From Bloom County to Mars: The exhibition catalog

The Cartoon Art Museum presents From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed, an exhibition of original artwork featuring one of the most popular cartoonists of the past quarter-century!

To commemorate this exhibition, the Cartoon Art Museum, in conjunction with IDW, publisher of Breathed’s Bloom County: The Complete Collection, will publish a limited edition, full color, 96-page catalog featuring original artwork from Bloom County, Outland, A Wish for Wings That Work, Goodnight Opus, and other childrens’ books and feature film proposals from Breathed, including Mars Needs Moms!, soon to be released as an animated feature film from Walt Disney Studios.
In addition to full-color reproductions of original artwork, the catalog will feature exclusive content including:
*essays by Bill Amend, creator of FoxTrot; Keith Knight, creator of The K Chronicles; Amy Lago, Comics Editor of the Washington Post Writers Group; and Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago
*a lengthy interview with Breathed conducted by cartoonist and author Shaenon K. Garrity
The print run for this catalog will be determined by the Cartoon Art Museum’s fundraising efforts through Kickstarter. Your pledge will support the museum’s bookstore, which, in turn, supports the Cartoon Art Museum, which has been serving the world since 1984.
**Note for supporters outside of the United States: Please add an additional $10 to your donation to offset additional shipping and processing costs. Thank you!

Please Support the Cartoon Art Museum's Annual Fund Drive!


Please Support the Cartoon Art Museum's Annual Fund Drive!

Dear Friends of the Cartoon Art Museum,

Thanks to our many generous supporters, CAM is wrapping up its 25th year of providing innovative exhibitions of original cartoon art, entertaining and educational family programs, and continued opportunities for scholars.

As we look toward a new year, I’m once again reminded of the challenges the museum has overcome to get this far. While the economy has begun to recover from the recession, grants and foundations have cut back their funding significantly and postponed fulfilling new request this year.  Funding from these sources has accounted for 1/3 of CAM’s revenue.  This fiscal year, revenue from these sources is down more than 50%.  We are working diligently to identify other sources of revenue to make sure that we can continue to offer our programs and exhibitions. And while we’re grateful to all those who’ve contributed to our growth and success, we still need your help to foster our unique programming.

Our cutting-edge literacy program, The Comic Book Project, has been put on hold until new sources of funding can be secured; however, our high school animation program, Talking Points, continues with help from the San Francisco Foundation. Our regular programs—drop-in Saturday classes, weekend workshops, after-school programs, and private lessons—remain in high demand year-round.

We’ve hosted a number of special presentations and book signings by artists such as Chip Kidd (Bat-Manga!), Nicole Hollander (Sylvia), Rob Reger and Buzz Parker (Emily the Strange), Dave Cooper (Bent), Ted Rall (The Anti-American Manifesto) and Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100). We also hosted our two signature fundraisers: Comics for Comix with comedian Dana Gould, and a day at Pixar Animation Studios, our most successful benefit to date.

CAM’s galleries have been buzzing over the last 12 months with a steady stream of notable shows, including Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime, Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow and Storytime! Graphic Novels for Kids of All Ages. We saluted six decades of Beetle Bailey with 60 Years of Beetle Bailey: A Tribute to Mort Walker and presented a special Sparky Award to Walker at this year’s New York Comic Con. The works of Ed Hannigan, Nina Paley and legendary underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez were also featured in our galleries.

If you’ve ever considered making a donation to the museum, now is the time. Our need has never been greater and the next generation of aspiring cartoonists deserves your support. Your kind response to our Annual Fund drive is essential to helping ensure that our programming will continue on for another 25 years.

Thank you in advance for your 100% tax-deductible gift. To make your contribution, please mail checks to the address below, call us at (415) CAR-TOON (227-8666) ext. 300, or donate through our website. And remember that the museum is still the best place in San Francisco to hold that special event you’re hosting. Call us at the number above for more details.

Many thanks for your support. We hope to see you here soon!

