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


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

Booth #1930

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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,



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.