This Saturday, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will be opening the exhibition Sam and Max-Swift and Mirthful Justice: The Art of Steve Purcell. It is a feature of original work, created by Purcell himself over the years, including highlights spawning various medias including independently published comics, an animated TV show, and video games.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the exhibition is the comic series Sam & Max. They are described as a “6’ tall fedora wearing canine and a hyperkinetic rabbity-thing, who battles ludicrous criminal elements and absurd paranormal bugaboos in New York City”. The comic book was first released in 1987 under the name Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple. They would also go on to release a video game, a television series, and a webcomic. Sam & Max have been recognized for their sardonic style of humor, and crisp and extremely bold imaginative visuals, with subjects running the gamut from pirates and road trips, to outer space and urban legends.
In a little information about the comic creator, Steve Purcell hails from Northern California, and first published Sam & Max in a school newspaper, while a student at the California College of the Arts. He has also gone on to work with both the Lucas companies (LucasArts and Lucasfilms) Pixar Animation Studio, and his credits also includes co-writing and co-directing the film Brave. The upcoming exhibition is on view until April 20th, with an opening reception to be announced later. Log on to www.cartoonart.org for more information.