SF – Toon Talk: Keith Knight

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes back San Francisco favorite Keith Knight for a spirited Toon Talk on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Knight will discuss his comics career from his long-running alt-weekly comic the K Chronicles to his nationally-syndicated strip The Knight Life, as well as the latest book in his popular children’s book series Jake the Fake. Knight also promises a surprise announcement about his next project that’s sure to please his longtime fans.

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About the Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art museum can be visited online at cartoonart.org and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

SF – Toon Talk with Mark Burstein

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Join the Cartoon Art Museum on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM for a presentation and book-signing with Mark Burstein on his latest publication, Dave Sheridan: Life with Dealer McDope, The Leather Nun, and The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, an homage to one of the underground comix pioneers and a definitive collection of his work.

Introduced by Gilbert Shelton, the book includes biographical and anecdotal reminiscences from Dave’s family, friends, and collaborators, e.g., his widow, Dava Sheridan; collaborators Fred Schrier, Pat Ryan, and Paul Mavrides; publishers Ron Turner of Last Gasp and Fred and Kathe Todd of Rip Off Press; and a lavish cornucopia of his other work as well: magazine illustrations, advertisements, record covers, beer and cannabis labels, cards, paintings, sketches, and cartoons, not to mention a generous helping of his comix, superbly reproduced from the original art.

This book is a long-overdue tribute to one of the true masters of the art movement known as “underground comix.” Sheridan’s writing and plotting are outstanding, and few artists in (or out of) the medium we call cartooning are as capable of rendering such intricately detailed, (sur)realistic, humorously “kozmik” scenes as he was.

About Dave Sheridan:

The arc of the tragically short but creatively brilliant life of Dave Sheridan is simple: born in 1943, raised in Cleveland, graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, moved to San Anselmo with Fred Schrier in the late Sixties, and died suddenly, from cancer, in 1982. Yet in that brief time he managed to create some of the most significant and iconic characters (e.g., Dealer McDope and The Leather Nun) in underground comix; mind-bending, hysterically funny yet profound stories in comix such as Mother’s Oats, The Balloon Vendor, Time Twisted Tales, and Meef; not to mention helping take the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers to new pinnacles of graphic lunacy, collaborating with Gilbert Shelton on forty-five stories, including such classics as “Grass Roots,” “A Mexican Odyssey,” and “Winter of ’59,” which appeared in riotous color in Playboy.

About the Author:

Mark Burstein is a book editor and writer, e.g., Alice in Comicland, Much Ado: The POGOfenokee Trivia Book, The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition; a noted Lewis Carroll scholar; and a known authority on American comic strips, particularly Pogo, and underground comix.

About the Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art museum can be visited online at cartoonart.org and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

SF – Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier Art Exhibition

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Raina Telgemeier for a special meet and greet event with her fans on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Advance tickets are available at the link…

Raina will discuss the Cartoon Art Museum’s retrospective exhibition Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier at 4:00pm, and following her presentation, she will conduct a Q&A session with attendees. An informal meet and greet session will follow, and Raina will be available to chat with fans, pose for photographs, and answer questions about her exhibition and her comics.

Pre-signed copies of Raina’s books, including Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and The Baby-sitters Club will be available for purchase in advance at the Cartoon Art Museum on March 10. Please note that Raina will not be signing or personalizing books during this event.

Raina’s visit is part of the Cartoon Art Museum’s celebration of Will Eisner Week, an annual series of events dedicated to promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of the late cartoonist and graphic novelist Will Eisner. Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art.

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include three Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

SF – Hanukkomics Presentation

Cartoonist Hilary Price appears at the Jewish Community Library on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 PM, co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum.

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In this funny and light-hearted presentation, cartoonist Hilary Price will explain the process through which her ideas become cartoons, share secular and Jewish-themed strips, and draw cartoon snippets on the spot. All of Price’s cartooning secrets will be revealed, including the story of how she became a cartoonist, and how her Jewish identity contributed to her artistic development.

