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  • SF – Jiraiya Signs

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    Press Release:

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

    SF – Will Eisner Week 2015

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    Press Release:

    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 – Songs & Secrets Exhibition

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    Tomm Moore, director of the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells, appears at the Cartoon Art Museum on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the opening of an exhibition featuring original pre-production artwork (approximately 80 pieces in total) from the films! The exhibit runs until June 21st.

    The artbook “Designing the Secret of Kells” will be available for sale and personalization from Tomm Moore for attendees!

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    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 – Katsuya Terada Signing

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    The Cartoon Art Museum hosts legendary manga artist Katsuya Terada on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This special event takes place in the Cartoon Art Museum’s galleries and is included with general museum admission. Terada will be demonstrating his drawing technique, sketching for fans, signing books, and discussing his art with museum patrons.

    In addition to his manga and illustration artwork, Terada is a prolific character designer, and his art has appeared in American publications ranging from Iron Man and Hellboy to Nintendo Power and the animated film Blood: The Last Vampire.

    About Katsuya Terada

    Katsuya Terada is probably best known in the US as the character-designer for the animated film Blood: The Last Vampire. He has also done work related to American comics, such as Iron Man and Hellboy. He also made contributed to several issues of Nintendo Power, including a special edition Strategy Guide for Dragon Warrior. In Japan, he has done the promotional illustrations for Detective Saburo Jinguji mystery-adventure video game series.

    Terada was in charge of the book cover and illustrations for the Kimaira series written by Baku Yumemakura, and was in charge of cover design and illustrations for Garouden, Shin Majugari, and Yamigarishi as well.

    Terada has defined himself as a “rakugaki” artist, more of a philosophy than a style of drawing, in which one draws a little everywhere, all the time, without thinking too much, on notebooks etc. He is a very prolific artist; one of his collections of sketches numbers more than 1000 pages, appropriately called Rakuga King.

    He has done very little group-drawn work (an exception being the manga Saiyukiden Daienou (Monkey King), his principal activities being illustration and character design. His use of CG tools is integrated very well in his illustrations, giving his work a vivid and rich appearance. He has admitted various influences on his work, particularly European ones, like Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius) and the magazine Métal Hurlant. The author lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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

    SF – TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History Launch

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    Press Release:

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

    SF – Cartoonist-in-Residence June 2014

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    Press Release:

    The Cartoon Art Museum hosts artist Matt Haley on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm as part of its on going Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Matt, view and discuss his work. This event is free and open to the public.

    Matt Haley has been illustrating hit graphic novels for Marvel and DC Comics for over two decades on characters ranging from The Incredible Hulk to Batgirl and has moved on to work with some of entertainment’s greatest luminaries such as Avengers director Joss Whedon on the feature documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fans Hope with Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), television series like Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee’s Who Wants to be a Superhero? for NBC/Universal as well as Human Target for Fox Television and Sanctuary for the SyFy Channel. He has directed animation for American Express, Spike TV and the USA Network and created artwork and designs for best-selling video game franchises like the Tom Clancy series of Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell games as well as the Spider-Man franchise for Nintendo. Most recently, Mr. Haley created and directed the television series Blackstar Warrior.

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

    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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