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Cartoon Art Museum to Celebrate Underground Comix May 5

Presented in conjunction with the first-ever San Francisco Comics Fest, free Cartoon Art Museum event to include special guests Mark Bode, Paul Mavrides, Ted Richards, Susan Stern and Ron Turner.

San Francisco, CA -- The Cartoon Art Museum is honored to celebrate the contributions of underground comix with special guests Mark Bode (Cobalt-60), Paul Mavrides (The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), Ted Richards (Dopin’ Dan), Susan Stern (Big Bitch), Ron Turner (Last Gasp Books), and more to be announced.  This event is part of the newly-formed San Francisco Comics Fest’s weeklong programming, and will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

A Celebration of Underground Comix will focus on Last Gasp Books, the legendary San Francisco-based publishing and distribution company founded by Ron Turner in 1970.  Last Gasp is one of the largest and oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comics in the world, celebrating its 45th year in business.  Over the years they have published, and in some cases brought to light, some of the most respected and talented artists working today, including R. Crumb, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Mark Ryden, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Frank Kozik, Trina Robbins, Todd Schorr, Winston Smith, Spain, Robert Williams, and countless others. Today, Last Gasp publishes 12-20 new titles per year, focusing on “lowbrow” and “pop surrealist” artists, as well as graphic novels and pop culture titles. They also distribute all sorts of weird 'n' wonderful subversive literature, graphic novels, tattoo, and art books, supplying them to bookstores and art galleries on six continents.

Guest speakers at this event will reminisce about the underground comix movement as well as Last Gasp’s contribution to the genre.  Friends, colleagues and fans are encouraged to attend.

The SF Comics Fest is a celebration of San Francisco comics culture: Past, present, and future. Festival events seek to highlight four aspects of our vibrant Bay Area comics community:

  • Our rich history of artistic rebellion and comics innovation
  • Our unique intersection of cultural influences shared among today’s Bay Area cartoonists
  • Our commitment to comics education
  • Our responsibility to shape the future of comics through technology in a positive and equitable way

Source: Cartoon Art Museum

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.