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MazeToons exhibition at the Children’s Creativity Museum

  The Children’s Creativity Museum and San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum present MazeToons, the interactive puzzle comic by famed cartoonist Joe Wos!  MazeToons is part of the Children’s Creativity Museum’s yearlong celebration of games.  This “game-changing” exhibition is designed to harness the power of play and inspire collaborative learning across generations. MazeToons opens to the [...]

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March Traveling Third Thursday at the Museum of Performance and Design

Thursday, April 21 from 5:30-8pm  at the Museum of Performance and Design 893 Folsom Street MP+D (Museum of Performance and Design) and the Cartoon Art Museum collaborate for a pop up Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena experience around figure sketching and performance mapping. Come and explore with us how 3D translates into 2D taking cues [...]

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Leila Abdelrazaq presentation of Baddawi

Cartoon Art Museum and California College of the Arts Present: Leila Abdelrazaq April 18, 2016 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm California College of the Arts: Timken Lecture Hall 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA The Cartoon Art Museum and the California College of the Arts MFA in Comics Program will present a lecture with Chicago-based Palestinian [...]

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Online – March Madness Sale!

NOW through March 23rd   30% OFF ALL bowling shirts, gift packs, holiday cards catalogs, books and Cartoon Art Museum merchandise! Use the code “MARCHMADNESS” at checkout.   SHOP NOW *Some exclusions my apply

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Cartoon Art Museum talks Comedy in Comics at WonderCon 2016

March 27, 2016 11:30am to 12:30pm WonderCon at the Los Angeles Convention Center Cartoon Art Museum Program Coordinator Nina Taylor Kester hosts Comedy in Comics, a discussion of humor from panel to panel on Sunday, March 27, 2016, from 11:30am-12:30pm, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This lively discussion features several key guests at this [...]

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The South Bay Spotlight at the Silicon Valley Comic Con

      Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition at the San Jose Convention Center March 18-20, 2016 San Francisco’s historic Cartoon Art Museum celebrates San Jose’s thriving comics scene with an exhibition of original artwork by some of the South Bay’s top talents at the inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con! Convention attendees will see original artwork [...]

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QCE Exhibitor, Programming, and Volunteer Application

  Queer Comics Expo 2016 Opens Exhibitor, Programming and Volunteer Application Submissions February 24-March 31, 2016   Exhibitor, programming and volunteer applications are now open for the Queer Comics Expo (QCE). QCE 2016 will be on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 11am to 5pm at the SOMArts Cultural Center and is [...]

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The Third Annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) returns

  The Third Annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) will expand into its new location at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, over Father’s Day Weekend on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 11am to 5pm. The Cartoon Art Museum and QCE are thrilled to collaborate with the Queer Cultural Center and [...]

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Will Eisner Week Celebration at Mission: Comics and Art

Will Eisner Week Presents: A Celebration with Steve Englehart, Al Gordon, John Heebink, Mario Hernandez, and Steve Leialoha Cartoon Art Museum Event at Mission: Comics and Art, 2250 Mission Street, San Francisco Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2:00-4:00pm The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates Will Eisner Week with a spirited discussion of the legendary creator’s life and [...]

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Mark Badger’s Just Draw Workshop

March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2016 7-9pm $200 for non-members $175 for Members Professional Cartoonist Mark Badger has created comics from Julius Caesar to Batman for 30 years and has produced many award-winning students in his fifteen years of teaching. Now Badger will be teaching a brand-new workshop meeting weekly throughout March 2016 [...]

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Traveling Third Thursday at American Bookbinders Museum

Cartoon Art Museum Traveling Third Thursdays continue at American Bookbinders Museum Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:30-8pm Free and open to the Public The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to partner with The American Bookbinders Museum for a celebration of American history as part of the Yerba Buena Third Thursdays on February 18, 2016 from 5:30-8:00pm. This event takes place [...]

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Cartoonist-in-Residence: Matt Harding at FLAX in Fort Mason Center

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 1pm to 3pm Free at FLAX, Fort Mason The Cartoon Art Museum’s new Traveling Cartoonist-in-Residence program continues on February 13th, from 1-3pm. Enjoy a family friendly event in beautiful Fort Mason exploring the creative process of cartooning with cartoonist Matt Harding and creative possibilities with FLAX at their new location, 2 [...]

