all past Exhibitions

 
 

2018

The Infinite Universe of Jim Starlin
March 31, 2018 – extended thru October 21, 2018

Emerging Artist Showcase: Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do
August 30, 2018 – February 28, 2019

The Life and Times of Jo Mora
Oct 27, 2018 – Apr 28, 2019

Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather
November 1, 2018 – March 13, 2019

2017

A Tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy
October 28, 2017 – January 29, 2018

Emerging Artist Showcase featuring Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina
October 28, 2017 – February 12, 2018

Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier
October 28, 2017 – March 26, 2018

2016

Mazetoons (traveling exhibition)

South Bay Spotlight (traveling exhibition)

Queer Comics Expo (traveling exhibition)

2015

Darth Vader and Friends
May 1 – June 28, 2015 (extended to September 12)

Songs and Secrets: The Art of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells
February 21 – June 21, 2015 (extended to September 12)

Savage Dragon: The Art of Erik Larsen
February 7 – May 31, 2015 (extended to September 12)

An Exploration of Cartoon Art, Selections from the Permanent Collection
December 1, 2001 – September 12, 2015

2014

Slinging Satire
October 9, 2014 – March 9, 2015 (extended through April 12)

The Art of The Boxtrolls
September 26, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Stranger Than Life: The Art of M.K. Brown
August 30, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Pretty in Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection
April 26 – August 24, 2014

Raw Fury: The Art of Mike Zeck
April 5 – August 10, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
May 3 – September 14, 2014

2013

Sam & Max, Swift and Mirthful Justice: The Art of Steve Purcell 
November 2, 2013 – April 19, 2014

Searle in America 
November 16, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Grains of Sand: 25 Years of the Sandman 
October 5, 2013 – April 27, 2014

Will Eisner: Father of the Graphic Novel 
July 27 – November 10, 2013

The Thrilling Adventure Graphic Novel 
June 29 – October 20, 2013

Superman: A 75th Anniversary Celebration  May 11 – September 8, 2013, extended through September 29

I See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art 
March 16 – July 7, 2013

Sam Kieth: Samplings and Dabblings 
February 23 – June 16, 2013

Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination: 100 Years of an Animated Artist 
February 9 – May 5, 2013

2012

Image Comics: A 20th Anniversary Celebration
February 4 – April 29, 2012

The Art of DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots
February 1 – April 22, 2012

What, Me Worry? 60 Years of MAD
April 21 – September 16, 2012

La Raza Comica: A Celebration of the Latino-American Experience in the Comic Arts
May 5 – September 30, 2012

Avengers Assemble!
May 12 – October 7, 2012

The Art of ParaNorman
October 6, 2012 – February 17, 2013

Sketchtravel
September 22, 2012 – February 3, 2013

Love and Rockets: A 30th Anniversary Celebration
October 13, 2012 – March 10, 2013

2011

The Art of Howl
May 14 – September 11, 2011

Green Lantern
June 11 – November 6, 2011

70 Years of Archie Comics
July 16 – December 11, 2011

Cartoonists Remember: September 11, 2001-2011

Last Stop: Troubletown
September 17, 2011 – February 5, 2012

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
November 12, 2011 – April 15, 2012

Black and White and Read All Over: Comics of the New Millennium
December 17, 2011 – May 6, 2012

2010

Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime
January 16 – May 2, 2010

Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow
January 30 – extended through June 20, 2010

Ed Hannigan: Covered
February 13 – June 20, 2010

60 Years of Beetle Bailey: A Tribute to Mort Walker
May 8 – extended through September 26, 2010

Storytime! Graphic Novels for Kids of All Ages
June 26 – November 28, 2010

Before Sita Sang The Blues: Spotlight on Nina Paley
July 3 – October 31, 2010

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women
October 1, 2010 – January 30, 2011

Drawn From The Economist: The Editorial Art of KAL
November 6, 2010 – May 8, 2011

Overture: Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes
December 4, 2010 – May 29, 2011

2009

The Art of Coraline
January 24 – February 15, 2009

Watchmen
February 21 – August 2, 2009

The Art of Stan Sakai: Celebrating 25 Years of Usagi Yojimbo
February 27 – July 12, 2009

