Making Faces: Portraits By John Kascht

Exhibition on view September 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020

Opening Reception September 22, 2019: John Kascht in conversation with Pete Docter

"John Kascht has the rare and unique gift of not only being an amazing artist, but of somehow being able to capture the soul of a person in a drawing."

Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer Pixar Animation Studios, Academy Award-winning director of Monsters, Inc., UP, and Inside Out

San Francisco, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to present MAKING FACES: Portraits by John Kascht, a retrospective featuring more than 60 original portraits by one of America’s most incisive and celebrated caricature artists. MAKING FACES is a retrospective of drawings and paintings by caricature artist John Kascht, whose irreverent work turns the leisurely pastime of people-watching into an Xtreme sport. The show draws from a large body of work created during Kascht’s 35-year career as an illustrator. 

The exhibition features satirical portraits of notable figures, with subjects of interest to moviegoers, music lovers, pop-culture geeks, history buffs, political junkies and even people who hate art shows. 

With its star-studded content and wry humor, MAKING FACES entertains. The show also offers a thought-provoking look at the serious intent behind the funny pictures: 

• how we perceive ourselves and others 

• what’s involved in capturing a likeness 

• how outward appearances reveal interior realities 

• the public facades that shape our view of celebrity and political subjects 

• the use of satirical art for entertainment and for protest 

Visitors to the show are sure to leave smiling and it’s likely they won’t look at faces—or the mirror—the same way again. 

MAKING FACES: Portraits by John Kascht is on display at the Cartoon Art Museum from September 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019, and will feature Kascht in conversation with Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios. Advance tickets for this event may be purchased online: https://guestlist.co/events/621462

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

John Kascht's satirical drawings have appeared on book covers, billboards, Broadway marquees and more than a few cocktail napkins. His clients include The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, LIFE, The Los Angeles Times, Golf Digest, Forbes, TV Guide, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, The Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, W, Vibe, Oprah, Glamour, US News and World Report, and MAD magazine.

In recent years Kascht has produced multimedia features for websites and digital publications, adding another dimension to his trademark examinations of political and celebrity culture.

Kascht's art has been the subject of documentary segments for the Smithsonian, public television, and the Discovery Channel. Two dozen of his works are in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

 

Cartoon Art Museum Doubles Donations and Expands Programming at San Diego’s Comic-Con International 2019

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San Diego Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA

Booth #1930

Requires Convention Badge

The Cartoon Art Museum will return to Comic-Con International, held July 17-21, 2019 in San Diego at their regular booth space #1930. The museum will be raising contributions for their general fund through their annual Sketch-a-thon, hosting panels and running more cartooning workshops than ever.

The Cartoon Art Museum’s annual Sketch-a-thon fundraiser features comic industry artists from all over that volunteer their time and talent to draw sketch rewards for donations to the museum starting at $10 and up. This year a generous donor has challenged the museum to match $25,000 in contributions to the museum over the summer, including the historic Sketch-a-thon. The full list of artists follows at the end of this article.

In addition to fundraising the museum will also carry several catalogs, including a museum exclusive signed editions of Grains of Sand: 25 Years of Sandman, From Bloom County to Mars, and more. Plus find unique comic and related books at their booth #1930 like May it Amuse the Court and pre-order signed and sketched copies of Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight by Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago.

Cartoon Art Museum staff will also host or take part in several signings, panels and workshops for comic lovers young and old.

Panels, Signings and Workshops

Thursday, July 18

BATMAN: 80 Years of The Dark Knight, 11am-12pm, Comic-Con Museum

Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago looks bat at eight decades of DC’s iconic Caped Crusader in a special presentation at San Diego’s Comic-Con Museum.

Batman and the Secret Origin of Bill Finger, 4-5pm, Room 23ABC

Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle) and Marc Andreyko (Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77, Supergirl) lead a discussion and Q&A with Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman) on his nine-year campaign to add Bill Finger to the Batman credit line and the unprecedented documentary Batman & Bill, which has been compared to (no joke) everything from This Is Us and Serial to Rocky and Citizen Kane. Moderated by Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago.  

