PA – The Dumbest Idea Ever Release Party

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Press Release:

Award winning author/cartoonist of the hit graphic novel series “Amelia Rules!”, Jimmy Gownley, will be making a special appearance at the ToonSeum on March 8th, 2014.

In his latest book, “THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER!”, published by Scholastic, Gownley reflects about his experiences as a teenage cartoonist. Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, Gownley began publishing his own comics “Shades of Gray” while he was still in high school.

On March 8th, 2014 as part of Will Eisner Week, the ToonSeum invites parents and children for a special presentation with Jimmy Gownley. Gownley will explain the creative process through drawing and personal anecdotes, and how simple events from everyday life can lead to exciting and creative ideas for stories and art.

In addition, students will learn the five simple places they can look to unlock their own creativity and even create their own comic book character out of their shared experiences.

Gownley has been a guest lecturer at The School at Columbia University, Fordham University, The Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, The Novello Conference and many others. He has been Artist in Residence at The Charles M. Shulz Museum and Research Center, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and his work is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art in New York City.

Gownely has also received several major awards including the 2007 Cybil award for best graphic novel, Junior Library Guild selection four times and nominated for 13 Eisner Awards and 6 Harvey Nominations. Copies of “THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER!” will be available for purchase.

The presentation begins on March 8th at 1pm.

The ToonSeum
945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Breath of Bones Release Party

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Comic artist Dave Wachter releases a new graphic novel Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem at the Toonseum on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm!

Press Release:

As a special Will Eisner Week presentation Dave Wachter will be releasing his latest work “Breath of Bones: a Tale of the Golem” at the ToonSeum on March 8th from 6pm-9pm. With a dark and gritty feel, “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” touches on both historical elements and horror as a new edition of the Breath of Bones series designed by Wachter and Steve Niles

About the Book:

A British plane crashes in a Jewish village, sparking a Nazi invasion. Using clay and mud from the river, the villagers bring to life a giant monster to battle for their freedom and future.

About Dave:

Dave has been creating comics since childhood, but his career as an adult began in 2004 when he and writer Jim Clark teamed up for their critically acclaimed self-published series Scar Tissue. Following that success, they again collaborated on the epic Western web-comic The Guns of Shadow Valley, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and a Harvey Award for Best Online Work. His work for larger comic publishers began in 2010 with Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), for IDW Publishing. Dave’s work as a guest artist can also been seen in their Godzilla series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2012 he illustrated the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves, also for IDW. That same year brought a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in comics.2013 saw a collaboration with Steve Niles on Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse Comics, and a successful Kickstarter campaign to print the hardcover collected edition of The Guns of Shadow Valley, which has also been picked up for publication by Dark Horse in late Summer 2014. After Cincinnati, then Chicago, Pittsburgh is now the third city in which Dave has come to hang his hat.

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The ToonSeum
945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels

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Press Release:

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.

PA – An Evening with Jim Shooter

js011913Comic book legend and Pittsburgh native Jim Shooter returns for a rare appearance at the ToonSeum!

The ToonSeum is proud to host “An Evening with Jim Shooter” from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The event with the outspoken and sometimes controversial writer and editor will begin with a 6 p.m. VIP reception at the ToonSeum, followed by an on-stage interview at 7:30 and a Q&A session conducted by Wayne Wise, the ToonSeum’s resident comics historian.

In 1965, at age 13, Shooter began writing “Superboy,” “The Legion of Super-Heroes,” “Superman” and other DC Comics. He holds the record as youngest-ever professional comics writer.

In 1976, he became editor of Marvel’s color comics and plotter/layout artist on the “Amazing Spider-Man” syndicated strip. In 1978, he accepted the position of editor in chief under the condition that he would be allowed to improve things for Marvel’s creators. He introduced royalties – as well as a spectrum of other incentives, such as rights and benefits – and attracted a who’s who of talent. As a result, sales boomed.

Later, Shooter founded VALIANT, DEFIANT and Broadway Comics. He served as editor in chief at each of these and was the principal creator of their characters and universes. He currently is the editor in chief of Illustrated Media, a custom comics company.

Tickets for “An Evening with Jim Shooter” are available at jimshooter.eventbrite.com. The cost is $25 for nonmembers and $20 for ToonSeum members. VIP tickets – which include a reception meet-and-greet, signed comic and admission to “An Evening with Jim Shooter” – are $50 for nonmembers and $40 for ToonSeum members.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Pearls Before Swine Exhibition

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Join us at the ToonSeum for an evening with Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis.

