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…
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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

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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John Pham

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

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

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