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Cartoon Art Museum Traveling Third Thursdays Start at MoAD

Cartoon Art Museum January Third Thursday at MoAD Thursday, January 21, 2016 5-8pm Free and open to the Public See the event on : Facebook   The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to partner with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for an evening celebration of visual storytelling talent with a diverse group of creators [...]

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Cartoonist-in-Residence: Rachel Dukes

Saturday, January 9th, 2015 1pm to 3pm Free at FLAX, Fort Mason On January 9th, from 1-3pm enjoy a family friendly event in beautiful Fort Mason exploring the creative process of cartooning with Rachel Dukes and creative possibilities with FLAX at their new location, 2 Marina Boulevard. Rachel Dukes will be the first Cartoon Art [...]

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Year in Review: Looking Forward & Looking Back

Support us during our transition by contributing to our Annual Fund! A Legacy of Collecting and Sharing with the Community The Cartoon Art Museum began in 1984 with an idea. Collectors, enthusiasts, and artists banded together to share their love of cartoon and comic art with the public. Three decades later, that simple idea has [...]

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2015 Winter Break Classes

December 28 & 30, 2015 10:30am-Noon & 1-3pm $10-35 for non-members $5-30 for Members Jumpstart your child’s imagination—or your own—this winter with a Cartoon Art Museum cartooning workshop! Our classes also make great gifts for loved ones during this holiday season.   Parent+Child Class: Space Heroes Date: Monday, December 28, 2015 Time: 10:30am to noon [...]

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Matt Diffee: Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People

Matt Diffee: Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People Saturday, November 14th 8:00pm The Second Act  1727 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 Meet the man Steve Martin called “one of the funniest people in the rarefied world of first-rate cartooning.” New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee brings a joke-filled, multimedia talk to San Francisco’s acclaimed [...]

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Join and Support the Cartoon Art Museum!

Join and support the Cartoon Art Museum! Show your support for the Cartoon Art Museum by signing on as an official Cartoon Art Museum Member!  Memberships purchased now will be honored for one full year when we re-open in our next location!  Join today at our 2015 rates! Additional financial support is always appreciated, too!  [...]

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Museum Galleries Closed

The Cartoon Art Museum closed its doors at the 655 Mission location on Saturday, September 12, 2015, while we continue our search for our next location. The Cartoon Art Museum is Moving After 14 years at 655 Mission Street, the Cartoon Art Museum will close its doors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to prepare for [...]

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Stay tuned for news about exhibitions, programming, and our new location!

Update from the Cartoon Art Museum: In October we moved into our temporary offices on 5th Street at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. We have also been in the process of completing a feasibility and planning study for our capital campaign, as we carefully assess and develop plans for our new home (as yet unidentified).  Our [...]

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Night of a Thousand Sketches

Thursday, September 10, 2015 A Cartoon Art Museum Benefit Tickets $10-100, free admission for CAM members  Join the Cartoon Art Museum as we celebrate our final days at our current location with a party featuring cartoonists, libations, giveaways, raffle prizes, and other surprises.  Live music, specialty cocktails, and original artwork will be on tap—stay tuned [...]

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Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore Moving Sale!

Now through Saturday, September 12, 2015   The Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore is having a Moving Sale now through Saturday, September 12, 2015. Almost everything in the store will be 20 to 40% off (some restrictions apply). Everything must go! All back stock is available for purchase, including rare and out of print books. The [...]

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Cartoonist-in-Residence: Ben Collison

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 
2pm to 5:30pm
 Free in the lobby   On September 3rd, from 2 – 5:30pm, local artist Ben Collison will be a Cartoon Art Museum Cartoonist-in-Residence. Come watch him illustrate with coffee and ink. He will be talking about his latest Kickstarter project “She had Love on Her Tongue & Death [...]

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August 2015 Third Thursday: What Animals Really Think

Thursday August 20, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm Free and open to the public On August 20, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm get a glimpse into the thoughts and concerns of our furry and feathered friends as the Cartoon Art Museum and the Mechanics Institute co-present Simon Winheld’s Are You Dissing Me?: What Animals Really [...]

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AUGUST CARTOONIST IN RESIDENCE: HANNAH MCGILL

Saturday August 1, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm Free and open to the public The Cartoon Art Museum will host artist Hannah McGill on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Hannah, and to view and discuss her [...]