Hilary Price has been writing and drawing Rhymes with Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. At the age of 25, she was the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated strip; the strip now appears in 375 papers internationally. Hilary has taught cartooning workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. She now splits her time between Northampton, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont. When not cartooning, Price plays ice hockey and spoils her overly large cat.

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Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-3327

SF – The Prince and the Dressmaker Art Exhibition & Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase will feature Jen Wang’s latest graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker, published by First Second Books. A selection of Wang’s original artwork will be on display from February 15 through June 24, 2018.

An opening reception and book signing will be held at the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This reception will feature a conversation with Jen as she looks back on her career in comics and animation and looks ahead to upcoming projects. The reception is co-sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum, First Second Books, Geeks OUT, and Prism Comics. All attendees will receive an exclusive The Prince and the Dressmaker print courtesy of First Second Books. The suggested admission for this reception is $5 for the general public. Advance tickets are available through Guestlist.com

About Jen Wang:
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache. Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second.

About The Prince and the Dressmaker:
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

About The Emerging Artist Showcase:
The Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase is dedicated to the presentation of new and emerging voices in comics, from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This ongoing series of exhibitions is curated by the Cartoon Art Museum and supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

About Prism Comics and the Queer Press Grant:
Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers. Prism fosters diversity in comics and popular geek culture and is one of the only comics organizations that provide an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Learn more at prismcomics.org.

About Geeks OUT:
Geeks OUT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rallying, empowering and promoting the queer geek community. Formed in 2010, Geeks OUT has brought a positive queer presence to several large comic conventions and hosted a wide variety of community events in the NYC area and across the USA. Geeks OUT events have included art shows, geeky self-defense classes, movie screenings, and bar crawls, among others.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

The Secret Loves of Geeks Global Signing Event

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Dark Horse will release The Secret Loves of Geeks on Wednesday, February 14th, the follow up to last year’s hit anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, edited by Hope Nicholson. The upcoming anthology features comic and prose stories from writers, cartoonists, and professional geeks of all gender identities and sexual orientations about their most intimate, heartbreaking, humorous, and inspiring tales of love, sex, and dating.

Dark Horse is celebrating the release of this book by hosting a simultaneous signing by The Secret Loves of Geeks contributors around the world on Wednesday, February 21st. Writers and comic creators from Finland, Scotland, and across USA and Canada will be appearing in local comic shops to sign copies of the books and chat with fans in this unprecedented mega-event.

Toronto, Ontario – Page & Panel
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M4W 2G8
416-323-9212

Contributors: Diana McCallum, Saadia Muzaffar, JP Larocque

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Galaxy Comics
200-1109 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R2G 1L4
204-338-5216

Contributors: Hope Nicholson

Helsinki, Finland – Turun Sarjakuvakauppa
Porthaninkatu 9, 00530, Helsinki, Finland
358 44 2308251

Contributors: H-P Lehkonen

Glasgow, Scotland – Forbidden Planet Glasgow
168 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2LW, UK
44 141 331 1215

Contributors: Letty Wilson, Katie West

Austin, Texas – Austin Books & Comics
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

Contributors: Dr. Nerdlove

Denver, Colorado – Mutiny Info Cafe
2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-7579

Contributors: Dylan Edwards

Houston, Texas – 8th Dimension
15210 West Road, Houston, TX 77095
(281) 856-6506

Contributors: Jessi Jordan

Los Angeles, California – Meltdown Comics and Collectibles
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7223

Contributors: Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Cecil Castellucci, Ivan Salazar, MariNaomi, Dana Simpson, Kristian Bruun

Portland, Oregon – Books With Pictures
1100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206-4369

Contributors: Terry Blas, Kelly Fitzpatrick

San Francisco, California – Comic Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

Contributors: Maia Kobabe, Trina Robbins, Jen Aprahamian, Mariko Tamaki

Seattle, Washington – Phoenix Comics & Games
113 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 328-4554

Contributors: Levi Hastings, Jen Vaughn

SF – Early Man Screening + Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Lionsgate & Aardman Animations for a look at their upcoming theatrical release EARLY MAN with animation directors Will Becher and Merlin Crossingham, and legendary director Nick Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

The Making of EARLY MAN, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Join Aardman Animations’ animation directors Merlin Crossingham and Will Becher for a behind-the-scenes look at EARLY MAN, the soon-to-be-released animated feature from Aardman Animations.

