SF – Cartoon Art Museum Celebrates Eisner & Kirby

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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

Fantagraphics SDCC 2016 Signing Schedule

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Daniel Clowes, Trina Robbins, and Ed Luce are all special guests of the convention this year, and they’ll be joined by talents new and old at good ol’ Fantagraphics booth 1721

Thursday, July 21st
11:00 AM – Noon — Trina Robbins
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM — Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Ed Luce
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM — Simon Hanselmann

Friday, July 22nd
11:00 AM – Noon — Ed Luce & Simon Hanselmann
Noon – 1:00 PM — Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Johnny Ryan, John Pham, Steven Weissman, Sammy Harkham
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Daniel Clowes

Saturday, July 23rd
11:00 AM – Noon — Trina Robbins
Noon – 2:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Johnny Ryan & Dave Cooper
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard and Kaz
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM — Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Simon Hanselmann

Sunday, July 24th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Ed Luce & Simon Hanselmann
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Johnny Ryan & Lawrence Hubbard
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Wimmen’s Comix
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

SF – Will Eisner Week Panel

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Bay Area comic creators Steve Englehart (Avengers, Detective Comics), Al Gordon (Justice League, Legion of Superheroes), John Heebink (SHIELD, Elvira), Mario Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Steve Leialoha (X-Men, Fables) and other surprise guests appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Sunday, March 6th at 2:00 PM 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 seventy years and 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 “father 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.

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Mission: Comics & Art
2250 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

CA – Underground Comix Signing

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Mario Hernandez, co-creator of the legendary graphic novel series, Love & Rockets, takes us on a personal journey of his introduction and appreciation of the alternative world of Underground comix at the Millbrae Library on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM. He’ll point out the scenes and inspirations of his youth and as an adult, as he and his brothers started one of the best and longest-running Underground Comic books of all time. Mario will reminisce and point out crucial inspirations and leaders in the Underground Comics scenes of the 1950s and 60s.

Millbrae Library
1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030
650.697.7607

SF – Will Eisner Week 2015

February 25, 2015 by  
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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

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

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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.

Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels

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The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”

“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”

Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:

March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.

March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.

March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.

March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.

March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.

March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.

March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.

March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.

March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.

March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”

March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.

March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)

March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.

Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check www.willeisnerweek.com for updates on all events.

SF – Love and Rockets Exhibit Closing

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The Cartoon Art Museum says farewell to its 30th Anniversary Celebration of Love and Rockets with a visit from series co-creator Mario Hernandez on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm as he discusses his contributions to the groundbreaking comic book series.  Learn about the formative years of Los Bros Hernandez as Mario goes behind the scenes of Love and Rockets, one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed indie comics of all time.  This event is free and open to the public.  Guests who donate $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum will receive an exclusive Love and Rockets 30th anniversary print courtesy of Fantagraphics Books.

This special event is presented by The Will and Ann Eisner Foundation as part of Will Eisner Week, a global celebration of graphic novels and sequential art.  For more information on other events celebrating the art and legacy of Will Eisner, please visit www.willeisnerweek.com

About Love and Rockets:  Love and Rockets is a sprawling, multi-generational comic book epic written and illustrated by “Los Bros. Hernandez,” Gilbert and Jaime, with occasional contributions from their older brother, Mario.  Since its first issue, published by Fantagraphics Books in 1982, the series has won over 20 major comic industry awards, including the Harvey, Kirby and Ignatz Awards.  Its The series has been widely praised by Latino cultural associations, and Jaime Hernandez has been cited by GLAAD for his positive portrayal of gay and lesbian issues.

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

Love and Rockets: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

October 2, 2012 by  
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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.

SDCC Announces First 30 Special Guests for 2012

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Comic-Con International has announced the first 30 special guests for their 2012 convention.

Editor’s Note: George Perez has since announced via his Facebook page that he has had to cancel his appearance there this year.

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