Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 4

October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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A tease of the new pieces that debuted at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Konami and Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC debuted several pieces of art not seen at the Los Angeles show. One of those pieces was Dan Mumford’s screen print Behold, The Legendary Gods. Now, in this final look at the exhibition, let’s take a gander at all of the other new art on display.

Front of Chris Beaumont's Battle Ox and Celtic Guardian sculptures at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Battle Ox by Chris Beaumont at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Battle Ox by Chris Beaumont
Wood and acrylic
26.5 x 33 x 20 inches
$2,000

Side view of Chris Beaumont's Battle Ox and Celtic Guardian sculptures at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Front of Celtic Guardian by Chris Beaumont at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Celtic Guardian by Chris Beaumont
Wood, acrylic, and fabric
24 x 25 x 15 inches
$2,000

Side view of Celtic Guardian by Chris Beaumont at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Backside view of Chris Beaumont's Battle Ox and Celtic Guardian sculptures at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Do these sculptures look familiar? That’s because they’re gigantic wood versions of Chris Beaumont’s Cubeecraft papercraft toys! Beaumont has been providing everyone with free paper-folding fun for over ten years.

Exodia by Beau Berkley at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Exodia by Beau Berkley
Marker and colored pencil
11 x 14 inches
$600

Close-up of Exodia by Beau Berkley at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Dimensions by Poppy Small at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Dimensions by Poppy Small
Digital print
12 x 16 inches
Limited edition of 1
$600

Neutralized by Mark Bell at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Neutralized by Mark Bell
Digital print on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Limited edition of 1
$600

Close-up of Revolver and Borreload Dragon in Neutralized by Mark Bell at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Close-up of Playmaker and Firewall Dragon in Neutralized by Mark Bell at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Jinzo by Cuyler Smith at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Jinzo by Cuyler Smith
Digital print
8 x 10 inches
Limited edition of 1
$600

Close-up of Jinzo by Cuyler Smith at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi’s four special pieces of art made their East Coast debut at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC. The works were lovingly enshrined in their own room, a luxury made possible at this spacious New York gallery.

Room that held the works of Kazuki Takahashi at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi and Black Luster Soldier at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

All of Kazuki Takahashi's artwork on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi's message and art display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Side view of the room that held the works of Kazuki Takahashi at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

This little room looks like, and has the aura of, a sacred space, doesn’t it? It was a charming touch to an already outstanding show.

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There was much more art on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC. To see photos of all of the other pieces, including close-ups of Takahashi’s works, check out my four-part coverage of the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show when it was in Los Angeles.

For even more pictures, head over to Konami’s photo album on Facebook that it posted last Friday.

Did you visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC? What did you think of the exhibition? Would you like to see more events like this one in the future?

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Back to the beginning:
Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 1

Previously:
Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 3

Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 3

October 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Entrance to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC was held in Manhattan’s Chelsea art district, home to over 200 galleries. Because of its prominent location, the exhibition attracted not only Yu-Gi-Oh! fans but also art enthusiasts who knew nothing about the franchise.

All signs point to Yu-Gi-Oh! — or at least the spray-painted signs did. On the streets surrounding the gallery and leading from New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, wayfarers could find advertisements for the art show on the pavements.

Two different spray-painted sign advertising the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC on the pavement

The gallery, with its brightly lit white walls and polished dark oak floors, offered an air of elegance and sophistication to the exhibition, a feeling that one might not normally associate with Yu-Gi-Oh!.

With over 60 works on display, the show had something for everyone to enjoy.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC logo on the wall inside the gallery

Duel Time by Pretty in Plastic at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Duel Time sculpture and a group of duelists in the background at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Visitors looking at art and walking around the gallery at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

More visitors checking out the gallery at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Yu-Gi-Oh! Nesting Dolls and other works at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Visitors looking at art around the display cases at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Obliterate and Ruby on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Cathy Catherine and Friends, Pharaoh Atem, and Yami Yugi on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Fluffal Mouse and other works in the background at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Visitors around Scary Yugi and other works at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

At the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, fans and art connoisseurs with deep pockets could purchase any of the original pieces on display. (Well, almost any — not Kazuki Takahashi’s works.)

By the end of the first day, two pieces had already been sold. Can you guess what those first two pieces were?

Maybe one of the three-dimensional creations?

Like Duel Time, the plastic resin and wood sculpture made by Pretty in Plastic that greets all gallery visitors. (Price: $18,000.)

