Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Comic Arts Festival Schedule

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Comic Arts Festival Schedule

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In conjunction with the National Cartoonists Society Conference, the ToonSeum will be hosting the first Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Celebrity panels at the Downtown museum of cartoon art, neighboring Bricolage and the August Wilson Center will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 900 block of Liberty Avenue, Downtown, where the ToonSeum makes its home, will become a Funny Pages Block Party, with character visits from Betty Boop, Popeye, Olive Oyl, Dennis the Menace and the Care Bears, plus vendors, art activities, chalk artists and caricaturists. The festival also will feature autograph and sketch sessions with more than 60 top comic artists and cartoonists.

Admission to the street festival is free; there will be a $5 charge to gain access to exhibitions at the ToonSeum and artists' signing booths. Panel discussion seating is limited and ticket price is $20. A VIP pass for $150 includes admission at 7:30 tonight to the ToonSeum for a sneak peek at the first-ever exhibition of works by all Reuben Award winners, spanning more than 60 years. The VIP pass also includes reserved seating to panels; a private meet and greet with artists; a set of limited-edition event posters; a special thank-you sketch by a cartoonist; and a ToonSeum gift. VIP passes are limited to 40 (comicvip.eventbrite.com). More information and tickets: www.pghcomicartsfest.com.

* The August Wilson Center will display original art from the classic animated series "Fat Albert" in its gallery.

* Books and prints for signings will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the NCS/ToonSeum Fund for Youth Programs.

Panels:

* 10-11 a.m. (ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave.): Jan Eliot ("Stone Soup"), Patrick McDonnell ("Mutts"), Brian Walker ("Hi & Lois").

* 11 a.m.-noon (August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave.): Brian Crane ("Pickles"), Greg Evans ("Luann"), Rob Rogers (Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist), John Rose ("Barney Google and Snuffy Smith"), John Stevens (caricatoonist), Carolyn Belefski ("Curls"). …

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