Sunday, August 17, 2014

Heavy Metal and Asylum Press join forces to create horror and sci-fi extravaganza for issue #271 of the World’s Greatest Illustrated magazine

Heavy Metal and Asylum Press join forces to create horror and sci-fi extravaganza for issue #271 of the World’s Greatest Illustrated magazine


Frank Forte, Publisher at Asylum Press, named guest editor for Heavy Metal #271, gathers together a worldwide talent base to create this astounding issue of horror, science fiction humor and erotica

Aug. 18, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA –Heavy Metal and Asylum Press have joined forces to bring you Heavy metal #271--The Asylum Press Special!--a sci-fi/horror spectacular that is sure to erupt your deviant mind. 

Featuring all new stories from the Asylum inmates: Steve Mannion (Fearless Dawn, Fear Agent) delivers a nod to Moebius in Prayer… a Fearless Dawn yarn, William Broad gives us Priests of the Black Death where an order of the Templars has become corrupt and power hungry…for satanism and witchcraft! Dwayne Harris (Black Powder, Amnesia) serves up the post apocalyptic action thriller Dangerous Curves. Frank Forte and Tim Vigil (Faust, Gothic Knights) drops a sick and twisted tale entitled Allison, David Hartman (Phantasm V, Transformers:Prime) delivers a short horror story entitled Pond Scum where hillbillies hunt for an illusive bog creature.  Hilary Barta churns up an EC-styled sci-fi/horror piece called Evaluation, Robert S. Rhine (Girls and Corpses) and Frank Forte (Asylum Press) knock out a tale of crazed sideshow freaks tabbed Separation Anxiety, Elizabeth J. Musgrave (Hell Comes to Hollywood, Farmhouse) conjures an erotic robotic thriller LUST, Lingerie and Diodes!.  Mutation is a tale of demented sex in a post-nuke world by Forte and J.C. Wong. Royal McGraw and Adauto Silva invoke Feast, after the zombie apocalypse, cities have been rebuilt… and restaurants have opened. One chef must prepare a very special meal. Comics from a cast of international talent that includes: In The Green Fairy, by Jason Paulos (EEEK!), Struggling artist Anton Goffroy finds heaven and hell in the arms of a mysterious sorceress!Swamp Girl takes us back to a barbarian era where a young girl finds more than she’s looking for in a watery hole of horrors, by Frank Forte and Fabio Nahon, , Warlash by Nenad Gucunja (Undead Evil), Sacro Profano by Mirka and Mother by Mark Covell (Family Guy, Satan’s Circus of Hell).  Gallery sections include concept artist Ben Olson (The Suffering, Area 51:Blacksite) and fine artist Dave Lebow (La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Dexter TV series).  This issue is sure to please fans of the dark, the psychotic and the horror.  Beautiful cover art by none other than the U.K.'s own Aly Fell (Zombie Terrors, Imagine FX).


“I’m excited to have been able to put together one of my favorite magazines,” explains guest editor Frank Forte, “everyone worked really heard to deliver an issue of Heavy Metal that will be sure to please fans old and new.”



David Hartman took a break from directing Phantasm V: Ravager to complete an all-new 4-page horror story entitled Pond Scum for the issue. David says, "I grew up with Heavy Metal. I would study the art in them for hours upon hours and there was nothing else like it out there. It was a big part of my childhood and I am honored to be a part of the magazine now."


Dwayne Harris, who recently optioned his graphic novel Amnesia (Arcana) to Sony, completed the short story Dangerous Curves for this issue.  Dwayne explains, “I’m thrilled to be in Heavy Metal.  In "Dangerous Curves", a Mad-Max flavored story, the twists aren't just in the road.”

When asked for a quote, the hard working Steve Mannion said only, “I want to be in that book!”



Heavy Metal #271 can be pre-ordered at your local comic store during the month of August. Just use Diamond Ordercode: AUG141519. The issue will be on sale at newsstands early Oct. 2014.

Diamond Comics Previews gave HM #271 a “Staff Pick”










 ABOUT HEAVY METAL
World's foremost adult fantasy illustrated magazine.  First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the Premier Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, past present and future. Illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed.  Heavy Metal magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one serialized graphic novel, several short stories, an artist gallery and artist studio section, a dossier and editorial pages.

