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Cartoon Art Museum moving to Fisherman’s Wharf

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After a lengthy search, the Cartoon Art Museum finally has a new home. The museum will move into an 8000-square-foot space at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco. The new venue will provide space for a gallery, classroom, bookstore, and library. The new museum location won’t open until 2017, so in the meantime, the Cartoon Art Museum will continue to produce comic art focused events around the city.

The new location will allow the Cartoon Art Museum to continue its core mission of “the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms.” The organization has more than 7,000 pieces of original art in its collection that, unfortunately, has been squirreled away out of the public eye during the search for a new space.


Tonight! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History Reception and Book Launch

tmnt11The Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street in San Francisco, will be celebrating 30 years of mutated turtles tonight with a reception for the venue’s current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibition. This evening’s event will also act as a launch party for Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago’s new book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History. A long list of guests related to TMNT will be on hand this evening, including: “Turtles artists Mark Bode, Ken Mitchroney, longtime Mirage Studios staffer Molly Bode, IDW writer and editor Bobby Curnow, and Nickelodeon’s Ciro Nieli, Irineo Maramba, Felipe Smith, and Megan Casey.”

One of the highlights of this exhibition is the museum is showcasing all of the original art work from the very first TMNT issue by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The exhibit also includes cells from the original TMNT television series and art from recently published series.

The exhibit runs until September 14. Tonight’s reception is from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Exhibit: Celebrate Giant Robot with little robots at OMCA



The 20th anniversary of the Asian-American pop arts and culture magazine Giant Robot is coming to the Oakland Museum of California in the form of a three month long exhibit. To kick off the exhibit the museum and magazine will be hosting a “preview” party on April 18 which will feature music, food, art and much more. As part of the exhibit Giant Robot will be unveiling a series of little robots customized by some of the finest artists working today. Chicago artist Jeremiah Ketner has posted a preview of his robot on his blog.

If you’re a member of OMCA an exclusive preview starts at 3 p.m. with the public preview starting at 7 p.m. SuperAwesome: The Art of Giant Robot coincides with the exhibit  Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. In addition to robots there will be an Oakland record swap sponsored by Record Store Day and Amoeba Records.

You’ll also find custom robots by the following artists: Aaron Brown, Spanky Stokes, Mark Nagata, Katsuya Terada, Gary Ham, Julie West, Jason Limon, Okkle, Reactor 88, Stasia Burrington, Junko Mizuno, Yukinori Dehara, Bert Gatchalian, Kano, Mari Inukai, Jay222, Scott Wilkowski, Yoskay Yamamoto, Edwin Ushiro, Jeni Yang, Dril One, Valley Dweller, and Scott Tolleson.

Jeremiah Ketner's Giant Robot

Jeremiah Ketner’s Giant Robot

Cartoon Art Museum presents Raw Fury: the Art of Mike Zeck

zeckgijoeOne of the next exhibits at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street in San Francisco, will be a career retrospective of illustrator Mike Zeck. Visitors to the museum will be treated to walls covered in Zeck’s aggressively action packed work starting April 5 and ending April 10. Zeck had a heavy influence in the Spider-Man mythos thanks to his contributions to Kraven’s Last Hunt and giving Spider-Man his black costume in Secret Wars. Children of the 80s buying comics at the corner story likely know Zeck’s work best from scanning the racks and seeing his striking covers for Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe series. He’s additionally worked with Punisher, Aquaman, Deathstroke, Captain America, and others.

Zeck will be appearing at San Jose’s Big WOW! Comic Con  from May 17-18.

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Exhibition: OMCA presents Art and Giant Robot

Giant Robot issue 68 cover by Luke Chueh

Giant Robot issue 68 cover by Luke Chueh

The Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, is teaming up with the venerable Asian and Asian-American pop culture magazine Giant Robot for a three-month long exhibition. SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Giant Robot by showcasing 15 contemporary artists and various artifacts from the publication’s history. Giant Robot founder Erik Nakamura will be the curator for the event. According to the OMCA website:

The exhibition also features Giant Robot magazines, ephemera, vinyl toys, custom vending machines, and the original Giant Robot Scion XB inspired by Nintendo’s Famicom gaming console, designed by Eric Nakamura and fabricated by Len Higa. The car-turned-interactive gaming station boasts built-in sound and projectors, enabling visitors to use the car to play the original game Return of the Quack by Chevy Ray Johnston with graphics by Matt Furie.

The exhinit will run April 19 through July 27. There are a number of events being held at the museum tying in with the main exhibition:

SuperAwesome Salon: Film
Friday, March 21, 2014, 7–9 pm

OMCA Film | CAAMFest 2014: Awesome Asian Bad Guys
Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:30–11 pm

OMCA Family Drop-in Workshop: Flipbooks
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 12–3 pm

SuperAwesome Salon: Zines & Print Culture
Friday, May 30, 2014, 7–9 pm

Annual Marvin Spohn Lecture in the Graphic Arts | Album Cover Art
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 1–2:30 pm

SuperAwesome is being held in conjunction with Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records.


