‘Hipster’s Life’ Debuts At WonderGround Gallery

DisplayHad another fantastic signing event at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery. The latest in the Hipster Mickey line – A Hipster’s Life For Me – debuted at the gallery this past Saturday, November 8th. Disney was kind enough to invite me back for a special appearance to celebrate this new release. In addition to the deluxe prints and canvases, there was a new men’s shirt, Hipster Mickey mini-buttons, a new Castle Coffee Break spiral journal and a Date Night Compact!

It’s always a pleasure to meet the Disney fans who come out to the events. I am so appreciative of your efforts to be at the gallery when I visit. Thank you for your kind words and generous support!

Thanks also to the great staff at WonderGround for everything you do – including providing me with a Mint Julep! What a treat.

A few merchandise notes…

  • DATE NIGHT deluxe prints are back in stock.
  • World of Evil Deluxe prints are expected back on the shelves soon.

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WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

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D23 Expo 2013 Wrap-Up

9467464873_f5b1f858e9_bIt’s always a good time attending the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. Not only are you across the street from the Happiest Place on Earth, but you also get a glimpse of what’s coming up next for all things Disney surrounded by (and in line with) hoards of hard-core Disney fans. Got to meet some great people face to face that I have only known through Twitter. Did lots of shopping (Mickey’s of Glendale, The D23 Dream Store, Matell) – though I never made it into the ridiculously busy Disney Store pavilion. That seemed to be the shop to get into but with a 2-3 hour wait (at least) I just couldn’t find the time. Visited as many panels as I could squeeze in (and actually get a seat for). Hit up all the major pavilions – including Disney Imagineering and the elaborate Tomorrowland display.

Here’s a few highlights from the arena presentations I attended which outlined the coming films from all of Disney’s divisions.

Pixar

9472446057_28c74787be_bCo-Director Pete Sohn was on hand to present Pixar’s fifteenth release, THE GOOD DINOSAUR. Director Bob Peterson, who talked about the then untitled project at the last Expo, was a no-show this year. The film, set to debut next summer (May 30th), looks terrific. The character designs are charming – lots of personality and humor with a slightly cartoonish look to the creatures. It will be hard to resist the baby dinos they previewed for the D23 audience. A short clip showing the dinosaurs as farmer was just gorgeous. Set to some very Copland-esque music from composer Randy Newman and using no dialogue, the breathtaking piece of animation played like a segment in FANTASIA. Not sure if this was actual footage from the film or a test reel. We were also treated to the lively new Monsters University-themed short, PARTY CENTRAL, which will play before ‘Dinosaur’ in theaters next year.

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While I can’t wait to see ‘Dinosaur’, I am even more excited by what I saw for Pete Docter‘s INSIDE OUT. Docter is quickly becoming my favorite of Pixar’s directors. His film’s are notable for their high concept and big heart. For me, his work defines the Pixar appeal. An animatic was shown of just one scene of the 2015 film and it killed. The concept, which sounds more confusing when described, becomes crystal clear and completely accessible the minute you see the interplay between characters. If this little glimpse is any way representative of what the rest of the film will be, I think it could be one of Pixar’s very best. Character designs for this look terrific – lots of personality and a great voice cast that includes Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Phylis Smith (The Office).9472384319_de7c6ebf9e_b

Saw the first 10 minutes of Pixar’s first television special – TOY STORY OF TERROR. It pays homage to the cinematic devices of all the great horror films and looks to be a lot of fun. I love these characters and I’m so happy to see them have a life beyond Toy Story 3. Combat Carl looks to play a large part in this one. Another television special is set to follow this one.

(For complete Pixar coverage from the Expo, please visit THE PIXAR TIMES)

Walt Disney Animation Studios

FROZEN looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see more of this one. All the snow and ice effects will guarantee the film looks great but will the relationship between the two leads make for an intriguing story? So far so good. Having songs from the writing team behind Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon can’t hurt. The sunny tune from Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad) previewed at the Expo certainly made me warm-up to this comedic side kick. I wasn’t completely sold on the film based on the teaser clip released earlier this year. But that’s the same thing I thought about TANGLED months before its release and I ended up adoring that film. There are definitely aspects of TANGLED in the clips we saw for FROZEN – particularly in the chemistry between Kristin Bell‘s Anna and Alan Tudyk‘s Duke characters. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Much will be riding on Idina Menzel‘s Elsa – she has quickly emerged as one of the more interesting characters in this highly anticipated film from what little we’ve seen. As often the case with Disney films, the strength of this feature will be determined by its villain. Attendees also got to see the truly fantastic Mickey Mouse short GET A HORSE. It will play before FROZEN and should not be missed.