The Brinkley Girls
March 21 – September 6, 2009

Once Upon A Dream: The Art of Sleeping Beauty
July 12, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Monsters of Webcomics
August 8 – December 6, 2009

Rebel in Ink: The Art of Spain Rodriguez
September 12, 2009 – February 7, 2010

The Fantastic Mr. Fox
November 24, 2009 – January 24, 2010

2008

Bay Area Spotlight on Creig Flessel
February 2 – June 8, 2008

Sex and Sensibility
February 9 – June 8, 2008

Farley’s San Francisco Chronicles: A Salute to Phil Frank
April 6 – September 14, 2008

The Knight Life: Bay Area Spotlight on Keith Knight
June 14 – November 9, 2008

From Richie Rich to Wendy the Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics
June 28 – November 30, 2008

The Totoro Forest Project
September 20, 2008 – February 8, 2009

Gene Colan: Visions of a Man without Fear
November 15, 2008 – March 15, 2009 

2007

Worlds of Wonder
February 24 – June 17, 2007

Why Do They Still Hate US?
April 21 – October 21, 2007

Edward Gorey’s Dracula
August 11, 2007 – February 3, 2008

I Am Ten: Bay Area Spotlight on Lark Pien
September 22, 2007 – January 27, 2008

The Art and Flair of Mary Blair
October 27, 2007 – April 6, 2008

2006

No Straight Lines: Queer Culture and the Comics
April 1 – June 25, 2006

Earthquake!!!
April 15 – June 25, 2006

Cartoon Tunes: Capturing Music in Comics
May 6 – October 15, 2006

Draw Me A Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration
July 1, 2006 – February 18, 2007

Cartooning with Students / 826 Valencia
July 1 – October 29, 2006)

Rejection Collection: Not in the New Yorker Cartoons
October 12, 2006 – April 15, 2007)

Peanuts Holiday Parade: A Celebration of the Art of Charles M. Schulz
November 24, 2006 – September 2007

2005

Garfield: Meow and Then
May 28 – September 25, 2005

Celebrate Thirty Years of Phil Frank’s Farley
June 10 – September 25, 2005

Play Ball! Historic Baseball Cartoons from 1945-1965
May 28 – October 30, 2005

Gross, Gruesome and Gothic
October 1, 2005 – April 30, 2006

Why Do They Hate US? An International Perspective on American Politics
November 5, 2005 – April 30, 2006

2004

The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective and National Touring Exhibition
March 5 – April 10, 2004

Lights, Camera, ACTION!!!: From the Printed Page to the Silver Screen
November 15, 2003 – May 16, 2004

Happy Hundredth, Dr. Seuss! The Timeless Art of Theodor Geisel
February 20 – June 20, 2004

The Sting of The Wasp: San Francisco’s Political Cartoon Weekly 1876-1897
May 22 – November 14, 2004

Raggedy Ann and Friends: The Art of Johnny Gruelle
June 26 – November 14, 2004

Contemporary Literary Comics: Selections from McSweeney’s #13
November 20, 2004 – May 22, 2005

2003

Hate Mail: Comic Strip Controversies
January 25 – June 8, 2003

She Draws Comics: Great Women Cartoonists
January 25 – June 29, 2003

Keeping the Faith: The Life and Art of Morrie Turner
April 5 – July 27, 2003

Alternative to What? Comic Art of the Free Weeklies
June 14 – October 12, 2003

Great Comic Cats
July 5 – November 9, 2003

From Off the Streets of Cleveland Comes American Splendor
August 5 – November 30, 2003

Too Hot to Handle: Creating Controversy Through Political Cartoons
October 18, 2003 – February 1, 2004

Don’t Parade on My Reign: A Cartoon Salute to Willie Brown
December 6, 2003 – February 1, 2004

2002

Calvin and Hobbes Sunday Pages: 1985-1995
February 16 – April 14, 2002

Sparky Award Winners 2001-02
February 16 – April 14, 2002

Dreamtime / Wartime: The Comics of Aleksandar Zograf
February 16 – April 14, 2002

Gorey at Bay: Part II Gorey Graphics
April 6 – July 28, 2002

Web-slinging and Wall-crawling: The Art of Spider-Man
April 19 – July 21, 2002

Arnold Roth: Free Lance
July 27 – September 29, 2002

Zap, Crash, and Burn: Underground Comix and the Bay Area
July 27 – September 29, 2002

