Now at CAM: Spotlight on Nina Paley

Posted by on July 14th, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Latest show up at the Cartoon Art Museum: Before Sita Sang the Blues: Spotlight on Nina Paley.  The museum is also cohosting a benefit screening of Paley’s one-woman animated feature Sita Sings the Blues with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

I moved to San Francisco and started volunteering at the Cartoon Art Museum when Nina Paley was still a regular at the museum’s monthly artist meetings.  Not long afterwards, she left the Bay Area and began the long journey that ultimately took her to New York City and Sita Sings the Blues.  I’ve been a fan of her comics and animation for ages, and the CAM show is long overdue.  Paley and I have differing ideas about intellectual property issues (we both use Creative Commons licenses rather than copyrights, but as someone who works for a manga publisher I can’t get on board with her idea that online piracy is a net good for artists, and as a webcartoonist I’m cynical about the entire Internet anyway), but Sita is a masterpiece and the museum show is cool as hell.

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