Libros de los Muertos

Happy Halloween and Día de los Muertos! Enjoy this fun booklist of ghostly reads, appropriate for the entire family:


Deep Dark Fears is artist Fran Krause’s hardcover assemblage of individual mini comics depicting uniquely superstitious scenarios of paranoia. The book is a comedic combination of user-submitted fears and Fran’s own paneled micro-stories, comprising a bound work of hilarity originating from the darkest reaches of our collective imaginations. Deep Dark Fears may look like coffee table fare, but spend five minutes flipping through random pages and you’ll swear its stories were stolen straight from the mindspaces of your own brain!


Leo: A Ghost Story 
is a story of loneliness wrapped in a delightfully drawn dust jacket. Artist Christian Robinson’s cute paper-cut characters perfectly complement author Mac Barnett’s slim-and-grim story of Leo, a lonely boy ghost who isn’t wanted in his own haunted house… Feeling rejected, Leo sets out into the city in search of meaning and—hopefully—a friend. It's a good thing then that he stumbles across Jane, a sprightly young girl who doesn't seem to care that Leo is a spook! Sometimes friendship is found in the unlikeliest of situations, even if that situation involves wandering ghosts.



If you liked the sequel film to Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania, you'll enjoy this art book. The Art of Hotel Transylvania 2 is a handsome hardcover collection of movie concept art, character and location designs, as well as interesting narration to accompany all of these art goodies. It's like Halloween between two covers, except there aren't any tricks on these pages... It's treat after treat of behind-the-scenes artwork, from colorfully beautiful spreads that begin each and every chapter to intriguing storyboards which shed light onto the story's production process!


Zombie in Love 2 + 1 comes to us from the creative duo that is author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Scott Campbell. In this zombie family story, Mortimer and Mildred are new zombie parents who are perplexed by the mysteries of raising a baby. This colorful sequel to the popular children’s book of the same name picks up right where the first Zombie in Love left off, and it's full of memorably humorous moments interspersed with adorably gory parenting scenarios. Teething babies and squishy brains, anyone?




Neil Gaiman calls this one a masterpiece. It's right there on the cover of Anya's Ghost, a uniquely modern ghost tale written and drawn by LAIKA storyboard artist and Portlander Vera Brosgol. Anya is a regular teenage girl who attends Hamilton Private School, and her life is full of everyday teenage girl problems (annoying mom, pesky little brother, low self-esteem, BOYS, etc.). But when she accidentally falls down a well one day and discovers an unburied skeleton at the bottom, her list of high school issues gets just a little bit longer with the addition of a ghost who won't seem to leave Anya alone!



The Art of MARVEL Superhero Films

For every modern MARVEL comic book movie that graces the planet, an Art of book comes with it. These limited edition hardcover volumes come packaged with great looking slipcases to protect the book inside it and make perfect gifts for anyone who is a fan of the superhero films or the comics they're based on. Here's a breakdown of the three editions available at Nucleus:

➲ The Art of Iron Man 3

One would think that an entire book centered around Iron Man movie concept art would quickly get old, but it doesn't. It's actually very interesting. With 280 full-color pages featuring Stark technology at its outlandish best, there's A LOT to flip through—and a lot to like. Chapters two and three highlight War Machine, Iron Patriot and all the other Iron Man suit variants shown in the flick, including the Mark 38 heavy-lifting "Igor" suit which seems to have been the forerunner to Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor that made its cinematic debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier this year. These sections alone make the book worthwhile!

The Art of Iron Man 3 is text-heavy, a good thing for those wanting to brush up on their Iron Man movie knowledge, but at times there is so much copy that words end up clashing with the artwork. This isn't so much a detraction as it is a nuisance; chapter six's Iron Legion foldout—a sort of on-page nod to the fan favorite Hall of Armor that appears in several of the Iron Man films—more than makes up for it.

➲ The Art of Thor: The Dark World

This book does justice to its MARVELized mythological Norse content; the beautiful concept art within its covers is magnified by enjoyably thematic page design. One wishes that the runes and patterns would light up with an Asgardian glow with each turn of the page! It's an experience-enhancing detail that the other two books featured in this article are somewhat lacking... The Art of Thor: The Dark World gets really good in the book's second chapter, "Born of Eternal Night." This section sheds light on the Dark Elves and their eerily mystical world, successfully conveying the same uncomfortable darkness to which the film's title alludes.

