Toonseum Publishes Guide to Pittsburgh's Oakland Neighborhood
Oakland has a new visitors guide, it’s free to the public and drawn by some of Pittsburgh's best cartoonists! The guide, called OAKLAND, features short comic vignettes of great Oakland venues such as The Original Hot Dog Shop, Phipps Conservatory, and the Cathedral of Learning. Funded by a grant from the Fine Foundation, the ToonSeum (Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) partnered with 16 cartoonists and 15 organizations to create a comprehensive visitors guide to the neighborhood.
On Friday, June 14th at 7 PM there will be a celebration of this release hosted by Phantom of the Attic Comics. Copies of Oakland will be available, as will a specialty print of the double page spread of Phantom of the Attic by Marcel Walker that appears in the book. Many of the artists will also be on hand for autographs.
“Part of enjoying Oakland, or any neighborhood, is capturing the hidden stories behind what you see there,” said Joe Wos, Executive Director of the Toonseum. “These guides capture both the visual character and the essence behind a unique neighborhood like Oakland.”
OAKLAND offers visitors and locals alike the opportunity to find new places to visit, or to be reminded of old favorites. The guide is available by request for personal use, or for mass distribution.
Each artist covered a popular venue or historically-rich area. After hours of researching and countless pen strokes , OAKLAND is on the street. Distributed free of charge to Pittsburgh hotels, visitor’s centers, schools, and more, the guide will allow Pittsburghers and tourists to enjoy the experience that is the Oakland neighborhood.
Pittsburgh cartoonists generously donated their talents to OAKLAND. DC comics veteran Christopher Moeller, Highlights Magazine’s Diana Zourelias, plus newcomers Jeremy Baum, Nate McDonough, and Jessica Herberle are just a small sample of the talent involved in creating OAKLAND.
Local businessman and avid comic fan Harold Behar donated his time to serve as Editor for this anthology. It was under his guidance that the guide became a tribute to many venues in Oakland, big and small, famous and unknown. Behar made the purposeful decision to celebrate the famous sites of Pittsburgh and perhaps introduce readers to lesser-known organizations, like theFriday Night Improv in the Cathedral of Learning and the historic (but demolished) Luna Park.
“Our goal with these graphic guides is to present many unique perspectives and voices creating an illustrated portrait of a neighborhood," says Behar.
ToonSeum Executive Director Joe Wos is excited to see OAKLAND completed. “Now we have tackled two Pittsburgh neighborhoods, the first being NORTH," says Wos, "Downtown, the South Side and The Strip are next as we when publish all of the guides together as a graphic guide to Pittsburgh."
To have OAKLAND distributed through your place of business, or to learn about advertising space in future reprints of OAKLAND please e-mail Joe Wos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.