"Cartoon Art Museum" Descriptive Essay

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Nostalgic Inspiration

Being a lifetime art enthusiast, I spent the majority of my San Francisco trip visiting the best museums they had to offer. All of them inspired me in one way or another but only one of them in particular actually motivated me to continue to become a better artist. The Cartoon Art Museum, or CAM, brightly stood out among the rest because at this museum I was surrounded by the icons of my childhood that originally inspired me to pursue an art career. My passion for my work was rekindled after perusing this museum. When I heard the name “Cartoon Art Museum,” I naturally imagined it as a vibrant and dramatic building that had to be massive, with enough rooms to store a lot of cartoon artwork. Arriving at CAM, I was
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Expecting the comic book to look like an ancient document, brittle and discolored, I was impressed to find it in impeccable condition. It still had most of that new comic book “gloss.” It was in a plastic cover protecting it from dust and other threats to it’s condition. The only flaws were the fading and wear on the edges of the page corners. The first edition of the “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” only featured four heroes; Iron Man, Ant Man, The Hulk, and Thor. The featured super-villain nemesis was of course, Loki, Thor’s brother. I giggled at Iron Man’s design because it looked nothing like his modern rendition. His design was simple; only gold, with a clunky design that made him look stiff and robotic; hardly what anyone would imagine a super-hero to look like. The Hulk’s and Thor’s designs weren’t that different from what they are today. The Hulk was always green, muscular, with short hair and only donning a pair of shorts. Thor’s armor and weapon seemed to be pretty much the same; his crimson red cape and futuristic but otherworldly armor largely unchanged. The first comic was published on September 1st, 1963. The punch line, “Super-heroes, super-villains, super thrills! Presented in the fabulous manner” was displayed in a cliché comic book speech bubble. I laughed because that tacky punchline wouldn’t do well today. On the surrounding walls there were framed pieces of concept art and comic book panels showing the

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