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  • Archie Comics Literacy Tour


    Press Release:

    Archie Comics’ Comic Book Fairs in Partnership with Fandom Advisory Network  is taking a road trip across America! The Archie Comics Literacy Tour is a celebration of Archie’s storied 70 year history and a mission to promote literacy and learning through comic books. Starting at this years Comic Con in San Diego, Archie will drive across country and stop off at comic book stores, children’s bookstores, museums, and schools to run creative workshops and champion the legacy of Archie Comics through new titles and restorations of their older ones ( Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenager). Comic Book Fairs, a division of Archie Comics, built on the mission to advocate comic books in education, will be working with schools and comic books stores to build strong connections within their community to establish Archie Comics as a learning tool for educators. We at Archie feel that comic books can be a great conduit to literacy and academic concepts, especially for reluctant readers. 

    The Literacy Tour will be a great trip not just for us, but for our fans past, present, and future.

    Below are the places and dates you can find us this summer. Would love to see you there!

    David Rojas
    Director of Education
    Archie Comics


    Wednesday, July 27th – O.C., CA

    Comics Unlimited
    16344 Beach Boulevard,Westminster, CA 92683-7857


    Friday, July 29th – Los Angeles, CA

    Golden Apple Comics
    7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 9003


    Saturday, July 30th – Santa Cruz, CA

    Atlantis Fantasy World
    1020 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828


    Wed, August 3rd – San Jose, CA

    Hicklebees Children’s Books
    1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125


    Saturday, August 6th – San Francisco, CA

    305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117


    Sunday, August 7th- San Francisco, CA

    National Cartoon Museum Archie Exhibit
    655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


    Wednesday, August 10th- Ashland, OR

    Treehouse Children’s Books
    15 North Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520-2725


    Thursday, August 11th – Douglas County- OR

    Douglas County Fair
    2110 SW Frear Street, Roseburg, OR 97471


    Saturday, August 13th – Portland, OR

    Bridge City Comics
    3725 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97227-1158


    Wednesday, August 17th – Boise, ID

    Captain Comics
    710 South Vista Avenue, Boise, ID 83705-1713


    Saturday, August 20th – Salt Lake City, UT

    Night Flight Comics
    210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City


    Sunday, August 21st – Boulder, CO

    Time Warp Comics
    3105 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301


    Monday, August 22nd -Denver, CO

    Denver Children’s Hospital
    1830 Franklin Street, Denver, 80218, CO


    Saturday, August 27th Ames, IA

    Mayhem Comics
    2532 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014-7218


    Tuesday, August 30th , Minneapolis MN

    Wild Rumpus Children’s Bookstore
    2720 W 43rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410


    Wednesday, August 31st – St Paul, MN

    Mickey’s Diner
    1950 7th Street West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116


    Saturday, September 3rd , Chicago, IL

    Magic Tree Bookstore
    141 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60301-1303


    Thursday, September, 8th, Virginia, VA

    Virginia Public Schools
    34 Wine Street, Hampton, VA 23669-4046


    Friday- Sunday September 9th- 11th –  VA

    Virginia Bay Days
    34 Wine Street, Hampton, VA 23669-4046


    Wednesday-Friday, September 14th- 16th- Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh Propel Charter Schools
    340 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620


    Saturday, September 17th -PA

    Mifflinburg Auto Show
    10770 Old Turnpike Rd, Mifflinburg, 17844 PA


    Sunday, September 18th- Pittsburgh, PA

    945 Liberty Avenue #1, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3729


    Wednesday, September 21st – Baltimore, MD

    City Springs School
    100 South Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21231-1703


    Saturday, Sept 24th , Baltimore, MD

    Geppi Museum
    301 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2434

    Wednesday, September 28th – RI

    The Learning Community
    21 Lincoln Avenue, Central Falls, RI 02863-2012


    Thursday, September 29th-  RI

    Kingston Hill Academy
    850 Stony Fort Rd, Saunderstown, RI 02874


    Saturday, October 1st – RI

    Barrington Books
    184 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806-4529


    Friday – Saturday , October 7th -8th- D.C.

