The ToonSeum- The ToonSeum is Pittsburgh's museum of Comic and Cartoon art located in the
Cultural District, Downtown. One of only three such museums in the country, 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 of original cartoon art.
Ka-Blam! is our annual fundraiser supporting the ToonSeum. This past year, Pittsburgh took center
stage as the main shooting location for "Batman: Dark Knight Rises". The movie premiers on Friday,
July 20th, 2012. On Saturday, July 21st, 2012, we will highlight Pittsburgh's time in the spotlight with
this year's theme of "Gotham Nights". At the ToonSeum, our exhibit "Pittsburgh as Gotham" will be on
display, highlighting all of our local ties to the "Batman" legacy, both on the big and small screens. Our
fundraiser will play off of this theme, highlighting all of Pittsburgh's ties to the movie industry over the
years, with a special focus on the Batman franchise.
Pittsburgh’s very own Jim Krenn, our honorary chair and special guest, will host an early VIP reception, and
a silent auction will run throughout the night, with items displayed at the main Pierce Gallery location
beginning at 8pm. Our silent auction items will include one of a kind works from both locally and
nationally known artists, collections of rare comics, Travel vouchers and accommodations for highly
desired destinations, locally themed gift baskets, and much more. There will be entertainment in the
proceeds from the Silent Auction go tobenefit the ToonSeum.
6:30-8pm (VIP reception): The ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Avenue (The ToonSeum will remain open until 9pm all guests can enjoy our “Pittsburgh as Gotham” exhibit)
8-11:30pm: The Pierce Gallery, 805-807 Liberty Avenue
Saturday, July 21st, 2012 6:30-11:30 pm
VIP Reception Opens 6:30pm at the ToonSeum
Main Event opens 8pm
Toonseum closes at 9pm
Auction winners announced 10:30pm
Bar closes 10:30pm
$50: General Admission
$125: VIP – includes one-year ToonSeum individual membership
$200: VIP Couple – includes one-year ToonSeum Family Membership
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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.