Prism Awards: Diversity and Recognition in Comics, 5-6pm, Room 28DE

The winners of the Third Annual Prism Awards will be revealed in this part panel discussion and part awards ceremony full of fabulous fun! Founders Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir), Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics), and Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum/Queer Comics Expo), and judges Heidi McDonald (Comics Beat) and Mey Rude will discuss the awards and their emerging role in recognizing, promoting, and celebrating diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics and present the handcrafted Prism Awards to the winning creators. Plus, you never know what queer icons just might show up! 

Friday, July 19

Cartoon Art Museum Demo: Watercolor for Cartooning, 7-8pm, Room 2

Watercolors can be a magical medium for any artform, including comics. Watch beginner to advanced technique demonstrations meant specifically for comics led by educator Nina L. Taylor Kester (museum program coordinator). Plus, watch as Alina Chau (Marshmallow & Jordan) and Ben Seto (Skullbunnies) share their mastery of this classic medium to create wondrous works of comic art. Lucky attendees will win some of the art created or go home with an art kit to start their own watercolor adventure. Materials provided by Sakura of America, General Pencil, and Blick Art Supplies.

Saturday, July 20

Autograph signing, 2-3pm, Insight Editions booth #3721

Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago will sign free promotional posters for his forthcoming book Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond

Sunday, July 21

 Spotlight on Jae Lee, 12-1pm, Room 4

Have you wondered what life is like for a comic book artist? Are you looking for tips and tricks of the trade? If so, please join Comic-Con special guest Jae Lee for his spotlight panel. Moderated by Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago.

Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Drawing Characters, 2-3pm, Room 11

Cartoon Art Museum friends and educators Alex Simmons (The Art of Making Comics /Blackjack /Archie) and Melissa Pagluica (Above the Clouds) will present a beginner workshop for the whole family. Fans young and old looking to get started in drawing cartoons and creating characters can follow along in this interactive program. Learn how to use basic shapes to create some of your favorite characters. Drawing materials are provided by Sakura of America and General Pencil.

Cartoon Art Museum: Let's Play!, 3:30-4:30pm, Room 2

Let's play comics! Participate in three family-friendly comic art minigames that you can play at home, led by the by educator Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum) and artists Steenz (co-creator of Archival Quality /cartoonist/editor), Michael Son (Tapas, editor-in-chief), Thien Pham (Sumo, Level Up), and more. Open your eyes to a whole world of creative visual storytelling games like Creature Creator, Exquisite Corpse, Dungeons & Dragons and Mangaka/Cartooner. Supplies provided by Sakura of America, General Pencil, and Blick Art Supplies. 