BIG HERO SIX – This looks intriguing. Like last year’s fantastic WRECK-IT RALPH, this one is a bit of a departure for a Disney animated feature. Based on a comic book, the film possess a great style – a little dark and futuristic in a BLADE RUNNER sort of way. It takes place in the fictional San Fransokyo – a mash-up of a glowing Tokyo and the rolling hills of San Francisco. Character designs look great, most prominently the squishy robot that looks to play a big part in the story. Definitely want to see more.

ZOOTOPIA – Anthropomorphic animals are certainly nothing new to Disney animation. Like the storybook settings in CHICKEN LITTLE, the characters of ZOOTOPIA inhabit a world made for animals by animals – rabbits live in Burrow Borough, mice live in Little Rodentia, etc . We’ve seen this visual puns and gags approach to environments before so let’s hope the story brings something interesting.

Disney Studios (Live Action)

SAVING MR. BANKS (December 20, 2013) – The more I see of this film, the more excited I am to see it. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson look great as Walt Disney and P.L. Travers respectively. The extended clip shown at the Expo was well received. While everyone is curious to see Hanks as Disney, Thompson’s fussy take on Travers is the real star of this one. Can’t wait to see it in theater this Holiday season.

ANGELINA JOLIEMALEFICENT (July 2, 2014) – Angelina Jolie (Left) cast as one of Disney’s most popular villains is, in itself, intriguing. It will be her performance that drives this re-imagining of the Disney classic as seen through the villains POV. The footage shown for the film looked predictably dark and CG heavy, but it was the horns everyone wanted to see. Those few glimpses of Jolie in full costume were enough to make me want to see the film. Let’s hope the back story stands up to this very intriguing villain. Jolie showed up to talk about her role and said it was her brother who called her the moment he learned of the project in development to make sure she applied for the job!

MUPPETS MOST WANTED (2014) – The film looks hilarious. Seems they went for more laughs this time around. An extended clip showed a little song and dance with star Ricky Gervais and an evil Kermit (paying dual roles this time). Tina Fey and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell round out the human cast in addition to several cameos.

CINDERELLA (March 13, 2015) – I have to admit, I wasn’t that excited about a live-action re-make of CINDERELLA. But once I heard Cate Blanchett was cast as the step mother, the project became immediately more interesting. Add Helena Bonham Carter into the mix and there’s much to look forward to in this Kenneth Branagh directed take.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (2015) – While Lucasfilm was formally welcomed into the Disney family, there was no news to report for this one. Not a single new image was shown and no formal announcements were made. While Disney certainly doesn’t need to promote this highly anticipated sequel, it might have been nice to do something – anything – while their legions of fans had gathered. Come on, J.J. – how about a pre-taped message? One piece of concept art? While it will be almost painful to see how every little thing released for this film is scrutinized over the next few years, bringing out – say – Mark Hamill might have been an easy way to appease the hungry masses without spoiling any of the fun.

For my take on Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND, head on over to The Pixar Times and read my article and all the other great coverage of the Expo.

 

 

‘Happiest Hipster’ Debuts at WonderGround Gallery

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On Saturday, July 20th, I returned to  WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort to launch a new series of Hipster Mickey pieces. Happiest Hipster On Earth debuted with a bunch of new merchandise and art options. Check out the new messenger bag, postcard, t-shirt, magnet and a stylish new hat that sports the first Hipster Mickey pin! Finally making it’s debut is the Hipster Mickey iPhone cover (5 & 4s). I’ve had so many requests for this one and it’s been in the works for quite a while so I was so happy to see it in on the shelf. Limited edition giclees in three sizes and deluxe prints are also available. We’ve gone to great lengths to offer several options of this new image so you can find the perfect one for your collection. Keep in mind this is the first in a new series of Hipster Mickey images that will be released every three months and will feature Mickey in front of several iconic Disneyland locations. Right now, you can catch a sneak peek of the next image in the series here.

