Susanna McLeod, Cartoons on Exhibit in 2004

5 March 2004

    If you are travelling this year, perhaps you will happen across one of the many cartoon exhibits going on around the United States and beyond. Here are just a few of the events taking place in 2004:


    The 100th birthday celebration of the adored Dr. Seuss is showing at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California. Called the “Seussentennial,” by the Museum, you will delight to “See rare, early original drawings and paintings by one of America’s most beloved storytellers and cartoon artists: incredible insects, feathered flocks and animated animals, including the Grinch and the Cat in the Hat. All demonstrate the enduring ingenuity and artistry of Dr. Seuss.” The exhibit runs from February 20 to June 4, 2004. For more information, go to:

    The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California March 20 – Sept 27, 2004 is featuring “MAD™ about Peanuts; MAD™ parodies of Peanuts Strips and Characters.” Famed comics artist Sergio Aragones from MAD ™ Magazine will make an appearance on the opening day to speak about Peanuts and MAD™

    Also at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the features of artist Everhart, with his unique perspective on Snoopy and the Gang is on display until March 15. Catch the other permanent exhibits including an amazing 7,000-pound wood sculpture installation showing the transition of The Beagle character from Schulz’ own dog Spike into the celebrated pooch we all adore, Snoopy: (click on Permanent Exhibitions under Exhibitions on menu)

New York

    The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City is holding their 3rd Annual Art Festival including renowned cartoons "Bizarro" and "The Norm," plus numerous other submissions. Syndicated, self-published, small press and new works are elements of this large and popular Festival. Only held for two days, the Art Festival will take place on June 26 and 27 this year in the Puck Building on Lafayette Street. For more information and directions, see:

    In a slightly different arena of cartooning, Stan and Jan Berenstain, creators of beloved The Berenstain Bears, have their captivating work on exhibit at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, from March 13 to May 30th 2004. Described by their sponsor as “The first museum retrospective honoring their outstanding six-decade careers, The Berenstain Bears Celebrate: The Art of Jan and Stan Berenstain traces the Berenstain's unique collaboration as artists and explores the evolution of their work, from their student days through their mature work as illustrators in the fields of cartooning, children's books and animation art.”

Visit (Lots of new exhibits including Bob the Builder and Sesame Street.)

    The Berenstain exhibit then moves on to Texas for a showing from August 1 to October 31, 2004.


Garfield the Cat with James Dean? You bet. Cartoonist Jim Davis was born in the same town as the famous rebel actor. You can find exhibits about both men and their talents at the Fairmount Historical Museum in Fairmount, Indiana. (Fairmount Historical Museum no longer focuses on James Dean.)

London, England

Beginning July 4, 2004, a selection of political cartoons entitled “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1917-2003: The Cartoonists’ Perspective,” are on exhibit at the Guardian Newsroom in London, England Historical cartoons covering the hostilities by renowned British political cartoonists David Low, Bill Pappas, Les Gibbard will be displayed along with present-day editorial cartoonists from The Times, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph and many more. For an overview, see:

A stop at a cartooning exhibit could be a fine topper to a memorable holiday, or even better if you live near one of the exhibits. Enjoy!

© Susanna McLeod 2004  
(Originally published in The Cartoonists on