Tom Neely’s THE BLOT

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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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John Pham

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Join us Friday, June 15th as Secret Headquarters
presents the art of
John Pham.

John Pham is a Xeric Foundation grant winner who is best known for his Manga meets Indy styled Epoxy comic book anthology. Epoxy has been featured in XLR8R and Publishers Weekly and was named “the Best Comic of 2003” by THE FACE (U.K.).

Pham has not updated his web site since 2005 as he has been frantically working on his new comic book series entitled: Sublife. Secret Headquarters will have pre-release, limited edition, hand assembled copies.

John will be on hand from 8pm to 10pm. Beer it up and discuss the impact of the Xeric grant on independent comic book making in the United States of America. Pham’s work will be on display thur July 15th.

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PLAIN JANES Thur May 24th @ SHQ

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Join us Thursday, May 24th as Secret Headquarters presents

the debut of local author Cecil Castellucci’s THE PLAIN JANES on DC Comics new Minx line.

Let us sum up THE PLAIN JANES for you real quick;

1. Lunch room rejects.
2. Multiple Janes.
3. Girl Gang.
4. Art attacks.

Castellucci is the author of Young Adult novels, THE QUEEN OF COOL, BOY PROOF, and most recently…BEIGE.

Her first graphic novel, THE PLAIN JANES, is illustrated by Jim Rugg of STREET ANGEL fame.

Cecil will be hanging out from 8pm to 10pm. Have a beer, or some wine as you discuss the impact of street art thugs on the 21st Century.

Located in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, California. Secret Headquarters offers a sophisticated take on the traditional comic book store. Specializing in comic book culture, Secret Headquarters features the best in graphic novels, trade paperbacks and monthly titles.

For more about Cecil Castellucci at www.misscecil.com

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Andrew Robinson May 5th – May 31st At SHQ!

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Join us Saturday, May 5th as Secret Headquarters presents
the opening of our show with artist
Andrew Robinson!

Andrew Robinson is the creator, co writer and artist of Dusty Star which is published by Desperado/Image Comics. Yes! Robinson’s art work can also be seen in the Halo graphic novel published by Marvel as well as Ashley Wood’s SWALLOW #4. Can’t ask for a bigger endorsement right now. What do you think about that!

Andrew Robinson will attend the opening from 8pm to 10pm. Have a beer and some tequila while discussing the finer points of Cinco De Mayo.

Secret Headquarters will feature Robinson’s one of a kind original works of art through May 31st, 2007.

Located in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles , California Secret Headquarters offers a sophisticated take on the traditional comic book store. Specializing in comic book culture, Secret Headquarters features the best in graphic novels, trade paperbacks and monthly titles.

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Rob Sato and Ako Castuera March 30th

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Join us Friday, March 30th as Secret Headquarters presents the opening of our show with artist Rob Sato and Ako Castuera!

Rob and Ako live up the street from Secret Headquarters in what some would call a shack. They like to refer to the place as a log or The Log. The sad part of this story is not the living conditions, but the possible non-living conditions as The Log has been sold. Or is going to be sold. Either way, Sato started to pack. All books are boxed you’ll be happy to know. It might be safe to say that his Xeric award is tucked away in there as well. He won that prestigious grant a few years ago for his BURYING SANDWICHES graphic novel. Know this; he’s been compared to Winsor McCay – Wha’! (Though that review was from his cousin.)

What can we say about Sato’s partner in crime Ako Castuera? Actually, not much. We don’t know a goddamn thing about her. Except that she lives in The Log with a bunch of boxes. We are really on top of our game here at SHQ.

Rob and Ako will attend the opening from 8pm to 10pm. Have a beer while discussing the finer points of packing.

Secret Headquarters will feature Sato’s and Castuera’s one of a kind original works of art through April 30th, 2007.

Located in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles , California Secret Headquarters offers a sophisticated take on the traditional comic book store. Specializing in comic book culture, Secret Headquarters features the best in graphic novels, trade paperbacks and monthly titles.

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