Get ready True Believers! On June 22, 2016 -- Celebrate vintage manga at Q Pop Shop & Gallery in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles!
The Showa era is the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of the Showa Emperor Hirohito, from December 25, 1926 through January 7, 1989. Q Pop's new tribute art show will focus on manga published in the Showa Era, featuring modern artists inspired by the great comics produced during this fascinating period of art and culture in Japan -- including me, Smilin' Sean Danconia!
My contribution is called...
"Do Astro Boys Dream of Electric Kitties?" (鉄腕アトムは電気キティの夢を見るか) and plays out as a "What If?" Osamu Tezuka had produced a version of Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" just in time for the more-than-rumored sequel which Ridley Scott seems to be working on.
Most of my art is Showa-themed (+ Ninkyo-Eiga) as a general rule since I don't have much use for *most* not all modern manga and anime-inspired art. The Showa-era had an aspirational, positive and romantic view of man's place in the universe, his heroic nature and the infinite greatness of life's possibilities. Very excited to see Q Pop paying tribute to this wonderful era!
My art features Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) dreaming the ultimate dream including nods to Nagai Go, Takao Saito, Kazuo Kamimura, Frank Kozik and of course my sensei and yours, Yokoo Tadanori. Iconography from classic Japanese toys, movies and manga packaging. Some modern twists and cameos include Mori Chax's Gloomy Bear and Pity, and featuring Wakao Ayako (star of IREZUMI) as Lady Snowblood, Grendizer, Mazinger Z, Abashiri Family, Godmars, Golgo 13, Doraemon and more!
Q Pop's blog will have links to the art for purchase: http://qpopshop.blogspot.com -- contact them for pricing at email@example.com
3 editions will be available:
One-Of-A-Kind, hand-embelished Artist Proof, in acrylic and acrylic gel on canvas at 20 x 33 inches.
Full size limited-edition run at 20 x 33 inches, museum grade metallic paper, archival inks.
And a 8.5 x 11 (11 x 14 matting) variant with the cool Utsuro-Bune stamp on Astro Boy's arm fully visible, museum grade Luster Metallic, archival inks.
Show date: 6/25/2016 - 7/17/2016
Opening night : 6/25/2016 - 7pm - 10pm