    3233 14TH ST. NW, Washington, DC 20010

    Wednesday, October 12th -NYC

    Amber Charter School
    220 East 106th Street, New York


    PA – An Evening with Trina Robbins


    Trina Robbins appears on Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 7:30pm
    Tickets $10 member, $20 non-member
    (admission includes a signed limited edition print by Trina Robbins)
    Limited seating advance purchase required Click Here for tickets
    Join the ToonSeum in welcoming acclaimed writer, artist and herstorian Trina Robbins as she discusses her career and the history of women in comics, including the latest ToonSeum exhibit, Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick.

    For over 30 years, Robbins has been writing comics and graphic novels, translating shojo manga, lecturing, and offering her unique and insightful criticism on comics and culture. Robbins became a key figure in the underground comix scene in the 1970’s, publishing the all-women It Ain’t Me, Babe and Wimmen’s Comix magazines. Robbins has drawn Wonder Woman, published volumes of influential books and essays, and created the popular Go Girl! series with Anne Timmons.

    Robbins, a long time fan of Dale Messick, considers the artist to be one of the most important cartoonists of the twentieth century. “Dale Messick’s work is extremely significant to women cartoonists, and to women in general,” Robbins has said. “Brenda Starr was incredibly popular and well drawn, yet Dale was not accepted in the male world of cartoonists. Both she and Brenda persevered.”

    Messick, who died in 2005 at the age of 98, wrote and drew Brenda Starr for over 40 years before handing the strip over to understudy Ramona Fradon with the insistence that the strip would continue to be produced exclusively by women.

    This event will be the final chance to see the Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick exhibit. Ms. Robbins will conclude the lecture with a Q&A and book signing.

    945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    ToonSeum Screens Miyazaki Films

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    Press Release:

    Throughout the month of January, The ToonSeum is proud to present a series of film screenings celebrating the birthday of one of the world’s most accomplished artists, Hayao Miyazaki. The filmmaker turns 70 years old on January 5th.

    Often called the “Walt Disney of Japan,” Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli reinvigorated the Japanese animation industry in the 1980’s and 90’s with a string of genre-defying masterpieces that would become international hits. But it wasn’t until the success of 2001’s Spirited Away that most American audiences began to discover Miyazaki’s work. Largely through the efforts of PIXAR’s John Lasseter (who lists Miyazaki as not only a huge influence but a great friend), many of Miyazaki’s films have enjoyed broad theatrical and DVD releases.

    Miyazaki’s films have changed the way the world thinks about animation. Typified by wild flights of fantasy, political and ecological commentary, and meticulous and breathtakingly beautiful hand-drawn and watercolor animation, Miyazaki films often cast a spell over viewers young and old. While combining nuanced story-telling techniques and a vibrant, naturalistic mis en scene, Miyazaki’s animation often subverts the viewer’s expectations, with calm, reflective moments that give way to unpredictable twists and turns. Most notably, Miyazaki’s protagonists are often strong, confident female characters just as his villains are often complicated, sympathetic victims of circumstance.

    The following films will be screened with discussion and production notes:

    January 13 at 7:00pm  – Castle in the Sky (Laputa) (1986). After a daring escape from sky pirates, a young girl teams up with an orphaned miner to uncover the secrets of a magical city floating in the clouds.  The second of Miyazaki’s first feature length films, Laputa is full of sweeping action and vibrant characters.

    January 22 at 3:00pm – My Neighbor Totoro (1988). Miyazaki’s pastoral masterpiece is a story of two young girls coping with their mother’s illness and resultant move to rural Japan. There they encounter a Totoro, a gentle forest spirit that guides and protects them through the turbulent time. Totoro is the antithesis of American children’s movies: quiet, observant, and humane. Named by the British Film Institute as one of the Greatest Children’s Movies of All Time.

    January 27 at 7:00pm – Princess Mononoke (1998) Roger Ebert called it “the Star Wars of animated film,” and he wasn’t exaggerating. The boldest and darkest of Miyazaki’s films, Mononoke is a complex Buddhist parable in which spiritual forces do battle with ragged human imperialists. Lush and provocative, Mononoke marks Miyazaki’s first foray into computer-generated imagery, accentuating  several scenes with bizarre movement, though every single cel remained hand-drawn.