Close-up of the Duel Time sculpture at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Or Brad Albright’s wood and giclee print sculpture Millennium Puzzle, shown below right. (Price: $600.) This would look right at home in a game shop or any gaming-themed room.

Performapal Changeraffe and Millennium Puzzle on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Or Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon, a customized 8-inch Kidrobot Munny figure by Jared Flores. (Price: $1,000.)

Close-up of Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon figure on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

All of these three-dimensional works would be awesome to own.

But maybe the buyers preferred a two-dimensional piece.

How about an artsy take on an iconic character and monster, like Mark Borgion’s giclee print Summon the Sky Dragon? (Price: $600.)

Summon the Sky Dragon on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Or this large-scale canvas print of Chet Phillip’s Spellcaster? (No price given.) Brand new for this NYC show, it’s bigger than the screen printed version, and classier too, if you ask me.

Spellcaster large-scale canvas print on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

I bet contemporary art connoisseurs who frequent the Chelsea gallery district would be thrilled to own I’m In Love… With Dueling! by Dan Litzinger, pictured below center. (Price: $1,200.) This 36-by-48 inch acrylic-on-aluminum work takes its cues from Roy Lichtenstein and his famous Drowning Girl.

I'm In Love... With Dueling! and other works on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

But no, none of these were among the first two pieces to sell. That honor goes to Tiki of Greed and Hitotsu-Me Giant.

Tiki of Greed, pictured below center, comes from Carrie Ann Hudson, an illustrator and painter from San Diego, California. It is a work of ink and felt tip on paper and was priced at $600.

ABAKI, Tiki of Greed, and Hummingbird on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Tiki of Greed on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Hitotsu-Me Giant, pictured below right, originated from the mind of Steve Dressler, a native New Yorker and a graduate of Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. It was first offered as a limited edition screen print at the Los Angeles art show.

King of Games, The Millennium Puzzle, and Hitotsu-Me Giant on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

The story behind the sale of Hitotsu-Me Giant is especially entertaining.

As described to me by someone who shan’t be named: On the evening of the first day of the exhibition, a drunk art critic and their friends found their way to the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show. The critic, who knew absolutely nothing about Yu-Gi-Oh!, took one look at Hitotsu-Me Giant and decided that they simply must have it. They were prepared to plop down a thousand or more dollars for original framed screen print, number 1/100. But fortunately for their wallet, the price was only $400. The critic’s friends, joining in on the excitement, all took home limited edition screen prints of Hitotsu-Me Giant for a comparatively cheap $50.

Congratulations to the buyers, whoever you are. Enjoy your piece of Yu-Gi-Oh! history!

More photos to come…

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Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 4

Previously:
Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 2

Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 2

October 6, 2019 at 10:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Spray-painted sign advertising the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC on the pavement

October 4 and 5 were important days for Konami and Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC. That’s because the exhibition welcomed two awesome sets of guests on these two days to sign autographs for fans.

Sign showing the autograph schedule at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

On the evening of Friday, October 4, the artists behind some of the most popular pieces from the art show arrived at the gallery. A few fans had come two hours early just to see them.

Dan Mumford is the creator of It’s time to duel., whose limited edition screen print from the Los Angeles show was the first to completely sell out. In New York, three variations of this hot piece are on display.

All three variations of It's time to duel. by Dan Mumford at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

It's time to duel. variant by Dan Mumford at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
It’s time to duel. variant by Dan Mumford
Screen print
18 x 24 inches
Open edition
$45.00 unframed
$400.00 framed

It's time to duel. film print in lightbox by Dan Mumford at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
It’s time to duel. by Dan Mumford
Film print in lightbox
48 x 36 inches
Limited edition print available. Please see front desk.

It's time to duel. by Dan Mumford at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
It’s time to duel. by Dan Mumford
Screen print
18 x 24 inches
Numbered edition 1/100
$800.00 framed

Konami commissioned Mumford to make a second piece, which debuted at this New York show.

Behold, The Legendary Gods. by Dan Mumford at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Behold, The Legendary Gods. by Dan Mumford
Screen print
18 x 24 inches
$60.00 unframed numbered edition of 150
$800.00 framed numbered edition 1/150

Low angle shot of Behold, The Legendary Gods. by Dan Mumford at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Dan Mumford is a freelance illustrator based in London, England. His portfolio includes poster work for Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Among his numerous clients are CBS, Disney, Sony, and Wizards of the Coast.

Dan Mumford smiling during his signing at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Dan Mumford signing an autograph at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Anthony Petrie is the artist behind Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, whose limited edition screen print from the Los Angeles show also sold out. Both his original creation and the variant are on display in New York.

