If you plan to attend this year’s WonderCon, be sure to visit the ChetArt table in the Small Press Area.
ChetArt will have a table at the 2016 Staple! Independent Media Expo, March 5th and 6th. Find me in the Main Hall at table #4, on the right hand wall as you enter the room. I’ll have lots of signed prints, posters, books, card sets, stickers and more. Visit this LINK for more info, a list of exhibitors and floor map. Bumperactive will be in the lobby creating custom art t-shirts. Get a ChetArt shirt made just for you.
Ryan Claytor, pinball enthusiast, eater of elephants and wildly talented artist has a new and fun offering. Now taking pre-orders for this beautiful image as a screen-print. Visit Ryan’s post for more info HERE.
Signed limited edition hand bound “Pedal” books. Available Here.
“Pedal” is a collection of pop culture characters riding in pedal cars. 18 illustrations accompanied by a collection of quotes, catch phrases and a haiku poem for each. Presented in a hand bound book, limited edition of 100. The book, bound by Julie Sullivan of Dancing Cat Bindery, measures 6″ square. Cover paper is a sparkly aqua paper with die cut revealing silver “grill” textured paper for the title. The reverse has an inlaid pedal car illustration and the spine is yellow book cloth. Inside end papers are bright green pearlescent paper. Each book is signed and numbered. A selection of images are also available as signed prints.
The list of characters and movies parodied include: Ghostbusters, The Big Lebowski, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Dr. Who, The Fifth Element, Batman, Star Wars, Bullitt, Totoro and many more.
18 characters in total.
Another great year at San Diego’s International Comic Con has come and gone. We had a fantastic week of sales, fun and time visiting with wonderful friends. The new Kaiju Baseball card sets, posters and pins were very well received, along with the Ten Tall Tales books and pop culture cats postcard sets. Below are some visual highlights from the show.
One of the highlights for me was a visit from Adam Smasher, owner of Hero Complex Gallery in L.A. I’ve had the pleasure of being in several of Adam’s awesome pop culture themed shows over the last couple of years. I look forward to participating in his exciting line up of 2015 fall shows.
We stayed in a storm of constant activity throughout the length of the show. This shot represents one of the calmer moments. A big shout out thank you to ALL the incredible supporters who visited with words of support and $.
Ken Lamplugh stopped by the booth, sporting his ChetArt T-Shirt. Thanks Ken, for all your great support.
Our great booth neighbors Ryan and Paul. Paul shows off his new drink koozie line with “Am I in the Mood for Evil or Beer?” (Ryan appears to have made his choice.) You couldn’t ask for better neighbors and these guys always make me laugh with their great sense of humor and awesome creativity.
Posing at the booth with my lovely and talented wife Julie of Dancing Cat Bindery. She went above and beyond this year, putting together a beautiful binding for our Ten Tall Tales.
In addition to signed prints, stickers and the Childhood Book, new for this year’s San Diego Comic Con from Chet Phillips:
- Ten Tall Tales– a collection of characters and stories in the tradition of American Tall Tales. 22 page hand bound book, each with its own signed original sketch
- Kaiju Baseball card set– 36 baseball players (plus 4 team cards) as Japanese monsters
- Kaiju Baseball Poster– The set of Japanese monster players presented as an 18″ x 24″ poster
- Kaiju Baseball cloisonné enamel pin. Measures 1.75″ high x 1.5″
The Chet Phillips Small Press table- O-01 is located across from Oni Press
“Ten Tall Tales” is new take on the time-honored tradition of the American tall tale. Written and illustrated by Chet Phillips and hand bound by Julie Sullivan of Dancing Cat Bindery. This mighty tall volume mirrors the idea of outlandish tales with its unusual 6.5″ x 14.5″ size. Bound in blue book cloth with cut out title revealing a rich textured blue paper beneath. Surrounding the title area are silver foiled stamped stars. In addition to the characters, writing and hand bound richness, each book includes an original, hand drawn sketch on the inside front cover.
