Thursday, July 31, 2014

My show at La Luz de Jesus gallery--opening Aug. 1st 2014

Here's the press release for my show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Frank

Bob’s Burgers and Despicable Me 2 artist has first feature exhibit at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

Frank Forte, a storyboard and comic book artist and comics publisher at Asylum Press, will be showing eight new paintings as part of the Laluzapalooza Jury Winners which coincides with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ Profanity Pop exhibit.  Frank will be attending the opening from 8-11pm.

July 31, 2014 – (Los Angeles, CA) Frank Forte, whose film and TV credits include Bob’s BurgersDespicable Me 2, and LEGO: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Out, announces his first feature exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

“I’m influenced by classic black and white cartoons, old comic books and advertising art from the 1930’s through the 1950’s”, explains Frank Forte, “I’ve taken all of these influences and attempted to capture a vintage feeling as well as incorporate modern themes of pop culture and surrealism.”

The other Laluzapalooza Jury Winners featured are: Allison ‘Hueman’ Torneros, JINX, Katherine Brannock and Sean Stepanoff.

Where:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90027


Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667. Email: info@laluzdejesus.com

When:
Artist reception: Friday, August 1st; 8-11PM
The show runs August 1 – 31, 2014

For more info click here:

Quotes
“If Tex Avery and Salvador Dali had birthed a child at Fleisher Studios, it might have heralded the arrival of Frank Forte. Frank is an animator by trade and an independent comic book publisher by choice. His quirky sensibilities are funneled through an encyclopaedic knowledge of humor illustration that is tributary but also entirely unique”
--La Luz De Jesus Gallery

“--nightmarish cartoons—“
--Hi-Fructose Blog

 Frank Forte’s website

About Frank Forte
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob's Burgers, Despicable Me 2, LEGO: Star Wars, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle:The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, an indy graphic novel and comic book publisher. Since its inception in 1999, Frank’s work in comics includes: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Satan’s Powder Room and many more.

About La Luz De Jesus Gallery
 La Luz de Jesus Gallery was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered largely responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him "the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow." Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery's objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, launching unknown artists who have since become famous, such as Manual Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams. La Luz de Jesus Gallery is widely considered the birthplace of pop-surrealism.







Thursday, March 6, 2014

Laluzapalooza 2014- 28th Annual group Show-La Luz De Jesus Gallery--Friday March 7th from 8-11pm (Tomorrow!)






Hey Everyone, Just a quick post to promote a cool art show in Los Feliz that I have 2 paintings in: Opening Friday March 7th from 8-11pm (Tomorrow!) Laluzapalooza 2014 Our 28th Annual group Show La Luz De Jesus Gallery 4633 Hollywood Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA. 90027 http://laluzdejesus.com/laluzapalooza-2014/ This is a huge group show and one of the biggest art parties in LA.  Great art free wine and beer! Please FWD to anyone you know in LA who likes art! Thanks--and see you there! Frank Forte Laluzapalooza 2014 Our 28th Annual group Show La Luz De Jesus Gallery 4633 Hollywood Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA. 90027 March 7 – 30, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, March 7th, 8-11 PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents our annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Over 16,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists will be sorted-through until we’ve finally narrowed it down to a little more than 100 or so pieces for the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works. There will be some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year will come from a brand new batch of undiscovered, emerging talent.
Previously our annual group show was called “Everything but the Kitschen Sync,” but it began life in October 1986 as the “Día de los Muertos” show which was entirely focused on the folk art, sculptures and imagery of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration. By 1995, gallery owner and curator Billy Shire felt the show had run its course and presented other themed group exhibitions such as the 1996 “21st Century Tiki Show.” In 1998 Shire decided to present a non-themed show dedicated to illustrative and narrative artwork. As many local artists work in commercial graphic art fields such as illustration, cartooning, animation, etc., the show was named “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists.” In 2004, Shire changed the show title to the more encompassing and less-cumbersome “Everything But the Kitschen Synch.” Several spelling and name variations later, here we are… “Everyone looks at this show for new and interesting artists” states Shire – “and indeed, not only does La Luz de Jesus pick artists from the group show for smaller group and solo shows down the line–numerous curators and owners of other galleries also keep their eyes on the yearly show for potential artists to add to their rosters.”
“This is the one show annually that most patrons look forward to seeing, as it’s a chance to discover new artists in the venue that has launched so many careers,” notes gallery director Matt Kennedy. “Every year we manage to discover a new conglomeration of fresh talent, and among them a class of breakout successes. That’s really a credit to the accessible talent pool. The quality and availability of instruction (both in schools and through independent study) coupled with the the culture that this city attracts, fosters a welcoming environment for people with the ability to create –often in reaction to their individual situations.” Join La Luz de Jesus Gallery as we continue to support the latest and most original efforts from the world’s alternative art scene. Contact the gallery director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667
Laluzapalooza 2014- 28th Annual group Show-La Luz De Jesus Gallery--Friday March 7th from 8-11pm (Tomorrow!)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dita Von Teese


