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Cut Short By Cuyler Smith To Open At Bottleneck Gallery On Friday August 9th


This Friday, August 9th, Cuyler Smith and Bottleneck Gallery pay tribute to over 150 of your favorite pop film icons!

The twist is that the images only show a portion of the character.

The first 50 attendees will receive a Slimer piece. The show will run from Friday August 9th to August 24th.

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces Arch Nemesis Art Show Opening On May 24th


Hero Complex Gallery is excited to follow up on their immensely popular exhibition, Righteous Rides, with their late May show, Arch Nemesis!

Arch Nemesis opens on May 24th, 2013. The art show will focus on bad guys, villains, rogues, and scoundrels of the world. And what good is a Nemesis show without a few heroes to kick around!

H.C.G. will be giving away (1) maple wood variant of Laurent Durieux’s Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy)


They will also be giving away (1) metal variant of Craig Drake’s “Predator”, inspired by the film of the same name. One will be awarded to opening night customers and one will be awarded to online customers.

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All customers with purchases of $100 or more will automatically be entered to win.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 24th, 7-10pm – All ages – no cover – copious beverages – music – artists in attendance

Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D
Los Angeles, CA 90034

On Display:

May 24th – May 15th

W-Sat, 11am-6pm

You can view and purchase art from this show HERE.



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Hero Complex Gallery Announces Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them Opening On May 3


Hero Complex Gallery is proud to announce their next exhibition Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them opening on May 3, 2013 and running until May 19th.

The art show will focus on prominent characters of fiction and their often creative ways of getting around! From skateboards to spaceships, anything that rolls, races, flies, or crashes can be counted in this high-throttled, tour de force that celebrates your favorite modes of transportation and the characters who drive them!

Millennium Falcon, Akira, Steve McQueen, Aliens APC, Ferris Bueller, Pussywagon, Prometheus, James Bond, The Nautilus, NASA…basically anything you can think of that takes place in and around your favorite modes of moving from once place to another.

The show will take place at the new permanent space for Hero Complex Gallery:

2020 South Robertson Blvd.
Studio D
Los Angeles, CA, 90034

Online release: Sat, May 4th, approx. 12noon PST

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Hero Complex Gallery Presents Righteous Rides In Los Angeles In April


From skateboards to spaceships, anything that rolls, races, flies or crashes can be counted in this high-throttled, pop culture tour de force that celebrates your favorite modes of transportation and the characters who drive them!

Millennium Falcon, Akira, Steve McQueen, Aliens APC, Ferris Bueller, Pussywagon, Prometheus, James Bond, The Nautilus, NASA…basically anything you can think of that takes place in and around your favorite modes of moving from one place to another!

Hero Complex Gallery presents Righteous Rides in Los Angeles in April.

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Great Showdowns: The Return Book by Scott Campbell To Be Released On October 15, 2013

Since the beginning of time, there has been struggle. The epic clash of being against being. Rocky vs. Clubber Lang, Harry Potter vs. Voldemort and Joe vs. The Volcano.

Scott Campbell’s acclaimed Great Showdowns series, showing strangely good-natured confrontations between his favorite movie characters, finally gets a second book collection that fans have been demanding!

The 144 page hardcover book published by Titan will be chock full of Scott’s art from his Gallery1988 “Return of the Great Showdowns” show.

Look for Great Showdowns: The Return by Scott Campbell to hit shelves on October 15, 2013 for $15.


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So Happy Together By Jerrod Maruyama

I love this print by Jerrod Maruyama titles So Happy Together; it just makes me smile ear to ear. The image is nostalgic, whimsical, adorable and joyful.

Maruyama contributed the piece for the Get a Room show that opened tonight at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and will run through March 8th.

Online sales will begin on Saturday, February 16th. Followers of Bottleneck Gallery on Facebook can preview all of the art for the show in a special preview window offered just before the physical show opens. Please check their site for more details and information about ordering. There will be a very limited number of giclee prints available.


So Happy Together By Jerrod Maruyama 16″ x 16″ Giclee Print

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Now and Then, The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross


Now and Then, The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross, published by Ginko Press, is a compilation of 98 mixed media paintings on antique cabinet card photographs, done over the last four years.

In addition to a short introduction, the book also features 32 images of the original cards before they were painted on.

