July 11 2012 03:13 PM

It's a live-art, music and dinner party in Barrio Logan

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“The Red Baroness” by Sean Dietrich
Bugs Bunny took quite a few hits in his heyday, but nothing like the scenarios demonstrated by 30 live painters at the Cottontail Massacre, a Comic-Con-inspired underground after-party that'll kick off at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, at a Barrio Logan warehouse, the address of which will be disclosed to ticket buyers. Besides an art show that features works by 100 artists from across the country, circus performers, go-go dancers, body painting and a sketch lounge will pack the venue.

Award-winning local comic artist and event organizer Sean Dietrich and DJ Schugar are collaborating on the event's highlight, which they're calling Reichenfunk. Dietrich will interpret, through live painting, individual dance tracks as DJ Schugar spins them. Each piece will be on sale after it's done.

The event is produced by the Infusion Project, an art collective that connects DJs, performers and visual artists for events like this one across the United States.

"It's more than event production," co-founder Dietrich explains. "We help artists expand from their home base and get to places so their art has more of a reach. We help them out with pricing, preparing for tours and how to deal with galleries. It's about helping artists succeed on a budget."

Each artist at the Massacre will have his or her own area to create art during the event and to display other work for sale. Additionally, five wooden panels will serve as collaborative canvases for artists to contribute freestyle designs throughout the night, and each of the mash-ups will be raffled off.

In a loft above the main event space will be the Sketch Lounge, with models from Pink Boombox posing in twisted bunny costumes, inspiring you amateur illustrators to get your sketch on. But make sure to bring your own supplies.

Tickets are available at industria cide.com/comiccon or at Dietrich's booth in the Convention Center (Booth P9 in the Small Press area) until 7 p.m. on Friday. The price is $30 with a gourmet vegan dinner provided by Gage's Global Cuisine food truck, or $20 without.

"There won't be tickets sold at the door," Deitrich says. "We want to make sure that the people showing up are treated to a really great show as a thanks for all the years of support in San Diego, and for the outof-state convention-goers to see the top talent that San Diego has to offer."


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