Cartoon Art Museum: San Diego Comic-Con Sketch-A-Thon Schedule

Table #1930

Thursday, July 18

11:00am-12:00pm: Ambrose Quintanilla IV, Kraig Rasmussen

12:00-1:00pm: Ryan Claytor

1:00-2:00pm: Chuck Whelon, Matthew Loux

2:00-3:00pm: Rantz Hoseley, John Hageman

3:00-4:00pm: Melissa Pagluica, Nina Taylor Kester

4:00-5:00pm: Greg Espinoza, Rick Lucey

5:00-6:00pm: Stephen Notley, Lonnie Millsap

6:00-7:00pm: Chris Brandt

Friday, July 19

11:00am -12:00pm: Andrew Farago, Kraig Rasmussen

12:00-1:00pm: Dean LeCrone, Kraig Rasmussen

1:00-2:00pm: Lisa Dosson, John Gervais

2:00-3:00pm: Mark Badger, Lee Marrs

3:00-4:00pm: Eddie DeAngelini, Ambrose Quintanilla IV

4:00-5:00pm: Michael Son and friends

5:00-6:00pm: Christine Knopp, Gemma Correll

6:00-7:00pm: Thien Pham

Saturday, July 20

11:00am-12:00pm: Jeffrey Brown, Maia Kobabe

12:00-1:00pm: Shaenon K. Garrity, Phil Foglio

1:00-2:00pm: Kim Dwinell, Greg Evans

2:00-3:00pm: Andy Runton, Aron Steinke

3:00-4:00pm: Nomi Kane, Lalo Alcaraz

4:00-5:00pm: Ron Yavnieli, Bill Morrison

5:00-6:00pm: Shannon Wheeler, Mark Badger

6:00-7:00pm: Kraig Rasmussen, Thien Pham

Sunday, July 21

11:00am-12:00pm: James A. Owen, Ron Yavnieli

12:00-1:00pm: Greg Espinoza, Thien Pham

1:00-2:00pm: Kraig Rasmussen, Shannon Wheeler

2:00-3:00pm: Andrew Farago, Greg McCrary

Becoming Superman: An Evening with J. Michael Straczynski

An Evening with J. Michael Straczynski

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019 | 7–9PM

Award-winning writer J. M. Straczynski discusses his new memoir, Becoming Superman

San Francisco, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes the multi-award-winning writer J. Michael Straczynski for an evening of conversation as he discusses his new memoir, Becoming Superman, published by Harper Voyager. Join Straczynski as he looks back at his unlikely path from childhood poverty to a prolific writing career that spans television, animation, comic books, science-fiction, and movies.

This ticketed event takes place at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7pm, with a book signing to follow. Tickets are available with or without advance purchase of Becoming Superman from the Cartoon Art Museum. Mr. Straczynski will sign one additional outside item per attendee. Full details are available at the Cartoon Art Museum’s website and our ticketing page, https://guestli.st/613083.

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About BECOMING SUPERMAN

For four decades, Straczynski has told hundreds of stories and is one of the few to successfully navigate multiple careers across various mediums, having created such series as Babylon 5 (for which he won two Hugo Awards) and Sense8, and penning hundreds of hours of television for such series as The Real Ghostbusters, He-ManThe Twilight Zone, and Murder, She Wrote, as well as movies that have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office, including World War ZThor, and Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, which earned him a nomination for a British Academy Award (BAFTA). A prolific comic book writer, he is known for critically-acclaimed runs for DC’s Superman and Marvel’s Spider-Man that have sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

But despite Straczynski’s innumerable credits, his personal history has always been a mystery to his fans. Raised by damaged adults—a con-man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalized—Straczynski grew up in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country twenty-one times by the time he was eighteen as his father tried desperately to escape the consequences of his past.

To survive this environment, Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose powers allowed them to overcome any adversity. The deeper he read, the more he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower: the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted. The result was a writer’s journey that would take him beyond anything he could have imagined, a story that is as uplifting as it is sometimes tragic, quirky, and hopeful and often surprisingly funny.

BECOMING SUPERMAN lays bare the facts of Straczynski’s life: a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger-than-life villain and a little boy who broke the cycle of violence to become the hero of his own life. It is also a roadmap for success as a writer.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art Museum can be visited online at cartoonart.org and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Closing Reception and Trans March Pre-Party

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Maia Kobabe: Gender Queer: A Memoir

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 | 6pm

San Francisco, CA: Get ready for Trans March 2019 with cartoonist Maia Kobabe and eir debut solo graphic novel “Gender Queer: A Memoir” on exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum. Maia will be on hand to sign copies and socialize with attendees.

Poster board and markers to make signs for the march will also be provided. Suggested Donation at the door, $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This will be a sober safe space.

About the Exhibition

The Cartoon Art Museum's ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase features Maia Kobabe's debut graphic novel Gender Queer, published by Lion Forge in May 2019 will close on Monday, July 1st, 2019.

Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

About the Artist

Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator with an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. E was nominated as a Promising New Talent in the Ignatz Awards in 2016. Eir first full length comic book, Gender Queer: A Memoir was published by Lion Forge in summer 2019. E has published many short comics including in the anthologies The Secret Loves of Geeks (Dark Horse, 2018), Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018) Mine! (Comics Mix, 2018), Tabula Idem (Fortuna Media, 2017), Alphabet (Stacked Deck Press, 2016), Faster Than Light, Y'all (Iron Circus Comics, 2018) and online publication The Nib. Eir work focuses on themes of identity, sexuality, anti-fascism, fairy tales and homesickness. E can be found online @redgoldsparks. 

