Sunday, August 17, 2014

Heavy Metal and Asylum Press join forces to create horror and sci-fi extravaganza for issue #271 of the World’s Greatest Illustrated magazine

Heavy Metal and Asylum Press join forces to create horror and sci-fi extravaganza for issue #271 of the World’s Greatest Illustrated magazine


Frank Forte, Publisher at Asylum Press, named guest editor for Heavy Metal #271, gathers together a worldwide talent base to create this astounding issue of horror, science fiction humor and erotica

Aug. 18, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA –Heavy Metal and Asylum Press have joined forces to bring you Heavy metal #271--The Asylum Press Special!--a sci-fi/horror spectacular that is sure to erupt your deviant mind. 

Featuring all new stories from the Asylum inmates: Steve Mannion (Fearless Dawn, Fear Agent) delivers a nod to Moebius in Prayer… a Fearless Dawn yarn, William Broad gives us Priests of the Black Death where an order of the Templars has become corrupt and power hungry…for satanism and witchcraft! Dwayne Harris (Black Powder, Amnesia) serves up the post apocalyptic action thriller Dangerous Curves. Frank Forte and Tim Vigil (Faust, Gothic Knights) drops a sick and twisted tale entitled Allison, David Hartman (Phantasm V, Transformers:Prime) delivers a short horror story entitled Pond Scum where hillbillies hunt for an illusive bog creature.  Hilary Barta churns up an EC-styled sci-fi/horror piece called Evaluation, Robert S. Rhine (Girls and Corpses) and Frank Forte (Asylum Press) knock out a tale of crazed sideshow freaks tabbed Separation Anxiety, Elizabeth J. Musgrave (Hell Comes to Hollywood, Farmhouse) conjures an erotic robotic thriller LUST, Lingerie and Diodes!.  Mutation is a tale of demented sex in a post-nuke world by Forte and J.C. Wong. Royal McGraw and Adauto Silva invoke Feast, after the zombie apocalypse, cities have been rebuilt… and restaurants have opened. One chef must prepare a very special meal. Comics from a cast of international talent that includes: In The Green Fairy, by Jason Paulos (EEEK!), Struggling artist Anton Goffroy finds heaven and hell in the arms of a mysterious sorceress!Swamp Girl takes us back to a barbarian era where a young girl finds more than she’s looking for in a watery hole of horrors, by Frank Forte and Fabio Nahon, , Warlash by Nenad Gucunja (Undead Evil), Sacro Profano by Mirka and Mother by Mark Covell (Family Guy, Satan’s Circus of Hell).  Gallery sections include concept artist Ben Olson (The Suffering, Area 51:Blacksite) and fine artist Dave Lebow (La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Dexter TV series).  This issue is sure to please fans of the dark, the psychotic and the horror.  Beautiful cover art by none other than the U.K.'s own Aly Fell (Zombie Terrors, Imagine FX).


“I’m excited to have been able to put together one of my favorite magazines,” explains guest editor Frank Forte, “everyone worked really heard to deliver an issue of Heavy Metal that will be sure to please fans old and new.”



David Hartman took a break from directing Phantasm V: Ravager to complete an all-new 4-page horror story entitled Pond Scum for the issue. David says, "I grew up with Heavy Metal. I would study the art in them for hours upon hours and there was nothing else like it out there. It was a big part of my childhood and I am honored to be a part of the magazine now."


Dwayne Harris, who recently optioned his graphic novel Amnesia (Arcana) to Sony, completed the short story Dangerous Curves for this issue.  Dwayne explains, “I’m thrilled to be in Heavy Metal.  In "Dangerous Curves", a Mad-Max flavored story, the twists aren't just in the road.”

When asked for a quote, the hard working Steve Mannion said only, “I want to be in that book!”



Heavy Metal #271 can be pre-ordered at your local comic store during the month of August. Just use Diamond Ordercode: AUG141519. The issue will be on sale at newsstands early Oct. 2014.

Diamond Comics Previews gave HM #271 a “Staff Pick”










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World's foremost adult fantasy illustrated magazine.  First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the Premier Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, past present and future. Illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed.  Heavy Metal magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one serialized graphic novel, several short stories, an artist gallery and artist studio section, a dossier and editorial pages.

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ABOUT ASYLUM PRESS



Asylum Press is a Los Angeles-based comic book and graphic novel publisher. The company publishes high-concept books from the industry’s top talent within the horror, fantasy, and action adventure genres via a bold new business model that focuses on digital publishing and new distribution outlets in both the American and international markets. Its flagship titles include Fearless DawnThe BombChopperBlack PowderWarlash, and the popular horror anthologies Zombie TerrorsEEEK!Asylum of Horrors, and Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell. For more information, visit http://www.asylumpress.com.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My exhibit at la Luz De Jesus--opening Aug. 1st 2014

Here's the press release for my show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Frank

Bob’s Burgers and Despicable Me 2 artist has first feature exhibit at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

Frank Forte, a storyboard and comic book artist and comics publisher at Asylum Press, will be showing eight new paintings as part of the Laluzapalooza Jury Winners which coincides with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ Profanity Pop exhibit.  Frank will be attending the opening from 8-11pm.

