Archive for November, 2006

December Events at the Cartoon Art Museum (San Francisco, CA)

Original art by Charles Schulz! a Cartooning class for Adults! Pet Noir, Pogo Possum! Artist Davis Kellett! Stand Up Comedy! All this cartoon goodness can be found this December at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. What a great way to celebrate the winter Holiday(s).

To start with the Animation Gallery at the museum has been re-located to the back area and is now joined by an HD monitor to show animation thanks to a generous donation.

The news below is taken from the museums newsletter.

1. Peanuts Holiday Parade: A Celebration of the Art of Charles M. Schulz
November 24, 2006 through March 18th, 2007

The Cartoon Art Museum kicks off the holiday season with Peanuts Holiday
Parade: A Celebration of the Art of Charles M. Schulz, featuring 20
original Peanuts comic strips from the Cartoon Art Museum’s permanent
collection, including a special selection of holiday-themed strips
featuring Snoopy in his classic Santa/Bell-Ringer guise.

2. Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 7:00-9:00pm
Pet Noir Book Release Party – Free and open to the public
The Cartoon Art Museum and Manic D Press are pleased to celebrate the
release of Pet Noir: An Anthology of Strange But True Pet Crime
Stories, conceived and edited by Shannon O’Leary and drawn by today’s
finest comic book artists, this innovative, compassionate illustrated
anthology sheds fur on some of the most peculiar animal offenses in
recent headlines and examines our individual relationships with animals
in true stories of oddly humorous and heartbreaking personal pet crimes.
O’Leary and 11 artists will be on hand to greet fans, sign books and
celebrate the release of Pet Noir.

A portion of the profits from the sales of Pet Noir will be donated to
the Animal Legal Defense Fund (www.aldf.org), which protects and
advances the interests of animals through the legal system. This
special event is free and open to the public.

3. Cartooning Workshop: Design 101 with Jon “Bean” Hastings
Saturday, December 9, 20061:00-4:00pm
Cost per individual class: $50; $40 for CAM members

The latest installment of our ongoing series of workshops for aspiring
comic artists, writers and fans of all ages features Jon “Bean”
Hastings, creator of the comic Smith Brown Jones: Alien Accountant ,
the children’s book Terrabella Smoot and the Unsung Monsters as well as
the current artist on Disney’s Haunted Mansion comic. Hastings will teach
students how to create and design a character, layout a page and prep
artwork for printing.

4. Sunday December 10, 2007, 1pm to 3pm
Cartoonist in Residence: David Kellett

5. Draw Me A Possum: 63 Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Years of Pogo
Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
$5 General Admission, FREE for Cartoon Art Museum Members

In conjunction with current exhibition Draw Me A Story: A Century of
Children’s Book Illustration, the Cartoon Art Museum is proud to host a
special presentation by three authorities on the life and artwork of
beloved cartoonist and children’s book creator Walt Kelly and his most
famous creation, Pogo. Pogo aficionados Mark Burstein, Scott Daley and
Steve Leialoha will discuss Kelly’s impact on the comics medium and the
world at large. Original artwork, rarely-seen publications and other
Pogo ephemera will be exhibited during this special presentation.
Please join us for an evening of personal anecdotes, an appreciation of
Kelly’s children’s books and his lesser-known comics and a unique
discussion of one of the most talented cartoonists of the 20th century.

6. i, Mascot: A costumed travelogue by Michael Capozzola
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tickets: $10 ($5 for CAM members)

The Cartoon Art Museum presents i, Mascot, an evening of Cartoon and
Comedy with comedian (and cartoonist) Michael Capozzola. Part stand-up comedy and part
cartoon travelogue recounting Capozzola’s 4-month PR road-trip across
the United States on the eve of the collapse of the economy at the tail
end of the dot.com era. Four months and 17,000 miles in a mascot
costume yielded photos, drawings, stories and anecdotes providing comic
insight into the effects of marketing to various regions of the country
and the resulting misunderstandings that occurred on the road. For more
information, http://www.capozzola.com/.

EXPERIENCE: Uncertainty and cultural misgivings!

THRILL TO: Tales of humorless armed guards!

WITNESS: Cartoons and photos intercut with smart-alecky commentary that
is as clunky as this sentence!

All proceeds for this event will benefit the Cartoon Art Museum. Book
and merchandise sales will benefit the starving cartoonist and comedian.

To purchase tickets in advance, call 415 CARTOON (227-8666) ext. 300.
The evening will start at 7:00pm, tickets are $10 ($5 for CAM members).
All contributions will benefit the museum.

More information on these events will be posted at our website shortly:
http://www.cartoonart.org/

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Chapter Two of Kevin Cannon’s 288 Hour Comic

Chapter two of Far Arden, Kevin Cannon’s 288 Hour comic featuring his seafaring rapscallion Armitage Shanks, Arctic Pirate (which you can read more about here) has been posted! You can start at the beginning here, or click on the image below to start at chapter two if you already read the first one.

Make sure to leave comments and encouragement for Kevin on the Big Time Attic blog here!

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Early Jim Henson Advertisements


I realize these aren’t cartoons, but I love the muppets… Jim Henson’s work always seemed in the same vein as animated cartoons for me. I ran across these great Wilkins coffee commercials that Henson made on YouTube the other night.

These are some of Henson’s earliest work (apparently from the late 50’s). They are all probably about 15 seconds, and are mostly extremely violent and often hilarious. This has to have been some of the most outrageous humor on tv at the time. All follow the same routine, but deal with it in different inventive ways, sometimes they fall totally flat or are just corny, sometimes they are totally hilarious (and often corny as well).

If you dig the clip, there are 8 more of them on YouTube to go through as well.

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Surreal Japanese Cartoon From 1933


If the Fleischer Brothers had been Japanese, they would have probably made something like this.

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Danger Duck

David Steinlicht just posted his hilarious 24 hour comic Danger Duck from the 24 hour event we had in Minneapolis a little while ago… in color yet! Here it is for your reading pleasure.

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Some Interesting Links

Here are some tutorials and other information that look interesting that I’ve run across on the web recently, although I haven’t read most of them thoroughly yet…

Artbabe’s Jessica Abel provides information on making comics, selling comics and getting comics.

Michael Halbert provides some tutorials on doing scratchboard work.

Article on making comics by the late, great Virgil Partch.

Neil Gaiman provides a template for leaving a literary will.

Also, here is an interview with the founder of the Cornstalker comics collective, which offers a lot of information about starting an online comics collective.

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