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PR: ToonSeum Is Just Kidding Around

ToonSeum is Just Kidding Around

Pittsburgh, PA – In May 2008 the ToonSeum will pay tribute to the
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and its 25th birthday by presenting,
Just Kidding Around: Children in Cartoons and Comics, a cartoon
fountain of youth with original art and artifacts spanning more that
100 years.

From the infant stages of the funny pages, little ones have played a
big role in cartoons and Just Kidding Around will examine the history
of youngsters in comics as well as cartoon characters from babies to
teens. The exhibit will feature kid characters from cartoons such as
“Little Orphan Annie,” “Henry,” “Family Circus,” “Rugrats,” “Dennis
the Menace,” “Dog Eat Doug,” “Archie,” “Little Lulu,” “Nancy,”
“Charlie Brown,” and many others as portrayed in comic strips, comic
books, illustrations, greeting cards and editorial cartoons.

Visitors will get to peek into the creative process of cartooning
masters such as Harold Gray of “Little Orphan Annie” fame, through
displays of original one of a kind art, ink stains and all. Over 35
original pieces of art will be on display in the ToonSeum gallery,
located at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Cartoons just might help close the generation gap. Just Kidding Around
is an opportunity for parents and grandparents to reconnect with their
inner child and the younger set to learn about yesterday’s toons and
share today’s favorites.

“We are excited to present an exhibit featuring children in cartoons.
In many ways, it is a celebration of the unique collaboration between
the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the ToonSeum,” says Joe Wos,
ToonSeum executive director. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way
to help celebrate their 25th birthday.”

The promotional art for Just Kidding Around features the children from
“Family Circus” and was created by Bil and Jeff Keane specifically for
the exhibit.

This exhibit is made possible by the ToonSeum Drawing Board Fund.

What: Just Kidding Around: Children in Cartoons and Comics

When: June 7th-August 3rd, 2008

Where: ToonSeum at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the city’s
historic North Side, 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square.

Cost: Free with paid admission to the Children’s Museum, which is $8
for children 2-18 and seniors, $9 for adults

Details: 412-325-1060 or www.toonseum.org

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