Sam & Max: A Look Back with Steve Purcell
Cartoon Art Museum
- Time & Place
The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present Sam and Max: A Look Back with Steve Purcell, celebrating 26-ish years with the intrepid Freelance Police on Saturday, February 1, 2014 with a series of special events from 4:00-9:00pm.
The first event will be a booksigning from 4:00-5:00pm at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore. Purcell will sign copies of The Collected Sam & Max: Surfin’ the Highway at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
The second event will be a guided tour of the exhibition from 6:00-7:00pm. Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell will conduct a private tour of his Cartoon Art Museum retrospective Swift and Mirthful Justice for a limited number of guests. This ticketed event is $20; CAM members will receive two-for-one admission to this event.
The third event is a reception celebrating Sam & Max from 7:00-9:00pm. Guests can meet Steve Purcell and discuss his work, view the Sam & Max exhibition, and check out the Cartoon Art Museum’s other current exhibitions, Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman and Searle In America, featuring the phenomenal illustrations of famed British cartoonist Ronald Searle. Admission to this reception is $5; CAM members will receive two-for-one admission for this event. Purcell will sign books, prints, and other items throughout the reception. Please note that the ticket for the guided tour also includes access to the reception that follows.
About Steve Purcell:
Raised in Northern California, Steve Purcell’s career has been eventful and diverse to date, including years with Lucasfilm’s videogame division LucasArts as well as Industrial, Light & Magic. Mr. Purcell’s now infamous Sam & Max Freelance Police series originated in comics he drew in his youth, and first published in the school newspaper while attending the Bay Area’s California College of the Arts.
Sam & Max are a 6’ tall fedora wearing canine and his hyperkinetic rabbity-thing partner, who tangle with ludicrous criminal elements and absurd paranormal bugaboos from their home base in a broadly fantastical New York City. The first Sam & Max independent comic book "Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple" (titled after a firework) was released in 1987. After a series of follow-up comic books, Purcell worked with a team at LucasArts to create the critically-acclaimed Sam & Max Hit the Road videogame in 1993. Sam & Max moved to television in an award-winning animated series in 1997, an Eisner Award winning webcomic, and games for multiple platforms, including three seasons of acclaimed episodic adventures from Telltale Games. Sam & Max stories are characterized by Purcell’s wry sardonic style of humor; abundant, multi-syllabic exclamations; crisp, bold and extremely imaginative visuals; and subjects that run the gamut from pirates to road trips, outer space and urban legends.
Mr. Purcell joined Emeryville’s Pixar Animation Studio shortly after his time with the Lucas companies, where his most recent credits include co-writing and co-directing on last year’s Academy Award-winning Brave. He continues to reside in Northern California, with his wife and two sons.