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The Art of Jock Book

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Here is a first look inside The Art of Jock, a book celebrating the breathtaking work of the comics illustrator, conceptual artist and prolific Mondo collaborator. In partnership with Insight Editions, The Art of Jock is available for pre-order on Amazon and the 160 page book will be released on September 20, 2016.

“Discover the uniquely dynamic work of acclaimed artist Jock, from his groundbreaking comics art to his stunning posters for the pop culture company Mondo and his evocative concept illustrations for a range of acclaimed films.

Mark Simpson, known by his pen name, Jock, is an internationally recognized, three-time New York Times bestselling artist and Eisner Award nominee. Over the last two decades, Jock has become one of the most distinguished illustrators in comics, with credits that include titles with DC Comics/Vertigo (The Losers, Batman: The Black Mirror, Green Arrow: Year One), Marvel (Savage Wolverine, Daredevil), and his runaway success, Wytches (co-created with Scott Snyder for Image Comics). He is also known for his extensive work with Mondo—the renowned pop culture company famous for its iconic poster designs and collectibles— including electrifying posters that offer unique interpretations of fan-favorite movies such as Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Halloween, and many more. In the movie world, Jock’s concept art has defined the look of major films such as Dredd, Ex Machina, and Star Wars Episode VIII.

Made in collaboration with Mondo, The Art of Jock delves into the prolific artist’s catalog, showcasing not only the best of his sketches and published images but also personal notes from Jock himself that provide insight into the inner workings of his creative process. Featuring commentary from longtime collaborators, including Scott Snyder and Alex Garland, this look into the mind and method of one of the most critically acclaimed illustrators working today is a must-have for fans of comic book and pop culture art, as well as aspiring artists and illustrators.”

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Nick Comparone To Release Princess Bride Mini Paintings & Open Up 10 Commission Slots On August 23, 2016

Stencil artist, Nick Comparone will release a set of 4 Princess Bride mini paintings in an edition of 10 for $140 on August 23, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

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This will coincide with Nick opening up 10 coveted slots for pop culture book page commissions. You can pick a favorite musician, movie character or TV star. Let your imagination run wild.

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Here is an example of a commission that Nick did for me a couple of years ago of Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance from the film, The Shining on an actual page from the Stephen King novel. At only $40 this is a bargain!

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Here are the links for The Princess Bride and the commission spots!

Nick is a great guy, a talented artist and super easy to work with so reach out to him and get some super awesome art for your walls!

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Print By Marq Spusta On August 19, 2016

Dark Hall Mansion is pleased to reveal their latest officially licensed limited edition fine art print release for one of their absolute favorite films, the epic,”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” by leading contemporary artist Marq Spusta and on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 19th!!

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Paramount Pictures, is pleased to introduce artist Marq Spusta’s take on a film that not only helped define an era but one that continues to speak to and inspire generations in its singular and inimitable tone. The film that gave us all one of the greatest life lessons ever, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” is far from light entertainment but a profound and determined meditation on life’s brevity and the need to prioritize that which truly matters. Best summed by Cameron’s resolution, advice that well serves us all, “I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it,” the film’s writing as brilliant as it is timeless.

Artist Marq Spusta’s print captures the film’s definitive moment of release as we join Ferris, Cameron and Sloane as they make that turn, one specifically and beautifully photographed, as the establishment is refuted, their outrageous day off in Chicago begins, and the very course of their lives forever altered.  Marq quietly lays this all out, from the toss of the hat, the curve of the road and its ‘no parking,’ to the excitement of the day and his use of the film’s brilliant quotes ethereally laid in throughout sky and clouds.

With a limited run of only three editions, Blue Sky, Opal printed with metallic inks, and a select Super Gold also printed with metallic ink highlights, all “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” limited editions measure 18″ x 24,” are screen printed, hand numbered, and personally signed by artist Marq Spusta.

All editions go on sale tomorrow-Friday, August 19th, on Dark Hall Mansion’s store page HERE at 12:30 PM-PST!

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Marq Spusta
Blue Sky Edition of 350
18″ x  24″
$65

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Marq Spusta
Opal Edition of 150 printed with metallic inks
18″ x  24″
$90

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Marq Spusta
Super Gold Edition of 90
18″ x  24″
$125

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Storytime – A Little Art Book By Joey Spiotto

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In 2014, Joey Spiotto had his first solo art exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. The concept was simple, he took some of his favorite Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Video Games and turned them into covers of children’s books. The show was a huge success and the response to the work was overwhelming. “Storytime” reached the front page of Reddit, was featured on sites such as Buzzfeed, Nerdist, Slashfilm, io9, FunnyOrDie, and was even covered by Reading Rainbow. It has been pinned, reblogged, tumblr’d, tweeted, and liked hundreds of thousands of times over.

In 2015 Spiotto followed up the successful first show with “Storytime 2”. Once again, the response was overwhelmingly positive. The artist has continued the art series beyond the gallery, debuting new prints at various conventions across the United States. One of the things Joey continually heard from fans at conventions is that they wished that a book collecting the entire series was available.

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Wait no longer and behold Joey’s KickStarter project to create Storytime – A Little Art Book!

This project is to fund a full-color 136 page book collecting every print from the “Storytime” series that was first started in 2013. Joey needs our help to make this happen. Each page will feature full color artwork, and bring all of the artwork from this series together for the first time in one collection.

