As a valued member of Pittsburgh's Web-Press Corps (what?) I was invited to a very nice event at Pittsburgh's Toonseum Friday night to see a preview of the exhibitions they have planned for 2011. Aside from stuffing myself with free food (I know!) I discovered that Executive Director, Joe Wos, has some great things planned for this year.
First, for anyone who doesn't know, the Toonseum is Pittsburgh's only museum dedicated to promoting the appreciation of cartoon arts and artists. It's a compact space, but the walls are filled with animation cels and inked comic pages from some of the best cartoonists in the history of the business, depicting classic characters like Charlie Brown, Bugs Bunny, The Fantastic Four and Ziggy.
So what's up for this year? Well, let me give you a quick overview of some of the shows planned for 2011:
February: 50 Years of Charlie Tuna
March/April: Brenda Starr - The Art of Dale Messick
May/July: Superheroes - Origins and Icons
July/August: 40 Years of Ziggy
August/November: Overture - Behind the Scenes of Looney Tunes
December/January: One Fine Sunday In The Funny Pages
The Superheroes and Looney Tunes shows sound awesome. And that Sunday Funnies Show is an exhibition of artwork featuring different newspaper comics, all published on the same Sunday. Great concept. Can't wait to see it.
I'll try to have more details about each show as the dates approach. But until then, feel free to visit the Toonseum website and find out what they're all about. And if you're just looking for a diversion on your lunch hour in the city, the Toonseum's located right in the Cultural District downtown. And if you stop in, don't tell 'em Vince sent you, because I really made a pig of myself with that free food the other night so my name's mud there for a while. -v