Nationally syndicated cartoonists Stephan Pastis will be at the ToonSeum and Bricolage on June 22nd at 7pm where in his own words:

“I talk about the strip, tell the strange tale of how I went from being a lawyer to a syndicated cartoonist, show a number of readers’ favorite strips, and of course, talk about some of the strips that weren’t big hits (including some of the angry mail they generated). It’s inspirational, it’s funny and it’s better than just sitting with a bunch of people in a quiet room.”

The talk will take place at Bricolage theater near the ToonSeum.

The event will be followed by a book signing at the ToonSeum where guests can also see original Pearls Before Swine art in the premiere of Stephan’s first ToonSeum exhibition!

A special VIP event which includes a signed limited edition print, and meet and greet with Stephan will take place at 6pm at the ToonSeum before the talk. Open bar, must be 21 to drink. Tickets are limited to no more than 50 for the VIP Event.

Ticket to talk only: $6

Ticket and book: $13

Ticket, VIP meet and greet, book and print:$45

All proceeeds benefit the ToonSeum.

Seating is limited and advance purchase is highly reccomended.

Tickets may be purchased at www.pittsburghpearls.eventbrite.com

VIP Event 6pm at the ToonSeum

Presentation 7pm at Bricolage

Book Signing and exhibition 8:30pm at the ToonSeum

for additional information call 412-232-0199

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Owly Signing

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Kids of all ages are invited to a very special presentation at the ToonSeum featuring Owly creator Andy Runton on Saturday June 16th at 1pm.

Owly is the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels featuring a kind-hearted little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventure. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Andy’s work showcases both his gift for characterization and his love of birds, animals, and the outdoors. His animated and heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.

The Owly series has earned him multiple awards in the comics and graphic novel community, including the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize, the Harvey Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the 2006 Eisner Award for “Best Publication for a Younger Audience”.

Owly is a remarkable comic.” Said ToonSeum Executive Director Joe Wos. “It possesses a sincere charm and whimsy seldom seen in today’s more cynical comics. The wordless world of Owly is also a great introduction to comics for young emerging readers! We are delighted to have Andy visit us at the ToonSeum.”

Andy will be on hand at the ToonSeum for a demonstration at 1pm, followed by a book signing.
The event is included with regular admission to the ToonSeum.

Admission:
Adults/Children 13 and over $5.00
Children over 6 are $1.00
Children 5 and under are free!

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Martinis & Toons

Doug Sneyd appears at the Toonseum on Thursday April 19th at 7pm!

Press Release:

As every man will tell you there is really only one reason they read Playboy Magazine- “The Cartoons!”

What better way to view those cartoons than with martini in hand at the ToonSeum.

Break out your smoking jacket and bunny ears! On Thursday April 19th at 7pm, the night before Pittsburgh Comic Con, The ToonSeum will present an evening with Playboy legend Doug Sneyd in a one night only show of masterpieces and rejected ideas!

Since 1964 Doug Sneyd has produced hundreds of cartoons for Playboy Magazine. Join us as we celebrate the remarkable career of this true cartooning master whose whimsical and just a bit naughty works have captivated and titillated audiences for four decades.

The evening will begin with an interview with Doug Sneyd and chance to view his beautiful paintings and sketches, followed by lounge music and martinis from the world’s greatest vodka Boyd and Blair!

Guests will have a chance to purchase one of a kind works from Doug and all attendees will recieve a special signed limited edition print valued at $50.

There will be prize drawings throughout the evening and one lucky lady will win a chance to be immortalized in a sketch by Doug.

All proceeds benefit the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.

Sponsored by the 941 Saloon and Boyd and Blair Vodka

Tickets are $50 per person (members are $40) and the event is strictly limited to no more than 75 guests.

A limited number of VIP Tickets will include signed copies of Doug’s book The Art of Doug Sneyd and a a Bottle of Boyd and Blair Vodka to take home and enjoy!

MUST BE 21 TO ATTEND

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Jim Rugg Art Exhibition

Jim Rugg opens an exhibit of artwork at the Toonseum on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:00pm.

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This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny: Recent comics and drawings by Jim Rugg

The ToonSeum is delighted to present This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny an exhibition of art by comic book artist Jim Rugg.

