Cartoon Art Museum Small Press Spotlight on Tessa Brunton

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cartoonartmusuemmug Cartoon Art Museum Small Press Spotlight on Tessa BruntonMedia Release — Beginning on March 26, 2011, the Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Tessa Brunton.

Cartoonist Tessa Brunton was raised in the Bay Area and now lives in Oakland. Although Tessa began making zines in high school, she first discovered comics while working at a comic shop in college. In 2006, when Tessa was informed by her dentist that she needed braces, she began to chronicle the trials of adult orthodontia for a poor 20-something in the online comic blog Tessa’s Braces. As her comics delved into other topics, she began to self-publish the mini-comic In the Tall Grass. Since then, her comics have appeared in Bitch magazine and in the anthologies I Saw You and The Bridge Project. She is currently compiling the fifth issue of In the Tall Grass and working on Passage, a 32-page comic for Sparkplug Comicbooks that will be published later this year. Brunton continues to post autobiographical comics on her website Suck It Mussolini Comix at , focusing on eccentric family members, troublesome housemates, dating and being diagnosed with a long-term illness.


March 26 – June 19, 2011

About the Small Press Spotlight:

San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when the underground comix movement launched from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight focuses on the works of these talented individuals.

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