Stories and characters include: a mythical Jackalope and his horned toad sidekick, a cosmic repairman, the sharpshooting monkey that saved the world, a Luchador’s legendary match with death, the human Ouija board, the “Cryptid Whisperer,” a valiant Victorian lady that walked among the Old Ones, an odd man in a bird suit, a fox that talked his way to immortality and a feline pirate with an addiction to catnip.
Available at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and afterwards in the online shop.
Kaiju Baseball imagines an alternate universe in which kaiju creatures from the Godzilla and Ultraman worlds play baseball. The Demon Monster League is comprised of 4 teams with 9 players represented for each: Tokyo Terrors, Matsumoto Mutants, Fuji Fiends and Kyoto Kaijus. This parody mashup of Japanese monster and baseball fun is represented as a collection of baseball trading cards, an 18″ x 24″ poster and a selection of t-shirt designs. Each are listed below with details and links to browse in the online shop.
Each card measures approx. 2″ x 3.75″ with the character’s portrait, name, team name, number, and field position in Japanese on the front side. The backs pay tribute to the famed Menko card style with fighting numbers and rock, paper and scissor symbols that allow for playing a version of the card game War. Also on the card backs are English interpretations of the character’s name, nickname, team and field position with a few player stats. 40 cards in all that includes 36 player cards and 4 team cards. Set is packaged in a hand crafted green paper portfolio and gold foil stamp of Kaiju Baseball in Japanese characters on the label. Printed on thick sturdy 14 pt. premium uncoated card stock.
An 18 x 24 poster of the entire set is also available. This colorful display of all 36 players (plus 4 team cards) is offered as an offset printing on sturdy 100 lb. glossy card stock with a rich aqueous coating.
~Get the poster here~
A selection of players are available on T-Shirts. Each design is available in a variety of shirt colors and shirt styles.
Along with the release of the ChetArt Kaiju Baseball card sets, poster and t-shirts comes a collectible Kaiju Baseball cloisonné enamel pin. Pin measures 1.75″ x 1.5″ and comes with a butterfly clutch. The king of monsters is displayed on a 7 color + polished gold design. Japanese characters across the top translate to Kaiju Baseball and characters within baseball graphic translate to “Godzilla.”
Our first exhibition at this year’s Comicpalooza in Houston was a great success. Lots of friendly shoppers showed their support for ChetArt in a big way. Thank you all for coming out and showing your support!
Visiting with fellow artist and exhibitor Lance Schibi.
Mlle Mipolyte creates beautifully intricate cut paper animal heads.
A big thank you to the folks at CreativeRoom4Talk for this nice spotlight and interview.
March 7th-8th marks this year’s Staple! Independent Media Expo, held at the Marchesa Hall and Theater in Austin. With over 150 exhibitors it’s a visual treat. I’m proud to be a part of this year’s show. If you’re in Austin, mark the event on your calendar to experience loads of creative fun. Visit the official Staple! site for more info and a list of exhibitors.
A selection of items from ChetArt available at the show.
The ChetArt table will be located next to the Annex room entrance, table 56.
Ignacio Canales Aracil creates vessel shapes with pressed flowers.
Lana Crooks describes herself as a purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities.
Wonderful collection of paper folded animals from Estudio Guardabosques.
This Saturday in Austin marks the return of the Austin Flea to the new Highball. Do your last minute Christmas shopping from a selection of over 40 creative vendors offering up a wealth of handmade goodness. ChetArt will be there offering the usual brand of foolishness.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an Austin holiday shopping institution. This year over 200 artists will have their creations displayed within their personally designed booths. The event runs every day from 10AM-10PM starting on November 28th and running through till 6PM on Christmas Eve. I’m proud to be a part of Blue Genie with my 3rd year of selling. If you’re in the Austin area in December, put this fun experience on your list of things to do. You can find out more by visiting: Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
The ChetArt space is up and ready for Blue Genie Art Bazaar shoppers.