Ron Evans

Chair, Board of Trustees

655 Mission Street
San Francisco, Ca 94105


Ron Evans

Michael B. Johnson

Summerlea Kashar

Peter Westley

Michelle Hlubinka
Blake Lawit
Michael Todasco
Anthony Yun

Malcolm Whyte

Andrew Farago
Amy Horton
David Mann
Heather Plunkett
Diane Shapiro-Sommerfield

Salomé Nicaise

The Spirit by Will Eisner
Steve Roper by William Overgard
Winnie the Pooh by Walt Disney Productions
The Yellow Kid by R.F. Outcault

For a PDF version of our Annual Fund letter, please visit



October 1, 2010-January 30, 2011

Miss Lasko-Gross

Miss Lasko-Gross

While the history of women in comics is well-documented, and the Jewish contribution to the art form widely acknowledged, Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women will be the first museum exhibit to showcase the singular voices of female Jewish artists whose revealing diaristic and confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades.

Some bare their bodies.  Some expose their psyches.  All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires.

Many of the original artworks on display have never been exhibited in public until this show.  Artists run the gamut from pioneering Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters artists of the 1970s and 1980s to superstar younger artists:

· Vanessa Davis (Spaniel Rage, Make Me a Woman) – USA

· Bernice Eisenstein (I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors) – Canada

· Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less) – USA

· Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own) – USA

· Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Twisted Sisters, comix pioneer)USA/France

· Miss Lasko-Gross (A Mess of Everything, Escape from Special) – USA

· Miriam Libicki (jobnik!) – Canada

· Corinne Pearlman (Jewish Quarterly) – UK

· Sarah Lightman (Dumped Before Valentine’s, Reciprocitea) – UK

· Sarah Lazarovic (Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen) – Canada

· Diane Noomin (Twisted Sisters, comix pioneer) – USA

· Trina Robbins (It Ain’t Me Babe, comix pioneer) – USA

· Racheli Rottner (The Other Side of the World) – Israel

· Sharon Rudahl (Wimmen’s Comix, comix pioneer) – USA

· Laurie Sandell (The Impostor’s Daughter) – USA

· Ariel Schrag (Awkward, Potential, Likewise) – USA

· Lauren Weinstein, (Goddess of War, Girl Stories) – USA

· Ilana Zeffren (Pink Story) – Israel

The Forward, the leading independent Jewish weekly newspaper and web site, is media sponsor, and will publish the show’s catalog as an eight-page newspaper broadsheet.  The catalog will include the last story written by Harvey Pekar, the legendary writer and pioneer in autobiographical comics.  Pekar had been collaborating with artist Tara Seibel on the essay for Graphic Details at the time of his death.

On October 21, the Cartoon Art Museum will host a panel on autobiography in comics featuring several of the featured artists, experts, and the curators.  Graphic Details is co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector whose December 2008 story on confessional comics in the Forward provided the impetus for the show.  His co-curator, Sarah Lightman, is an award-winning fine artist, curator and arts journalist based in London who is researching a PhD at The University of Glasgow in Autobiography in Comics.

“We’re very pleased to be the first venue for this exhibition,” said Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago.  “We were interested in collaborating with Michael and Sarah based on their initial description of the exhibition, and knew that we had to get on board once they gave us a list of all of the artists who were involved.”

From the Forward story:  “While women have been writing frank confessional cartoons since the early 1970s, the context has changed. Brutal sexism defined underground comics back then, with females mostly depicted as fawning objects for a largely male readership. Blunt confessional comics were a throat-grab from women who dared male readers to confront real, unvarnished female characters.

“Today’s autobiographical comics come as less of a cultural jolt. For one thing, women have become a formidable presence in comics. Personal problems have also supplanted gender politics as a dominant theme. But these young artists are just as ruthlessly honest, presenting their bodies as nakedly as their emotions. They’re also finding a new crop of audiences, weaned on blogs and tell-all Facebook pages, even hungrier for first-person intimacy.”

