CARTOON ART MUSEUM to host LAST UNICORN Screening/Peter S. Beagle Birthday Celebration

Author Peter S. Beagle is turning 74. What better to celebrate than with a special screening of the animated adaption of his most beloved book, THE LAST UNICORN? Well, the CARTOON ART MUSEUM and CASTRO THEATER are doing exactly that!  So, if you’re in San Francisco on Saturday, April 20th, hit the theater, enjoy the show, and say happy birthday to the man himself, Peter S. Beagle!

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The Last Unicorn: Screening and Birthday Celebration Cartoon Art Museum/Castro Theatre Event:  Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm With a VIP evening reception at the Cartoon Art Museum 6:00pm to 8:00pm
San Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to host the premiere screening of Peter S. Beagle’s nationwide theatrical re-release tour for The Last Unicornand hismessagecastro 74th birthday celebration! Throw on your best Schmendrick the Magician or Amalthea outfit and join us at The Castro Theatre for a screening of the uncut edition of the animated movie The Last Unicorn, a question and answer session with author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, an amazing raffle, pop-up shop, and limited book signing! Following the screening at the Castro Theatre, the Cartoon Art Museum will open its doors from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for an intimate reading and chat with Mr. Beagle, an exclusive auction, and continued signings. Costumes are encouraged!
This is the kickoff event in a two-year screening tour that will see Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn coming to hundreds of local movie theaters in the United States and Canada. To get details on the tour, email contact@conlanpress.com.
Tickets for the VIP portion at the Cartoon Art Museum are $25 and may be purchased through: https://guestlistapp.com/events/154704. All VIP tickets include admission to the Castro Theater’s matinee screening. Tickets for just the Castro screenning are $8.50 and may be purchased through the Castro Theater. They don’t have a web page set up for this event yet, but you can call them at 415-621-6120.
Each ticket comes with one raffle entry, a 35mm film frame from an original 1982 theatrical print of the movie, and membership in The Last Unicorn Tour (including discounts on exclusive tour merchandise and other benefits).
Our exciting raffle items, generously supplied by Conlan Press, are:
• Third Prize: Signed regular edition Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $25). (Two winners)
• Second Prize: Signed Last Unicorn trade paperback and Blu-ray/DVD combo (value: $36) (Two winners)
• First Prize: Signed deluxe Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $50). (One winner)
Items for the VIP auction include:
• A complete 35mm frame set of all 17 characters from the film, in signed glassine envelopes, plus an official Certificate of Authenticity.
• A signed “printer proof” limited edition of 7 Original Character Concept Design Art Prints from The Last Unicorn, by lead animator Tsuguyuki Kubo.
• An original penciled page from The Last Unicorn graphic novel.
This event is generously sponsored by The Castro Theater, with proceeds benefiting The Cartoon Art Museum and Peter S. Beagle Tour. About Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn According to Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle is “the gold standard for fantasy.” Arguably America’s greatest living fantasist, Peter’s extraordinary body of work has been enchanting audiences since he published his first book, A Fine and Private Place, while still only 20 years old. His most famous novel, The Last Unicorn, has sold more than six million copies in 25 languages since its original publication in 1968, and the 1982 animated film version (for which Peter wrote the screenplay) has tens of millions of fans around the world. Peter is also a gifted singer and songwriter, and wrote the screenplays for the original 1978 animated film version of The Lord of the Rings and“Sarek,” a fan-favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in Oakland, California.
About Conlan Press Conlan Press was originally founded in 2005 to provide an easier way for Peter S. Beagle’s worldwide legion of fans to get signed or personalized copies of his works, and other creations related to them, either on-line or at public events. In 2013 the company is publishing a host of brand-new Beagle titles, plus book, ebook, audiobook, music, and art print releases from a carefully-selected group of uniquely creative authors, artists, and musicians. For more on Conlan Press visit www.conlanpress.com

About the Castro Theatre The Castro Theatre was built in 1922 by pioneer San Francisco theatre entrepreneurs, the Nasser brothers, who started with a nickelodeon in 1908 in the Castro neighborhood. It is now a neighborhood landmark and host to many Bay Area hits including the popular Castro Theatre Sing-A-Long series. For more information about The Castro Theater visit http://www.castrotheatre.com

About the Cartoon Art Museum Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.  The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public. For more about the Cartoon Art Museum visit www.cartoonart.org.
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Cartoon Art Museum * 655 Mission Street – San Francisco, CA 94105 – 415-CAR-TOON – www.cartoonart.org Hours:  Tues.  Sun. 11:00 – 5:00, Closed Monday General Admission: $7.00 – Student/Senior:$5.00 – Children 6-12:$3.00 – Members& Children under 6: Free
The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.

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