SF – An Evening with The Boxtrolls

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The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls with co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. Annable and Stacchi will share art and stories behind the making of The Boxtrolls, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and was released nationwide by Focus Features on September 26, 2014. The exhibition features concept art and puppets from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s third stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D.

About The Boxtrolls:

The Boxtrolls is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.

About LAIKA:

Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA is a feature film animation company located in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA’s first two films, Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012) were nominated for Academy Awards® and BAFTA® Awards.

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SF – July 2014 Cartoonist-in-Residence

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camThe Cartoon Art Museum hosts artist Sara Lautman on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its on going Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Sara, view and discuss her work. This event is free and open to the public.

Sara Lautman is a cartoonist and illustrator. Her essay comics have been featured in Bitch Magazine, The Hairpin, The Rumpus, The L Magazine, Heeb, The Stranger, and Comics Workbook. Since 2008, she’s been publishing cartoons and image/text art in the booklet series MACROGROAN and on her blog, also named MACROGROAN. Issues of MACROGROAN and her other books are available in independent bookstores across the country.

Her cartoon illustration has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and will appear in the first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual for 2014. Recently, her column for The Hairpin was featured on Huffington Post Arts. She is currently an MFA candidate in Illustration Practice at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland.

Learn more about Sara and her work by visiting her website: www.saralautman.com

About the Cartoonist in Residence Program:
The Cartoon Art Museum regularly hosts professional cartoonists in its galleries as part of its Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Museum patrons see cartoonists at work on their latest projects and learn everything you ever wanted to know about cartoonists – but were afraid to ask. Past featured Cartoonists-in-Residence include Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee), Keith Knight (K Chronicles, (th)ink), Paige Braddock (Jane’s World), Roman Muradov (The New Yorker) and Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules) among many others.

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SF – TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History Launch

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The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday, June 14, 2014!

Join us with special guests from Nickelodeon’s hit TMNT animated series for our opening reception! Meet Turtles artists Mark Bode, Ken Mitchroney, longtime Mirage Studios staffer Molly Bode, and current TMNT animators as you enjoy refreshments from event sponsor Extreme Pizza at this free event!

This reception also marks the world premiere of the long-awaited Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, written by Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago and published by Insight Editions. (The book is available everywhere on June 24, 2014.)

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About the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibition:

The Cartoon Art Museum’s latest exhibition celebrates the iconic hit franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This retrospective will be on display at the museum from May 3 through Sept. 14, 2014.

The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition will include all of the original artwork from the historic first issue from 1984, other early covers and interior artwork from series creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and their associates from Mirage Studios, storyboards and animation cells from the original 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and material from the popular TMNT Adventures comic book originally published by Archie Comics.

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BIG WOW! ComicFest Returns this Weekend…May 17-18, 2014

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Big Wow! Comic Fest Returns to San Jose on May 17th & 18th, 2014, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Art, Anime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Nerds, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere!

Founded in 1979 as “Super-Con”, Big Wow! Comic Fest is not only Northern California’s Longest-Running Comic-Con, but is this year’s Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area!

As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we have Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests: Charlie Adlard (Artist for the popular “Walking Dead” series), Legendary Illustrator Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Avengers), Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla), and more Special Guests including: Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Mike Zeck (Punisher, Spider-Man, Secret Wars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Alex Nino (Dead Ahead), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine, Groo the Wanderer), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), and many more confirmed and added to our website! Over 200 Comic Creators!

Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:

GODZILLA is in the House…Meet Kenpachiro Satsuma, in 1984’s RETURN OF GODZILLA, he would land the title role of Godzilla and continue as the King of Monsters for the next 11 years. This is first time to America in over 20 years.

Also from Japan, meet Satoshi Furuya he enthralled generations of children with his portrayal of the original Ultraman.

Jane Wiedlin is the sexy and charismatic guitar player for The GoGos! One of the best known Rock/Pop groups to emerge from the 1980′s, Jane is back at work, creating a stage production for her self published comic series “Lady Robotica”.

