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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The ToonSeum Goes MAD for Tom Richmond

For Immediate Release
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At the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The ToonSeum Goes MAD for Tom Richmond
The ToonSeum  is proud to present "Tom Richmond: The MAD Art of Caricature," an exhibition of original caricatures and parodies by one of MAD Magazine's stand-out artists.
Richmond, a member of MAD Magazine's Usual Gang of Idiots since 2000, has skewed pop culture icons, political figures, movie stars, even President Obama's dog. His style and technique carry on in the great tradition of MAD Magazine legends such as Mort Drucker and Jack Davis.
Richmond's work appears in publications, films and comics worldwide. His company also provides caricature artists for some of the nation's top theme parks. His recently completed book "Bo Confidential: The Secret Files of America's First Dog" will make its debut this weekend at the ToonSeum!

The "MAD Art of Caricature" also gives a behind-the-pen-and-brush look at Richmond's parodies of movies, including "Harry Plodder,"  "Spider-Sham," "Battyman Begins," "30 Crock," "Obama's Inauguration" and many more.
"The ToonSeum is proud to take MAD out of the teacher's trash can and put it on museum walls where it belongs," says ToonSeum Executive Director Joe Wos. "Tom is truly a master of mockery, and we are delighted to present his work at the ToonSeum."
Richmond will drop by the ToonSeum Aug. 1 for book signings,and demonstrations. More information is available at

The exhibit runs from Aug. 1  through Oct. 4 at the ToonSeum, which is located inside the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on the city's historic North Side.

Workshop info: On Friday August 1st the ToonSeum will present a special Caricature Master Class.
The MAD Art of Caricature with Tom Richmond, Master Class
Learn the art of caricature from one of its true masters!
August 1st 2009, 5pm-6:30pm . The ToonSeum at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Cost: $50, Students and NCS Members $35
The ToonSeum presents a special master class with caricature artists and magazine illustrator Tom Richmond of MAD Magazine fame. This is a rare opportunity for anyone interested in improving their skills, learning about how to break into magazines, and more.
Purchase online at

What: "Tom Richmond: The MAD Art of Caricature"
When: Aug. 1-Oct. 4
Where: ToonSeum at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on the city's historic North Side, 10 Children's Way, Allegheny Square.
Cost: ToonSeum admission is included with paid admission to the Children's Museum, which is $10 for children 2-18 and seniors; $11 for adults
Details: 412-325-1060 or
For questions, art for print or an interview, please contact ToonSeum Executive Director Joe Wos at

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