PA – Wonder Woman: Visions Artists Reception

Press Release:

Join the ToonSeum on Friday, December 1st at 7:00 PM as we continue our celebration of Wonder Woman. As part of the exhibit we asked local women cartoonists to contribute art focusing on what Wonder Woman meant to them. Artists featured in this exhibit includes:

  • Asia Bey
  • Caitlin Rose Boyle
  • Jessica Heberle
  • IIlene Winn Lederer
  • Cynthia Lee
  • Rachel Masilamani 
  • Jenn Meridian
  • Maggie Negrete
  • Christina Joy Neumann
  • Jayla Patton
  • Lizzie Solomon

This event serves as the official opening party for the Exhibit and serves as a reception and celebration for these artists. Come out, see the show, and meet some of the incredible talent Pittsburgh has to offer.

The ToonSeum showcases a superhero icon with the opening of WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS, a new exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Amazing Amazon. In regular publication since her debut in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941, Wonder Woman was the first widely-recognizable female comic book superhero. As evidenced by this year’s sensational summer blockbuster film, she remains a popular and culturally symbolic figure of female empowerment, and an inspiration for all.

WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS is co-curated by ToonSeum board president Anthony Letizia and regional visual artist Jessica Heberle. The exhibit contains original art from Wonder Woman comic books published over the last 75 years, and new drawings by regional female artists that pay tribute to the character while likewise reflecting on what Wonder Woman means to each of them personally. VISIONS literally illustrates these messages, and explores what they mean to audiences here in Pittsburgh.

Throughout the exhibition, The ToonSeum will feature programming that sheds more light on the character’s history and evolution, including presentations, workshops, and tours. Demonstrating that The Spirit of Truth still resonates in the 21st Century, VISIONS is not only designed as a way for Pittsburgh to celebrate the character of Wonder Woman, but presents a “vision” of what she represents to Pittsburghers as well.

This exhibition is suitable for ages 8 and above.

Our galleries at 945 Liberty Avenue are designed for wheelchair access, featuring an accessible, gender neutral restroom, and wheelchair seating. Please contact us with questions related to accessibility at our location.

WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS runs at The ToonSeum from November 17, 2017 to February 25, 2018.

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-0199

PA – House of Women Launch Party

Cartoonist Sophie Goldstein (The Oven) appears at the Toonseum on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the release of her newest graphic novel House of Women, published by Fantagraphics Books.

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-0199

PA – Jack Kirby Centennial Celebration

Come on out to the ToonSeum to celebrate the 100th Birthday of The King — Jack Kirby! Join comics scholar Wayne Wise, artist Tom Scioli and long-time Kirby friend Barry Alfonso in a lovely talk about Jack Kirby’s legacy on Saturday, August 26th at 6:00 PM!

FUN FACT: Barry Alfonso was the model for Klarion the Witch Boy from Jack Kirby’s The Demon! Free admission!

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-0199

Don’t Miss Ka-Blam! 2017 on April 22nd

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Convention News, Cosplay, Pennsylvania

Press Release:

Join us for ToonSeum’s annual fundraiser, Ka-Blam! on Saturday, April 22nd at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville, PA!

Our theme this year is Cosmic Cause-Play and will feature great sci-fi costumes, themed activities and a pop-up showcase highlighting the work of Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Live drawings, coveted auction items, music provided and great fare and refreshments from some of Pittsburgh’s best local establishments, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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VIP starting at 7pm
General Admission starting at 8pm

VIP Tickets: $75
General Admission: $45

Or – buy a table and save!
VIP Table of 10: $675/table
General Admission Table of 10: $405/table

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PA – Krazy Signing

Author Michael Tisserand presents and signs Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White at the Point Park University Library on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Presented by the Toonseum. Tisserand’s talk is co-sponsored by Point Park’s Department of Cinema Arts. It is free and open to the public.

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Point Park University Library
414 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 392-3171

PA – Terms and Conditions Signing

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak reads from and signs copies of his astonishing new graphic novel, Terms and Conditions. Sikoryak will be at The ToonSeum on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 PM. The event, which is being co-sponsored by Pittsburgh’s Copacetic Comic Company, is free and open to the public. Signed copies of Sikoryak’s acclaimed Terms and Conditions will be available for purchase.

About the Author/Artist:
Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). His comics and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities, and he teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Since 1997, he’s presented his live cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kriota Willberg.

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-0199

PA – An Evening with Floyd Norman

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Press Release:

Legendary Walt Disney animation pioneer Floyd Norman will be coming to Point Park on Saturday, November 12th at 7:00 PM for a screening of a film about his life followed by a Q&A session.

Mr. Norman was the first African-American animator is the Disney Studios and worked on many pieces, including Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Jungle Book, and Robin Hood, as well as Sesame Street, Toy Story 2, Mulan, and Monsters, Inc. The free event is sponsored by Point Park’s Animation Program, Center for Media Innovation, and The ToonSeum. The event will take place at Point Park’s University Center’s GRW Theater.

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Point Park University Center for Student Success
201 Wood St West Penn Building, Floor 5, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
(412) 392-8153

PA – Rick Geary Speaks

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Press Release:

Legendary artist Rick Geary will speak at the ToonSeum about his career and new work in a FREE talk on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 PM.

Geary began work in comics in 1977 and was for thirteen years a contributor to the Funny Pages of National Lampoon. His comic stories have also been published in Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics and the DC Comics/Paradox Press Big Books. His early comic work has been collected in Housebound with Rick Geary from Fantagraphics Books. During a four-year stay in New York, his illustrations appeared regularly in The New York Times Book Review. His illustration work has also been seen in MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and American Libraries.

He has written and illustrated three children’s books based on The Mask for Dark Horse and two Spider-Man children’s books for Marvel. His children’s comic “Society of Horrors” ran in Disney Adventures magazine. He was the artist for the new series of GUMBY Comics, written by Bob Burden, for which they received the 2007 Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Publication for a Younger Audience. His graphic novels include three adaptations for the Classics Illustrated, and the nine-volume series A Treasury of Victorian Murder for NBM Publishing. The new series A Treasury of 20th Century Murder began in 2008 with “The Lindbergh Child.” His other historically-based graphic novels include Cravan, written with Mike Richardson, and J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography.

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-232-0199

PA – March Signing

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Press Release:

The ToonSeum, in collaboration with Sweetwater Arts Center, is honored to welcome the creators of the award-winning graphic novel March to Pittsburgh! This event takes place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

Congressman John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell will be discussing Congressman Lewis’ role as a leader of the civil rights movement and how they transformed his story into this powerful graphic novel series. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the MARCH trilogy will be available for purchase in the lobby of the August Wilson Center before the event and during the signing.

This event is sponsored by Carlow University and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, August Wilson Center, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Paul Schifino of Schifino Design.

The event is FREE but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! See link for tickets.

For more information about the exhibit or the event, contact the ToonSeum at (412) 232-0199

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August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-6070

PA – Ash-o-graph Signing

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Catherine Schuller-Gruenwald, widow of Captain America writer and long-time Marvel executive editor Mark Gruenwald, appears at New Dimension Comics on Sunday, August 14 at 12 PM – 4 PM to greet fans and do a live Ash-o-graph™ stamping of a commemorative piece created for the recent New York City June 14th Marvel tribute. The Ash-o-graph will be a one-of-a-kind invention of Gruenwald’s containing cremains-and-ink in the stamp of his autograph. Catherine will also be part of the auspicious closing ceremony for the Toonseum‘s Captain America exhibit on August 13th.

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New Dimension Comics
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
590 Pittsburgh Mill Circle, Tarentum, PA 15084
(724) 758-1560

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