Comic strips have been around since the early 1800s, and some strips have been in circulation almost that long as well. (“The Katzenjammer Kids” has been running since 1897!). The Bay Area has been at the center of groundbreaking comic art since the 1960s when the underground comix movement launched in Haight-Ashbury. Continuing the DIY tradition is Gabriella Gamboa, a cartoonist, visual artist, and arts educator based in Santa Rosa. She was a member of the early ’90s Puppy Toss comics publishing collective and is a longtime self-publisher and zine-maker. Her current projects include a comic book adaptation of Nathanael West’s 1933 novel, Miss Lonelyhearts, comics-form reviews of old black-and-white horror films, and an original graphic novel of a supernatural romance between filmmakers in post-WWII L.A. Her tongue-in-cheek piece “Haighters Gotta Haight” was also featured in our first comics issue. Gamboa’s simple yet poignant comics diary, “Florida Diary,” is the feature exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum this winter, as part of the Small Press Spotlight, which focuses on the works of local artists of the alternative press.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 20. Continues through April 13, 2013

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