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Comic Con @ Home with the Chuck Jones Gallery

Join us Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26 for [email protected] with the Chuck Jones Gallery! Each day will feature a different artist at our Chuck Jones Creativeside Chat forums via Zoom (Password: 394585) and Live Streamed at Facebook.com/OfficialChuckJones.

  • Wednesday, July 22 from 5 to 6 PM PDT — Meet the incomparable Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter and the founder of Linda Jones Enterprises! Interviewed by her son, Craig Kausen, president of the Chuck Jones Companies.
  • → Special online auction of rare original art and sold out editions featuring Bugs Bunny opens at 6 PM and closes at 9 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 22nd.  GO TO:  https://bit.ly/BugsBunny80 to register and preview the available artwork.
  • Thursday, July 23 from 5 to 6 PM PDT — Celebrating Marvel Comics and Stan Lee with special guest artist, Tim Rogerson!
  • Friday, July 24 from 5 to 7:00 PM PDT — Fabio Napoleoni! Arguably one of America’s most collected artists, Fabio and his Marcenivo, along with a charming cast of characters, misfits and maidens, have won the hearts of thousands.
  • → Special online auction of rare original art and sold out editions by Fabio Napoleoni opens at 7 PM and closes at 10 PM PDT on Friday, July 25th. GO TOhttps://bit.ly/NapoleoniStudio to register and preview the available artwork.
  • Saturday, July 25 from 3 to 4 PM PDT — Willie Ito — one of a handful of Japanese-American animation luminaries will discuss his career and his internment in a camp during World War II right here in the United States.
  • Sunday, July 26 from 1 to 2 PM PDT — Master of the Looney Arts! An interview with artist and animation superfan, Ben Olson

One Zoom link for all events! Click the Chuck Jones Creativeside Chat logo below to join us for these special Comic Con @ Chuck Jones Gallery events! Password: 394585

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CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF BUGS BUNNY!

Bugs Concerto by Chuck Jones


That wascally wabbit we all know and love turns 80 on July 27th! Baking a carrot cake in his honor would be an appropriate way to celebrate!

The Chuck Jones Gallery is honoring this birthday milestone with the release of “Bugs Concerto” a fine art print on canvas measuring 19″ x 24″ and in an edition of 375. Offered at a pre-publication price of only $695 FRAMED through the end of July. Click the image or here to acquire this striking work of art. It’ll be the centerpiece of any room in your home, office, or rabbit burrow.

Rabbit Season by Mike Kupka


“Rabbit Season” fine art print on canvas by Mike Kupka, 12″ x 24″, edition of 80. Click the image to acquire.

Artist Mike Kupka has created a spectacular tribute to Bugs Bunny and to Chuck Jones who directed him in some of his most iconic roles. “Rabbit Season” features Bugs in nine different cartoons directed by Chuck Jones! They are: Baby Buggy Bunny, 1954; Bunny Hugged, 1951; Hair-Raising Hare, 1946; Long-Haired Hare, 1949; Bully for Bugs, 1953; What’s Opera, Doc?, 1957; Super Rabbit, 1943; Broom-stick Bunny, 1956; Hareway to the Stars, 1958 and with special guest star, Daffy Duck appearing in Rabbit Fire, 1951. Click the image to acquire.

Picture the Future by Chuck Jones


Originally released in 2005, “Picture the Future” celebrated Bugs’s 65th birthday. For his 80th birthday, and with only six remaining  in the edition, we are pleased to offer “Picture the Future” framed with an 80th anniversary plaque for just $2850 before the price increases to $4000 on August 1, 2020. Don’t delay, order today by clicking the image or here.

Chuck Jones once said, “My Bugs doesn’t look like a rabbit; he looks like Bugs Bunny. I have often told eager students that the easiest way to draw him is probably to draw a carrot and then hook a rabbit onto it.” To read more about Bugs Bunny and Chuck Jones, click here.


Dunk ‘n’ Dash — Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
2020 Poster by Daniel Killen

As you may know, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been canceled for 2020. However, they are still releasing Daniel Killen’s poster, “Dunk ‘n’ Dash” for this year. They’ve decided to add an additional poster to the line-up and Daniel has agreed to continue this project through 2022.

“Dunk ‘n’ Dash”, fine art serigraph on paper, 36″ x 24″ edition of 50 Artist Proofs remarqued by the artist and hand-signed and numbered. Click the image to acquire.