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon by Anthony Petrie at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon by Anthony Petrie
Screen print
18 x 24 inches
Numbered edition 1/100
$800.00 framed

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon variant by Anthony Petrie at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon variant by Anthony Petrie
Screen print
18 x 24 inches
Open edition
$45.00 unframed
$400.00 framed

Anthony Petrie is a poster artist and designer based in Los Angeles who has created poster work for Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, Black Panther, and The Hulk. He has collaborated with production companies such as Bad Robot, CBS, Fox, Paramount, and Sony.

Anthony Petrie smiling during his signing at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Anthony Petrie signing an autograph at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

While the artists’ signing event was a big undertaking in and of itself, the voice actors’ signings on Saturday, October 5, were tremendously, overwhelmingly popular.

When the gallery’s doors opened yesterday at 11 a.m., many people had already arrived to line up. By around 12:30 p.m., the gallery had reached its maximum occupancy and the line began spilling outside.

Many people lined up inside the gallery for the voice actors' signing event at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Another view of the inside of the gallery showing the many people lined up for the voice actors' signing event at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Yet another view of the inside of the gallery showing the people lined up for the voice actors' signing event at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

The front of the voice actors' signing event line outside at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Soon, the line turned into this…

The massively long line for the voice actors' signing event at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

And this was only about half of the people that eventually showed up!

Dan Green (Yugi Muto, Tetsu Trudge) and Erica Schroeder (second Mai Valentine, Dark Magician Girl, Akiza Izinski) were the first voice actors to arrive, at 2:00 p.m.

Erica Schroeder and Dan Green smiling and chatting with fans at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Erica Schroeder (left) and Dan Green

Erica Schroeder and Dan Green signing autographs at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Their autograph session was supposed to end at 3:00 p.m., but by then, the line outside was still about the same length as the line in the photo above because more and more fans had arrived. Dan and Erica stayed as long as they could to accommodate as many people as possible.

Darren Dunstan (Maximillion Pegasus, Jean Michel Roget) and Jake Paque (Dumon, Playmaker) arrived shortly before 3:00 p.m. and began their signings.

Darren Dunstan and Jake Paque chatting with fans at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Darren Dunstan (left) and Jake Paque

Darren Dunstan and Jake Paque signing autographs at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

The gallery remained at full capacity the entire afternoon and into the evening as the guests continued to sign. New visitors were only let in as previous visitors left.

A few other voice actors also visited the art show on their own time. Sam Black (Battle Beast, Kolter), Emily Cramer (Skye Zaizen), and Barrett Leddy (Akira Zaizen) have all been spotted checking out the art at the gallery.

Today, October 6, is the final day of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC. The exhibition will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At this New York show, all of the art is up for sale, so today is the final opportunity to see all of these works together. Once a piece is sold, it will probably become a part of someone’s private collection — gone from public view to forever be cherished by the buyer. And yes, some of the pieces have already been sold!

More photos to come…

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Next:
Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 3

Previously:
Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 1

Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 1

October 4, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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A Yu-Gi-Oh! duel taking place near Michael Vincent Bramley's Forbidden piece at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
It’s always time to duel, even inside an art gallery. But especially inside a Yu-Gi-Oh! art gallery.

Konami and Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC opened yesterday evening. The exhibition contains over 60 pieces of art inspired by Kazuki Takahashi’s creation and includes six never-before-seen works. All Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series are represented.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who have already visited the Los Angeles exhibition in person or seen its works online will still have a great time in New York City. That’s because in addition to the new works, this show also offers variations of some of the pieces originally shown in Los Angeles, like Michael Vincent Bramley’s Forbidden. While the New York show still displays Bramley’s original digital print, it also showcases the work as a film print in a lightbox.

Michael Vincent Bramley's Forbidden film print in lightbox at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Here, Exodia’s ghoulish grin is blown up to 40 by 30 inches and shining brightly, terrifying passersby.

Another variation is Haste’s Yugi Muto. Although the original painted wall mural in Los Angeles is lost, the work lives on in New York as a video installation thanks to the efforts of Ryan Kelly. Yugi Muto is now a dynamic, ever-changing piece, slowing morphing with the aid of numerous video filters and effects.

Haste's Yugi Muto going through many transformations in Ryan Kelly's video installation at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans can also take home Haste’s Yugi Muto preserved as a 7-by-8 inch digital print. It is one of seven new limited edition prints available in New York.

