All Hail Joss Whedon

All Hail Joss Whedon

(Keith Noordzy - The Birds Are Singing” - @KeithNoordzy)

By: Jenny Robinson

Joss Whedon told the 2013 Graduating class of Wesleyan University “And so, what I’d like to say to all of you is that you are all going to die." And this is one reason why we have come to love him. No one is safe.

If in Los Angeles, swing by the 1988 Galleries. They are known for pop culture exhibits focusing on pretty much the best of all geek loving themes. Past exhibits include the likes of Ghostbusters, Edgar Wright, and Breaking Bad. Through September 27th, 2014 in the West gallery, it is all things Joss.

There are some great tributes to our favorite vampire slayer Buffy, Firefly and even Dr. Horrible but the most popular subject of the exhibit goes to The Cabin In the Woods. It may be due to the fact that there are so many opportunities for artistic license that it allowed for so many directions in the gallery. Honestly, who wouldn't want to see a Merman?

(Augie Pagan “Little Dancer in the Woods” - @El_Pagano /  Jeremy Berkley “Monster Mash” - @JeremyBerkley)

Even the individual elements from “Cabin” had ideas within ideas. There were multiple “Sugarplum Fairy” pieces and oddly a bundle of “I dare you to make out with that moose” portraits. I was expecting more of the Redneck Torture Family yet they were difficult to find. The funnest element had to be the “Box” exhibit by Alex Pardee with a hidden Macaulay Culkin in the lower monster cell.

(John Rozum “I dare you to make out with that moose over there” / http://johnrozum.blogspot.com/ , Rocco Malatesta “Moose” /@Roccomalatesta , Evan Yarbrough “Thank you Moose” / @Evanimal)

(Stephen Andrade “The Monster Masters Vintage Pulp Edition” / http://sandradeillustration.com, Alex Pardee “The Zoology Department” @alexpardee , Nick Stokes “The Cabin in the Woods: The Play Set/ http://itscolortime.com/)

Most fans first attraction to Joss Whedon’s madness? genius? brilliance? was most likely with Buffy. Not your Kristy Swanson “Like Totally” Buffy but the SMG "Now, we can do this the hard way, or... well, actually there's just the hard way” Buffy. Where the movie was adorable and funny, the TV series was smart, attractive and badass. So, it was not shocking that most art in the gallery had our heroine sporting a stake. There were a few tributes to Giles, Xander and Willow but only one with Angel. The focus was truly on Buffy.

(Rhys Cooper “Our Lady of Sunnydale” / @StudioSeppuku, Ivan Minsloff “Buffy Contre les Vampires / http://cargocollective.com/ivanminsloff/ , Geoffrey Trapp “Buffy” / http://geofftrapp.blogspot.com/ , Florey “The Stake” / @mrflorey , Craig Church “It’s rather poetic…in a maudlin sort of way” / @craig_church)

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