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2015 Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning Speakers And Events

We are pleased to welcome the following cartoonists and illustrators to Kenosha this September for the 5th annual Kenosha Festival of Cartooning!
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Bill Morrison
Award winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison is best known for his work with the characters ofThe Simpsons and Futurama, for his illustrations for Disney, and his four time Eisner Award nominated comic book series Roswell Little Green Man. Morrison is a co-founder, with Simpsons creator Matt Groening, of Bongo Comics. He is also the current president of the National Cartoonists Society. To read Bill's full bio click here.

Mark Tatulli

Mark Tatulli is an internationally syndicated cartoonist, best known for his popular comic strips Heart Of The City and Lio, which appear in over 400 newspapers all over the world. Lio has been nominated three times for the National Cartoonists Society's Best Newspaper Comic Strip, winning in 2009. Mark is also the author of the children's illustrated novel series Desmond Pucket and was nominated by the NCS in 2014 for their prestigious "Cartoonist of The Year" Reuben Award. To read Mark's full bio click here.
Jan Eliot
Cartoonist Jan Eliot is best known for her internationally syndicated newspaper comic strip Stone Soup which appears in over 300 newspapers worldwide as well as in 10 book collections, her latest of which is It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time. Jan has won numerous awards for her cartooning work including "Best Book" at the B.D. Amadora International Cartoon Exposition. She is also heavily involved in charity work - the Stone Soup characters are licensed by Habitat For Humanity International. To read Jan's full bio click here.
Darrin Bell
RFK Prize winner Darrin Bell is best known for his award winning editorial cartoons and his internationally syndicated comic strip Candorville which appears in newspapers worldwide. He also writes and draws the syndicated comic strip Rudy Park, storyboards off broadway musicals and serves on the board of directors for the National Cartoonists Society. To read Darrin's full bio click here.
Mark Anderson
Cartoonist Mark Anderson's gag cartoons have appeared in such notable publications as The Wall Street JournalReader's DigestForbesGood HousekeepingThe Harvard Business Review and theSaturday Evening Post. As a self syndicated cartoonist with a unique online business model Mark is in demand as a presenter and has appeared as a speaker at the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Weekend and the Success in Comics Seminar. To read Mark's full bio click here.
Ed Steckley
Award winning illustrator Ed Steckley has conceived and created the visuals and final art for some of the most recognizable TV and print ads in the world. Print clients have included MAD and CRACKEDMagazines. In 2012 and 2015 he won the Best In Advertising Ilustration Reuben Award presented by the National Cartoonists Society. Ed also currently serves on the board of directors of the NCS. To read Ed's full bio click here.

Program Book Ads and Coins

(Program Book from 2014)

If you missed our Indiegogo you can still  support the 2015 festival with an ad in the program book!

Ads are available in the following sizes and price ranges:

$50 - 1/4 page ad 4 x 5 inches Black and White
$100 - 1/2 page ad 8.25 x 5 inches Black and White
$250 - full page (front and back inside covers excluded) 8.25 x 10.375 inches Black and White
$800 - inside back cover full page 8.25 x 10.375 inches Black and White
$1200 - center spread two full pages Black and White

If you are interested in any of the above ads please contact the festival directly at and we will work with you regarding ad files and payment.

Also - we have a limited number of challenge coins still available. If you would like one please use the donate button in the sidebar and donate $50 ($55 if you live outside the US). We will then contact you for your shipping address. Coins will be shipped in October after the conclusion of the festival.

KFOC 2015 Guest Speaker Darrin Bell Wins RFK Prize!

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is pleased to announce that one of our 2015 speakers, editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell, has been awarded  the 2015 RFK prize for editorial cartooning! 

The prize is given by the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Mr. Bell, whose editorial cartoons are syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group, won the award for a portfolio that largely focused on deaths at the hands of police in New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

You can find the full story on the prize and further samples of Darrin's award winning work here.

Congratulations Darrin!