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Cowabunga! Voice actor Townsend Coleman visits the Cartoon Art Museum

Saturday, July 18, 2015 2:00-4:00pm Included with admission to the Cartoon Art Museum Cowabunga!  The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes beloved cartoon voice actor Townsend Coleman on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00pm for a meet-and-greet with our patrons.  Coleman has over 30 years of professional cartoon voiceover experience, and his best known characters [...]

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JULY CARTOONIST IN RESIDENCE: MARK THOMPSON

Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm Free and open to the public The Cartoon Art Museum will host artist Mark Thompson (Monstark) on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Mark, and to view and discuss [...]

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Closed for the 4th of July 2015

    The Cartoon Art Museum will be closed on the 4th of July for the Independence Day holiday. Happy 4th!

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Comic Book Storytelling A Cartooning Master Class with Alan Gordon

Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 5:30pm to 8:30pm Cost per class:  $40 for CAM members, $50 for non-members San Francisco, CA:  Award-winning comic book creator Alan Gordon, the creator behind Image Comics’ WildStar,  writer of The Once and Future Tarzan and artist of such Marvel and DC fan favorites like Captain America and Fantastic Four, visits [...]

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Cartoon Boot Camp 2015: Constructing Comics

July 27-31, 2015 CARTOON BOOT CAMP 2015 Constructing Comics Time: 11am – 1pm – Ages: Intermediate Artists ages 10-14 Cost: $135 ($100 for CAM Members, join  and save)! The Cartoon Art Museum invites students to take part in a weeklong workshop dedicated to the comic book creation process.  This workshop will take young artists through [...]

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Darth Vader™ and Friends: An Evening with Jeffrey Brown

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Guided tour with Jeffrey Brown 6:00-7:00pm Booksigning with Jeffrey Brown 7:00-9:00pm Guided tour $10, space is limited; booksigning free and open to the public A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Episode BFF: DARTH VADER AND FRIENDS While ruling the Galactic Empire, Lord Darth Vader aims to crush [...]

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SECOND ANNUAL QUEER COMICS EXPO

at the Cartoon Art Museum June 20-21, 2015 Included with regular museum admission This June, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will join Pride month celebrations by holding its second annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) on June 20th and 21st, from 11am to 5pm. The Expo encourages attendees to dress up, draw, meet queer [...]

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Cartoon Boot Camp: Creating Characters

June 22-26, 2015 Time: 11am – 1pm – Ages: Intermediate Artists ages 10-14   A week long workshop on the process of designing a new cartoon character. The workshop will take young artists through the full process: design exploration, construction, readability and facial expression. Students will create design sketches, emotion charts, character turnarounds and then [...]

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The Bronze Armory Showcase

May 1 – September 12, 2015 The Cartoon Art Museum presents The Bronze Armory Showcase, an exhibition of costumes and props from popular Marvel Studios films including Iron Man and The Avengers through September 12, 2015. About The Bronze Armory Studios: “The Bronze Armory Studios is a place where the impossible is made possible.  If [...]

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Sparky Challenge Extended through May 31st, 2015!

Thanks to the generosity of The Charles M. and Jean Schulz Grant, the Cartoon Art Museum’s $30,000 Sparky Challenge (which takes its moniker from Charles Schulz’s nickname) has been extended for two more months.  Contributions made to CAM between now and May 31, 2015, will be matched; up to $20,000 at a $1 to $2 [...]

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JUNE CARTOONIST IN RESIDENCE: DUSTIN GARCIA

Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm Free and open to the public The Cartoon Art Museum will host artist Dustin Garcia on Saturday, June, 6th, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program.  Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Dustin, and to view and discuss his [...]

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CARTOON ART MUSEUM’S THIRD THURSDAY PRESENTS: Outer Space

Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:00-8:00pm Free and open to the public On Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm, we invite visitors to come and explore outer space.  In conjunction with our exhibit of Jeffrey Brown’s Darth Vader and Friends cartoons, we will be celebrating all things outer space. Enjoy beverages and out of this world [...]

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Sunday Storytime Hour: Dr. Seuss

Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11am to 12pm Included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum    The Cartoon Art Museum continues is monthly Sunday Storytime Hour on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 from 11am to 12pm. This children’s reading program will take place one Sunday every month at the Cartoon Art Museum. May’s Storytime hour will celebrate the classic [...]