Limited Edition prints for sale at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Seven? That’s right. In addition to the six previously announced prints, this show surprised visitors by also selling Pharaoh Atem by Steve Mardo, an 11-by-14 digital print. Only 20 are available, with each print costing $35.

Fans can also purchase the four remaining limited edition screen prints from the Los Angeles show, as well as that show’s two open edition variant screen prints. Quantities of these prints are extremely limited.

Other items for sale at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Brand-new at this show are two enamel pins based on Tom Whalen’s King of Games: Yugi and the Millennium Puzzle. Each pin is $12.

Close-up of the Millennium Puzzle and Yugi pins based on Tom Whalen's King of Games

For fans of It’s time to duel. by Dan Mumford, this show is offering a copy of that piece as a 20-by-15 inch poster for an affordable $20.

A T-shirt inspired by Anthony Petrie’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon is available for purchase here for $25.

Anthony Petrie's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon T-shirt on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

A 20-by-15 inch poster of Petrie’s work is available for $20 at Konami’s booth (#1321) at New York Comic Con as well.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC continues today, October 4, at 555 West 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue. The show will run through October 6. The show’s hours are:

  • Today, October 4, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Don’t forget about the upcoming autograph sessions! Dan Mumford and Anthony Petrie will be signing tonight, while four Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors will be signing on Saturday afternoon.

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Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 2

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC: What to Buy, Who to See

October 2, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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New screen print by Dan Mumford on sale at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Konami and Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC kicks off tomorrow, October 3, and runs through October 6. What cool stuff will you see there? What can you buy? And what special guests will make an appearance? Here’s the full rundown!

This show will display the 50+ pieces of art first seen at the Los Angeles show in July, including Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi’s four special pieces. Additionally, the exhibition will unveil six new commissioned works, one of which is pictured above. This new piece by Dan Mumford will be available for purchase as a 24-by-18 inch screen print for $60. It is a limited edition of 150.

Furthermore, five popular works from the Los Angeles show will be available for purchase as limited edition giclee prints.

New giclee prints on sale at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

From left to right, top to bottom, these pieces are:

As of this writing, none of the screen prints from the Los Angeles show are available for sale on Gallery1988’s website any longer. Gallery1988 stated that Anthony Petrie’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon variant and Dan Mumford’s It’s time to duel. variant will now be on sale at the New York show. There’s no word yet whether the other remaining prints will be there too.

The art show will also have two enamel pins for sale. No pictures or price information is available as of this writing.

On Friday evening, the exhibition will host signings with artists Dan Mumford (at 6:30 p.m.) and Anthony Petrie (7:30 p.m.). Attendees who previously bought their art may bring them to be autographed. Prints and posters will also be available for purchase, while supplies last.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, four Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors will be at the art show to sign autographs.

  • 2:00 p.m. – Dan Green (Yugi Muto, Tetsu Trudge)
  • 2:00 p.m. – Erica Schroeder (second Mai Valentine, Dark Magician Girl, Akiza Izinski)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Darren Dunstan (Maximillion Pegasus, Jean Michel Roget)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Jake Paque (Dumon, Playmaker)

Fans can bring their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! item to be signed, or pick up a free commemorative character autograph card (Yugi, Dark Magician Girl, Pegasus, and Playmaker), while supplies last.

Despite what they said in last month’s episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! News, Daniel J. Edwards (Aigami) and Sam Black (Battle Beast) are not listed as guests. Will they still appear at the show?

Die-hard Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will definitely want to arrive at the art show early. The first 100 visitors each day will receive one of four collector’s buttons.

New buttons given to visitors at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

There is a different button for each day of the show.

When you’ve taken in all that the exhibition has to offer, be sure to head to New York Comic Con for some fun at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza at Konami’s booth (#1321), where all of the activities are free. The booth will sell an exclusive poster and T-shirt based on Anthony Petrie’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.

New poster and T-shirt based on Anthony Petrie's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon

The poster measures 15 by 20 inches and costs $20, while the shirt is $25. The shirt will also be available at the art show.

If you’re willing to brave the NYCC crowds, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a few other Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors hanging out and participating in activities unrelated to Yu-Gi-Oh!. Veronica Taylor (Carly Carmine), Sean Schemmel (Professor Crowler), Marc Thompson (Duke Devlin), Clay Adams (Jesse Anderson), and Saskia Maarleveld (Yoko Sakaki) will all be attending NYCC.

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC will be held at 555 West 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue in Chelsea.

