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Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow:

Batman: Year 100 creator Paul Pope in conversation with Pixar’s Dr. Michael B. Johnson

Cartoon Art Museum Event:  Thursday, March 18, 2010 7pm  to 9pm

$5 suggested donation



San Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes the critically-acclaimed comic book creator Paul Pope for a special presentation on Thursday, March 18, 2010, from 7pm to 9pm.  Pope is the creator of such unforgettable comics as THB, Heavy Liquid, 100% and Batman: Year 100.  Pope will discuss his comics career with Pixar’s Dr. Michael B. Johnson, a longtime member of the Cartoon Art Museum’s Board of Directors.  A booksigning will follow this discussion.

The suggested donation for this event is $5.  Doors will open at 6:45pm.  

About Paul Pope

Creator Paul Pope is an award-winning alternative comics artist best known for his hallucinatory science-fiction series THB.  His other comics include Heavy Liquid and 100%.  In 1995, Pope began working for Japanese manga publisher Kodansha, creating the series Supertrouble, among other titles.  Influenced by European cartoonists like Hergé (Tintin) and Hugo Pratt (Corto Maltese) and by science-fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, Pope is known for his surrealistic sci-fi plots and expressive, thick-lined brushwork.

Paul Pope’s critically acclaimed miniseries Batman: Year 100 uses a futuristic Gotham City to comment on post-9/11 paranoia and invasion of privacy. In the year 2039, Gotham has become a police state where citizens are stripped of their civil rights. Believing that the government is on the verge of a “military coup,” Batman emerges to take on the powerful Gotham police force.  Meanwhile, police detectives try to figure out the identity of this new—or possibly old—Batman.  A short story featuring Robin, The Boy Wonder, entitled “Teenage Sidekick,” earned Pope the prestigious Eisner Award for Best Short Story in 2007.  Selections from both of these stories are currently on display at the Cartoon Art Museum as part of its Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow exhibition.

 
 
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Cartoon Art Museum and The Hero Initiative Present

A Benefit for Ed Hannigan:
WonderCon Weekend Party

Friday, April 2, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm

 Tickets:  Sliding scale from $10 to $35



The Cartoon Art Museum and The Hero Initiative proudly present the museum’s Annual WonderCon Weekend Party, which will be held on Friday, April 2, from 8pm to 11pm.  A portion of the proceeds from this special event will go to comic book artist Ed Hannigan, whose work is featured in the Cartoon Art Museum’s current exhibition Ed Hannigan: Covered.  

Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale.  Ed Hannigan, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis, will receive a portion of the proceeds of all ticket sales above $20.  Those who donate $35 or more will receive a special gift bag courtesy of the Cartoon Art Museum.  A silent auction will be held at the party, and all proceeds from the auction will go directly Hannigan.

Many of the top talents from DC Comics and Marvel Comics will be in attendance as special guests of the Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative.  Confirmed guests at press time include Arthur Adams, Amanda Conner, Sergio Aragones, Joyce Chin, Jimmy Palmiotti, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Jen Van Meter, and more to be announced.  

Food and beverages will be provided by San Francisco-area vendors.  Please visit www.cartoonart.org for a list of additional sponsors as they are announced.

About Ed Hannigan: Covered:

Hannigan worked extensively for Marvel Comics and DC Comics throughout the 1970s and 1980s, on such fondly remembered titles as Green Arrow, The Defenders and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man.  Today, Hannigan is 58 years old and has multiple sclerosis.  The Hero Initiative, a charitable organization that provides financial assistance to comic book professionals in need, and Marvel Comics have collaborated on a tribute book, Ed Hannigan:  Covered, that features highlights from Hannigan’s artistic career.  The Cartoon Art Museum will display some of Hannigan’s most notable covers alongside the cover and complete interior artwork for one of his most famous single-issue stories, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64, which introduced the crime-fighting duo Cloak and Dagger.  

Sponsorship for this exhibition has been provided by The Comic Outpost.  The Comic Outpost, located on 2381 Ocean Ave. San Francisco, CA has been fulfilling the needs of comic book lovers for well over 15 years.  Current owners Gary Buechler and Roger Yan firmly believe their customer service and subscriber program is second to none.  For more questions, visit their website at www.comicoutpost.net or call (415) 239-2669.
 

