These days, every city worth its salt has a pop culture-themed art gallery, running exhibitions filled with art inspired by comics, games, television and film. New York City has one of the best, Brooklyn’s Bottleneck Gallery. This is the first year it has a presence at New York Comic Con (booth #2167), where the gallery is selling new and exclusive prints by 21 artists, hosting signings by artists and giving away free candy. Those Big Slice lollipops may well be the deal-maker.
In March there will be two great-sounding new gallery shows focusing on comics and comic art, both on the West Coast, but about 1,000 miles apart for anyone fancying a road trip along Highway 101. At the Secret Headquarters comic shop in Los Angeles, there’ll be “Lazer Lips and Glass Helmets,” featuring the retro-futuristic art of Toby Cypress and Ming Doyle, while at East Pike Street in Seattle, the Ltd. art gallery will be running “Mint Condition #2,” the now-annual show timed to coincide with the Emerald City Comicon.