As you may recall, awhile back the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco lost its lease.  (Note: this is an increasingly common thing in San Francisco.)  They now have a new lease, just off Ghiradelli Square.  In tourist terms, roughly four blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf or three blocks from In ‘n’ Out Burger.  Their grand opening celebration is Saturday, January 20th.

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Cartoon Art Museum

Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, January 20, 2018 

Hellboy Tribute Signing: 6pm to 7pm
Reception: 7pm to 9pm 

Tickets: $10 – $100, free admission for CAM members

Join the Cartoon Art Museum as we celebrate our new location at 781 Beach Street, near Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park and the Cable Car Terminus. After a two-year hiatus, the museum is thrilled to be open to the public again with our first round of exhibitions:

A Tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy (October 28, 2107 – January 29, 2018)
The Cartoon Art Museum pays tribute to creator Mike Mignola with an exhibition featuring original artwork from today’s top graphic novelists, animators, and cartoonists who have drawn inspiration from the master storyteller’s signature creation. Featured artists include Harry Bliss (The New Yorker), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Sam Kieth (The Maxx) Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Steve Purcell (Sam & Max), and Kent Williams (The Fountain), among others.

Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier (October 28, 2107 – March 19, 2018)
Celebrate the comics of San Francisco native Raina Telgemeier including her highly popular autobiographical works Smile and Sisters, her award-winning graphic novels Drama andGhosts, and her acclaimed adaptations of Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitter’s Club series.

Emerging Artist Showcase: Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina (October 28, 2017 – February 12, 2018)
In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

This party also serves as the closing reception for our Tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, which concludes Monday, January 29th. Several artists featured in the Hellboy tribute will be on hand to sign the Cartoon Art Museum’s limited exhibition catalogs. Special guests include Gary Amaro, Mark Badger, Lee Ballard, Nick Dragotta, Steve Purcell, Ben Seto, and Jon Way$hak.

To purchase tickets:

Our new location provides:

  • 7,800 square feet in an expansive floor plan to accommodate the liveliness of all our programs.
  • A perfect location in San Francisco—with a stunning view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge—just one block from Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, the Maritime Museum, and the Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround.
  • Heightened visibility—you can’t miss our prominent storefront entrance, well branded signage, and the beautiful historic façade of our stand-alone building.
  • The best of both worlds—our street presence offers abundant tourist foot traffic, and the picturesque setting makes it an ideal venue for locals to “get away” in their own city.
  • Easy access with convenient public transportation, ample nearby parking, and a fully accessible entrance.

Celebrate our gorgeous new location and its incredible view, visit the new Cartoon Art Museum Store, and draw inspiration to create your own artwork in 2018.


  1. Irish film director Nora Twomey gave an insightful presentation on her new animated film The Breadwinner at the new Cartoon Art Museum location. It was great to meet her.

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