June 3rd, 2009

California Girls Booksigning: Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore Event: Sunday, June 14, 2009 1pm to 3pm

California Girls Booksigning
Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore Event:  Sunday, June 14, 2009 1pm  to 3pm
Free and Open to the public

The  Cartoon Art Museum hosts comics creator Trina Robbins and publisher Brian Andersen on Sunday, June 14, 2009 from 1pm to 3pm in promotion of CBG Comics’ newest release, California Girls.  This event is presented by the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore, and is part of its ongoing series of presentations and booksignings.

CBG Comics, the little comic book company that could (created by publisher Brian Andersen, the mind behind such indie comic series as So Duper Duper, Reignbow & Dee-Va and Unbashedly Billie), is very proud to be publishing a new collection of Trina Robbins's wonderful comic book series California Girls.  Originally printed in the mid-1980s, California Girls is a classic indie black and white comic series starring an all-girl cast written, drawn and created by writer, herstorian and living legend Trina Robbins. Featuring the adventures and romantic entanglements of two fabulously dressed twins, Max and Mo, California Girls is a beloved snapshot of an era gone, but not forgotten. The California Girls trade paperback collects for the first time the entire eight-issue run of the original series by Robbins, with additional artist support by the late Barb Rausch, as well as paper dolls and the always fabulous reader-submitted fashions.

For more information about Trina Robbins, please visit her website, www.trinarobbins.com.  To discover more about CBG Comics and comic book creator Brian Andersen, for sure check out: www.sosuperduper.com. 

June Cartoonist-in-Residence: Brian Andersen - Saturday, June 20, 2009 1pm to 3pm

June Cartoonist-in-Residence:  Brian Andersen
Cartoon Art Museum Event:  Saturday, June 20, 2009 1pm  to 3pm
Free and Open to the public

The  Cartoon Art Museum hosts freelance artist and cartoonist Brian Andersen on Saturday, June 20, 2009 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 Andersen at work.  
Brian Andersen is the super nerdy, super flirty, indie comic book creator behind such colorful comics as So Duper Duper, Reignbow & Dee-Va and Unbashedly Billie.  Under his itty bitty comic "company" (CBG Comics), he's also published works by other creators,  such as Rick Worley's A Waste of Time and the trade paperback collection of living comic book legend Trina Robbins's 1980s series California Girls.
Aside from the upcoming eighth issue of So Super Duper (out soon, he hopes), Brian also has a second issue of Reignbow & Dee-Va on its way and three brand new comics, Sex & The Superhero,  Loser 80 and a six-page free mini comic called Saint Carrie of the Divine Pageant, which is available on his website.  Yay! Creating comics is fun, kiddies!
Brian hopes you get a smirk, a smile, or a slight laugh from at least one of his meager comic creations!  Find out more about Brian's fabulous works by visiting www.sosuperduper.com.  You can also catch free So Super Duper pages twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) on Newsarama.com/blog.  :) Groovy!

This event is free and open to the public.

The Cartoon Art Museum regularly hosts professional cartoonist in its galleries as part of its Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Museum patrons see cartoonists at work on their latest projects and learn everything you ever wanted to know about cartoonists--but were afraid to ask.  Past featured Cartoonists-in-Residence include Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee), Keith Knight (K Chronicles, (th)ink), Paige Braddock (Jane's World), Michael Jantze (The Norm) and Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules) among many others.

Cartooning Classes for Adults

The Cartoon Art Museum Presents:

Cartooning Classes for Adults
Summer 2009 Sessions
Saturday, June 14; Sunday June 15, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday, July 11; Sunday July 12, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday, August 8; Sunday August 9, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Cost per class:  $100 per two-day session, $50 per one-day session, with discounted tuition for CAM members
Register for The Cartoon Art Museum's Adult Classes - Summer 2009
Classes will focus on cartooning, character design, and comics.
Each 2-day session is a new course, so you may register for all three sessions. Classes are designed as 2-day workshops but you may also attend single days as well.
Classes are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm.

June 13 and 14
July 11 and 12
August 8 and 9

$100 per 2-day session or $50 for a single day ($90/$40 for members) To register call 415-227-8666 x303 or email: education@cartoonart.org

Defining the Project
Instructor: Brian Kolm
Level: Beginning/Intermediate - Adult
Days: June 13-14, 2009

Are you thinking about working on a personal comic or cartoon project? Do you need some motivation to get the ball rolling? Come to this hands-on workshop where like-minded creators can work on their projects together. We will go through exercises that will help you explore ideas for stories, settings, and characters for your projects. We will then learn how to take our projects to the next level. We will learn how to outline our stories, as well as design the characters and settings that will help bring the story and character ideas to life.

Characters, Storyboards, and Layout
Instructor: Daniel Salcido
Level: Beginning/Intermediate - Adult
Days: July 11-12, 2009

Do you have a great idea for a comic strip, comic book, web-comic or cartoon? In this class we will go over the basic breakdown of the human form as well as basic design methods and a "things to consider" check list for designing characters. Once we have our characters, we will go over the basics of story boarding, and creating thumbnails and page layouts, which are a crucial part of story development and pre-production. By the end of this class, not only will you have a character for your concept, but you will also be well on your way to starting final production on it.

From Comic Strips to Animation
Instructor: James Hummel
Level: Beginning/Intermediate - Adult
Days: August 8-9, 2009

This class will talk about the transition from comic strips to the animated cartoon. We will discuss how the animation industry began and how it grew to where it is today. Then we will go through some of the basic principles of animation and talk about how animated movies, television shows and commercials are produced. Exercises will include creating flipbooks to illustrate storyboarding, key poses and in-betweening. We will also do exercises in gesture and proportion and incorporate our character(s) into a scene.

Small Press Spotlight on MariNaomi: June 20 – September 13, 2009

Small Press Spotlight on MariNaomi

Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition:  June 20 – September 13, 2009

Beginning on June 20, 2009, the Cartoon Art Museum's ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of MariNaomi.
Currently residing in San Francisco, MariNaomi was born in Texas and raised in Northern California. Her comics were first published in Action Girl Comics in 1998. That same year, MariNaomi published her comic art in the form of a zine called Estrus Comics. Now a series, Estrus Comics is an autobiographical collection of stories chronicling, among many other subjects, relationships, sex and coming of age. MariNaomi’s comics have also appeared in many national and local publications including The Comics Journal’s Women in Comics issue, and the Storytime Anthology.
MariNaomi has also found success as a longtime painter. Her works have been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and beyond, including multiple live paintings/exhibits at the de Young Museum and an exhibit entitled TV of Tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her work has also appeared in galleries such as SomArts, 111 Minna Gallery, and at events like Ladyfest Bay Area as well as WonderCon. MariNaomi’s prints along with her Estrus Comics and some original works are currently available at Artist Xchange as well as the Femina Potens Gallery in San Francisco.
For more information about MariNaomi’s works and upcoming events, please visit

About the Small Press Spotlight:
San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip.  In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when the underground comix movement launched from San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district.  Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum's Small Press Spotlight focuses on the works of these talented individuals.

The Small Press Spotlight is funded in part by The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.