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PangeaSeed, Artist Craig Drake & Hero Complex Gallery Present A Shark-Saving Effort of Monstrous Proportions: Smile, You Son of a Bitch! An Art Tribute

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PangeaSeed, artist Craig Drake and Hero Complex Gallery present a shark-saving effort of monstrous proportions: Smile, You Son of a Bitch! An Art Tribute.

3 days only, from November 1 – 3, 2013 at Hero Complex Gallery in Los, Angeles.

This unique ARTivism effort will featuring original artworks from over 90 international artists all coming together to help raise awareness for the global plight of sharks while celebrating their place in pop culture.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1 – from 6-10pm

$10 donation at the door – proceeds go directly to benefit PangeaSeed’s conservation & education efforts and help the non-profit organization stay afloat.

For more information please visit: PangeaSeed.org / HeroComplexGallery.com

Event address: 

Hero Complex Gallery – 2020 South Robertson BLVD. Studio D. Los Angeles, California 90034

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Red Apple Mac Pro Being Auctioned For Charity

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It’s Apple’s 20th anniversary. Apple’s Jony Ive and design partner Marc Newson produced a 1 of 1 Mac Pro in a striking red colorway for next month’s highly anticipated Project (RED) Auction at Sotheby’s. Sotheby’s estimates that the red Mac Pro will sell for $40,000 to $60,000.

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What Can You Do To Save Someone’s Life In Under A minute?

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This article was sent to me by my compassionate Nephew, Josh. I urge you to read it and please take action!

Hunger is the painstaking discomfort caused by a lack of nutritious food. Each year, it kills more people than Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS, making it the number 1 heath risk in the world. However, hunger is the world’s greatest solvable problem.

Have you ever heard of the poverty trap? The poverty trap prevents people from doing anything productive because they are too poor to afford food, which would fuel their bodies and help them liberate themselves from this epidemic.

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How can we solve hunger? 

There are two easy ways to help: you can go to Free Rice or The Hunger Site to make a true difference in someone’s life.

FreeRice.com is a website that donates 10 grains of rice or the equivalent to hungry people when a trivia question is answered correctly. This site allows people to learn while feeding others and has a wide range of educational topics such as English vocabulary, basic math, geography, languages, human anatomy, and chemistry to name but a few. It is funded through the World Food Programme of the United Nations and is charitably sponsored by organizations that pay for the donated rice.


There is also a website called The Hunger Site, on which you can click a simple button once every day and feed hungry people, and better yet, THE CLICK IS FREE. At the top of the page, you’ll find 8 additional causes such as Diabetes, Autism, and Literacy, all waiting for you to click on them and show your support.


In case you are curious whether these are legitimate sites, they can be validated further at the following links: The Hunger Site (Snopes) and Free Rice (Snopes).

Together we can make a real and lasting difference for our world.


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Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns’ No. 2 Cover Fetches $478,000 at Auction

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Heritage Auctions has sold the original pen and ink cover of The Dark Knight Returns No. 2 for a whopping $478,000 at auction.

The Dark Knight Returns written and illustrated by Frank Miller, was published in 1986 and it, along with “Watchmen,” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, ushered in a new era of storytelling in comic books.

The Dark Knight Returns imagines the future of Gotham City, where crime and corruption are at an all-time high and Batman must come out of retirement to save his hometown. But this older Dark Knight has not mellowed with age. Along the way he picks up a new Robin, Carrie Kelley, who was the first female in the role. The Dark Knight Returns led to a creative revival for Batman that paved the way to the film franchise.

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Frank Miller’s Cover of The Dark Knight Returns No. 2 To Be Auctioned In August, Expected To Go For More Than $500,000

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It’s the first cover from DC Comics’ 1986 four-issue “Dark Knight” miniseries to be sold and is expected to go for more than $500,000 in August. Miller’s story “radically altered the direction of comics,” said Todd Hignite, Heritage’s vice president.

“For fans of modern comics, this drawing is where everything really begins,” he said. “This moment defines Miller’s Dark Knight, and the modern day perception of Batman, like no other drawing.”

The only cover Hignite says might come close is the next in the series — with Batman and Robin — that was auctioned two years ago for nearly $450,000.

“It represents not only one of the most memorable images from the 1980s, but from Batman’s entire illustrious history,” Hignite said. “Miller’s revolutionary Dark Knight radically altered the direction of comics with its prestige miniseries format, combined with the fact that it was one of the first modern mainstream features to put a gritty noir patina on the squeaky-clean Silver Age hero mythos previously exemplified by DC.”

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What Makes This First-Edition of The Great Gatsby So Valuable?