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ABOUT ASYLUM PRESS



Asylum Press is a Los Angeles-based comic book and graphic novel publisher. The company publishes high-concept books from the industry’s top talent within the horror, fantasy, and action adventure genres via a bold new business model that focuses on digital publishing and new distribution outlets in both the American and international markets. Its flagship titles include Fearless DawnThe BombChopperBlack PowderWarlash, and the popular horror anthologies Zombie TerrorsEEEK!Asylum of Horrors, and Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell. For more information, visit http://www.asylumpress.com.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery--Aug. 1st 2014

Here's the press release for my show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Frank

Bob’s Burgers and Despicable Me 2 artist has first feature exhibit at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

Frank Forte, a storyboard and comic book artist and comics publisher at Asylum Press, will be showing eight new paintings as part of the Laluzapalooza Jury Winners which coincides with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ Profanity Pop exhibit.  Frank will be attending the opening from 8-11pm.

July 31, 2014 – (Los Angeles, CA) Frank Forte, whose film and TV credits include Bob’s BurgersDespicable Me 2, and LEGO: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Out, announces his first feature exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

“I’m influenced by classic black and white cartoons, old comic books and advertising art from the 1930’s through the 1950’s”, explains Frank Forte, “I’ve taken all of these influences and attempted to capture a vintage feeling as well as incorporate modern themes of pop culture and surrealism.”

The other Laluzapalooza Jury Winners featured are: Allison ‘Hueman’ Torneros, JINX, Katherine Brannock and Sean Stepanoff.

Where:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90027


Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667. Email: info@laluzdejesus.com

When:
Artist reception: Friday, August 1st; 8-11PM
The show runs August 1 – 31, 2014

For more info click here:

Quotes
“If Tex Avery and Salvador Dali had birthed a child at Fleisher Studios, it might have heralded the arrival of Frank Forte. Frank is an animator by trade and an independent comic book publisher by choice. His quirky sensibilities are funneled through an encyclopaedic knowledge of humor illustration that is tributary but also entirely unique”
--La Luz De Jesus Gallery

“--nightmarish cartoons—“
--Hi-Fructose Blog

 Frank Forte’s website

About Frank Forte
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob's Burgers, Despicable Me 2, LEGO: Star Wars, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle:The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, an indy graphic novel and comic book publisher. Since its inception in 1999, Frank’s work in comics includes: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Satan’s Powder Room and many more.

About La Luz De Jesus Gallery
 La Luz de Jesus Gallery was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered largely responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him "the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow." Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery's objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, launching unknown artists who have since become famous, such as Manual Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams. La Luz de Jesus Gallery is widely considered the birthplace of pop-surrealism.








Monday, July 7, 2014

Artofficial: A Lesson in Protocol

Artofficial: A Lesson in Protocol: So you summoned the courage, you familiarized yourself with the gallery’s submission guidelines and lo-and-behold you got accepted! Now...



Great post by La Luz De Jesus Gallery Director Matt Kennedy

Friday, June 13, 2014

Exhibit--Impressions of Dragons 2 Jun 12-19, 2014


Soft Opening: June 13th 5pm- 8pm
Exhibition Dates June 13th – June 19th
Enjoy an exhibition sneak peek of 40+ personal works of art from creators currently working at DreamWorks Animation Studios. Pencil, pen and ink, paint and sculpture pieces all showcasing their personal impressions of the characters and relationships from latest film coming out of DreamWorks Animation Studios this month, “How To Train Your Dragon 2”
Books and Prints by these artists along with “The Art of How To Train Your Dragon 2” will be available to purchase.
Special Event Presentation June 14th:Presentation Title: Sequence 300: AWOL
Join in this opportunity to walk into the creative minds of Tron Mai Story/Visual Development Artist, Robert Crawford Head of Layout, andThomas Grummt Animator all currently working at DreamWorks Animation as they take you through their process of working together at DreamWorks Animation on Sequence 300 from How to Train Your Dragon 2. Creating an animated film is one of the most collaborative experiences for an artist. During this presentation and you will see how interconnected each creative role is as they take you from script, through development, layout and animation. Extremely limited seating.… Click Here
Where:
CENTER STAGE GALLERY
Hours Tues – Sunday noon – 8:00pm     Phone Number:  818 259 1598
Gallery Address:
847 Hollywood Way Space 100
Burbank, CA 91505
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Adult Swim Announces King Star King As New Original Online Series


