City of San Francisco Declares Ron Turner Day

Hear ye, hear ye. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors officially declared Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 to be “Ron Turner Day” in a surprise ceremony at the Cartoon Art Museum last night. If that weren’t enough, he also received the Cartoon Art Museum and Charles M. Schulz Museum’s annual Sparky Award (which, if it’s worth its weight in prestige, is a very high honor indeed. This sucker is heavy).

Ron Turner Day

The Cartoon Art Museum held an “underground comix celebration” last night as part of the inaugural SF Comics Fest. However, the audience was led there under false pretense. The event wound up being a smokescreen set up in order to honor Last Gasp founder and publisher Ron Turner. Very sneaky, CAM. Among the underground cartoonists and extended family to speak were Paul Mavrides (Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), Ted Richards (Dopin’ Dan, Air Pirates), Susan Stern (Big Bitch, wife of Spain Rodriguez), and Mark Bode (Cobalt-60, son of Vaughn Bode). After the speakers, Colin Turner presented Ron with a Certificate Of Honor from SF mayor Ed Lee and a proclamation from the city which read:

Whereas, The City and County of San Francisco is considered the birthplace of underground comix;
Whereas, this year, May 3rd through May 10th is the inaugural San Francisco Comics Fest, a weeklong celebration of comics culture and innovation;
Whereas, Last Gasp, the legenedary San Francisco-based underground comix publisher and distributor, was founded by Ron Turner forty-five years ago;
Whereas, Last Gasp is one of the largest and oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comix in the world;
Whereas, Ron Turner proudly claims the Bay Area as his home and is recognized globally for his contributions to underground comix and publishing;
Whereas, Ron Turner, through his groundbreaking work, is considered the Godfather of underground comix;
Therefor Be It Resolved, that the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2015, to be:

in San Francisco

Ron Turner Day

Seeing that Ron was not yet buried underneath an avalanche of awards, the Cartoon Art Museum presented him with their annual Sparky Award. The Sparky Award is named in honor of Charles “Sparky” Schulz and celebrates the significant contributions of cartoon artists who embody the talent, innovation, and humanity of Schulz. Past recipients include Will Eisner, Gary Larson, John Severin, Chuck Jones, Bill Melendez, and many others.

Ron Turner Day

Our heartfelt thanks to the city of San Francisco, everyone who helped to organize this event (and managed to keep their mouths shut about it - impressive!), and to all who attended. A fun night and a wonderful tribute.


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