"Basically, I'm the girl that your mother warned you about." --Dita Von Teese

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FEARLESS DAWN JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1--ONE SHOT

Asylum Press and Steve Mannion fans,

FEARLESS DAWN JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1--ONE SHOT will be released today, Wed. Dec. 11. Please bug your shops and tell them they didn't order enough!

Diamond has assured me they have 405 extra copies on hand at their warehouses. Anyone wanting to reorder should get them soon. I know sometimes the Fearless Dawn books say out-of-stock on the Diamond website, but we do have all of the issues in stock at Asylum. We have another 700 (FEARLESS DAWN JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1) on hand at Asylum's warehouse. The print run is 3000, so after that they're all gone.

Your local store should be able to reorder the books.

FEARLESS DAWN: JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1--ONE SHOT DCD ITEM NO: OCT130879

Title: FEARLESS DAWN: JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1

(written and Illustrated by) Steve Mannion---Cover by: Steve Mannion

Intended Audience: General Readers

Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE,SCI FI, COMEDY

Format: 38 pages 7x10 SC standard comic, B&W INTERIORS

Retail Price: $3.99

Synopsis: Steve Mannion's fighting mad badgirl FEARLESS DAWN is back and better than ever in this Dinosaurrific tale of Action and Adventure! OUR STORY THUS FAR- It's World War Two and the Nazis are threatening world domination. A new hero rises to fight the Axis...It's a New Dawn!... FEARLESS DAWN! With her trusty Retro-Rocket and Sidekick Betty, there's plenty of ACTION afoot. Enter the evil Helga Von Krause, Fearless Dawn's arch nemesis and the sparks really begin to fly! Helga's cooking up a plot to invade with an army of genetically-modified Dinosaur warriors that threaten to smash everything in the free world unless she is stopped! Can FEARLESS DAWN save the Day?!? ALSO features a Steve Mannion sketchbook section.

Up next (early 2014) FEARLESS DAWN: HARD TIMES #1--ONE SHOT

ALSO IN STOCK AT ASYLUM PRESS (THESE ITEMS MAY SAY "OUT OF STOCK" BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE ABLE TO PLACE AN ORDER--THEY AREN'T "OOP")

FEARLESS DAWN IN OUTER SPACE ONE SHOT #1 DCD ITEM NO: MAY130911

FEARLESS DAWN #1 (OF 4) SP ED (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: SEP090625

FEARLESS DAWN #2 (OF 4) (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: OCT090746

FEARLESS DAWN #3 (OF 4) (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: JAN100748

FEARLESS DAWN #4 (OF 4) (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: APR100751

FEARLESS DAWN SECRET O/T SWAMP ONE SHOT DCD ITEM NO: OCT110861

Available DIRECT FROM ASYLUM PRESS FEARLESS DAWN #1 (OF 4) FIRST PRINTING ( never solicited through Diamond) --Contact Asylum press directly for orders

Thanks

Frank Forte

Publisher

Asylum Press

www.asylumpress.com

www.twitter.com/asylumpress