About WonderCon:

WonderCon, the first major comics and pop culture convention of 2008, takes place April 2-4, 2010 at San Francisco's Moscone Center South.  For more information on WonderCon, please visit Comic-Con International's official website, http://www.comic-con.org

About The Hero Initative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

 

 

 
 
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16 February 2010 @ 11:27 am
Click <a href=http://heroinitiative.blogspot.com/2010/02/ed-hannigan-covered-now-running-at.html>here</a> for a peek at the Cartoon Art Museum's Ed Hannigan:  Covered exhibition!
 
 
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05 February 2010 @ 11:27 am

 

ABubbleC

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 from 2pm to 4pm

Free and open to the public

(San Francisco, CA)  Visit the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore on Saturday, February 20, 2010 as we host San Jose-based illustrator Jim Hummel.  Hummel will be signing copies of his new book A Bubble C, a children’s book that showcases the alphabet through an entertaining adventure of two sisters.  Hummel has been a longtime illustrator for The San Jose Mercury News, among other publications.  This event is free and open to the public.

A Bubble C is an adventure of two twins, Morgan and Parker, as they initiate a treasure hunt in search of their birthdays.  In this journey, the twins encounter alphabetical creatures who help them find their way, but they must beware of…the stickers!  An unusual alphabet story, Hummel has created a host of characters for children to read again and again.

In addition to A Bubble C, Hummel also created its predecessor, The Two Sisters, a book about the girls’ adventures with numbers.

About Jim Hummel

Jim Hummel has been the Art Director of Pacific Stars and Stripes in Tokyo, Japan, as well as the Promotional Art Director for the Associated Press, New York, New York.  He was a longtime illustrator for the San Jose Mercury News in California and has won multiple awards including the National Cartoonists Society’s Advertising and Illustration Award, the Society of Illustrators Humor Award and the California Publishers Award.  Currently he lives in San Jose and teaches Illustration at San Jose State University, in addition to freelance work with San Jose Magazine, Burlingame Daily New and the San Francisco Airport Museum.

 
 
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05 February 2010 @ 11:26 am

 

jdyer

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 12pm  to 2pm
Free and Open to the public

The Cartoon Art Museum hosts cartoonist Jamaica Dyer on Saturday, February 20th, 2010 from 12pm to 2pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program.  Museum visitors will be offered the chance to talk to her about cartooning and view Jamaica’s work.

Jamaica Dyer is a Bay Area native, growing up in Santa Cruz and now living in San Francisco. Her drawings and stories as a kid led to an interest in femme fatales and comic books, and by the time she was 16 she was photocopying comics she’d drawn and distributing them at stores and convention floors. Her comics have appeared in anthologies like Spark Generators 2, Juicy Mother 2 and Dark Horse Myspace Presents 3. SLG recently released Jamaica’s first graphic novel, Weird Fishes, that collects her webcomic of the same name “with all of the oddness and beauty that you would expect from her work.”  Her work has a surreal side to it, dealing with adolescence and fantasies, and her artwork usually involves delicate lines and watercolors.

Weird Fishes is the story of two outsider kids who come to terms with their identities. Dee is a girl who sees giant talking ducks, and The Bunny Boy’s worn the same Halloween costume for years. The kids stop playing together and start growing into teenagers, and the ducks become monsters and the bunnysuits become mod suits, and just as things start to settle, the world changes forever.

Dyer opened a gallery show in December at Mission: Comics and Art featuring paintings and sketches from Weird Fishes. Many of the original painted pages from her comic have been on display at the SLG Boutiki Gallery in San Jose. When not painting and developing her new book, Jamaica works in animation creating Flash cartoons.

This event is free and open to the public.

 
 
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emily

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 from 1pm to 3pm
Book Signing with Rob Reger and Buzz Parker
Free and open to the public

Celebrate Valentines Day with Emily the Strange creators and Illustrators Rob Reger and Buzz Parker. Emily the Strange came to life in the early 1990s and quickly became a beloved counterculture icon all around the world. In her earliest years, she was a quiet but sharp-witted stranger, slinging philosophy and cultural observations in a series of hand-screened t-shirts and stickers. As her presence grew and became a standard in the cultural underground, Emily’s own story began to emerge in a series of gift books, then comic-books and graphic novels, and now a novel series for young adults.

Emily’s not your average thirteen year-old-girl. Pink is her worst nightmare…she wears the same black dress every day. She loves math and science. Her best friends are her four BLACK CATS! She’s into old rock & punk, but also digs newer bands like My Chemical Romance.

Today, Emily continues to be a voice for individualism and self-awareness, and her appeal is especially strong among alternative-minded young women and girls who identify with her signature singularity. Her presence in the worlds of art, pop culture, literature, and fashion celebrates non-conformist and reminds us all to cultivate that which makes us unique.

