Pittsburgh ToonSeum Benefit & My Art Show

May 28th, 2009 | Posted in News

I think I have mentioned this before but as it’s not been officially announced quite yet it was probably only in passing, but the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh will be having a show of my artwork in August and September of this year. It should be formally announced sometime in June, but the show will feature about 25 to 30 of my MAD and other originals, plus work from some of the artists who have influenced me. I am busy pasting up text and graphics onto the original inks from MAD pages so they are readable, as that always adds to the art… it’s not as much fun staring at blank word balloons. There will be an opening reception and I will teach a “master class” on caricature as well on the openeing weekend. Hopefully the book I just got done doing (which I hope to get the go ahead to talk about and start promoting soon) will be out and I will be able to sign those. Right now the opening recpetion weekend is looking like Aug. 1st and 2nd.

I will have more info and details once the Toonseum does the official announcement.

Speaking of the Toonseum, here’s another reminder that they are having their annual fundraiser next Friday.

From Toonseum:

Friday June 5th:

KA-BLAM! A party to benefit the ToonSeum.

Join us Friday June 5th from 7pm-11pm, at Verno Studios on the Southside to support the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art.

Featuring live music by the Whips, DJ Raw-Z, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, live cartooning, the opportunity to bid on one of a kind cartoon art and unique experiences, free comics and much more!

Tickets are just 35 dollars online at brownpapertickets.com

KA-BLAM! by Ron Frenz and Tom Scioli

Entertainment and Activities

Live music by The Whips!

Performance by burlesque entertainer Paige Turner

Music and dancing with DJ Raw-Z

Live cartooning

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Life Drawing sessions

Make your own superhero mask

Free comic books

and introducing- The Megaton Martini! Woo!

One of Kind Auction Items

Original art from Dan Piraro (Bizarro), Molly Crabapple, Mike Peters (MotherGoose and Grimm), Wayno, Rob Rogers and many others. Production art from popular shows including Sesame Street, Dragon Tales, and Yogi Bear.

Unique experiences including dinner for six at Gypsy Cafe with filmmaker and Pittsburgh icon Rick Sebak.

Your cartoon portrait drawn by MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond.

Bad girls night out, tattoo, and a night at the roller derby.

Cartooning workshop for 10 people.

Comedy workshop and time on stage at a comedy club.

and lots more one of a kind opportunities and items.

Get your tickets now and support
the ToonSeum!


Can’t attend but you would still like to support the cartoon arts?
We welcome your donation:
The ToonSeum
10 Children’s Way
Pittsburgh, PA

I donated a caricature drawn by me of the winning bidder (big deal!).  If you are in the Pittsburgh area stop in and bid on some of the original cartoon art and other great items to help support ToonSeum.


  1. Fiona says:

    The Book. You mean….Theee Book, the one we’ve been waiting for with bated-breath-going-blue-in-the-face-can’t-wait-for-it BOOK ??!!! WHOOHOOO !!!!! I wanone, Iwanone NOW !!! 🙂 Where do I order ? Pre-pre-order ? Yay !!

    • Tom says:

      if by “THEEE Book” you mean my how to draw caricatures book, then… no… sorry. This is a book I illustrated in conjunction with MAD, which I will give out the details on as soon as they let me off the leash.

      As for the caricatures book, I am hoping to have that done and in production by the end of the year.

  2. Fiona says:

    Cool bananas ! Two books in one year ?! Even better for us fans….thanks for keeping us smiling with all your hard work and humour helping us through economic hard times 🙂


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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