Slinging Satire: Political Cartoons And The First Amendment

Jul 16, 2015
Rob Rogers /

 A new ToonSeum exhibit is opening this Friday. It's called Slinging Satire: Political Cartoons and the First Amendment, This compelling exhibition showcases the work of today's top political cartoonists. Part of the exhibit is dedicated to cartoons that were created in response to the January 7th terrorist attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers joins us in studio to discuss the exhibition.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week may be ending, but there’s still fun to be had in town this weekend.    

On Friday, Star Wars fans should make their way to the Carnegie Science Center faster than the Millennium Falcon doing the Kessel Run for 21+ SciFri.

For artistically-inclined night owls, Art All Night 18 will take over the Willow Street Warehouse in Lawrenceville Saturday through Sunday (a full 24 hours of free fun!)

On Saturday evening, Ka-Blam! A  Fundraiser for Toonseum will be treating guests to caricature drawings, DJ-spun tunes, refreshments and more while raising funds for Toonseum.  

The Urbanist Release Party & PGH Spring Thing will give guests a preview of food and drink from the newest restaurants in town (hint: The Vandal, The Ballroom, Bread &  Salt, etc.)  

Chutz-Pow, Superhero Holocaust Survivors

Aug 19, 2014
Daisy Ruth / WESA

The Toonseum and the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have produced a comic book titled "Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust" to honor the bravery of five Pittsburghers during a tragic period of the 20th Century.

Author Wayne Wise and artist Marcel Walker say what makes their comic book so interesting is the fact that the heroes they depict are not the kind that wear capes.

The Golden Legacy of Little Golden Books

Jun 4, 2014
Marcus Charleston / 90.5 WESA

For generations of children, Little Golden Books have served as an introduction to reading. The first set of 12 books was released on October 1, 1942, selling for 25 cents apiece. Since then, the series has sold more than two billion books worldwide in a variety of languages. They feature characters from all across the children’s pop culture spectrum drawn by many accomplished illustrators.

Having played such a significant role in the lives of children everywhere, several of the books were included in the Smithsonian Museum’s Division of Cultural History. This month selected artwork from the series will be on display at the Toonseum in Pittsburgh. Essential Pittsburgh visited the exhibit and talked with Joe Wos, the museum’s executive director. He explained why the books have remained timeless.

Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo: Where Artists have Full Control

Mar 21, 2014
The Copacetic Comics Company / Facebook

PIX, the Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo, takes place this weekend. The event is a way to nurture and encourage the city’s independent comic scene.

Jim Rugg, a local indy cartoonist, and Bill Boichel, owner of The Copacetic Comics Company in Polish Hill, expect this weekend will be a bigger success than ever.

Boichel says Pix is different Comicon for one simple reason.


Visitors to the City County Building this February may find themselves captured by the rich history of Pittsburgh-based African American cartoonists.

In a new exhibit titled Beyond the Funny Pages: The Works of Arts and Life Captured in Comics, 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. 

The Filmation Generation: Lou Scheimer's Legacy

Oct 30, 2013
filmation / wikipedia

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.

According to Joe Wos, executive director of the Toonseum, Scheimer’s shows were more than fun, animated cartoons.

“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 Wos.

Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

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?

According to Joe Wos, Executive Director of the Toonseum, it goes all the way back to the late 1800’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.

Drawing a Crowd At The Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival

May 22, 2013
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.