The show will run until January 2011 in San Francisco, when it moves to Toronto’s Koffler Centre for the Arts, one of Canada’s leading cultural institutions.

The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street (between New Montgomery-3rd Streets) in San Francisco. Telephone:  415-CARTOON. <> .

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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GRAPHIC DETAILS:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Roster of Artists

Vanessa Davis, Santa Rosa, CA, USA,

Bernice Eisenstein, Toronto, Canada

Sarah Glidden, New York City, USA,

Miriam Katin, New York City, USA,

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, USA/France

Miss Lasko-Gross, New York City, USA,

Sarah Lazarovic, Toronto, Canada,

Miriam Libicki, Vancouver, Canada,

Sarah Lightman, London, UK,

Diane Noomin Hadlyme, CT, USA,

Corinne Pearlman, London, UK,

Trina Robbins, San Francisco, USA,

Racheli Rotner, Tel Aviv, Israel,

Sharon Rudahl, Los Angeles, CA, USA,

Laurie Sandell, New York City, USA,

Ariel Schrag, New York City and Los Angeles, USA,

Lauren Weinstein, New York City, USA,

Ilana Zeffren, Tel Aviv, Israel

Now See This – SFZF x CAM Comics Reading

Now See This – SFZF x CAM Comics Reading

Friday, September 3, 2010, from 7pm to 9pm


$5 Suggested Donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

The Cartoon Art Museum and San Francisco Zine Fest are proud to present Now See This, a live, multi-media comics reading at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, September 3,  from 7pm to 9pm. This event will kick-off the Zine Fest weekend (September 4 & 5 at the SF County Fair BLDG) and marks the third annual collaboration between the SFZF and CAM, and includes a powerhouse collection of indy-comics talent, including three nominees for the prestigious 2010 Ignatz awards (John Porcellino, Noah Van Sciver, and Jesse Reklaw).

This year’s stellar lineup includes SFZF 2010 Special Guest Jesse Reklaw (10,000 Things To Do),  John Porcellino (King-Cat Comics),  Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf),  Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes),  Hob (The Witness),  Noah Van Sciver (Blammo),  Susie Cagle (Nine Gallons), and Jonas Madden-Connor (Ochre Ellipse).

The suggested donation for this event is $5, benefitting both the SF Zine Fest and the Cartoon Art Museum. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About Zine Fest:  Zine Fest, taking place September 4 and 5, 2010 at the SF County Fair Building, serves as a vital annual showcase of the diversity, vitality and ongoing exuberance of the small-press movement.  Writers, cartoonists, crafters, illustrators, printmakers and all manner of artists will be in attendance.  While the majority of the exhibitors hail from the Bay Area, creators from across the West Coast and beyond will be represented.

Comics 4 Comix Benefit featuring Dana Gould

Comics 4 Comix Benefit featuring Dana Gould

Fundraising Event:  Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 8:00pm
Tickets: $20

at San Francisco Punchline Comedy Club

444 Battery Street in San Francisco


Comics and comix collide as the funnies meet the funny in the sixth annual fundraiser and silent art auction for San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum.  Join the Bay Area’s funniest folk for a night of food, drink, and entertainment, and bid on original art by some of today’s brightest stars in comics.  This year Comics 4 Comix takes place on Tuesday, September 7th 2010, at San Francisco’s famed Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery Street.  The doors open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. General admission tickets for this benefit cost $20.  Tickets may be purchased in advance from Livenation’s website ( or at the door on the night of the event.

The Cartoon Art Museum will host an all-star cast of stand-up comics for this event, featuring headliner comedian and Simpsons writer Dana Gould,  as well as local comedians Joe Klocek, Mike Meehan, and host Michael Capozzola, comedian and creator of the comic strip Surveillance Caricatures in the San Francisco Chronicle’s 96 hours section. Accommodations for our headliner are being provided by the InterContinental San Francisco.  Performances will begin at 8 pm.  In addition to getting a dose of high comedy, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on and peruse original comic strip art from popular local and national cartoonists, including Dan Piraro (Bizarro), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Michael Jantze (The Norm), Jack Davis (Mad Magazine), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), and much, much more.

