Monday, August 29, 2005

Dan Lee Book "In Your Face" Now Available on

Dan Lee's book "In Your Face" of cafe sketches is available for purchase now on for those of you who were unable to attend the Book Launch/ Show Opening at the Canvas Gallery Cafe in San Francisco on August 25.
Be sure to search by title and Dan Lee because there are many other books with the same title.
Thanks for the amazing amount of interest and excitement over this project.

Amazon link IN YOUR FACE

Book Description
It's all about faces! Whether it's a girl having coffee in a cafe, or a long haired woman cruising in her Beetle with her hair flowing in the wind, Dan Lee's drawings captured it all. When Lee wasn't busy designing characters for the Pixar Animation Studios hits, he could be found doodling the local coffee drinkers at some neighbourhood cafes in San Francisco and Oakland. Lee's artworks have a very unique sensibility. Sketchy thick black lines, bold flat colour and witty sarcasm capture the essence of his subject's unique personality and expressions. "In Your Face" is a celebration of Dan Lee's personal artwork compiled by his friends and collegues in honour of his life and talent.

About the Author
Dan Lee was born in Montreal, Canada in 1969. Soon after his birth, the Lee family moved to Scarborough, a suburb in Toronto, where Dan's gift of drawing blossomed at an early age. Later, Lee studied classical animation at Sheridan College and received The Board of Governors Silver Medal Award for Academic Excellence. Lee joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 as a sketch artist and later became an animator. But perhaps his greatest contribution was his role as a character designer. His most famous creations include the design of the charming little girl name Boo from "Monster Inc." and the lost clownfish Nemo from "Finding Nemo". Others notable Pixar character designs include Princess Atta, Rosie and Tuck & Roll from "A Bug's Life", Waternoose in "Monster Inc", Marlin, Bloat, Nemo's friends and the barracuda in "Finding Nemo"- all of which the world will cherish and endure well beyond his lifetime. Lee was working on Pixar's upcoming 2007 film until his untimely death on January 15, 2005. He died of lung cancer at the age of 35.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Dan Lee and Friends Tribute Exhibition

Dan Lee and Friends Tribute Exhibition
On behalf of Zippity Publishing, we'd like to invite you to Dan Lee and Friends Art Exhibition and "In Your Face" Book Launch Party on August 25, 2005 (Thurs) from 7:00pm to 12:00am at Canvas Gallery Cafe.

Zippity Publishing was formed by a small group of friends and family members after Dan's passing. "In Your Face" is a collection of personal artwork by Dan. He used to visit Canvas Gallery Cafe to people watch and created these wonderful stylized sketches of the coffee drinkers around him. It is very meaningful for us to have this book launch party and Dan Lee + friends art exhibition at this particular location. Artists participating include Albert Lozano, Robert Kondo, Ronnie Del Carmen, Ernesto Nemesio, Enrico Casarosa, Paul Topolos, Louis Conzales, Liz Holmes, Mark Holmes, Daniel Arriaga, and Jay Shuster. Albert Lozano (Culture Shizaaam) and guest will be our DJs for the opening night. Please come join us.

We are going to sell the book "In Your Face" at the opening night. It will cost $10.00 tax included. Dan's book will also be available at on August 29. All of the proceeds will be donated to a chosen charity.

Book Launch and Opening Reception:
August 25, 2005 7 pm - Midnight
August 25 - September 25, 2005

Canvas Gallery Cafe
1200 9th Ave at Lincoln
San Francisco, CA

The Canvas Gallery SF