You can pick up a new paperback copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby for a few bucks at most any bookstore in the U.S. As of last week, for a few more dollars—$15—you can even pick up a copy with a new tie-in cover featuring the cast of the Gatsby movie coming to theaters May 10. But if you want an original first-edition copy of the book, you’ll need Gatsby-level wealth. When sold with its original dust jacket, The Great Gatsby can be one of the most expensive rare books on the market.

A copy went on sale this week via the U.K.-based online rare-book hub The Jones Brothers, and it’s priced at a whopping £125,000, about $194,000. (The site, which serves to connect dealers to buyers, also has access to a few other Gatsby first editions in various conditions, which start at a relatively affordable £90,000.) Another copy sold at Bonham’s auction house in 2009 for a then-record price of $180,000.

So why is the first edition so expensive? There are three main factors, says Jones: rarity, cover art and story.

Read more HERE.

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The Walking Dead Gallery & Auction Announced For Hero Initiative

Last year, Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman’s comic imprint Skybound and the Hero Initiative charity gave over 100 blank Walking Dead #100 covers to assorted comic-industry notables for them to sketch their own undead-oriented illustrations.

Today it was announced that the covers will be on display together at a free, one-night-only, Hero Initiative-benefiting show and auction held at L.A.’s Gusford gallery on Friday, May 31.

Four of the covers will be auctioned off during the soiree — two on eBay and another pair on-site — including one that will be created in the course of the evening by artist Todd Nauck (Invincible Universe). Nauck will be joined at the event by fellow sketch-cover contributors Sina Grace and Jason Reeves. The remainder of the covers will be auctioned off via eBay beginning June 4.

The Hero Initiative is a non-profit dedicated to providing medical aid and financial support to comic-book artists in need.

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Heritage Comics Celebrates Its 50th Signature Auction, May 16-18, In Dallas With The Best Grouping of Frank Miller Dark Knight Artwork Ever Offered In A Single Auction

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The best grouping of Frank Miller Dark Knight artwork ever to be offered in a single auction, led by one of the most evocative images from the famed series, The Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin Splash Page 36 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $75,000+, depicting a seriously wounded and determined Bruce Wayne in a fatherly embrace with his protégé Robin (Carrie Kelly), will cross the block on May 17 in Dallas as the highlight lot in Heritage Auctions’ Comics and Original Comic Art Signature Auction.

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“This drawing encompasses everything that the relationship between Batman and Robin represented as Miller re-imagined and re-energized the franchise,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “This is the story many fans consider the greatest Batman story ever told and this is one of the greatest, most evocative moments in the entire story. It’s a truly transcendent image from one of the great comic sagas of all time.”

The Dark Knight splash page is complemented in the auction by two more Miller interior masterpieces – The Dark Knight #3 Clark Kent/Bruce Wayne Page 14 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $40,000+, and The Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin Ride the Batcycle Page 38 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $30,000+.

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The latter is a study in contrast between DC’s twin icons, Superman and Batman, in their secret identities as Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, while the former stars Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and an appearance of the Batcycle.

Additional collectibles that will be auctioned at the event are: a high grade copy of Amazing Spider-Man 15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #324 Sabretooth cover original art, Dave Gibbons Watchmen #6 “Rorschach Inkblot” cover original art, a near Mint Daredevil #1 and a near mint Batman #3!

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Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

A griffin, a werewolf, a sunbird . . .

These are just some of the fantastical creatures you’ll encounter within these 480 pages. From the cockatoucan, whose laugh rearranges an entire kingdom, to the roving shapeless Beast that lurks in a forest, herein is a collection of rare and magnificent species. Each one will thrill, delight, and quite possibly unnerve you.

Selected by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, the sixteen stories in this menagerie will introduce you to a host of strange, wondrous beings that have never existed anyplace but in the richness of the imagination.

With stories from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and many more, Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman ($18) will benefit the literacy nonprofit 826DC.

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Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen Cover Art Heading to Auction

The iconic blood-splattered smiley face cover for Watchmen #1 is among a handful of original artwork from the seminal 1986 miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons up for sale next month as part of a Heritage Auctions signature auction in New York City.

Described by the auction house as “historic” and a “DC masterwork,” the 10-inch by 15-inch image is joined by Gibbons’ covers for Watchmen #2 and #3, John Higgins’ color guide for the cover of Issue 1, a page from Issue 7, and a page and color guide from Issue 8.

The pieces are part of the $1.4 million Shamus Modern Masterworks, accumulated in the 1980s and ’90s by retailer Martin Shamus, father of Wizard magazine founder Gareb Shamus. Consigned last year to Heritage, the collection already has produced one remarkable sale: Todd McFarlane’s original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #328 fetched $657,250 in July, shattering the record for a single piece of American comics art set in 2011 by a splash page from The Dark Knight Returns #3 ($448,125).

Online bidding for the Watchmen art begins Feb. 2. The auction will be held Feb. 21-22 at the Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in New York City.

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