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Friday, September 01, 2006
KQED Checks Out San Francisco's Arts Scene
With the SF Comic & Cartoon Art Tour
The folks at KQED's Spark program know a thing or two about the arts and entertainment scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and they should... it's their job. And when it comes to keeping the public's finger on the pulse of art in the city, there is none greater. With over 50,000 viewers tuning in weekly for a wide variety of segments including the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, the San Jose Ballet, the Palo Alto Mural Art Project, and even a Bay Area workshop for Space Artists' residencies and collaborations at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
Spark also features some great local art tours and event picks for discriminating art lovers, including the recent San Francisco Comic & Cartoon Art Tour, which includes such must-see stops as The Cartoon Art Museum, the Animator's Studio at Zeum... and also the Isotope.
From the KQED Spark website:
Recover from lunch with a visit to Hayes Valley's Isotope Comics. This innovative destination for comic book lovers has a lounge area outfitted with a comfy sofa and cushy chairs. Visitors regularly curl up here to flip through the shop's comic books, socialize and just relax. The venue is also home to the irreverent Comic Rock Stars Toilet Seat Art Museum, a permanent art installation featuring -- you guessed it -- toilet seats emblazoned with sketches by artists like Erik Larson, Donna Barr and Judd Winick who've visited the store for special events and book signings. Usually done with black indelible markets, the drawings range from silly to sexy to downright scandalous.
We highly recommend to our tried-and-true SF friends as well also those folks visiting from out of town to go check out the site, make some time to do a tour, and get yourself a little comic-lovin' culture!