Near Market St. in the Yerba Buena district at 655 Mission St. is the Cartoon Art Museum. It’s “About Us” page declares it “the only museum in the western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms.” On display are old Sunday comic strips such as The Yellow Kid and Little Lulu as well as Saturday morning cartoons, anime, comic books, and graphic novels. One of its five galleries shows continuous cartoons from a variety of eras none of which I’d seen and all of which I found interesting; they’re not necessarily mainstream cartoons.
The museum houses 6,000 original pieces of comic art and puts on 9-12 major exhibitions each year. Running until February 1 is “The Art of the Box Trolls;” until February 15 “Stranger than Life: The Cartoons of M.K. Brown” who has had strips in “National Lampoon,” “Ms.,” and other magazines. A third show, “Slinging Satire: Masters of Political Cartoons” ends March 9.
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum received a major endowment in 1987 from Charles M. Schulz, creator of “Peanuts.” The museum holds classes for adults and kids and also contains a research library, and a bookstore.