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Culture, The Exhibitionist TONIGHT: Help the Cartoon Art Museum, at Night of 1000 Sketches

TONIGHT: Help the Cartoon Art Museum, at Night of 1000 Sketches

The Cartoon Art Museum, soon to be dislodged from its current digs at 655 Mission, is hosting a fundraiser to make the move a little easier. (It’s the equivalent of buying animation fans a couple pizzas, basically.) But instead…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bad Hair Eternity

Bad Hair Eternity

On a popular vacation-resort island, at this very time, there's a group of mad scientists creating the world's first genetically modified super-strength toupees. These toupees and now living, breathing monsters — and they're hungry for human blood! Alright, don't…
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Calendar, Night&Day Garden Stroll

Garden Stroll

The Yerba Buena Gardens are painfully charming. The little oasis in the middle of downtown is home to museums, theaters, restaurants and cafes — there's a reason that everyone working within a 10-block radius eats lunch alongside the fountains.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Queerly Illustrated

Queerly Illustrated

Join some of the Bay Area's leading LGBTQ cartoonists as they coordinate with the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco during Pride month to put on the annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE). Headlined by Bay Area comics virtuoso and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "The Sandman" Speaks: Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg on the Glories of Their Graphic Novel

"The Sandman" Speaks: Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg on the Glories of Their Graphic Novel

The Cartoon Art Museum's exhibit, "Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman," celebrates Neil Gaiman's comic-book series like never before. For the first time, original proofs of pre-publication pages are on display alongside original art from the series, which…
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Calendar, Night&Day Enter Sandman

Enter Sandman

In 2012, Neil Gaiman appeared at Comic-Con via Skype to announce that he was collaborating with artist JH Williams III (Promethea) on The Sandman: Overture. It's hard to imagine the level of excitement this prequel instigated. A quarter-century ago,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sketch of a man

Sketch of a man

Unless you are a die-hard James Bond fan, you might not know that Ian Fleming's 007 chain-smoked 70 cigarettes a day, or that the movie Bond boffed over 50 women (underwater, on a space shuttle, and aboard an iceberg-shaped…
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Culture, Art Bedtime Stories: Neil Gaiman Lays Eyes on the Art of <i>The Sandman</i> for the First Time

Bedtime Stories: Neil Gaiman Lays Eyes on the Art of The Sandman for the First Time

On a chilly San Francisco afternoon, Neil Gaiman, the mop-topped British screenwriter, novelist, and comic-book writer, steps out of his limousine on Mission Street and into his past. Gaiman isn't usually prone to uttering things like, "Oh wow," and "My…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sand Art

Sand Art

An epic story with plotlines centered on revenge, resurrection, and survival, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is the kind of comic series that makes other comic series pale by comparison. First published in 1989, it prompted Norman Mailer — who…
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Calendar, Night&Day Seeing a Radio Show

Seeing a Radio Show

The Thrilling Adventure Hour is an old-timey radio show, performed live by a small army of Los Angeles thespianic talent, such as Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster and comedian Paul F. Tompkins, and produced as a podcast by Ben Acker…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Museum Sideshow

Most San Francisco museums are big on heart and low on funds, such as the Cartoon Art Museum, which has absolutely no collections budget. On any given day, sole curator Andrew Farago can be seen managing the archives, planning shows,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist GI Joe Cosplay: Better Than a Little Plastic Man in the Eye

GI Joe Cosplay: Better Than a Little Plastic Man in the Eye

The recent G.I. Joe movie was an overproduced bore, filled with special effects but missing a story. It also lacked the silly but infectious Reagan-era nationalism that characterized the animated series of the 1980s -- as well as its groan-worthy…
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Calendar, Night&Day Childhood Hero

Childhood Hero

Second only to Walt Disney, Chuck Jones was one of the most influential American animators in history. Eleven years after his death at age 89, Jones’s style continues to influence animators and cartoonists by the dozen. Closely associated with Warner…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snakeskin Suit

Snakeskin Suit

The recent G.I. Joe movie was an overproduced bore, filled with special effects but missing a story. It also lacked the silly but infectious Reagan-era nationalism that characterized the animated series of the 1980s – as well as its groan-worthy…
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Calendar, Night&Day Muy Buena

Muy Buena

It’s that time of the month. That time when, after paying every bill, you realize you live in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Fortunately, there is still hope in this unaffordable city. Rain or shine in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stripped

Stripped

Comic strips have been around since the early 1800s, and some strips have been in circulation almost that long as well. (“The Katzenjammer Kids” has been running since 1897!). The Bay Area has been at the center of groundbreaking comic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Inkspiration

Inkspiration

As comics grow in popularity, so grows the medium’s diversity. Yet comics have always been open to every background. There have been Jewish, Latino, Asian, and African-American comics creators from the very beginning. (One theory on why: Given prevailing racial…
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Calendar, Night&Day MAD to the Bone

MAD to the Bone

This may be the best year for MAD magazine since it debuted 1952. Not only is it MAD’s 60th anniversary, but there have been a great number of new publications and events in the last year that finally give serious…
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Calendar, Night&Day Awesome Opossum

Awesome Opossum

“We have met the enemy and he is us,” says a swamp-dwelling opossum as he surveys the garbage dump that his habitat has become. This line from Walt Kelly’s long-running comic strip -- named Pogo, after the opossum character --…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Star Wars</em> Comic Book Artists Speak on the Birth of an Empire

Star Wars Comic Book Artists Speak on the Birth of an Empire

In the ever-expanding supernova of subsidiary content in the Star Wars universe (action figures, Lego sets, video games, novels, TV movies, cartoons, and theme park rides), comic books hold a special place. One reason is because the first of Marvel's…
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