Monday, July 12, 2010

"Filthy Fifties Frisco: The Art of Fogtown" By Brad Rader At Flazh!Alley Studio

 

"FILTHY FIFTIES FRISCO"
THE ART OF FOGTOWN

   
By Bradley C. Rader
 
Four years after his debut show (THE LEGEND OF HARRY & DICKLESS TOM: Original Comic Book Art Work - October - November 2006), Emmy award winning animation artist/director Brad Rader returns to Flazh!Alley Art Studio to celebrate the release of his latest book, the 171 page graphic novel, FOGTOWN (DC/Vertigo, August 10, 2010) written by Andersen Gabrych.

Paraphrasing the author, FOGTOWN is a raw, ugly, and explicitly human pulp/noir detective series, set in the ferociously filthy underworld of '50's San Francisco. It follows the seamy temptations, damnations, and redemptions of Frank Grissel, P.I., an aging, hard-living, and morally ambiguous detective in the Mike Hammer/Sam Spade tradition…who "just happens" to be a pier-trawling, deeply closeted homosexual.

Brad Rader's original artwork from pages of his book, drawn in black and white pen and ink, comprise the show.  Stylistically, the Alaska born artist emulates the comic book artwork of the 1950's with influence of Russ Heath and E.C. Comics artists Jack Davis and Wally Wood. 

An Emmy Award winning animation artist and director, Brad Rader has served as storyboard artist on many animated series including The Real Ghostbusters, Alf, Batman, Gargoyles, Stripperella and most recently, King of the Hill. He has directed several series, including HBO's Spawn, for which he won an Emmy award (1999).  He has illustrated the comic books Batman Adventures, and Catwoman  (DC Comics); The Mark (Dark Horse Comics); and Tex: The Fine Art of Character Assassination (Atomic Basement).  A graduate of Art Center College of Design (illustration), Mr. Rader returned to his alma mater and to Otis/Parsons to teach storyboarding. His art has been exhibited in galleries in the United States as well as internationally.    
The only public receptions and book signings will be on San Pedro's 1st Thursdays Art Walk Nights, August 5 and September 2, 2010 from 7-11 PM ADULTS ONLY (18 and over) "Filthy Fifties Frisco" can also be seen by appointment. Please call,  310.833.3633  310.833.3633 or flazhalley@aol.com

Flazh!Alley Art Studio is located at 1113 S. Pacific Ave., Suite B, San Pedro, CA. Park in the large city parking lot behind the Ramona Bakery at Pacific & 11th Street. Enter Flazh!Alley from the alley, of course.

FLAZH!ALLEY ART STUDIO REPRESENTING

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RICHARD B. CHAUDAVIS
DANIEL DEROUX
WIM GRIFFITH
JOHN MIDDELKOOP
MIRIAM PREISSEL
LIEZEL RUBIN
DON SABAN
MAX UBER

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