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14th, Alice in Wonderland Screening

15th-17th, ToonSeum at the Pittsburgh Comic Con

20th, Alice in Wonderland Screening

24th, ToonSeum Closed

27th, Trina Robbins Visit

29th, Gallery Crawl


5th, Preview Reception for Superheroes!

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By now you have heard the news. Batman Rising will be filming scenes in Pittsburgh. We don't know yet if Anne Hathaway will be making a return visit to Pittsburgh (we still have a copy of Danger Mouse on hold from her last visit!), but you can count on the ToonSeum to stay on top of all the latest news.

We had noticed early in the year team Nolan scouting around downtown.  The ToonSeum will be keeping a vigilant eye on the goings on downtown and send up a Bat Signal with any news!

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Best Art Gallery
Museum Exhibit- Art of Akira, Dog Days of Summer,
Best Fundraising Party- KABLAM!
and write in for Best New Downtown Attraction!

and while you are at it might we suggest?
Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Best Comedian

Local Artist, too many to name but Jim Rugg, Ed Piskor, Ron Frenz and take your pick of the many talented cartoonists and comic artists in Pittsburgh!

Brett James Salon, Best Salon

Gypsy Cafe, Restaurant for first date

BurghLiving, Bittersweet Harvest, Best Bloggers

And why is there no category for Best Comic Book Store??

Bricolage, Theater Company

ToonSeum in the News!

Recently we have been featured in several major articles on comics and animation. Including:

The Wall Street Journal article on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Village Voice Comics Issue

and a just completed interview on Brenda Starr in Canada with CBC Q Entertainment show. It should air next week.

The ToonSeum is also a finalist in two categories in the Design Art and Techonlogy Awards! Nominated in both the Art and Tech Category and Creative Rooms in Business Category. We are honored to be the only museum nominated! Also nominated is ToonSeum Board member Jesse Schell of Schell Games, and our good friends at ETC!

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Spring/Summer Calendar

There is so much going on  at the ToonSeum here is a preview of some of the highlights! There will also be plenty of special guests, signings, screenings, lectures and more!

5th, Sneak Preview Party for Superheroes:Icons and Origins

6th and 8th, Twisted Storybook Favorites, Local cartoonists take on Alice in Wonderland, Art Auction and more at the Pittsburgh Symphony.

7th, Opening day for Superheroes at the ToonSeum.

11th, Day of Giving! Be a superhero, support the ToonSeum at

3rd, Jazz at the ToonSeum.

9th, Comics for Comics Featuring Dan Piraro!

25th, Superhero Day in Pittsburgh.

15th, Wonder Women! Girls Night Out at the ToonSeum.

18th, Superhero Academy one day camp for kids.

22nd, TatToons, Toons and Tattoos fest at the ToonSeum

25th-27th, Kids Camp at the ToonSeum

1st-3rd, Capes and Cowls ToonSeum's summer camp for teens.

An Evening with Trina Robbins
Wednesday April 27, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Tickets $10 member, $20 non-member
(admission includes a signed limited edition print by Trina Robbins)
Limited seating advance purchase required
Join the ToonSeum in welcoming acclaimed writer, artist and herstorian Trina Robbins as she discusses her career and the history of women in comics, including the latest ToonSeum exhibit, Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick.
For over 30 years, Robbins has been writing comics and graphic novels, translating shojo manga, lecturing, and offering her unique and insightful criticism on comics and culture. Robbins became a key figure in the underground comix scene in the 1970's, publishing the all-women It Ain't Me, Babe and Wimmen's Comix magazines. Robbins has drawn Wonder Woman, published volumes of influential books and essays, and created the popular Go Girl! series with Anne Timmons.
Robbins, a long time fan of Dale Messick, considers the artist to be one of the most important cartoonists of the twentieth century. "Dale Messick's work is extremely significant to women cartoonists, and to women in general," Robbins has said. "Brenda Starr was incredibly popular and well drawn, yet Dale was not accepted in the male world of cartoonists. Both she and Brenda persevered."
Messick, who died in 2005 at the age of 98, wrote and drew Brenda Starr for over 40 years before handing the strip over to understudy Ramona Fradon with the insistence that the strip would continue to be produced exclusively by women.
This event will be the final chance to see the Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick exhibit. Ms. Robbins will conclude the lecture with a Q&A and book signing.

Superheroes: Origins and Icons Sneak Preview Party

Exclusive Sneak Preview Party May 5th at 7:30pm

Superheroes: Icons and Origins, sneak preview May 5th at the ToonSeum, offers an exclusive look at the timeless characters from the Golden and Silver Age Marvel and DC comics canon. The exhibit will feature an incredible array of original comic book and production art, focusing on Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and X-Men from the artists who have defined them.

Icons and Origins reveals the creative process, brilliant imaginations, and cultural conscience behind the heroes through the writers and artists who created them, legendary names like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Gene Colan, Gil Kane and more. This exhibit allows fans to glimpse over 40 rare comics masterpieces that illuminate the history and evolution of the superhero genre.

“The exciting thing for the Toonseum regarding Icons and Origins is not only that we get to share our love of the superhero genre,” said co-curator John Mattie, “but we get to exhibit some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The fact that these characters have not only survived but actually thrived for over 70 years is a testament to the artists and to our collective need for myths.”


Superheroes: Icons and Origins will kick off its summer run with an exclusive ticketed sneak-peek event on Thursday, May 5th. Guests will have the first chance to see the exhibit, chat with the curators, and meet comic book artists, fellow collectors, win original art, and other prizes. 
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ToonSeum Teens Summer Camp

How to Toon Summer Camp: Capes, Cowls, and Cartoons


The ToonSeum is proud to offer Capes, Cowls and Cartoons, a new three day summer camp helping teen artists turn their super-ideas into superheroes. This intermediate level program is designed to refine penciling skills with lessons on drawing expressive anatomy, body structure, and action sequences, as well as character and costume design and panel layout. Students will also explore the history of superheroes through the ToonSeum's Superheroes: Icons and Origins exhibit, featuring original artwork from industry legends like Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, and Gene Colan. Capes, Cowls and Cartoons, instructed by comics artist Marcel Walker, will allow campers of varying skill levels to focus their abilities and imagination into the creation of their very own, one-of-a-kind superhero! Penciling, paper, and ink supplies are included with enrollment price. Space is limited.

ToonSeum of Pittsburgh
945 Liberty Avenue

August 1st-3rd , 2011
9:30am – 2:30pm

$275 non-member / $230 member (includes supplies)
Ages 12-17
Sign up before May 14th and receive an additional $25 early-bird discount!

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