SF – Sanjay and Craig Panel

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Chris Hardwick (Craig), Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay), Matt Jones (Hector), John DiMaggio (Penny Pepper), Nolan North (Huggle Bunny) and more appear on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am at Kanbar Hall at the JCCSF!

Press Release:

SF Sketchfest brings the Nickelodeon animated series “Sanjay and Craig” home to the city where it was created. For the first time ever, the rad-awesome stars of the show will perform an episode in front of an audience, accompanied by clips from the series. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creators, and the world premiere of a brand new “Sanjay and Craig” episode. All children, doom babies, chicken wing eaters and talking snakes welcome!

Scheduled to appear: Chris Hardwick (Craig), Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay), Matt Jones (Hector), John DiMaggio (Penny Pepper), Nolan North (Huggle Bunny) and more.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

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Due to a change in his shooting schedule, Tony Hale will not be appearing as previously announced.

Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum & JCCSF

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SF – Sandman: The Worlds’ End

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes artists Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha for its ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This special presentation will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

In 1993, Neil Gaiman embarked upon one of the most ambitious Sandman storylines with Worlds’ End. Reminiscent of Chaucer’s legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS’ END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a “reality storm.” Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two stranded travelers are entertained by mesmerizing myths of infamous sea creatures, dreaming cities, ancient kings, astonishing funeral rituals and moralistic hangmen.

To fully realize the different realities depicted in this storyline, Gaiman selected several of his favorite artists and tailored stories specifically to their talents. Artists Bryan Talbot and Mark Buckingham illustrated the framing sequence, and pencilers and inkers from A to Z (Allred to Zulli) rendered the six different reality-spanning tales authored by Gaiman. Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha both contributed to the final issue of Worlds’ End, with Amaro’s story foreshadowing the series’ conclusion.

Amaro and Leialoha will discuss their collaborations with Neil Gaiman on this classic Sandman story, as well as their other work for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The two artists will collaborate on a limited print for VIP ticket buyers, available as an attendees-only exclusive.

Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale, and can be purchased here…

General Admission: $10.00 (Cartoon Art Museum members will receive two-for-one admission and an exclusive print). VIP Admission is $25 and includes an exclusive print created for the event by Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha.

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SF – Sandman Art Exhibition

Press Release:

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.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SF – Sumo & Saints Signing

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Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham appear at the Cartoon Art Museum on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7pm as part of Litquake! Comic fiends rejoice! Join these two renowned artists for a wide-ranging discussion of comics, education, and ‘80s cartoons. ($5 suggested donation)

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SF – Kid Beowulf Signing

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Join cartoonist Alexis E. Fajardo as he wraps up his Small Press Spotlight feature at the Cartoon Art Museum on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm. Fajardo is the creator of the action-adventure series Kid Beowulf. An exhibition of original art pages from his newest book, Kid Beowulf and the Rise of El Cid, concludes in August, and Fajardo be closing out the show with a book signing and free sketches during the day!

Lex is a Bay Area cartoonist and currently lives in Santa Rosa, CA where, when no penning Kid Beowulf he works for PEANUTS at the Charles M. Schulz Studio.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

3rd Annual Latino Comics Expo

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The Cartoon Art Museum hosts the Third Annual Latino Comics Expo on June 1-2, 2013!

Attendance included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum

SPECIAL 2-DAY ADMISSION AVAILABLE FOR $10 – IN ADVANCE OR AT THE DOOR

Press Release:

The Latino Comics Expo, the nation’s first convention focusing on Latino creators and Latino-themed subject matter, returns for its third consecutive year at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, from Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2, 2013. Mario Hernandez (Love & Rockets) highlights an all-star line-up of artists and writers including Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo), Octavio Rodriguez (Pixar), Gabrielle Gamboa (Miss Lonelyhearts), Liz Mayorga (Spunky Cat Comix), Javier Hernandez (El Muerto), Jose Cabrera (Crying Macho Man), Daniel Parada (Zotz), Crystal Gonzalez (In the Dark), Jaime Crespo (Tortilla), Grasiela Rodriguez (Spadra), and many others.

“When Ricardo Padilla and I first started the Expo, we weren’t sure just how big the demand would be for a comic convention focusing on Latino creators and subject matter” says Expo co-founder Javier Hernandez. “But the response from attendees, as well as the artists, has been an enthusiastic affirmation of our dream.”

A special attraction this year are a variety of panels being offered to the public, including Professor Frederick Aldama (Your Brain on Latino Comics), who will discuss his new book Multimediated Latinos: Film, Television, Web, Comics and Latinos in the 21st Century. Filmmaker Jim Lujan, recipient of this year’s Bill Plympton Award for Indie Animation, will make his first appearance at the Expo, screening a selection of his animated films. For creative individuals seeking to produce their own work, Nathan Sabri and Jacob Kaufman, lawyers with the firm Morrison & Foerster, will lead a panel and answer questions regarding Intellectual Property and Copyright Law. There will also be a workshop for kids, where participants create their own comics.

This Year’s Latino Comics Expo is Dedicated to the Memory & Spirit of Spain Rodriguez, who passed away last year, and who was kind enough to participate in our 2012 Expo.

All events are open to the public and are included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission Street, near Yerba Buena Gardens between New Montgomery and Third Street in San Francisco.

The Latino Comics Expo was co-founded by Ricardo Padilla and Javier Hernandez to provide a showcase for Latino creators and others to share their work with the public. Through published comics, webcomics, graphic novels and other visual mediums, the Expo seeks to share the Latino-American experience through the diversity of the artists and their works.

The Cartoon Art Museum, founded in 1984, is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics in all their forms. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.

SF – High-Flying History of Superman

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Author Larry Tye speaks at the Cartoon Art Museum on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 from 7:00 – 8:30PM.

