March Living Ship Day Presentation – Cartoons at War

//March Living Ship Day Presentation – Cartoons at War

USS Hornet Museum to Host Special Panel for Cartoons at War: American Cartoons and

Comics in WWII and Beyond

March 19th Living Ship Day panelists include Charles M. Schulz Museum curator Corry Kanzenberg and cartoonist Brian Fies

ALAMEDA, CA – February 26, 2016 – On Saturday March 19th, the USS Hornet Museum (Hornet) will host a special panel of professional cartoonists to mark the grand finale of Cartoons at War: American Cartoons and Comics in WWII and Beyond. The panel discussion will start at 1 p.m. and delve into the fascinating theme of the exhibit: the power and influence of American political cartoons and wartime comics, from both the frontlines and the home front. Panelists include Corry Kanzenberg, curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA, and award-winning cartoonist Brian Fies.

The Hornet’s March 19th Living Ship Day will take place aboard the aircraft carrier from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. As a bonus for families, a special kid’s zone will be provided for children to learn more about cartooning from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Hangar Bay 2. A big band performance by The Hornet Band will also run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hornet is located at 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3 in Alameda. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. Normal admission prices apply and include entry to the exhibit and panel presentation.

Members of the Charles M. Schulz Museum will receive $10.00 off the adult admission price. The media and public are invited.

About the Exhibit: Designed to illustrate how pop culture influenced a nation at war, Cartoons at War: American Cartoons and Comics in WWII and Beyond demonstrates the power of comics and cartoons as media used by civilians and governments alike to mold and transform public opinion. The power of comics and cartoons comes from their accessibility: people of all ages enjoy them, and you do not need to speak the same language or even know how to read to understand their implications. Comics and cartoons have also proven to be effective because they often tackle serious or complicated topics through humor, which can offer a relief from somber subjects, such as a world war.

About the Panelists:

Corry Kanzenberg is curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA, where she organizes exhibitions on the life and art of Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of original Peanuts comic strips. Kanzenberg’s previous curator roles include the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and the National Scouting Museum of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving, TX.

Brian Fies is a prolific and popular cartoonist, whose 2006 graphic novel, “Mom’s Cancer,” took the comics industry by storm, winning the highly-prized Eisner Award for best digital comic, the Harvey Award for Best New Talent, and the German Youth Literature Prize for Non-Fiction. His second graphic novel, “Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow,” recently won the American Astronautical Society’s Emme Award. His latest webcomic, “The Last Mechanical Monster,” has been nominated for Eisner Award. Fies worked as a consultant on the Hornet’s Cartoons at War exhibit.

About Living Ship Day: The Hornet comes to life as an operating aircraft carrier on Living Ship Day, with flight simulations between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position. Visitors can meet former crew, sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet, and enjoy the sights and sounds of naval aviation. Living Ship Day demonstrations are held on the third Saturday of most months. For more information on Living Ship Day and other Hornet programs, please contact Heidi Schave at (510) 521-8448, ext. 224, or heidi.schave@uss-hornet.org.

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About the USS Hornet Museum:

The USS Hornet Museum, a popular tourist destination in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet, which opened as a museum in 1998, offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science, and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark and home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA.  Regular museum admission is $10 for youths age 7-17 (age 6 and under are free with paying adult); $15 for students with ID, seniors, and military with ID; and $20 for adults. Admission is free for Museum members. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, including group tours and event planning, visit:  www.uss-hornet.org or call (510) 521-8448.

Media Contacts:

Victoria Sanchez De Alba / De Alba Communications (for USS Hornet Museum)

(650) 270-7810 / victoria@dealba.net

Heidi Schave, USS Hornet Museum

(510) 521-8448 ext. 224 / heidi.schave@uss-hornet.org