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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
July 26 - September 4, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

Flazh!Alley Studio
presents:
Filthy Fifties Frisco
The Art of
Fogtown


BRADLEY C. RADER


Open to the public on San Pedro’s monthly 1st Thursday Art Walks
on August 5, 2010 from 7 – 11 PM,
on September 2, 2010 from 7 – 11 PM,
and by appointment.
Adults only, please.

The artist will be in attendance for book signings.

This is a fantastic exhibition for anyone who appreciates graphic novels. Each of Mr. Rader's panels has a small placard that describes a bit about the behind-the-scenes creative process that takes a raw idea and transforms it into a finished book.

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 ‘50s 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.


FLAZH!ALLEY ART STUDIO REPRESENTING

BOB BARRY'S DIANE ARBUS COLLECTION: "HOROWITZ BY ARBUS"
RICHARD B. CHAUDAVIS
DANIEL DEROUX
WIM GRIFFITH
JOHN MIDDELKOOP
MIRIAM PREISSEL
LIEZEL RUBIN
DON SABAN
CRISTY THOM
MAX UBER

Flazh!Alley Studio
Gallery Hours: By appointment and invitation. Adults only.
Open to the public on San Pedro’s monthly 1st Thursday Art Walks.
Private parties are invited.

1113 S. Pacific Ave. Suite B, San Pedro, CA 90731 Map 310.833.3633
Park in the large city parking lot behind Ramona Bakery at Pacific Ave. & 11th Street.
The entrance is through "the alley" in back from the parking lot, not from Pacific Avenue.

e-mail: flazhalley@aol.com

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“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!"
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