With all its content must come supplementary text, and this volume isn't short on it. This is the same quirk that the Iron Man art book runs into: copious amounts of text that is great for fans of the lore, but at the expense of some of the magnificent art spreads. It doesn't happen often though—the book strikes an appropriate balance between artwork and information, and does so especially well when it treats us with storyboards and fun references to the comics. Certain throwback sections, for instance, offer fans the opportunity to cross-check specific movie scenes with the comic books and pinpoint when they occur in the overall Thor timeline.

➲ The Art of Avengers: Age of Ultron


Whereas the other two MARVEL art books end with promotional marketing material for their respective films, this one begins with it. Maybe we'd be giving the book editor a little too much credit if we understood this as a referential metaphor to the drama-loaded superhero dream team itself and their undeniable marketability to which The Avengers are almost certainly self-aware, but the book nevertheless begins with this strange misstep. Flip past this awkward introduction and the volume comes into its own, granting readers with a fantastic inside-look at character concepts, weapon art and machinery featured in the summer blockbuster (weapon and machine designs never get old—these sections need their own book!)... the pinnacle of which is Ultron's spotlight.

Chapter three's Ultron pages are as interesting as it gets and when it follows that with chapter four's Hulkbuster pages, one get's the sense that The Art of Avengers: Age of Ultron hits its stride when it's highlighting the movie's metal and armored characters. The fifth chapter's storyboards on the final battle in Sokovia keep the excitement streaking along, though it would've been nice to see more storyboards throughout the entire book. Get past its almost excessive amount of content—at over 330 pages, this is a THICK art book—and scattered flow to reap the true reward of this action-packed opus: a chance to revisit the film without actually having to watch it.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are just as irrelevant in the art book as they are in Age of Ultron!


Nucleus Nods to MOD

Earlier this year we unveiled the modernist-inspired artwork of local artists Chris Turnham and Loris Lora, both of whom showcased their Mid-century Modern themed pieces for our California Modernists show. New, hand-pulled silk screens by Chris Turnham debuted alongside original paintings from Loris Lora's recently published book—Eventually Everything Connects—for a dual exhibition which not only took us back in time but also glimpsed a nostalgic version of The Golden State and its influencers.

Nucleus recently followed that event with another modernist-inspired solo exhibition which we strongly felt was the spiritual successor to California Modernists. Under the alluding title Cathedrals, artist Elle Michalka debuted a wonderfully popular body of work that hinted at modernism's abstract expressionisms in the form of colorfully lush landscape orchestrations. 

When asked to ponder their most admired symbols of Mid-century Modern, a handful of Nucleus team members offered up their personal local favorites:

Ben Zhu's favorite Mid-century Modern artist 
is Alexander Calder. 

"His work is distinctly Mid-century but still looks incredibly timeless to me. I never really cared for his work until I saw his mobiles in person, witnessing the subtle and serene movements of his artwork within the environment, whether it was in a gallery space or a garden."
  • Three Quintains, 1964, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
  • Four Arches, 1974, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles
  • Button Flower, 1959, UCLA, Los Angeles

Kevin Chan thinks of Randy's Donuts when 
prompted with the Mid-century Modern topic.

Falling under the architectural sub-genre of the overall Modernist movement, Randy's iconic giant donut sign is an example of the era's participation in programmatic / roadside architecture: building design which reflected the contents within—in this particular case, donuts!


Risa Vargasfavorite Mid-century Modern
landmark is Pann's Restaurant & Coffee
Shop in Inglewood.

"I <3 Inglewood—City of Champions! You cannot go wrong with a place where you can have any diner cuisine you can imagine, sip a mimosa and enjoy some real Googie architecture. I'm pretty sure this place has only been kept up, but never changed, in the last 60 years." Still hungry? Risa has another Modernist recommendation: "I also love Brolly Hut."

Kenneth Azurin looks to the stars for his
selection: the Griffith Observatory.

