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Pop culture gallery: Blake Armstrong

Blake Armstrong answering questions at Comic Book Hideout.
Blake Armstrong answering questions at Comic Book Hideout.
Saralyn Wilhelmi

Blake Armstrong has been drawing for as long as he can remember, with his art taking a serious turn in his high school years. His years of work have led to Armstrong’s first gallery show at Comic Book Hideout in Fullerton. The show runs from June 5th-July 3rd, 2014 and features work that Blake states are “things that I wanted to do; [things] that make me happy.” At a recent signing event for the gallery, Blake showed off his love of pop-culture through his artwork and by having a custom-made Batsuit and a Proton Pack he and a friend built on display.

According to Armstrong, much of the inspiration for his artwork comes “from a place of complete admiration and love. A lot of artists draw from pain, I draw from love.” This is shown in the main pieces featured at the gallery; they are what he pictures when he thinks of some of his favorite movies, Spaceballs, Back To The Future, Ghostbusters and the original Robocop.

Aside from creating artwork based on his favorite pop-culture icons, Blake Armstrong also does commissioned work, and is the founder of Space Boy Comics.

After showing some of his work to one of his favorite bands, In Flames, Blake Armstrong partnered with them to create their first comic book “The Jester’s Curse: Lunar Strain Part 1” His work with In Flames continues with the cover of their next album “Siren Charms,” which comes out in September 2014. Armstrong is planning on having the sequel to The Jester’s Curse out later this year.