The book is filled with a series of mixed media paintings done directly upon antique Victorian cabinet cards. Cabinet cards are early photographs on heavy card stock, in this case dating from the 1880s through the early 1900s. Today it is not hard to find inexpensive cabinet cards. They can be purchased in antique stores, at flea markets and on ebay.

The artist uses a mixture of collage, acrylic and oil paints in making these pieces. Many of them were inspired by pop culture figures, like super heroes from the comics that he read as a child.

Alex Gross is currently based in Los Angeles, California. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since then, he has had seven solo exhibitions at various galleries, and participated in dozens of group exhibitions across the globe.

In the summer of 2007, Alex’s first retrospective museum show was held at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Alex is a recipient of the prestigious Artists Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, and several faculty grants from Art Center College of Design.

You can order the 112 page hardcover book HERE for $15.




















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Hero Complex Announces Their First Art Show, “Weapon of Choice!” Opening On January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles


The theme revolves around art inspired by prominent characters of fiction, historical reference, or pop culture, and their relationship with their iconic “weapon,” that one thing that is inextricably tied to their character. Perhaps their weapon is provocative like seduction, or stealth, or sex, or power. Or perhaps its that one item that brought them fame or dishonor, like Hendrix’ guitar, Lenny Bruce’s microphone, or a samurai’s final honorable act of seppuku.

But it could and should live in traditional weapons from pop culture and fictional influences too. It could be Hellboy wielding his mighty Right Fist of Doom, Slim Pickens as Major Kong riding The Bomb to oblivion in Dr. Strangelove, or the ending scene of Romeo and Juliet with the fateful poisoned dagger. Perhaps it’s Indiana Jones cracking his bullwhip, Alabama Worley’s final act of desperation with the corkscrew in True Romance, Peter Vincent warding off vampires with his cross in Fright Night, or Mad Max tearing down the ripped up desert asphalt in the last of the V-8 Interceptors.

Some of the artists for the event include: Tracie Ching, Laurent Durieux, Blunt Graffix, Bruce Yan, Bruce, White, Chris Harper, Craig Drake, Adam Wheatley, Adam Worsell, AJ Masthay, Ale Giorgini, Ali Castro, Justin Anville, Godmachine, Ian Glaubinger, Joshua Budich, JP Valderrama, Marie Bergeron, Matt Ferguson, Tim Doyle and Trev Murphy.

Whatever the weapon of choice, the gauntlet has been thrown down and the artists have seized the challenge with some amazingly clever concepts. We’ve already seen a few of the artist previews and they are proving to be a testament of how exhilarating the variations of this theme can be.

RSVP by clicking Join on Facebook.

Weapon of Choice!

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 7-11pm
Saturday Hours – 11am-7pm
Sunday Hours – 11am-3pm

Hosted by:

Design Matters
11527 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064 (Map)









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25 Snowmen From Pop Culture

Get inspired by these pop culture snowmen from the Internet and start planning your own creation for the first snowfall.






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Olly Moss Limited Edition Silhouettes Book Planned

In May, I posted about the publication of Silhouettes From Popular Culture by Olly Moss.

Today Moss tweeted that a limited edition Silhouettes book bound in leather with fun extras is planned:

“Sneaky peek at the Limited Edition version. It’s taking a bit of time because its coming with some fun extras that we can’t announce yet. It will actually be really limited, though. Fewer than 200 copies available.”

I will post more about the limited edition Silhouettes book as publication and pricing information becomes available.

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POP! 2 The Art of Pop Culture Returns To Ltd. Art Gallery In Seattle On November 8th, 2012

One year ago Ltd. Art Gallery opened their doors in Seattle with their very fist show POP!: The Art of Pop Culture. To celebrate this milestone the gallery announces POP! 2, the second installment of this art show. The opening reception will be on Thursday, November 8th  from 6pm-10pm and the show will run until December 9th, 2012.

This exciting art show allows artists to pick their favorite pop culture icon to immortalize in art! Over 50 artists will be on display including select pieces from Disney Underground and Star Wars, creating a unique showcase of geek, nerd and pop art!

