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!

If you were to go way back in the archive of this blog, you would notice me talking about "The Cartoon Utopia" as of a set of concepts & ideas that I was creating art with, not just the title of my book. The project started as a set of drawings that were displayed in solo art shows around the world.

Now, a year after the publication of The Cartoon Utopia as a book - I am psyched to announce that I'm not quite done with the project. Cartoon Utopia 2014, the 9th Cartoon Utopia gallery show will open March first at Dem Passwords in Los Angeles. The drawings are a new direction, and have all been made since the start of the year! Here's a preview of the first few of them..

If you're in LA - come to the show March first!




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





LA ZINEFEST! Feb 16th

I will at The LA Zinefest this year!
I'll be signing at The Fantagraphics table from 2-3PM
and then doing a reading and presentation of The Cartoon Utopia from 3:30-4:30
It's on Sunday the 16th at The Helms Bakery in Culver City - come say Hi!

"Ron Regé, Jr. began making and distributing his xeroxed mini-comics through international zine community of the ealry 1990's.His newest book The Cartoon Utopia (Fantagraphics), is sort of metaphysical graphic novel, presenting ideas that stem from Alchemy, Theosophy, and other occult traditions. Regé will read and discuss the book as well as reflect on connections between the secretive nature of esoteric publications and the DIY aesthetic of zines and mini-comics."

https://www.facebook.com/lazinefest

Monday, December 23, 2013

CARTOON UTOPIA SHOW AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE - OPENS JAN 11


Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present The Cartoon Utopia, an exhibition and book signing with visionary cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. opening Saturday, January 11 with a festive reception for the artist. The show continues through February 5, 2014.
In The Cartoon Utopia, Regé examines religious, mystical, and spiritual philosophies employing an imaginative narrative construct. The subject ideally suits the artist’s intriguing rendering technique. In the words of cartoonist Chris Ware, Regé is "One of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only reinvent comics to suit his own idiosyncratic impulses and inspirations as an artist, but also to imbue it with his own peculiar, ever changing emotional energy. To me, he is unquestionably one of 'the greats.'"
The opening reception on Saturday, January 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, at the corner of Airport Way S. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Listing Information 
Ron Regé, Jr.: The Cartoon Utopia
Artist reception and book signing
Saturday, January 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through February 5, 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

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.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

* UTOPIA * FOR * SALE *


If you would like to purchase any original art from The Cartoon Utopia, let me know.








Monday, July 22, 2013

RIP VAN WINKLE WAKES UP

Not only was I given an iphone recently, but I haven't had a camera since... 2003? I grew up used to not having one, and just never caught up. It hasn't been hard, as people take pics of everything i might want to see, most of the time. AND I haven't been to comic con since.. 2007 or something? I've never done one of those con report blog posts! so here you have it!

The Cartoon Utopia in San Diego 2013:


 I never really did meet Kim Thompson. I may have chatted with him & Gary at some beach party back in the highwater days, but had never been introduced as Ron Regé, the cartoonist. The books this company puts out have shaped my life continuously since 1985. (That's why I asked to  have the classic logo put on the back of my book...)


I know they make everything in lego, but my impression of the current state of stuff seems to be this mega shark-jumped bottom barrel of wild reboots and crossovers? Have they made an everything version of everything yet? I saw a poster for the new hotwheels x-wing fighter. It was designed 70's in a 90's kinda way? I do wish the new Jem & The Holograms doll looked more exciting...


It feels weird posting a picture of this giant corporate balloon, but well, she looks cool! I wish I made that! I got to finally see how the costumes have totally taken over, and well, I really like it actually. I won't be there as a civilian again. I'll at least wear my disco jacket. Geez. A place where people dress fantastic can never be all bad. These two are from a video game called Journey? I tagged this #robedfigure on instagram and the only other thing that came up was a picture of them at another location. hm.. 



I have a huge stack of Cartoon Utopia postcards at home, and would've liked to have handed them to  people I saw who might dig some cartoon utopia. Sorry Fanta, I forgot to pack them.


 Being outside was kinda rad, where the street fair public meshed with Captain Riker annoyed and in a hurry with his Jack in the Box head. Crowds just streaming by the megaphone of this crew of tough bible dudes like they weren't even there. The guys with the zod and anti religion signs showed up and it was a shouting riot for like 20 minutes. Huge crowds of nerds shouting down the Jesus people. 20-30 people taking pictures of it - but still this mermaid girl is posing right in the middle of it, oblivious. It was like flipping through cable channels in real life. I was definitely entertained.



 I jumped up during my signing to get a picture of this lady with my book, just based on the rainbow frills of her outfit, but was amazed to learn she was dressed as Shelley Duvall from Rock n' Rhymeland! What? Radness! (anybody who knows me knows that Shelley is my way fave). 




 Is this lady dressed as this thing?

I looked at some She-Ra cells



 and what are these?



This Wonder Woman art was the coolest thing I saw. I've been drawing some pictures of Diana lately, and have also been into the spiritual power of the spiral spinning cross. I was excited to run into Hippolyte, too. I spared her from asking about the strands of her magic girdle, or how Hercules actually kills her in the Greek myth, but she gets to live and make a super hero out of clay in the comic book. ha


 I've been entranced with pulp golden age covers lately, especially the babes. Can somebody please send me a phantom lady collection or something? Is there a good book of them all together? Sun Girl and the Blonde Phantom & especially Miss Fury? I need that stuff.


  






I was with johnny Ryan & we saw this Donald Duck comic.



I fully intended to buy this $5 copy of Gasp! but I somehow got pulled along in the ocean and never swam back (the same thing happened with getting pics of the Ben Jones truck!) 



It includes this story where a sea-witch ghost turns a guy to stone & levitates him while he's sleeping and bashes him into frankenstein. He wakes up feeling refreshed on the next page. It's like a Kupperman comic or something!


 Oh! Look out Jonah! Also looks Kupperman-esque. Right? haha


 I did a signing with Ellen Forney and our books look real good together!



On the train ride back to LA I took pictures of the comics that Steve Weissman bought.
That's all! Thanks everybody! comic con was fun