Festival Speaker 2015 Darrin Bell - Candorville, Rudy Park and Editorial Cartoons

Darrin Bell lives in Los Angeles where he produces three different features for syndication: editorial cartoons, the comic strip “Candorville,” and the comic strip “Rudy Park.” Darrin does all of this while helping raise his one-year-old son, a goldfish, two rabbits and a dog.

Bell began his freelance editorial cartooning career in 1995 at age 20. His first sale was to the LA Times, which subsequently assigned him a cartoon every other week. He also sold his cartoons to the San Francisco Chronicle and the former ANG papers, which included the Oakland Tribune.  
While he was a political science major at UC Berkeley, Bell became the editorial cartoonist for the Daily Californian. His work won several California Intercollegiate Press Association awards and an SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, and he was a two-time runner-up for the Charles M. Schulz Award as well as a runner-up for the Locher Award.  

In addition to his other accolades Darrin has been awarded the 2015 RFK Prize For Editorial Cartooning - largely for his cartoons addressing the unrest in Ferguson MO, New York, Baltimore and other cities across the US.

Darrin's work is syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group.

He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society and currently serving on its board of directors.

Festival Speaker 2015 Mark Anderson - Andertoons

Mark Anderson is a gag cartoonist and the creator of His cartoons have appeared in:
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Harvard Business Review
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Forbes
  • Good Housekeeping
  • The Saturday Evening Post
and other major publications.
In addition to traditional print media, Anderson sells his cartoons from his website for presentations, newsletters, e-books and more. Andertoons also appears daily at
He has spoken previously at the Gold Coast Arts Center, two Success in Comics events, and will be a featured presenter at the 2015 NCS Reuben awards. Mark lives in the Chicago are with his wife, son, daughter, two cats, a guinea pig, and numerous dust bunnies.

We welcome Mr. Anderson as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!

Festival Speaker 2015 Ed Steckley - Advertising Illustrator

Racine, WI native Ed Steckley is an advertising illustrator based in New York City.
A lifelong Mad Magazine fan, Ed grew up enthralled with cartooning and caricature.  This, and the inability to be good at much else, led to his career as an artist.  .  
In addition to concepting and creating the visuals and final art for some of the most recognizable TV and print ads in the world, he’s had illustration work in Mad magazine and a host of other smaller publications.  Drawing and illustrating both pre-production advertising as well as post-production, with art created both traditionally and digitally, he’s become a much sought after illustrator in the advertising world.  In 2012, he won the Best in Advertising Illustration Reuben award, presented by the National Cartoonist Society.  Currently he’s also working with the Rube Goldberg estate on the first ever children’s book based on the inventions and daily life of a young Rube Goldberg.
In 2009, he joined a small group of cartoonists who travel with the USO to military bases and hospitals all over the world, drawing and entertaining for the troops.  These trips have taken him to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Germany and a host of other countries who agree to let him in.
 Ed is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Cartoonists Society (founded in 1946), and is the President of the Manhattan chapter of that organization.  

We welcome Mr.Steckley as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!

Festival Speaker 2015 Mark Tatulli - Lio, Heart Of The City, Desmond Puckett

Mark Tatulli is an internationally syndicated cartoonist, best known for his popular comic strips Heart of the City and Lio, which appear in 400 newspapers all over the world.

Launched in 2006, Lio is Mark’s exploration of the darker side of his own childhood, and fans have really responded.  Influenced by such cartooning greats as Gahan Wilson, Charles Addams, and 19th century satirist A.J. Volck, Lio is a wordless strip about a weird little boy who nonchalantly lives in a twisted world of monsters, giant robots, jetpacks and aliens…along with his long-suffering single Dad, who tends to look the other way.
Lio has been nominated three times for the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip, winning in 2009. Lio was also nominated for Germany’s 2010 MAX AND MORITZ award.  Last year, Mark was nominated by the NCS for cartoonist of the year.
In addition to his cartooning experience, Tatulli is also an accomplished filmmaker and animator, and is the recipient of three Emmy awards for his television work.  He is also currently working on a children’s illustrated novel series titled Desmond Pucket.  The first book was released in October 2013, and the second, Desmond Pucket And The Mountain Full Of Monsters, hit store shelves in August 2014.  He also has two planned children’s picture books, coming from Roaring Book Press, a division of Macmillian.
Mark lives in a Spielbergian development in New Jersey with his wife Donna, three children and four nefarious cats, all of whom supply endless ideas for his books and comics.

