PA – Rick Geary Speaks


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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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PA – March Signing


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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


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

Toonseum Looking for Star Trek Original Art


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The Toonseum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, is currently in the process of organizing an exhibit of Star Trek original comic art. Art collectors have been instrumental in the success of prior exhibits at the ToonSeum, including last year’s Avengers: 50 Years of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the current Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty exhibits, and the hope is that this will again prove true with Star Trek.

The Toonseum is thus reaching out to any collectors who might be willing and kind of enough to loan the Pittsburgh-based museum some amazing Star Trek pages to be placed on display to the public. The exhibit will run from October 28, 2016, until January 15, 2017.

If you think that you would like to loan some Star Trek art and/or have questions about the process, you can e-mail Board Member, Treasurer and Exhibit Curator Anthony Letizia ( Anthony would be happy to answer any questions you might have about transport, insurance, museum security and can provide references from collectors who have loaned the Toonseum art for previous exhibits. You can also check out the museum at the website.

Thank you for your consideration.


PA – Zippy the Pinhead Signing


Cartoonist Bill Griffith appears at the Toonseum on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM!

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Underground comics legend Bill Griffith is the creator of the counterculture icon Zippy the Pinhead, who has appeared in print for more than four decades. During this visit to the ToonSeum, Griffith discusses all things Zippy!

From the creation of the character to how Zippy has become a pop culture fixture “Are we having fun yet?” This non sequitur utterance by the clown-suited philosopher/media star Zippy the has become so oft-quoted that it is now in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Zippy has in fact become an international icon, even appearing on the (former) Berlin Wall.

Griffith began his comics career in New York City in 1969. His first strips were published in the East Village Other and Screw Magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad.

He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground comics movement and made his home there until 1998. His first major comic book titles included Tales of Toad and Young Lust, a best-selling series parodying romance comics of the time. The first Zippy strip appeared in Real Pulp #1 (Print Mint) in 1970. The strip went weekly in 1976, first in the Berkeley Barb and then syndicated nationally through Rip Off Press. In 1980 weekly syndication was taken over by Zipsynd (later Pinhead Productions), owned and operated by the artist.

Zippy also appeared in the pages of the National Lampoon and High Times from 1977 to 1984. In 1985 the San Francisco Examiner asked Griffith to do Zippy six days a week, and in 1986 he was approached by King Features Syndicate to take the daily strip to a national audience.Sunday color strips began running in 1990.

Today Zippy appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There have been over a dozen paperback collections of Griffith’s work and numerous comic book and magazine appearances, both here and abroad. Griffith’s Zippy strip is the only Alt Weekly comic to have migrated to daily newspaper syndication and has been running in papers for more than 30 years.

Meet & Greet / Signing
Mr. Griffith will have books to sell and sign after his presentation. To allow everyone get some time with Bill, we need to limit the number of signed items to two (2) items per person. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Darth Vader & Friends Signing

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The ToonSeum is proud to present VADER AND FRIENDS: A Presentation and Book signing with best-selling author and award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.

This beloved series of books asks the question “What if Darth Vader actively raised his son and daughter?” 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.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the pitching and creation of one of the best-selling STAR WARS book series.

The cost for this event is $25 per person. This fee includes your admission to Jeffrey’s presentation and a copy of Darth Vader and Friends (a $14.95 value) which can be signed by the author. Tickets available at the link…

Each Single Ticket purchase = 1 admission and 1 copy of Darth Vader and Friends
Each Family Four Pack purchase = 4 admissions and 2 copies of Darth Vader and Friends
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints the author will only sign books or prints purchased as part of this event.

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PA – The Dumbest Idea Ever Release Party

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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!

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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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945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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 for updates on all events.

PA – An Evening with Jim Shooter

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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 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.

945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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