A must-see for any fan of comics and cartoons!
If you happen to be making your way this summer either to Pittsburg or San Francisco, there are a couple of very special museums you won't want to miss. ToonSeum and the Cartoon Art Museum are institutions dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the history of visual narrative. Here are the mission statements of the two museums and some important information for potential visitors.
The mission of the ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions of original cartoon art.
The museum opens at 10:30 am from Wednesday to Sunday, and admission for 13+ is only $8.00. From April 11 to June 30, you won't want to miss their Golden Legacy exhibit, featuring the work of the Little Golden Books line of picture books. For a short article on the current exhibit, click here!
The Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum’s key function is to preserve, document, and exhibit this unique and accessible art form. Through traveling exhibitions and other exhibit-related activities — such as artists-in-residence, lectures, and outreach — the museum has taken cartoon art and used it to communicate cultural diversity in the community, as well as the importance of self-expression.
As the website notes, the Cartoon Art Museum (CAM) hosts dozens of events throughout the year that includes signings, lectures, and special exhibits. Its current exhibit, running from April 26th to August 24th is called "Pretty in Ink" and features the work of comics herstorian, Trina Robbins.
Having just enjoyed free comic book day here in Oakville, I think there's no better way to end it than celebrating those who look to preserve the proud legacy of visual narrative!
Dr. Glen Downey is an award-winning children's author, educator, and academic from Oakville, Ontario. He works as a children's writer for Rubicon Publishing, a reviewer for PW Comics World, an editor for the Sequart Organization, and serves as the Chair of English and Drama at The York School in Toronto.
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