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Robert Aragon To Be Honored As "Artist Of The Year" With A Lifetime Achievement Award From Southern California Motion Picture Council



Robert Aragon To Be Honored As 
"Artist Of The Year" 
With A Lifetime Achievement Award

    NEWS UPDATE: Coming Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 7pm. You're cordially invited to attend the 79th Annual Southern California Motion Picture Council St. Valentines Day Awards Gala & Dinner. The festivities include a sumptuous buffet dinner and spectacular awards ceremony. We will be honoring Robert Aragon as the "Artist Of The Year" with a Lifetime Achievement Award and the wonderful Sara Karloff with the Film Legacy Award. Her father was the legendary Boris Karloff of "Frankenstein" fame. 

    Music and entertainment plus many celebrities! Only $50 which includes a sumptuous dinner. This event will take place in Studio City, California at the legendary Sportsman's Lodge Crystal Ball Room. Let us know ASAP if you want to attend so our staff can reserve seats for you.

SPORTSMAN LODGE
12833 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, California  91604

   N E W S   BREAK!
THE ART OF ROBERT ARAGON Trading Card Set Inducted into the Bridgeman Art Library

Comic-Con Experience 2008 #4
Robert Aragon at his table in Artist's Alley

    One of the many constants on the Exhibition Floor is Artists' Alley, a section dedicated to independent artists. Offerings in this section are mostly comic-book related, but can range from the beautiful to the bizarre. It is in this section of the exhibit floor where we find our Comic-Con Experience 2008 #4, artist Robert Aragon. While many artists in Artists' Alley have horror-themed offerings, Aragon's pieces are one-of-a-kind tributes to classic horror films, with a particular emphasis on Universal and Hammer. Mr. Aragon licenses the likeness of many of his subjects from the actor's estates, including those of Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, and his art accurately and artistically captures the spirit and images of the old films. You'll find no grotesque, trendily warped images of Dracula or the Mummy here, no modern gothic influences. After all, Boris Karloff's Frankenstein's Monster needs no embellishment. By: Julia Merriam (July 7th, 2008) Read entire article here

About Robert Aragon
   A self-taught and award winning artist, Robert Aragon is noted for bringing shadows to the forefront of his work, which adds an air of mystery to the subjects of his portraits. Mr. Aragon is one of the leading fine art portrait artists in the world. His work is exhibited internationally and is represented and protected by the very prestigious Bridgeman Art Library. Now, for the first time in history, all of Robert’s artwork is showcased in a trading card set (shown below) which involves all of Aragon’s silver screen favorites.

     The kindhearted Mr. Aragon is a writer and gifted artist who showed talent from the time he could almost walk. So, this trading card set has been in the making for literally 20 years. Mr. Aragon has created works for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Karloff Enterprises, Universal Studios, Lugosi Enterprises, Ray Harryhausen, Warner Bros Studios, Diabolique Magazine, The Steve McQueen Estate, and others. 

    Over time, Mr. Aragon has become close to quite a few horror stars and their families. This closeness has helped him clear any licensing obstacles, which would have made the creation of the set difficult or impossible to accomplish. 

    MNS Cards president Mark Abent had this to say... “This set is unprecedented in the fact we were able to gather so many iconic classic names together. They love his work and the concept of the project.”

Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON

   Robert Aragon became very close to one particular horror star, Vincent Price. In the early nineties, Robert and Vincent would share artwork with one another. So, it comes as no surprise that a highly limited number of cut signature cards of Vincent Price and original art created by Price will be randomly inserted into the card set by way of a redemption card. (These will have no expiration date.)

   The base set of cards will be made up of 72 cards celebrating some of Robert Aragon’s established works, while many new pieces have been created specifically for the card set. Each box will yield one base set. In addition, there will be three different chase card sets. Each box will contain random cards from each of the following chase sets.
  • The Faces of Fear: A nine card foil chase set (with different backs.)
  • Vincent Price Master of Menace: A nine card chase set, which features puzzle backs.
  • Gothic Treasures: Six different cards make up this chase set, which is actually made out of wood, yes wood. The back of each card is a piece to a larger puzzle.

Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON

     Boxes for “The Art of Robert Aragon” trading card set will have randomly inserted autographs from such notables as Bela Lugosi, Jr., Bob Burns, Caren Marsh, Carla Laemmle, George Clayton Johnson (rare), Jane Adams, Janet Ann Gallow, Julie Adams, Kathy Burns, Ron Chaney, Sara Karloff, and of course, Robert Aragon. Extremely rare Cut Signatures from acclaimed horror actor Vincent Price will be inserted into the boxes as well.


    Redemption Cards will be randomly inserted into boxes for a chance to win original art created by Vincent Price and original trading card art drawn by Robert Aragon. Also, signed uncut autograph sheets, lithographs signed by Robert Aragon, Peggy Moran or Jane Adams and uncut sheets of the base and chase cards, and original and complete four (4), six (6), and nine (9) sketch card puzzles will be available.

Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON


    As an added bonus, the actual printing plates used to create the trading card set will be randomly inserted into boxes along with prop cards supplied from Robert Aragon’s private collection featuring:
  


   An Electric Wire Prop Card from the set of Universal Pictures’ 1931 classic “Frankenstein” starring Boris Karloff.


    “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” Prop Card from Quasimodo’s Wooden Axe used in the 1923 Universal Pictures’ silent film featuring Lon Chaney as the Hunchback.

Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON

     Sketch cards will be randomly seeded into boxes based on the silver screen art of Robert Aragon. Twenty-five different artists have contributed to the set. Some of the artists include: Asleigh Popplewell, Nick Neocleous, Carolyn Edwards, Rich Molinelli, Bryan Tillman, Christiaan Voldstad, Oscar De Anda and Robert Aragon just to name a few.

   Inside each case one of three different Canvas Case Toppers, which will be included as an added incentive. This card is made of canvas material and is textured. Each box will include 2 to 4 random hits per box, from the following: autograph cards, sketch cards, prop cards, cut signature cards, printing plates, and redemption cards. Each box will have a base set of 72 cards with random chase cards from all three chase sets. There will be 200 cases produced with 15 boxes per case.

   So, if you’re a devout horror fan, art enthusiast, or just a collector in general, this set is definitely for you! Older fans will be able to reminisce, while a younger generation can discover what they've been missing. For more information visit: www.mnscards.com

Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON
    A nicely rendered lithograph by artist Robert Aragon of Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot and the woman of "tonalities" that made up its score, Bebe Barron. It's signed by the artist and BEBE BARRON. It measures 11 x 14."

Visit ARAGON ART STUDIO here 
THE OFFICIAL HOME OF ARTIST ROBERT ARAGON

Visit Robert Aragon's website  here
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The International Horror Genre Magazine Diabolique Featuring 
Covers Commissioned From 
Artist Robert Aragon


     Diabolique Magazine No. 20 (Mar/Apr 2014) Order here
"The Family”: What is it? How does it shape us? Strengthen us in the face of horror? Scar us? Destroy us? The mysteries and dysfunction of the family unit have been ripe for examination in countless contemporary and classic horror releases. Diabolique 20 takes a look underneath its surface, featuring exclusive interviews with acclaimed filmmakers Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil), Mike Flanagan (Oculus), Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves), as well as a heady exploration of familial themes in the films of Tobe Hooper by 2014 Rondo Award-nominee, James Gracey. All this and more round out this fresh look at a crucial trope of horror culture. Diabolique 20: it’s a family reunion, and you’re invited!  Order here

Inside this issue:
  - A DISH BEST SERVED BLUE
Madeleine Koestner explores director Jeremy Saulnier’s critically acclaimed revenge thriller, Blue Ruin, with words from star and frequent Saulnier collaborator Macon Blair.
  - FAMILY MAN
James Gracey sinks his teeth into Tobe Hooper’s meaty representations of the family unit, in all its deadly, dysfunctional and dynamic forms.
  - HELL IS FOR CHILDREN
Madeleine Koestner chats with director Adrían García Bogliano about his familial psychodrama, Here Comes the Devil, which swept the awards for Best Horror Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director at Fantastic Fest.
  - SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
Chris Hallock profiles up-and-coming horror visionary Mike Flanagan, writer-director of Absentia and Oculus, with words from Flanagan.
  - THE MANY FACES OF WALERIAN BOROWCZYK
Arrow Video’s Daniel Bird offers an incisive overview of the marginalized genius of dark fantasy and erotica, Walerian Borowcyzk.
  - THICKER THAN WATER
Michele “Izzy” Galgana sits down with writer-director Jim Mickle to discuss his acclaimed English-language remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are.
  - THE DEVIL MADE US WATCH IT: PSYCHO
Alexandra West checks into the Bates Motel for her latest column on game-changing horror cinema.
  - NATURE, NURTURE, TORTURE
Max Weinstein puts the spotlight on Navot Papushado — co-writer/director of Rabies, the first Israeli horror film in history, and the five-time Ophir Award-winner, Big Bad Wolves — with words from Papushado.
  - ART OF DARKNESS: HIS OWN MAN
Joe Yanick speaks with Bryan Johnson — co-star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, and co-creator of the surrealist horror comic series, Cryptozoic Man.  Order here
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Diabolique Magazine No. 16 (May/Jun 2013) Order here
      There are few actors in the horrific halls of fame who deserve the dedication of an entire issue of Diabolique. Peter Cushing appeared in dozens of classic horror films and is known for no less than three character roles: Van Helsing, Dr. Frankenstein, and Sherlock Holmes, each of which he portrayed through an entire series of films. In this issue, we celebrate what would have been his one hundredth birthday by presenting an overview of Cushing’s career, memoirs of people who knew him, highlights of some of his finest moments and coverage of Cushing’s own memoirs. Additionally, we speak with Neil Jordan about his newest vampire film, Byzantium; and we talk with Nigel Wingrove about the censorship battle he fought for his “dangerous” work. Order here