Gorey at Bay: Part III Gorey Stories
August 3 – November 17, 2002

Superwacky: Animation on Television
October 5, 2002 – January 12, 2003

Gorey at Bay: Part IV Gorey Details
November 23, 2002 – March 30, 2003

2001

Bone Fragments: Short Stories by Jeff Smith
December 1, 2001 – February 10, 2002

You Say Tomato, I Say Bizarro: A Retrospective of the Work of Dan Piraro
December 1, 2001 – February 10, 2002

Gorey at Bay: Part I, Gorey Style
December 1, 2001 – March 31, 2002

2000

The Comic Strip: Cartoonists’ Nude Self-Caricatures
March 7 – May 14, 2000

Selections from the Permanent Collection: Featuring Artists from the Comic Strip
April 7 – May 14, 2000

Sparky Award Winners: Stan Lee, Morrie Turner and Ward Kimball
April 7 – August 27, 2000

1999

Steve Leialoha: a Blueprint of the Inker
January 20 – May 16, 1999

Sparky Award Winners: Sergio Aragones, Gus Arriola, Carl Barks and Dale Messick
March 13 – June 12, 1999

The Animation of Wildbrain
May 28 – December 5, 1999

The Disney Villains
June 16 – October 10, 1999

New Disney Art
October 16 – December 5, 1999

Anime: Made in Japan
October 16, 1999 – February 27, 2000

Selections from the Permanent Collection
October 16, 1999 – February 27, 2000

It’s Mutts: Patrick McDonnell
December 11, 1999 – April 2, 2000

Gorey in Excelsis: The Art of Edward Gorey
December 11, 1999 – April 2, 2000

1998

Out of Chaos: Art of the Brothers Crumb
March 11 – July 19, 1998

Stardust: Enchantments of Charles Vess
March 11 – July 19, 1998

Spotlight on Phoebe Gloeckner and Jack Carter
July 20 – November 15, 1998

Seven Styles / Seven Stories
July 20 – November 15, 1998

The Children of the Yellow Kid: The Evolution of the American Comic Strip
(a traveling show from the Frye Museum)

November 21, 1998 – March 7 1999

1997

Brian Biggs: Frederick and Eloise
January 22 – May 18, 1997

Enki Bilal Retrospective with a Special Focus
January 29 – May 25, 1997

Spotlight on Peter Brabbé’s “Papoofnik”
May 28 – October 5, 1997

Hanna-Barbera Retrospective
June 4 – October 12, 1997

Spotlight on Richard Sala
October 8, 1997 – February 22, 1998

A Pinhead’s Progress: Bill Griffith Retrospective
October 15, 1997 – February 22, 1998

1996

The Nocturnals
January 3 – April 28, 1996

Love of the Damned: The Art of Tim Vigil
January 3 – April 28, 1996

Multimedia Installation by Tamir Shefer
January 6 – April 28, 1996

Good Grief, You’re 45 Charlie Brown
May 8 – September 4, 1996

‘Toons From Sunbow
May 15 – September 4, 1996

Panels from New Yorker cartoonist Mike Twohy
September 11, 1996 – January 12, 1997

The Life & Times of Uncle Scrooge: Don Rosa
September 18, 1996 – January 12, 1997

Gorey World: The Art of Edward Gorey
September 18, 1996 – January 19, 1997

1995

Un Regard Moderne: French Avant Garde Cartoonists, 1975-1994
April 26 – August 16, 1995

Moebius: A Retrospective
April 26 – August 16, 1995

50 Years of Foreign Policy: A UN 50th Anniversary Celebration
April 26 – July 5, 1995

Bay Area Caricaturists: Jim Hummel & Zach Trenholm
April 26 – July 26, 1995

New Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection
April 26 – July 26, 1995

Hollywood is Murder
August 2 – December 13, 1995

Twisted Sisters 2: Drawing the Line
August 23 – December 13, 1995

Stamps, Strips and Krazy Kats: 100 Years of Cartoon Art
August 30 – December 13, 1995

Retrospective of a MAD Genius: Harvey Kurtzman
December 20, 1995 – April 28, 1996