Adult Swim Announces King Star King As New Original Online Series

All Six Episodes of New Animated Series Premiere on AdultSwim.com June 15th


Adult Swim announced today that King Star King, a new original animated series, will premiere all six episodes at once exclusively online on AdultSwim.com on Sunday, June 15. Adventurous fans will also have the chance to win an original piece of art from series creator JJ Villard.



King Star King follows the exploits of King Star King, a well-muscled fry cook/space prince and his group of strange heroes: Pooza the perverted duck wizard, Gurbles the bear and Hank Waffles, a living waffle-headed mascot. Watch as they travel through the vast and unstable Gigantiverse in their beloved waffle restaurant, The Waffle Zone. See their unending psychotic and hallucinatory quest to help good things and kill bad things. 


From creator JJ Villard (Shrek 3, Shrek 4) and executive producer Tommy Blacha (Metalocalypse), King Star King is produced by Titmouse, Inc. (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros., China, IL, Superjail!).


To celebrate the epic digital launch of King Star King, Adult Swim is running a sweepstakes where fans can enter to win one of six wondrous prizes decorated by the steady hand and unstable mind of show creator, JJ Villard. Fans can enter the sweepstakes once per day this week at AdultSwim.com and enjoy the full series premiere on Sunday, June 15. Official rules are available on the website.  In a new twist, to unlock the last episode fans will need to play an original game, Floppy King, a playfully irritating roadblock that stands between the final episode of King Star King and the eager eyes of potential viewers. Fans will need to tap or click their way through 10 levels of fun to access the finale.

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network among persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 97 million U.S. homes.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Exhibit: Icons of Animation from June 4 - August 16. Featuring - Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton


Exhibit: Icons of Animation from June 4 - August 16. The exhibit celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators - Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton


The Society of Illusrators (NYC) celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators- Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton - with an exhibit featuring the original illustrations from numerous movies and shorts.






film screening and panel will take place on Thursday, June 5th at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild, and an Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 6th. 


Where:
Society of Illustrators  
128 East 63rd Street,  
 New York, NY 10065      
212-838-2560 

About the Artists

Peter de Sève:
Peter de Sève's illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and televised advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorkercovers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies ("Scrat" is now an international icon), de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug's Life, Tarzan,and Finding Nemo.

His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d'Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby's Flying Fairy School. He has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work onArthur Christmas.

Peter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children's book, The Duchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.

William Joyce:
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry.

In February 2012, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In the past two years, he has also written seven hard copy Simon & Schuster children’s books including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Guardians of Childhood book series: The Man in the Moon, The Sandman: Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! AndToothania: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.

Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films include Rise of the Guardians, Robots and Meet the Robinsons and his television seriesGeorge Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards.

Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Blue Sky Studios feature film, Epic, inspired by his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

Carlos Nine:
Carlos Nine is a renowned illustrator, comics author, painter, sculptor, animation film writer, and author of several books. His works have been published in Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, U.S.A., Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

He was awarded awarded on several occasions the Silver Clio in Illustration (Clio Awards, New York, 1993), the Caran D'Ache award for best illustrator (Rome, Italy, 1995), the Prix de l'Ecole Supérieure de l'image (France, 2001) and the First Prize at the Angoulême Festival (France, 2001). He has published books and held exhibitions in numerous countries. He has been invited to give seminars, workshops, and courses in his country and in France.

He has also worked for several magazines and journals, including Le Monde (Paris), The New Yorker (USA), Noticas, Humor, and the newspapers La Nación and Clarín.

Bill Plympton
Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.

In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d'Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics' Week.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he's made 10 feature films. 7 of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, andCheatin', are all animated features.

Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.