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Cartoons and comic books may have entertained us as kids, but in reality such illustrations are an art form in and of themselves. From the animation of Walt Disney to the graphic depictions of Jack Kirby, these visual creations have withstood the test of time and have finally been recognized as artistic achievements in their own right. Pittsburgher Joe Wos is a true believer of this fact, and started the ToonSeum Gallery in 2007 as part of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The establishment moved to its own location on Liberty Avenue in 2009, where it is one of only two museums in the United States that exclusively caters to the cartoon arts. Whether holding receptions for such comic book legends as Jerry Robinson—creator of Batman nemesis The Joker—or featuring exhibits of cartoon mascots like Charlie the Tuna, the ToonSeum presents both animation and illustrations with the respect that they so richly deserve.


Geek Pittsburgh Feature Articles

Comic-tanium: Material Science and Superheroes Curator Suveen Mathaudhu discusses the joint effort between the ToonSeum and TMS, which explores real science through the science of comic books.

Color Me Happy at the ToonSeum The February 2014 exhibit featured pages from vintage 1950s coloring books with humorous captions added to them by some of the best Pittsburgh-based comedic minds.

Wonder Women: On Page and Off A January 2014 exhibit at the ToonSeum contained over fifty pieces of original art that showcased the long, influential history that women have carved within the comic arts.

Illustration Ale Celebrates Pittsburgh Artists The unique ToonSeum fundraiser, held in conjunction with East End Brewing, features a specially bottled Belgian Ale with labels created by six Steel City artists.

George Takei, Pittsburgh and the ToonSeum George Takei reflects on his time in Pittsburgh filming Supha Ninjas, while executive director Joe Wos discusses the Star Trek actor’s visit to the ToonSeum.


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