• Kurosawa’s films are about to get even more graphic. The Criterion Collection and the pop-up art gallery Tr!ckster are joining forces Friday, July 22, for a one-night-only celebration called A Tribute to the Films of Akira Kurosawa. Curated by our own Eric Skillman and Tr!ckster organizer Scott Morse, the show will feature original works by a diverse array of cartoonists, animators, painters, and mixed-media artists inspired by the films of the legendary Japanese director. Entrance to the gallery is free; all proceeds from sales of the artwork will be donated to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund. “We were incredibly lucky to assemble such a universally outstanding group of artists, so generously donating their time and talent to this worthy cause,” says Skillman. Some of those artists have designed some of Criterion’s most recognizable cover art, including Mike Allred (Seduced and Abandoned), Josh Cochran (Wise Blood), Yuko Shimizu (Topsy-Turvy and The Mikado), Bill Sienkiewicz (Robinson Crusoe on Mars), and Connor Willumsen (The Killing). Click here for the full list of participating artists and details about the Tr!ckster event and the pop-up gallery, intended by Morse as “an artist-centric alternative” to the San Diego Comic-Con—which is happening just across the street.

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