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SHOW: Uberbot Presents: Holiday Heroes Charity Auction

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This past Saturday, Überbot's most ambitious event to date introduced a unique fusion of pop culture art and comics to the world.  Munny Show 3 featured amazing custom work by local artists and kicked off the Holiday Heroes Charity Event to benefit Toys for Tots.  Hundreds of patrons witnessed designer toy history as the charity auction MUNNY's were unveiled.  Überbot enlisted some of the most famous names in Comic Art to customize a Kid Robot vinyl sculpture, Munny, for their Ebay auctions which conclude on Christmas Eve.

Contributing Comic Artists include: Ashley Wood, James Jean, Phil Noto, Dave Johnson, Dan Brereton, Dustin Nguyen, Matt Wagner, Evan Dorkin, Eric Wight, Joel Carroll, Pop Mhan, Jonathan Luna, David Mack and Mike Allred

Hey Ugly! Books

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Chronicle Books is set to release 4 Uglydoll related publications in mid-March.  There will be a Fold and Mail Stationary set - Just write, moisten, fold, and stamp—voila, little monsters are on their way to your friends and family.  If you prefer postcards, you can pick up a box set of 30 Ugly Postcards!  Oooo...there will also be an Ice Bat and an Ox journal where you can keep all of drawings or write about that annoying kid who flicks your ear in homeroom.

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Busy Times For STRANGEco

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Tonight at 7:30 PM (only a few hours from now), Jim Crawford and Gregory Blum, from STRANGEco, and Attaboy (Hi-Fructose) will be at Moe's Books to discuss designer toys and their impact on popular culture.

December 13 - 7:30 PM
MOE'S BOOKS
2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA

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This coming Saturday, Jim Woodring will be in his hometown of Seattle (at OKOK Gallery) to launch his newest, beautifully crafted figure - Mr. Bumper.  Plus, STRANGEco has produced 2 color variants that will be revealed (and available in limited quantities) at the event.

Saturday, December 16, 2006
OKOK Gallery
5107 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Full Vinyl: The Subversive Art of Designer Toys

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As the Designer Toy scene continues to row, as do the number of companion reading material.  Ivan Vartanian has written a new title - Full Vinyl: The Subversive Art of Designer Toys - published by HarperCollins.  Look for it to hit your local bookstore on January 2nd...and read more about the title below:

Assembling
approximately 400 figures from the world’s leading figure creators, Full Vinyl
presents an omnibus survey of this burgeoning field. Geared toward garage kits,
character figures, subculture figures, limited editions, and extreme figures by
master creators, this book satisfies the appetite of the figure aficionado with
a continuous stream of figures and vast and comprehensive selection. Full Vinyl
covers mass-produced popular favorites (such as Homies), sub-culture figures,
Anime-inspired figures (such as Bome), category-defining “thingies”, Hong Kong
luminaries (such as Eric So and Michael Lau), figures based on the work of
hugely popular artists (such as Gary Baseman or Yoshitomo Nara), and artists
that take figure making to the next level (such as Shinichi
Yamashita).

Amanda Visell @ Gallery 1988

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Kick off the new year at Gallery 1988 with Amanda Visell's first solo show in LA.  This is going to be one big celebration!  There are plans for a "dixieland band" and Amanda will be there releasing some new products.  She'll have her toy prototype on display (from STRANGEco)...and be sure to pick up the lunch box Amanda designed (from Dark Horse).  Make it out for the opening reception on January 4th from 7 pm until 10 pm.

January 4th 7-10 pm
Gallery1988
7020 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

SHOW: Uglycon at Giant Robot

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O my!  Uglycon was a smashing success.  Folks were lined up outside of Giant Robot (GR2 in LA) at 5 am for a 6 pm show opening (lounging in their lawn chairs).  Hundreds of people walked through the doors, and there is word that both David and Sun-Min have carpel tunnel issues from all of the signing they had to endure.  Eric Nakamura's blog is bound to have a number of photos popping up from what has become the Woodstock for Uglydoll fans.

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Imaginary Spaces at Gallery Nucleus

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Gallery Nucleus will be showing off artwork that "caters to the people
who have taken an interest to background artists, concept artists,
graphic designers, architects, painters and world makers
."  The Imaginary Spaces show will run from December 16th through January 8th, with an opening reception from 7 pm to 11 pm on December 16th.

Imaginary Spaces
December 16th 7 pm
Gallery Nucleus
30 West Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Nathan’s Signing at Yoyamart

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The creator of Scarygirl, Nathan Jurevicius, is coming to NYC!   Nathan
will be making an afternoon appearance at Yoyamart - the
trend-setting and super-cool boutique store located in the Meat-Packing
District of New York City.  He'll be signing, doodling and otherwise spreading
holiday cheer.   Special
edition vinyl toys from STRANGEco will be available...including the
Minitreehouse series of vinyl toys in all colors: including the coveted
Night Editions.  A bonus appearance by Bennzi's Crocodiles is
rumored!

December 16th from 2 pm to 6 pm
Yoyamart
15 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
All ages welcome and encouraged.