Thursday, April 17, 2014

*LOOK AT MY TUMBLR INSTEAD!*

HEY I'M NOT REALLY UPDATING HERE AS MUCH AS I USED TO! PLEASE LOOK AT MY TUMBLR FOR MORE RECENT NEWS, OR MY STORE TO SEE WHAT I'M SELLING, OK? There's cool links and stuff below tho - enjoy!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CARTOON UTOPIA 2014! MARCH FIRST AT DEM PASSWORDS IN LA!











FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RON REGÉ, JR. 
“CARTOON UTOPIA 2014”
MARCH 1 - APRIL 12, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, MARCH 1, 2014
from 6 to 10 PM

Dem Passwords is pleased to present "Cartoon Utopia 2014," the ninth in a series of solo shows by Ron Regé, Jr., and his first at Dem Passwords. 

Whereas previous shows acted as a sort of "annual report" on the progress of drawings that would become The Cartoon Utopia book of 2012, "Cartoon Utopia 2014" presents a series of brand new paintings created in the first 2 months of this year. 

Contrasting the delicate line work and cartoony figures he is known for, this latest peek into Regé's universe has yielded larger dark, abstract works painted with enamel on wood panels. In the breathing space that follows the kind of frantic outflow of ideas that was The Cartoon Utopia, Regé has slowed down to focus on a loose and transcendent style in paintings that serve as snapshots of some unknown vibrational field. Like trying to draw a flame or an ocean wave, these latest works aim to grab some sort of frozen close up of the shimmering effluvia - of the flowing dark matter, the invisible ether of quintessence that surrounds us always, unseen.

"Ron Regé, Jr. is a very unusual, yet accomplished story teller whose work exudes a passionate moral, idealistic core that sets him apart from his peers. His new book The Cartoon Utopia, a unique work of comic art focusing on magical, alchemical, ancient ideas and mystery schools is part sic-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry and part social manifesto. Regé's work exudes psychedelia, outsider rawness and pure cartoonish joy" - Abraxas Journal

Originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, Ron Regé, Jr., began publishing his own minicomics in 1988. He has since published work with Highwater Books, Fantagraphics, Buenaventura Press, McSweeney’s, and Drawn & Quarterly. An active and accomplished musician, Regé writes and performs music as a solo artist and plays drums with Los Angeles-based band Lavender Diamond. 

For further inquiries contact Sebastian Demian - 772.202.2733 - sebastian@dempasswords.com


DEM PASSWORDS
5413 W Adams Blvd 
LA, CA 90016

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I really like this review by Kevin H


It's nice to read such an understanding review by a peer whose work I hold in such high regard,
and who also uses the comics medium to explore the mysteries of the universe! Thanks KH!

**
The Cartoon Utopia
by Ron Rege.


-This book took me a long time to read. It's difficult, but it's also a comics masterpiece. Seeing it in terms of form and content is the key. I admit that I can get cranky and midwestern about this kind of subject matter and the difficult forms these comics take, but in the end I came around and can see the crazy experience of enlightenment shining through, the kind of thing that calls for this kind of presentation. It can be frustrating as the book jumps from weird thing to weird thing, your mind working overtime: "is dis a system?" "Huh?" That's the point, in a sense. It's like this...no--it's like this... How to explain something unexplainable, how to give form to a whole full bodied experience of being a half-crazy human being with ideas about peace and harmlessness and how one thing connects to the next? It's one thing to write this stuff, it's a whole other level to try and draw it in comics form. Ron is forced to stretch the comics language to communicate this overwhelming "material." Every aspect of comics warps or breaks, trying to hold on, readability, panel border, panel logic, etc. Utopia means "no place" and "the perfect world." You try drawing a map to it! RR is trying to really get some tricky stuff down on paper, and so the comics are tricky to read. What an accomplishment.

Monday, June 24, 2013

NEW MINI COMICS "VIBRATIONAL EXERCISE"


VIBRATIONAL EXERCISE

set of 3 risograph  mini comics made during my SAW workshop this past March.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

**COMMISSIONS***

Here is the first significant commissioned drawing I've made since The Cartoon Utopia was released
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I really like doing stuff like this, and encourage folks inspired by my book to hire me to make drawings for them! 
My rates are reasonable!
- find me on fb or write to regejr at hotmail - 

Something serious like this runs in the $300+ range - 
BUT! I am ready to make a drawing for you at any price!
use this donate button to get yourself something drawn by me!

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lucky Peach

This portal, and other incidental drawings are in the new issue of Lucky Peach 

*available at your supermarket right now*

Monday, March 25, 2013

RAFFIE & FOPPIE!

