Most Animated Museum - 2008
Cartoon Art Museum
To the uninitiated, the Cartoon Art Museum has a musty ring to it, pointing toward Hanna-Barbera cels and Krazy Kat. It does have that, but it far from ignores the new tribes of graphic novelists and young comics artists who continually reinvent the form for new generations. Like any great museum, it doesn't ignore the city that surrounds it. Over the past year, the Small Press Spotlight, featuring exhibits that highlight innovators in alternative and small-press comics, has welcomed locals like Joey Sayers (Teen Power), Hellen Jo (Paralysis), and DC legend Creig Flessel. The Cartoonist-in-Residence program has run a similar path, installing Paul Madonna, Keith Knight, Shaenon K. Garrity (Narbonic), David Crosland (Puffed), and Justin Hall (True Travel Tales). It was no slouch with the national scene in 2007, either, offering expansive tributes to Mary Blair (one of the first female Disney artists) and Edward Gorey's work for the Broadway production of Dracula.