EARLY MAN is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award®-winning director Nick Park and AARDMAN, the creators of WALLACE AND GROMIT and SHAUN THE SHEEP. Shot in Aardman’s own distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world, unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast.Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (EDDIE REDMAYNE) and his best friend Hognob, as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy, Lord Nooth (TOM HIDDLESTON), and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Summit Entertainment, StudioCanal, Aardman Animations and The British Film Institute present, an Aardman production.

A Conversation with Nick Park, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Celebrated director Nick Park looks back at his animation career, from Creature Comforts and Wallace and Gromit to his recent feature films, including EARLY MAN, in a lively conversation with Pixar’s Pete Docter, the Academy Award-winning director of Up and Inside Out.

Following these events, Nick, Merlin and Will will be available for a brief signing.

EARLY MAN opens in theatres on February 16.

Tickets for this event are $25 for the general public and free for Cartoon Art Museum members.

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Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

 

SF – Pashmina Art Show Closing Reception

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Nidhi Chanani, the inaugural artist in the Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase, for a closing reception celebrating her debut graphic novel Pashmina. Chanani will meet museum patrons and sign copies of Pashmina on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. This event is included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum.

About Nidhi Chanani:
Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012, she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she has worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Pashmina is her first graphic novel.

About Pashmina:
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions―the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

About The Emerging Artists Showcase:
The Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase is dedicated to the presentation of new and emerging voices in comics, from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This ongoing series of exhibitions is curated by the Cartoon Art Museum and supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

ABOUT THE CARTOON ART MUSEUM
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

SF – MARCH: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement

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The Cartoon Art Museum, Top Shelf Productions, and IDW Publishing proudly present MARCH, an exhibition of original artwork from the acclaimed graphic novel trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Cartoon Art Museum patrons will discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis, as artist Nate Powell chronicles Lewis’s journey from Troy, Alabama to Washington, D.C. The MARCH graphic novel trilogy, co-written by Andrew Aydin, received the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, was the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Award, has won multiple Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, and has been a staple of the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists.

Artist Nate Powell will discuss MARCH at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, February 9, 2018. RSVP on Facebook for further details…

About Congressman John Lewis and MARCH:

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

To share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis produced March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

About Nate Powell, forthcoming guest speaker at the Cartoon Art Museum:

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot documentary will reach roughly one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Sqaud and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

SF – Cartoon Art Museum Grand Opening Celebration

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Join the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday, January 20, 2018 as we celebrate our new location at 781 Beach Street, near Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park and the Cable Car Terminus.

Special guests Gary Amaro, Mark Badger, Lee Ballard, Nick Dragotta, Steve Purcell, Ben Seto, and Jon Way$hak appear for a signing from 6:00 – 7:00 PM to close the Tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy exhibition, which concludes Monday, January 29th.

After a two-year hiatus, the museum is thrilled to be open to the public again with our first round of exhibitions:

A Tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy (October 28, 2107 – January 29, 2018)

The Cartoon Art Museum pays tribute to creator Mike Mignola with an exhibition featuring original artwork from today’s top graphic novelists, animators, and cartoonists who have drawn inspiration from the master storyteller’s signature creation. Featured artists include Harry Bliss (The New Yorker), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Sam Kieth (The Maxx), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Steve Purcell (Sam & Max), and Kent Williams (The Fountain), among others.

Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier (October 28, 2107 – March 19, 2018)

Celebrate the comics of San Francisco native Raina Telgemeier including her highly popular autobiographical works Smile and Sisters, her award-winning graphic novels Drama and Ghosts, and her acclaimed adaptations of Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitter’s Club series.

Emerging Artist Showcase: Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina (October 28, 2017– February 12, 2018)

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

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