Monday, May 27, 2013

This SAT* - DEVILS & ROBOTS: A Tribute to GO NAGAI

This Sat, June 1, 2013, Join Q Pop for this very special event and show celebrating one of the most influential and popular "GODS" of manga, GO NAGAI!!
Go Nagai is credited with creating the Super Robot genre and for designing the first mecha robots piloted by a user from within a cockpit with Mazinger Z. He is also credited with introducing sex into japanese comics.
Go Nagai has also been credited with starting the "magical girls" genre which would evolve into Sailor Moon and similar titles.
He is best known in the US for creating Cutie Honey, Devilman, and Mazinger Z in the 1970s. Many of the other robots in the Mattel line of toys, Shogun Warriors,  were his creations.
In Japan he has had many more popular titles and anime/tokusatsu shows based on his creations.
Always controversial, Go Nagai has pushed the envelope for comics in Japan inspiring countless talent afterward.

Over 60 artists will contribute to the show. Some of the animation industry's heaviest hitters as well as illustration and fine arts professionals and indie toy makers.
Artists from Pixar, Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and more.....and artists from the US, Japan, Italy, the UK, Canada!!

Contributing artists:

Alan Wan
Alina Chau
Bobby Pontillas
Brian Flynn
Brianne Drouhard
Bryan Newton
Bwana Spoons
Carrie Liao
Casey Alexander
Cheyenne Curtis
Chris Sasaki
Christopher Lee
Ciro Nieli
Crowded Teeth Michelle Romo
Dan Bob Thompson
Dave Savage
Denny Khurniawan
Don Shank
Doug Gauthier
Eunice Kim
Fawn Veerasunthorn
Felipe Smith
Gabe Swarr
Glen Murakami
Graham Annable
Heejin Park
Hideyuki Tanaka
Israel Sanchez
Jack Teagle
Jasmin Lai
Jeff Ranjo
Jerome Dabos
Jorsh Pena
Josh Herbolsheimer
Junko Mizuno
Katia Grifols
Keiko Murayama
Kenth Toy Works
Kevin Chan
Kevin Suhko Lee
Kinoko Evans
Leo Matsuda
Louie Del Carmen
Luca Tieri
Mark Nagata
Marty Ito
Martin Ontiveros
Michael Fleming
Mike Bear
Mikkel Sommer
Patrick Awa
Paul Kaiju
Paul Shih
Robert Iza
Santino Lascano
Sean D'anconia
Sean "Cheeks"  Galloway
Shannon Tindle
Sheldon Vella
Shiyoon Kim
Sho Murase
Stephan Franck
Stephanie Ramirez
Tar Billinger
Tatsuro Maruyama
Tea Wei
Tony Siruno
Valerio Ventura
Warren Leonhardt
Yoko D'Holbachie
Yukinau Takashima
Yumiko Kayukawa
Zach Bellissimo
Zoe Moss
...and more..of course...

food truck


handmade sweets

Screening of clips from Go Nagai programs

DJ Garada K7 spinning the best theme music from the golden age of Robot shows.

Please come dressed as your favorite Go Nagai character....Kabuto Koji, Dr. Hell, Baron Ashura, Cutie Honey???? Who will it be?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Affirmations For Pessimists by Chris Reccardi: book release and signing Sat. May 18

Do you like ugly, silly drawings? Ever get annoyed by lame socially-acceptable sayings such as "...don't take it personally." or " need to practice self-acceptance?" Ever feel guilty that you're just too crappy a person for real affirmations of love and kindness and prefer to just say something uncomfortably appropriate to everyday challenging situations? You get all the above with award-winning Animator/Fine Artist Chris Reccardi's new publication "Affirmations for Pessimists", an illustrated book of hideous drawings paired with delightfully cynical quotes that we all think but usually don't say (out loud). Some of them don't even go together. Who cares.

Chris' new self-published book Afirmations for Pessimists will be available for purchase at Q Pop on opening night.
Chris will be in attendance and will be signing copies of the book at 8PM.

To coincide with the release, 34 pieces of artwork from the book will be on display and available for purchase in limited 12" x 12" format.

Chris Reccardi is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated animator and fine artist. Chris has played the role of designer, director, animator, writer/creator and musician on such popular animated shows as "The Ren & Stimpy Show", "Spongebob Squarepants", "The Powerpuff Girls", "Samurai Jack" and theatrical features such as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"(Sony Pictures) and "Shrek 3 & 4"(DreamWorks). His fine art and prints have an international collector base with past exhibitions in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Seattle, Sydney and Amsterdam. An avid musician, Chris is currently serving as bassist and art director for Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods, a newly-formed exotica music group headed by ex-The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton. 

All works are available for purchase and preview in the Q Pop webstore!!