“Dunk ‘n’ Dash” is a maneuver practiced by skilled aeronauts where they glide the bottom of the basket across the top of the water of the Rio Grande and lift off again without getting wet (allegedly). This maneuver has been poorly executed by the Coyote and the Road Runner is close behind him  offering a towel to dry off with in consolation.

The image is full of traditional Killen iconography, from the zoetrope-like character figures circling Coyote’s balloon, to the actual Road Runner and Coyote footprints in the sand of the river bank. The state flower of New Mexico, the Yucca, is featured as well as the state butterfly and toad. And somewhere, hidden in the design is an actual Road Runner. Can you spot it?

Click here to hear Daniel discuss his inspiration for this poster and the series.


Scooby Doo, Where Are You! 50th Anniversary

Animation Art Exhibition Will Benefit

Palm Springs International Animation Festival

Palm Desert, CA: Join the Chuck Jones Gallery–Palm Desert in supporting the Palm Springs International Animation Festival (PSIAF), a nonprofit celebration and showcase of contemporary animation, on Saturday, March 21st, 4 to 7pm. The Chuck Jones Gallery is located at the Gardens on El Paseo, main level directly across from Saks Fifth Avenue. Welcome and remarks at 5 PM. $20 minimum suggested donation (which includes free admission to the PSIAF Showcase on April 18 at the Mary Pickford Theater). A generous percentage of all gallery sales to benefit PSIAF. With your art purchase, you will receive free admission to ALL PSIAF 2020 events, including the Festival and Awards on December 12th. Wine and small bites will be served. Admittance is open to the public.

“We’re thrilled to host this fundraiser for PSIAF,” said gallery director, Michael Fiacco. “Animation is the most complicated and time-consuming way of creating a motion picture, requiring the creative talents of artists and engineers alike and PSIAF is committed to celebrating the many women and men who work in this exacting field.”

Special guests at the reception and fundraiser will include legendary animators Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito who will sign and dedicate new works, including a brand new Scooby Doo 50th Anniversary hand-painted cel art edition! An extensive array of original vintage animation art, as well as a huge selection of limited editions and fine art prints, will be exhibited and available for acquisition.  A portion of proceeds from sales the night of the event will benefit the programs of the PSIAF.

As a young child, Willie Ito learned to draw on the pages of Sears catalogues while his family was incarcerated at the Japanese internment camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II. He then studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles before joining Walt Disney Studios in 1954 where he became Iwao Takamoto’s assistant as an in-betweener on the “Lady” unit of the feature film, Lady and the Tramp, illustrating the movie’s famous spaghetti-eating scene. Ito then worked alongside legendary animator Chuck Jones at Warner Bros. before joining Hanna-Barbera during development of The Jetsons. Ito remained at Hanna-Barbera for the next fourteen years, where he worked on layouts and backgrounds for such series as The Flintstones and The Yogi Bear Show, and designed characters like the title characters from Hong Kong Phooey and Goober and the Ghost Chasers.

Jerry Eisenberg quit art school to take his first job, as an inbetweener for MGM, in 1956. The studio closed seven months after Eisenberg’s hire, and he went to work as an assistant to Ken Harris at Warner Bros. Cartoons in the Chuck Jones unit. In 1961, Eisenberg was hired at Hanna-Barbera Productions, run by former MGM cartoon producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Here, Eisenberg co-created The Peter Potamus Show, designed the characters on Wacky Races and Super Friends, and worked in layout on programs such as The Jetsons, The Huckleberry Hound Show, and Jonny Quest.

The Palm Springs International Animation Festival in its 4th year is a global competition in animation and exhibition of the worlds most talented artists and filmmakers. Each year PSIAF awards over thirty filmmaking categories of animation including Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short with over 20 different styles from 2D, 3D, Stop-Motion, Hand-Drawn, Painted, Watercolor, Sand, Paper, Experimental, VFX, and more.  PSIAF is a non-profit organization helping the Coachella Valley community experience various animated media and interact with the art form’s creators, artists and visionaries, enhancing their knowledge of the art of animation filmmaking.

The Chuck Jones Gallery—Palm Desert is a POPUP at the Gardens on El Paseo through March 31, 2020. Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the fine art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in the Coachella Valley 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. For more information: mfiacco@chuckjones.com.

To learn more about the Palm Springs International Animation Festival: www.psiaf.org.