SF – Sumo Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes cartoonist Thien Pham on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm for a discussion and booksigning of his latest release, SUMO, published by First Second Books.  This event is free and open to the public.   About the artist:

Thien Pham is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel and New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Sumo is his first solo work.   About the book:   Scott  is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale–and a new chapter in Scott’s life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself…a center that had seemed lost for good.

Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel.  Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham’s Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It’s nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about…sumo wrestling.

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

SF – An Evening with ParaNorman

Chris Butler appears at the Cartoon Art Museum on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM

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The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of ParaNorman with screenwriter and co-director Chris Butler on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. After amassing an impressive array of feature credits as storyboard artist, character designer, and sequence director over the past decade, Chris Butler marks his first feature as director and screenwriter with ParaNorman. Learn about the special challenges of creating a stop motion animation feature with a look at exclusive footage courtesy of LAIKA animation studio.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum on November 7, but they may also be pre-purchased through Guestlist Ticketing. Seating for this special event is limited, so advance reservations are recommended. Tickets for this event are $7, and Cartoon Art Museum members will receive two-for-one admission.

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

SF – Sketchtravel Exhibit

Artists Ronnie del Carmen, Bill Presing, Erik Tiemens, Eli Harris, and Dice Tsutsumi appear at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday October 20, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

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The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents Sketchtravel, a unique collaborative project bringing together 71 talented artists from around the world.

Acclaimed artists Dice Tsutsumi of Japan and Gerald Guerlais of France originated Sketchtravel as an international charity art project. A simple red sketchbook was passed from one artist to another, not unlike an Olympic torch, in an artistic relay through 12 countries over the course of four years. The end result was a beautiful sketchbook containing the personal visions of 71 exceptional illustrators, animators and comic book artists including Bill Plympton, James Jean, Rebecca Dautremer, Glen Keane, Frederick Back, and Studio Ghibli founder and animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. This sketchbook was sold at auction in 2011, raising funds for Room to Read, an international literacy non-profit, and helping to build five libraries in five third-world nations so far.

The Cartoon Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Sketchtravel, features full-sized reproductions of this material, painstakingly recreated as giclee prints to allow the highest quality presentation of the original Sketchtravel paintings and illustrations.

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

Love and Rockets: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

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The Cartoon Art Museum is honored to host Love and Rockets: A 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 8:00-11:00pm. This will be the opening reception for a career-spanning retrospective exhibition including more than 50 pieces of original artwork from the groundbreaking Fantagraphics comic. This event coincides with the annual Alternative Press Expo (APE), which takes place at San Francisco’s Concourse on October 13 and 14. Special guests for this party include Love and Rockets creators Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez, with additional guests to be announced.

Visitors will enjoy food and drink from local vendors, live drawing events, and the company of dozens of talented cartoonists. Admission for the event is on a sliding scale, from $5 to $50, with guests encouraged to donate whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum. Guests who donate $20 or more will receive an exclusive 30th anniversary print courtesy of Fantagraphics Books.

All proceeds from this reception will benefit The Cartoon Art Museum, a non-profit educational museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of original cartoon art in all its forms.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum on October 13, but they may also be pre-purchased through Guestist Ticketing.

For more information about the Alternative Press Expo, please visit their website.

Also on display in October 2012:

Sketchtravel: Acclaimed artists Dice Tsutsumi of Japan and Gerald Guerlais of France originated Sketchtravel as an international charity art project. A simple red sketchbook was passed from one artist to another, not unlike an Olympic torch, in an artistic relay through 12 countries over the course of four years. The end result was a beautiful sketchbook containing the personal visions of 71 exceptional illustrators, animators and comic book artists including Bill Plympton, James Jean, Rebecca Dautremer, Glen Keane, Frederick Back, and Studio Ghibli founder and animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. This sketchbook was sold at auction in 2011, raising funds for Room to Read, an international literacy non-profit, and helping to build five libraries in five third-world nations so far.

The Art of ParaNorman: The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents original works of art from the feature film ParaNorman, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and released nationwide by Focus Features on August 17, 2012. The exhibition features concept art, puppets, costumes and more from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s second stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D. In stop-motion animation, everything seen on screen actually exists in the real world, as opposed to computer-generated animation.

Small Press Spotlight on Jonas Madden-Connor: The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates the art of self-publisher Jonas Madden-Connor in the latest installment of its ongoing Small Press Spotlight.

SF – Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum proudly welcomes author Emily Haynes and award-winning animator and Pixar storyboard artist Sanjay Patel on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm as they discuss their new children’s book, Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth. This event is free and open to the public.

The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book adaptation of how Ganesha came to write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! With the help of the poet Vyasa, he learns that what’s broken can actually be quite useful. Vibrant, graphic illustrations that recall influences from Mary Blair to Bollywood make this a thoroughly modern vision of a classic tale.

Sanjay Patel is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on numerous films, including Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Toy Story 2; Ratatouille; The Incredibles; and Toy Story 3. He has also worked on The Simpsons for Fox and with legendary cartoonist John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy. His previous books include Ramayana: Divine Loophole and the The Little Book of Hindu Deities. He lives in Oakland, California.