Also Appearing will be: Kevin Bernard Grevioux (Co-Writer, Producer and actor in “Underworld”, “I, Frankenstein” and comic book writer), Damion Poitier (Avengers (in the last 2 minutes, he was the surprise Villian), Star Trek, Hunter Prey…and the son of Sidney Poitier). Also, C. Andrew Nelson (Darth Vader), Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boys), Richard Kiel (007 “Jaws”), William Katt (Greatest American Hero, House)…and more

COSPLAY Guests Jessica Nigri, Riddle (star of “Heroes of Cosplay”), Ivy Doomkitty, Anthony Misano… and many more will all be on site. Along with hundreds and hundreds of amazing fans all in costume.

Super-Star Cartoonist and Big Wow! Bigwig Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, 50 Girls 50), will teach a 90-minute Figure Drawing Workshop with a live model, demonstrating fundamentals of technique and style. Any aspiring artist is welcome to sit in the audience and work along with Frank, who will provide priceless tips and critiques! And Inker Extraordinaire Mick Gray (Starman, Promethea) will once again provide a weekend-long inking demonstration as he works on his current comic book assignment at his booth! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see professional comic artists at work!

In conjunction with San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, Big Wow! Comic Fest proudly presents “BATMAN!, 75 years a Hero” Featuring Seven Decades of Original Art and Memorabilia from the DC Comics world-famous Super Hero. Also, there will be 2 additional shows, “The Art of MIKE ZECK!” And “The ART of FAMOUS MONSTERS”.

And Speaking of Famous Monsters… We are hosting the 1st Annual “Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with the legendary Famous Monsters Magazine… who are also hosting our Japanese guest, and presenting the “Famous Monsters of Filmland” Pavilion with guests, props, make-up and costume designers and more.

And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:

Live Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games, “Creature Features Live” with host: John Stanley, showing the original “Night of the Living Dead.”

Panel Discussions, including: Creating Comics, The Art of Self-Publishing, and how to Design and Create Your Own Costumes! There will be 5 rooms of programming going on, throughout the show.

Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.

Admission is only:

1 Day Adult $25.00 (at the door)

2 Day Adult $35.00 (at the door)

1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 (at the door)

2 Day Child $15.00 (at the door)

CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!

*Save $5.00 Off Admission! Buy tickets online, or at many local Comic Book Stores!

FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at: www.bigwowcomicfest.com. Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.

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SF – An Evening with J.H. Williams III

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes acclaimed artist J.H. Williams III for its ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This special presentation will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Williams will talk about his process on Sandman: Overture and will discuss his experiences working on this historic book, as well as giving us a glimpse into the future. Original artwork from the first two issues of Sandman: Overture will be on display as the Cartoon Art Museum approaches the finale of its Sandman retrospective Grains of Sand, which will be held over through April 27, 2014.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for a pre-event dinner with JH Williams III. VIPs will get priority seating at the Cartoon Art Museum presentation, front-of-line privileges at the post-presentation booksigning, and a Sandman sketch from JH on the book or item of their choosing. This option is limited to six guests and is available for $200. (Time and location to be determined; guests will pay for their own meals.)

Ticket details to be announced very soon!

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SF – This Modern World Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes back Tom Tomorrow, award winning creator of This Modern World, for his first Bay Area appearance in eight years as he discusses 25 years of alt-weekly cartooning, adventures in animation and collaborations with rock stars. This presentation takes place on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. General admission for this event is $5, and free for Cartoon Art Museum members.

Advance tickets can be purchased here…

A special guest appearance by one of San Francisco’s legendary Doggie Diner heads is also in the works for this unforgettable evening. Stay tuned to our website for details.

ABOUT TOM TOMORROW:

Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins) lives outside of New Haven, Connecticut with his wife and son. His weekly cartoon, This Modern World, appears in approximately 80 papers across the country, including the Village Voice, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and online at sites such as TheNation.com and DailyKos.com. His cartoons have also been featured in New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nation, U.S. News & World Report, Esquire, The Economist, and numerous other publications.

