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…and Miles to Go Before We Sleep (1: final San Diego photos.)

Posted in Antique Fairs, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Comic Conventions, Gail Potocki, Jim Rose Circus, San Diego Comic Con, Steampunk on 15 February, 2011 by Thomas Negovan
Rod wrangles the teeming hordes of Thomas Jane fans for us.

Rod wrangles the teeming hordes of Thomas Jane fans for us. His signings in our booth caused a bit of a traffic jam. (Ok, MORE than a bit, there was a whole security contingent issued to sort the mayhem.)

I am averaging about one post a decade at this pace.  Let’s relive the magic and splendor of Comic Con with the belief that if a picture tells a thousand words, you are about to experience a million word essay!

It is always magical to see Brian Froud and his wife Wendy, the artists who created the visuals for The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.  (Photo taken by Dave McKean, director of MirrorMask, the third of the three Jim Henson fantasy films.)

It is always magical to see Brian Froud and his wife Wendy, the artists who created the visuals for The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. (Photo taken by Dave McKean, director of MirrorMask, the third of the three Jim Henson fantasy films.)

Jim Rose is right: San Diego Comic Con is full of the strangest things one will EVER see...

Jim Rose (holding up a vintage poster for his Circus) is right: San Diego Comic Con is full of the strangest things one will EVER see...

An example of the insanity...

An example of the aforementioned insanity... From Art Nouveau... to LEGOs! In only twenty paces!

Because Michaelanne LOVES "CHiPs"! Her first celebrity connection at Comic Con? Erik Estrada!

Melissa auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Rufus Wainwright) was lovely... I suspect that her aura is a Heavy Metal loving teenage boy spinning a Pre-Raphaelite dream.

MAdM and Lee Moyer signed a poster for her "Out of Our Minds" environmental music and film Friday and Saturday.

I can't believe that the League of Steam convinced Gail and Stuart to do a circle of electrocution...

I can't believe that the League of Steam convinced Gail Potocki and Stuart to do a circle of electrocution...

But then I shouldn't be surprised that Holistic Health Maven and Consistent Overachiever Stuart did it TWICE.

As much as Michaelanne loves Erik Estrada, it doesn't come close to how much Gail Potocki LOVES Paul Komoda!!! Here she is with his pendant "The Kiss".

And before we knew it, it was midnight on Sunday. The neckties came off, and after hours of blood and falling timbers the truck was packed full of Art Nouveau goodness.

Thanks also to Steve Diet Goedde, who also signed in our booth but is strangely absent from photos!  The curse of the photographer, I suppose…

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San Diego Comic Con 2010 SCHEDULE

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Comic Conventions, Dave McKean, Gail Potocki, Haute Campe, Jeremy Bastian, Jim Rose Circus, Michael Zulli, Olympian Publishing, Sioux Sinner, Uncategorized on 28 June, 2010 by Thomas Negovan

I feel like I should begin as if I were in a confessional: “Forgive me, it’s been sixty-eight days since my last blog post…”

Lots of great things happening.  Which I DO want to talk about.  I mean, like YOU-WOULD-NOT-BELIEVE-IT level coolness.  And when I say that, I mean, like, you can’t even imagine.  But I must get this post out before the event has come and gone!

We’ve put together the best exhibition yet for this year’s San Diego Comic Con.  Haute Campe, our division of drive-in movie posters, has made some fantastic poster recreations featuring top models, and they’ll be appearing in our booth to sign them!  Plus, we’re happy to add some new artists to the Century Guild stable (BOOTH 2845)… PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

Century Guild – Special Guests

Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur

Signing   Thursday 22 July 2010   2-3 pm

Musician Melissa Auf der Maur has served as bassist for the bands Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, and contributed to albums by artists including Rufus Wainwright and Ryan Adams.  While Blender magazine lists her as “one of the hottest women in rock”, I assure you that Melissa is much more than just a pretty (ok, gorgeous) face:

Last Fall, Melissa Auf der Maur’s film Out Of Our Minds (with collaborator Tony Stone) was featured as an installation piece in the J. W. Waterhouse exhibition at the Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts.  First shown at Sundance in 2009, her film is noteworthy as the sole contemporary interpretation of the Pre-Raphaelite vision to be included in this landmark exhibition.

Out Of Our Minds is part of a larger vision, including a record and other soon-to-be-revealed aspects.  Melissa is a true conjurer and fine artist, and you MUST come and meet her!  Please note: Due to concert obligations, Melissa will be at Comic Con Thursday only!