If you are looking for accommodations for the night, The InterContinental San Francisco is offering a special discount.  Click above to link to the discounted rate.

Chip Kidd presents Bat-Manga! A Secret Look at the Secret History of Batman in Japan

Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow: Chip Kidd presents Bat-Manga! A Secret Look at the Secret History of Batman in Japan


Thursday, June 17, 7:00-9:00pm
$5 Suggested donation

Co-Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and the Japan Society of Northern California

Accommodations for Chip Kidd provided byThe Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

The Cartoon Art Museum and the Japan Society of Northern California welcome award-winning author and book designer Chip Kidd on Thursday, June 17 for a special presentation entitled Bat-Manga! A Secret Look at the Secret History of Batman in Japan.  Kidd, author of Bat-Manga! presents a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the book, as well as recently discovered original art by Jiro Kuwata from his Batman manga work of over 40 years ago. Images in Kidd’s presentation will not overlap or repeat the pieces hanging in the exhibition, so make sure to attend for this exclusive look at one of the most fascinating cross-pop-cultural phenomenons of the late 20th century.

The Cartoon Art Museum would like to thank the generous sponsors who made this presentation possible.  The Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, provided accommodations for Mister Kidd, and his air travel was sponsored by Matt Ocko of Archimedes Capital LLC.

The suggested donation for this event is $5.

About the author:

“The history of book design can be split into two eras: before graphic designer Chip Kidd and after.” —Time Out New York, Nov. 2005

Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf (where he has worked since 1986) have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. Even after two decades, his pervasive influence can be seen on any trip to the bookstore.

Kidd was awarded the 2007 National Design Award for Communications, the industry’s highest honor. In the fall of the same year his work was included in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s third National Design Triennial.

In his role an editor of books of comics for Pantheon (a subsidiary of Knopf) Kidd has worked extensively with some of the most brilliant talents practicing today, including: Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, Charles Burns, Mark Beyer, Ben Katchor and Alex Ross.

In his role as a book designer, Kidd has worked extensively with many of Japan’s leading writers, including Kenzo Kitikata, Osamu Tezuka, Koji Suzuki and Haruki Murakami.

About The Japan Society of Northern California

Founded in 1905, the Japan Society of Northern California is the West Coast’s leading forum on Japan and US-Japan relations. Its mission is to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan by providing programs that help to expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.

Small Press Spotlight on Jamaica Dyer

Small Press Spotlight on Jamaica Dyer

Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition:  March 20 – June 13, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA:  Beginning on March 20, 2010, the Cartoon Art Museum's ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Jamaica Dyer.

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.

Batman writer Steve Englehart celebrates the release of his new novel, The Long Man

Batman writer Steve Englehart celebrates the release of his new novel, The Long Man

Cartoon Art Museum Event:  Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7pm  to 9pm

$5 suggested donation

San Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes the critically-acclaimed comic book writer and author Steve Englehart for a discussion of his writing career and a booksigning on Wednesday, April 14 2010, from 7pm to 9pm.  Englehart and artists Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin collaborated on the DC Comics title Detective Comics in the 1970s, producing a series of fondly remembered and highly influential Batman stories.  

Englehart served as DC’s lead writer and oversaw all of their major characters, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash), and his Marvel Comics credits include many of their most popular characters, such as The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and many others.  He has written for a number of animated television programs as well, including Street Fighter, G.I. Joe and Captain America.

In 1980, Englehart wrote his first novel, The Point Man, about a disc jockey working on Sutter Street who stumbled into a war between psychic Russian espionage agents and a medieval wizard who managed a rock star—which turned out the be the tip of a very large iceberg.  This year sees the release of his follow up novel, The Long Man, published by Tor Books.  