We welcome Mr.Tatulli as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!

Festival Speaker 2015 Bill Morrison - Bongo Comics, Futurama

Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison began his career in The Motor City as a technical illustrator, but he really wanted to be a cartoonist. When Bill decided that he had rendered his last diesel fuel pump, he moved to Southern California with his wife and two cats. 

He began working immediately in motion picture advertising where he painted dozens of movie posters, including many for Walt Disney Pictures, such as The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. 
For the past several years Bill has spent most of his waking hours on various projects related to The Simpsons. For that iconic property he has created thousands of drawings for T-shirts, video games, posters, toy packaging, books, calendars, limited edition prints, etc.
When The Simpsons creator Matt Groening founded Bongo Comics, Bill was hired on as art director and realized his cartoonist dreams when he drew the very first Simpsons comic. He quickly took on the role of Creative Director, editing Bongo’s entire output, and writing and drawing stories and covers as time permitted. 
Bill also worked with Groening on early character designs for the TV show Futurama and served as the series art director.
After eighteen years, Bill stepped down from the Creative Director position to develop a digital comics department at Bongo.
In addition to his work on The Simpsons and Futurama, Bill has written and drawn his own comic book series; the four-time Eisner Award-nominated Roswell, Little Green Man and co-created two other comic book series, Heroes Anonymous and Lady Robotika (the latter with Jane Wiedlin of the legendary all-girl rock band, The Go-Go’s).
Presently, Bill is delighted to have rekindled his relationship with the classic Disney characters with an ongoing series of limited edition animation art prints published by ACME Animation Archives. He is also writing and drawing his new series “Dead Vengeance” for Dark Horse Comics and is working on a revival of “Roswell Little Green Man.”

We welcome Mr. Morrison as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!

Festival Speaker 2015 Jan Eliot - Stone Soup

Jan Eliot started cartooning when she was a divorced single mom trying to raise two daughters, work full-time, make ends meet and still have a little fun.
Eliot is a self-taught cartoonist, and her first attempts at cartooning were modest but therapeutic. Drawing from her own experiences, Jan tried to reflect real life and real situations, with empathy for anyone with too little time, money or patience.
Stone Soup is her second comic endeavor. Originally self syndicated, and titled Sister City, it was launched in 1990 in the Eugene Register Guard and ran weekly for 5 years, until it was picked up by Universal Press Syndicate and retitled Stone SoupStone Soup launched nationally as a daily comic strip November 20, 1995 and currently runs in 300 newspapers worldwide as well has having a large following online.
There are currently 10 Stone Soup Book Collections in print, the most recent being "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time". 
Eliot’s cartoons have been exhibited in the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa; The San Francisco Museum of Cartoon Art: in the Library of Congress where 16 of her cartoons are part of the permanent collection, and in Portugal at B.D. Amadora, an International Cartoon Exhibition held annually in Lisbon.
In Fall 2009 Eliot appeared at the 2nd annual international cartoon exhibition, FBIDA Algiers, in Algeria. She has won numerous awards for her cartooning work including "Best Book,  B.D Amadora International Cartoon Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal" and the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow Award from the University of Oregon.
Jan is also heavily involved in charity work - The Stone Soup characters are licensed by Habitat for Humanity International, and have been used to promote the Women’s Build program, Girls’ Build, Operation Home Delivery, and Habitat’s Katrina rebuild effort. In 2005 Eliot served on the Talbot’s Foundation Scholarship Board. The “Stone Soup Day of Fame”, an auction item that puts the winner’s name in the strip, has raised over $60,000 for Oregon charities. 
We welcome Ms. Eliot as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning NCSF Auction Raises Over $10,000 For Kid's Charities In Kenosha!

Open Wings Director Kim Hufford Ackles and Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director Anne Morse Hambrock with students from Open Wings School for children with autism and other learning challenges.

