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Alternative Press Expo party: Saturday, November 1, 2008

CAM Alternative Press Expo Party:
Keith Knight Closing Reception
and Book Release Party for Jesse Reklaw, Hellen Jo and Olga Volozova

Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, November 1, 2008, 8:00-11:00 pm

Sliding Scale: $2 - $20




The Cartoon Art Museum, Dark Horse Comics and Sparkplug Comic Books proudly present The Cartoon Art Museum’s Alternative Press Expo Party on Saturday, November 1, 2008. Join special guest Keith Knight as we host the closing reception for The Knight Life: Bay Area Spotlight on Keith Knight. Additional guests include Jesse Reklaw, celebrating the release of The Night of Your Life, published by Dark Horse Comics, collecting the Ignatz Award-nominated webcomic Slow Wave; Trevor Alixopolous, creator of the Ignatz Award-nominated graphic novel The Hot Breath of War; Hellen Jo; Olga Volozova; David King; and Julia Wertz. Hellen Jo and Olga Volozova will be signing copies of their own newly-released graphic novels, published by Sparkplug Comic Books.

All of the aforementioned artists will be reading selections from their comics, as well as signing copies of their new books and selling limited edition prints and posters. Food and beverages for the event will be sponsored by Dark Horse, Sparkplug and a wide selection of local restaurants and merchants. Please visit our website the week prior to the Alternative Press Expo for a complete list of party sponsors and special events.

Admission for the event is on a sliding scale, from $2 to $20, with guests encouraged to donate whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum.

All proceeds from this reception will benefit The Cartoon Art Museum, a non-profit educational museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of original cartoon art in all its forms.

For information please call (415) CAR-TOON, ext. 314

The party will be held from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at the Cartoon Art Museum, where over 300 pieces of original art spanning more than 100 years of comics history will be on display. The Cartoon Art Museum will be hosting the following exhibitions for this occasion:

The Knight Life: Bay Area Spotlight on Keith Knight, through November 9, 2008
The Cartoon Art Museum is honored to host the first comprehensive exhibition of Harvey and Glyph Award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight, creator of the K Chronicles, (th)ink and the new United Features syndicated daily comic strip The Knight Life. Knight will be one of the exhibitors at this year’s Alternative Press Expo.

Totoro Forest Project, through February 8, 2009
The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents original works of art from The Totoro Forest Project Charity Auction, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition featuring paintings, illustrations and sculptures from nearly 200 critically acclaimed animators, fine artists, cartoonists and illustrators. All of the art for the exhibition was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic animated feature film My Neighbor Tororo. The artwork was auctioned at a fund raising event at Pixar Animation Studios on September 6, 2008 prior to their exhibition at the museum. Proceeds from the auction will support The Totoro no Furusato National Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Japan's Sayama Forest.

From Richie Rich to Wendy the Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics, through November 30, 2008
The Cartoon Art Museum presents a visual history of one of the most popular comic book publishers of all time: Harvey Comics. From Richie Rich to Wendy the Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics celebrates the art and characters created and/or popularized by Harvey including Casper, The Friendly Ghost; Wendy, The Good Little Witch; Richie Rich, The Poor Little Rich Boy; Hot Stuff, The Little Devil; Sad Sack; Joe Palooka; Little Dot; Little Audrey; Little Lotta, and many more.

Small Press Spotlight on Briana Miller, through November 30, 2008
Briana Miller is a Berkeley-born, East Bay resident who has lived in almost every city that touches the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay. She created her first comic in 2000 and quickly discovered what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She has produced at least one hand-drawn, hand-silk-screened comic a year ever since. Miller will be one of the exhibitors at this year’s Alternative Press Expo.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art 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. For more information, please visit www.cartoonart.org

About APE

APE celebrates the incredible spirit of self-publishing and the alternative comics press. The exhibit hall features an unbelievable mix of new and old comics, mini-comics, zines, art books, original art and much more. Major publishers like Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, SLG, Top Shelf, AiT/Planet Lar and more take part in this "gathering of the tribe" in San Francisco, along with a veritable "who's who" of indy comics creators and publishers from all across the United States and Canada. This year’s Alternative Press Expo takes place on November 1 and 2 at the Concourse Exhibition Center. For more information on APE, please visit www.comic-con.org
Tags: alternative press expo, ape, cartoon art museum, cartoons. comics, dark horse, jesse reklaw, keith knight, sparkplug
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