Exhibit: Spoke Art Gallery pays tribute to David Lynch

The owls are not what they seem.

The owls are not what they seem.

Never in my life have I wanted to attend Paris Fashion Week, but reading The 405’s description of Kenzo’s fashion show is making me reconsider my lack of interest in high fashion. Kenzo designers, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, literally turned heads on Sunday by tapping David Lynch’s Twin Peaks as inspiration for their Autumn/Winter 2014 line. In case that doesn’t make the clothing line intriguing enough the design duo had Lynch direct the atmosphere for the Kenzo show. In addition to the models doing their turns on the catwalk to a soundscape provided by Lynch there was an unsettling screaming head that looked like a grownup version of the Eraserhead tadpole baby. According to the 405’s post this is the third time these particular designers have used Lynch as a muse.

Kenzo’s designers aren’t the only artists mainlining Lynch this week.  Starting March 8, San Francisco’s Spoke Art Gallery, 816 Sutter Street, will open In Dreams: An Art Show Tribute to the Films of David Lynch (hat tip to the Last Gasp blog). The exhibit, which runs until March 29, will showcase art inspired by Lynch’s entire body of work from the Great Northern Hotel to Arrakis.

More than 50 artists will be contributing to this group show and a preview of some of the work can be seen on the Facebook event wall. The open reception is March 8 starting at 6 p.m. It promises to be a crazy clown time.

The list of artists can be found below and at the Spoke Art Gallery website.

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Event: The History of Illustrated 007 – March 1

The Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street in San Francisco, will be hosting “James Bond: The Illustrated History of 007” on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to  a healthy life in novels and on the big screen bondjamesJames Bond has been the subject of comic book and newspaper strips. The even will feature a discussion James Bond: The History of Illustrated 007 author Alan J. Porter. More details available at this link and below.

Join The Cartoon Art Museum for a discussion and slideshow of the James Bond comics and newspaper strips from around the world on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 7:30-9:30pm.  This in-depth discussion features special guest Alan J. Porter, author of James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007 and is hosted by CAM Chairman Ron Evans and comedian and cartoonist Mike Capozzola.

Highlights of this special event include:

-A look at vintage Bond memorabilia

-Virtual appearances via SKYPE with Special Guests!

-Sudden and unexpected PRIZES!

-Martinis (shaken, not stirred)!

-Plus a silent auction of rare Bond items!

Admission to James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007 is $007, and tickets can be pre-ordered through:

Cartoon Art Museum to host an evening with J.H. Williams III

Sandman Overture CoverThe Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street in San Francisco, will be hosting an evening with illustrator J.H. Williams III as part of the ongoing Sandman 25th Anniversary exhibition. Williams is illustrating the new Neil Gaiman authored Sandman miniseries and has contributed a number of unpublished pieces of work from the series to the museum. In a recent blog post Williams said the museum will be displaying more images for the March 15 event. The event starts at 7 p.m. and more details will be announced soon.

In other Cartoon Art Museum/Sandman news preorders are now being accepted for the exhibition catalog Grains of Sandman: 25 Years of Sandman. According to the museum’s website:

This 144-page full-color catalog showcases over 100 pieces from the museum exhibition, reproduced in full color to capture every detail of the original artwork.  Highlights include more than 20 pages from the groundbreaking first issue of Sandman; eight pages from “The Sound of Her Wings,” featuring the first appearance of Death from Sandman #8; full-color paintings by Yoshitaka Amano, Barron Storey, J.H. Williams III, and series cover artist Dave McKean; beautiful, unretouched pencil artwork by famed illustrator Michael Zulli; and highlights from Neil Gaiman‘s personal collection of Sandman artwork.

The catalog will come in various editions which are detailed here.

Mission to host Sandman 25th Anniversary group art show

Sandman Art ShowMany comic retailers have worried about how they’ll continue momentum started with the release of Sandman: Overture after it was announced issue two would be delayed until late February. Mission: Comics and Art, 3520 20th Street in San Francisco, has an answer. The shop will be hosting a group art show dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. More than two dozen artists will be showcasing their artistic interpretation of Gaiman’s groundbreaking comic book series. The show, curated by Daisy Church, will kickoff with an opening reception on January 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. The art will be featured in the store’s gallery space until February 15. There’s a complete list of participating artists at

This seems like a good opportunity to remind folks in the bay area that the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street in San Francisco, has been hosting a Sandman exhibition that runs until March 16.

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