Wednesday, November 12, 7pm

Launch Event for -
Overspray: Riding High With the Kings of California Airbrush Art
Edited and designed by Norman Hathaway

Overspray is the conclusive account of the rise of airbrush art, and of the equally bright and glossy Los Angeles culture alongside which it came to prominence in the 1970s. Inspired by surf graphics, psychadelia and the slick shine of Hollywood, a generation of young artists began to make every lip and palm tree glisten, and every record cover shine. Fueled by a combination of intense demand, sleepless nights and brutal competition, the four men at the center of L.A.’s airbrush art market–Charles E. White III, Peter Palombi, Dave Willardson and Peter Lloyd–embarked on careers encompassing work for Playboy, Levi’s, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and major studio films including American Graffiti and Tron. Together, their work came to define the look of illustrative graphics for a generation of viewers. This book tells the story of these four artists for the first time through hundreds of images of the artists’ best and best-known work, unseen production roughs, documentary photographs and other ephemera. Viewed now, their surreal, funny and utterly slick imagery seems all the more fantastic–combining technical precision with wild flights of imagination that bring to mind the work of some of today’s top artists. Essay by Mike Salisbury, acclaimed designer of everything from Disney logos to Jurassic Park ad campaigns to Sassy magazine.
Wednesday, November 5, 7pm

tinyvices Aperture Book Series Launch

RVCA, Hope Gallery, and Family Bookstore are proud to announce two nights of tinyvices events.

Family Bookstore hosts a slideshow presentation by Tim Barber to launch the tinyvices-curated series through Aperture books.

The Book Launch at Family presents the tinyvices series Barber curated for Aperture Books, featuring five separate volumes, limited to 1,000 copies per edition. The series reflects the loose spirit of the website and offers a range of styles and approaches to photography - Kenneth Cappello's casual snapshots of the skate scene of his youth, Allan Macintyre's rigorous investigations of geological activity, Jason Nocito's playful groupings of disparate images, Robin Schwartz's disquieting portraits of her daughter and Jaimie Warren's theatrical self-portraits. Each book is introduced by a prominent artist, writer or curator. Artists included: Kenneth Cappello * Allan Macintyre * Jason Nocito * Robin Schwartz * Jaimie Warren

An exhibition of TV Books artists at Hope Gallery - Thursday Nov 6.
1547 Echo Park Ave, 90028.

The exhibition will include an installation of new books, photographs, drawings, and paintings by 17 TV Books authors: Aurel Schmidt * Santiago Mostyn * Brad Phillips * Ben Schumacher * Jason Nocito * Gordon Hull * Julia Burlingham * Mark Delong * Tim Barber * Kim Krans * Lachance, Noble & Comeau * Chris Dorland * Patrick Griffin * Michael Schmelling * Jason Mathew Lee

Tim Barber, 29, grew up in Amherst Massachusetts, lived for a few years in the mountains of Northern Vermont, went to school in Vancouver B.C. and now lives in New York City. A photographer, curator, publisher and designer, Barber runs the online gallery, where visitors are encouraged to submit their photographs and artwork. He launched the independent publishing house TV Books in 2008, producing unique books, artists monographs, zines and posters and recently curated a series of five photography books published by the Aperture Foundation in the fall of 2008.
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30pm

Launch of MICHEL GONDRY'S new books:

'You'll Like this Film Because You're in it'


'We Won the War but Not the Battle'

Gondry will be signing books and chatting.
After the signing the audience will be treated to a very special live performance by J-Lep!

About the book:

'You'll Like this Film Because You're in it'
Michel Gondry’s debut book is a functional memoir of his quest to put the tools of filmmaking in the hands of as many people as possible. At New York’s Deitch Projects, in February and March of 2008, Gondry emulated the heroic example of his characters, constructing a do-it-yourself film studio in which any visitor could assemble their own film from extant plot summaries and rent the results. His aim: “I intend to prove that people can enjoy their time without being part of the commercial system and serving it…Ultimately, I am hoping to create a network of creativity and communication that is guaranteed to be free and independent from any commercial institution.” This book chronicles Gondry’s journey towards what he calls “The Be Kind Rewind Protocol”, and serves as an inspirational guide to creativity and the art of having fun.