July 31, 2014 – (Los Angeles, CA) Frank Forte, whose film and TV credits include Bob’s BurgersDespicable Me 2, and LEGO: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Out, announces his first feature exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

“I’m influenced by classic black and white cartoons, old comic books and advertising art from the 1930’s through the 1950’s”, explains Frank Forte, “I’ve taken all of these influences and attempted to capture a vintage feeling as well as incorporate modern themes of pop culture and surrealism.”

The other Laluzapalooza Jury Winners featured are: Allison ‘Hueman’ Torneros, JINX, Katherine Brannock and Sean Stepanoff.

Where:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90027


Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667. Email: info@laluzdejesus.com

When:
Artist reception: Friday, August 1st; 8-11PM
The show runs August 1 – 31, 2014

For more info click here:

Quotes
“If Tex Avery and Salvador Dali had birthed a child at Fleisher Studios, it might have heralded the arrival of Frank Forte. Frank is an animator by trade and an independent comic book publisher by choice. His quirky sensibilities are funneled through an encyclopaedic knowledge of humor illustration that is tributary but also entirely unique”
--La Luz De Jesus Gallery

“--nightmarish cartoons—“
--Hi-Fructose Blog

 Frank Forte’s website

About Frank Forte
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob's Burgers, Despicable Me 2, LEGO: Star Wars, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle:The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, an indy graphic novel and comic book publisher. Since its inception in 1999, Frank’s work in comics includes: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Satan’s Powder Room and many more.

About La Luz De Jesus Gallery
 La Luz de Jesus Gallery was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered largely responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him "the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow." Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery's objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, launching unknown artists who have since become famous, such as Manual Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams. La Luz de Jesus Gallery is widely considered the birthplace of pop-surrealism.








Saturday, March 29, 2014

Krystopher Sapp


I had the pleasure of meeting Krystopher Sapp at his opening at The La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA a few month's ago.  Krys's assemblages have a dark and twisted feel and are sure to attract collectors of the macabre.

Krystopher Sapp Bio
Krys did attend some art school but dropped out due being just burnout  . Most of his time is spent trying to improve his skills by self teaching and studying how things or process other artists do their work.  Krys is a  big fan of miniature work , and spends most of his time spent painting military miniatures or fantasy type figures.
Krys has a personal drive to create material that is based more in horror and dark subject matter.  At  a very early age he exposed to horror by films and film posters.  Krys's family runs a collectable movie poster and toy business that he grew up with and helped run.  Krys says he's pretty much a nerd at heart.





Krys says he's been very lucky to have been able to show his work in art galleries on both coasts.
Some of the galleries include:  LA LUZ DE JESUS, COPRO GALLERY, HYAENA GALLERY , NIGHT GALLERY CERAMICS

Krys's work is pretty much all assemblage art work. He says he takes found or purchased objects and transform them into art.  The biggest challenge for him is building cities or cityscapes. He says those are the most fun, looming monstrous buildings with a foreboding doom.  To Krys, it all has a story to tell. 
"Yes, my work does tend to glorifies darkness or dark tones," Krys explains, " but what I'm trying to convey is a sense of longing of all things old, making them feel somewhat magical, if not simply embracing the antiquity of the artifacts of my work."










As for commercial work, Krys has done that too.  When he's not building, he's sketching -- most of his line work has graced many posters for punk shows or psychobilly shows.
Krys has done poster work for such bands as -- THE DAMNED, ADOLESCENTS, 45GRAVE, DEMENTED ARE GO, NEKROMANTIX, METEORS and ZOMBIE GHOST TRAIN. 


Krys has had his fine art work used in videos as well.  MORBID ANGEL used his work in their Existo Vulgore-- video and SOULFLYS used works in their World Scum video.






Krys's work can be purchased at the following galleries:


Krys's website:
http://www.krystophersappart.com/

Krys will be an exhibitor at Monsterpalooza this weekend, March 28, 29, 30 at the Burbank Marriott in Burbank, CA.

From the La Luz De Jesus Gallery:

Krystopher Sapp‘s assemblage has been featured at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, included in Chet Zar’s lauded Conjoined exhibitions, and featured prominently in videos by Florida Death Metal progenitors, Morbid Angel. Using Home Depot as his art supply store, Sapp creates intensely technical sculptures that address the horrors of war, the wonders of science, and the inevitability of mortality.

Give me your wretched, your disillusioned, and forgotten. For in the shadow of darkness they will stand in my light. For I am the builder, the architect, their creator. They shall be built from my light. –Krystopher Sapp