"While not inherently Mid-century Modern, the Griffith Observatory hails from a precursory era and sort of graduated into the '50s with an analogous mission plan; I like to think of it as a cornerstone of Modernism." John C. Austin's historic L.A. landmark is not without its Space Age contributions. "Apparently the planetarium was used during the 1960s to train astronauts in celestial navigation for the Apollo program's first lunar missions!"


Line Weight: The Elegance of the Drawn Line

Line Weight began as an idea wherein talented artists from inside the fine art and entertainment industries could display their artwork in a single exhibition dedicated to the mastery of line work. Debuting in November of 2008, the successful show spurred an encore exhibition four years later, bringing artists both new and old into the mix in February of 2012.

Nucleus is proud to reprise its customary exhibition series in the gallery’s inaugural show of the new year. This third installment welcomes a new roster of widely diverse and notable talents exploring the versatility of the line in compelling ways (the 2015 artist list can be found here). Pulling from among the most prolific individuals in the illustration, animation, and visual development industries, we are excited to present the next in a series of exhibits strictly devoted to the art of drawing with Line Weight III.

The event will feature a selection of artists who excel in crafting engaging and expressive images with the most simple of visual elements. 
This year the only returning participant is animation artist Robert Valley, so guests of the exhibition will discover a collectively fresh body of work that will surely have fans asking for a fourth showing. 



Naughty Dog Exhibition Art Sweepstakes

Be entered to WIN a free, limited edition Naughty Dog Art Print! All you have to do is post a picture of your favorite piece from our Naughty Dog 30 Year Anniversary tribute exhibition with the hashtag #NAUGHTYDOG30 on our Facebook page or on Twitter for a chance to WIN one of several art prints which we've debuted to commemorate 30 years of Naughty Dog (no purchase or gallery presence necessary; just use a picture that you already took during the exhibit's opening night or grab one from the Gallery Nucleus website).
One lucky winner will be announced online after October 12th when the promotion period has ended. Please read the following contest rules before entering:


The following promotion is intended for viewing in the 50 United States and D.C. only and is construed and evaluated according to California law. Do not enter this Promotion if you are not a legal resident of, and located in, the 50 United States or D.C. at the time of entry.


By participating in the Naughty Dog Exhibition Art Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”), each entrant (or his or her parent or legal guardian if the entrant is under the age of majority in his or her state of residence) unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Nucleus Studios Inc. (“Sponsor”), which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection and selection entries and the Promotion’s overall administration. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Promotion.

1. ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at 13 years of age or older who have a valid Twitter or Facebook account and follow @gallerynucleus. Entrants under the legal age of majority in their state of residence must have permission to enter the Promotion from their parent or guardian. Employees of Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies, and agencies and immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void in all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations and where prohibited or restricted by law.

2. TIMING: The Promotion begins September 30, 2014 at 12:00 Noon Pacific Standard Time and ends on October 12, 2014 at 12:00 Midnight Pacific Standard Time (the “Promotion Period”).

3. HOW TO ENTER: There are two ways to enter:

 3.1. Entrants must tweet their favorite image of any piece of art from the Gallery Nucleus Naughty Dog exhibition (“Entry”), including the  hashtag “#NAUGHTYDOG30” and @GalleryNucleus in the post, during the Promotion Period. The artwork can be found at Gallery Nucleus  or on the Gallery Nucleus web site (

3.2. Entrants must post their favorite image of any piece of art from the Nucleus Naughty Dog exhibition (“Entry”) on the Gallery Nucleus  Facebook page (, including the hashtag “#NAUGHTYDOG30” and @GalleryNucleus in the  post, during the Promotion Period. The artwork can be found at Gallery Nucleus or on the Gallery Nucleus web site  (

4. ENTRY CONDITIONS: The authorized account holder of the Twitter or Facebook account used to enter the Promotion is deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to the Twitter or Facebook account. Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

5. PRIZE: One First Prize winner will receive one Naughty Dog Art Print produced by Gallery Nucleus (Total First Prize ARV $35.00). Prize fulfillment is based on availability. Please allow 2 weeks for prize delivery from the time a winner provides delivery information to Sponsor. Taxes on prize, if any, are solely the responsibility of the winner. Winners of a prize valued at $600 or more will receive a Federal Tax Form 1099. We recommend that you consult with your tax advisor if you have further questions. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion, unless such substitution is prohibited by law. Sponsor may disqualify a winner and select an alternate winner if any prize is returned undeliverable. Prizes are non-transferable. Sponsor need not substitute a prize based on the winner’s request.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