1994

Mother Nature Isn’t Laughing Anymore: Conservation in Comics
April 11 – September 20, 1994

Black Ink: A Spotlight on African American Cartoonists
(at the International Museum of Cartoon Art)

September 12 – December 12, 1994

KAPOW: A Showcase of Superheroes 
(traveling exhibition at SFO Airport)

October. 12 – December 30, 1994

1993

Humorous Illustration
January 2 – April 18, 1993

Invisible Lives: The City of Will Eisner
January 13 – April 18, 1993

Scrambled Genius: T.O. Sylvester and Paul Mavrides

Black Ink: Spotlight on African-American Cartoonists (Touring/ S.F. Airport)
March – April, 1993

Artist of Mystery: Original Works of Edward Gorey
April 21 – October 17, 1993

KAPOW! A Decade of Superheroes
April 28 – June 12, 1993

Mario Hernandez, Lateef Mungin and Jerod Wheaton
April 21 – July 4, 1993

With a Smile and a Song: The Animation Art of Snow White
June 23, 1993 – January 23, 1994

100 Years of Laughter 
(Touring/Pacific Telesis and Hewlett Packard)
July 8 – September 15, 1993

Colossal Pictures: Selections from Liquid Television and more…
July 7 – October 3, 1993

Lawrence: A Story by Lynn Johnston
October 6, 1993 – January 23, 1994

Carmel Cartoonists: Arriola, Bernhardt & Dedini
October 20, 1993 – January 23, 1994

1992

Broad Humor: The History of Women Cartoonists
January 15 – May 16, 1992

Spotlight on Dale Messick
January 15 – May 16, 1992

Black Ink: Spotlight on African-American Cartoonists
February 5 – May 16, 1992

Visions of the Floating World: The Cartoon Art of Japan
May 27 – September 5, 1992

Dolezal Meets Dangle: Lloyd Dangle and Jerry Dolezal
September 9 – November 16, 1992

Hail to the Chief: A Fight for the Presidency
September 9, 1992 – January 3, 1993

Pogo’s Golden Anniversary Exhibition, from the Walt Kelly Family Archives
September 16, 1992 – January 3, 1993

Tom Tomorrow
November 18, 1992 – February 4, 1993

1991

Humor in a Jugular Vein: The Art, Artists and Artifacts of MAD Magazine
February 2 – May 18, 1991

Strip Art from the Permanent Collectio February 2 – May 18, 1991

Animation Art from the Permanent Collection
February 2 – May 18, 1991

Magazine Gags from the Permanent Collection
February 2 – May 18, 1991

Spotlight on Morrie Turner
February 2 – May 18, 1991

How to Cartoon: Phil Frank
February 2 – May 18, 1991

Electronic Comics and Computer Art
May 29 – September 14, 1991

Harpoon Magazine Anniversary
July 24 – September 14, 1991

From A to Zippy: Bill Griffith
July 23 – September 14, 1991

Battlelines: The Cartoon Art of World War II
September 21 – December 28, 1991

Spotlight on Victoria McOmie (Japanese Comics)
October 7 – December 28, 1991

Bay Area Editorial Cartoonists: Tom Meyer, Wiley Miller & Lou Grant
November 5 – December 28, 1991

Spotlight on Scott Adams
November 13 – December 12, 1991

1990

Zap to Zippy: The Impact of Underground Comix
January 11 – April 7, 1990

Sunday Funnies: All in Color
April 12 – Jun 30, 1990

Peanuts 40th Anniversary Exhibition
July 5 – October 13, 1990

The Art of Fantasia
October 19 – December 30, 1990

1989

Nancy / Pens that Needle: Bay Area Editorial Cartoonists
March 9 – May 20, 1989

The Art of the Dark Knight: Batman
May 25 – October 28, 1989

Curator’s Choice from the Permanent Collection/ Strip Aids
October 31 – December 30, 1989

1988

Cartoon Art, A Graphic Record of Life: 1895-1986
April – August 25, 1988

Drawn to Excellence: Masters of Cartoon Art
August 25 – November 19, 1988

The Face Behind the Laugh: Cartoonists’ Self-Portraits from the Collection of Mark J. Cohen
November 25, 1988 – March 4, 1989