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Victoria From Thanky On A Forthcoming Ron Rege Jr. Show (PR)
posted April 21, 2009

Thanky is proud to present "The Cartoon Utopia", a show of new work by Ron Rege, Jr., a cartoonist and musician from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Ron Rege, Jr. began publishing his own minicomics while attending Massachusetts College of Art in 1988 and has since been published by Kramer's Ergot, Buenaventura Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Highwater Books, Fantagraphics, and McSweeneys. His illustrations have appeared regularly in The New York Times and Canada's National Post. Ron Rege, Jr. currently lives in Los Angeles where he plays drums in the band Lavender Diamond. Rege possesses a big heart and a steady hand, creating intricate lines and patterns, cute cartoon people and creatures that inhabit a fantastic universe with stories that dive into the deepest or darkest notions of our experience. His perception of human nature is always keen and precise and his work vibrates with a joyful energy. He has exhibited at The Hope Gallery in LA and at the Librarie Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal. As a performance art act, Rege performs solo as the Discombobulated Ventriloquist.

Here is an explanation of the origins of his show at Thanky in his own words:
At the beginning of 2008 – I started to create a series of numbered 4x6" drawings as an exercise - to start to flesh out ideas for a kind of "science fiction universe" that I've been slowly imagining over the last few years - the idea of a "Cartoon Utopia." So many imagined futuristic "fantasy worlds" seem to be "dystopian" in nature -- dark and pessimistic. I thought it would be nice to imagine a "futuristic" fantasy where humanity had progressed in a more positive way.

"Ron Rege, Jr. is one of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only re-invent comics to suit his own idiosyncratic impulses and inspirations as an artist, but to also imbue it with his own peculiar, ever changing emotional energy. To me, he is unquestionably one of 'the greats.'"
-Chris Ware (author of Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and the Acme Novelty Library)

Find out more at Ron's blog:

There will be an opening reception from 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday, May 1st.
Featuring performances by the Discombobulated Ventriloquist and Dearraindrop.
Complimentary cupcakes will be on hand.

Open hours are from 12 pm to 3 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment.

Thanky is located at:
407 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23220 (off W. Broad Street)

For more information, please visit or email

Thanky is a temporary art space in kudzu-covered central Virginia that exists for just one year. Our vision is to share art we are psyched about with others. Upcoming shows include Sumi Ink Club, Travis Robertson, and Elvis Studio. Come by and say hello.

An image of Ron Rege, Jr.'s art is attached.