In addition to the Hipster line, I also debuted two new images for the POP FUSION show – A World of Cute (Deluxe print) and Love in Bloom (Limited edition giclee and deluxe print). There’s a ton of great merchandise now available – including a sparkly women’s tank – with more on the way so stay tuned.

I’d like to once again thank the great folks at WonderGround who make these events run smoothly. I am so grateful for their kindness and generosity. They make every event special and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts. It’s an honor to be a part of this very special gallery. Hope they’ll have me back again soon!

While I was there, I also had the pleasure of speaking with the great folks at The Disney Examiner. They came by and talked to me about my work and inspirations for the artwork on display. They just posted a very generous article and video on their site and I hope you can take a look. It’s a fantastic site run by the kindest, most sincere group of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Thanks for coming out, guys!

Pop Fusion at WonderGround Gallery

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A World of Cute – Available at WonderGround Gallery

June 15th saw the debut of the third show at WonderGround Gallery.  The POP FUSION show featured brand new artwork from Dave Quiggle, Michelle Romo and Liana Hee. And that was just the beginning. Instead of debuting all the new art at once, the gallery has decided to stagger the release of new pieces. New artwork from Jeff Granito, Jeremiah Ketner, Noah, Daniel Samakow and Kristin Tercek will debut on Saturday, July 13th. Make sure to check out all these great artists.

I’ll have two new pieces in this show – Love in Bloom, featuring Mickey and Minnie, and A World of Cute. ‘World’ features a big batch of Disney characters – including ones we don’t get to see that often. It’s a fun piece and one of my personal favorites. Both images will be featured on a variety of products and will debut July 20th. I’ll be appearing at the gallery that day from 5-7 PM. If you’re in the area, come by and say hello. For you Comic Con attendees, why not make a quick trip down to the Happiest place on earth for a little break from the action?

The new Hipster Mickey piece will also launch on July 20th. There will be a huge assortment of merchandise available to celebrate the kick-off of this new line. More details about the event are available here.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA)

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Love In Bloom – available as a Limited Edition Giclee and a deluxe print.

 

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase

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The great folks at WonderGround Gallery invited me back this past weekend for another Artist Showcase. The Gallery, located in the Downtown Disney District of the Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA), hosted signing events on Friday and Saturday evening from 6-8 pm. As always, it was a great time. There were big crowds at the resort for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, Grad Nights and (most of all) for Disney’s massive Monstrous Summer kick off. Disneyland Park and California Adventure were both open for 24 hours beginning Friday morning at 6 AM and concluding Saturday morning at 6 AM. This special event also included the stores in Downtown Disney. I was able to catch a few hours of the fun. We were at the park until 4 AM Saturday morning. Didn’t quite make it to 6 AM but had plenty of fun in the early morning hours.

My thanks to everyone who came out to the event. These signings are the best part of working with WonderGround Gallery. Getting to interact with the Disney fans is so much fun and a truly rewarding experience. Thank you so much for your support and kind words about my artwork. In addition to friends and family, I had the chance to meet so many new faces. Among the folks who came out for the event were Steven Miller of the Disney Parks Blog. Steven spent time in Disney parks in Florida and California for the 24 Hour event – flying out of Orlando in time to make it to the parks in Anaheim. What a fun job. I also had the chance to meet Kristen Marie of the prolific Mickey and Minnie tumblr. With over 50,000+ followers, her tumblr is the one to watch. I am always grateful when she includes my artwork on the site.

Once again, I would like to thank the great staff at WonderGround Gallery. They always treat me like a rock star when I attend these events and I am so appreciative of their efforts. I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have someone help you slip those prints back into their plastic sleeves. Not an easy task.

I’ll be back at the Gallery in July for thelaunch of the new Hipster Mickey line . Lots of new art and merchandise will be available. Hope to see you there.

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A nice display of some of my merchandise available at the gallery!

A nice display of some of my merchandise available at the gallery!

 

NEW Hipster Mickey Merchandise

Here’s a few sneak peeks at some of the new merchandise that will be available at WonderGround Gallery in July. These new art pieces and merchandise will kick of the new line of Hipster Mickey images.

 

WonderGround Dates

It’s turning out to be an exciting (and busy) summer.  Here’s a quick recap of my dates at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District – Disneyland Resort.

