If you like comics, cartoons, and the people who make them, then the Cartoon Art Museum - also known as CAM - is a great place to just wander around and relive those happy childhood memories.
Did you know that the CAM is a California art museum that specializes in the art of comics and cartoons?
Yep, That’s right!
And... it’s the only museum in the Western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of all forms of cartoon art.
Founded in 1984 by comic art enthusiasts, the museum hosts 9 to 12 major exhibitions each year, along with classes for children and adults.
As you wander around... notice how the art has evolved over time and how the characters have changed.
See how the artists, eventually, switched over to single pieces of computer generated art using totally different characters.
...operates a research library, a classroom and, even, a bookstore.
They showcase pieces that represent history, contemporary development, creators, design, and the processes they used to create the various art forms of cartoons, comics, digital animation, illustration, and video games.
From editorial cartoons to comic books... graphic novels to anime - Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation... Sunday funnies to Saturday morning cartoons, the CAM has something for everyone.
Five galleries display temporary exhibition rooms with "Storytime! Graphics Novels for Kids of All Ages".
Located downtown in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, the museum is home to over 6,000 pieces of original and cartoon and animation art.
Because of a generous donation given by "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz - that helped the museum get into its location, one room is dedicated solely to his works.
So... what eye-catching, attention-grabbing cartoon art do you remember most?
Imagine turning back the hands of time and spending time with your favorite cartoon characters like...
CAM is a celebration of the art of cartoon illustration... from centuries-old cartoon drawings to "The Simpsons".
The framed, original cartoon drawings you’ll see in the permanent collection reveal the way the culture has changed from generation to generation.
Funny-page classics like "Dennis the Menace" and "Peanuts" to satirical strips like "Pogo" and "Doonesbury".
There’s even biting political cartoons by Herbert Lawrence Block - known as Herblock, and Jules Feiffer.
There are contemporary cartoons, too, ranging from "For Better or Worse" to "Calvin and Hobbes"
Remember the beloved characters from the 40's and 50's, like...
And what about the cartoons that came with bubble gum - the precursor to baseball cards!
They date all the way back from 1896.
Be amazed by the intricately drawn, circa-1750 etching that mocks Rembrandt’s painting style.
Remember the teenage Riverdale gang ‘led’ by redhead Archie Andrews and his burger-loving friend, Jughead?
They sure had a big impact on our lives when we were kids.
Not only did Archie, Jughead, Veronica and Betty entertain us here in the United States, but - some say that - Archie was one of the biggest cartoon hits in the comic world.
You’ll see sketches of movie and television cartoon characters from as far back as the 1930’s. Like... Popeye and Tom & Jerry.
And, also, those as recently as the last two decades. You remember Roger Rabbit and The Simpsons don’t you?
The gift shop is filled with hard-to-find cartoon books, cartoon toys and other memorabilia.
...the Cartoon Art Museum has taken cartoon art and used it to tell the stories about the cultural diversity in the community, as well as the importance of self-expression.
It has produced over 100 exhibitions and 20 publications celebrating and examining the diversity of cartoon art in animation, comics, graphic novels, zines, book illustration, and more.
And remember what we said earlier... the museum is always introducing new events throughout the year. So there's always something different to see.
So... what do you say? Are you ready to take a trip down memory lane and go visit San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum?
Well... what are you waiting for... let’s go!