“Curators of Pop Culture”
Comprised of musicians, writers, graphic designers, promoters and filmmakers, IHEARTCOMIX understands culture and has influenced it in Los Angeles and beyond for over 10 years. Founded by DJ/Illustrator Franki Chan in Los Angeles, CA, IHC is a multi-media company specializing in Events, Production and Marketing. In addition, IHC has an original content side that includes a presence in film & TV and a record label.
IHEARTCOMIX has earned a name for themselves in the past decade through being curators of pop culture, often defining the next wave of music and trends as they happen. Their success in introducing new artists and interests has cemented the brand amongst the current generation of consumers as well as has lead them to a client base that includes such cultural icons as Sundance, Adult Swim, Pitchfork, The FADER, Goldenvoice, Heineken, Scion, Asobi System, Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold Records and many more.
Started in 2004 by Franki Chan as a way to co-name the parties he was throwing at the time with-then event partner, Steve Aoki, IHEARTCOMIX was born out of necessity and named after Franki’s true passion, comic books. What began innocent enough, quickly turned into a sensation as the events IHC developed over the next several years went on to have a huge impact on the music scene in Los Angeles, and there in turn the rest of the world. These past events include Fucking Awesome, Block Party, Cinespace Tuedays, IHC Sundays, Still Fucking Awesome, OFF/CNTR, Boogie Monster, Turnt On and their flagship event series, Check Yo Ponytail, which hosted artists in LA like Skrillex, Justice, Grimes, Crystal Castles, Blood Orange, Metronomy, Com Truise and even hosted The Rolling Stones.
In 2005, IHEARTCOMIX decided to take the popularity of their events and their seeming uncanny ability to work with artists on the cusp of their success and translate it into a record label called IHEARTCOMIX Records. The original IHC label lasted until 2009 and included the debut releases from Matt & Kim, HEARTSREVOLUTION, Flosstradamus, Brodinski, The Toxic Avenger, LA Riots, Acid Girls, Designer Drugs, Totally Michael, Bloody Beetroots and Juiceboxxx.
In 2014, the IHC Record Label reemerges as a partnership with Manimal Label Group entitled IHC 1NFINITY, a digital singles and music video label. IHC 1NFINITY’s ambition is to create the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ version of a record label tying in the musical, graphic and video styles from all artists it outputs. First releases will be seen in the Fall of 2014…
In addition to their own branded ongoing events, over the years IHEARTCOMIX has become known for producing outstanding one off events and tours. Maybe best known for their long-running mega SXSW event, Austin Party Weekend, which hosts such iconic labels as Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold, OWSLA, A Club Called Rhonda and Future Classic, IHC regularly produces events at Ultra Music Festival and Comicon International in San Diego. IHC has also produced several national tours for Check Yo Ponytail (The Presets, Big Freedia, Spank Rock, LE1F), Trash Talk (w/ SPACEGHOSTPURRP and Mellowhype) and Adult Swim’s ‘The Eric Andre Show’.
The attention and success IHEARTCOMIX has had over the years to creating and curating their own events has lead to an expansion of the business called IHC4HIRE, which basically means all internal services are available to be utilized by external sources. This has lead to several partnerships including IHC curating the Heineken House at Coachella 2014, producing an event for Pabst at The Playboy Mansion, IHC doing music PR and marketing for Sundance NEXTFest and production and advertising for Adult Swim live events, amongst many more.
With a strong appreciation of visual aesthetic and composition, the IHEARTCOMIX Creative Media department has been producing quality video and photo content for years. Our Youtube channel, IHC TV, features interviews, show recaps, music videos, our variety show IHC LIVE! and our ongoing Pitchfork.TV series, Live At Check Yo Ponytail. We’ve also started production on several TV and documentary film projects, including a partnership with Mack Sennett Studios to produce The Check Yo Ponytail TV Show.
While the road has been long and adventuresome, the story of IHEARTCOMIX seems to be just getting started. Their interests and abilities are wide, but all lead back to the core narrative of a world vision. Some puzzles aren’t meant to come together right away, and that is IHC, a taste best learned overtime. The journey has been leading up to this moment and the future of IHC is bright. The dawn of the world of IHC is among us!