7. WINNER SELECTION: Two potential winning entrants will be selected by random drawing on or about October 17, 2014. Potential winning entrants will be contacted via direct Tweet or Facebook private message. If a potential winning entrant is determined by Sponsor to be unqualified to participate in this Promotion or does not respond to Sponsor’s correspondence within 48 hours, the potential winning entrant will be disqualified and a new potential winning entrant will be selected by random drawing.

8. REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: The potential winning entrant may be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release (“Affidavit”) in accordance with the instructions listed in the notification correspondence. Any entrant who fails or refuses to sign and return the required documentation within the time period as specified by Sponsor will be disqualified. If a potential winning entrant is considered a minor in the legal jurisdiction in which the entrant resides, then that entrant’s parent or legal guardian may be required to execute and return the Affidavit. Non-compliance with these Official Rules or failure to return all required documentation by the stated deadline or Sponsor’s inability to contact an entrant (using the contact information provided in his or her registration) within a reasonable time period, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion may result in disqualification and the forfeiture of the prize.

9. PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes entrant’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use ofthe entrant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, hometown, state and any other information submitted to Sponsor by entrant for promotional purposes, or on a winner’s list, if applicable, in any media, worldwide, without further payment or compensation.

10. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Potential winning entrants are subject to Sponsor’s verification. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Potential winners must comply with the Official Rules, and receipt of prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or unforeseen schedule changes that may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Promotion, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or with the intent to impair the integrity of the Promotion will be void. Sponsor has the sole discretion to modify, cancel or suspend this Promotion should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Promotion or Sponsor otherwise becomes incapable of running the Promotion as planned. Sponsor is not responsible for changes to entrant’s contact information. Any individual who attempts or otherwise encourages, directly or indirectly, the submission of false entries, as determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified. Sponsor has the sole discretion to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process. Sponsor has the sole discretion to disqualify entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Promotion or engage in any conduct that is deemed, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to be harassing, detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Promotion or any other entrant. Sponsor has no obligation to return any entry consideration, if applicable, submitted by a disqualified entrant.

11. RELEASE: As a condition of participating in the Promotion, entrants release the Sponsor and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, advertising and promotional agencies, and all of their officers, directors, shareholders, members, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”) from liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including property damage, personal injury and death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Promotion, or possession, acceptance or use of prizes or participation in any Promotion-related activities and claims based on publicity rights, copyright or trademark infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.

12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The Promotion Entities are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; lost, stolen, mutilated, mis-delivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or untimely entries that may limit entrant’s ability to participate in the Promotion, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence; failures, omissions, interruptions, deletions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer relating to participation or inability to participate in the Promotion; inability to access the Site or upload information or data; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or is incomplete or lost due to telephone, computer, or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on telephone lines or the Internet or any website (including the Site) or for any other reason whatsoever; printing or other errors; or any combination thereof. Proof of uploading information or data or entering information at the Site is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Illegible, duplicate and incomplete entries will be disqualified. False, fraudulent, or deceptive entries or acts, as determined by Sponsor, render entrants ineligible and all associated entries will be void.

13. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION: Information collected in connection with the Promotion will be collected in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at By participating in the Promotion, each entrant agrees to the terms of Sponsor's Privacy Policy.

14. GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with this Promotion are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of any other state’s laws. Entrants hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the Federal and State Courts in San Mateo, California for the purposes of any suit related to the Promotion and waive any claim that they are not subject personally to the jurisdiction of said courts or that any such suit or other proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum or improper venue.

15. WINNER LIST: To obtain a winner list by mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Naughty Dog Exhibition Art Sweepstakes”, Nucleus Studios Inc., 210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801. Sponsor will send requested winner lists within 4-6 weeks after all prizes are awarded. Requests for the winner list must be received by November 1, 2014.

16. SPONSOR: Nucleus Studios Inc., 210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801.

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