Arnold Pander -  Visual Artist / Creative Media Producer & Director

Award winning artist and filmmaker Arnold Pander works in a wide range of visual art mediums and creative media production. Arnold is known mostly for his work in graphic novels and filmmaking ventures with his brother Jacob as one half of the sibling creative team, The Pander Brothers. In collaboration with his brother, Arnold is an Eisner Nominated artist for the Dark Horse Comics series "Grendel: Devil’s Legacy". Pander has written and/or illustrated titles like "Exquisite Corpse"(Dark Horse Comics), "Secret Broadcast" (Oni Press), and "Tasty Bullet"(Image Comics) as well as franchise titles “Batman: City of Light"(DC Comics) “Nightmask” (Marvel Comics), the critically acclaimed graphic novel “GirlFIEND” and most recently “Dissident X”, both from Dark Horse Comics. 

Pander co wrote and produced the feature film Selfless that was picked up for national V.O.D. by Comcast/ Time Warner and by E1 for domestic distribution. Pander co wrote & directed the short film “Subtext” that premiered at the prestigious Palm Shorts International Film Fest in 2014, Arnold has directed commercial spots for adidas Originals and Panasonic, and provided the animated title sequence for the horror parody, “LA Slasher”. Arnold wrote the Dee Lite Music video “Runaway” and provided production design for Jon Mayer’s “Who Did You Think I Was?” music video, both directed by Gus Van Sant and Pander most recently directed Music Video “Forever” for the The Dandy Warhols’ latest release on Dine Alone Records. 

As a Media Creative, Arnold has provided storyboards for movies like “My Own Private Idaho, Maverick, and Spun among others. While under the management of LA based Gotham Group, Arnold developed creative decks, concept art, animatics, and trailers while shopping original and franchise properties in Hollywood to major studios which have led to movie development deals with Anonymous Content and Legendary Pictures. Pander is currently in an exclusive shopping agreement with Dark Horse Entertainment to develop his original graphic novel GirlFIEND as an original series. 

Pander’s editorial art has been published in Details and Paper Magazine and in 2012, Pander was on-camera illustrator for ‘America’s Next Top Model’. Pander’s custom oil paintings on velvet have shown at the Hollywood & Downtown Standard Hotels in Los Angeles. His Oil on Velvet series “Fabrications” featuring Hollywood celebrity icons showed at the Mark Woolley Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Willamette Week called the works, “…an implicitly ironic medium…deconstruct(ing) the illusionism endemic to the film and music industries.”

Arnold Pander - Profile of a Multidisciplinary Media Artist 

Born In Amsterdam, Netherlands, Arnold Pander is a visual artist and digital media creator who writes and illustrates graphic novels, produces and directs films, music videos and animated content. 

Growing up with fine art and avant garde’ theater influences Pander became fascinated with comics at a young age, mimicking his favorite Marvel comics artists and accelling quickly to drawing the comics for his high school newspaper with elder brother Jacob. Arnold soon discovered graphic arts and fashion illustration as well as  filmmaking projects with his brother. In 1985, fresh out of high school, the collaborative siblings began to undertake art and design projects as the Pander Brothers, forming their own graphic arts business in downtown Portland, Oregon where they created album covers, logos, and editorial art leading to a stint doing T-Shirt designs for Nike. 

In 1986 The brothers were hired to draw an indy comic book called “Grendel” for Philadelphia based Comico Comics. With the cinematic and fashion forward style, Grendel was a hit and became the biggest selling indy comic of its day and launched a 25 year long career in comics, working for most the major companies including DC, Marvel, Image and Dark Horse Comics. After the successful release of Grendel, the Panders’ creative voices were discovered by writer & director Gus Van Sant who invited the siblings to collaborate on story ideas with him, which culminated in a joint feature treatment. This early mentorship gave Arnold a boost of confidence to develop as a writer. 

Throughout the remainder if the 80's Arnold and his brother illustrated  indy comic book titles, Ginger Fox and the innovative and controversial mini series  Exquisite Corpse that could be read i any order. These projects allowed Arnold to return with his brother to Amsterdam where the two wrote and illustrated the ambitious graphic novel “XXX” for Dark Horse Comics. Living abroad, Arnold was awoken to a wide array of new influences from the traditions of fine art to political activism as the new sounds of House and techno was broadcasting over pirate radio. 

In the early 90's Pander brought these post punk influences back home and into new works that broke away from comics. Pander was soon published in the pages of Details magazine illustrating Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins’ spoken word satire. Arnold’s shift to music related ventures continued when mentor Gus Van Sant, used one of the Panders’ ideas as the concept for the Deee-Lite Music video, “Runaway”. The brothers own music videos for rock and electronica acts soon appeared on MTV 120 Minutes. Arnold was then hired as production designer for Palm Pictures’ music video movie “Suck It & See” for British dance music producer, Howie B. 

