Mar 012015

backto thefuture

BACK TO THE FUTURE: A 2015 Art Tribute

Great Scott! 2015 is finally here, the year in which Doctor Emmett Brown and Marty McFly traveled to in the beloved film trilogy Back to the Future. So what better time to hold an artistic tribute? Brought to you by 88 talented artists from around the industry, and curated by Nico Colaleo!

Join us for this gallery’s opening reception at Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) from 7pm-midnight, Friday March 6th 2015! Enjoy beer and wine (it’s free, butthead). Along with BTTF-themed entertainment, decor, surprises, and photo opportunities. So synchronize your watches, grab your hoverboards, and watch out for that manure truck, because you won’t want to miss the most extraordinary evening of all time! After all, it is your density.

Back to the Future: A 2015 Art Tribute from Nico Colaleo on Vimeo.

Rachel Adams, Aaron Alexovich, Benjamin Anders, Kim Arndt, Whitney, Avalon, Eric Bauza, Jessica Borutski, Emilie Brailey, Matt Brailey, Emily Brundige, Kaitlin Callahan, Mallory Carlson, Nikki Cash, Daisy Church, Nico Colaleo, Victor Courtright, Alexandra Coward, Cheyenne Curtis, Jack Cusumano, Zan Czyzewski, Matt Doering, Mike Dougherty, Julianne  Eckert, Kelly Eden, Jenny Fine, Forosha, Phylicia Fuentes, Andrea  Gertsmann, Jennifer Gheduzzi, Tais Ghelli, Jessie “Velociraptor”  Greenberg, Gina Gress, Rex Hackelberg, Kassandra Heller, Jordan Hill, Starline Hodge, Chett Hoffman, Robert Iza, Henrique Jardim, Jert, Molly Bates Johnson, Josh Karp, Valerie Keiser, Natasha Kline, L.M. Knight, Chris Korn, Danielle N. Kramer, Kate Laird, Jess Lane, Joanna Leitch, Lindsey Lydecker, Frank Macchia, Kathryn Marusik, Mike Mayfield, Perin McClean, Erin McGathy, Kali Meadows, Marlo Meekins, Zoë Moss, Megan Nairn, Brent Noll, Dan O’Connor, Damon O’Keefe, Ekaterina Oloy, Hannah Nance Partlow, Sara Pocock, Jeremy Polgar, Whitney Pollett, Julia Prescott, Kati Prescott, Sandra Rivas, Willy Roberts, ROCOM, Deanna Rooney, Jennifer Ruiz, Johnny Ryan, Austin M. Salmi, Stephen Sandoval, David C. Smith, Bob Suarez, Joshua Taback, Matt Taylor, Dana Terrace, Arica Tuesday, Jeff Victor, Maria Vitan, Erni Walker, Luke Weber
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Feb 122015


Feb12, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) – , “Cannon Busters: TheAnimated Series Pilot” “The website is an opportunity for those who were unable to back the Kickstarter campaign back in Nov/Dec. A Paypal feature is now available for a limited time for pledges from $25 to $500. It’s a great jumping on point for those who still want to support this amazing project as well as get in on some of the great backer rewards,” says Creator, Writer and Director of the Cannon Busters animated project, LeSean Thomas.

The animated project brought together an impressive list of contributors, such as Joe Madureira (Darksiders), Thomas Romain (Space Dandy), and Producer, Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra) also garnered the support from animation studio, Satelight Inc. in Japan, (Macross Frontier, Basquash!) and retailer,

Cannon Busters is an animated adventure story about the value of friendship and just how far one is willing to go to maintain it. “Think The Wizard of Oz meets Hidden Fortress with a dash of Escaflowne + Hip Hop and classic RPGS — all rolled into one ride of fun, suspense, action & wackiness,” says the Creator. Voice talent includes actress Angelique Perrin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Elizabeth Maxwell (Attack On Titan) & Kevin Grevioux (Underworld Trilogy, I, Frankenstein).

