Queer Comics Expo Moves to July 8-9th

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Expanding its presence at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, the fourth annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 11am to 5pm.

This fourth QCE will expand beyond the Bay Gallery and Classroom space used last year at SOMArts to include its Theater space and Board Room, which allows for additional exhibitors and programming. “Thanks to the Queer Cultural Center’s introduction to SOMArts last year, we were able to strengthen that location partnership and enable the Queer Comics Expo to expand and practically double our capacity from last year,” explained Nina Taylor Kester, the event’s Co-Founder and Program Coordinator at the Cartoon Art Museum.

QCE is proud to be part of the Queer Cultural Center’s annual National Queer Arts Festival for the fourth consecutive year. The expo also serves as a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal.

The Queer Comics Expo’s Exhibitor, Programming and Volunteer Application is live at the link…

Advance Tickets are available online here…

This Friday, April 14, 2017, additional teaser announcements will be shared during the 9am webcomics panel at the Queers & Comics Conference to which Taylor Kester is an Advisory Board Member. Additional official announcements will follow in the coming weeks.

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Find Queer Comics Expo updates at QCExpo.tumblr.com, facebook.com/QCExpo and now twitter.com/QCExpo!

Cartoon Art Museum Co-Presents SF Sketchfest Events

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The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to co-present three events in collaboration with the 2017 SF Sketchfest. Join us on Friday, January 20 for Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale at the Brava Theater Center!

The Cartoon Art Museum is co-hosting a pair of events on Saturday, January 28, including An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould at Cobb’s Comedy Club and Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips at the Brava Theater Center.

Tickets are available through the SF Sketchfest website, Detailed event descriptions and direct ticket links follow:

*Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale
Friday, January 20, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $30
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…

The cast of the legendary anime suit up on stage to take your questions and discuss their show like you’ve never seen them before. Cast members include Christopher Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Sean Schemmel (Goku), Monica Rial (Bulma), Sonny Strait (Krillin) and Chris Rager (Mr Satan).

*An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould
Saturday, January 28, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, $20
Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus St., SF
Tickets at the link…

They’re baaaaack! Want action? Adventure? Comedy? Then look no further than The Venture Bros.! A staple of Adult Swim’s animated late-night shows, The Venture Bros. follows the unpredictable adventures of twin thrillseekers Hank and Dean Venture. Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture! Moderated by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil).

*Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips
Saturday, January 28, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $25
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…

Years ago Dino Stamatopoulos wrote a musical comedy (or more appropriately a Light Tragedy with Music) about a small family surviving through a cold winter. Think Sam Shepard meets Moral Orel. Although this play was only performed once, in Chicago, it’s being brought back in the form of a musical graphic novel. However, for San Francisco Sketchfest, for the first time since the original staging, Dino and guests will perform scenes and music from TRENT: a light tragedy with music.

ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions. To learn about past participants, visit the Past Festivals page (coming soon).
Audiences have overwhelmingly responded to SF Sketchfest’s diverse programming which has featured performers from every major North American television comedy smash of the last 25 years including Saturday Night Live, The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, VEEP, The Upright Citizens Brigade, The State, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Strangers With Candy, Key & Peele, The Simpsons, The Daily Show and more. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.

SF – Cartoonist-in Residence: Ben Collison

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Local artist Ben Collison appears at the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday September 3rd, from 2:00 – 5:30pm for the Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Come watch him illustrate with coffee and ink. He will be talking about his latest Kickstarter project “She had Love on Her Tongue & Death in Her Eye” a coffee art book. There will be a free raffle with comics, stickers, and t-shirts as prizes.

Collison will be demonstrating how he creates art with ink and coffee; smearing, smudging, and splattering coffee on ink until the illustration is complete. Not to be confused with watercolor, this coffee art stays grounded in the gritty nature of coffee stains and splatter.

Ben’s inspiration for his 100-page hard cover coffee art book is tough female rockstars. More info about Ben’s work at the link…

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655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

SF – Darth Vader & Friends Art Exhibit

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Join celebrated author and artist Jeffrey Brown on Thursday, June 25, 2015 for a personal tour of his current exhibition “Darth Vader and Friends” in the Cartoon Art Museum! Tour 6-7pm ($10), free reception follows 7-9pm. Tickets available soon.

The Cartoon Art Museum presents original artwork from award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown’s latest Star Wars book, Darth Vader and Friends, and his 2014 bestseller Goodnight, Darth Vader. This beloved series of books asks the question “What if Darth Vader actively raised his son and daughter?” In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.

About the Author: Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous autobiographical comics, humorous graphic novels, and bestselling Star Wars books. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

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655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

SF – Jiraiya Signs

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Jiraiya appears to sign books at San Francisco’s fantastic Cartoon Art Museum at 2:00pm on March 21st! Come meet one of the world’s greatest gay cartoonists in person.

Making his first ever public appearance, the artist known as JIRAIYA is coming to America in a series of signings and speaking events in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. The legendary Japanese artist will be signing limited edition giclee prints, Japanese-language editions of his collected comics and illustration work, as well as English translations and apparel for MASSIVE, at a variety of bookstores, galleries and academic institutions.

Most recently featured on the cover of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed gay manga anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, Jiraiya’s artwork has entertained audiences around the world since 1998, when his musclebound pinups debuted in G-men magazine. Guy Trebay at The New York Times has described Jiraiya’s figures as “jolly, hairy Asian men of refrigerator scale.”

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655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

SF – Will Eisner Week 2015

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The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates Will Eisner Week with a spirited discussion of the legendary creator’s life and artwork on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm. San Francisco-based comic creators Mario Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Steve Leialoha (Fables), and Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink) will discuss Eisner’s career and the impact that his work had on their own artistic endeavors.

About WILL EISNER WEEK:
WILL EISNER WEEK is an annual series of celebrations that takes place in multiple cities, timed around Will Eisner’s March 6th birthday. Started in 2009, Will Eisner Week is dedicated to promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner. This year Will Eisner Week is once again a truly international celebration including England, Scotland and Italy. More details about Will Eisner Week can be found at www.WillEisner.com

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

SF – Savage Dragon Retrospective

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The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present SAVAGE DRAGON: A Look Back with Erik Larsen, featuring a guided tour of the museum’s latest exhibition on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm, with a public reception from 7:00-9:00 pm. The exhibition features more than 40 pieces of original artwork personally selected by Larsen from his archives, highlighting major events in the life of his title character over the past two decades, as well as formal experiments and some of Larsen’s favorite pieces from the series.

Tickets for this event are $10, or free for members of the Cartoon Art Museum, and can be purchased through GuestList.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

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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655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

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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655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

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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655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

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