Having moved four times in its 31-year history, the Cartoon Art Museum is a plucky, battle-tested institution. After a two-year hiatus, the museum officially came back to life in a 7,800-square-foot space at 781 Beach St. last October, but Saturday, Jan. 20 is the grand reopening celebration, with three debut exhibits to explore.
First is A Tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, the 25-year-old comic that chronicles a benevolent demon born in the 17th century and summoned by the Nazi in a desperate bid to avoid losing World War II. (It’s only open until Jan. 29, so you better hurry to hell.) Second is Smile! The Comics of Raina Telgemeier, a showcase of adolescent-oriented work by the S.F. native, and last is the Emerging Artist Showcase: Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina, a thorough look at the life of a young Indian-American woman’s experiences growing up.
Tickets are $10 to $100 (or free if you’re a member). Show up an hour early for the Hellboy signing, for which several artistic contributors will be on hand, or just take in the new digs with its incredible views of the Bay and the bridge that Superman once saved from Lex Luthor.
Cartoon Art Museum Grand Opening Celebration, Saturday, Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m., Hellboy Tribute signing 6-7 p.m., 781 Beach St. $10-$100; 415-227-8666 or cartoonart.org.