The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce that Gene Colan is the recipient of the 2008 Sparky Award, which was presented to him during the museum's "Salute to Gene Colan" on Thursday, December 4.

The Sparky Award is named in honor of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, the creator of Peanuts. Schulz was nicknamed "Sparky" after the horse Sparkplug featured in the comic strip Barney Google. The Cartoon Art Museum would not exist without benefactors like Sparky and Jeannie Schulz.

The award celebrates the significant contributions of cartoon artists who embody the talent, innovation and humanity of Schulz.

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