Mouse Guard

David Petersen

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Secret Headquarters presents

A book signing with MOUSE GUARD creator David Petersen Thursday Oct 1st

David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Most Promising Newcomer, and in 2008, won Eisner Awards for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard Fall 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 hardcover). He received his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife, Julia. They continue to reside in Michigan with their dog, Autumn.

Please join David Petersen for a discussion on the current trends in mouse fashion and a drink or two Thursday October 1st from 7 – 9pm

David Petersen

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ATTACK From SPACE Art and Silk Screen Book by JON VERMILYEA


Secret Headquarters

Art and New Silk Screen Book
Friday September 4th at 8pm

Jon Vermilyea is some guy from Brooklyn who studied cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. This is where Vermilyea accepted one of his first honers by being voted Most Scientific by his classmates. Truly one of the more coveted School of Visual Arts accolades to be bestowed…

When Jon isn’t teaching the youth about the values of nutrition with his illustrated BreakfastCrew pamphlets he can be found creating work for PictureBox, Fanatgraphics, Vice Magazine and Mishka clothing to name a few of his prestigious clients…

Please join the talented Jon Vermilyea for a spirited debate on
the merits of sweaty pizza and a drink or two
Friday September 4th
from 8 – 10pm


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Opening on Friday, July 3rd, from 8-10 PM, at
The Secret Headquarters on 3817 W. Sunset Blvd.,
English artist Jeremy Eaton will unveil nearly two
dozen new and recent works in his popular series of Cartoon Jumbles
illustrated paintings, featuring the irreverent pairings of cartoon
icons including Uncle Sam & Uncle Scrooge, Fred Flintstone & Alley Oop,
Little Lulu & Wonder Woman, The Yellow Kid & Mr. Natural and Mark Trail & Bullwinkle, all rendered in soft gouache watercolor tones and ink, on austere, pulp-hewn manila paper.

Called Guston-like by preeminent Seattle art critic, Regina Hackett
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer), Eaton’s delicate yet forceful paintings
are full of surprises and deft trickery, with numerous unexpected shapes
appearing within their thoughtful cross-pollinations. Having commenced
upon the series during the Spring of 2008, the artist, best known for
his early ’90s comics published by Fantagraphics, Kitchen Sink and other
alternative imprints, has created more than three dozen of the
paintings, many of which will be included in the Secret Headquarters
show, made available for purchase for the very first time. Response to the enigmatic series has been strong throughout the cartooning community, and beyond. It seems Eaton’s plucky disassembling of such well-loved characters as Mr. Magoo, Charlie Brown, Nancy and Bugs Bunny, has pushed some notoriously opinionated buttons.

“Fractured and aggravating!” claims Peter Bagge, the influential creator
of such groundbreaking alternative comics as Neat Stuff, Hate and the
recent collection, Buddy Does Jersey. Clearly the work of an inspired

“You’ll never encounter anything else that excites the eye and mind the
way these things do,” says Jim Woodring, creator of such mind-bending
cartoons as Frank, JIM, and the wonderfully mesmerizing Seeing Things.

“Jeremy Eaton’s Cartoon Jumbles are a triumph of wit and form. No comic
icon is safe!” declares Chelsea Cain, bestselling author of Heartsick
and Sweetheart.

“Just open your eyes and Eaton’s paintings will take you to a world that
is brave, new, and zany. It proves that there is something new and
wonderful under the sun” imparts Murray Suid, author of Words of a
Feather and co-author of Moviemaking Illustrated: The Comicbook Filmbook.

Jeremy Eaton, illustrator, writer, and cartoonist, was born in England,
in 1963. He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
His art has been utilized by a diverse list of recognizable sources,
including Walt Disney Productions, The Village Voice, San Diego Reader,
Sub Pop Records and Nickelodeon Magazine.
His cartoons have been collected in more than a dozen editions,
including The Island of Dr. Moral, Sleepy, Jackass, and A World of
Trouble, by such noted graphic novel publishers as Fantagraphics Books,
Chronicle Books, and Drink Me Press. His original art has appeared in
galleries in Spain, Germany, and the United States.

Jeremy Eaton’s commercial art can be viewed online at A plethora of his more personal work, including
paintings, experiments, childhood art, prose stories, photography etc.,
can be found on his small family of art blogs, notably Picture, J.W.E.
( His original art can be found for sale at the

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Secret Headquarters
New Portraits by
Friday June 5th

Friends! It is my pleasure to announce our newest art show featuring the brilliant drawings of Aiyana Udesen.

Udesen, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, has been raising various rodents in her San Francisco apartment for several years now. The admiration and respect she feels for these underdogs of nature are clearly showcased in her drawings. Brightly colored and carefully rendered Udesen’s images juxtapose these majestic creatures with today’s popular film, music and TV stars. Her art work and zines will be available for viewing for the month of June.

Join the talented Aiyana Udesen for an
informative slide presentation on rodent care
and a drink or two
Friday June 5th
from 8 – 10pm


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Killer Cuts & Killing Shapes by Ryohei Tanaka

Secret Headquarters presents

Killer Cuts
Killing Shapes
Ryohei Tanaka

Friends! It is my pleasure to announce the newest concept in gallery style showings. Its a new idea and we invented it! And just the other night too.
We thought the amazing art work of Ryohei Tanaka would be the perfect imagery to give this high concept a go. So, please join us for stunning new art show featuring the work of Ryohei Tanaka!

After much thought and discussion we decided to call this new gallery event

That’s right. For the first time ever on the face of the Earth you will be able to take home the art work you purchase at SHQ right there on the spot! No more waiting a few weeks for the show to end.

This is how it works:

1. Look at art work by Tanaka.

Tokyo-based visual artist Ryohei Tanaka has taken the simple art of folding a piece of paper and cutting it with scissors and ushered it into new realms of intricacy and imagination.

2. Let us know that you would like to purchase one of these fantastic pieces of art.

3. Almost there!

4. Now buy this artwork using cash or charge…

5. BAM! Take that sucker home. That day!
Right then and there!

See the art work HERE!

Ryohei Tanaka

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Los Angeles, CA 90013
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