The exhibition’s hours are:

  • Thursday, October 3, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

Previously:
Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Comes to New York City

Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Comes to New York City

September 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Advertisement for Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza at New York Comic Con 2019 isn’t the only activity that Konami is bringing to the Big Apple. Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show will be there too on the same weekend, complete with some new artwork on display and new limited edition prints, posters, T-shirts, and pins for sale.

Look for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC at 555 West 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue. That’s a half-mile walk from NYCC at the Javits Center.

The exhibition’s hours are:

  • Thursday, October 3, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free, and the first 100 people to visit each day will receive a collector’s button.

Furthermore, there will be signings with some of the participating artists, and with some Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors, including Daniel J. Edwards (Aigami) and Sam Black (Battle Beast).

Don’t forget to wear your NYCC 2019 Yami Yugi T-shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com!

(News from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook Fan Page, Yu-Gi-Oh! News – September 2019, @Galleries1988)

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 4

July 22, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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A tease of Kazuki Takahashi's Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show pieces included in this post

Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi didn’t attend the opening of Gallery1988‘s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show himself, he nevertheless made his presence felt by leaving a special message for visitors along with a stunning set of never-before-seen artwork.

At the center of the exhibition was an acrylic display that featured a quote from Takahashi and a brief history of Yu-Gi-Oh!. The display also spotlighted Takahashi’s recent illustrations of Yugi and Kaiba from V Jump and his upgraded versions of Magician of Black Chaos and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, coming soon to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

Kazuki Takahashi's message and art display at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's V Jump Yami Yugi illustration at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's illustration of Magician of Black Chaos MAX at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Takahashi’s message reads:

For the past 20 years since the creation of Yu-Gi-Oh!, I have been given the opportunity to interact with fans worldwide via manga, anime, and card games. Now, I am delighted to hold this Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibit.

When creating new works, my focus is to design a universe in which story, characters, and monsters interact with each other.

Since Yu-Gi-Oh! spans a wide variety of mediums, many creative people work together to create a world filled with countless characters and monsters — in which to draw inspiration for new artwork.

In this exhibit, I am excited to see how these talented artists depict their own views of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe.

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for visiting the Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibition today.

Kazuki Takahashi's V Jump illustration of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's illustration of Blue-Eyes Alternative Ultimate Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The paragraphs detailing the history of Yu-Gi-Oh! describe its origins as manga to its prominence today as a global hit:

Kazuki Takahashi created and serialized the manga “Yu-Gi-Oh!” in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004. Through these eight years, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s uniquely original storyline and rich characters fascinated and entertained fans around the globe. Its theme of gaming and friendship appealed to all ages and cultures, forming the backdrop of the eternal rivalry between Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba.

Celebrating 20+ years since its initial launch, the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! continues to wow fans and audiences around the world.

The animated TV series “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters” began airing in 2000, with five successful spinoffs to follow. The 6th TV series — Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS — currently airs worldwide.

The feature-length animated film “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions” was released in theaters on April 23, 2016. Mr. Takahashi played multiple roles in its production, serving as chief executive producer, screenplay writer and character designer. This effort was richly rewarded, with longtime fans not only praising the movie for its cinematic beauty but also for its endearing storyline — one filled with action-packed adventures, mesmerizing monsters and friendships that know no bounds.

The “Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game” is based on “Magic & Wizards,” a card game introduced in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG sparked a card game revolution not only in Japan, but throughout the world. New cards and game mechanics are still being released to this day.

Ever working, Mr. Takahashi’s passion for illustration, design and gaming can be seen as he continues to express his creativity on new artistic pieces — based on Yu-Gi-Oh! and other interests.

As exciting as it was seeing Takahashi’s V Jump and card illustrations enlarged for the exhibition, the bigger attraction was undoubtedly the four new pieces of artwork that he created specially for this art show.

Mixing digital art with paint, Takahashi presented his new takes on the classics: Yugi, Black Luster Soldier, Kaiba, and Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Black Luster Soldier at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Black Luster Soldier at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up Blue-Eyes White Dragon's body in Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Beautiful, breathtaking, and inspiring!

That’s it from me. Special thanks to Konami and Gallery1988 for putting on a stellar show and for providing additional information about the event that made this series of posts possible.

There are still a few limited edition screen prints available for sale from Gallery1988, so don’t miss out on those.

If you could own any piece of art from Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show, which would you choose?

