DIY ONSLAUGHT: A quadruple book signing.

I will be signing copies of "The Little Black Fish" Dec 7th at Velocity Comics. More info below. 

Quadruple book/comic release event. Free and open to the public.
Dec 7th, 7-10pm
Velocity Comics 819-A West Broad Street

To releases from Sink/Swim Press (www.sinkswimpress.com)
QUESTERN by Dallan Hague


and two more local debuts
GODSEND by Jesse Bausch & Meg Gandy (http://godsend.shatterlands.com/)

THE LITTLE BLACK FISH by Bizhan Khodabandeh adapted from Samad Behranghi's story. (www.mendedarrow.com)


Ripe Time

This was for a post card design for the New York theater company, Ripe Time. It is for a multimedia piece based on Gertrude Stein's children's book "The World Is Round." The book is a rite of passage story about a nine-year-old girl who overcomes many obstacles while she climbs up a mountain. My point of departure were several artists who use both 2d and 3d elements in their work. The background is a photograph of a miniature theatrical set that I created using public domain engravings. I then incorporated old engravings of constellations and a doll that my wife happen to get in the mail the day that I started this project.

Below is more info taken from Ripe Time's website:

The World Is Round

An alt-rock song-driven dance theatre performance, THE WORLD IS ROUND tells the story of a young girl on a mission through darkly playful music, acrobatic action and Dr. Seussian text. Preview performances will be on December 13th-16th, 2012 at The JCC in Manhattan.

Featuring Heather Christian, Amber Gray, April Matthis and Phillip Taratula.  Designs by Mimi Lien, Mark Barton, Ilona Somogyi, Ben Rubin, and John Sullivan.

For tickets: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/performances.

All performances at The JCC in Manhattan,
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street
New York, New York  10023

Thursday December 13 at 8 pm,
Saturday December 15 at 8 pm,
Sunday December 16th at 3pm and 7 pm.

Tickets: $20 ($15 for JCC members)

Free open rehearsal on Monday November 26th at 7 pm.

Last Pig Mammoth Ilustrations

These are the last of the "Uh, Oh Here Come The Pig Mammoths" illustrations. The project is just about wrapped up. I'll post photos of the final album and shirt. I revisited the Pig Mammoth theme song illustration. For those of you who are just tuning in...

The project is for an album by Todd Matthews. I am did an illustration for each song. The three you see are of an escape on flying stand up basses, the first entrance of the Pig Mammoths and the main character waking up from a dream. The music corresponds tells a story about Todd's brother, Chad, falling asleep to awake in a reptilian world only to see Todd kidnapped by the "Pig Mammoths." The Pig Mammoths are evil creatures who hoard instruments. The rest of the story/album describes Chad's adventures in search of his brother through a new world with several interesting and horrifying creatures.


Call for entries to typography exhibit

Call for entries for the "US & China Typographic Poster Exchange 2013"
Download exhibition form here. OR a zipped pdf here.

In March of 2013, an exhibition of 100 typographic posters by 50 American and 50 Chinese designers will begin their tour in China. On June, 7th, 2013 this same collection will begin its tour in the United States starting at Richmond, Virginia's Gallery5.

The mission of this exhibition is to introduce both culture's respective use of typography while helping us better understand our own use of language and inspire new typographic approaches.

Bizhan Khodabandeh  (United States)
Li Xu (China)

Submission deadline
 January 31st

Exhibition date
China tour starts March, 2013
US tour begins June, 2013

Exhibition venues
Gallery5, United States
Virginia Commonwealth University, United States
International Exhibition Center of DaLian City in China
Gallery of Beijing Institute Of Graphic Communication, China
Gallery of Institute of Fine Arts of  ShanTou University, China
Gallery of Institute of Fine Arts of  ShanXi University,China.

Works deadline
Works shipped to China must arrive no later than February 28th, 2013.
Works shipped to Gallery5 must arrive no later than April 27th, 2013.
(Shipping and exhibition details will be emailed to participants following this formal submission)

Works qualifications1. Designers are requested to submit one past or present work that best represents their use of typography.

2. Submissions must include a low resolution digital version of the printed poster no larger than 1000 pixels on its longest side.

3. Submitted works must be printed posters ( digital, offset, silk-screen, etc.)  with a size of 100cm×70cm OR 50 cm×70cm

4. Past works can be submitted and modified to fit the format, but must have been originally created after June 25th 2010.

