SF – The Voices of New Looney Tunes

Bob Bergen, Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bergman, Matt Craig, and Collette Sunderman appear at the Castro Theatre on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM.

Press Release:

The voice cast of New Looney Tunes takes the Castro Theatre stage for an amazing afternoon! Join Bob Bergen (Porky Pig), Dee Bradley Baker (Daffy Duck), Jeff Bergman (Bugs Bunny) and producer Matt Craig for a live episode reading, directed by Collette Sunderman. Then marvel at the animated version of that episode, followed by a fun and informative Q&A. The New Looney Tunes streams exclusively on the Boomerang premium subscription service, available on Android, iOS, desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet, Roku and Chromecast.

About New Looney Tunes:
The hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny you love is back! Follow Bugs as he stars in a new series consisting of slapstick comedic shorts that find the iconic, carrot-loving rabbit matching his wits against classic characters, such as Theodore “Tasmanian” Devil, Wile E. Coyote and Yosemite Sam. Along the way, Bugs will encounter brand-new foes but he’ll have some help from new friends like Bigfoot and Squeaks the Squirrel! Catch it on Boomerang, the streaming service with all the best cartoons, including all new exclusive versions of  Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, and more.

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Tickets available at the link…

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Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

SF – Futurama: Live from Omicron Persei 8

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Prepare yourself for 1000 light years of laughs with the Cast and Producers of Futurama. Executive Producer / Head Writer David X. Cohen will be live on stage with cast members Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), John DiMaggio (Bender), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Lrrr, Morbo), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), and David Herman (Scruffy). The panel will feature a live reading by the cast followed by an audience Q&A, where no questions are off-limits… even the dumb ones! Don’t miss out on this very special reunion of the folks who made your favorite animated science fiction TV series on Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM at the Marines Memorial Theatre. Moderated by Futurama Producer Lee Supercinski.  (**SOLD OUT**)

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

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Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

SF – First Second Books Discussion

Mark Siegel, editorial and creative director of First Second Books, and Andrew Farago, director of the Cartoon Art Museum, appear at the San Francisco Main Public Library on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM to discuss the exhibit First Second Books: A Graphic Revolution, which is on view at the Main Library, Jewett Gallery, November 18, 2017 – March 4, 2018.

San Francisco Main Public Library – Koret Auditorium, Lower Level
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

11th Annual CAM Sketch-a-thon at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to announce its programming for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center from July 19-23, 2017. This year marks the eleventh annual CAM Sketch-a-thon, which features a host of artists donating their time and talents to support the museum in its fundraising efforts for exhibitions and programming.

This year’s roster includes professional animators, graphic novelists, newspaper strip cartoonists, political cartoonists, comic book illustrators, webcartoonists, underground cartoonists and self-publishers, providing the Cartoon Art Museum’s booth with one of the most diverse artistic populations at Comic-Con. Featured artists include Astro City co-creator Brent Anderson, syndicated comic strip artist Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), Hugo Award-winning webcartoonist Phil Foglio (Girl Genius), Deadpool artist Scott Koblish, Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper), Jen Vaughn (Adventure Time), plus dozens more.

Artists will draw for visitors during one-hour sessions at the Cartoon Art Museum’s booth, #1930 on the convention floor. In exchange for a donation of $10 or more* to the Cartoon Art Museum, supporters will receive a customized convention sketch from a professional cartoonist. Please stay tuned to our website for an updated list and schedule as additional artists confirm. A complete schedule will be posted at the Cartoon Art Museum’s booth at Comic-Con International.

*See booth for details. Some artists and sketches will be sold at a premium.

SF – Kids Hour: Drawing Comics with Thien Pham

Cartoonist Thien Pham shares his passion for storytelling in a Kids workshop at the Apple Store on Saturday, June 3rd at 2:00 PM. He’ll start with an inspirational story he wrote about following your dreams. Kids will follow along as he shows the step-by-step process for creating a single page comic using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Then they’ll get hands-on storyboarding, sketching, and coloring their own comic. Hosted by Cartoon Art Museum FREE TO ATTEND

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Apple Union Square
300 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 486-4800

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute A Fundraising Auction for the Cartoon Art Museum

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The Cartoon Art Museum is thrilled to announce its first themed original art fundraising auction, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute. Proceeds from the auction will support the Cartoon Art Museum’s operations and public programming as the board and staff prepare for CAM’s grand reopening at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco later this summer.

Since Mike Mignola’s Hellboy first hit the stands in 1993, it has become a cultural sensation, racking up a dozen Eisner Awards and inspiring numerous spinoffs, from a novel line, to video games, to feature films. The Cartoon Art Museum’s fundraising auction, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A 25th Anniversary Tribute will feature original artwork from dozens of top graphic novelists, animators, and cartoonists who have drawn inspiration from the master storyteller’s signature creation. Featured artists include Sergio Aragonés (MAD), Harry Bliss (The New Yorker), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Sam Kieth (Sandman, The Maxx), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Steve Purcell (Sam and Max), Kent Williams (The Fountain), and more to be announced.

“We’re thrilled to pay tribute to one of the comic world’s greatest creator-owned properties, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, as the series celebrates its 25th anniversary,” said CAM Executive Director Summerlea Kashar. “The staff and board of the Cartoon Art Museum are very grateful for Mike’s assistance with this fundraiser, and we’re overwhelmed by the talent and generosity of the participating artists.”

The online auction will launch on May 15 on eBay, under the user account “cartoonartmuseum” and will continue with new pieces added biweekly throughout the summer. Preview pieces for the auction at our Comic Art Fans page. The Cartoon Art Museum will publish a full color catalog collecting all of the artwork created for this auction as well as an exhibition featuring this material alongside a selection of Mike Mignola’s own Hellboy artwork, tentatively planned for display at the Cartoon Art Museum in fall 2017.