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Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 1

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Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 3

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 3

July 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A tease of the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show pieces included in this post

Gallery1988 and Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show was a year in the making. Today, the exhibition ended. What will happen to all of that Yu-Gi-Oh! artwork? Although Gallery1988 sometimes does sell original pieces at its other art shows, that isn’t the case for this Yu-Gi-Oh! exhibition.

Other than the six limited edition screen prints and the commemorative poster, none of the Yu-Gi-Oh! pieces are available for purchase, explained Courtney Barnett, the manager of Gallery1988. This request came from Konami, who will be holding on to all of the art now that the show has closed.

So what will happen to all of the pieces after that? Who knows. Charity auction? Traveling art show? Permanent archival in the Museum of Modern Art?

For now, enjoy a look at more works from the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show…

Osiris the Sky Dragon by Daria Theodora at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Osiris the Sky Dragon by Daria Theodora
Ink, watercolor, and acryla gouache
11 x 14 inches

Close-up of Osiris the Sky Dragon by Daria Theodora at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Seto Kaiba by Cindy Scaife at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Seto Kaiba by Cindy Scaife
Graphite, alcohol inks, and artist acrylics on Yupo paper
8 x 10 inches

Close-up of Seto Kaiba by Cindy Scaife at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Ruby by Dave Natale at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Ruby by Dave Natale
Oil on paper mounted to panel
16 x 20 inches, 19 x 23 inches framed

Close-up of Ruby by Dave Natale at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Millennium Mind by Aaron Jasinski at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Millennium Mind by Aaron Jasinski
Acrylic on panel
16 x 20 inches

Close-up of Millennium Mind by Aaron Jasinski at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Two Little Blue Little Eyes by Bennett Slater at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Two Little Blue Little Eyes by Bennett Slater
Oil on wood
12 x 16 inches

DMG by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
DMG by Emi Boz
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Close-up of DMG by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kiwi Problems by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Kiwi Problems by Emi Boz
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Close-up of Kiwi Problems by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Leo & Luna by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Leo & Luna by Emi Boz
Mixed media on wood
24 x 18 inches

Close-up of Leo & Luna by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The Duelist by Geoff Trapp at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
The Duelist by Geoff Trapp
Mixed media resin pour
12-inch diameter

Close-up of The Duelist by Geoff Trapp at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Performapal Changeraffe by Allison Bamcat at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Performapal Changeraffe by Allison Bamcat
Acryla gouache on wooden panel
12 x 12 x 1 inches

Front of Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon by Jared Flores at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon by Jared Flores
Customized 8-inch Kidrobot Munny figure
8 inches tall

Back of Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon by Jared Flores at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Manga Retro by Graham Corcoran at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Manga Retro by Graham Corcoran
Giclee print on 300gsm Gesso paper
11.5 x 16.5 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Close-up of Manga Retro by Graham Corcoran at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Training Day by Amanda Conrad at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Training Day by Amanda Conrad
Digital print
11 x 14 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/2

Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Alexander Wells at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Alexander Wells
Digital print
11.7 x 16.5 inches
Limited edition of 1

Close-up of Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Alexander Wells at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Heart Of The Cards by Felix Tindall at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Heart Of The Cards by Felix Tindall
Giclee print
12 x 16 inches
Limited edition of 1

Walk Like an Egyptian by Daisy Church at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Walk Like an Egyptian by Daisy Church
Ink on paper
8 x 10 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Front view of Yu-Gi-Oh! Nesting Dolls by Andy Stattmiller at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yu-Gi-Oh! Nesting Dolls by Andy Stattmiller
Set of 5 dolls, acrylic on wood nesting dolls
6 inches tall (largest doll)

Side view of Yu-Gi-Oh! Nesting Dolls by Andy Stattmiller at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn
Acrylic on panel
12 x 24 inches

Close-up of Carly's face in Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Carly's vest in Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Pharaoh Atem by Steve Mardo at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Pharaoh Atem by Steve Mardo
Digital print
11 x 14 inches
Signed and numbered edition of 20

Close-up of Pharaoh Atem by Steve Mardo at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Are you an artist who enjoyed seeing the variety of works in the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show? If you make pop culture pieces and would like to participate in this type of project — working with licensors to create official art for marketing and promotional campaigns — consider reaching out to Gallery1988 to join its pool of artists.

Gallery1988 is currently accepting portfolio submissions, said Barnett.

The success of the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show is thanks in part to Gallery1988’s diverse network of artists, who are skilled in a variety of mediums and who each have their own distinctive style that they can adapt to all pop-culture genres. So no matter what type of art you like to create, don’t be shy about reaching out!

