Comics 4 Comix Benefit 2009
Comics and comix collide as the funnies meet the funny in the fifth annual fundraiser and silent art auction for San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. Join the Bay Area's funniest folk for a night of food, drink, and entertainment, and bid on original art by some of today's brightest stars in comics. This year Comics 4 Comix takes place on Thursday, April 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Tickets are $20 per person for general admission, with 2-for-1 admission for Cartoon Art Museum members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the museum, by telephone, or at the door on the night of the event. The Cartoon Art Museum will host an all-star cast of stand-up comics for this event, featuring headliner Carlos Alazraqui of Comedy Central's RENO 911!, as well as local comedians Mike Meehan, Harmon Leon, Justin Lamb and Joe Klocek, all hosted by Michael Capozzola, comedian and creator of the comic strip SURVEILLANCE CARICATURES in the San Francisco Chronicle's "96 hours" section. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. In addition to getting a dose of high comedy, attendees will have the opportunity to peruse the museum's galleries while enjoying an array of snacks. As for comix, partygoers can bid on original comic strip art from popular local and national cartoonists, including Dan Piraro (BIZARRO), Mort Walker (BEETLE BAILEY), Lynn Johnston (FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE), Gene Colan (Marvel Comics), Michael Jantze (THE NORM), Jack Davis (MAD Magazine), Keith Knight (THE K CHRONICLES), autographed photos from the legendary Adam West (television's BATMAN and FAMILY GUY's "Mayor West") and more. Featured exhibitions include: February 21 - July 19, 2009: WATCHMEN This exhibition features dozens of concept illustrations, preparatory sketches and original comic book pages illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the co-creator and illustrator of the critically acclaimed WATCHMEN graphic novel. Viewers will be able to follow the creation of the Watchmen universe from Gibbons' conceptual sketches through his completed artwork to the actual props and costumes used in the creation of the WATCHMEN motion picture, courtesy of the Warner Bros. Corporate Archives. February 27 - July 5, 2009: Stan Sakai: Celebrating 25 Years of Usagi Yojimbo The Cartoon Art Museum presents a career-spanning retrospective featuring over 60 pieces of original artwork by the critically-acclaimed artist Stan Sakai It has been 25 years since Sakai's signature character, a samurai rabbit named Usagi Yojimbo, first appeared in comic books, and this exhibition follows the entire existence of Usagi, from the very first pencil sketches to completed story pages, covers, and watercolor paintings. March 21 - August 23, 2009: The Brinkley Girls The Brinkley Girls exhibition celebrates one of the most popular cartoonists of the early 20th century, Nell Brinkley. This retrospective, guest-curated by comics herstorian Trina Robbins, showcases over 30 lavishly illustrated newspaper tearsheets, magazine illustrations, original artworks and other highlights from Robbins's personal collection.