DANG! It’s The Art of Martin Cendreda

The Art of Martin Cendreda
Friday June 2nd, 2006

Secret Headquarters is pleased to announce our art
opening with Martin Cendreda.

The Los Angeles-based illustrator has worked on
Comedy Central’s South Park TV show and movie,
but Cendreda is most proud of his Zurik Robot and
Dang! mini-comics. With his Dang! comic, Cendreda,
illustrates the tragic life of Herbert Hound
and his encounters with obnoxious teens, fashion
conscious yuppies, and homeless orphans.
Beginning with cute-yet-melancholy one-panel gags,
Cendreda’s work has evolved into longer forms of
storytelling that maintain his clear spontaneous
style and dark humor.

Cendreda’s comics and illustrations have appeared in
1-UP, Giant Robot, Peko-Peko, Dazed and Confused,
XLR8R, and Arthur.

Martin Cendreda will attend the opening from 8pm to 10pm.

Secret Headquarters will feature Cendreda’s one of a
kind original works of art through June 25th, 2006.

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Ron Regé Jr. + SHQ = Cans of Beer and Shots

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Please join us in celebrating
The Art of Ron Regé Jr. at
Friday May 5th, 2006

Secret Headquarters is pleased to announce our art
opening and THE AWAKE FIELD book release
with Ron Regé Jr.

Regé is best known for creating his own visual poetry
that sets him apart from other cartoonists as one of
the most original artists to enter the medium in the
past decade. His storytelling is neither linear nor
altogether accessible; however, his recognizable thin
line and cute characters draw you into a dreamlike,
sensitive fantasy world that, as odd as it seems, is
entirely realistic. His comics have appeared in
McSweeney’s, and his illustrations have appeared
regularly in The New York Times and Canada’s National
Post. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he plays
drums in The Lavender Diamond Band.

THE AWAKE FIELD is a collection of Regé’s reflections
of small town life during a recent 2-year sabbatical
in a coastal community in southern Rhode Island.
Short stories collide and swirl together leaving
visions of mysterious creatures floating through
lush landscapes, pantomimed fairy tales,
hypnotic dances, Bible quotations, and peace
comics, all in Regé’s idiosyncratic and abstract
poetic cartoon language.

Ron Regé Jr. will attend the opening from 7pm to 9pm.

Secret Headquarters is proud to celebrate the debut of
Ron Regé Jr.’s The Awake Field book which is published
by Drawn and Quarterly.

Secret Headquarters will feature Regé’s one of a kind
original works of art through June 2nd, 2006.

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James Jean’s Taci-Turn opens April 7th

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The Art of JAMES JEAN at
Friday April 7th, 2006 

Secret Headquarters is pleased to announce our art opening with James Jean. An award winning illustrator, Jean is best known for his stunning cover art for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. An Eisner Award winner for Best Cover Artist 2004 and 2005, James Jean also received a Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2005 among other honors. Educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Jean quickly became an acclaimed illustrator. He has contributed to both national and international publications, some of which include Time Magazine, The New York Times, Rollingstone, Spin and Entertainment Weekly.

James Jean will attend the opening from 7pm to 9pm.

Opening night will include a silent auction for the cover art to the Fables Vol. 7 trade paperback. The winner will be announced at 9pm.

Secret Headquarters is proud to introduce the debut of James Jean’s second printing of Process Recess. This publication is a collection of images from the last five years’ worth of his rough sketchbook drawings as well as his most captivating completed pieces. Most notably; the “Recess” series of digitally manipulated, enormously unsettling images of school. The first print Process Recess books are out of print and are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Secret Headquarters will proudly feature Jean’s one of a kind original works of art through May 5th, 2006.

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Please join us in celebrating:

Art from the collection of Denis Kitchen


Opening Friday March 3rd, 2006 from 8pm till 10pm

We are pleased to announce our newest art opening featuring artwork from the collection of Denis Kitchen.

Cartoonist, writer, editor and publisher Denis Kitchen who may be best known for his comix publishing company, Kitchen Sink Press has worked with some of the most respected creators in comic book history. Since 1990 Denis has been exclusively selling original cartoon art for clients such as Robert Crumb, and both selling art for and representing the Will Eisner estate, the Harvey Kurtzman estate, the Russell Keaton estate and Peter Poplaski, as well as representing Capp Enterprises, Inc., among others.

Artists featured at the SECRET HEADQUARTERS will include:

ROBERT CRUMB (1943- ) is the most prominent member of the “underground comix” movement. His comics are distinctive for their cross-hatched artistry, idiosyncratic story-telling and uncompromising subject matter. He has increasingly achieved recognition in the high-brow fine art world, a status denied even famous fellow artists who labor in the traditionally low-brow cartooning profession. His life has been thoroughly documented, both by ample numbers of his own no-holds-barred autobiographical comics and in several documentaries, including the award-winning Crumb by Terry Zwigoff.

WILL EISNER (1917-2005) is recognized internationally as a legend in the field of sequential art, a term he coined. His cartooning career spanned nearly seventy years and eight decades. In 1940 Eisner created his most famous character, The Spirit, a masked crime fighter. The Spirit was the lead feature in an unprecedented format: a 16-page color comic book that was inserted in Sunday newspapers, the first of numerous Eisner innovations. At its height The Spirit insert appeared in twenty major market newspapers with a combined circulation of 5 million readers each Sunday, quintupling the circulation of America’s best-selling monthly comic book.

In 1965, Eisner created the very first successful graphic novel —and popularizing the term— with the publication of his seminal A Contract with God, (1978). The semi-autobiographical “graphic novel” revolutionized the art form, inspiring countless fellow professionals worldwide to follow. The graphic novel is now America’s fastest-growing literary genre. Following A Contract with God, at an age when his contemporaries had retired, Eisner created over twenty additional graphic novels and instructional books, including such classics as A Life Force, Dropsie Avenue, To the Heart of the Storm, Family Matter and The Name of the Game — roughly a book per year till his death.

HARVEY KURTZMAN (1924-1993) was a cartoonist, writer and editor with enormous influence on several generations of cartoonists and readers. Kurtzman is probably best known as the comic genius who created MAD in the early 1950s at Entertaining Comics (E.C.). MAD, under Kurtzman, vigorously and fearlessly lampooned American institutions, including other comic strips and television, a medium then in its infancy.

Secret Headquarters will proudly feature Crumb, Eisner and Kurtzman’s original works of art through April 2nd, 2006.

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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The Drama Vs. SHQ

Please join us as we celebrate the release of:
The DRAMA Magazine 007
Friday February 17th, 2006

We are pleased to announce the Los Angeles release of DRAMA 007. The Drama magazine provides a quarterly survey of internationally known artists who are currently working on the cutting edge of art. Each issue of The Drama is unique due to a centralized theme that is reflected in the content and layout. Contributing artists provide original and theme specific art work in a variety of fields including illustration, design, comics and photography. The Drama, founded by Joel Speasmaker in early 2000 as an artists collective began showcasing its members artwork online and in gallery shows throughout the East Coast. The magazine developed soon after as an extension of these outlets, focusing solely on the regional members and their work, but quickly evolved into examining a larger scope of artists as its network of contributors and collaborators increased. The Drama Magazine 007 builds upon past efforts to bring the reader the very latest in revolutionary art work.

Please join Secret Headquarters as we celebrate the release of The DRAMA Magazine 007 with complimentary drinks and copies of Drama 007 Friday February 17th, from 8pm – 11pm.

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