This event is free and open to the public. Sweet treats will provided by From Scratch.

 
 
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21 January 2010 @ 04:59 pm

Ed Hannigan:  Covered

Presented by The Cartoon Art Museum and The Hero Initiative

Cartoon Art Museum exhibition: February 13 – June 20, 2010

Reception and Charity Auction:  April 2, 2010
 



The Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative proudly present Ed Hannigan:  Covered, a retrospective exhibition celebrating the art of Ed Hannigan.  This retrospective features a selection of covers and original artwork created by Hannigan for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s and 1980s, including such popular characters as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and The Defenders.  

Today, Hannigan is 58 years old and has multiple sclerosis.  The Hero Initiative, a charitable organization that provides financial assistance to comic book professionals in need, and Marvel Comics have collaborated on a tribute book, Ed Hannigan:  Covered, that features highlights from Hannigan’s artistic career.  The Cartoon Art Museum will display some of Hannigan’s most notable covers alongside the cover and complete interior artwork for one of his most famous single-issue stories, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64, which introduced the crime-fighting duo Cloak and Dagger.  

Sponsorship for this exhibition has been provided by The Comic Outpost.  The Comic Outpost, located on 2381 Ocean Ave. San Francisco, CA has been fulfilling the needs of comic book lovers for well over 15 years.  Current owners Gary Buechler and Roger Yan firmly believe their customer service and subscriber program is second to none.  For more questions, visit their website at www.comicoutpost.net or call (415) 239-2669.

SAVE THE DATE:  An auction of original artwork will be held at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, April 2, 2010, in conjunction with San Francisco’s WonderCon comics convention.

About Ed Hannigan

Ed was born August 6, 1951 in Newport, Rhode Island, the first of what would become eight children. His dad was an officer in the U.S. Navy, and later an engineer/sales executive for Tidewater Oil (later to become Getty Oil). He grew up throughout the Northeast, where his grandmother used to give him comic books. With their help, he learned to read at a young age, particularly impressed with World's Finest, featuring Superman and Batman.

Ed soon became a Marvel fanatic, and was determined to draw comic books some day. In high school in Ashland, Massachusetts he practiced drawing constantly and produced comics of his own. He also illustrated the senior yearbook. In 1971, after moving to New Jersey, he managed to wrangle an invitation to visit Marvel Comics’ offices. He showed his art samples to the folks there—Marie Severin, Mike Esposito, Herb Trimpe and others. They were polite, but less than impressed. But he still kept coming around. Then one day Sol Brodsky needed someone to do some lettering corrections on the British weekly reprint series, Mighty World of Marvel. Ed volunteered and for a short while, became a letterer.

Sol then needed someone to do some zip-a-tone shading on the same reprint line. Ed and Klaus Janson took on that job and were friendly rivals for a while as they shaded photostats of old Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and Thor stories. But Ed did not give up on drawing comics, practicing and learning from the pros at Marvel. Eventually he was allowed to do some sketches for those same British reprints and finally was given a Planet of the Apes cover to draw. After that he started helping Art Director John Romita to design covers for other artists and occasionally himself to draw. He also illustrated some stories. By and by, Ed became the busiest comic cover sketch artist in the place. At one time or another he did cover designs for just about every comic in the line.

Ed tried to tailor cover designs to the style of whichever artist was going to do the final art, but he also introduced some trademark features of his own, most famously, "messing with the logo" in some way or another, destroying or distorting it. The sketches became more elaborate and often were fully colored. He continued to draw some stories ands even wrote a few (Defenders was his longest run), but cover sketches were his mainstay for the next several years, and that's what he is best known for in the industry.

When the comics business contracted in the early 1990s, Ed was forced to find other employment. He end up doing computer graphics for a publisher in Massachusetts for nine years. In the course of those years, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which at first was a minor annoyance, but soon progressed to a major disability. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

About The Hero Initative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.  The Museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world.  The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.

 
 
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21 January 2010 @ 04:55 pm

PvP @ CAM
Presentation and booksigning with Scott Kurtz

Cartoon Art Museum Event:  Thursday, February 11, 2010, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
$5 suggested donation



 

The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Scott Kurtz, creator of the popular webcomic PvP: Player vs. Player from 7:00 to 9:00pm on Thursday, February 11 for a special presentation on the business of webcomics.  Kurtz will discuss the origins of his award-winning comic, the ups and downs of web distribution, and will engage the audience in an informative discussion on how—and why—to self-syndicate your own comics.  A booksigning will follow the presentation.