5. If selected, artists are expected to provide 4 printed copies.

NOTE: Work sent to China will not be sold nor returned to artists but will remain part of the traveling exhibition and become part of a collection at a Chinese university. Of the 2 works sent to Gallery5, one will be reserved for a traveling exhibition/s in the United States with the second on display and available for sale at the June exhibition. United States artists have a choice to have the unsold work returned to them at their expense or be donated to The Virginia Commonwealth University’s Art and Design Collection.

Submitters were be notified of acceptance the first week of February.

Submissions by artists in the United States can be emailed to bizhan@mendedarrow.com


talk 20: 7th Edition

I will be participating in this edition of the talk20 presenter series. As always there is a great group of presenters. More info below taken from C3's website. 

talk20: 7th Edition
November 27, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 West Main Street

talk20 is back. talk20 is a gathering of creative people showcasing what's cool and interesting in Richmond. The only rule is that presenters have 20 slides, with a maximum of 20 seconds per slide to talk. talk20, is part of a network of gatherings around the world designed to create open forums to facilitate discussion around creativity.

Studio Two Three with Ashley Hawkins and Tyler Dawkins. Ashley Hawkins is the Executive Director of Studio Two Three (S23), a nonprofit community print shop and gallery. She graduated in 2007 from VCU with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and is back at VCU pursuing a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. When not busy running S23 in all its awesome glory, Ashley enjoys designing props for movies that will never be made, thinking about sharks, and wishing she were Tina Fey. Tyler Dawkins, a founding member of Studio Two Three, attended Alfred University from 2004 to 2007 were she studied for her BAFA (Bachelor of Art and Fine Art). Her mixed media work has been in several shows in Richmond (VA), Alfred (NY) and Prague (CZ). She loves to dance to Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner while continuing her freelance print work in Richmond, Virginia.

Bizhan Khodabandeh is a visual communicator who moves freely across the professional boundaries as designer, comic artist, illustrator, fine artist and activist. Khodabandeh is particularly fascinated by how art and design can be a catalyst for social change. Bizhan has received numerous international and national awards for his design work and been featured in publications such as Print, Creativity International, Adbusters, etc. Bizhan is the Design Director of Gallery5, teaches at Appomattox Regional Governor's School, is adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, freelances under the name Mended Arrow, and produces the Richmond Momuments comic strip.

Lisa Taranto is an architect, artist and activist. In 2002, she founded Tricycle Gardens, and has since gone on to consulting & teaching on various aspects of urban ecology, permaculture, and systems thinking. Lisa has experience living in different environments including 25 years ago spending 18 months living in central Arizona at Arcosanti, living in the middle of the jungle, and last summer spending 6 weeks living in a tent on the edge of West Virginia.
Richmond Comedy Coalition is RVA's premier source for awesome live comedy shows and improv comedy classes. Their favorite thing to do is use a member of the crowd as the inspiration for their playful formats, whether it's nosing through their Facebook page, grabbing their iPod and putting it on shuffle, or getting them to tell a candid and true story. The RCC hold the title of Best Comedy Group for two years running as voted by the people, via Style Weekly's annual reader's poll.

Stanley Rayfield is portrait artist, who has exhibited at Art 6 Gallery, ISHQ Gallery, 312 Gallery, the Anderson Gallery, Glave Kocen Gallery and  Sage Moon Gallery (Charlottesville, VA). He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a BFA in Communication Arts. In 2009, his painting titled “Dad” was awarded 2nd place in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Patrick Gregory has worked professionally as a cinematographer, filmmaker and film and video artist for the past 18 years. His work has taken him to over 18 countries around the world and it has manifested itself in conventional documentaries, music videos as well as art installations, group shows, including showings at 1708 gallery as well as InLight 2010.  His current project is a documentary film about the history of Richmond’s electric streetcar.

Michelle Anthony is the owner of Slice of Grace Bakery Boutique and Cap City Cupcakes (opening in November). Michelle started her company 7 years ago determined to make her mark in the “baking business” by creating desserts that look good and taste even better. Her determination has landed her on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and her creations have been seen on Bravo Network’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” 

Bartholomew Broadbent is one of America’s leading wine importers with Broadbent Selections, Inc. representing such famous brands as Spy Valley, Quinta do Crasto and Chateau Musar.  In 2012, IntoWine.com ranked him 50th in “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry".  He’s been profiled in Wine Spectator [1986], Market Watch “The Pioneer of Port” [2008], American Fine Wine Magazine [2008] and Forbes.com [2009]. He had a 50% partnership in Dragon's Hollow, a pioneering winery in China, and launched the first nationally available Chinese wine in the US.  He conceived the re-birth of Madeira in 1987 and marketed Barboursville, making it the first Virginia wine to become available in all 50 States.


