Official Press Release
The world famous San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum has reconfigured its popular flagship store and is proud to reopen on December 10, 2008 with a whole new lineup of books, toys, posters, graphic novels, comics and other items related to the art of cartooning. Located at 655 Mission Street in San Francisco, the Cartoon Art Museum Store invites cartoon art fans to celebrate the reopening at several prime shopping events this December.
On Tuesday, December 16 the CAM Store will officially launch with a Grand Opening Party from 5:00-7:00 pm. Guests will find the new Store stocked with a unique lineup of cartoon related products that are perfect for the comics lover on anyone’s holiday list, including imported Studio Ghibli toys and accessories, signed and numbered copies of the museum’s Gene Colan exhibition catalog; books featuring artists who contributed to the Totoro Forest Project; statues and vinyl toys from such beloved cartoons as Peanuts, Harvey Comics, DC Comics, and newer additions such as Drinky Crow and Domo Kun, all from our friends at Dark Horse Comics. For the Edward Gorey fan, we have stocking stuffers like the ever popular Fantod Pack and small hardcover editions of his books including The Twelve Terrors of Christmas, which was written by John Updike. Chronicle books has produced a fun line for kids illustrated by Paul Frank that is sure to be a hit. We will be carrying a wide selection of Disney and Pixar art books from Chronicle as well. There are a number of new releases just in time for the holidays. Come by and check out the exciting new titles as well as anthologies and reissued editions of old favorites. Grand Opening shoppers will receive 15% off all purchases during the event, and are welcome to stay for the Totoro Forest Project reception from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Gallery.
Additionally, the CAM Store is hosting three full days of discounts in honor of the reopening this month – December 10th, 17th and 24th. Each Wednesday shoppers will receive 10% off all purchases made that day – a perfect opportunity for the last minute shopper looking for a completely unique gift for their favorite cartoon fan.
Before and after shopping, visitors are encouraged to patronize the wonderful and timely art exhibitions and permanent cartoon art collection on display in the Cartoon Art Museum’s galleries. Currently on exhibit are:
Colan: Visions of a Man without Fear includes over 40 examples from Colan’s long creative career, from his one and only story illustrated for legendary publisher EC Comics in 1952, through his career-defining work for Marvel Comics from the 1960s and 1970s on titles as diverse as Iron Man, Tomb of Dracula and Howard The Duck, to his notable run on DC Comics’ Batman in the 1980s, to his more recent efforts, including illustrations commissioned by his fans and his beautiful pencil artwork on titles such as Michael Chabon’s The Escapist, published by Dark Horse Comics. Colan was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005, and is the recipient of the 2008 Sparky Award from the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
The Totoro Forest Project – a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition featuring paintings, illustrations and sculptures from nearly 200 critically acclaimed animators, fine artists, cartoonists and illustrators. All of the artwork featured in the exhibition was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic animated feature film My Neighbor Tororo. The artwork was auctioned at a fund raising event at Pixar Animation Studios on September 6, 2008, and raised over $200,000 for the Totoro no Furusato National Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Japan’s Sayama Forest.
About the Cartoon Art Museum:
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is committed to fostering and promoting a greater appreciation of cartoon art. This it achieves through collecting, cataloging, preserving and displaying the finest representations of original cartoon art, as well as providing innovative educational programs designed to enrich the cultural life of our community. With more than 30,000 patrons and over 2 million visitors to the museum’s website each year, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only organization of its kind in the United States, and is recognized around the world for showcasing the popular art of cartooning. The Cartoon Art Museum Store is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.