Press Release:

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s SUPERMAN: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero. The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, Larry Tye, who has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today. Tye will discuss and sign his latest book. This event is free and open to the public.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SF – Samplings and Dabblings Exhibit

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Artist Sam Kieth makes a rare public appearance at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 11:00 AM till 2:00PM! RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum presents Samplings and Dabblings: a retrospective, a celebration of the art of Sam Kieth. This exhibition traces Kieth’s career from 1988, when he collaborated with writer Neil Gaiman to produced the first issues of the acclaimed Sandman comic book series through his fan favorite run drawing Wolverine for Marvel Comics Presents and other early works. In 1993, Kieth published perhaps his best known character, The Maxx, through Image Comics, in a series that spawned an animated spin-off on MTV’s Oddities. The ever-experimental artist produced additional creator-owned works for publishers including WildStorm and Oni, and his most recent comics work including The Hollows and Mars Attacks! is available from IDW Publishing.

In addition to his well known (and occasionally not well known) comics work, Samplings and Dabblings also examines the paintings, comics and sculpture that comprise Kieth’s ongoing “Trout-a-verse” project.

“In the same way, in all my stories, I’m trying to have compassion for these characters who’ve been through hell, or who’ve put themselves through hell, and are, in some way, all alter egos for me. So whether work-for-hire or creator owned, the themes are all continuous in my work. Some of the characters are owned by evil conglomerates, others are just waiting to be picked off by evil conglomerates, and some of them are so weird that no evil conglomerate wants to touch them with a stick…but they’re all part of one, giant ‘Sam-story.’”

The exhibition opens on March 1, 2013, the 20th anniversary of The Maxx, although museum patrons will get a sneak peek at Samplings and Dabblings on February 23 and 24. A reception is planned to accompany the release of a full-color exhibition catalog in April, to be printed and distributed by IDW Publishing. The catalog features a 10,000-word career-spanning interview with Sam Kieth, conducted by Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago. Details about the reception and catalog will be announced soon.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SF – The Last Unicorn Screening

psb042013Peter S. Beagle appears on Saturday April 20, 2013 for a screening at the Castro Theatre from noon to 3:00 PM and a VIP reception at the Cartoon Art Museum from 6:00 – 8:00 pm!

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Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum and The Castro Theatre are proud to host the premiere screening of Peter S. Beagle’s nationwide theatrical re-release tour for The Last Unicorn—and his 74th birthday celebration! Throw on your best Schmendrick the Magician or Amalthea outfit and join us at The Castro Theatre for a screening of the uncut edition of the animated movie The Last Unicorn, a question and answer session with author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, an amazing raffle, pop-up shop, and limited book signing! Following the screening at the Castro Theatre, the Cartoon Art Museum will open its doors from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for an intimate reading and chat with Mr. Beagle, an exclusive auction, and continued signings. Costumes are encouraged!

This is the kickoff event in a two-year screening tour that will see Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn coming to hundreds of local movie theaters in the United States and Canada. To get details on the tour, email contact@conlanpress.com.

Tickets for the VIP level are $25 (screening and event) and may be purchased through the link.  Screening tickets are $8.50 and may be purchased through the Castro Theater at the link.

Each ticket comes with one raffle entry, a 35mm film frame from an original 1982 theatrical print of the movie, and membership in The Last Unicorn Tour (including discounts on exclusive tour merchandise and other benefits).

Our exciting raffle items, generously supplied by Conlan Press, are:
Third Prize: Signed regular edition Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $25). (Two winners)
Second Prize: Signed Last Unicorn trade paperback and Blu-ray/DVD combo (value: $36) (Two winners)
First Prize: Signed deluxe Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $50). (One winner)

Items for the VIP auction include:
A complete 35mm frame set of all 17 characters from the film, in signed glassine envelopes, plus an official Certificate of Authenticity.
A signed “printer proof” limited edition of 7 Original Character Concept Design Art Prints from The Last Unicorn, by lead animator Tsuguyuki Kubo.
An original penciled page from The Last Unicorn graphic novel.

This event is generously sponsored by The Castro Theater, with proceeds benefiting The Cartoon Art Museum and Peter S. Beagle Tour.

About Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn
According to Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle is “the gold standard for fantasy.” Arguably America’s greatest living fantasist, Peter’s extraordinary body of work has been enchanting audiences since he published his first book, A Fine and Private Place, while still only 20 years old. His most famous novel, The Last Unicorn, has sold more than six million copies in 25 languages since its original publication in 1968, and the 1982 animated film version (for which Peter wrote the screenplay) has tens of millions of fans around the world. Peter is also a gifted singer and songwriter, and wrote the screenplays for the original 1978 animated film version of The Lord of the Rings and “Sarek,” a fan-favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in Oakland, California.

About Conlan Press
Conlan Press was originally founded in 2005 to provide an easier way for Peter S. Beagle’s worldwide legion of fans to get signed or personalized copies of his works, and other creations related to them, either on-line or at public events. In 2013 the company is publishing a host of brand-new Beagle titles, plus book, ebook, audiobook, music, and art print releases from a carefully-selected group of uniquely creative authors, artists, and musicians. For more on Conlan Press visit www.conlanpress.com.

About the Castro Theatre
The Castro Theatre was built in 1922 by pioneer San Francisco theatre entrepreneurs, the Nasser brothers, who started with a nickelodeon in 1908 in the Castro neighborhood. It is now a neighborhood landmark and host to many Bay Area hits including the popular Castro Theatre Sing-A-Long series. For more information about The Castro Theater visit castrotheatre.com

About the Cartoon Art Museum
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics. The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public. For more about the Cartoon Art Museum visit www.cartoonart.org.

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