Recent Paintings and Drawings by KEVIN SCALZO

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Secret HeadquartersPresents:

Recent Paintings and Drawings
KEVIN SCALZO

Opening reception:
Friday October 24th
Join the artist for a drink starting at 8pm

Kevin Scalzo’s latest group of work is focused on themes of alienation andestrangement and how that has been reflected in the anxiety of the current times. Using elements of abstraction, cartoon imagery, distortion,violent markings, anderasures, he creates feelings of an impending doom.

His work has appeared in many publications such as Beasts, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories Vol 2, BLAB! as well as numerous galleries around the world. Scalzo’s work has been seen most recently in the BLAB! Show at the Copro-Nason Gallery in Santa Monica.
Kevin Scalzo, born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1969, was raised in the United States, and currently lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

Secret Headquarters will have
Kevin Scalzo’s art work and copies of his Boiled Beef bookon display
from October 24th – November 24th, 2008.

A show preview can be found here.

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ANDRICE ARP

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Secret HeadquartersPresents:

Works by
ANDRICE ARP

Opening reception:
This Friday
September 19th
from
8pm – 10pm

If you happened to get your hands on one of the post cards announcing this show you would have read that the art work on display will consist of paintings, comics and wall sculptures. Paintings – no problem. Comics – we’ve seen those but Wall Sculptures?!
I’d suggest coming in a day or two early to watch Dave hang this show as I’m sure there will be some serious ladder time…

Andrice Arp is a writer and an illustrator whose work can be seen in her on going mini-comic Hi-Horse, collected as Hi-Horse Omnibus by Alternative Comics.
Arp also contributes to the Fantagraphics anthology: Mome.

Andrice Arp likes to bake cakes, English muffins and sticky buns and brunch foods in general.
Let’s have a drink or two as we discuss and exchange baked goods recipes.
You know I like a good coffee cake.

Secret Headquarters will have Andrice Arp’s art work on display from
September 19th – October 13th, 2008.

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Where Have All the Heroes Gone? Works by MIKE BERTINO

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Secret Headquarters Presents:

Where Have All the Heroes Gone?
Works by MIKE BERTINO

Opening reception:
Friday August 15th
from 8pm – 10pm

We suggest coming by for a drink or two with the artist.
He’ll be the guy on the bike taking laps around the block.

While he’s out riding the streets like Kevin Bacon from Quicksilver
I would recommend spending some time with his paintings.
We’ll have some and they will be on our walls.
And these paintings will be good. Real good.
Or else Mr. Bertino is going to be in big trouble.
He’s going to need to be on that bike to escape our wrath.
Mike Bertino also makes comics and we’ll have them on hand.

Secret Headquarters will have Mike Bertino’s art work on display

from August 15th – September 15th, 2008.

MikeBertino.com

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Jessica Abel and Matt Madden!

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Secret Headquarters
is proud to present an evening with:

JESSICA ABEL
and
MATT MADDEN

-Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Book Tour-

Thursday June 19th, 2008
8pm

“A gold mine of essential information for every aspiring comics artist. Highly recommended.” -Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics and Making Comics

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is a course on comics creation – for college classes or for independent study – that centers on storytelling and concludes with making a finished comic. With chapters on lettering, story structure, and panel layout, the fifteen lessons offered – each complete with homework, extra credit activities, and supplementary reading suggestions – provide a solid introduction for people interested in making their own comics.

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures was created by comics superstars Jessica Abel and Matt Madden and based on their classes at the School of Visual Arts. Series editors of the Best American Comics series and creators of a number of groundbreaking works, including99 Ways to Tell a Story (Matt Madden) and La Perdida as well as the brand new book Life Sucks (Jessica Abel), Abel and Madden are at the forefront of the comics industry.

Join

Jessica ABEL and Matt MADDEN

for a drink at Secret Headquarters
This Thursday, June 19th at 8pm

www.dw-wp.com
www.FirstSecondBooks.com
www.jessicaabel.com
www.mattmadden.com

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MARK TODD

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Secret Headquarters
is proud to present:

MARK TODD
-Works on Paper –

Opening reception: Friday May 30th, 2008
From 8pm – 10pm

Painter, illustrator and author Mark Todd took his first creative cues from comic books and Star Wars: worlds of inventive fantasy that still inform his art. His latest work involves intense scrutiny and alteration of classic comic covers from “Fantastic Four,” “X-Men,” “Iron Man,” “Spiderman” and other series, including the work of legendary illustrators like Jack Kirby.

“I love the type, the heavy shadows, the colors and the way they seemed to use every inch of the page,” says Todd. “I sit and study them, and my brush reconstructs them.”

Todd is referencing the past, waxing nostalgic about it and simultaneously lending his own post-modern sensibility to it, employing a limited palette, repetition, distortion and mixed media materials including spray paint, cel-vinyl, glossy varnishes and dusty stains. The pieces are rounded at the edges, appearing as prized objects; tablets encoded with civilization’s most iconic collective wisdom.

His work has appeared in scores of publications including Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, New York Times, and for Country Music Television. Todd graduated with honors in 1993 from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, where he has also taught since 2003. He has also written several books, including “Whatcha Mean, What’s A Zine? ” co-authored with his wife and fellow artist, Esther Pearl Watson.

Join Mark Todd for a drink at Secret Headquarters
from 8pm – 10 pm Friday May 30th.

Secret Headquarters will feature Todd’s one-of-a kind original
works of art through July 2nd, 2008

www.funchicken.com

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