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