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Animator Gene Hamm Comes to Cartoon Art Museum

Coming as part of San Francisco’s Third Thursdays, the Cartoon Art Museum is presenting the event Gene Hamm’s Hell Toupee. It is a celebration of the graphic novel about the world’s first genetically engineered living toupees, which escapes from a lab on an island resort, and only a certain local barber is able to save the world from the homicidal rampage. The novel has been described as having a lot of laughs, as well as twists and turns. And because the theme of this event is anything and everything having to do with toupees and wigs, visitors are encourage coming dressed in his or her favorite wig, or to put on one provided by the museum, and take a photo. Visitors can also create a wig as well, monstrous or not. The event is free and open to the public.

Gene Hamm, author of Hell Toupee, is an animator whose work has appeared in a string of cartoons and books including a 1978 adaptation of Lord of the Rings, Hanna-Barbera classics Smurfs and Super Friends, MTV’s Liquid Television (aired at a time when the channel actually played videos), and the children's book The Bernstein Bears Get in a Fight. Hamm’s own projects include animated features such as The Dream Hat and Formulas and Cheap Tricks. He has also taught animation at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, has a business called HammCam Caricatures (website is www.hammcamcaricatures.com), and even does stand-up comedy.

A trailer of Hell Toupee can be checked out on Youtube. Log on to www.cartoonart.org or www.thirdthursdaysf.wordpress.com for more information.