About the Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art Museum can be visited online at cartoonart.org and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Submissions for the 2019 Prism Awards and the 2019 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant will open January 1, 2019

Prism Awards Contact:  
Maia Kobabe, Prism Awards Co-founder
redgoldsparks@gmail.com

Queer Press Grant Contact:
Elizabeth Beier, Prism Comics Queer Press Grant Chair, beier.elizabeth@gmail.com

January 1, 2019 marks the opening of the submission periods for two major awards events in the LGBTQAI+ comics field:  THE 2019 PRISM AWARDS and THE 2019 PRISM COMICS QUEER PRESS GRANT.

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THE PRISM AWARDS are given annually by THE CARTOON ART MUSEUM, PRISM COMICS and THE QUEER COMICS EXPO to both fiction and non-fiction comics works by queer authors.  The goals of the Awards are to recognize and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics and to promote powerful, innovative, positive, challenging stories and representations of LGBTQAI+ characters. 
 
One award will be given in each of the following categories: Best Short Form Comic, Best Webcomic, Best Comic From A Small To Midsize Press,Best Comic From A Mainstream Publisher and Best Comic Anthology.  Finalists will also receive recognition.
 

 
Eligible work must have been made or first published between January 1 and December 31, 2018 and never before submitted to these Awards. 
 
The submission period for the Prism Awards will close February 15, 2019.  All submissions will be reviewed by an impartial panel of judges made up of professionals in the field of comics, including authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians.  Three Nominees in each category for the Prism Awards will be announced at the QUEER COMICS EXPO in the San Francisco in April 2019 (dates to be announced).
 
Winners and Honorable Mention will be announced at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO, Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21, 2019 (date to be announced).

The Submission Form, additional information and guideline for submission can be found at http://bit.ly/prismawards2019
                                                                                                                                   
For more information please contact:
Maia Kobabe - redgoldsparks@gmail.com        

2018 Prism Award Winners
SHORT FORM COMICS: 
To Measure by Noella Whitney
WEBCOMICS: 
O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti
SMALL TO MIDSIZE PRESS: 
The Boys Who Became Hummingbirds by Daniel Heath Justice and Weshoyot Alvitre, Alternate History Comics Inc.
MAIN STREAM: 
The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, Scholastic Graphix
ANTHOLOGIES: 
Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Volume 2 edited by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra

Museum Summer Camp Champions Cartoons and Creativity

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Cartoon Art Museum Drawing Room
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
June - August, 2019

Cartoon Camp is cooler than ever this summer in our new location with half & full days of drawing excitement!

The Cartoon Art Museum is delighted to continue our ever-expanding Cartoon Camp summer program for older kids and teens age 10-15! The museum has organized three week-long sessions dedicated to the art of cartooning from June to August 2019, Week 1: June 17th - 21st, Week 2: June 24th - 28th, Week 3: July 29th - August 2nd. The camp takes place in the museum’s Drawing Room at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and at surrounding neighborhood spaces for camp excursions.

Cartoon Camp is filled with active creative engagement for older kids and teens who are avid artists enjoying drawing and are looking to build skills. All materials are provided. Find discounts, details and sign up opportunities for museum members on the registration links. Register before camp sessions fill up at cartoonart.org/programs!

Ages: 10-15
Level: Young Intermediate
Dates: Week 1: June 17th - 21st, Week 2: June 24th - 28th, Week 3: July 29th - August 2nd, 2019
Time: 9am-12:30pm, 1:45pm - 5:15pm, or 9am-5:15pm M-F (Dates listed by class)
Location: Cartoon Art Museum, 781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Cost: $300+ (CAM Members receive 10% off! Purchase membership with your ticket or sign up beforehand and wait for your discount code to save!)
Direct Ticket Link: https://guestli.st/594093
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/363512990897476/

Mornings are more structured and focused on standard skill building that will lead to a final project within the week as led by college professor, cartoonist and illustrator Mark Simmons (UltimateMark.com).