Self-taught as a cartoonist, the comic and cartoon arts were instrumental in his development. Jims early influences are as wide and varied as his style. Ranging from R. Crumb to Looney Tunes!

His own work reflects that diversity in his ability to transition between a variety of styles and techniques with creative and inspired results.

Jim considers comics a vital artform and has been a proponent of introducing the comic medium to new audiences. His contributions to the vitality of the comic scene has included mini-comics, self-publishing, as well as creator-owned work with independent publishers such as SLG, Image Comics, and Adhouse Books. He has also created work for corporate comic book publishers such as Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics. He has created comics-influenced illustrations for a wide variety of clients including Vh1, Circus, New York magazine, Converse, McSweeneys, Capcom, and Smirnoff.

His comics have been translated into four different languages worldwide.

This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny features Jims well-known work on Street Angel and Afrodisiac as well new and seldom seen pieces. This is Jims first solo exhibition and a first for the ToonSeum as well, as the exhibition reflects the more adult sensibilities of the comic world and parental discretion is advised.

“Jim is a remarkable artist and his work possesses a quality of loving satire that seems to pay tribute and poke fun at the same time. He is one of the most creative artists I know. We didnt want to limit that creativity in any way’, said ToonSeum, Executive Director Joe Wos. So what you see on the walls is uncensored unfiltered artistic brilliance at its best.

This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny will run at the ToonSeum from March 29th-May 6th.

An Opening reception with the artist will take place on March 29th from 7pm-9:30pm.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Lemuri Exhibit

Giulio De Vita appears on Thursday, September 1 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm and Sept. 3rd at 1pm!

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The ToonSeum opens its doors to Italian culture with an exhibition dedicated to the work of Giulio De Vita, one of Italy’s most famous comic book artists. De Vita has worked in comics, film and advertising in Italy and France since the age of 16, having produced work for Marvel Italia, Disney, and music videos with Sting and Roman Polanski. He is widely recognized as one of the elite European comics artists working today.

Lemuri, A Hero Beyond Boundaries will showcase original artwork from Lemuri The Visionary, the latest hero born from De Vita’s pencil. The story of Lemuri – a mysterious musician who has lost his memory – is presented as a multi-media piece, drawings illuminated by a full musical score, “Lemuri il Visionario”. The exhibit opens AUGUST 24th and will run through September 7th 2011 with an exclusive performance of the score previewed in its English version for a special event on September 1st.

GRAND OPENING, Thursday SEPTEMBER 1st 2011, 7-9 pm. Special guest Lemuri’s cosplayer Vittorio Centrone from Italy.

BOOK SIGNING, Saturday SEPTEMBER 3rd 2011, 1-3 pm. Special guest artists Giulio De Vita and Vittorio Centrone.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – An Evening with Jerry Robinson

Jerry Robinson, Batman Artist and Comics Ambassador, appears at the ToonSeum on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tickets $50, members $35

Cap got his wake-up call, the X-Men have had their first class. Thor and Hal have found their way back home and The Gotham Rogues are gearing up for a new season. The summer of Superheroes is winding down.

But don’t pack up your capes and cowls just yet! The ToonSeum is proud to present the exciting conclusion of Superheroes: Icons and Origins with an exclusive appearance by comics legend Jerry Robinson.

Bid farewell to the Batman crew with Robinson, one of the legendary artists who helped shape The Dark Knight canon. As a teenager, Robinson worked alongside the crème de la crème of comics pioneers like Seigel and Shuster, Kirby, and Mort Meskin before teaming up with Batman creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane. The trio’s collaboration spawned two of the most important additions to the world of Batman: acrobatic sidekick Robin and the arch-nemesis, The Joker.

Mr. Robinson’s career in comics has spanned more than 70 years and countless genres, from superheroes to the long-running syndicated political satires Still Life and Life With Robinson. He has authored and edited several books and collections, curated numerous comics exhibitions, and has been a long time activist for human rights and for the copyright, trademark, and free speech rights of artists around the world.

Mr. Robinson will be at the ToonSeum on Friday August 19th  at 6:30pm for a special reception, book signing, and intimate conversation about Batman and his career in comics. Tickets are $50 ($35 for members) and seating is strictly limited to 40 guests.

Tickets are available at the link.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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