Check out the different pledge and reward opportunites HERE.

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The Shawshank Redemption Commission Print By Barret Chapman

The Shawshank Redemption is my all-time favorite film and I have been clamoring for a poster that would do this beloved movie justice.

Barret Chapman was commissioned to create such a piece and you can check it out here. Barret, you deserve a cold bottle of suds for this tremendous piece of art. Job well done!

“I think a man working outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds. That’s only my opinion.”

Andy Dufresne

Sadly the 75 prints sold out and this 24 x 36 beauty should be hanging on my wall very soon.  Special thanks go out to Barret Chapman, Josh Garrell and Kyle Reist!

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Mondo Gallery Presents: The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla Opening On August 26, 2016

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Mondo is excited to announce their next gallery show celebrating the pulpy brilliance of Francesco Francavilla, New York Times best-selling author, comic book creator, and artist. The solo show will feature all new posters of select comic book covers from iconic publishers including Marvel, DC and Archie Comics. The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, August 26th from 7:00 – 10:00pm at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX.

“We’re huge admirers of both the stunning quality and unique breadth of work Francesco Francavilla has contributed to the world of comic books throughout his career. Walk down the aisle of any comic shop and you’re sure to notice his artwork adorning several covers, whether it be titles from the big two, Marvel and DC, or Archie, or Dark Horse, or Dynamite, or even his creator-owned The Black Beetle. From his striking and bold colors to an affinity for all things pulp, noir and adventure, Francesco stands in a league of his own and we’re proud to present The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla,” said Eric Garza, Mondo’s Head of Creative Production.

“I’ve been itching to put together a solo gallery show for some time now and I couldn’t be happier to see it happening with my dear friends at the Mondo Gallery! I’m celebrating my 10-year anniversary in comics and this might just be the frosting on that cake! Thanks again, Mondo, for making this happen,” said Francesco Francavilla.

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Captain America vs. Hydra by Francesco Francavilla
18″x24″ Screen Print
Edition of 225

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Groot by Francesco Francavilla
18″x24″ Screen Print
Edition of 275

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Batman: Detective Comics Cover by Francesco Francavilla
18″x24″ Screen Print
Edition of 225

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Josie and the Pussycats by Francesco Francavilla
18″x24″ Screen Print
Edition of 175

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Grey Matter Art To Release Guardians of The Galaxy Print By Florey On August 11, 2016

Grey Matter Art under license from Marvel, is proud to present a new officially licensed, limited edition screen printed poster for the epic Marvel film, “Guardians of the Galaxy” by the very talented artist, Florey. This poster features 2 different editions, a regular & variant and will be released Thursday, August 11th on the GMA website at 1:00 PM(EST).

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Guardians of The Galaxy Regular Print By Florey
Size: 24×36
Edition Size: 225
Price: $45
Printed By: D & L Screen Printing

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Guardians of The Galaxy Variant Print By Florey
Size: 24×36
Edition Size: 150
Price: $55
Printed By: D & L Screen Printing

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Drew Struzan x Bottleneck x Big Trouble In Little China 30th Anniversary Screening

Please join Bottleneck Gallery on August 4, 2016 for two screenings of Big Trouble In Little China to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary.

To kick off the special event, the gallery will be releasing an officially licensed, 24 x 36 inch, 17 color screen print of Drew Struzan’s iconic poster for the film. All prints are signed and numbered by the man himself and beautifully printed by Lady Lazarus.

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There will be two versions available at the screening. A regular edition that is out of 400 ($200) and a glow in the dark that is numbered out of 150 ($250).

Both the 7 and 9:30pm eastern at Syndicated BK are currently sold out.

You do not need a ticket to purchase a print. Bottleneck will start selling prints in the hall of Syndicated from 6-930pm. All posters are in hand and will be tubed. If you do have a ticket to a screening, you will be guaranteed a chance at both prints.

Any leftover prints will go on sale August 5th at 12pm eastern on Bottleneck’s homepage.

 

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Craig Drake Solo Show III Opening At Hero Complex Gallery On September 10, 2016

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Craig Drake’s Solo Show III will open at Hero Complex Gallery on Saturday September 10, 2016.

Expect a unique and special experience on this one…this will be different than any other show you’ve seen so please RSVP ahead with the names of all guests who are planning to attend:

info@hcgart.com

After you’ve emailed Hero Complex Gallery will confirm your attendance and send you special instructions for the show!

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The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968

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With unlimited access to the Disney archives and extensive research, the book’s authors have gathered some 1,500 images, including concept art, story sketches, backgrounds, and animation drawings as well as many behind-the-scenes photos to trace the origins and evolution of such favorites as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, 101 Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book. Transcripts from Walt’s story development meetings, published here for the first time, reveal his imaginative genius in action and immerse the reader at the very heart of Disney’s remarkable creative hub.

This fascinating archival material covers not only the early Disney classics, but also the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies and the lesser-known war and propaganda films of the 1940s. Widely neglected musical features such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time are also given extensive coverage. Along the way, we encounter the work of all major Disney illustrators and stylists of the era, including such greats as Ub Iwerks, Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Carl Barks, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Bianca Marjorie, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy. Special archival finds also bear witness to Disney’s collaboration with leading visual artists of the age, Salvador Dalí and Thomas Hart Benton.

The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 will be available from Taschen on November 15, 2016 and retail for $200.

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