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Darth Vader and Friends

  Exhibition extended through September 12, 2015 A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Episode BFF: DARTH VADER AND FRIENDS While ruling the Galactic Empire, Lord Darth Vader aims to crush the Rebel Alliance with a little help from his friends. His twin children, Luke and Leia, have other plans and powerful [...]

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The San Francisco Comics Fest presents Mangaka: The Fast and Furious Game of Drawing Comics

  Sunday, May 3rd, 2015   Noon-3:00pm   Free demo in Lobby   “This fantastic new game combines the frantic drawing of Pictionary with the creative storytelling of Once Upon a Time…It has one of the most important qualities a game can have: it’s just fun.”—Gregory Marques, Professional Game Designer “Oh my gosh, it was [...]

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Cartoon Art Museum to Celebrate 30 Years with Mini-Comics Challenge

Saturday, May 9, 2015 The Cartoon Art Museum is joining forces with the newly announced SF Comics Fest and local creators Ellis Kim and Nathan Vargas.  Together they will host a community event to encourage the public to dive into comic creation as part of the Cartoon Art Museum’s 30th anniversary celebrations this year.  Our goal will be [...]

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The San Francisco Comics Fest presents A Celebration of Underground Comix

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7pm-9pm Free and open to the public The Cartoon Art Museum is honored to celebrate the contributions of underground comix with special guests Mark Bode (Cobalt-60), Paul Mavrides (The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), Ted Richards (Dopin’ Dan), Susan Stern (Big Bitch), Ron Turner (Last Gasp Books), and more to be announced.  This event is part of the newly-formed [...]

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MAY CARTOONIST-IN-RESIDENCE: TANNER GRIEPENTROG

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm Free and open to the public The Cartoon Art Museum will host artist Tanner Griepentrog on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Tanner, and to view and discuss his work. This [...]

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Mangaka: The Fast and Furious Game of Drawing Comics!

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm   The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to host a free afternoon of comic-drawing fun with Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/22092473/mangaka-the-fast-and-furious-game-of-drawing-comic ) On April 19, 2015, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Cartoon Art Museum will host a demo of this creative fast-paced card game, the first drawing [...]

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Sunday Storytime Hour: Bunnies

April 19, 2015 from 11am to 12pm The Cartoon Art Museum continues is monthly Sunday Storytime Hour on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 from 11am to 12pm.  This children’s reading program will take place one Sunday every month at the Cartoon Art Museum.  This month we will celebrate springtime with Storytime: Bunnies!  We will be reading [...]

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Comics 4 Comix Thursday, May 7, 2015

The San Francisco Comics Fest presents Thursday, May 7 2015, 7:00-9:00pm General Admission $12; two for $20 if purchased in advance The Cartoon Art Museum hosts an evening of live stand-up comedy in conjunction with the San Francisco Comics Fest, a week-long city-wide celebration of comics.   This year Comics 4 Comix takes place on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at [...]

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Small Press Spotlight on Geoff Vasile

  The Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Geoff Vasile from April 11 through September 12, 2015.  The opening reception for his exhibition will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  The reception is free and open to the public. Geoff Vasile is a cartoonist, [...]

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APRIL CARTOONIST-IN-RESIDENCE: LANCE JACKSON

Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm Free and open to the public The Cartoon Art Museum will host artist Lance Jackson on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program.  Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Lance, and to view and discuss his work.  This event is [...]

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Parent & Child and Teen Spring Cartooning Classes

Friday, April 3rd 2015 Parent & Child Class $10/person: 11:30am – 1pm Teen Class $35/teen or $30/member: 2:30pm – 4:30pm Inspired by their exhibition of Oscar nominated films Song of the Sea and Secret of Kells, “Songs and Secrets” the Cartoon Art Museum will be hosting fun, educational, and interactive classes of the storytelling arts with their [...]

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March Sunday Storytime Hour: Peter Brown

Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 11am to 5pm Included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum The Cartoon Art Museum continues its monthly Sunday Storytime Hour on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 from 11am to 12pm. March’s Storytime hour will celebrate the hilarious and heartwarming work of author and illustrator Peter Brown.  We will be reading from his books My Teacher is a [...]

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