In 1994 XXX was published my Dark Horse Comics and was lauded as a Comix Masterpiece by Mondo 2000 and led to the brothers getting noticed by DC Comics alternative line DC/Vertigo doing guest artwork in comics titles like House of Secrets and the Invisibles and Doom Patrol

But Arnold's interest in electronic music continued to grow and In 97’ and 98’ Arnold lived in NYC where he developed relationships with dance record labels Liquid Sky and Axiom Records, seeking new producers for his own electronic music projects. This culminated in the release of Secret Broadcast - a Pirate radio urban adventure with s published with an accompanying soundtrack of electronic music, published  in the flagship comic title for Oni Press, Oni Double Feature which had multiple print runs to satisfy fan demands. Secret Broadcast was featured on MTV news and two music videos from the companion CD for Jamal-Ski and Pistel that  Pander co-produced and directed that were on rotation on MTV electronic showcase MTV AMP. 

Arnold went on to Executive Produce two more Electronic music compilations; the exclusive EDM compilation, “Beat Logic” for EMusic .Com - the first online music streaming platform and  Secret Broadcast Redux where Pander enlisted recording artists Meat Beat Manifesto, Howie B, Dub Gabriel and 8 Frozen Modules among others available on iTunes. in 1998 

Arnold expanded on his passion for electronic music and began to DJ live events as DJ Pan Am, co-founding the popular dance night, ‘Exotica Go-Go’ in Portland and later, his pop-up event ’Mile High Club’.

In 1999 the Pander Brothers returned to comics and got their first chance to write and draw a Batman story for Batman Chronicles #23 and were also hired to draw the comics mini-series “Carvers” for Image Comics. The brothers were then enlisted to illustrate the four issue Mini series “Accelerate” f written by Cyber novelist Richard Kadrey for DC/ Vertigo Comics.

in 2001 Arnold relocated to Los Angeles and and became the resident DJ for the Downtown and Hollywood Standard Hotels where he also featured his works in oil in their now infamous glass box.

Arnold soon forged a new collaboration with writer and conspiracy theory historian, Jon Vankin to create the graphic novel, Tasty Bullet. The property was picked up by Anonymous Content for motion picture development and Arnold was featured in Variety for his extensive background in comics. Arnold retained management with LA based Gotham Group and shopped projects with a host of LA based production companies including Disney, WB and 20th Century Fox. Arnold with his brother Jacob returned to their comics collaboration to write and illustrate a Batman Series, Batman: City of Light for DC Comics.

In 2005 Arnold was hired by Marvel Comics to draw the Marvel New Universe title, “Nightmask” along with illustrating the comic book classic reboot, “Famous Monsters”.

After several years of shopping original scripts and properties in Holywood, in 2005 Arnold returned to Portland to make an independent feature film, “Selfless” the Pander Brothers debut motion picture.  Co-written and produced by Arnold and directed by Jacob, the chilling identity theft thriller starring Mo Gallini (End of Days, 2 Fast 2 Furious) won Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the 2008 BendFilmFestival and was picked up by E1 Entertainment for domestic release. 

In 2009 Brothers were soon hired by California based Steelhead advertising agency to direct commercial spots for Panasonic and LG Home Electronics. Arnold also provided production design for Jon Mayer’s music video “Who did you think I was”, directed by Gus Van Sant and continued to to DJ opening for major acts like Janelle Monet, Fantastic Plastic Machine and Doc Martin among others, 

In 2010  Pander and Vankin’s graphic novel Tasty Bullet was published by Image Comics and premiered at ComiCon International.

in 2011 Pander returned to Los Angeles with new management Conspiracy Media developing TV pitches for HBO and Sony while developing spec story treatments for the comics development wing of Legendary Pictures. Arnold’s fashion illustration work was noticed by CBS producers which led to Arnold being featured artist on season 3 of ‘Americas Next Top Model’. Pander’s comics were also featured in the hit HBO show “Bored To Death”. 

In 2013 Pander returned to Portland to launch the Pander Brothers new branding and production company, Collaborator Studios. Their flagship short film “Subtext” starring C.C. Sheffield (True Blood, Somewhere) had it’s premiere at the prestigious Palm International Film festival where it was given four out of five stars by Rotten Tomato contributor James Wegg. The brothers were then hired by Roundhouse Digital Agency to concept and direct the 2013 pre-line commercial spots for Adidas Originals. The Panders also explored new media narratives with their many original comics projects and launched their digital comics imprint FuseComics.Com where the brothers’ digital comics are integrated with video and music to enhance the entertainment experience. 

In 2015 The Pander Brothers released their next major graphic Novel “GirlFiend” with Dark Horse Comics which gained much critical and fan response and is currently in an exclusive development deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. 

In 2017 Arnold returned to music projects directing the music video “Honesty” for hip hop recording artist 3rd Twin which garnered festival accolades in LA, NYC and Nigeria and was screened at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem NY. In 2018, Arnold directed the second music video for 3rd Twin, “Rebel” in the streets and bridges of NYC shot entirely with the iPhone 7.

In 2018 Arnold directed the music video “Forever” for rock band ‘The Dandy Warhols’ first release off their album, ”Why You So Crazy” on Dine Alone Records, and was featured in Billboard Magazine. 

In 2019 the Pander Brothers released of the 430 page expanded graphic Novel “Dissident X”, (formerly XXX) with Dark Horse Comics that Comics Beat noted, “Excels as a piece of graphic art”.

Arnold is currently working on the follow-up graphic novel to GirlFIEND and developing the brothers’  second feature film while continuing to provide brand video and original content with their production company, Collaborator Studios. 

Arnold has a monthly DJ night as DJ Pan Am every first Saturday at Key’s Lounge in Portland, Oregon.

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