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,



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 and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.