New People Partners with Maverix Studios on Art Auction Benefit

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SAN FRANCISCO — New People, the nation’s only entertainment complex dedicated to Japanese popular culture, joins forces with San Francisco-based animation company Maverix Studios to present “ONE,” a silent auction art benefit to be held on Saturday, April 2, to raise funds and awareness for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.

New People’s Superfrog Gallery hosts the special event and will open its doors at 12 noon for a public viewing of the auction items. A reception party and bidding begins at 7 p.m.

New People and Maverix Studios will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Artists Help Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund and Mercy Corps. New People is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown at 1746 Post St. More information on the auction event is available at www.newpeopleworld.com.

“ONE” features a collection of original works created by more than 35 celebrated artists from the animation and film industries, including artists from Pixar, LucasFilms, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon and many more. Participating artists include:

Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Valley, Ronnie Del Carmen, Enrico Casarosa, Scott Morse, Bill Presing, Steve Purcell, Lou Romano, Cam De Leon, Tooru Terada, Daniel Simon, John Wayshak, Dan Mchale, Patrick Awa, Joey Chou, Ed Bell, Todd Ueminami, Marcos Mateu, Mari Inukai ,Yoriko Ito, Jackie Huang, Soosa Kim, Jamie Baker, Alina Chou, Oren Haskins, Sei Nakashima, Julia Lundman, Le Tang, Mark Sperber, Ted Mathot ,Tom Rubalcava, Derek Thompson, Sho Murase, Sergio Paez, Vaughn Ross, and Nate Stanton.

Additional works from critically acclaimed fine artists such as Miya Ando and Kent Williams will also be offered.

Artists Help Japan is a charity movement initiated by Dice Tsutsumi, art director at Pixar Animation Studios, who was also behind the 2008 Totoro Forest Project to help preserve Sayama Forest in Japan. His current work-in-progress, Sketchtravel Project, will gather the force of communities of artists and creative minds around the world. They believe artists have special roles to contribute to society.

Ten art communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Paris, Toronto and Pittsburgh have signed up to do fundraising events to contribute to this movement and have collected over $60,000 through cash donations.

Artists Help Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund is responding to the immediate needs of survivors as well as short-term to long-term recovery projects undertaken by the affected communities. It is partnering with Give2Asia and Mercy Corps for the U.S. fundraising drive. Both NPOs have long-standing partnerships with Japanese NPOs. Mercy Corps has a high efficiency rating on Charity Navigator and maintains a strong partnership with Peace Winds Japan.

Maverix (www.maverixstudios.com) is an animation co-op based in San Francisco. It was founded in 1993 by a principal group of industry veterans with extensive experience in feature films, serial animation, commercials, special effects, and print illustration. In addition to the moving image, Maverix members create and publish their own original comic books.

New People offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selected Japanese films. New People Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com) strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the “Kingdom of Pop” for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America.

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