Capturing Music in Comics
May 9 - October 15, 2006
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Small Press Spotlight
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.