More photos to come…

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Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 4

Previously:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 2

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 2

July 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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A tease of the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show pieces included in this post

Of the more than 50 pieces of Yu-Gi-Oh! art at Gallery1988, there is one that you will never, ever be able to see anywhere else. It’s a piece that no one can ever own, and once the art exhibition closes, it is forever lost. What is it?

It’s this wall mural, titled Yugi Muto, by Haste.

Yugi Muto wall mural by Haste at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

As the gallery’s only perishable piece, Yugi Muto also has the distinction of being the largest; it spans nearly the entire height of the gallery’s walls. Haste happens to be the artist who designed and painted Gallery1988’s storefront.

Close-up of the Yugi Muto wall mural by Haste at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Despite its size and position next to the entrance, some gallery visitors (including myself) almost missed this piece. You really have to move a few steps back in order to take in the entire thing.

One of the big draws of the art show is an exhibit by Pretty in Plastic, a fine art fabrication studio based in Hollywood. Touted as a “once-in-a-lifetime installation,” Pretty in Plastic’s sculpture of Yami Yugi, called Duel Time, greeted all the excited visitors.

Front-left side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Front-right side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear-right side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear-left side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi's face on the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi's hand and Millennium Puzzle on the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Here are some more awesome pieces at the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show…

I'm In Love... With Dueling! by Dan Litzinger at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
I’m In Love… With Dueling! by Dan Litzinger
Acrylic on aluminum
36 x 48 inches

Close-up of I'm In Love... With Dueling! by Dan Litzinger at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Tiki of Greed by Carrie Ann Hudson at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Tiki of Greed by Carrie Ann Hudson
Ink and felt tip on paper
11 x 14 inches

Summon the Sky Dragon by Mark Borgions at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Summon the Sky Dragon by Mark Borgions
Giclee print on archival paper
9.5 x 11.8 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Close-up of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
ファーニマル・マウス / Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams
Wool felt, resin, mixed media
4 x 6 x 5 inches, 9.5 x 9.5 x 9 inches (glass dome)

Front view of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Front-left side of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear-left side of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Devack and his Earthbound Immortal Cusillu by Tom Valente at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Devack and his Earthbound Immortal Cusillu by Tom Valente
Giclee print on fine art paper
13 x 19 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Ruby 1 by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Ruby 1 by Gus Fink
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Ruby 2 by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Ruby 2 by Gus Fink
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Scary Yugi by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Scary Yugi by Gus Fink
Mixed media on wood
18 x 24 inches

Close-up of Scary Yugi by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

UFO Turtle! by Jason Chalker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
UFO Turtle! by Jason Chalker
Gouache on Strathmore 500
11 x 14 inches

Close-up of UFO Turtle! by Jason Chalker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yugi Mutou and the Millennium Puzzle by Luke Benson at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yugi Mutou and the Millennium Puzzle by Luke Benson
Digital print
12 x 16 inches, 16 x 20 inches framed
Limited edition of 1

Camula by Catherine Moore at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Camula by Catherine Moore
Oil on linen panel
11 x 14 inches, 15 x 19 inches framed

Close-up of Camula by Catherine Moore at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yuma Tsukumo and Rainbow Kuriboh by Tyson James at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yuma Tsukumo and Rainbow Kuriboh by Tyson James
Digital print
6 x 6 inches
Limited edition of 1

Forbidden by Michael Vincent Bramley at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Forbidden by Michael Vincent Bramley
Digital print
13 x 19 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Close-up of Forbidden by Michael Vincent Bramley at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yami Yugi x Slifer, Yugi Mutou x Silent Magician Diptych by Dan Matutina at at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yami Yugi x Slifer, Yugi Mutou x Silent Magician Diptych by Dan Matutina
Diptych, giclee prints on canvas
18 x 18 inches (each canvas), 36 x 18 inches (total diptych)
Limited edition of 1

Close-up of Yami Yugi x Slifer in Dan Matutina's diptych at at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi Mutou x Silent Magician in Dan Matutina's diptych at at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Pegasus and the Toons by Brucey Parker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Pegasus and the Toons by Brucey Parker
Acrylic and ink on hand-cut wood
21 x 17 inches

Side view of Pegasus and the Toons by Brucey Parker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Pharaoh Triptych by Lawrence Yang at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Pharaoh Triptych by Lawrence Yang
Watercolor on paper
10 x 7 inches

Close-up of Pharaoh Triptych by Lawrence Yang at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Your Move by Chris McGuire at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Your Move by Chris McGuire
Giclee print
11 x 14 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/1

I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca
Digital print
10 x 20 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/1

Close-up of Dark Magician's face in I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi's face in I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Tomorrow, July 14, is the final day of the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles. Don’t miss it!

