Tuesday, June 13, 2004
She's 89, he's 84, and their best friends are children and toy collectors. Raggedy Ann and Andy are not your typical seniors, and their enduring charm makes us love them for it. That yarn hair! Those wide eyes! But the famous pair of old-fashioned rag doll characters are not the only creations of illustrator Johnny Gruelle, many of whose other comic strips (Mr. Twee Deedle, Jack the Giant Killer, Brutus) and books are exhibited at "Raggedy Ann and Friends: The Art of Johnny Gruelle" along with plenty of his drawings for magazines and newspapers. Tons of Ann and Andy stuff has been collected by Gruelle-obsessed curator Andrew Tabbat, including dolls, ephemera, and animation art. Revel in the innocent sweetness of this artist's vision through Nov. 8 at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), S.F. Admission is free-$6; call 227-8666 or visit www.cartoonart.org.
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