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JANUARY 29 IN LA: Q Pop Shop Grand Opening

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Veteran character designer and writer Chris Mitchell (Samurai Jack, SpongeBob Squarepants, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Ren & Stimpy) has opened Q Pop, a new boutique and gallery in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. The store offers handmade artist goods, toys, and limited edition clothing. They’re also the exclusive West Coast retailer for Japanese street fashion labels Sex Pot Revenge, Algonquins, and Super Lovers.

A grand opening party will take place on Saturday, January 29, from 7-11pm. The store is located at 128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, in downtown Los Angeles. Photos of the shop’s thoughtfully designed interior can be found on Sweet Streets LA. Also, the blog Kalamari Kastle has an interview with Chris about the store. Chris was quite frank when asked about his reason for starting the store:

“Q Pop came about for several different reasons. One was out of total frustration working in the animation industry. In animation, often times you slave away working sweatshop style long hours, pouring your heart and soul into your work, only to have it pooped on by company executives who have absolutely no taste or experience in the field in which they work. For me personally, I needed to do something that would offer me something more directly fulfilling.”

  • Liam

    Nice little shop…Good prices. Knowledgeable staff!

  • Karl Hungus

    I’m REAL stoked on this shop opening here in Los Angeles. And, as a fellow artist in the field, I live the frustrating existence he so eloquently describes. I do wish he had opened the shop in the “little Japan” section of Los Angeles on Sawtelle though. I never get downtown.

    • I think Giant Robot might have that side of town covered.

  • SnS

    Sweet! Preach on brotha! Definitely going to drop some mullah and support.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    The kind of store they need in my downtown.

  • victoria

    So whats the word on artbooks and sketchbooks?

  • He worked at Sony SPA. That place would make anyone want to quit. I’ve been to the store. It’s Awesome. I got a Kevin Dart Yuki 7 book and a Tezuka Graphic novel that has NEVER been reprinted in the US. GO!! NOW!!!

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Chris speaks the truth. Best of luck to him.

  • david

    i’ve always had dreams of escaping the biz just so i could expose it for how horrible it is and talk shyt about it to everyone who thinks “it must be so awesome to work in animation and draw and do what you love!”

    I’m glad he tells the truth about the being pooped on. Sadly I think it requires a greater influence and following for comments like those to really sink in with common folk. One day, my fellow turdpolishers we will rise against those who have pooped on us and those who have forced use to eat their poop or make their poop look good just so they could sell it to the LCD audience who blindly eats a diet of poop. Then we will see who is pooping on who.

  • Mark Kennedy

    Good luck Chris, I hope the store is a big success!!!!!

  • Scott Morse

    High five, Chris! That’s what we need…more guys like you taking the bull by the horns and wrangling it onto their own playing field. I love it.

  • Peanut Butter Cake

    Chris channeled his justified rage into savvy retail prowess and now stands to conquer the commercial landscape.

  • Is that a Mameshiba ripoff, or intentional reference? (http://www.mameshibaworld.com/)

  • If you’re refering to the cute dog at the bottom right, it’s not meant to be a ripoff, but hopefully channeling the same kind of cute… While I was painting, I had more people pointing to it and calling it Pikachu than Mameshiba.