Essential Pittsburgh
6:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Drawing a Crowd At The Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival

Joe Wos, Executive Director and Founder of the Toonseum curates the Reuben Awards Exhibit
Joe Wos, Executive Director and Founder of the Toonseum curates the Reuben Awards Exhibit
Credit Joe Wos

In the world of comic strip art, The Reuben Awards, 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.

The Toonseum in Downtown Pittsburgh will be exhibiting seven decades' worth of original art from cartoonists who have won the Reuben. They'll celebrate the new exhibit with the first annual Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival, a comic strip themed block party on Liberty Ave, with some of the biggest names in cartooning.

Guest: Toonseum Executive Director and curator, Joe Wos and Tom Richmond, MAD Magazine artist and president of the National Cartoonist Society, talk about the festival and exhibit.