In April 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Herblock Prize.

He is also a recipient of the first place Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Cartooning in 1998 and again in 2003. He has also been awarded the first place Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism, the first place Society of Professional Journalists’ James Madison Freedom of Information Award, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and the Association for Education in Journalism Professional Freedom and Responsiblity Award.

He is the author of ten cartoon anthologies and one children’s book, and in 2009 collaborated with the band Pearl Jam to create the artwork for their album, Backspacer. Most recently, he contributed an introduction to the 21st volume of Fantagraphics’ Complete Peanuts series.

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SF – The Illustrated James Bond 007

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Comedian and cartoonist MIKE CAPOZZOLA and special guest ALAN J. PORTER, author of James Bond: The History of The Illustrated 007, appear with RON EVANS, Cartoon Art Museum board chairman, on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm for a discussion and slideshow of the James Bond comics and newspaper strips from around the world.

The evening also includes:
-Vintage memorabilia!
-Virtual appearances via SKYPE with Special Guests!
-Sudden and unexpected PRIZES
-Cocktails (yes- it will be THAT drink- and you can order it using any accent you want)

Admission $007

Special thanks to the St. Regis Hotel for partnering with the Cartoon Art museum on this event.

Cocktails by kind donation of Bluecoat, American Dry Gin.

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SF – Searle In America Exhibition

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The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates the life and art of Ronald Searle with Aardman/Pixar story artist Matt Jones, a lifelong Searle fan and longtime publisher of the Ronald Searle Tribute blog, with a special presentation on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 6:00-9:00pm. Jones will discuss Searle’s artwork and his legacy, and will discuss his forthcoming Searle-related projects during a slideshow presentation at 7:00pm. Searle fans will have the opportunity to view the exhibition prior to Jones’s lecture, and a catalog signing will immediately follow his presentation.

Tickets for this reception are $10, and Cartoon Art Museum members will receive free admission for themselves and a guest. The deluxe ticket package is $30, and includes the full-color 96-page catalog featuring all of the Ronald Searle artwork featured in the Searle in America exhibition as well as dozens of Searle tribute pieces rendered by today’s top animators and illustrators. Advance sale tickets can be purchased here…

Matt Jones’s Curatorial Statement:

“Ronald Searle is known primarily as the creator of the wicked schoolgirls of St. Trinians and later his series of humorous books on cats and their foibles. The general public in the U.K., Europe and the U.S. hold these books dear, but to the artist they were merely ‘what sold’ and paid the bills. He even ‘killed off’ the St. Trinians’ girls in their last book in 1957; the year of his first visit to America. A household name in Great Britain, Searle would crack the American magazine illustration market under the guidance of his New York art agent, John Locke.

“He spent over a decade between the late ‘50s and late ‘60s traveling extensively on reportage assignments for the premier magazines of the day: Life, Holiday, Look, Venture, Travel & Leisure. It was a golden era of illustration, where magazines had sizable budgets to send illustrators to exotic locations and commission
substantial spreads of artwork.

“Sadly, this work is largely forgotten. Holiday magazine was not published in Europe and is virtually unheard of in the U.S., slipping into decline in the late ‘70s. Searle republished some of this work in collected editions, but the books are long out of print. The original art has languished with art editors and agents for decades, and most remain unseen since their first publication.

“Well I’ve found it! I’ve unearthed the lot. I’ve maintained a website devoted to Searle’s work since 2006 and even became acquainted with the artist himself while working in the south of France in the years preceding his death. Initially starting out of a love of his work and a desire to see more of it online, the site has become an essential database of an incredible career spanning eight decades!

“I’ve traveled far and wide myself to track down the originals, and this show at CAM gathers some of the best. From collections in the Midwest, New York, Connecticut and California, I’ve assembled a show revealing my favorite era in Searle’s career. The golden period of 1955-1965 was a decade of intense work and travel, and the art has a vitality and urgency to it energised by the artist being constantly on the go. The work is a synthesis of his acute observational style and his ability to caricature figures, crowds and architecture. Most of the work is in full color, which will be a surprise to those only familiar with his monotone cats and schoolgirls.

