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

SF – Image Day 2017 Signings

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Brian Schirmer and Jeremy Saliba, writer and cover artist of BLACK JACK KETCHUM, sign at 3:00 PM and Ken Garing, creator of PLANETOID, signs at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 1st at Mission: Comics & Art in celebration of Image Comics‘ 25th anniversary!

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

SF – Hulk & Supergirl Signing

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Writer Mariko Tamaki appears at Mission: Comics & Art on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM to launch TWO new series: Marvel’s HULK and DC’s SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER!

Mariko also collaborated with her cousin Jillian Tamaki on the award winning graphic novels SKIM and THIS ONE SUMMER. She written TOMB RAIDER for Dark Horse Comics.

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

SF – Legend Launch Party

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Writer Samuel Sattin and artist Chris Koehler appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM to sign the first volume of LEGEND from Z2 Comics!

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

SF – Ancestor + Habitat Signing

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Matt Sheean, Malachi Ward, and Simon Roy appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Saturday, November 19th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to sign their newly released books, ANCESTOR and HABITAT!

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

SF – The Cloud Signing

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Artist Kostas Zachopoulos appears at Mission: Comics & Art on Saturday, August 6 from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM to sign his graphic novel The Cloud, newly translated and published by Archaia Entertainment.

“That is the question the boy must answer for himself as he and his wolf, Cloud, embark on a grand voyage to find the boy’s father and return the wish that was stolen from him. The Cloud is a beautiful, and at times, heartbreaking journey of a reluctant hero forced to outwit a cast of colorful characters: a thieving girl, bizarre creatures from the Great Before, and the Mad King. It’s a quest of self-discovery where the boy will learn that not all wishes can or should come true.

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

SF – LOVF Launch Party

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Join Mission: Comics & Art in welcoming back Jesse Reklaw and his new book LOVF: An Illustrated Vision Quest of a Man Losing His Mind on Saturday, July 30 at 7:00 PM. Multimedia performance with Jesse Reklaw, Fred (BLACK SHEEP) Noland, and Geoff (TRACK RABBIT) Vasile.

“LOVF is the sketchbook companion of a man literally losing his mind. Homeless and broke after giving all his stuff to punk rock heroin dealers, he ends up off his meds and on a secret quest from Portland to Brooklyn, DC, LA, San Francisco, and Seattle. He throws himself into every experience like it was his last; like it should be his last. With wild energy, promiscuity, criminal activity, and substance abuse, this becomes a full-blown manic episode… all of it captured by LOVF, the trusty sidekick. Jammed with cartoons, mad schemes, psychedelic portraits, and notes from the road, LOVF is a travel journal, and a mirror of the post-traumatic dreamworld its author can’t escape from. After losing his house, his job, his partner, and his best friend, he is triple-diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder, PTSD, and crippling chronic pain. As a self-professed over-achiever, he made sure things only got worse from there. Getting beat up in the street, running from the law, getting dragged out of a creek and into a mental hospital… it’s a Kerouacian meltdown of cross-hatching, spattered marker, crayons, glitter, tape, nail polish, white-out, fingerpainting, rain, wine, stickers, and word balloons, like the found diary of a homeless crazyman, turned into a comic book.”

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

SF – Black Jack Ketchum TPB Signing

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With writer Brian Schirmer and cover artist Jeremy Saliba appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of the BLACK JACK KETCHUM trade from Image Comics!

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

SF – Beast Wagon #4 Signing

000000000000-beastwagon4Artist John Pearson, co-creator of BEAST WAGON, appears at Mission: Comics & Art on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM for a pop-up show and signing!

ABOUT BEAST WAGON

During the course of the hottest day of the year, the delivery of a male Asiatic lion believed to be the ‘golden messiah’ – who prophecy foretells will permanently upset the established order – sparks a chain reaction of events in which the animals of Whipsnarl Zoo plot a revolution against their keepers.

As the heat wave and tensions rise, the boundary between animal and human begins to blur into a fever dream of madness and violence.

Created by Illustrator John Pearson and Writer Owen Michael Johnson – with letters by Colin Bell – Beast Wagon is a critically acclaimed and British Comic Award nominated fusion of drama, satire and dark comedy, blending contemporary themes of religious fanaticism, systems and consumerism, with inspiration from the long tradition of daring anthropomorphic comics from We3 and The Puma Blues to Pride Of Baghdad.

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

SF – Won & Pheezus Signing

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Join Mission: Comics & Art in welcoming Age Scott and his new hardcover collection of WON AND PHEEZUS on
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM!

“For over two decades, the underground legends, Won & Phil have been saving Hip Hop in comic form. Auto-tuned robots, brainwashing magazines, and EVIL itself have all been thwarted by this slightly insane duo. NPC is proud to present this collected edition of some of their greatest adventures! Over 200 pages of W&P’s antics, plus all new material, make this a must have for any Hip-Hop fan. If you love Hip-Hop, you’ll love Won and Pheezus: the ultimate Won & Phil collection

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

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