The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art, will be presenting several panels and exhibiting at Chicago’s C2E2 March 18th-20th. Guests include puppeteer Jim Martin, comedian Gab Bonesso, and cartoonists Rob Rogers, Dick Locher, Bruce Plante, and Scott Stantis.
Gab Bonesso, Will Work for Comics Comedy Tour
Date: Saturday, March 19
Location: Variant Stage
Description: Geek Girl Comedian Gab Bonesso brings her high-energy alternative comedy laced with comic book, pop culture and technology references to C2E2. Imagine if Daria and Wolverine spawned a baby girl and she grew up (a loose term) to become a comedian. Gab has been featured at the ToonSeum annual Comics for Comics event and has been awarded the title as Best Comedian in Pittsburgh by both Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh City Paper. A fixture on Pittsburgh’s radio and comedy stages, Gab is taking her brand of "honest absurdity" nationwide with her first appearance at a national comic convention!
Drawing Fire: Editorial Cartooning in a Partisan Age
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time: 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Description: There was a time when the loudest and strongest voice heard above the din on any political issue was the editorial cartoon, jumping off the page in dramatic black and white. In today's climate of vitriolic banter and self-righteous talking heads, where does the editorial cartoon fit in? A panel of internationally known editorial cartoonists discuss their genre of cartooning in today's changing media and political landscape. They will discuss how new media is reshaping how they reach an audience. They will share some of their recent more controversial cartoons, talk about reader reaction and impact, and share some cartoons that were killed by the editor because they were too controversial to print. Listen closely. Despite the decline of newspapers, editorial cartoonists can still be heard above the din.
Jim Martin, Beneath the Screen, Behind the Scenes
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
In a conversation with animation historian and ToonSeum director Joe Wos, Jim shares stories from his career, the legends he has known, and the characters he has brought to life. Jim Martin has been a puppet performer, producer and director for over 30 years. His credits read like the history of childrens television. He has worked for such iconic shows as Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Captain Kangaroo, Bear in the Big Blue House, The Puzzle Place, The D.J. Kat Show and Johnny and the Sprites. He has been an Emmy Award winning director of Sesame Street for almost two decades. Jim has been the puppet perfomer behind such legendary characters as Gary Gnu of the Great Space Coaster, Ben of Puzzle Place and Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.