Toonseum http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo: Where Artists have Full Control http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-indy-comics-expo-where-artists-have-full-control <p>PIX, <a href="http://pixcomics.blogspot.com/">the Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo</a>, takes place this weekend. The event is a way to nurture and encourage the city’s independent comic scene.</p><p><a href="http://jimrugg.com/">Jim Rugg</a>, a local indy cartoonist, and Bill Boichel, owner of <a href="http://www.copaceticcomics.com/">The Copacetic Comics Company</a> in Polish Hill, expect this weekend will be a bigger success than ever.</p><p>Boichel says Pix is different Comicon for one simple reason. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:42:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26248 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo: Where Artists have Full Control Beyond the Funny Pages: The Rich History of Pittsburgh African American Cartoonists http://wesa.fm/post/beyond-funny-pages-rich-history-pittsburgh-african-american-cartoonists <p>Visitors to the City County Building this February may find themselves captured by the rich history of Pittsburgh-based African American cartoonists.</p><p>In a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/black-history-month">new exhibit</a> titled <em>Beyond the Funny Pages: The Works of Arts and Life Captured in Comics</em>, Toonseum collaborates with the City Parks office of special events to create a time capsule of art by black cartoonists living in the Steel City.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:29:33 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24377 at http://wesa.fm Beyond the Funny Pages: The Rich History of Pittsburgh African American Cartoonists The Filmation Generation: Lou Scheimer's Legacy http://wesa.fm/post/filmation-generation-lou-scheimers-legacy <p>Earlier this month, Pittsburgh native and renowned animator Lou Scheimer passed away. He was best known for creating Saturday morning cartoons such as Fat Albert, He-Man and The Archies throughout the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s.</p><p>According to Joe Wos, executive director of the <a href="http://toonseum.org/">Toonseum</a>, Scheimer’s shows were more than fun, ani<span style="line-height: 1.5;">mated cartoons. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“He brought a certain morality to cartoons and showed that they could go beyond violent action and silliness. Fat Albert addressed a lot of issues of inner city youth like smoking and stealing,” says </span>Wos<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:38:48 +0000 Katie Martin 18991 at http://wesa.fm The Filmation Generation: Lou Scheimer's Legacy Duck, Duck, “DUCK!” - The History of the Rubber Ducky http://wesa.fm/post/duck-duck-duck-history-rubber-ducky <p>If you are a resident of Pittsburgh, you have undoubtedly heard about the enormous 40 foot tall rubber duck that is now floating majestically in the river. But where does this iconic bath toy originate from?</p><p>According to Joe Wos, Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.toonseum.org/index.html">Toonseum</a>, it goes all the way back to the late 1800&rsquo;s, when regular Saturday baths first became popular. In order to be clean for church on Sunday, the entire family would gather to take their one and only bath of the week. Wos says dips in the tub went from oldest to youngest, Dad went first, then oldest brother, down to the youngest child. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:31:33 +0000 Katie Martin 17383 at http://wesa.fm Duck, Duck, “DUCK!” - The History of the Rubber Ducky Drawing a Crowd At The Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival http://wesa.fm/post/drawing-crowd-pittsburgh-comic-arts-festival <p></p><p>In the world of comic strip art, <a href="http://www.reuben.org/history/">The Reuben Awards</a>, are on par with the Oscars. Named after Rube Goldberg, the Reuben has been awarded by the National Cartoonists Society to artists such as Charles Schulz, Chester Gould and Bill Watterson.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:26:20 +0000 Heather McClain 10029 at http://wesa.fm Drawing a Crowd At The Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival