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ToonSeum, Pittsburgh

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ToonSeum: Pittsburgh Museum of Cartoon Art is a museum devoted exclusively to the cartoon arts, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ToonSeum is one of three museums dedicated to cartoon art in the United States. ToonSeum moved to its own gallery space on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District on November 8, 2009, aided by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It is currently led by John Kelly.
In 2009, the ToonSeum established its NEMO Award, given to notable individuals "for excellence in the cartoon arts". Recipients to date include veteran comic-book artist Ron Frenz, editorial and comic-strip artist Dick Locher, and comics artist, editorial cartoonist and artists' rights advocate Jerry Robinson. In May 2013, ToonSeum hosted the two-day North American Conference of the National Cartoonists Society. In that same month, plans for expansion of the museum were announced.
On February 16, 2018 the ToonSeum announced on their Facebook page that they would close the physical location on Liberty avenue February 24, 2018 to focus on direct community outreach.
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  • The Wonder Woman exhibit was great! The pieces were very unique, and it was really neat to explore. The woman working there was also very kind. Sad that they'll be out of commission for a year as they hunt for a new location, but hopefully the new location will be easier to find parking at. 😉 They will be doing exhibits at different locations during the year off, so if you hear about them showing up somewhere, definitely hit them up! 👍
  • My boyfriend and I visited the ToonSeum on their last operating day. They unfortunately have closed their doors to the public since, though they are still an active organization. Naturally, because it was their closing celebration, the location was very packed, and it is already very small. We didn't end up staying long because of how tight it was but we enjoyed the visit. I bought a shotglass with their logo on it and a comic book as a souvenir, and got both for only $13, so their prices were pretty cheap. It's too bad that they're closing the museum, but hopefully that means they will reopen it someday in the future in a larger location.

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