Afternoons are more focused on group work and studio time in approach to allow students to discover their own passions and challenge themselves with guidance and support from our longtime camp instructor, cartoonist and illustrator Ellis Kim (TimeFiddler.com).

Full Days ensure that students get the best of both worlds between structure and open exploration, from 9am to 5:15pm includes a 45-minute supervised recess and lunchtime from 12:45pm to 1:30pm in Ghirardelli Square and/or Aquatic Park across from the museum. (Food is not provided. Participants will need to bring their own lunch.)

Excursions for drawing field trips are held twice each week, usually on Tuesday and Thursday depending on weather. Locations are within walking distance to the Museum and are no additional cost. Parents/Guardians will be notified by email and in person at or proceeding drop off of the exact location, date and time for excursions. Past locations have included Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park lawn and gardens, Aquatic Park Visitor Center and the Hyde Street Cable Car Turnaround. Students are always accompanied by at least the instructor and an additional staff member.

Students will also get up and move to explore the exhibitions on display and learn elements of acting for a better understanding of storytelling elements like body language, expressions and scene composition. Healthy snacks are provided during Morning and Afternoon sessions with careful consideration to camper dietary needs and restrictions to keep kids energized. Those attending multiple weeks will get access to advanced projects and exercises to build on learning in previous weeks. Required Materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring in their personal sketchbooks and materials to add to their learning experience.

Additional items to note, discounts, cancellation policies and other details are available at the registration page. To inquire about special programs for Older Teens (16-18) and younger kids (7-12), the most up to date scheduling information, member discount codes, scholarship information or questions, please contact education@cartoonart.org!

About the Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art Museum can be visited online at cartoonart.org and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Winter Wonderland of Workshops for All Ages

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Cartoon Art Museum's McLachlan Library & Educational Center
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
December 27–28, 2018

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to offer a series of workshops during the winter break that are full of fun for the whole family. 

Kids and adult family members collaborate in Parent+Child Cartooning workshops where you can imagine and illustrate your very own book of Magical Beasts or create Silly Stories and bring them to life in miniature storybooks to take home with you! Older teens and adults can attend together as family or strike out on their own to make Cartoon Resolutions while learning skills for Keeping Goals to Create or take on our Cartooning Challenges: Into the Multiverse workshop to learn how to weave a whole web of worlds and continuities in character design. Winter workshop educational programing takes place in the museum’s McLachlan Library and Educational Center at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

For our full schedule visit cartoonart.org/educational-programs or cartoonart.org/calendar!

The Cartoon Art Museum returns to San Diego Comic-Con!

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The Cartoon Art Museum returns to San Diego Comic-Con!

Join us at booth #1930 for our twelfth annual Sketch-A-Thon fundraiser! Comic book artists, webcartoonists, animators, and illustrators will once again lend their talents in support of the Cartoon Art Museum as they create custom original art for Comic-Con attendees! This year's roster includes Hugo Award-winning Girl Genius cartoonist Phil Foglio, MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond, The Nib columnist Nomi Kane, and Prism Award nominee Sina Grace, among other top talents. A full schedule of artists is available below. Custom drawings are priced from $10 and up. The Cartoon Art Museum will also offer a selection of exhibition catalogs and cartoon books at its Comic-Con booth.

In addition, the Cartoon Art Museum is proud to participate in a number of panel discussions and workshops, as well as the second annual Prism Awards, honoring Diversity and Recognition in Comics. See below for the full roster, or use the official Comic-Con app for the latest news in Cartoon Art Museum programming.

Cartoon Art Museum Programming Schedule for Comic-Con International 2018

Thursday, July 19

ABOUT COMICS: 20th Anniversary, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 32AB

Nat Gertler (founder, About Comics), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, 24 Hour Comics), and Lea Hernandez (Teen Titans Go!) celebrate About Comics, launched 20 years ago as a one-man publishing company which-after launching 24 Hour Comics Day, finding lost Charles Schulz material, reprinting The Negro Motorist Green Book, and more-it still is. Moderated by Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum).