My friend Matt, (the singer of FAT DAY?) from FPE Records wants to manufacture these cute record shaped dolls that I designed! He's started up a kickstarter for it! Help these little sides get born!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

**CARTOON UTOPIA COMICS CAMP 2013**

I am going to be teaching a week-long workshop March 4-8 at The Sequential Artist's Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. I'll also be having a small show at the F.L.A. Gallery while I am there! If you're interested in what my workshop will be about, take a look here

Monday, January 7, 2013

TWO NEW INTERVIEWS

Here are two new, fairly long interviews with me talking about The Cartoon Utopia.

To read:
Jay Babcock talks to me for The Comics Journal

and to listen:
I talk to Erik Davis & Maja D'Aoust on Expanding Mind

...and another review from the comics bulletin
"This is a man utterly unafraid to let his freak flag flap into the heavens" / "a vivid and transcendent comic book experience is within our grasp, if we're willing" / "the soul of comics finally has its moment in the sun in a glorious, defiant and hallucinatory reading experience" HA! yay!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


If you can't get to a bookstore that sells comics
 and would like to order The Cartoon Utopia
Get it direct here from fantagraphics

While supplies last
 you will also receive my
 THANK YOU mini comic
 it's free
 and available no other way
 THANKS!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

UTOPIA PRESS


Here comes some press for The Cartoon Utopia -
It's so wild to have this thing exist, and read how people react to it!

Interview for Comic Book Resources
Publishers Weekly 
AV Club 

• Review: The Comics Journal looks at Ron Rege Jr.'s The Cartoon Utopia. Katie Haegel writes, "Almost impossible to categorize, the work in Cartoon Utopia is both fully realized in a formal sense and wonderfully idiosyncratic. Like, it’s really out there. . . to me the work is much stronger when it depicts magic in action, which Regé accomplishes by telling us stories about historical figures and their relationship to the natural world."

• Review: Robot 6 reviews The Cartoon Utopia by Ron Rege Jr. Chris Mautner writes "with Rege drawing science, new age spiritualism, the occult, astrology and Jungian archetypes to come up with a personal grand unification theory. There are no plots or characters in the book to speak of, instead Rege merely muses and illustrates his theories, which mainly have to on the interconnectedness of all living matter."

• Plugs: Best covers of the week by Andy Khouri on Comics Alliance. Ron Regé Jr's The Cartoon Utopia: "This cover really makes me smile, and maybe gives me a sense of four-color spiritual well-being. But cartoon utopia looks more outdoorsy than I expected."

• Review: Page 45 enjoys the gentle pages of The Cartoon Utopia. Stephen L. Holland states, "Regé is back with a spiritual manifesto and ode to creativity: a singular, secular vision delivered with all the fervour of a religious sermon. It’s a call not to arms but to peace and perception unshackled from the conditioning of ages, exhorting all to see new possibilities, infinite possibilities, so enabling one’s full potential to be realised in both senses of the word"

Monday, October 8, 2012

THE CARTOON UTOPIA BOOK LAUNCH!!!

 YESSSSSS!!!! FINALLY!!!! 

RON REGÉ, JR & STEVEN WEISSMAN
will be reading and signing their new books  from Fantagraphics
THE CARTOON UTOPIA & BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
SUNDAY OCTOBER 28 - 5PM
 AT SKYLIGHT BOOKS 
1818 N Vermont, Los Angeles
  • We're thrilled to announce that Steven Weissman and Ron Regé Jr. will be signing and reading from their brand-new books on Sunday, October 28th at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CA. Goosebumps, people. 
    With the election on the horizon, you'll wanna get your copy of Steven's latest Barack Hussein Obama. And Ron will be unveiling his Magnum Opus, The Cartoon Utopia. Ron and Steve are two of my most favorite artists, and the thought of having them together in an event is mind-blowing.
    At first glance, these books seem pretty different. But attend this signing and you will see that behind the surrealism and the psychedelia, there lies something very human and real. There's no better time for both these books than right now... or, um, 5:00 PM on October 28th, if you live in Los Angeles.
    Skylight Books is located at 1818 N Vermont Ave. in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A. Come prepared for awesome.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

!!!PIZZA PANCAKE!!!


Get More: MTV Shows
"HEAL EVERYTHING HEAL EVERYONE" episode of the "WordWolrd" series for MTV's LIQUID TELEVISION !!!! by Peter Glantz & Becky Stark. My drawings animated by Paula Salhany

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

INCORRUPTIBLE HEART

The new album from Lavender Diamond available September 25 from Paracadute

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012