protege and collaborator, Anthony Winn last night that was attended by hundreds (seemed like thousands!) of collectors and fans from around the globe.  Thank you all for coming by the gallery and making the event such a big success!

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Stan Lee! Stan Lee! Stan Lee! Stan Lee! Stan Lee! The crowd views the artwork in anticipation of Stan Lee's arrival at the Chuck Jones Gallery.

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Stan Lee, ever the gentleman, graciously took a few minutes to address the crowd at the gallery. 

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And took a few minutes to introduce his protege and collaborator, the artist Anthony "Tony" Winn. 

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They quickly settled into a rhythm of signing & dedicating artwork purchased at the show. 

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The hand of a master.

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A group of lucky collectors share a laugh with Stan Lee.

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Erin Liddell, one of the Chuck Jones Gallery's most sought after consultants takes five to pose with Stan Lee fans and collectors.

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The staff of the gallery pose with Miss World Pole Dancer 2009, Felix Cane, who had wowed the crowd with a brief performance later in the evening, along with the artist Tony Winn. 

An Actor Prepares: Consultant Erin Puts Her Game Face On!

Erin preps for the show

Just minutes before the doors opened this evening for the Stan Lee reception at the Chuck Jones Gallery, we found Erin, one of the intrepid art consultants at our next door neighbor, MAC cosmetics, having a quick touch-up to her beautiful face (she is, after all, a former Rose Parade Queen.)  

Stop by and meet Erin and our other knowledgeable staff during Comic Con and tell them that "Chuck Redux" sent you!  More on the show tomorrow plus details about the Bill Plympton event scheduled for Friday evening from 7 to 10 P.M.!!

Katy and Carla Rock Out at Our Comic Con Booth!

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Katy and Carla, Chuck Jones Gallery art consultants, took a quick break from assisting convention-goers at the Chuck Jones Gallery booth (#1134) at Comic Con 2010 to send in this snapshot.  They report that record-setting attendance has the aisles packed with fangirls and -boys loading up on incredible artwork and collectibles.  Pictured behind them are beautiful limited edition lithographs by John Alvin, America's most important cinema campaign artist of the past 40 years. 

Whether you're in aisle 800 or 5500 at the Convention Center in San Diego, please make a point of stopping by booth 1134 to say hello and introduce yourself.  There are many exclusive offerings just for you during Comic Con. 

Remember tonight, you can meet Stan Lee and Anthony Winn at our gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue (just 1/2 block north of the convention center) beginning at 6 P.M.  And before I forget: this evening Miss International Pole Dancer 2009, the beautiful and talented, Felix Cane, will perform in our gallery promptly at 8:30 P.M.  You won't want to miss that!