    In addition to the screenings, the ToonSeum will conduct a poll allowing fans to vote for their favorite Miyazaki films and characters.

    Films are all family-friendly, however Princess Mononoke contains adult themes and war-related violence. Admission for the screenings by donation only.

    PA – Big Bird and Friends Appear at Toonseum

    Caroll Spinney, the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street appears at a special event for the Toonseum.

    Press Release:

    Pittsburgh – On Saturday, November 6th, 2010, the ToonSeum celebrates memories of Saturday mornings filled with cartoons, breakfast cereals and animated heroes. Jim Martin (Gary Gnu of the Great Space Coaster) and David Newell (Mr. McFeely of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) will be on hand throughout the evening, along with live music, a silent auction with unique experiences, food, drink, and plenty of cartoons.

    The evening begins with a special ticketed VIP reception at 6:30pm featuring a conversation with Caroll Spinney. Caroll is best known for his portrayals of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. Caroll is also a talented cartoonist, painter and illustrator. Attendees of the VIP reception will receive a signed print from Caroll, along with a year-long ToonSeum Membership.

    After the VIP reception, the ToonSeum kicks open the doors to all ticketholders at 8pm for KA-BLAM! III: The Return of Saturday Morning. This year’s blast is a celebration of cartoons, comics and everything else that made our mornings special. With cartoons, hands on activities, entertainment and much more, the event is a great chance for grown ups to let their inner child out to play and party.

    The annual fundraiser benefits the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art. The ToonSeum, located in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, is one of only three museums in the nation dedicated to the comic and cartoon arts.

    This year’s event being is chaired by Yu-Ling and Gregg Behr (who are fans of cartoons and of being big kids). “The Toonseum is a new and important asset to our vibrant Cultural District and we are honored to be a part of KA-BLAM. Celebrating childhood memories is important and something we should take time out to do. This event will remind us of all the things we loved as kids and still love as big kids.” – Gregg Behr

    KA-BLAM! Will take place on Saturday, November 6th, 2010. The VIP Reception with Caroll Spinney begins at 6:30pm, and the main event will be from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm.

    VIP Tickets are $100 each or $150 per couple. VIP admission includes a signed limited edition print and ToonSeum membership. KA-BLAM event only tickets are $50 and student tickets are $25. All ticketholders must be 21 years of age to attend. Saturday morning pajama dress is welcome and optional.

    Tickets may be purchased online at www.ka-blam.org or in-person at the ToonSeum.

    945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    PA – Cake & Crumb

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    R. Crumb celebrates his 67th birthday at the ToonSeum with a special screening of Terry Zwigoff’s critically-acclaimed documentary Crumb, an intimate look at of one of America’s most infamous and influential artists. Crumb’s frank, acerbic, and often hilarious comics and illustrations have been a vital part of the American art scene since the 1960’s. From his early work in Zap Comics to last year’s masterpiece Book of Genesis, Crumb has spent much of the past 40 years sharing his often controversial take on sex and politics, jazz and blues music, and the importance of comics as an artform. Zwigoff’s film, packed with humor and pain, is widely regarded as one of the best biographical documentaries ever produced.

    Thu, August 26, 7:30pm

    Admission is a suggested $5.00 donation. Guests will receive a free R. Crumb gift while supplies last. This event is recommended for mature audiences. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    ToonSeum of Pittsburgh
    945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

    PA – No Cartoon Left Behind Signing

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    Rob Rogers speaks at the ToonSeum about his 25 years as an editorial cartoonist in Pittsburgh and his new book, No Cartoon Left Behind.

    As a editorial cartoonist for the last 25 years, Rob Rogers’ cartoons appear regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, and USA Today, among others. His “How the Gingrich Stole Christmas” graced the cover of Newsweek’s 1994 year-end issue. He received the 1995 National Headliner Award, the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award and has won seven Golden Quill Awards. In 1999, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

    In his new book, No Cartoon Left Behind, Rogers recounts his humorous path to cartooning and shares his own personal perspective on the major news stories of the past two and a half decades, covering a diverse range of topics including the Cold War, gun control, smoking, racism, the environment, 9/11 and presidential elections. It is considered as a must-have for political junkies, history buffs, cartoon fans.

    The ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


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