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Untitled 2014, Alex Yanes
Featuring art from around the world, The Armory Show (March 5 - 8, 2015), at Piers 92 and 94 (711 12th Ave New York, NY) is one of the most renowned international art fairs in New York. The Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its sixteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world's leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York.
Exhibitors at the Armory Show include:
And many, many more.
Events happening around the Armory Show includes the Un-Scene (http://www.theunscene.org/) exhibiton of art influenced by science and technology.
"The Armory Show, housed in Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side, is the largest art fair in New York and one of the principal annual art events in the international art market calendar. Visited by tens of thousands of people each March, the Armory has for almost two decades been the showpiece for some of the world's most important modern and contemporary art galleries. Canonical names from Picasso to Pollock have all been presented at the fair, as have, in equal measure, some of the most cutting edge artists of a younger generation. Organized by The Armory Show, Armory Arts Week has emerged as one of liveliest moments in New York's already rich cultural calendar, with a number of smaller art fairs temporarily alighting throughout the city and the major museums staging their marquee exhibitions to coincide with the fair."
To learn more, visit: http://www.thearmoryshow.com/
The Armory ShowMarch 5 - 8, 2015
Piers 92/94711 12th AveNew York, NY 10019
Cherub faced, capable of spaceflight, and armed with machine guns, Astro Boy (or Mighty Atom, as he’s known in Japan), has been delighting audiences the world over since 1952 in comics, animated TV series, and films. Now the original comic that started it all will be collected in a lavish Ominbus edition from Dark Horse Comics. Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 is nearly 700 pages worth of Astro Boy’s adventures, including rare and out of print material, and will be released in October, 2015.
A robot that’s part Pinocchio and part Superman, Astro Boy was created by Osamu Tezuka (1928 - 1989), who is popularly considered the "God of Manga" for his groundbreaking work in Japanese comics and animation. Tezuka’s work spans family friendly fare to dark psychological dramas and include Phoenix, Black Jack, and Message to Adolf, among many other titles.
For more information, go to: http://www.darkhorse.com/
In March of 2001, indie comic auteur Jhonen Vasquez, previously known for the cryptically comical comics Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee, unleashed his first animated series for a younger audience on Nickelodeon called Invader Zim. Following the adventures of a hyperactive would-be world conquering alien disguising himself as a human schoolboy, Zim struck a chord with audiences for it’s bizarre characters and strange humor. But after only 26 episodes the show went off the air in 2002 and the adventures of Zim came to an end… until now.
Oni Press (publishers of Blue Monday, Scott Pilgrim, and Queen & Country) have announced that they will bring back Zim as a new comic book series. The comic picks up where the show left off and is being done in collaboration with Vasquez and show staff Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, and Rikki Simmons. Issue one will be released July 1, 2015.
“I’m always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head," said show creator Jhonen Vasquez. "I try to imagine the world for all those people who don’t know what Zim’s been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place.”
To learn more, go to: http://onipress.tumblr.com/
1993 was an interesting time for comics in America. Image and Marvel were grabbing media attention left and right with the likes of Spawn, X-Men, and The Maxx and embossed foil covers with holograms were starting to become the rage. Dan Clowes and Peter Bagge were becoming the darlings of the indie scene with Eightball and Hate. Manga was trickling into comic book stores thanks to Kitchen Sink Press. But emerging onto shelves in comic book and book stores alike was a tome created to make sense of this brave new world of illustrated storytelling. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud dissected both the history of comics and the storytelling possibilities of the medium like never before. McCloud broke down the mechnics of comics in an easy to understand way that had never been seen before, while also predicting the importance of the internet as a place of artistic expression in comics.
McCloud, who also wrote Zot!, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics will be speaking at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY) as part of All About Comics with Scott McCloud on February 3, 2015. Along with discussing the history and craft of comics, MCloud will also be showing his latest graphic novel published by First Second, The Sculptor, in which the titular artist finds out he has only 200 days left to live due to a Faustian pact and strives to create his masterpiece.
Having previously lectured at Sony, Google, Pixar, and the Smithsonian Institute, McCloud is considered one of the world’s greatest proponents for the versatility of comics as a medium and their rich culture and history. If you’re a fan of comics, young or old, seasoned pro, or ambitious amateur, this is the lecture for you.
To learn more, go to: http://www.92y.org/
All About Comics with Scott McCloud February 3, 2015
The 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128
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