Last Thursday Paul Pope celebrated both his birthday and the launch of his “2089” clothing line for DKNY Jeans at THE HAPPY CORP headquarters in SoHo for a comics/fashiony bash. Guests included Dean Haspiel, Molly Crabapple, Seth Kushner, Arlen Schumer, Josh Bernstein (Royal Flush), Lindsey Reiman & Anna Van Slee (Devil’s Due), Michel Fiffe, Laura Hudson, Pornsak Pichetshote (Vertigo), and Gina Gagliano (First Second).
The party also celebrated HappyCorp / LVHRD founder Doug Jaeger’s birthday as well as his becoming president of The Art Directors Club. A comics-friendly bunch, The Happy Corp previously hosted the double launch party for Doug Rushkoff’s Testament & Anthony Lappe/Dan Goldman’s SHOOTING WAR and as LVHRD, the NYC-based ongoing creative social events organization, they produced a speaking “Bi-Fold” event mashing Paul against 8-bit music artist Mark Denardo.
Sadly we could not attend, due to a prior commitment, but it sounds like it was a groovetastic night.
DKNY Jeans just launched a mini-site for the Pope clothing line which includes a hand-drawn camouflage windbreaker hoodie inspired both by the natural patterns of butterfly wings and Kirby-krakkle. The site boasts a good bit of exclusive content, including a sketchbook and Inspirations section. The clothing is also hitting stores, so if you want the latest in comics-inspired clothing, now’s the time to go shopping.
Jeff Newelt was kind enough to pass along some photos from the evening, all taken by and © Andrew T. Foster.
Legendary Graffiti artist / sculptor Mare139 sporting the Camo Windbreaker
VJ Jonny Wilson of ECLECTIC METHOD collaborated with Pope on live visuals
Jahfurry aka Jeff Newelt (HEEB, SMITH, ACT-I-VATE)
Paul Pope DJ’ing a psychedelic space rock set
Paul Pope, Jonny Wilson (Eclectic Method), Jahfurry
ACT-I-VATE member Ulises Farinas
Dean Haspiel & Sarah Butterworth mingling
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.