Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pittsburgh ToonSeum Visit, Evening Fundraising

Thursday, April 19 Doug visited the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.  It was founded in 2007 and moved to its current home, 945 Liberty Street, in 2009. Then, last fall, it expanded to 947 Liberty Street.  The new exhibition space includes a courtyard fronted by artist James Simon's 15-foot sculptures of 3 jazz musicians.

Doug (left) checks out the courtyard with Joe Wos, ToonSeum curator.

Inside, Doug got to sit at the animation desk of Disney animator Paul Satterfield (1930s-1960s), who worked on Bambi (1942) and was the director of the "Rite of Spring" sequence in Fantasia (1940).  The animation desk was donated to the ToonSeum by the Satterfield estate.

Doug personalized a copy of The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Comics, at the Satterfield animation desk.

Dan Majors (left), staff writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, stopped by the ToonSeum to get a copy of Doug's 248-page book and talk with him about his artwork and career.   The Art of Doug Sneyd features 270 of Doug's Playboy cartoons and is a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.  Winners will be announced Friday, July 13, at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Joe (left) took Doug and me to lunch on Market Square.

Joe with some of Doug's gag roughs on exhibition for the Thursday evening, April 19 fundraiser "Martinis and Toons," sponsored by the 941 Saloon and Boyd and Blair Vodka.

The weather was beautiful that evening so the guests at "Martinis and Toons" enjoyed the outdoor courtyard.  Later, Joe Wos, curator of the ToonSeum, conducted a Q & A session with Doug for attendees and presented him with the 2012 Nemo Award For Excellence in the Cartoon Arts.

Doug with Mandi Bridgeman and Joe Wos - "Martinis and Toons" was a fun evening supporting ToonSeum activities and programs.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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