|Brian Charles Brooks
Brian Brooks is a multidisciplinary artist living in Oakland, California. Brian was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and earned a BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996. Brian works from his storefront studio and gallery Smokey’s Tangle in Oakland’s Temescal district, where he has resided since 1999.
Brian is most widely known for his hand in co-developing the character Emily the Strange® (Darkhorse Comics, Chronicle Books, Manic Panic, TUK, Gibson) [1999-2006] and creating the internationaly licenced character Oopsy Daisy™ (Chronicle Books, Sears, Target, Pac-Sun) [2000-2005]. Other notable projects include a cartoon mini-series Boyz on da Run (Disney Channel)  and viral web comic Morrissey Gets A Job (Reddit, Fader, S.F. Weekly, Dangerous Minds) . Brian is also an author of humor and art books, which he self-publishes under the Smokey's Tangle name, titles including the "What If?" series, "Radd/Badd Tattoos" and "Give Paul A Chance". He is currently documenting his gentrifying neighborhood though a series of plein air paintings and photographs.
Current Titles (Smokey's Tangle)
• One Cool Coloring Book, 2014
• What If? Volume 2, 2014
• Radd/Badd Tattoos, 2013
• Adventures Of Everything, 2013
• Earth Messages, 2012
• Rock Stars, 2012
• Dogs: paintings by Brian Brooks, 2011
• Give Paul A Chance, 2006
• What If? Volume 1, 2012
• Rock N Roll Coloring Books, 2012
• We Like Bugs & Books Like That ,2012
This is brian's weakest area that needs concentration. Humor, check. Cheeky titles, check. Cartooning ability, check. A long continued reistance to traditional comic formats in combination with the computer and web issues, check. Current series include What If?, Letter Ranch & Snake Lady.
• Morrissey Gets A Job, 1999
Brian's comics occasionally appear in LA Record.
Brian began painting in February 2010, after seventeen years without doing so, having painted after high school and stopping when arriving at art school.
In 2014 Brian began limiting his color pallet by eliminating red, to help with his red/green colorblindness. In 2014 he began plein air painting in his neighborhood, as inspired by local artists Paulette Nichols, and her cousin John Kilduff aka "Mr. Let's Paint T.V.".
Solo Art Shows
• Now That Looks Like Fun, Hive Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2013
• Dogs, Rock, Paper, Scissors Salon & Gallery, NC, 2011
Two-Person Art Shows
• Hang Together, Willo North Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
• Smokey's Tangle Takeover, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2014
Group Art Shows
• Not Much To Look At, Royal Nonsuch Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2015
• Mutual Friends, Brooklyn, NY, 2012
• Right Window Artists Shop, San Francisco, CA, 2012
Graphic Design & Collaborations
Album Cover Design
It's OK!, dream, [Moonlight Graham Records], 2014
Paulette Nichols, New Americana, [self], 2011
Chicken On A Raft [Antenna Farm Records], 2008
The Damned, Little Miss Disaster single, 2008
Logo & Tee Shirt Design
• Radio Free Phoenix, 2014
• Plan B Studio, 2014
• San Francisco Art Institute 140th Anniversary, 2010
• Central High School 20th Reunion, 2010
• Holy Piñata, 2008
• KALX, 1999, 2000
For Temescal Art Hop
• posters, 2010-2014
For Oakland Art Murmur
• postcards, 2009-2010
• Family Scavanger Hunt logo, 2014
With Emily Wick
• Smokey’s Tangle 5-Year Book (2014), Smokey’s Tangle
• Smokey’s Tangle Photo Booth #1 (2010), Smokey’s Tangle
For Cosmic Debris
• Oopsy Daisy Trading Cards (2003), Chronicle Books
• Oopsy Daisy's Bad Bad Day (2002), Chronicle Books
With Cosmic Debris as artist, designer, and copy writer
• oversaw the graphics and themes and specs for the Emily Strange clothing line and licencing department. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer clothing lines, and international licencees.1999-2006
With Cosmic Debris as collaborating artist, writer, and co-author
• Art of Emily the Strange (2010), Darkhorse Books
• Emily the Strange The Rock Issue (2007), Darkhorse Comics
• Emily the Strange Lost Dark and Bored (2007), Darkhorse Comics
• Emily the Strange Seeing is Deceiving (2006), Chronicle Books
• Emily the Strange Dark Issue (2006), Darkhorse Comics
• The Dark Issue Emily the Strange Boring Issue (2005), Chronicle Books
• The Boring Issue Emily the Strange Lost Issue (2005), Chronicle Books
• The Lost Issue Emily the Strange Good Nightmares (2004), Chronicle Books
• Emily the Strange Secret Book of Strange (2003), Chronicle Books
• Emily the Strange (2001), Chronicle Books
With Rob Reger
• Boyz on Da Run (2006), short form animated series (3 episodes), Disney Channel
With Breakfast With Idiots
• On The Rainbow Tonight 2011
• Purple Pigtailed Princess 2006
• Springend ab 2006
• Difficult to tell if the monster exists or not… 2005
• Storming Narcolopolis 2005
• Prelude to Adventure 2004
• Sweet Facilitation Suite 2003
• Sentimental Horse Fart Karaoke Assault 1997
• The Last Breakfast 1997
• Can’t Afford to Rock 1997
• Hard Enough To Suck 1993
• We Still Rock 1992
• Flash Gordon’s Restaurant 1991
• Summer Medley 1990
• Breakfast with Idiots 1990
• Lovely Lemon Sisters 1990
• Stop that Please 1989
As "Sgt Rick Sings"
• Oh Great, Here Comes My Least Favorite Customer (2005), compact disc
• Raps, Sings & Plays (2006), mp3
Notable Mentions, Achievments, & Awards
Official judge, Be Kind Project's Creative Expressions Contest, 2015
1. Woo, Stu “Oakland's Temescal Goes From Rundown to Reborn, How Local Merchants Found Success After Years of Work to Attract New Businesses and Reshape Their Neighborhood” December 3, 2009.
2. Virella, Kelly. ”The Strange Drawings of Brian Brooks, The artist behind Emily the Strange attempts to exorcise his creation from his art.” Eastbay Express Feature, October 31, 2007.
3. Morrissey Gets A Job in Fader magazine, 23 , 2005.
4. Smith, Brian. “Zine Buddha, Local artist Brian Brooks watches his work go from sticky barroom floors to flying off international clothing racks”. Phoenix New Times Feature, May 10 2001.
5. Searleman, Eric. The It Girl: As Emily Flourishes, Millions Turn and Face The Strange. Arizona Republic, March 29 2001.
6. Athitakis, Mark. “Riff Raff, Morrissey Gets Colored Black on the Outside, Because Black Is How He Feels on the Inside”, SF Weekly, October 13 1999.
7. Baird, Robert. New Releases From the Desert: Breakfast With Idiots S/T release, Phoenix New Times, September 1, 1993.
8. Lawton, Claire “Brian Brook's Phoenix Arm" 100 creative representations of Phoenix” Phoenix New Times Mon., Aug. 1 2011.
9. Deep Oldies “Brian Brooks Appreciation Day" "Brian Brooks Appreciation Day!!! And More!!!” DeepOldies.com Blog., Feb. 18 2011.
10.L'Heureux,Suzanne “http://www.artslant.com/sf/events/show/319331-smokeys-tangle-takeover" Feb. 2014.
11. Mark, Julian "http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/radically-sharing-temescal/Content?oid=4172033" Jan. 2015.
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Studio & Gallery
4709 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609