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.

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

945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Martinis & Toons

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

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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!


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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.

945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – Lemuri Exhibit

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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.

945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – An Evening with Jerry Robinson

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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.

945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

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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.

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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 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

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