Emily Haynes is an editor by day and a children’s writer by night. She lives in Oakland, California.

About Chronicle Books

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.

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

SF – Noche de Latinas

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The Cartoon Art Museum and The Latino Comics Expo are proud to announce Noche de Latinas, an evening with Latina comic book artists discussing their craft, their inspirations, and how they manage to navigate in the “macho” world of comics. Bay Area Creators Gabrielle Gamboa (Miss LonelyHearts), Crystal Gonzales (In the Dark), Liz Mayorga (Spunkycatcomix.com) and L.A.-based artist Grasiela Rodriguez (Spadra/Lunatic Fringe) will share their stories and experiences, as well as their best practices in creating independent comics, zines and web animation.

This event takes place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Cartoon Art Museum, and is free and open to the public. Noche de Latinas is held in conjunction with the current exhibition La Raza Comica: The Latin American Experience in the Comic Book Arts, on display at the Cartoon Art Museum through September 30, 2012.

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

SF – The MAD Art of Caricature Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes celebrated MAD artist and 2012 Reuben Award Winner Tom Richmond for a special look at his latest book, The MAD Art of Caricature on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  In this behind-the-scenes look at his long awaited how-to-draw-caricatures book, Richmond shares his secrets to drawing great caricatures for live events, published illustrations, and MAD!  Copies of Richmond’s book will be available for purchase the night of the event.

$5 general public, two-for-one admission for Cartoon Art Museum members. Click here for tickets.

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

CAM Sketch-a-thon Artists at SDCC 2012 to Include Adlard, Janson, and Many More

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Sixth Annual CAM Sketch-a-thon at San Diego Comic-Con International

Cartoon Art Museum Event:  Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, 2012

$10 Suggested donation per sketch

Cartoon Art MuseumSan Francisco, CA:  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 12-15, 2012.  This year marks the sixth annual CAM Sketch-a-thon, which features a host of artists donating their time and talents to support the museum in its fundraising efforts.  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.  The National Cartoonist Society’s 2012 Reuben Award Winner Tom Richmond and Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard are among the artists supporting the Cartoon Art Museum at this year’s event.

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.  Featured artists include  Charlie Adlard, Michael Aushenker, Elijah Brubaker, Carolyn Watson Dubisch, Mike Dubisch, Phil Foglio, Shaenon K. Garrity, Zack Giallongo, Sina Grace, Mike Gray, Klaus Janson, Keith Knight, Jon Macy, Larry Marder, Kraig Rasmussen, Denny Riccelli, Tom Richmond, Dave Roman, Scott Shaw!, Seamus Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Jen Vaughn, Kimo Yancey and Ron Yavnieli, with many more to be announced as the convention approaches.  Please stay tuned to our website for an updated list and schedule as additional artists confirm.

Artists who are interested in participating in the CAM Sketch-a-thon should contact Andrew Farago at gallery@cartoonart.org for more information.

SF – Celebrating Star Wars Comics

Howard Chaykin and Steve Leialoha appear at the Cartoon Art Museum on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm!

$7 General Public; Two-for-one admission for Cartoon Art Museum members

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A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, LucasFilm contacted Marvel Comics and licensed an official comic book adaptation of their soon-to-be-released film Star Wars. Writer Roy Thomas, penciler Howard Chaykin and inker Steve Leialoha adapted the film over the course of the first six issues of the monthly comic, which went on to become one of Marvel’s biggest hits of the 1970s.  Marvel continued to publish the ongoing adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and friends until 1986.

On Tuesday, May 15, the Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Howard Chaykin and Steve Leialoha for a special presentation on the origins of the Star Wars comic book and their experiences in creating the official Marvel Comics adaptation of the film.  What was it like seeing the film for the first time?  When did they realize that Star Wars was a hit?  How involved was LucasFilm in the comic books?  Learn the answers to these questions and more during our Star Wars Anniversary Celebration.

Comedian, cartoonist and longtime Star Wars fan Michael Capozzola will moderate the discussion, and also appearing with Chaykin and Leialoha is acclaimed comedian Joe Klocek will conduct a special Star Wars Q&A following the presentation.

Advance sale tickets can be purchased through Guest List:  http://guestlistapp.com/events/101937

The Cartoon Art Museum thanks Guest List for its ongoing support and promotion of our event programming.  For more information about Guest List, please visit their website.

Sponsorship for this event has been provided by The Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel.  The Cartoon Art Museum is very thankful for their patronage.

STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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

SF – Darth Vader & Son Signing

Jeffrey Brown signs on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm

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What if Darth Vader actively raised his son? What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? 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. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars™ moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber battling practice, using the Force to raid a cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star, and the special bonding moments shared between any father and son.

The Cartoon Art Museum answers these questions and more in the 18-piece exhibition Darth Vader and Son, featuring artwork by award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown. This exhibit opens on Saturday, April 28. Brown will sign copies of his book at the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm.

About the Author
Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag, and Cats Are Weird. Jeffrey also co-wrote and created artwork for the film Save The Date, which was selected for Dramatic Film Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.

About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.

STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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

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