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March 19, 2002
With over 6000 pieces of original artwork in it's permanent collection, the museum definitely has a lot to show off. I've been to the museum a couple of times on previous visits and each time I've gotten a look at a different part of the cartoon/comics world. This time I knew I had to make another trip to the museum - they were featuring a collection of 36 original Calvin and Hobbes Sunday comic strips. The last time, they had a pretty extensive collection of Charles Schultz's original Peanuts strips.
In addition to the changing exhibition collection, the museum goes to great lengths to show off the process of creating comics and animation. The representations of of the process beginning with storyboard drawings, going through rough sketches, and ending with the finished comic strip or animation cell is pretty impressive.
The exhibitions change frequently, so I'd definitely recommend taking a look at the museum's website (www.cartoonart.org) before you go.
Located in the SOMA (South of Market) district, the museum is a short walk from Yerba Buena gardens and Union Square. The museum is open from 11am-5pm Tuesday through Sunday, so this is, unfortunately, not an after-work option. Considering this museum will only take an hour or two to go through completely, it's definitely a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.
From journal San Francisco Chinese Parade
July 6, 2001
There were balloons and clowns and there were many families there enjoying the music and the carnival type atmosphere. There were lots of booths selling food and drink and I was impressed with how well organized it all was.
Admission was free but for a $3 donation, which went to a variety of local community groups you received a sticker which entitled you to a dollar off all drinks.
You could purchase goods of all types from jewelry to clothing, and food of all kinds. Again I was impressed with the diversity of the participants and the age range was newborn to the very elderly.
From journal San Francisco Gay Pride 2001
by Cheryl Morgan
March 13, 2001
Indeed they do, and much more besides. San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum is devoted to all forms of the cartoonist's art, from the superhero comic book to the newspaper strip to animated films and underground comics. It was established in 1987 with an endowment from the Bay Area's most famous cartoonist, Charles Shulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Since then it has struggled along, under-funded, but thanks to the generosity of many people and organisations it has managed to acquire a substantial collection of around 11,000 pieces of original artwork.
There is far too much stuff to display in the small space that the museum has available right now. This is exacerbated by a tendency on the part of the museum to leave the walls relatively bare. I'm sure it is the right way to display quality art, but it does leave the visitor thinking that they haven't actually seen much for their $5 admission. This is rather sad. I have been reading comics since I was a small kid. I grew up on the likes of the X-Men and Batman. I want to recommend this place because I love what they are doing, but I have to say that you should regard your admission fee as a donation to a good cause and not payment for services. The Museum is a non-profit organisation, so you money will go to keeping them running and expanding the collection.
One potential good sign is that the museum will be moving in April 2001. Hopefully the new premises, apparently somewhere on Market Street, will be rather more spacious and will allow more of the collection to be on display at once.
From journal South of Market: the new San Francisco