VIP Comic Arts Festival pass includes:
Attendance to the exclusive sneak preview party of The Reubens Awards Exhibition, featuring a rare look at original art from every single Reuben Award winner, cartoonings highest award! Thursday May 23rd, 7:30pm
Attendance at the VIP Private Karaoke reception for NCS members on Friday May 24th, 8pm.
Reserved seating for all panels on Sunday May 26th, including, the Women in Comics panel featuring Lynn Johnston, Cathy Guisewite and Hilary Price.
A private meet and greet with the panelist following the events.
Special set of limited edition event posters.
VIP pass limited edition lanyard.
A special thank you sketch by a nationally acclaimed cartoonist.
A special thank you gift from the ToonSeum.
A private meet and greet with special guests cartoonists to be announced.
Just added new perks:
A Little Nemo Sketchbook to fill with artists drawings!
A signed copy of a Patrick McDonnell book.
A totebag filled with goodies valued at over 50 dollars!
VIP pass is strictly limited to 40 people.
About the event:
Hundreds of cartoonists are descending on downtown Pittsburgh as the city plays host to the National Cartoonists Society Conference. It is the first time the prestigious organization has been to Pittsburgh in its almost 70 year history.
In conjunction with the conference, The ToonSeum will be hosting the very first Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival on May 26th from noon to 5pm.
The festival will feature autograph and sketch sessions with over 60 of the nations top comic artist and cartoonists including such luminaries as: Partrick McDonnell of Mutts, Lynn Johnston of For Better or Worse, Tom Richmond of MAD Magazine, Brian Walker of Beetle Bailey, Dan Piraro of Bizarro and many more.
The 900 Block of Liberty Avenue downtown will become a veritable living funny pages block party with visits from Betty Boop, Popeye, Olive Oyl, Dennis the Menace, and the Care Bears. Fun vendors, art activities, chalk artists and caricaturists and will round out the festivities and help to literally draw a crowd!
Several ticketed panel discussions and lectures will be taking place at Bricolage Theater featuring an exciting panel of women cartoonists presented by Carlow University. The Panel will include Cathy Guisewite, Lynn Johnston, Terri Liebenson, and Hilary Price.
The ToonSeum will host the first ever exhibition of Reuben Award winners featuring a who’s who of comics and cartooning spanning over 60 years and rarely seen original art.
At the August Wilson Center there will be original art from the classic animated series Fat Albert on display in their gallery.
Books and prints for signings will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting the NCS/ToonSeum Fund for Youth Programs.
When & Where
The mission of the ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions or original cartoon art.