About Scott Kurtz


Scott Kurtz has been creating comics since age nine. He attended the University of North Texas where his daily strip, Captain Amazing, appeared for four semesters in the college paper. Kurtz' earlier strips Tales from the Tavern, Wedlock and Samwise earned him his first online audiences and gained him notice in the computer gaming industry. His current on-line comic, PvP: Player Vs. Player has been appearing daily since 1998 and has a following of over 150,000 readers a day. PVP won the 2006 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic.


 
 
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Small Press Spotlight on Andy Ristaino

Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition: December 19, 2009 – March 14, 2010
Reception Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
Reception is free and open to the public.



Beginning on December 19th, 2009, the Cartoon Art Museum's ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Andy Ristaino.

Andy Ristaino is a cartoonist and animator currently residing in the San Francisco. Originally from Franklin, Massachusetts, he has been drawing comics ever since he could. His first published work, a comic strip based on Greek myths entitled Myth Conceptions, appeared in The Pompeiiana Newsletter when he was in high school between 1992 and 1994. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design majoring in illustration/animation, during which time he self published two issues of his martial arts comedy zine Nightblade The Nearsighted Ninja, and drew a back up story featuring the character Dangerman, in Oz Squad from Patchwork Press.

Ristaino’s first solo book Life of a Fetus, a story about a bored baby who decides to jump out of the womb early and go on a road trip, was published by SLG comics in 1999 and ran for seven issues. This was soon followed by the spin off series The Babysitter, A send-up of Japanese pop culture. All three issue of The Babysitter have recently been collected by SLG comics. Ristaino’s work tends to focus on themes of the strangeness of life and the fragility of the human psyche, claustrophobia, and the odd space between understanding and incoherence. He looks at storytelling as something liquid.

His work has appeared in numerous comic anthologies such as Meathaus S.O.S., Spectrum 16, Tales of Hot Rod Horror, Spark Generators 2, Pet Noir, Go for the Gold, and the soon to be published Popgun vol. 4 from Image comics. His children’s comic the Uncredibly Confabulated Tales of Lucinda Ziggles was a regular fixture in the now defunct Nickelodeon Magazine.

Ristaino anticipates the publishing of his next SLG graphic novel Escape from Dullsville, a 288 page collection of Life of a Fetus with over 80 pages of unpublished material, sometime in 2010.

For more information about Andy Ristaino’s works and upcoming events, please visit http://www.skronked.blogspot.com and http://www.skronked.com.

The reception for this exhibition will take place Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 7:00-9:00pm. This reception is free and open to the public.
 
 
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11 January 2010 @ 08:15 pm
Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow

Cartoon Art Museum exhibition: January 30 – June 6, 2010
Programming to be announced






For over 70 years, audiences have thrilled to the adventures of Batman, one of the most popular and enduring fictional characters of the modern age. From his first appearance in Detective Comics in 1939 to the blockbuster Dark Knight film of 2008, Gotham City's Caped Crusader has taken on many forms, from cartoonish and campy to dark and disturbed, from daring detective to grim force of vengeance.

The Cartoon Art Museum’s new exhibition, Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow, showcases six strikingly different interpretations of the Dark Knight, representing some of the boldest visionaries to illustrate the DC Comics icon. Featured artists include Bob Kane and Bill Finger, who created Batman in 1939; Neal Adams, whose detailed artistry redefined comics in the 1970s; Frank Miller, whose graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns pioneered the modern, mature concept of Batman; Pepe Moreno, whose Batman: Digital Justice was the first graphic novel with entirely computer-generated art; and acclaimed artist Paul Pope, whose Batman: Year 100 pays homage to the original Batman comics and looks ahead to Gotham City of the year 2039.

In 1960s Japan, the popularity of the Batman TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward sparked demand for new Batman comics. The weekly magazine Shonen King secured the rights to publish original Batman manga, which artist Jiro Kuwata wrote and illustrated from 1966 to 1967. These comics were virtually unknown in the United States until author and designer Chip Kidd's award-winning 2008 book Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan. A selection of Kuwata's art from Kidd's personal collection will be featured in Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow, marking the Cartoon Art Museum's first extensive exhibition of original manga artwork.

Programming featuring Chip Kidd, Pepe Moreno and Paul Pope is currently being planned. More details will be announced as these programs are finalized.