Lee Moyer

Lee Moyer

Lee Moyer

Signing   Thursday 22 July 2010   2-3 pm

Continuing the Melissa Auf der Maur festivities, Lee Moyer will be signing alongside Melissa copies of his not-yet-revealed Art Nouveau-inspired MAdM poster!!!  Lee has been in the public eye this past year as the artist bringing Michael Kaluta’s vision for an expanded Starstruck to completion, inking the expanded images and meticulously painting the entire book.  We love Lee and are happy to have him behind the table this year!  Please note: Due to prior commitments, Lee will only be at Comic Con on Thursday as well.

Michael Zulli knows cats...

Michael Zulli

Michael Zulli

Signing Thursday 22 July 2010 2-3 pm

Signing Friday 23 July 2010 12-1 pm

FRIDAY 1-2: SPOTLIGHT ON MICHAEL ZULLI PANEL UPSTAIRS (Room 4)!

Signing Saturday 24 July 2010 1-2 pm

Signing Sunday 25 July 2010 1-2 pm

IN HIS FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN OVER DECADE. One of Neil Gaiman’s “go-to” illustrators, Zulli created the popular “man who could not die” Hob Gadling for The Sandman comic, and illustrated the epic final story arc, The Wake.  Gaiman was so moved by Zulli’s sensitive linework, that this story arc were the first books to be published directly from an artist’s pencils. Following his work on The Sandman, Zulli retreated from the public eye and spent years sculpting his deeply personal graphic novel The Fracture of the Universal Boy, coming in Fall 2010 from Olympian Publishing. We are proud to announce that Michael Zulli is a Featured Guest of the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.


Annaliese Nielsen

Annaliese Nielsen

Annaliese Nielsen and God’s Girls

Signing   Thursday 22 July 2010 4-5 pm

Signing Friday 23 July 2010   2-3 pm

Signing Saturday 24 July 2010   2-3 pm

Signing   Sunday 25 July 2010   2-3 pm

God’s Girls has become synonymous with tattoed-and-alternative-model culture, and they are featured models on the Haute Campe drive-in poster recreations!  Founder Annaliese Nielsen will be on hand, along with popular models Jenna Valentine, Tyler Christ, London and Toryn to sign copies of the posters… and surprise guests!

Jim Rose and Bébé Aschard-Rose

Jim Rose and Bébé Aschard-Rose

Jim Rose and Bébé Aschard-Rose

Signing   Thursday 22 July 2010   3-4 pm

Signing Friday 23 July 2010  3-4 pm

Signing Saturday 24 July 2010   3-4 pm

Signing   Sunday 25 July 2010   3-4 pm

Homer Simpson might have called him “boss” on The Simpsons, Mulder and Scully might have called him “Dr. Blockhead” on The X-Files, but we call Jim Rose “legend”.  With his Jim Rose Circus, Rose revitalized the entire sideshow culture, and became a worldwide sensation from the moment they were invited by Jane’s Addition founder Perry Farrell to shock the crowds on the first Lollapallooza tour back in 1991 and paved the way for an entire generation of tattooed and pierced performers. “Today you see acts on prime time television that I was being thrown in jail for in ’91 and ’92,” marvels Rose.

Jim and his wife, Bébé the Circus Queen, have collated the notes taken over a lifetime’s worth of circus travels around the world on the luck rituals they encountered in different cultures into an encyclopedia of all things lucky titled- appropriately enough- Your Lucky Book.  Illustrated in a nineteenth-century style by Jeremy Bastian, both authors will be on hand to sign limited edition copies of the book with a special cover, hand-stamped in metallic inks.

Steve Diet Goedde

Steve Diet Goedde

Steve Diet Goedde

Signing   Thursday 22 July 2010   3-4 pm

Signing Friday 23 July 2010   2-3 pm

Signing Saturday 24 July 2010   2-3 pm

Signing   Sunday 25 July 2010   3-4 pm

Century Guild is proud to announce representation of Steve Diet Goedde- a world-recognized photographer and one of the leading names in contemporary fetish photography.

Models Goedde “discovered” include such icons as Dita Von Teese, Masuimi Max, Aria Giovanni, Justine Joli, and Emily Marilyn. His work was compiled in two hardcover monographs, The Beauty of Fetish: Volumes I & II, by renowned photography publisher Edition Stemmle.

