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
BOB BARRY'S DIANE ARBUS COLLECTION:
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RICHARD B. CHAUDAVIS