April 2013



Graphique Noir

March 30th - April 27th, 2013


Saturday April 20th, 2pm to 5pm
Artist and Master Printmaker Joy Shannon and the artistic team from Zineworks will offer a printmaking and collage workshop at OCCCA. More information


Opening Reception April 6th 6-10pm

See original examples from Marshall Vandruff's sketchbook!

View prototypes from Lance Richlin's original concepts for the Harry Potter Movie Series!

Meet amazing live costumed characters walking about!

Special Comic Book signing at the opening:

Ted Shambaris,
writer and co-founder of Afro Stache Studios.

Derek Lipscomb,
artist and co-founder.

We plan to sell and sign Poverty Pack #1 and Poverty Thrill Adventures #1. We just got in Poverty Pack #2 from the printer, so this will be our world premier!

The idea of Poverty Pack is what would happen if superheroes were broke? Can they still be heroes if they have to pay rent, buy groceries, and deal with every day bills? Then we put them into ridiculous and outrageous scenarios. We open the first issue with the murder of a well known figure in the community, Chip Brown, baker extraordinaire. Each hero investigates in their own way because they don't know each other yet. They each find some clues about Chip's murder. But we end the issue with all of them in a situation of needing money for bills or rent and they realize that they need to get jobs.


Juried By:
Marshall Vandruff, Kazu Kibuishi, George Pratt



Graphique Noir celebrates a hugely popular aesthetic found in a plethora of today's media. This somewhat "dark" art-form encompasses a surprising complexity of genres including that of the Graphic Novel, PC/Video Gaming, Manga, Steampunk, Post Apocalyptic, Gothic, Anime, and countless derivatives and combinations of all of the above.

Often, many consider this art "fringe or outsider"... yet through popular osmosis it has become an influential phenomenon, infusing popular culture through Film, Television, Fashion, Product Design, Advertising, and Music. While Science Fiction is commonly in the forefront of this imagery, the undercurrents of society are often explored through fascinating, sometimes squeamishly eccentric, aberrant and deliciously delirious avenues.

Graphique Noir as an exhibition will embrace and explore works of art in virtually any imaginable media including paintings, digitally generated imagery, textiles, sculptural works, animation, video/films, performance, music, dance. And the list goes on and on!

We would also love to see your works in progress as well, even if they're not completely realized: sketches, unfinished illustrations, etc!


Kris Buker, Grimm Deeds Pages 1-3


Chris Melgar, American Minotaur


David Ingraham, Salt Lake Noir


Virginia Lake Crawford, New Amsterdam Time Warp



Beth Ashby, Renee Bangerter, Marina Bekeshko, Nancy Belle, John Beneventi, Kurt Brizzolara, Kris Buker, Jim Caron, Maria Coletsis, Virginia Lake Crawford, Judy Csotsits, Spencer Davie, Manu DeMey, Jimmy Diggs, Jorg Dubin, Averi Endow, Karl Eschenbach, Kebe Fox, Johnny Fox, D.W. Frydendall, Steven Fujimoto, Ron Gallus, Cynthia Garcia, Judy Gardner, Peter Gaustad, Tammy Greenwood, Karl Hauser, Carol Hayman, Jonathan Howard, David Ingraham, Kevin Jacobs, Pat Johnson, Kirk Kain, Melissa Lambert, Echo Lew, Victor Lunn-Rockliffe, Monika Malewska, Chris Melgar, Matjames Metson, Lola Mitchell, Jordan Munoz, NAZIM NAZIM, Kevin Netteberg, John Nguyen, Hung Viet Nguyen, Sonya Orloff, Nick Pedersen, Karl Polverino, Freya Prowe, Patrick Quinn, Lance Richlin, Michael Allyn Roy, Frank Schaefer, Casey Sharpe, Asha Sheshadri, Heather Scholl, Craig Sibley, Robin Street-Morris, Saral Surakul, Kat Toronto, John Valois, Marshall Vandruff, Jeff Wack, Keith Webb, Kurt Weston, Cecily Willis, Loic Zimmermann


About the Jurors:

Marshall Vandruff

Marshall Vandruff has worked as an artist and educator in southern California for over thirty years.His clients include MAD Magazine, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon, Insomniac Games, LeapFrog Animation, Rockstar, Blizzard Entertainment, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, ImagineFX, and over forty advertising agencies. Since 1984, He has taught over 200 Drawing and Visual Storytelling courses at universities and corporations, and his students include many leading artists in the fields of animation, illustration, comic books, film and games. Marshall has been featured twice in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.


Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi is a graphic novel artist, author, and the editor of the popular Flight Anthologies, as well as the author and creator of the the web comic Copper, and the graphic novels Amulet, and Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award.


George Pratt

George Pratt is a veteran graphic novelist and illustrator, who for the past thirty years has produced landmark works for Marvel Comics, Heavy Metal, DC, Bantam Books, Warner Books, Mojo Press, Random House, and many other publishers. George's first graphic novel, Enemy Ace, was nominated for both the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award, has been translated into nine languages, and at one point was on the required reading list at West Point. Enemy Ace won the France Info Award for Best Foreign Language Graphic Novel, and the British Speakeasy Award for Best Foreign Language Graphic Novel. Pratt's Batman: Harvest Breed was nominated for two Eisner Awards, and his The Wolverine: Netsuke won the 2003 Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist. He currently teaches for The Illustration Academy and at Ringling College of Art and Design.


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