Steve will be signing DVDs of his interactive film Living Through Steve Diet Goedde: Photographic Anthology 1990-2004, with over 700 images digitally rescanned from the original negatives by Steve Diet Goedde himself, including hundreds of never-before-seen images.

Jeremy Bastian's Cursed Pirate Girl

Jeremy Bastian's Cursed Pirate Girl

Jeremy Bastian

Signing   Thursday 22 July 2010   10 am- 7 pm (all day!)

Signing Friday 23 July 2010 10 am- 7 pm (all day!)

Signing Saturday 24 July 2010 10 am- 7 pm (all day!)

Signing   Sunday 25 July 2010 10 am- 5 pm (all day!)

The success of Jeremy Bastian’s Cursed Pirate Girl has reached levels of appeal that very few contemporary comics can claim.  In the year since its first issue was published, Jeremy Bastian’s creation has amassed a cult-like following, its followers ranging from comic book fans, children, industry legends and celebrities.  The first issue has already reached a 4th printing!  Jeremy will also be signing the above mentioned limited edition copies of Your Lucky Book by Jim and Bébé Rose.  This weekend will also mark the announcement of Cursed Pirate Girl moving to a major publisher. “Jeremy Bastian is a genius” -Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane

Signing Friday 23 July 2010 1pm-2pm

Signing Saturday 24 July 2010 2pm-3pm

Hung.  The Punisher.  The Mist.  As if that wasn’t enough, add that the man was the director of the brilliantly creepy The Dark Country and the mastermind behind some of the hottest comic books to hit the shelves in the last couple of years, and you have more reasons than you need to come and see the take Sioux Sinner has conjured up of a certain 1970s Italian movie poster— recreated with Tom in the lead role!  Thomas Jane will be signing his Haute Campe recreation and will be more than happy to sign any copies of his comics Bad Planet or Alien Pig Farm 3000 you might happen to have bought before those things were sold out everywhere!

Gail Potocki

Gail Potocki

Gail Potocki

Signing Friday 23 July 2010 4-5pm

Signing Saturday 24 July 2010 4-5pm

Symbolist painter Gail Potocki is an anachronism: an artist who studied in the manner of the Old Masters… but grew up listening to Punk Rock.  Gail is currently working on a series based on the Freaks of the 1920s sideshows, and her environmental paintings have become hauntingly relevant again this season.  Stay tuned for details on a special charity supporting animal rescue efforts in the Gulf.  “More than just paintings, Gail Potocki conducts seances on canvas.” -Grant Morrison

SIoux Sinner, Andi Lyn, Linda Le

Sioux Sinner, Andi Lyn, Linda Le

Sioux Sinner, Linda Le, Andi Lyn

Signing   Sunday 25 July 2010 2-3pm

Signing Haute Campe poster recreations: three of the most popular Alt Models!  Doctor Who, Tattoo, and Anime Nerds everywhere will rejoice now that they know where to stalk these ladies.


EXHIBITING

Dave McKean

Dave McKean

Dave McKean (appearing by chance)

Nitrate artworks and edition prints, including the above painting of Metropolis.

Dave McKean has illustrated and designed covers for the most respected comics of the late 20th century (including Arkham Asylum and Sandman), has worked on film and book projects with John Cale, The Rolling Stones, Jonathan Carroll and Stephen King and has seen his work brought to life by The National Theater of Scotland (The Wolves in the Walls).   McKean was also a conceptual artist on the Harry Potter films and created and directed the movie MirrorMask for the Jim Henson Company.   A longtime aficionado of silent film, McKean’s current body of work is inspired by the era and is titled Nitrate.  His second film, Luna, is currently in post-production.

Lisa Black

Lisa Black

Lisa Black (artworks only)

Last year, Lisa Black’s taxidermy artworks were a runaway hit of the show, and were featured on Wired and Boing Boing, and were the subject of more blog posts than anything we’ve ever seen.  This year will certainly have the crowds equally enthralled!

Malleus

Malleus

Malleus (artworks only)

Italian artists Malleus are a “three-headed hydra” of creativity, and they make some of the BEST silkscreened concert posters in the world.  Described as “Dark Nouveau”, we are fans- and you should be too…!