Tuesday, May 21 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) – Tickets for the Hipster Mickey Cocktail Reception go on sale. There will only be a limited amount of tickets available for this event. More information here.

Friday May 24 and Saturday May 25th – Artist Showcase at WonderGround Gallery 6-8pm. I’ll be debuting the new Mickey Mouse piece “Modern Mouse”. More information available here. This is also Memorial Day weekend. To kick off this Monstrous Summer, the parks will be open 24 hours starting Friday morning at 6AM and remaining open until Saturday morning 6AM.

Thursday July 18th 7-10 PM – Hipster Mickey Cocktail Reception at WonderGround Gallery. Come see the debut of the Hipster Mickey line with new product and exclusive merchandise. Event information here. UPDATE 05/31/13 – This event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, July 20th. It is no longer a ticketed event. See the new event details here.

I’ll also be attending Comic Con in San Diego, CA (July 18-21) for the very first time as well as the third D23 EXPO in Anaheim, CA (August 9-11). I will not be exhibiting at either one of these events this year.

If you have any questions about these events, feel free to send me an email and I’ll do my best to get back to you with an answer. Email me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com.

New Hipster Mickey Merchandise At WonderGround Gallery

I have been so pleased and pleasantly surprised by the reception my original Hipster Mickey piece has received since debuting at WonderGround Gallery last June (2012). Seeing the little guy on mugs, t-shirts and bags has been a dream come true for this long-time Disney fan.

That dream continues to grow with today’s announcement of the all-new Hipster Mickey line debuting at the gallery in July. This is beyond anything I could have imagined.  “Happiest Hipster On Earth” (Above) will be the first in a new series of images featuring Mickey Mouse in all his Hipster glory!  I am so excited for these new pieces and so grateful for the opportunity to showcase them at this very cool gallery.In support of this new line, I will be appearing at the Gallery on Saturday July 20th from 5-7 PM. Come by and check out all the new merch!

Event information available here.

Thank you to all the fans of Hipster Mickey. I am so appreciative of your support and kind words. It’s almost too much for this Disney fan boy! I look forward to celebrating with everyone who can make it out to the gallery for the event! See ya real soon!

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase

“Modern Mouse” by Jerrod Maruyama will be available as a deluxe print May 24th at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District – Disneyland Resort.

I am so excited to be heading back to WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District – Disneyland Resort. I’ll be debuting my new Mickey Mouse piece “Modern Mouse” as well as signing all of my work currently available in the gallery. The Artist Showcase will be May 24th – 25th (that’s Memorial Day weekend) from 6- 8 pm. If you live nearby or happen to be in town that weekend, please stop by and say hello.

My thanks to the great folks at WonderGround for inviting me back. I always have such a great time. I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Gallery.

For more information on the event, visit the Disney Theme Parks Merchandise blog.

“Good vs. Evil” will be available on selected merchandise at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District – Disneyland Resort.

 

 

 

 

Good Vs. Evil At The WonderGround Gallery

The powers of good and evil have taken over the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District, Disneyland® Resort. I was so excited to return to the gallery on Saturday (Dec 15) for the opening of this brand new show. It’s always a blast to be a part of the festivities. It’s inspiring, humbling and exciting to meet the many Disney fans who come out to these event. They are always fun to talk to and so enthusiastic about the artwork.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate their kind words and generosity. My sincere thanks to everyone who came out to the show to say hello. And a special shout-out to the great folks who purchased my Pinocchio (or “Pokeynose”) giclee.

The other great part of these gatherings is the chance to mingle with some fantastic artists. I’ve admired many of these talents for some time and it’s so great to stand beside them for this show. It’s always inspiring to hear their stories and experiences. So great to see Noah, Michelle Romo, Martin Hsu and Sean Chao once again. Thrilled that I finally got to meet Miss Mindy, Stephanie Buscema, Kristin Tercek, Ming Ong and Jackie Huang.

As always, the great folks at Disney made this a day to remember. Thanks to everyone who makes these events and this Gallery possible. That includes the wonderful staff at the gallery. Your endless energy and excitement for the art is such a big part of the WonderGround experience and I thank you for your efforts. Also, a shout-out to the Disneyland Ambassadors who are just so fun to talk to. I am honored to be a part of this gallery and so thankful for the experience.

There are some really fantastic pieces and merchandise in this new show. If you’re in the area, please stop by and check it out.