Secret Headquarters
is proud to announce the opening of

The comics and artwork of

Ben Templesmith is the critically acclaimed Australian artist and writer responsible for various creative duties on titles such as 30 Days of Night, Wormwood:Gentleman Corpse and Fell among others. His work has appeared across the globe and Secret Headquarters is proud to host his first US show, Poppycock!
Poppycock! will be showcasing artwork from 30 Days of Night and
Wormwood along with never-before-seen pieces by Ben. As an added bonus SHQ is honored to have available exclusive prints and merchandise by Templesmith through the duration of the show.
In addition to Templesmith’s art work, photographs from the
movie set of 30 Days of Night shot by the director of the
film, David Slade (Hard Candy), will also be on display.
Templesmith will be attending the opening to which he had this to say:
“…Feel free to come on down, abuse me, attempt to drink me under the table, deport me etc etc. Lots of fun with whatever you guys do to Australians. There’ll be a bunch of originals for sale, hopefully a new sketchbook and am happy to sign anything you want. (Well almost anything… you know what I mean).”

Opening Reception: Friday, 12 October 2007, 8pm -11pm or longer. We’ll see how we we do with the drinking under the table…

Complimentary adult beverages of course.

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The 3 Minute Sketchbook

Save the Date:
Art Gallery Opening of The 3-Minute Sketchbook Set For August 31, 2007. – 8pm – 10pm –

The Hero Initiative, a Los Angeles based nonprofit that caters to the comic book industry, is proud to announced that the art gallery opening of its newest benefit product, The 3-minute Sketchbook , will take place on Friday, August 31, 2007. 8pm – 10pm.

The art gallery opening, held at Silver Lake comic book/art gallery hybrid The Secret Headquarters, will feature art on display from the sketchbook from Art Adams, Neal Adams, Sergio Aragones, Howard Chaykin, Sean Chen, Frank Cho, Dave Gibbons, Gene Ha, J.G. Jones, Mike Kaluta, Josh Middleton, Mike Mignola, Terry Moore, Bill Morrison, George Perez, Andrew Robinson, John Romita Sr., Joe Rubinstein, Tim Sale, Walter Simonson, JoeSinnott, Michael Turner, Matt Wagner, Bernie Wrightson and more.

In addition, event attendees can get their own 3-minute sketches on the blank pages in the back of the book. Books will be sold for $10 or book with a sketch for $25.

Confirmed artists in attendance are Carly Wagner (Creepy Carly), Brian Haberlin (Spawn), Tone Rodriguez (Conan), Scott Koblish (Incredible Hulk), Andrew Robinson (Star Wars), Joe Rubinstein (Spider-Man ), Mike Mayhew (Vampirella) and Bill Morrison (The Simpsons).

Project background: Collector Michael Finn has been getting 3-minute backing board sketches for a couple years. He gives an artist a backing board at a convention and asks them to do a quick sketch in three minutes, no more. Finn has donated all the originals over to Hero which is being used to publish this book.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, visitwww.HeroInitiative.org or call 310-909-7809.

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The Art of Peter Bagge


Secret Headquarters is proud to present:

The Art of
Artist reception Friday, August 10th
From 8pm – 10pm

By common consensus, Peter Bagge is the funniest cartoonist of his generation.
Bagge is probably best known for the ’90s comic book series Hate, which followed the exploits of the slacker ne’er-do-well Buddy Bradley (and managed to show probably the truest representation of Seattle during the “grunge” boom and bust).

But the Buddy Bradley saga is only a small part of Bagge’s oeuvre, which saw its first glory days in R. Crumb’s Weirdo Magazine (which he edited for several issues) and continues to expand to this day as he appears in Reason magazine, MAD and the Weekly World News.

So – it goes without saying that we just pulled the above from the Fantagraphics web site. Might want to add that Bagge also did animated commercials for Round Table Pizza. And is currently finishing up Apocalypse Nerd for Dark Horse.

Join us as we discuss flannel shirts, coffee and catching fish with news paper.

Beer and a shot of something or other will be on us…
SECRET HEADQUARTERS3817 w. Sunset blvdLos Angeles, California 90026
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paulFantagraphics Books and Secret Headquarters is proud to announce the release of Paul Hornschemeier’s long-awaited graphic novel, THE THREE PARADOXES.

Of The Three Paradoxes, novelist JONATHAN LETHEM writes, “In The Three Paradoxes, Hornschemeier doesn’t resolve the tension between the ironic and confessional poles in his work, he exploits it. Beautifully. The result hums with brilliance.”

The Three Paradoxes is an intricate and complex autobiographical comic by one of the most talented and innovative young cartoonists working today. The Three Paradoxes is one of the major graphic novel releases of 2007, three years in the making from this celebrated Chicago cartoonist.

Additional information on Hornschemeier can be found at www.forlornfunnies.com

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 8:00PM
WHERE: Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

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Tom Neely’s THE BLOT


Secret Headquarters is proud to announce an evening with Tom Neely and his new book: The Blot, July 20th.

The Blot by Tom Neely Painter and cartoonist Tom Neely’s first graphic novel, “The Blot,” is like a sad song that breaks your heart while reminding you of life’s beauty. “The Blot” follows a nameless everyman who, while dealing with the fallout from a doomed relationship, is stalked by a mysterious black splotch. As the story unfolds, this shape-shifting blot appears as a harmless cloud of ink, a faceless demon, a source of strength and an inescapable darkness, testing our character in a new way with each metamorphosis.

With a drawing style resembling the 1930s newspaper comic strips of E.C. Segar and Floyd Gottfredson, and a surrealistic sensibility inspired by painter René Magritte, Neely eschews traditional, representational comic storytelling and finds innovative new ways to tell an ultimately human story about love and loss.
“The Blot” and its characters are an outgrowth of the work Neely has done in his paintings, illustrations and animation over the past several years. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a freelance animator and illustrator. He earned an M.F.A. in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000 and has exhibited his paintings in multiple galleries throughout San Francisco, and L.A. Neely’s illustrations have been featured in dozens of magazines and literary journals and have been featured in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 American Illustration annuals. His comics have appeared in the Graphic Classics anthologies, Expo 2003, Grind, Scram, Kitchen Sink and Nickelodeon Magazines.
Tom will be signing copies of The Blot at SHQ from 8pm – 10pm.
My guess is he’ll be drinking beer at SHQ from 10pm – 11pm.
He’ll share some with you I’m pretty sure.
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