'We Won the War but Not the Battle'
The comic book debut by director Michel (Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep) Gondry. Written and drawn by Gondry, this action packed comic book tells the story of four friends, the French army, and a beautifully horrifying conspiracy to take over the world. This one has it all: guns, girls, death, friendship, Mia Farrow, and so much more.

Michel Gondry is the filmmaker of the features Human Nature, the Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, and Be Kind Rewind. He has created groundbreaking videos for artists including the White Stripes, Bjork, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk. Gondry is also the author of a comic book, We Lost the War But Not the Battle, published by PictureBox. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Sunday October 19, 7pm

Joint launch of two excellent new comic books-Ron Rege jr's AGAINST PAIN and John Pham's Sublife.

Against Pain is the first collection of multipage anthology pieces by Ron Regé, Jr. The storytelling side of his expressive work is featured in these comic strips gathered from McSweeney's, The New York Times, Kramers Ergot, NON, Rosetta, Arthur, The Comics Journal, and Drawn & Quarterly's anthology. Suicide bombers, art appreciation, and a Lynda Barry "cover" are brought together under the theme of suffering and how people cope with it. Against Pain also includes the alt-comics zine classic Boys: a 22-page collaborative comic--considered by many to be Regé’s finest work--illustrating the "lust life" of a friend in explicitly honest and hilarious detail.

About Sublife: Two white supremacist brothers live in the midst of an “ethnic” urban flood along with a dog they’ve trained as a weapon. A household made up of three renters, a landlord who never leaves her attic bedroom, and her son, who insists on wearing a sheet over his head all the time. A pack of ravenous stray dogs chase a cat down a desolate alleyway. The lonely, grimy silhouette of Los Angeles, ever-present. All these separate threads weave through the first part of "221 Sycamore St.", an ongoing story about the desperate need for family in two distinct households that share an indelible yet mysterious connection.

Rege will perform live instore as Discombobulated Ventriloquist.
Sunday, October 12, 2pm

Launch of ART SPIEGELMAN'S new book, 'Breakdowns - Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!'

Spiegelman will present Todd Browning's 'Freaks' at the Silent Movie Theatre followed by a signing at Family at 4pm.

This book opens with Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, creating vignettes of the people, events, and comics that shaped Art Spiegelman. It traces the artist's evolution from a MAD-comics obsessed boy in Rego Park, Queens, to a neurotic adult examining the effect of his parents' memories of Auschwitz on his own son.

The second part presents a facsimile of Breakdowns, the long-sought after collection of the artist's comics of the 1970s, teh book that triggers these memories. Breakdowns established the mode of formally sophisticated comics that transformed the medium, and includes the prototype of Maus, cubist experiments, an essay on humor, and the definitive genre-twisting pulp story "Ace Hole-Midget Detective."

Pulling all this together is an illustrated essay that looks back at the sixties as the artist pushes sixty, and explains the obsessions that brought these works into being. Poignant, funny, complex, and innovative, Breakdowns alters the terms of what can be accomplished in a memoir.

About the author:
Perhaps best known for his masterful Holocaust narratives Maus and Maus II– which in 1992 won a Pulitzer Prize–Art Spiegelman is one of the world's best known and beloved comic artists.

Born in Stockholm in 1948, Spiegelman rejected his parents’ aspirations for him to become a dentist, and began to study cartooning in high school and drawing professionally at age 16. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College before joining the underground comics movement. As creative consultant for Topps Candy from 1965-1987, Spiegelman designed Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other novelty items, and taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 1980, Spiegelman founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly. His work has since been published in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, where he was a staff artist and writer from 1993-2003. He has since published a children’s book entitled Open Me… I’m A Dog, as well as the illustration accompaniment to the 1928 book The Wild Party, by Joseph Moncure March.