Featuring the art of: Dane Ault, Crystal Barbre, Jonathan Bergeron, Barry Blankenship, Peter Breese, Mike Capp, Mona Collentine, Jaymee Donelson, Craig Drake, Joshua Ellingson, Carl Faulkner, Levi Hastings, Blain Hefner, Suzanne Kaufman, Andrew Kolb, Scott Listfield, Timo Meyer, Mikeatron!, Peter Moehrle, David Moscati, Augie Pagan, Devi Pellerin, Raphael Phillips, Danni Shinya Luo, Clarke Snyder, Todd Spence, Meghan Stratman, Mark Thompson, Mark Walker, Jayson Weidel, Andrew Wilson, Wednesday Wolf and Bruce Yan.

I Heart Gotham by Bruce Yan

The Hunger by Craig Drake

Bond by David Moscati

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Hero Complex Founder Geoff Boucher To Head to Entertainment Weekly

In a memo from Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle to the magazine’s staff:

“We are thrilled to tell you that Geoff Boucher is coming to Entertainment Weekly. Geoff is one of the most well-known and respected journalists in Hollywood, with a true passion for pop culture and an array of talents and expertise that will be extremely valuable as this growing, evolving, multi-platform media brand moves into the future. 

Based in L.A., he will join the Movies team as a senior writer and add his voice to EW’s print and digital platforms (more details about his role on EW.com will be announced in the coming weeks). 

During his 21-year career at the L.A. Times, he became a star at the helm of the successful Hero Complex blog, where he explored and celebrated the art of comic books and fan culture. He also anchored the video series Hero Complex: The Show, and engaged his devoted audience with the Quizzam! trivia quiz. He has also headlined live events at Comic-Con and other venues, interviewing Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Robert Downey Jr. and many others. At the Times, he has published more than 2,800 stories, which took him everywhere from New Jersey (where he spent two days in Bruce Springsteen’s rehearsal space) to Budapest (where he roamed the streets with Brad Pitt) to Beyonce’s house (where he ate gumbo). He may be the only journalist ever to do face-to-face interviews, in the same month, with Dick Cheney and Keith Richards. 

Geoff is married to Tracy Boucher, who works at the LA Times, and they have two kids, Addison, 14, and Benjamin, 10. He will arrive at EW on October 1. As long-time fans of Geoff, we are very excited to call him a colleague. Please join us in welcoming him.”

I personally want to congratulate Geoff on his new endeavor and can’t wait to read his articles in EW. Boucher changed the face of pop culture in Los Angeles and will do the same with this national magazine!

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Dave Perillo & Tom Whalen To Unveil Their 2 Man Show “Around The World In An 80′s Daze” At Gallery 1988: Venice

On September 28, 2012, artists Dave Perillo and Tom Whalen will unveil their 2-man show, “Around The World in an 80′s Daze” at Gallery 1988: Venice.

The show will feature 21 screenprinted retro-style travel posters that celebrate 80′s pop culture.

Both Dave and Tom will be in attendance at the show opening on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Gallery 1988 (214 Pier Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405). The opening reception will be from 7–10 PM.


Springwood by Tom Whalen
From A Nightmare on Elm Street
size: 12″ x 24″
2-color screenprint
Edition: Limited, 50

Thundera By Dave Perillo
From ThunderCats
3-color screenprint
Signed and Numbered Edition of 50

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POSTALGIA, 80s & 90s Pop Culture Solo Art Show by Steve Thomas

POSTALGIA is a solo art show by artist Steve Thomas featuring his retro-style posters that highlights pop culture icons of the ’80s and ’90s at Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. The opening reception is Saturday July 28, 2012 at 7 PM and the show runs through August 26th.

The first 50 attendees get a special signed show poster from Steve Thomas.

There will be Drinks, Pinball, Music, and of course art!

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Preview “Velvet Paintings For Your Inner Nerd,” A Solo Art Show By Bruce White At Gallery 1988

Here’s a preview for “Velvet Paintings For Your Inner Nerd,” a solo art show from Bruce White, which will open Friday July 27th, from 7-10 PM at G1988 (Melrose).

Bruce will hanging out, ready to talk velvet portrait goodness with you

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Mike Mitchell “Just Like Us” Art Show At Gallery1988

Gallery1988 is proud to announce their latest show at its Melrose location, “Just Like Us,” from Los Angeles artist, and G1988 favorite, Mike Mitchell.

Mike has created an outstanding body of work, all (very) limited edition giclee prints parodying some of your most beloved pop culture icons in some very menial situations.’