Cartoon Art Museum Expands Summer Cartoon Camp

Cartoon Art MuseumPress Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum’s yearly Boot Camps have now grown into a brand new half-day summer Cartoon Camp! Tween and teen students are invited to take part in weeklong workshops dedicated to the comic book creation process from start to a finished project.

This year’s Cartoon Camp will be held on site at the American Bookbinders Museum on 355 Clementina Street in San Francisco, CA while the Cartoon Art Museum continues renovations for its new location in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Cartoon Camp also has scholarship funding available sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, a nonprofit organization working every day to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. The link to apply for scholarship funding can be found on the direct registration link on Guestlist: http://guestli.st/454494

Three sessions will be held from June to August 2017:

Week 1: June 19th – 23rd

Week 2: June 26th – 30th

Week 3: July 31st – August 4th

 

Ages: 10-15

Level: Young Intermediate (enjoy drawing and looking to build skills).

Time: 1pm- 5 pm (four hours) M-F (Dates listed by class)

Location: American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street

(near Fifth Street), San Francisco, CA 94103

Cost: $300 (CAM Members can recieve $50 off, sign up and save!)*

Register: cartoonart.org/programs

 

Each week will provide a new twist on learning cartooning basics, from designing and developing a cast of cartoon characters, to developing, writing and drawing a complete comic story to making physical mini-comics. Campers can attend any week alone or build up their skills in new ways over multiple weeks.

All camp sessions will be taught by cartoonist and illustrator Ellis Kim (TimeFiddler.com).

Supplies: Required Materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring in their personal sketchbooks and materials to add to their learning experience.

These are intermediate courses recommended for students from 10-15 years old. Students under the age of 10 or over the age of 15 will not be admitted into the class. Each session is also limited to 15 students each to allow for more in depth work and dialog with one of our working cartoonist teachers.

If a child has a special need or needs the parent or guardian can inform the Cartoon Art Museum along with their Registration so that we can better serve the child. Also, parents are not generally admitted into these classes without special need. We recommend inquiring about our private classes to attend class with your child.

Each session meets four hours each day for a 5-day week, Monday through Friday at the American Bookbinders Museum in SOMA at 355 Clementina Street.

The attendance fee for each student is $300 for non-members and $250 for members and is collected through the online registration payment*. The attendance fee covers the cost of art supplies and staff.

Up to 5 underserved students per week may attend free of charge thanks to a grant from YBCBD’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit Fund. See below for more information. ***

Each session meets four hours each day for a 5-day week, Monday through Friday at the American Bookbinders Museum in SOMA at 355 Clementina Street.

The attendance fee for each student is $300 for non-members and $250 for members and is collected through the online registration payment.* The attendance fee covers the cost of art supplies and staff.

Up to 5 students from underserved communities may attend free of charge per week thanks to a grant from YBCBD’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit Fund. See below for more information. ***

*See cancellation policy at online registration.

***For the most up to date scheduling information, member discount codes, scholarship information, or general questions, please contact education@cartoonart.org.

About Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s key function is to preserve, document, and exhibit this unique and accessible art form. Through traveling exhibitions and other related activities—such as artists-in-residence, lectures, and outreach—the museum has taken cartoon art and used it to communicate cultural diversity in the community, as well as the importance of self-expression.

About American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the culture and tools of bookbinding, from its earliest forms to the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution. In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

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!

SF – Cartoon Art Museum Celebrates Eisner & Kirby

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates Will Eisner Week and Jack Kirby: A Centennial Celebration on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00pm at Mission: Comics and Art. Join us as we discuss the life and artwork of the legendary comic creators Will Eisner (born March 6, 1917) and Jack Kirby (born August 28, 1917). Bay Area comic creators Mark Badger (Batman, Julius Caesar), Al Gordon (Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice League), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Mario Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Steve Leialoha (X-Men, Fables), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix) and Judd Winick (Hilo) will discuss Eisner’s career and the impact that his work had on their own artistic endeavors. A book signing will immediately follow the panel discussion.

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

About WILL EISNER:

WILL EISNER was born William Erwin Eisner on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—he truly was the “Orson Welles of comics” and the “Champion of the Graphic Novel.” He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and countless others. One of the comic industry’s most prestigious awards, The Eisner Award, is named after him. Recognized as the “Oscars” of the American comic book business, the Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at Comic-Con International in San Diego, America’s largest comics convention.

About JACK KIRBY:

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of JACK KIRBY, one of Comics’ greatest creators and visionaries and a man whose work, perhaps even more than he was alive, continues to inspire and amaze a worldwide audience, who may not know his name, but who love and are excited by his creations.

Jack Kirby was born as Jacob Kurtzburg on August 28, 1917 in New York City’s Lower East Side, a first-generation son of immigrants, who came of age in the melting pot of tenement life. He began his professional cartooning career simultaneously with the birth of the use of original material in the newest of popular media; the comic book.

Over Kirby’s 50-plus year career, working at all the major and many of the minor comics publishers, he created many of the comic book icons that continue to compel in print and on the screen; Captain America, the Newsboy Legion, the Fantastic Four, the Mighty Thor, The X-Men , The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Silver Surfer, Nick Fury and the Agents of SHIELD, The New Gods, Kamandi, Mister Miracle, Captain Victory and legions more.

Jack Kirby, even after his death on February 6, 1994, continues to thrill, entertain and inspire readers, audiences and his fellow professionals and is, if possible, beloved more as an individual, than as the creative force singular in comics history.

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

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