San Diego Comic-Con 2009 is only a little more than two months away and this year Always Seen and Co. will be providing complete coverage of this amazing event!!! This will be our first year attending as registered professionals and we'll be providing as much up to date news and info as possible. We're also going to try a little something different by having established bloggers, from the designer toy and art community, blog on this site about their experiences at SDCC. As always our professional photographer, Mr. Francis Ramos aka Metatron1050, will be in attendance taking high-res quality shots to make sure that our coverage is complete. So be sure to stay tuned as we'll be updating this site with everything SDCC related. For more info on SDCC 2009 please visit www.comic-con.org, the official website of San Diego Comic-Con.
Please Note: We've set up a link on the right column of our site labeled SDCC 2009, and you can click the image for complete coverage of this year's event.
Mission Statement: Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
We are happy to announce that Erick Scarecrow's Medusa vinyl figure "Black Mamba" colorway will be available next week in our ESC-Ebay store. The colorway is limited to 300pcs. worldwide. The box will be signed by the artist. Vinyl figure comes in window box with blister tray. Retail on this figure is $60(USD).
Coming this Friday, May 15th at Noon PDT, we're proud to release the newest Gold Life print, Minosu Travels. Once again we revisit everyone's favorite bull headed, golden armored, hammer wielding, skull crushing beastie: the legendary Minosu Ushi-Oni. This time Minosu appears to be leaving behind the massive labyrinth-like grounds of the Glorious Soaring Munk's secret mountain retreat, and he looks none too happy about it. Maybe it's the awful weather... poor fella. Armor fitted, gear packed, flag mounted, and drum strapped... he's all set to go somewhere perched atop his mega-mammoth-ian mount, The Golden Bull. Each is printed on fine art watercolor paper (225gs), 16"x12" (plus 1" border on all sides), gold embossed, numbered and signed. Limited edition run of 100 prints, $75 each.
The wonderful folks at Arkiv Inc. have just informed me that they're planning on releasing a mini print set of their signature character Arkiv Instant. The "Metal Mickey Series" mini print set is an extension of the previous Metal Mickey original painting series that's been completely sold out. Each print measures out to 6.5" x 8" and is a great representation of Arkiv's original work. This series is an edition of 100 and each set is hand signed and numbered. The Metal Mickey Series will retail at $39(USD)and will be available for purchase on Friday, May 15, 09 at www.arkivinstant.com. Release Date: Friday, March 15, 2009 ARKIV INSTANT:
War-torn and worthy, painter Dave White’s Kidrobot 17: Sgt. Robot emerges from the trenches June 4 serious about his pacifist ways. Available in 2 rare colorways, army green or black, this 8-inch figure includes a removable bazooka, helmet and dove accessory. Only 600 of each colorway; $50 each.
Signings: Dave White will be visiting Kidrobot New York June 3 and Kidrobot Miami June 4.
Backstory: The concept for Kidrobot 17: Sgt. Robot was brought about by Dave White’s love for playing with toy soldiers and making models as a kid. Dave hated how his models came painted in pristine condition, so he would rough them up with scratches, dints, mud, rust and bullet holes to make them look as though they’d emerged from the trenches.
Artist: Dave White’s paintings have been featured alongside David Hockney and Picasso and are currently in the private collections of some of the biggest corporations in the world. In 2002, he famously painted a series of sneakers in a pop art style.
"KIDROBOT 17: SGT. ROBOT" PRODUCT INFO:
Production Run: 600 of each colorway
Colorways: Army green or black
Accessories: Helmet, bazooka and dove. The black edition comes with a black dove and the green with a white dove.
Shepard has donated an Obama HOPE gold screen print and an Israel/Palestine Signed stencil collage fine art piece to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is a nonprofit charitable organization that works to realize Robert F. Kennedy’s dream of a peaceful and just world through domestic and international programs that help the disadvantaged and oppressed, build our next generation of leaders, and tackle the toughest problems facing our society.
The Gold Obama Hope is a Gold Serigraph on 100% Cotton Rag Paper, 14″ x 10″, Signed.
The Israel/Palestine pieceis on Mix Media on Stencil Collage on 100% Cotton Rag Paper, 44″ x 60″, Signed.
The bidding ends on May 28, 2009 and you can already start bidding on it now!
Serv-O-Matics Mini Figure Series produced by MINDstyle. From the classically twisted retro mind of International artist and toy designer Brandt Peters comes an all new blind box toy series from MINDstyle... the Serv-O-Matics. This toy series takes us further in to the world of Peters' signature character - Slap-Happy! and the maniacal world of Slappyville...
From a long time forgotten world's fair comes the Serv-O-Matics - Post industrial robot pedestrial appliances and vintage mechanical public servants meets a Coney Island freak show. There are 10 designs in total with an additional chase figure by acclaimed artist designer, Kathie Olivas. Serv-O-Matics will launch in late June of 2009 with an SRP $14.99 each. Don't wait around too long - This toy series will be sure to go fast!
“Abraham Obama” is a humorous and provocative look at an unprecedented political art movement. A campaign to change the visual landscape of America yields a new President, and ushers in a new collective consciousness for America’s people.
Famous street artist Ron English gathers a crew of professional pranksters and hits the road on a grass-roots campaign to make public art and promote Obama’s campaign for the Presidency. “Abraham Obama” takes us on an unforgettable ride as the stories of Ron English unfold alongside musicians and artists such as Shepard Fairey, Jack Medicine, David Choe, Sam Flores, The Date Farmers, Will.I.Am, Morgan Spurlock, DJ Z-Trip and several others.
Directed by Kevin Chapados, and produced by Daniel Lahoda and Ron English.
If you weren't able to make it to the opening reception of Multiple Personalities 2 at Lift in Detroit then don't worry because the show pieces are now being exhibited online. There are plenty of pieces still available from a list of extremely talented artists that include 64 Colors, Grimsheep, Patrick Francisco and Cris Rose just to name a few. This amazing online exhibit can be seen now by visiting www.liftdetriot.com.