You mightn’t think that a museum showcasing the history of comics was going to be interesting, but we never knew that such a detailed and expansive history (we’re talking over 250 years) existed.
Located inside an unassuming ground floor storefront on Mission Street, the Cartoon Art Museum has hundreds of pieces on show from a rotating archive of over 6000 pieces of comic book art. They display everything from the early satirical stories and historic covers to specialised sections showcasing the different development stages of modern comic book art.
When we went they had two special features celebrating the different iterations of Marvel’s Avengers series and a retrospective on M.A.D. Magazine. They even have one corner showing short movies on different artists. Our favourite was the Pixar reel showing the first animated shorts directors made at the studio in the late 80s/early 90s.
If you’re lucky enough to be in San Francisco for first week of any month, the museum have a ‘pay what you want’ policy every first Tuesday. We suggest heading just before lunchtime when fewer people about means you can browse around with minimal disturbance.