Inside this issue:
  - THE DYING GAME
Neil Jordan sits down with Max Weinstein to shed light on his new Gothic vampire film, Byzantium.
  - THE CUSHING “13″
Jonathan Rigby gives us a primer on Peter Cushing’s 13 stand-out film roles and reveals what makes them special.
  - ON THE CUTTING EDGE: VISIONS QUEST
Nigel Wingrove talks to Max Weinstein about his 23-year crusade against censorship.
  - VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – CREATOR AND MONSTER
Bruce G. Hallenbeck examines the evolution of Dr. Victor Frankenstein: from Mary Shelley’s “pale student of unhallowed arts” to Hammer’s depraved mad scientist.
  - PASS THE MEMORIES
David Del Valle pays tribute to and shares his personal memories of Peter Cushing.
  - HAMMERING VITALITY INTO DRACULA
Colin McCracken talks to Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby about the significance and lasting influence of Hammer’s Dracula (1958) and how Peter Cushing revolutionized the role of the vampire hunter.
  - BOOK REVIEW: PETER CUSHING – THE COMPLETE MEMOIRS
James Gracey reviews the new book which combines Peter Cushing’s memoirs.
  - ART OF DARKNESS: VERONICA CARLSON
Michele Galgana interviews Peter Cushing’s two-time co-star and artist Veronica Carlson.
  - PETER AND ME
President of the Peter Cushing Association, Christopher Gullo, pays tribute to one of his favorite actors. Order here
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Diabolique Magazine No. 22 (Aug/Sep 2014) Order here
    Our bi-monthly genre journalism tome is getting the bi-polar treatment! In Diabolique’s 22nd issue, we split our coverage between the influence of J. Sheridan Le Fanu and Countess Elizabeth Báthory and the theme of pregnancy in classic and contemporary horror cinema. Alongside 2014 Writer of the Year Rondo-winner Bruce G. Hallenbeck’s celebration of Le Fanu’s bicentennial, which looks inside his life, legacy, and his Gothic vampire opus, Carmilla, Editor-in-Chief Max Weinstein delivers an incisive commentary on Báthory’s prolific and legendary serial murders 400 years after her death.
    On the flip-side, our pregnancy coverage turns to fresh perspectives on Alain Robak’s Baby Blood, David Cronenberg’s The Brood, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Inside (À l’intérieur) and Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession. And don’t miss our exclusive interviews with Baby Blood co-writer-director Robak, Proxy director Zack Parker, and DC Comics writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, C.O.W.L.)! Expect the unexpected when you’re expecting Diabolique… With cover art by Robert Aragon.  Order here

Inside this issue:
- FETAL SHOCK-AND-AWE SYNDROME
Madeleine Koestner puts co-writer-director Zack Parker’s Proxy and its confrontational portrayal of pregnancy and miscarriage in focus, with words from Parker.
- THE INVISIBLE PRINCE AND HIS PRINCESS
On the occasion of his bicentennial, Bruce Hallenbeck sheds light on the life, history, and legacy of Carmilla author, J. Sheridan Le Fanu.
- CARMILLA REVAMPED
Independent filmmaker Jay Lind gives Bruce Hallenbeck the early inside scoop on his 21st-century interpretation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, The Bride Wore Red.
- LADY IMPUNITY
Max Weinstein considers the prolificacy of 16th-century Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory’s serial murders, her influence on classic and contemporary horror fiction, and her disturbing impact on our cultural consciousness.
- SUBTEXTUAL REPRODUCTION
Joe Yanick makes the vital case for multiple alternative readings of Andrzej Żuławski’s thematically layered Possession.
- THE DEVIL MADE US WATCH IT: INSIDE (À L’INTÉRIEUR)
Alexandra West shifts the attention of her column to the home invasion/pregnancy horror hybrid, Inside (À l’intérieur), a forerunning title of the New French Extremity movement.
- CORPOREAL PUNISHMENT
With the benefit of hindsight, Christopher Bruno explores the on-screen and off-screen implications of David Cronenberg’s now-iconic pregnancy horror classic, The Brood.
- B-LABORING THE POINT
Maxime Gibert imparts a regional perspective on French genre pioneer Alain Robak’s groundbreaking 1990 opus, Baby Blood, with words from Robak.
- SPREADING HIS WINGS
Joe Yanick puts the spotlight on the emerging talent of comic book writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, Gates of Gotham), with words from Higgins.  Order here
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