RYAN HESHKA February 1st!

Secret Headquarters & BLAB!Present

Comic book inspired art byRyan HeshkaAt
Secret HeadquartersFriday February 1st, 2008

New comic book inspired paintings by modern master Ryan Heshka feel familiar in an old timey and eerie way. The illustrations of monsters, pin-up girls, robots and dated comic books feel almost discarded or better yet, found among the dusty items of an estate sale. It is clear that Heshka has been inspired by pulp magazines, science images and old advertisements but he manages to go beyond these influences to deliver us to a striking new world of delicately distorted and painted dreams.

Heshka has painted for BLAB!, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Popular Science, Dreamworks SKG, Fast Company, PC World, Smart Money, Esquire, Harper Collins, and Newsweek.

The artist will attend the opening from 8pm to 10pm.Paintings will be available for sale / viewing online starting Thursday the 31st of January. We will provide the web site in an email Thursday morning.

Secret Headquarters will feature Heshka’s one-of-a kind original works of art through March 5th, 2008.

Bar provided by MALO-CANTINA.Secret Headquarters3817 W. Sunset BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90026323.666.2228


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HORRORSHOW The art of Johnny Ryan

At Secret Headquarters
Friday November 30th, 2007

Dozens of new paintings inspired by cult, horror and exploitation films. If that is not enough for you, there will be popcorn and movie inspired snacks. And if that isn’t enough for you MALO-CANTINA will be providing margaritas. An odd mix, I know, but we’ll make it work.

Johnny first developed his hilarious drawings in the self-published title Angry Youth Comix. Now published by Fantagraphics Books, Ryan’s AYC has become the international bastion of lowbrow humor cartooning. Ryan’s utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious bombardment of political incorrectness.

Johnny will attend the opening from 7pm to 10pm.

Secret Headquarters will feature Ryan’s one-of-a kind original works of art through January 7th, 2008.

3817 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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SETH FISHER: Flowering Nose

Secret Headquarters
is proud to announce the opening of

Flowering Nose: The Art of Seth Fisher

Seth Fisher, the critically acclaimed artist responsible for drawing duties on Green Lantern: Willworld, Flash: Time Flies, Vertigo Pop: Tokyo, Happydale: Devils in the Desert, and Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan, passed away January 30th, 2006.

Secret Headquarters will be celebrating the art of Seth Fisher with a display of original work that spans his all too short comic book career. With work that channels the likes of Darrow, Moebius and Otomo, we are engulfed in a world of candy colored, calculated chaos. Fisher’s pages are oozing with complicated beasts and the visions of sleepwalking dreams. Brains are exploding and monsters are comfortable among the overgrowth of these surreal, tightly rendered environments. An Eisner award nominee, Fisher’s artwork will continue to inspire far into the future.

In addition to Fisher’s original artwork, we will have available for purchase two mini comics: Bob’s Life and The Man With a Thousand Noses. SHQ will also offer a never before seen (or printed) mini sketchbook which features Seth’s Batman:Snow concepts and layouts. Copies of Seth’s Marvel and DC work will also be on hand.

All proceeds from the art, mini’s and books will be going to Seth’s son’s educational fund. If you cannot make it to Secret Headquarters for the show, but would like to donate, Paypal payments can be made directly using the following email: seth@floweringnose.com

Opening Reception: Friday, November 9th, 2007, 8pm – 11pm

Complimentary beverages will be served.


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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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