From Our Editors
The Cartoon Art Museum was once like a comic strip without a frame: lacking a brick-and-mortar home, its roving collection appeared in corporate spaces and local art galleries. But in 1987, with a generous endowment from Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz, the museum finally claimed a home of its own in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens. More than 100 exhibitions have passed through it since, focusing on everything from original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artwork to the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
Comics aside, the museum’s collection of more than 6,000 pieces spans cartoon history with artwork from anime graphic novels, Saturday-morning cartoons, and Sunday funnies from a time when that was the only day Americans were permitted to laugh. To supplement its extensive holdings, the museum hosts year-round programs and events, including cartooning workshops, lectures, and book signings. The organization even holds its annual benefit at one of the nation’s foremost animation studios: Pixar.