Founded in 1995, Satelight Inc is a Japanese animation production studio based in Tokyo, with focus on creating original television and theatrical animation. Original production includes shows Macross Frontier, Bodacious Space Pirates, AKB0048, and Aquarion series.

Makestuff, LLC is an independent company focusing on animation production as well as the development of original intellectual properties. Cannon Busters: The Animated Series pilot short is scheduled to be released 4th quarter of 2015.

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About the project

As graffiti writers ourselves, we knew that only actual participants in the graffiti scene could articulate the phenomena in this way. We knew that no one could talk about the adventures and lifestyles associated with the graffiti life like the individuals who actually lived it first-hand. Their memories, images, and words allow readers to better understand this otherwise covert subculture. As they are collected in eras, these diverse reflections will finally give you a sense of who these prolific street artists were.

As eager curators of the L.A. Graffiti scene, we approached Volume One and Two, first and foremost, as fans of graffiti. But because of our respective roles in the graffiti scene, we were able to make contact with these writers, allowing them to open up and tell their stories in a comfortable environment to an audience that understood their every word and emotion. Along with our editor Stefano Bloch who is also a member of the graffiti community and Wendy Peng who has designed many publications for galleries and museums, we deliver these reflections to you in a condensed but never censored format. READ MORE AND SUPPORT HERE

Los Angeles Graffiti Art from 1989-1994 documented through never-before-published candid interviews, photography and artwork.

Check out pics from 2006 launch at Meltdown.


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Jan 172015


The 4th Annual L.A. Zine Fest is happening at:

Homenetmen (gymnasium and banquet hall)
3347 N San Fernando Rd Los Angeles, CA 90065
in the neighborhood of Glassell Park.

FREE TO ATTEND, L.A. Zine Fest celebrates self- publishing and
D.I.Y culture in the community. This year’s Fest will feature OVER 180 ZINESTERS writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers and artists/makers selling, trading and sharing their work, all in one place, for one amazing day!


An interview with Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
(co-authors of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk) facilitated by Dan Collins and Daiana Feuer of L.A. Record.

**Music brought to you by KXLU 88.9FM**


“POC Reclaimed Fame”
How does our history affect our identity & what can we do to reclaim it? What role do zines play in reclaiming our cultural identities? This open discussion will be led by Todd Honma of Pitzer College with panelists Yumi Sakugawa (I Think I Am In Friend Love With You), Adam Bernales (Seite Books), Mari Naomi (Dragon’s Breath and Other Stories), Angie Wang (Co-organizer of CALA), and Eric Nakamura (Giant Robot).

“When To Say When?”
As zinesters with all the feels, how do we decide which boundaries to cross? Leap over? Swaddle and never let go? How does leading a tell-all zine life affect our relationships in our everyday lives? This open discussion will be led by Joshua James (Antiquated Future) with panelists Aurora Lady (Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt), Alex Wrekk (Brainscan), Kelli Callis (That Girl Zine), Jonas Cannon (The Greatest Most Traveling Circus!).

“Old School, New School”
A friendly, lively discussion between longtime and newer zinesters. They’ll share stories of veteran experience and newer zinester enthusiasm, look at the changing landscape of zine culture, and talk about the current challenges and celebrations of making paper zines. Todd Taylor (Razorcake) will be moderating the open discussion along with panelists Larry Harmon (Genetic Disorder), Sabrina Dropkick (Sleaze Steak), Amanda (editor of Sandy the Zine), and Johnnie Jungleguts.

“Straightforward Stitches: Bookbinding for all!”
Have you ever wanted to learn how to bind books? Maybe your zines need a little home-stitched touch? In this brief workshop you will receive information on how to make two different book structures. That means you will be able to leave zine fest with two books made from scratch! Huzzah! Hosted by Alyssa Ilves (interrobang books)



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