In this week’s Design post, we are going to step out a bit and have some fun exploring the world of the X-Men comics, checking out what all the cool Mutants wear when they head out to do some serious partying!
This June, the Hellfire Trading Company invites readers everywhere to the inaugural Hellfire Gala to announce the first team of Krakoan X-Men to the world and unveil the startling plans that mutantkind has in store for the Marvel Universe. The Hellfire Gala will unfold in issues of your favorite ongoing X-Men series as well as Planet-Size X-Men, a special double-sized one-shot. These twelve issues will all center around a single night that will go down in Marvel Comics history and while it’s too early to reveal the world-shattering steps mutantkind is about to take, one thing is for certain: the X-Men have never looked better!
Let The Homoeroticism Begin! Art By J Caress Studio (All Photos By Gail)
By Gail Worley
Life in Manhattan is like living at Disneyland, with endless opportunities to immerse yourself in an experience that’s unique to this City. I’m always down for a new adventure, so when my convention-buddy Ken suggested that I try for Press credentials to attend Flame Con — which I had never heard of, but which he described to me as being “the LGBTQ Comic Con” — obviously, there was no way in Hell I was to going to miss it. Happily, Flame Con organizers approved my badge, and Ken and I made plans to meet up at the Times Square Sheraton on a beautiful Saturday morning, where the convention floor would open to the press one hour before they started letting other attendees in. I am way more of a music geek than a comics geek, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect, but after about 30 minutes of absorbing the vibe, I arrived at this conclusion: Flame Con fucking rules!
Organized by Geeks OUT, a non-profit that produces LGBTQ events at comic conventions, Flame Con is an annual two-day, multi-genre entertainment and comic convention focused on fans and creators of pop culture who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. That said, Flame Con is the most inclusive event I’ve ever attended — everyone is welcome — and you would have to be dead from the neck up to not have a fantastic time.
Beyond hundreds of artists, authors and assorted exhibitors, Flame Con also features panel discussions and workshops, but this post will focus on the rad exhibitor-floor action, because that’s where we spent most of our time. Now, as Frank N Furter once said, ‘Let me show you around!’
Flame Con is a BFD! Launched in 2015, Flame Con is the first LGBTQ comic convention in New York City, and the largest LGBTQ comic convention in the world. No matter what pop culture passion you favor, you’ll find an insanely diverse selection of exhibitors showcasing LGBTQ-inclusive Comics, Graphic Novel, Anime, Manga, video games, movies, television and more! Most importantly, everyone is at Flame Con to have fun and let their freak flag fly!
Look How Much Fun This Fan is Having?!
The exhibitor floor is great place to chat up and expose yourself to the works of amazingly talented pop-culture artists. Since there were so many tables to visit (and we hit each one) the photos I chose for this post depict art that really spoke to me and my personal aesthetics. The above artwork of a teen devil and his cat, which is just fantastic, is by Sam Schechter.
Wonder Woman is such a bad ass. She totally gets it: Dump sucks! Art by Joseph Giampietro.
If you happen to be a fan of character-based, pop culture collectibles — which includes dozens of items encompassing such must-haves as enamel pins, plushies, art toys, limited edition / designer vinyl toys and action figures, monsters, model kits, art prints, novelties and seemingly endless subcategories of amazing swag — then the Five Points Festival, which took place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 is the only place you want to be. There’s a lot to distill in this recap, so we are going to get right to it. If you weren’t at Five Points Fest, here is just some of what you missed!
You can’t really talk about Five Points Fest without at least mentioning Kidrobot, acknowledged worldwide as the premier manufacturer and retailer of limited edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. Their booth was crammed full of goodies like these pocket collectibles.
Andy Warhol Dunny Series 2
Andy Warhol Brillo Box Object Series
Post Continues, With Hundreds More Toys and Cool Things, After The Jump!
Charles Schulz, creator of the classic Peanuts comic strip, may be long gone, but his beloved characters live on! Just this past weekend, a new Peanuts Movie opened nationwide, while at a gallery in Soho, artist Tom Everhart, world-renowned for his Charles Schulz-inspired paintings of the Peanuts universe, launched his latest collection, entitled I Got Ants In My Pants, And I Need To Dance.
I Got Ants in My Pants sees Charlie Brown’s imaginative pet beagle Snoopy transformed into a whirling Dervish of motion, as Everhart adds bold splatters of brightly colored paint to simple sketches of Snoopy, who is lost in his own ecstatic dance moves.
Although Snoopy is a definite focal point of Everhart’s paintings, several of the other characters make appearances as well.
Five Snoopys and One Linus
Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown
While Schulz was still living, he and Everhart enjoyed both a personal friendship and an artistic relationship greatly valued by both. The two artists painted alongside each other, developing a mutual respect so powerful that Schulz encouraged Everhart to carry forward his comic strip creations to the fine art form – with very fun results that are faithful to the spirit of Schulz’s characters.
Everhart was even brought in during the very first few days of the making of the Peanuts Movie by Blue Sky Studios in New York to share his knowledge of Schulz’s art with the full creative team.
I Got Ants In My Pants is a Family-friendly exhibit, and the art is priced to own.
I Got Ants In My Pants, And I Need To Dance Paintings By Tom Everhart will be on Exhibit through December 1st, 2015 at AFA Gallery, Located at 54 Greene Street (Corner of Broome) in Soho, NYC.
Fans and Collectors at Saturday’s Opening Reception at AFA Gallery
Currently sharing the space with the paintings of Kevin Cyr at Jonathan LeVine’s 22nd Street Location is a fun exhibit from Canadian artist Gary Taxali, whose whimsically twisted artwork is a perfect fit for the gallery. Unforget Me includes works on paper and panel, including the artist’s largest piece to date (as seen above).
Taxali creates hand-drawn typography and expressive, cartoon-like figures with layers of printmaking techniques such as rubber stamps and silkscreen. Known for a graphic style and retro aesthetic, his imagery is largely inspired by vintage animation and printed ephemera (comics, advertising and packaging). Taxali works with multiple mediums and utilizes a variety of found materials like old book covers and torn, age-worn, scribbled-on pages.
Gary Taxali describes the exhibition as exploring: “themes of love, separation, isolation, unease, excitement, revelations and absolute joy through the overarching theme of paradoxes. In these works, my characters try to make sense of their situations and the dualities therein. Many of the works contain opposite reactions, both in concept and execution.”
He continues, “I’ve also employed the use of non-existent words. An effective way for me to convey all of this is through humor, both light and dark, mocking the flaws of the human condition yet serving as a sweet reminder that nothing should ever be taken absolutely seriously — I try to unforget that every day.”
This is a very fun exhibit that I recommend you check out in the next few weeks.
Gary Taxali’s Unforget Me will be on Exhibit through March 22, 2014 at Jonathan Levine Gallery, Located at 529 W 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Comic Con 2013 is going on this weekend at Jacob Javitts Center and everyone is getting in on the action, including designers of high fashion footwear! I found these shoes over at Styleite and figured you would enjoy seeing them here as well. If you’re at Comic Con and see anyone wearing shoes like this, please send your pics this way!