More photos to come…

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Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 3

Previously:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 1

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 1

July 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Front of Gallery1988 in Los Angeles, California

Have you visited Gallery1988 and Konami Cross Media NY’s Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show? The exhibition, which includes over 50 original pieces inspired by the franchise created by Kazuki Takahashi, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the global Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomenon. As the show enters its final weekend, let’s take a look at the exhibits and some of the excitement that took place at the pop culture art gallery in Los Angeles.

Obliterate by Caitlin Peters at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Obliterate by Caitlin Peters
Gouache on wood panel
12 x 12 inches

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show kicked off with an invite-only reception the evening of July 4 for some of the most important people in the Yu-Gi-Oh! business. Representatives from Konami Digital Entertainment, Shueisha, d-rights, TV Tokyo, VIZ Media, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other Yu-Gi-Oh! industry partners arrived to enjoy a sneak peek of the exhibition and partake in the open bar.

One person who was notably absent from the opening reception was Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. In his stead, Yoshihisa Heishi, the founding editor of Yu-Gi-Oh! and a director at Shueisha, was present.

D-Runner by Laz Marquez at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
D-Runner by Laz Marquez
Giclee print
18 x 24 inches

Close-up of Yusei in D-Runner by Laz Marquez at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The following evening, July 5, Gallery1988 opened its doors to the public. Over 75 people lined up to be among the first to see the historic exhibition. The small art gallery, which is only about as wide as a single-aisle passenger plane, was packed full.

Today, Konami posted a Facebook album showing many of the enthusiastic visitors on the opening night.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon paper collage by Meghan Stratman at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Meghan Stratman
Paper collage
8 x 8 inches, 14 x 14 inches framed

Close-up of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon paper collage by Meghan Stratman at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Low-angle shot of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon paper collage by Meghan Stratman at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Many visitors picked up one or more of the show’s six limited edition screen prints. The gallery kindly bagged and boarded each 18-by-24-inch print for free to protect the precious artwork. But the prints were such strong sellers that the gallery quickly ran out of backing boards. Whoops!

Spellcaster by Chet Phillips at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Spellcaster by Chet Phillips
Giclee print
13 x 19 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/1

Close-up of Spellcaster by Chet Phillips at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

A screen print is considered a unique piece of art. Each of the Yu-Gi-Oh! prints was made by a shop in Seattle, Washington, and individually numbered, with only 100 of each design created. At just $50 each, the prints are a steal. Once they sell out, they are gone forever!

Cathy Catherine and Friends by Erin Gallagher at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Cathy Catherine and Friends by Erin Gallagher
Giclee print
13 x 19 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

In addition to the six different screen prints, Gallery1988 also offered the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show’s commemorative poster for sale. This piece by Joshua Budich measures 16-by-20 inches and costs $10.

Top view of Bronk needlefelt by Ed Mironiuk at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Bronk by Ed Mironiuk
Merino needlefelt
13 x 6 x 6 inches

Front view of Bronk needlefelt by Ed Mironiuk at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear view of Bronk needlefelt by Ed Mironiuk at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who want to buy prints but who can’t make it to the show might still have a chance to get them.

“There will be some variants and other formats available online after the show ends,” Konami said on Facebook.

Gallery1988’s Twitter account, @Galleries1988, has also stated more than once that remaining prints will be sold online after the show closes on July 14.

ABAKI by DonutGlow at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
ABAKI by DonutGlow
Digital print
8 x 8 inches
Limited edition of 1

Still, there’s no guarantee that the prints won’t sell out before then, so if you can, do make every effort to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Yami Yugi by Scott Balmer at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yami Yugi by Scott Balmer
Print on wood
7 x 16 inches
Limited edition of 1

Close-up of Yami Yugi by Scott Balmer at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Aside from that, the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show is definitely an event you want to see in person. There’s no way that looking at any number of photographs of the exhibits will ever replicate the experience of seeing them in person.

Millennium Puzzle by Brad Albright at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Millennium Puzzle by Brad Albright
3D wood and giclee print sculpture
10.5 x 13.25 x 2 inches

Side view of Millennium Puzzle by Brad Albright at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show runs through July 14 at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles.

More photos to come…

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