Brewed in the bars and backyard ramps of Richmond Virginia, Born Ugly Magazine is the voice and visual of the everyday skateboarder. With content focused on the lives of people that skateboard for the love of it, and not a paycheck, Born Ugly sets itself apart from the homogenized glut of skateboard mags currently saturating skate shop counters. Add to that layouts infused with illustration soaked in Masonite dust and beer sweat, and you’ve got Born Ugly.
James Callahan. Mickael Broth. Skateboarding. Comics. Toilet Humor. Drawings. Barf. Some other stuff that we are not aware of. Get into it. They will be at Secret Headquarters Friday August 6th starting at 7pm with the newest issue of BORN UGLY as well as a slew of drawings and paintings. Crack a beer with these east coast powerhouses.
There will be drinks. We hope that there will not be actual barf. Be sure to ask about karate chopping a toilet that has been set on fire…
Monday, July 26th, 2010
So, you know that Punisher Spider-Man story: Crime and Punisher? You know that sort of Punisher Skull type shirt SHQ made a small run of..? This is the guy. Paolo Rivera. He is also the guy that painted all of those Marvel Mythos stories. The same guy that is working on the new Amazing Spider-Man: One Moment In Time story arc. That guy, Paolo, is going to be at Secret Headquarters tomorrow night. He’ll be standing around for a little while some come on down. If you ever wanted to meet the valedictorian of the Mainland High School class of 1999, here is your chance!
The Self-Absorbing Man
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Meredith Gran’s OCTOPUS PIE (www.octopuspie.com) debuted in 2007 and quickly developed a large fan base, making it one of the most popular comics on the Internet. The webcomic follows the adventures of nerdy and acerbic Eve Ning, who lives with her long-lost childhood friend (and perpetual happy stoner), Hanna, in Brooklyn. Initially published three times a week, and now posted in collected “episodes,” the stories and world of OCTOPUS PIE have developed over hundreds of strips. Now the first two years of the comic are collected in the beautiful Villard trade paperback OCTOPUS PIE: There Are No Stars In Brooklyn.
In the twilight zone between college and the adult world lies the sardonic, witty, maddening and sometimes melancholy terrain that Gran’s addictive comic OCTOPUS PIE maps with devastating, drop-dead-funny accuracy. Crazed childhood rivals, art world hipsters, Eve’s meddlesome mom, and boyfriends past and present crowd their lives. These alternately hilarious and thoughtful vignettes of twenty-something life will ring true to any reader, and sharp situational humor and crazy characters give OCTOPUS PIE a unique charm that’s hard to resist.
Friday, June 4th, 2010
Vanessa Davis is the award-winning cartoonist of the graphic novel and minicomic Spaniel Rage, which has been praised by Bust and Vice magazines. Her new Drawn & Quarterly book, Make Me a Woman, was serialized online for Tablet Magazine and will debut this year, solidifying her role as one of the leading cartoonists and humorists of her generation. Using beautiful watercolors, refreshing honesty, and humor, her comics made an immediate impression and have appeared in such anthologies as Kramers Ergot, Best American Comics, Stuck in the Middle, Papercutter, and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories.
On Friday June 4th SHQ will be celebrating the art of Vanessa Davis. Join us and share in fine beverages and equally fine conversation as well as historical food preparation trivia.
Secret Headquarters will have Vanessa’s original art work on hand for the month of June as well as copies of Spaniel Rage and the new Kitchen Conniption zine.
The Igloo Tornado
Friday, April 30th, 2010
HENRY and GLENN FOREVER
Art Show and Book Release Party
by THE IGLOO TORNADO
(Tom Neely-Scott Nobles-Gin Stevens)
Henry and Glenn Forever is the ridiculous idea born out of a night of too many beers shared by a group of artists who sometimes call themselves The Igloo Tornado. On that night Gin Stevens said “There should be a Tom of Finland book, but with Henry and Glenn…” and Tom Neely and Scot Nobles replied: “Yes! And we’re going to do it!” This bold idea (or is it a bad idea?) became a small zine that grew into a notorious legend that has now become a nice little book published by Cantankerous Titles.
In order to keep the artists calm and in the room we will be serving our usual whiskey and beer extravaganza. The festivities start at 8pm and will go until Glenn or Henry decide that they have had enough of this nonsense…
Secret Headquarters will have the original art work on hand for the month of May as well as copies of the now, somewhat notorious, Henry and Glenn Forever book.