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

The Long Man

Max August, a point man for his platoon in Vietnam, discovered a different kind of war in 1980, a hidden war between the forces of freedom and bondage. Under the tutelage of legendary alchemist Cornelius Agrippa, he began to learn the use of real-world magick in the service of humanity, against those who would control us.

In 1985, Max stopped aging. He became "timeless," the Long Man, and began to live forever in the prime of his life. In the years since, he's worked on perfecting his skills so he can stay alive to fight a war that never ends, because like any warrior, he can be killed. Others have been killed-Agrippa, for one, and Max's wife for another. So he's learned magick, honed his combat skills, and worked every other discipline he could. He calls himself an alchemist with a gun, and he's not wrong.

This past Hallowe'en, Max was summoned to protect Dr. Pamela Blackwell, a beautiful, savvy scientist at the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Blackwell's research into neurotoxins could save millions of lives, but it has put her in the crosshairs of the FRC, a cabal determined to rule the world through any means possible: military action, economic manipulation, political chicanery . . . and magick. They are utterly ruthless,  and they have a deadly reason for keeping Pam's discovery from being made public.

Max and Pam together must travel to Barbados and beyond to destroy Pam's assailants before they destroy her. And when they do, they uncover the reason she was targeted-a monstrous plot by men and women who will literally stop at nothing. Max will have to be more than just timeless to survive everything he'll face as he races to stop a genocide of untold proportions. And Pam must master his real-world ways of magick if she's to have any chance of survival at all.

Holy Haircut, Batman!

Holy Haircut, Batman!

For $5K, Cartoon Art Museum’s Curator Will Get Barbered with a Bat-Symbol

In honor of the Cartoon Art Museum’s current exhibition, Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow, CAM Curator Andrew Farago is turning back the clock to 1989.  Or, to be more specific, he’s turning his head back to 1989.  If the Cartoon Art Museum receives $5,000 in donations between now and the evening of April 2, Farago will shave the famed Bat-Symbol into his hair at the Museum’s annual WonderCon weekend fundraising party, just as many Bat-Fans did in the months leading up to the release of Warner Bros.’ 1989 Batman film.

“My mother thought it was a bad idea 21 years ago, and I’m sure she’d still think it’s a bad idea today.  I’ve had plenty of bad haircuts before,  but this is the first one I’ll be getting for a good cause,” said Farago.

Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow, on exhibit until June 6, 2010, showcases six strikingly different interpretations of the Dark Knight.  The exhibit includes artwork by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Pepe Moreno, Jiro Kuwata and others.  The exhibit will also feature appearances and conversations by a number of the artists whose work is on display.  Full information on the exhibit and artist appearances can be found at <> .

Donations can be made through CAM’s website,; through CAM’s Facebook pages, which are accessible through < > and <>.  Checks can be mailed to the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105; please indicate “Bat-haircut” in the subject line.  The Cartoon Art Museum is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational museum, and all funds raised from “Holy Haircut, Batman!” will support the museum’s public programming and exhibitions.

March Cartoonist-in-Residence: Rick Lucey

March Cartoonist-in-Residence:  Rick Lucey

Cartoon Art Museum Event:  Saturday, March 27, 2010 1pm  to 3pm
Free and Open to the public

San Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum hosts freelance artist and cartoonist Rick Lucey on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program.  Museum visitors will be offered the chance to talk to him about his comics and watch Lucey at work.

Rick Lucey is a San Francisco based illustrator and cartoonist. Over the past few decades he has worked in different types of visual media from cartoon and illustrations to video games and TV broadcasting. Lucey has been both a staff artist and a contractor at various companies such as Namco and TechTV. Through the years he has self published various comic stories some of which were collaborations. His art is included in Zbeng, a book by major Israeli comic book creator Uri Fink.
In addition to various freelance projects, Lucey collaborates with other creators of the Cartoonist Conspiracy’s San Francisco chapter. Lucey is currently working with artist/creator Michael Bennett ( on a retro science fiction comic book called DOCBOT, which he hopes to publish in this up coming year. Examples of his art can be found at and at
This event is free and open to the public.