We are please to announce that the 2014 benefit auction, sponsored by the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning and the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, raised over $10,000 to be split between the two children's charities in Kenosha!

We were honored to present a check for over $5,000 to the Open Wings School which serves children with autism and other learning challenges and also a check for over $5,000 to the Kenosha Clinic of the Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin.

Thank you so much to all the members of the cartooning community who donated art and ephemera to the auction and to all the bidders who valued those items and bid heartily!

And thank you to the NCS Foundation for making this auction a part of their mission to support community causes through cartooning!

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director Anne Morse Hambrock presents a check for over $5,000 to Dr. James Lustig, Thomas Miller and Jack Scalcucci of the Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director Anne Morse Hambrock presents a check for over $5,000 to Kim Hufford Ackles - Director of the Open Wings School for children with autism and other learning challenges.

Open Wings Students made a lovely "Thank You" card and presented it to Festival Director Anne Morse Hambrock

More Open Wings Students with their "Thank You" card for Festival Director Anne Morse Hambrock

Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning 2014 Photos Posted!

Soup To Nutz Rick Stromoski at WGTD (Jeff Keane to his left and Lincoln Peirce to his right)

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning 2014 was another smash success!

Mike Cope of Copetoons was, again, our photographer of record. We also had some nice photos by Comic Strip of the Day's Mike Peterson, Tall Tale Radio's Tom Racine and Terri Libenson's husband Michael Davis.

With over 500 photos to review it has taken us a while whittle that number down to something more manageable and to get the photo gallery in order with all the proper captions and photographer credits. 

Click on this link to check out all the fun we had!!

Reporting On Each Day's Events

The festival added a new member to the team this year in the person of Mike "Comic Strip Of The Day" Peterson.

Mike will be posting regular updates on the festival doings for those of you who cannot attend but want to get a sense of everything going on for the next three days.

Mike's first installment can be found by clicking here. After that you will want to subscribe to his feed or bookmark his page or something because the reset of us are going to be running around and will be too busy to post pictures or much of anything else :-)

And after the festival is over you should keep Mike's website bookmarked if you love comics. His daily commentary and the best comics of the day - and their place in the cultural mix - is not to be missed!

Festival Schedule - Each Day

The Festival is less than 1 week away! We kick things off Thursday, September 25th and Finish off on Saturday September 27th.

Events on Thursday take place at the Rita Talent Picken Center For The Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Parkside. For a detailed schedule of the Thursday events click here.

Events on Friday take place at the Kenosha Public Museum. For a detailed schedule of the Friday events events click here.

Events on Saturday take place at the Kenosha Public Museum. For a detailed schedule of the Saturday events events click here.

Festival Director on Tall Tale Radio!

Tom Racine of Tall Tale Radio was kind enough to interview festival director Anne Morse Hambrock - listen here for exciting news about the festival auction!

Todd Clark - Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker For 2014

Todd Clark has been drawing for as long as he can remember, probably the result of carrying a copy of MAD magazine with him at all times as a child…and then later as an adult.

 Since he began cartooning full-time in 1990, his cartoons have appeared in magazines ranging from Saturday Evening Post to Diversion to Disney Adventures. He’s recently begun selling regularly to the aforementioned MAD, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Besides full-time duties on his own syndicated comic of 15 years, LOLA, Clark also writes jokes for some heavyweight strips including Sherman’s Lagoon, Mother Goose and Grimm, Tundra, B.C., Wizard of ID, Baby Blues, Zits and Frank and Ernest, and has in the past contributed on Bizarro and Dennis the Menace. His first illustrated novel for children, The Ice Cream Kid, is due out next May, published by Universal’s AMP! Books For Kids.

Todd lives in Boise with his beautiful wife, Kelly, and youngest daughter, Rhiannon. Eldest daughter, Holly, has recently flown the coop. In his spare time, Todd enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

Tickets for Lincoln Peirce

The presentation by Lincoln Peirce is free and open to the public but seating is limited to 175.

As a result we will be admitting the audience using free tickets available at

Once you have registered, your tickets will be set aside at the Kenosha Public Museum at the festival "will call" table.

