So let’s talk about the art show. A while back, one of our close friends, Joey, asked Tod if he wanted to write a comic for a Yo Gabba Gabba comic book. They’ve worked together on several comic projects over the years, and naturally Tod jumped at the opportunity.
Yo Gabba Gabba! is always making really awesome stuff, so we were expecting a nice book, but we were utterly blown away when we got our copies in the mail. The art and stories inside are all fantastic, and even the book itself is printed on beautiful stock with great colors. The table of contents reads like a Who’s Who of Indie Comics & art, which should be no surprise, since the show has always made a point to feature independent animators and musicians in every episode.
Here’s a peek at Tod & Joey’s piece, Cowboy Kitty & Dogalong Dan. You can get the book on Amazon here and I would highly recommend it for comic and ‘gabba fans of all ages.
So to celebrate the release of the book, Melt Down Comics in Los Angeles invited everyone who had worked on the comic book to participate. Tod contributed this painting of Muno & Gooble.
The painting got shipped off to Los Angeles for the show, and then, at the last minute, we found a good deal on plane tickets and decided to fly out for the show. I’m so glad that we did, because it turned out to be an awesome night.
Allow me to get girly for a minute and say that, as soon as I bought the tickets, I of course realized I was going to an art show in LA and would need to run out and get a new dress. I picked this dress up off the clearance rack at Kohl’s with a gift-card my mom had sent me for Christmas, then did some quick alterations to make it fit me better. I added a pair of fuschia tights, my vintage pearls and (thrifted) Vera Wang heels and I actually felt pretty LA-worthy. ^__^
So we drove in with our friends Joey & JJ to the show, and were instantly nerding out big time. I snapped this photo of some of the original concept art from the show, and then my camera decided that it was out of batteries for the night. I had brought my spare battery, but somehow it hadn’t gotten charged before we left Richmond. >__<
I was really bummed out, but these things happen, and Tod & I both had our ipods with us, so I reluctantly put my camera back into my bag. I knew there would be lots of other people taking photos at the show, and it did free us up for socializing which was good. But, please bear with me as I tell the rest of this story in fuzzy cam pics.
Easily, the biggest highlight of the night was getting to meet… Mark Mothersbaugh! Tod has been a DEVO fan for most of his life and getting to meet one of his creative heroes was super thrilling. (For me, too!) We both got to stand around and chat with him for a few minutes, and tell him how much we enjoyed seeing DEVO when they came to Richmond last year and also how much we loved seeing him doing the art segments on YGG. It really was an honor and a pleasure to meet him. Tod asked him if he could get a quick photo, and Mark replied, “Yeah. Let’s do this!”
Here’s one of Mark’s pieces that he had in the show:
And one from performer Leslie Hall, who has also appeared in a couple of episodes.
Another real highlight of the night was meeting Julia Vickerman who not only works on YGG but orchestrated the art show (and is just a super rad person!) Her piece:
There were a few Aquabats fans in the house, naturally.
Muno, Plex & Foofa came out for photo ops, but we were too busy schmoozing the whole time and missed them both times. Oops.
I love this picture that Tod snapped of me. Yes, I’m standing in front of an actual set piece from Brobee-land. And yes, I’m nerding out big-time.
The show was absolutely amazing. We had so much fun meeting new people and I even got to meet a couple of bloggers whom I’ve followed for years but never met in person. It was absolutely a night that we will remember for years to come. Thanks once again to Julia, Melt Down Comics, Oni Press & Yo Gabba Gabba! for making it a reality.
This flickr set shows off better photos of all of the incredible art work. I took a few more pictures, but the ipod cam just doesn’t do them justice. Be sure to go check them out!!