Official Press Release

The Cartoon Art museum hosts Tom Beland, award-winning creator of the comic book True Story, Swear To God, on Saturday, June 7th  from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program.  Museum visitors will be offered the chance to watch Beland at work and chat with him about cartooning. 

Beland is one of several artists who will be participating in a special fundraising event as a benefit for comic book illustrator Josh Medors, artist of such titles as Frank Frazetta's Swamp Demon, Runes of Ragnan, GI Joe, and 30 Days of Night.  Medors was recently diagnosed with cancer, and Beland and several other artists and comic industry professionals have banded together to help Medors raise money to offset his medical expenses.

Throughout the day, Beland and other artists will be stationed in the Cartoon Art Museum’s lobby, drawing sketches and auctioning off original artwork and memorabilia as part of their fundraising efforts.  All proceeds from the Sketch-a-thon and auctions will go toward Medors’ medical expenses.

About Tom Beland:

Tom Beland is the creator of the six-time Eisner-nominated series True Story, Swear To God, published by Image Comics.  The romance-comedy revolves around a cartoonist who moves from Napa Valley to the island of Puerto Rico, all in the name of love for a woman he met at a bus stop in Disneyworld.  He has also written for Marvel Comics, Bongo Comics, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Spark Generators II, published by the Cartoon Art Museum. 

Beland, 45, lives with his wife, Lily Garcia in the city of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.  Odd fact:  Tom's brother, John Beland, sang on the original theme song to the Brady Bunch.  Tom was also hugged by Dolly Parton and lived to brag about it.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Cartoon Art Museum regularly hosts professional cartoonist in its galleries as part of its Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Museum patrons see cartoonists at work on their latest projects and learn everything you ever wanted to know about cartoonists--but were afraid to ask.  Past featured Cartoonists-in-Residence include Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee), Keith Knight (K Chronicles, (th)ink), Paige Braddock (Jane's World), Michael Jantze (The Norm) and Grady Klein (The Lost Colony) among many others.

Cartoon Art Museum - 655 Mission Street - San Francisco, CA 94105 - 415-CAR-TOON - http://www.cartoonart.org

Hours:  Tues.  Sun. 11:00 - 5:00, Closed Monday

General Admission:$6.00 - Student/Senior:$4.00 - Children 6-12:$2.00 - Members & Children under 6: Free

The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, 
study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms. 

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