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© R. Crumb

Cartoon Tunes:
Capturing Music in Comics

May 9 - October 15, 2006

Opening Reception
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Comics are, by nature, a pairing of two mediums more often kept apart: pictures and words.  For many cartoonists, that pairing so often provides a vantage on yet another medium:  sound. The Cartoon Art Museum's latest exhibition, Cartoon Tunes: Capturing Music in Comics, examines the ongoing love affair between comics and music through more than 40 pieces of original artwork on themes from biographies of legendary jazz and blues musicians to childhood musical memories to illustrated song lyrics.

Featured artists include R. Crumb, Lloyd Dangle, Gene Deitch, Eric Drooker, Gary Dumm with Harvey Pekar, Ellen Forney, Justin Green with Carol Tyler, Dylan Horrocks, David Kelly, Megan Kelso, Keith Knight, Lev, Jason Little, Jim Mahfood, Mats?!, Laurenn McCubbin with Janet Harvey, Jesse Reklaw with Joe Sayers, Spain Rodriguez and R. Sikoryak.

Spotlighted musicians include The Beatles, Belle & Sebastian, Miles Davis, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Philip Glass, Jenny "The Swedish Nightingale" Lind, Jelly Roll Morton, The Partridge Family, Run DMC, They Might Be Giants, Frank Zappa and more.

The majority of the work has never been exhibited before, and reflects a wide range of output by largely alternative or “indie” comic artists.  Although "music" is the common theme uniting these artists, the individual entries cover subjects including biography, musicology, illustrated lyrics, abstract meditations on sound and humorous autobiographical reminiscences.  Many of the pieces on display in this exhibit originally appeared in Pulse! magazine and its sister publication, Classical Pulse!, between 1992 and 2002.

Cartoon Tunes: Capturing Music in Comics is co-curated by artist Keith Knight, creator of the syndicated comics The K Chronicles and (th)ink, and Marc Weidenbaum, the Editorial Director of the manga magazine Shonen Jump and former editor of the Pulse! comics.

The opening reception for this exhibition takes place on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, from 7:00-9:00pm.  The reception is free and open to the public



© Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel

No Straight Lines:
Queer Culture and the Comics

April 1 - June 25, 2006

Opening Reception for No Straight Lines will be on April 8th, 2006
More details to come...

Twenty cartoonists join forces at the Cartoon Art Museum for No Straight Lines: Queer Culture and the Comics, the first museum exhibition devoted entirely to queer comics.

Exhibition curator Justin Hall assembles some of today's most influential and controversial cartoonists as they explore the remarkable diversity of queer culture and the comics. No Straight Lines features everything from homicidal lesbian terrorists to superheroine drag queens, coming-out stories to political commentaries, autobiographical rants to the most extreme flights of fancy and all points in between.

Hall has divided the exhibition thematically into two sections, "Life and Love" and "Culture and Politics".  "Life and Love" focuses on the everyday realities of queer life in the modern world. Featured artists in this section include Craig Bostick (Go-Go Girl), Paige Braddock (Jane's World), Tim Fish (Cavalcade of Boys, Strugglers), Leanne Franson (Liliane, Bi-Dyke), David Kelly (Steven's Comics), Robert Kirby (Curbside, Boy Trouble) and Ariel Schrag (Potential).   

The second category, "Culture and Politics," explores queer culture and its ever-changing role in society. This section features Jennifer Camper (Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, subGURLZ), Tristan Crane with Ted Naifeh (How Loathsome), Diane DiMassa (Hothead Paisan), Roberta Gregory (Bitchy Bitch), Justin Hall (Glamazonia, The Uncanny SuperTranny), Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green),  Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) and David Wojnarowicz with James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook (Seven Miles a Second).

No Straight Lines also features individual spotlights on Alison Bechdel, creator of the nationally-syndicated strip Dykes to Watch Out For and Howard Cruse, creator of the series Wendel and the award-winning graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby.

Additional information regarding the June 22 closing reception and additional programming will be announced as details are confirmed.




Explore the history of cartoon art including works from the most renowned and creative cartoonists of the last century. This exhibit traces the evolution of cartooning through its many forms including animation, comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, magazine cartoons, and underground cartoons.

© Andrice Arp
Small Press Spotlight

Featuring: Andrice Arp

May 7 - September 17, 2006

Beginning on May 23, 2006, the Cartoon Art Museum's ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Andrice Arp.  

Andrice Arp was born in 1969 in Los Angeles.  She has been drawing pictures for as long as she can remember, but only started making comics while in college, and did not publish any until much later.  In 2001, Ms. Arp self-published the first four issues of Hi-Horse with her co-editors Howard Arey, Bishakh Som and Joan Reilly.  The Hi-Horse Omnibus, a larger anthology with more contributors, was published by Alternative Comics in 2004.  Ms. Arp has contributed to many comics anthologies, and is currently one of the regular artists in Mome, a quarterly anthology published by Fantagraphics Books.

About the Small Press Spotlight:

San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip.  In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when cartoonists like Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson and Trina Robbins launched the underground comix movement from San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum's Small Press Spotlight will focus on these talented individuals.

The Small Press Spotlight is funded in part by The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.


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