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After Two Years, A Reanimated Cartoon Art Museum Returns

The new digs feature two local-centric exhibits.

Artist Kent Williams’s homage to Hellboy, the comic book series by East Bay native Mike Mignola


More than two years since being priced out of its previous home near Yerba Buena Gardens, the Cartoon Art Museum is finally being resurrected this month clear across town.

The museum plans to reopen in late October opposite Aquatic Park. Says executive director Summerlea Kashar of the new tourist-friendly digs, “We’ll be a slightly bigger fish up there.”

In the past, the museum has staged exhibitions of artists including R. Crumb, Edward Gorey, and Garry Trudeau. The new, nearly 8,000-square-foot space will open with two shows celebrating Bay Area artists: One features several “tribute” pieces in the style of Berkeley’s Mike Mignola, best known for Hellboy. The other includes original drawings from San Francisco’s Raina Telgemeier, the YA graphic novelist behind bestsellers Smile and Drama.
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Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco 

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