CENTURY GUILD DECORAITVE ARTS – BOOTH 2845

ARKHAM ASYLUM’S GRANT MORRISON and DAVE McKEAN REUNITED!!! Plus, Gail Potocki’s Freaks: a sneak peek

Posted in Cursed Pirate Girl Radio Drama, Dave McKean, Gail Potocki, Grant Morrison, Jeremy Bastian, Jim Rose Circus, Michael Zulli, Olympian Publishing, Stephanie Leonidas, Uncategorized, Wondercon on 18 March, 2010 by Thomas Negovan

Yes, Grant and Dave were kind enough to lend their voices to the Swordfish Brothers- Sir Haftu the Magnificent and Sir Halek the Significant- on the audio recording of Jeremy Bastian’s Cursed Pirate Girl! It’s wildly funny that the brothers now have one very very Scottish and one very very British accent.

The Swordfish Brothers.

The Swordfish Brothers.


Grant Morrison and Dave McKean reading Cursed Pirate Girl

Grant Morrison and Dave McKean reading Cursed Pirate Girl

There is a great article just posted on BrokenFrontier.com that beautifully recaps everything on the Cursed Pirate Girl recording, to date HERE.

Plus……

FREAKS magazine!

FREAKS magazine!

This 9″ x 12″ magazine (16pp) will be released at Wondercon in San Francisco the first weekend in April, or available soon on the Olympian Publishing website.

Includes never-before-seen artwork by Gail Potocki and Jeremy Bastian, interviews with Stephanie Leonidas, Gail Potocki, Jeremy Bastian, Jim Rose (of the Jim Rose Circus), plus an interview with Sioux Sinner on the launch of Haute Campe, and an interview and artwork with the elusive and charming Michael Zulli (The Sandman, Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation) on the forthcoming Fracture of the Universal Boy!

Dave McKean, Grant Morrison, and Thomas Negovan read Cursed Pirate Girl

Dave McKean, Grant Morrison, and Thomas Negovan read Cursed Pirate Girl

THE SIMPSONS, NINE INCH NAILS, THE X-FILES, MARILYN MANSON… AND CURSED PIRATE GIRL

Posted in Cursed Pirate Girl Radio Drama, Jeremy Bastian, Jim Rose Circus, Olympian Publishing, Uncategorized on 18 March, 2010 by Thomas Negovan

PRESS RELEASE: THE SIMPSONS, NINE INCH NAILS, THE X-FILES, MARILYN MANSON… AND CURSED PIRATE GIRL

Jim Rose (of the Jim Rose Circus, named “One of the Twenty Most Outrageous Acts of the 20th Century” by SPIN magazine) has been called on to press his unique fingerprint onto a great number of pop culture happenings that could only be called historical and iconic: The Simpsons and X-Files TV shows, tours with Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson… the list goes on, and in 2010 includes the role of Grandpa Alice on the cast recording of Jeremy Bastian’s comic Cursed Pirate Girl, which is not-for-sale and will only be played at select bookstore and library events this Fall.

Jim Rose as Grandpa Alice in Cursed Pirate Girl

Jim Rose as Grandpa Alice in Cursed Pirate Girl

“There are many things in my career that I’m proud of. I was hand-picked by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell for his very first Lollapalooza tour. Homer Simpson ran away and joined my circus as The Human Cannonball. I was investigated, poked, and prodded by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. I went the full Downward Spiral tour with Trent Reznor and came out alive on the other side. I can call the finest artistic minds on the planet my friends, from the late William Burroughs to Bowie, Bono and Bob Dylan. But for pure emotional joy, nothing matches what I felt when I read Cursed Pirate Girl for the first time. Gail Potocki nailed it when she called it ‘Our generation’s Alice in Wonderland’. This isn’t pop culture, this is something timeless. When I heard about the cast recording I made the calls to get myself involved.”

Cursed Pirate Girl #1 (of 3), third printing, available online from Olympian Publishing.

Cursed Pirate Girl #1 (of 3), third printing, available online from Olympian Publishing.

Cursed Pirate Girl is one of the most talked-about books in the comic industry: Mike Mignola (Hellboy) exclaimed the book to be “truly original… Jeremy Bastian is a genius!”; David Petersen (Mouse Guard) calls it “classic storytelling that any age can enjoy… (it) makes other artists jealous- and comic readers drool!” Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy, and singer for the rock band My Chemical Romance) says “Cursed Pirate Girl is totally ahead of its time. I wish I’d thought of it!”
Jeremy Bastian’s Cursed Pirate Girl is available online at http://www.olympianpublishing.com and ask your local retailer to contact Haven Distribution at http://www.havendistro.com
For more information contact media@centuryguild.net .

Jim Rose as Grandpa Alice in Cursed Pirate Girl

Jim Rose as Grandpa Alice in Cursed Pirate Girl