MONSTERS IN OUR MIDST, 1:30-2:30pm, Room 8

Love things that go bump in the night? Hear what it takes to get those monsters out of your nightmares and onto the page with Comic-Con special guests Rafael Albuquerque, Emil Ferris, Alex Grecian, Jeff Lemire, Terry Moore, and William Stout. Moderated by the Cartoon Art Museum's Andrew Farago.

Friday, July 20

PEANUTS FAMILY ALBUM, 12:00-1:00pm, Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Everyone knows Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but did you know that Charles M. Schulz created more than 70 original characters for the Peanuts comic strip? Some became world-famous icons, but many . . . did not. Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), Rachel Fellman (Charles M. Schulz Museum), Brian Fies (A Fire Story), Nat Gertler (About Comics), Lonnie Millsap (bacön), Jeff Pidgeon (Toy Story), and moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) look back at some of their favorite forgotten Peanuts characters, from Charlotte Braun and Shermy to Tapioca Pudding and Truffles!

Saturday, July 21

COMEDY IN COMICS, 2:00-3:00pm, Room 29AB

Do you like to make people laugh? How easily does that translate to the written page? Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) leads Comic-Con special guests Lynn Johnston, Larry Marder, Lonnie Millsap, Noah Van Sciver, and Shannon Wheeler in this no-holds-barred discussion of things hilarious!

TOTALLY AWESOME: THE GREATEST CARTOONS OF THE EIGHTIES, 7:00-8:00pm, Room 25ABC

The 1980s was a truly outrageous decade that saw an unprecedented animation boom that made household names of a host of colorful characters. Author Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) looks back at that totally awesome era with some of the creative personnel behind some of the most popular cartoons of the decade, including producer Franklin Cofod (Voltron), voice actor Townsend Coleman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), director Larry Houston (G.I. Joe), and storyboard artist Jeff Pidgeon (Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures).

CARTOON ART MUSEUM DEMO: Watercolor for Cartooning, 7:00-8:00pm, Room 11

Watercolors can be a magical medium for any artform including comics. Watch and learn beginner- to advanced-technique demonstrations by Alina Chau meant specifically for use in comics with an introduction by Cartoon Art Museum educator and program coordinator Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Camp). Observe these professional cartoonists using this classic medium to create wondrous works of comic art. Lucky attendees may win some of the art created or go home with new art supplies to start their own watercolor adventure. Materials provided by Sakura of America.

PRISM AWARDS: Diversity and Recognition in Comics, 8:00-9:00pm, Room 29AB

The winners of the Second Annual Prism Awards will be revealed in this new awards ceremony. Founders Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics) and Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum/QCE), Prism Awards chairperson Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir), judges Ajuan Mance (1001 Black Men, Gender Studies), William O. Tyler (WoT's Cinephilia), Heidi McDonald (The Comics Beat), Mey Rude (Autostraddle), and Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter) will discuss the origins of the awards and their emerging role in recognizing, promoting, and celebrating diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics as they present the handcrafted Prism Awards to the winning creators to celebrate their contributions.

Sunday, July 22

A LIFE’S WORK: Long-Term Comics Projects, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 25ABC

Sometimes it is hard to even get started on a project, let alone one that can span weeks, or even years! Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) finds out what it takes to start and finish a long-term comics project. Comic-Con special guests Lynn Johnston, Jason Lutes, Scott McCloud, and Terry Moore share their expertise in making it and making it work!

CARTOON ART MUSEUM WORKSHOP: Drawing Characters, 2:00-3:00pm, Room 11

Cartoon Art Museum educators Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Camp/ Peanuts colorist), Melissa Pagluica (Above the Clouds), and Matt Harding (Not Forgotten /Hyperdrive!) conduct a beginner workshop for the whole family. Fans young and old looking to get started in drawing cartoons and creating characters can follow along in this interactive program. Learn how to use basic shapes to create characters, including some of your favorites. Then learn how to add unique details to make them your own! To help you follow along, drawing materials are provided by Sakura of America.