Please limit your tickets to 4 tickets per request.

Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Kenosha Public Museum DaimlerChrysler Hall
Admission: Free but registration required

New Panel Discussion Added To Thursday Festival Events!

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin's Library. The Library is kicking off a Big Read of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury on Wednesday September 24th and Thursday September 25th. 
As a result of this event, the UW Parkside Art Galleries are adding original art by Tim Hamilton from the graphic novel version of Fahrenheit 451 and the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning will include Mr. Hamilton on a newly added panel discussion Thursday September 25th.
The Big Read launch of Ray Bradbury's novel about burning books coincides with Banned Books Week and fits very well with the discussion of underground comics and censorship that will be generated by the gallery show "The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen so we at the festival are very excited to offer this extra discussion and welcome Mr. Hamilton to the festival!
Freedom Of Expression: The "Subversiveness" Of Comics, The Comics Code and Banning Books 
A discussion on the role of cartoon art in the battle for freedom of speech.
  • Denis Kitchen – independent publisher of underground comics, comics scholar, and founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
  • Scott Stantis – former president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists
  • Tim Hamilton – graphic novelist of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
  • Paul Buhle – comic historian
  • George Hagenuer – cartoon art collector and comic historian
Moderator: Doug Singsen – Art history professor at UW Parkside
  • Time: 2:00-3:30
  • Location: UW-Parkside. Rita Tallent Picken Center For The Arts

Scott Stantis - Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker For 2014

Scott Stantis joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune in 2009. Completing a sojourn that began at his birth in Kennedy era San Diego to a Chicago native television executive and a former concert pianist. His Mad Men childhood consisted of learning to make cocktails for his parents and their friends as well as junior and senior High school in Madison, Wisconsin.

Returning to California in the late 70’s in time for the AIDS outbreak Scott attended college where, as a pre-law major, he fell in love with cartooning and his wife.

Since then Scott has worked at numerous newspapers, (like The Orange County Register, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee, The Arizona Republic and The Birmingham News), and created a trio of internationally syndicated comic strips. (The middle one, The Buckets, had a gag chosen as one of the funniest cartoons of the century).

Scott’s editorial cartoons are syndicated to over 400 newspapers around the world. They have appeared in such varied places as Newsweek, US News and World Reports, Nightline and Guns & Ammo.

His current comic strip, Prickly City, was launched in 2004 and appears in over 120 newspapers.

He has homes in Chicago and Birmingham, Alabama. He is still married to his college sweetheart and they have two grown boys.

Historic Animation On Display!!

Historic Animation Restored and On Display at The Kenosha Public Museum.
As part of the gallery show “More Than Funny 2” the museum is pleased to present the first showing in 99 years of “The Stolen Dream” by Andy Hettinger.
100 years ago Chicago was a major center for the invention of animated films. The first series of cartoons to feature a recurring character was not Mickey Mouse or Felix the Cat but a character called “Old Doc Yak”. Based on a Chicago Tribune comic strip by Wisconsin cartoonist Sydney Smith (best known for his other comic strip “The Gumps”) Old Doc Yak was featured in 18 animated films.
Andy Hettinger was a talented cartoonist working in Chicago shortly after the turn of the Twentieth Century who assisted Smith on some of the Doc Yak animations. Hettinger also produced two animations of his own based on his Amos Roach comic – a strip that ran in the McHenry Illinois Plain Dealer.
All of the films were animated on paper, a process that was also being used by New York Animator J.R. Bray. Bray obtained a patent for the process and all other animators were ordered to destroy their films. It is believed that all of the Chicago animations produced before 1915 were destroyed due to this patent fight.
Hettinger died tragically from septicemia in 1916 and, as a result, the drawings for his animation “The Stolen Dream” escaped destruction. The images for 7.5 minutes of this film survived, along with the art for both of his cartoons. All of which were obtained by collector George Hagenauer. George is working to restore both of Hettinger’s films from the existing art and hopes to have them completed by the film’s 100th anniversary in 2015.