Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Interested in collecting ORIGINAL ART?

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) is going to be having an art auction on eBay very soon!! We invite you to visit their online catalog NOW while new art is being added daily. They will announce on that website when the auction will launch. Follow them there to get a crack at some AMAZING pieces, most of which were donated from the artists themselves!


Monday, November 14, 2016

Thank You!

This event is now over. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank everyone who donated their art to us, and many thanks to those who bid on the items. 

We deeply appreciate the support, and look forward to more great events and service to the Los Angeles community with our members.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dan Piraro - Auctioneer!

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Bill Morrison

This is a stunning illustration by NCS President Bill Morrison! Created for a gallery show of art based on Rankin/Bass animated programs, Morrison painted this piece based on the stop-motion animated special Mad Monster Party that starred Phyllis Diller (who played the character in the middle). Not only is this based on Mad Monster Party, but this painting is also a parody of a famous photo of a young Sophia Loren giving the stink eye to Jayne Mansfield for her choice of attire. But wait, there’s more! Did you realize that these characters were designed by the great Jack Davis?! Well, now you know. Morrison’s art was created in ink and ink wash, and measures in at a generous 16x16” on Crescent illustration board. Signed in the lower right.

Bill Morrison’s career started as an illustrator for movie posters back in the 1980s and 1990s with such classics as the horror film House, and believe it or not, many for Disney movies such as re-releases of Peter Pan, Cinderella, Bambi, & The Jungle Book, and the first run posters for Oliver & Company, Mickey Mouse in Prince and the Pauper, and The Little Mermaid (yes, the one of urban legend fame). For the past 25 years, Bill has been working with Matt Groening at Bongo Comics art directing many comic books and hard cover Simpsons books. Somewhere in all of that, Bill created his own comics Roswell: Little Green Man and the Dark Horse Comics mini-series Dead Vengeance.

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(Please note that only the artwork is a part of our auction, not the photo.)

Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Ronnie del Carmen, & Michael Giacchino

We are excited to be able to offer this, the 27x40" double-sided theatrical poster for Pixar's Inside Out, this year's winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Donated by the movie's director and fellow NCS member Pete Docter, it came signed by Pete, co-director Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera. Since we've had it in our hands, we were also able to get Oscar-winning film music composer Michael Giacchino to sign it as well!

Pete Docter is one of the guys who helped build Pixar into the company it is today having started way back before Toy Story, the studio's first feature film. You have enjoyed his other directing efforts with the original Monsters, Inc. and Up. Pete has been nominated for Oscars EIGHT times, winning two for Up and Inside Out.

Jonas Rivera has been with Pixar since Toy Story, and has worked in a management capacity through their history of films. His first producer credit was on Up, for which he and Pete Docter received their first Academy Award. They struck gold again for Inside Out.

Ronnie del Carmen has been with the studio for a long time as well, having been one of their key story artists for many years. He very memorably boarded the sequence in Up when Carl and Ellie go through married life with the ups and downs of health, pregnancy, and old age aided audibly with a beautiful piece of music by Michael Giacchino.

Michael Giacchino has become one of the most exciting film score composers in the past 10 years. After a start with video games (Medal of Honor) and television (Alias, LOST), he blasted onto the big screen with his exciting music for Pixar's The Incredibles. He has gone on to score for Ratatouille, Up (his Oscar win), Cars 2, Zootopia, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Dawn of the Planet of the ApesJurassic World, all three of the recent Star Trek movies, and recently finished Doctor Strange. You will hear his latest efforts as the first composer to create music for a theatrically released live-action Star Wars movie since John Williams when Rogue One hits theaters this holiday season. In fact, Michael took a few minutes from working on Rogue One to sign this for us!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Patrick McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell is the cartoonist of the widely loved and award-winning syndicated comic strip Mutts, which always takes a whimsical look into the life of pets with dog and cat pals Earl and Mooch leading the way. Patrick donated this ORIGINAL ART from Mutts just for our auction. Measuring 11.5x5”, this strip appeared in newspapers on March 4, 2006. It was drawn in ink on Bristol board with accents of zipatone (the dots) for shading. It is signed in pencil at the bottom with a little sketch of Earl and Mooch.

Patrick McDonnell was not always a comic strip artist. He was an illustrator whose work regularly appeared in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, and Time. He delved into the comic strip world with Bad Baby, a strip that only appeared in the monthly Parents Magazine. Mutts, of course, appears daily in newspapers around the world, and yet somehow McDonnell has found time to return to his illustration roots by creating many children’s books, even winning a Caldecott Honor in the process for the Jane Goodall biography Me…Jane! He also finds time to help out animal charities, and to that end, Earl and Mooch are featured on a New Jersey license plate sold to raise money to help animals!

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Nicolas Marlet

This is an unbelievably amazing ORIGINAL DRAWING by famed animation character designer Nicolas Marlet. Featuring Ruffnut and Tuffnut Thorston astride a two-headed dragon from Dreamworks’ animated hit How to Train Your Dragon, this gorgeous 17x11” delight was rendered in pencil and marker on a textured off-white paper. Signed “Nico” in the lower right corner.

Nico Marlet arrived from France to work in the American animation business. He began as an animator on such things as DuckTales the Movie and the Steven Spielberg produced We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story. He later became a part of the fledgling Dreamworks studio on their first feature The Prince of Egypt. Save for a brief departure to work on Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. as a character designer in visual development, Nico returned to Dreamworks where he has been ever since. He first gained notoriety when he designed the extremely appealing characters for Kung Fu Panda, and then blew character design out of the water with his work on How To Train Your Dragon. A two-time winner of the National Cartoonists Society’s Silver Reuben for Feature Animation, we are beyond pleased that Nico graciously created this drawing just for our auction.

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