Whether it’s Super Mario attending a convention (“Furry Con”) or Robin bird watching (“Robin”), Mike has taken the outstanding and made it common.

The show opened April 6th and will run through April 28th. Prints can be purchased for $30 each.

Big Wheel

Dumbo Ride


Hugging A Friend



Watching Jewelry Commercial


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Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Channel Press Conference

Chris Hardwick held a press conference to announce the line-up for his Nerdist YouTube Channel launching April 2nd. The press was excited to hear about shows featuring talent like Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Zombie, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Albrecht, Alison Haislip, Harry Knowles, Kids in the Hall and many, many more. Subscribe HERE to watch all the shows yourself!

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Doctorama, Famous Doctors From Pop Culture in Futurama Head Jars

CoDdesigns and rtofirefly took familiar doctors from pop culture, like Doctor Who and Dr. Dre, and combined them with the Head-in-a-Jar gag from sci-fi animated television show Futurama to make Doctorama.

A tee-shirt has been made from the original design ($28).

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Introducing TIME’s New iPad App: Populist

In 2005, TIME launched the first of a series of comprehensive culture lists: The 100 Greatest Movies of All-TIME. Compiled by Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel, it named the best films—in their critics’ opinions—made since the magazine was founded in 1923.

In the years since, the magazine’s critics and writers have done the same for fiction, nonfiction, albums and television shows, sifting through the cultural history of more than eight decades to distill what they think is worthwhile, lasting and transcendent.

Today, TIME is launching a free iPad app called TIME Populist. On it, you can access more than 100 of the movie, book, television, music, and video game lists that TIME has compiled over the years, big and small. Looking for the best movie car-chase scenes ever? They’ve got it. Interested in the worst TV spin-offs? It’s there. Want to know what the Top 10 novels of the 2000s were? You can find it on the app!

You can download Populist—here for free. Everyone loves a good list—especially pop culture fanatics, and TIME’s Populist is a perfect recommendation and discovery tool.

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WonderCon 2012 Moves to Anaheim California

WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s family of conventions, announced that the 2012 show will be held March 16-18, and Anaheim, California, will play host to the long-running comics and popular arts convention. San Francisco’s Moscone Center, WonderCon’s traditional venue, will undergo renovations in early 2012, leaving the 25-year-old show in the unenviable position of either being canceled or finding a new venue.

“It certainly was not our wish to move,” commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit event. “However, when faced with the prospect of canceling the show for a year or moving locations, after careful consideration we decided to keep WonderCon on the 2012 calendar at a venue that could accommodate our needs.”

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18 Dads by Nathan Stapley

Nathan Stapley’s new solo show just opened at Gallery1988 in Venice. The show is entitled “For The Same Gang” in which the New York City-based artist created a series of new works that group pop-culture icons together by shared attributes.

In his image called “18 Dads”, Jack Torrance, Darth Vader, Mrs. Doubtfire, My Two Dads and Homer Simpson can be seen hanging out at a backyard BBQ.

Check out more of his art HERE.

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Pop Candy App For iPhone & iPad

Rejoice…one of my favorite websites, Pop Candy is now available as an app! Whitney Matheson has been writing about pop culture for years and she is the reason that I write my own blog.

Her wonderful site covers everything from cult movies to comic books, indie rock, what to tape on your DVR and a whole lot more. Pop Candy is the first page that I check on my Mac every morning and now I can read it from my iPhone and iPad.

In addition to daily posts, the app will deliver exclusive interviews, Twitter updates, music, video and other features. The application is also a tool for fan meetups and chatting.

You can download it HERE for free.

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Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ’70s & ’80s

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ’70s & ’80s written by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont, takes you back in time to the tastes, the smells, and the sounds of childhood, when the Mystery Date board game didn’t seem sexist, and exploding Pop Rocks were the epitome of candy science.

But what happened to the toys, tastes and trends of our youth? Some vanished totally, like Freakies cereal. Some stayed around, but faded from the spotlight, like Sea-Monkeys or Shrinky Dinks. Some were yanked from the market, revised and reintroduced…but you’ll have to read the book to find out which ones.

So flip up the collar of that polo shirt and revisit with us the glory and the shame of those goofy decades only a native could love.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ’70s & ’80s ($12.95, Perigee Books) is now available in stores and online.

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