Pea Green Coffee Cup is on Kickstarter!

A good friend of mine, Jared Cullum, has a kickstarter campaign for the print production costs of a compiled book for his web comic, Pea Green Coffee Cup. The incentives are super generous.

Below is some info. You can visit the Kickstarter page here.


Screens & Suds and The Quadtastic Four

Screens and suds are having the annual fundraising event at Gallery5 this year. Pictured above is my contribution to the project. The theme this year is "Quad."

On Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd Gallery5 is proud to host:
The Screens n’ Suds 4th Annual Art & Beer Festival to Benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Screens ‘n’ Suds’ mission is to enhance appreciation for craft beer and art while raising money for charity. “Screens” as in screen printing—posters, t-shirts and the like ‘n’ “Suds” as in beer—malt, hops, yeast and water. Since 2009, Screens ‘n’ Suds activities have generated over $50,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and other charities through sales of beer-inspired art donated by artists from around the country, MS Walks, beer dinners, and events.

FREE 6PM - 10:30PM Friday, November 2nd
First Fridays Art Walk Public Opening
at Gallery5
200 W. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23222


Screens n Suds Fall 2012 Print Series preview
Original Print and Mixed Media Exhibition by Screens ‘n’ Suds artists
Beer from featured Virginia Breweries
Screen print artists will in house displaying and selling their art and merch
Live Musical Performances

4PM-9PM Saturday, November 3rd (THE BIG DAY)
Screens n’ Suds BIG EVENT

No cover charge, suggested $5 donation. All ages, 21+ to drink. All proceeds from Screens 'n' Suds table sales and donations benefit MS Society and Gallery5.


Beer Tastings by the regions top breweries.
Live Music
Beer-inspired Art Vendors
FREE merch giveaways and raffles
and much more!

The following is a line-up of what is in store for Saturday, November 3rd.

Tentative Brewery line-up: (Saturday Only)
Hardywood Park
Starr Hill
Midnight Brewing
Devil’s Backbone
Dogfish Head
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Blue Mountain
St. George.

Screens ‘n’ Suds Inaugural Brew: (Saturday Only)
Look out for a very special collaboration between Hardywood Park and Screens 'n' Suds. There will be a very small amount of limited edition, signed and numbered bottles available at the event.

Screens ‘n’ Suds 2012 Fall Series for Sale: (Saturday Only)
In celebration of Screens 'n' Suds 4th year, the 2012 fall print edition theme will be "Quad." In Suds terms, Quad is short for Quadrupel, a trappist style strong ale of great strength and flavor. The strongest of the four common trappist styles, the Quadrupel is generally a dark ale with big flavors of dark fruit. In Screens terms, artists explore the artistic world of "Quad" or "Four."

Tentative list of artists contributing to the series:
Itty Bitty Press
A Firebird Surrounded
Plastic Flame Press
Benjamin Chan
Bizhan Khodabandeh
Branden Otto
Praxium Press
Jason Taylor
The Bungaloo
Team Eight
Horan/Andershock Collaboration
Ashley Phipps
Doe Eyed Design

Over 10 artists from all over the country will be at Gallery5 displaying and selling art.

Artists include:
Itty Bitty Press
Ryan Kerrigan
with many more TBA.

A silent auction and a raffle for gift certificates, prints, and other goodies during the event.

For “screens” series inquiries, contact Ric Hersh at mojiboo02@gmail.com
or (804) 304-3772.

For “suds” inquiries, contact Brian Gearing at brianwgearing@gmail.com
or (804) 263-0655

For raffle or silent auction donations or any other inquiry, contact us
at screensnsuds@gmail.com

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Screens ‘n’ Suds would like to thank:
our friends & family, Hardywood Park, Gallery5, RichmondBeerLovers.com, TJ’s Restaurant, Brown Distributing Company, Specialty Beverage of Virginia, and RVA Magazine for your support.