Monday, November 25, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
On December 5th at 7pm the ToonSeum will be hosting Illustration Ale. Six amazing artists were chosen to design labels for the 2013 version. To find out more about the event go to http://www.showclix.com/event/IllustrationAle
Lizzee Solomon is a visual artist living in Pittsburgh, PA. She manages education and events at TechShop Pittsburgh, a membership-based makerspace. In her illustration and comic work, Lizzee draws inspiration from her everyday life, popular culture, tabloid trash, and from imagination. Most of her work is either sexual, explicit, offensive, gross, or all of the above! You can find her work at Copacetic Comics in Polish Hill, and online at www.lizzeesolomon.com. In her spare time Lizzee enjoys cooking, cleaning, watching her programs, and eavesdropping on conversations at the bar.
Nora Thompson is an illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist. She created characters called The Rots (www.the-rots.com) and featured them in her first book titled Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1 (www.hairyeyeballs.com) which has gotten rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Midwest Book Review and Kirkus Reviews. She is a life member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and serves as Illustration Coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Jessica Heberle is an artist, illustrator, and
designer living in Pittsburgh, PA. She runs
the Artists Meetup (an ongoing workshop for a diverse
collective of artists).
strawberryluna is Allison & Craig. We are a pair of designers, illustrators, and screen printers as well as music and film nerds based in Pittsburgh, PA. Allison was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while Craig is Pittsburgh through & through. Allison is the night owl, and Craig is more than happy to wake up with the sun. Together, we share a love of bright, happy, clean and modern illustration and design, as well as dogs, good coffee, smart alecs and secretly soft-hearted.
Ilene Winn-Lederer attended The Art Institute of Chicago and The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Based in Pittsburgh, she creates original books and imagery that navigate the delicate bridge between the mundane and mystical theaters of human experience. She has taught illustration and graphic design at The Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie-Mellon University.
Winn-Lederer’s clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Hadassah, NY, The Progressive Magazine, Lilith Magazine, Children’s Television Workshop, Scholastic, Pomegranate, Charlesbridge Publishers, Simon & Schuster and Cricket Magazine. Her works are in collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Friday, November 8, 2013
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The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s museum of to the cartoon arts, is proud to announce the 2013 edition of Illustration Ale, a robust Belgian style beer brewed exclusively for the ToonSeum by Pittsburgh's own East End Brewing Company.
Illustration Ale is a 1,600-bottle limited-edition Belgian specialty ale created as a fundraiser for the ToonSeum. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each 750ml bottle will directly benefit the ToonSeum. The beer is a bottle-conditioned ale, brewed with a farmhouse ale yeast which adds spice and nuance to the rich dark malt character.
The 2013 Illustration Ale is also hopping with creativity! Six amazingly talented Pittsburgh artists designed the labels for the series. Artists includeHeberle, Ilene Winn-Lederer, Sarah Miller, Lizzee Solomon, strawberryluna and Nora Thompson. Each artist brings a unique style to their label, creating a masterful collection of artwork inspired ale. Guests can chose their favorite artist or collect the whole series.
East End Brewing and the ToonSeum will unveil the 2013 Illustration Ale with a special tasting session at the ToonSeum on December 5. Guests will not only get the first sips of the special brew, but will also be able to meet past and present label artists, have their bottles autographed, and enjoy the current exhibit, 65 Years of Legends: Six Decades of the Reuben Awards.
Tickets to Illustration Ale are $25.00 and include one complimentary bottle of Illustration Ale from the artist of the ticket holder's choosing. The event takes place on December 5th at 7:00pm at the ToonSeum in downtown Pittsburgh.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Happy Anniversary Dumbo! Dumbo premiered on Oct. 23rd, 1941!
Here are Ten Things You May Not Have Known About Dumbo
1. Dumbo's friend Timothy Q. Mouse's name is never mentioned in the movie, but his autograph can be seen on a contract in a newspaper photograph at the end of the movie.
2.Dumbo is the only lead character in a Disney movie that does not speak. And his mother only spoke once when she called him Jumbo Jr..
3. Cels for Dumbo are extremely rare. The grey paint that was used on the cel would crack if the cel was flexed. In addition, the animator's boredom was relived by sliding across the floor on the finished cels.
4. Dumbo was created on a watercolor background.
5. The circus company was WDP Circus or otherwise known as Walt Disney Productions
6. This was the first Disney Film to be Set in America
7. Dumbo was originally set to be a toy, the film rights were later sold to Disney.
8. Timothy was a robin in the original story. He was switched to a mouse because elephants are supposed to fear mice.
9. When Timothy Q. Mouse chokes on Jim Crows cigar the plume of smoke actually is shaped like Mickey.
10. It was originally supposed to be a 30-minute featurette, but it was later expanded to a very short feature of 64 minutes. Short and Sweet! It was thought to be Walt Disney's favorite feature.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Meet Louie Anderson this coming Tuesday, October 22nd at the ToonSeum!
$25.00 if you buy online ($30.00 at the door)
1. Louie Anderson has 10 siblings.
2. Louie originally played Larry on Perfect Strangers
3. Louie wrote one liners for Henny Youngman
4. Louie was born in Minnesota
5. Louie beat out Dolly Parton to host the revival of Family Feud
6. Louie was an abuse counselor for troubled youth.
Watch Louie's skit on "Growing up"
7. Louie penned a best seller Dear Dad -- Letters From an Adult Child
8. Louie got his big break on The Tonight Show in 1984
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9. Louie appeared in Ferris Bueller's Day off as a Flower Delivery Man
10. He was also a lettuce washer on Coming to America