“This catalogue is laid out in an unorthodox manner. I wanted to present the work uncropped where possible without it being split across two pages; hence the dual portrait/landscape format.

“The show would not have been possible without the contributions of a group of cartoonist friends around the world who contributed original art to an online auction to raise the funding necessary to stage the Exhibition and put this catalogue together. This is dedicated to them, to all Searle fans and to new fans who will discover this part of his oeuvre for the first time.”

-Matt Jones, San Francisco, September 2013

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SF – Sam & Max: A Look Back Exhibit

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The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present Sam and Max: A Look Back with Steve Purcell, celebrating 26-ish years with the intrepid Freelance Police on Saturday, February 1, 2014 with a series of special events from 4:00-9:00pm.

The first event will be a booksigning from 4:00-5:00pm at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore. Purcell will sign copies of The Collected Sam & Max: Surfin’ the Highway at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.

The second event will be a guided tour of the exhibition from 6:00-7:00pm. Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell will conduct a private tour of his Cartoon Art Museum retrospective Swift and Mirthful Justice for a limited number of guests. This ticketed event is $20; CAM members will receive two-for-one admission to this event.

The third event is a reception celebrating Sam & Max from 7:00-9:00pm. Guests can meet Steve Purcell and discuss his work, view the Sam & Max exhibition, and check out the Cartoon Art Museum’s other current exhibitions, Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman and Searle In America, featuring the phenomenal illustrations of famed British cartoonist Ronald Searle. Admission to this reception is $5; CAM members will receive two-for-one admission for this event. Purcell will sign additional books and prints throughout the reception. Please note that the ticket for the guided tour also includes access to the reception that follows.

Tickets for the guided tour and the reception are available through this link, and will also be sold at the Cartoon Art Museum’s admissions desk.

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SF – Sandman Art Exhibition

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endlessThe Cartoon Art Museum welcomes artist Mike Dringenberg to San Francisco for its ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

Mike Dringenberg inked the first issues of Sandman, which were penciled by Sam Kieth. When Kieth left the book, Dringenberg took over as penciler, illustrating some of the series’ most memorable issues, designing several major characters, and setting the artistic tone for the book with his understated, realistic style. The most notable issue of Dringenberg’s tenure was the eighth issue of Sandman, “The Sound of Her Wings,” which introduced the Sandman’s sister, Death. Dringenberg also created what is perhaps the most widely seen Sandman illustration of all, a poster depicting The Endless, which was prominently featured in the popular TV program Roseanne, adorning Darlene Conner’s bedroom in the early 1990s.

On Saturday, December 14, Dringenberg will discuss his tenure on Sandman with Ryan Graff, co-curator of the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sandman retrospective Grains of Sand and designer of the museum’s forthcoming Sandman exhibition catalog. Although the catalog will not yet be available for purchase, the Cartoon Art Museum will offer a limited edition original bookplate penciled by Mike Dringenberg, inked by Sam Kieth, and signed by both artists as a special keepsake of this historic exhibition.

Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale, and can be purchased at the link!

General Admission*: $25.00

General Admission plus Mike Dringenberg & Sam Kieth bookplate*: $50.00

General Admission, bookplate, plus two additional personalized signatures: $100.00 (Limited to 30 guests. Please note that Mike Dringenberg will not sign any unpersonalized items, and will not sign any CGC-graded books.)

General Admission, bookplate, two signatures, plus dinner with Mike Dringenberg: $300 (Limited to four guests. Join Mike Dringenberg, Ryan Graff, and other Sandman fans and original art collectors for a dinner prior to the Cartoon Art Museum event at a nearby restaurant.)

*Cartoon Art Museum members will be able to bring an additional guest for free at the $25, $50 and $100 levels. Members who purchase tickets at the $50 level will receive two bookplates. Limit two signatures per ticket purchased at the $100 and $250 levels.

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