Fat Rabbit Bajada Lodge visitors Sam, cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. and Tim Leanse display their house gift: the 15th edition of Ron’s “Yeast Hoist” comics series, “Kept in Balance by Equal Weights,” an eight-page alchemy zine that hangs from the neck of a reusable earthenware bottle filled with 16.9 ounces of a Belgian Abbey Ale! Sam and Tim roped the whole thing together. Right now the only place you can get one is from Whole Foods’ flagship store in Austin, Texas, but that should change soon. More info…


The fifteenth installment in Ron Regé, Jr.’s ongoing “Yeast Hoist” series of comics, “Kept in Balance by Equal Weights” is an 8-page zine that hangs from the neck of an earthenware bottle filled with 16.9 ounces of a delicious top-fermented Belgian Abbey Ale. This unique vessel features an original design screenprinted in Belgium.

Available beginning Thursday June 17th at Whole Foods’ flagship store in Austin, Texas

Special bottle signing and beer tasting event Saturday June 19th from 3-5pm prior to Cartoon Utopia opening at Domy Books in Austin

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Ron Regé, Jr.'s "The Cartoon Utopia" at Thanky Arts Space in Richmond, VA

A message from the good people of Thanky, a temporary arts space in Richmond, Virginia devoted to bringing positive vibes and quality visuals to the community over the space of one year (September 2008 – August 2009):

“Thanky is proud to present “The Cartoon Utopia”, a show of new work by Ron Regé, Jr., a cartoonist and musician from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Ron Regé, 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 McSweeney’s. His illustrations have appeared regularly in The New York Times and Canada’s National Post. Ron Regé, Jr. currently lives in Los Angeles where he plays drums in the band Lavender Diamond. Regé 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, Regé performs solo as the Discombobulated Ventriloquist.”

A description of “The Cartoon Utopia” in the artist’s own words:

“At the beginning of 2008 – I started to create a series of numbered 4×6” 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 Regé, Jr, “The Cartoon Utopia”, Opening Reception
Friday, May 1, 6pm-9pm
Featuring performances by Discombobulated Ventriloquist and Dearraindrop
407 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23220 (off W. Broad Street)
Complimentary cupcakes will be on hand