A Comics Only Newspaper - Kickstarter

Recently we became aware of a Kickstarter for a "comics only" newspaper. As fans of all things comic related - especially PRINT things comic related - we are supporting this Laugh - O Gram Kickstarter and hope you will head on over there and make a pledge. (click on the link on the word Kickstarter)

They have less than 1 week to make their "all or nothing" goal and they are still a little short!

And watch for the next Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Indiegogo to launch soon!

Festival Speaker 2015 Mark Anderson - Andertoons

Mark Anderson is a gag cartoonist and the creator of Andertoons.com. 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 GoComics.com.
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 kenoshacartoonfest@gmail.com

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.

Hotels in Kenosha

Below is a list of hotels in the Kenosha area - click on the hotel name to link to their site. 

The Best Western Harborside is approximately one minute from the Kenosha Public Museum, 5 minutes from Carthage College and 10 minutes from UW Parkside.

All other hotels are out by I 94 and are 15-20 minutes from the events.

Best Western Kenosha, Harborside  - newly renovated in 2014

Radisson Pleasant Prairie (next to the outlet malls)

Rick Stromoski - Festival Guest Speaker for 2014

Rick’s cartoons and humorous illustrations appear in Magazines, Children’s and Humor books,
National Advertising, Licensed Products and Network Television.
His nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip, Soup to Nutz, has appeared
in over 150 newspapers since 2000. He has been nominated for his illustration work
by the National Cartoonists Society thirteen times and has been awarded
the Reuben Division Award for Best Artist on three occasions.

Rick has illustrated childrens books for Macmillan, Harcourt Brace, 
Candlewick Press, Macgraw-Hill, Random House, Scholastic, Golden Books, 
Contemporary Books, Irena Chalmers Publishing, Workman and Andrews Mcmeel.

His hundreds of greeting card designs have been sold in the lines of Recycled paper greetings.
Renaissance cards, Marian Heath Greetings, Design Design, Paramount and West Graphics.

He is also an award winning amateur wine maker specializing in German varietals
winning medals in local, regional and national competitions.

Rick is a past President of the National Cartoonists Society as well as a member of the Society of Illustrators.

He lives in the historic district of Suffield CT with his wife Danna and
their dogs Lucy and  Rascal and fighting cats , Sox and Shoes.

Extra Festival Website

For now we are keeping this, the official website of the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.

  • A) We have the domain name pointed here
  • B) People have it bookmarked and can find it easily
  • C) It is an easy site from which to do social media sharing
  • D) We have our funding button all set up here and it is easy to make a donation.
BUT there are some ways in which this site is limited, especially the number of stand alone pages we can publish.

So we have created a support site to handle some of the overflow. You can access the new site either by clicking here or clicking on any of the guest speaker pictures in the right hand sidebar.

If, after you have visited the other site, you wish to come back to this one, click on either the giant festival logo or the header "News".

Opening This Weekend - Our Second Gallery Show!

Kenosha, WI (July 29, 2014) – “The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen” is a new art exhibit featuring more than 60 pieces of original comic art by Denis Kitchen, Robert Crumb, Al Capp and Will Eisner. The exhibit will run in the Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from August 1st through October 10th. There will be a catered reception, as well as presentations by artist Denis Kitchen and author Michael Schumacher, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 25th as the opening event of the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.
Racine native Denis Kitchen is both a renowned publisher of underground comics, via his company “Kitchen Sink Press”, and an established artist in his own right. A tireless champion of creator’s rights, Mr. Kitchen is also the founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. As a partner in “Kitchen, Lind & Associates” he acts as both an agent and book packager for the Estates of Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner and Al Capp to name just a few. Also a prolific author and editor, he partnered with Kenosha author Michael Schumacher on the critically acclaimed biography of Al Capp “Al Capp: A Life To the Contrary.”
This exhibit focuses not only on the art of Denis Kitchen but also features work by perhaps one of his most renowned fellow underground comic artists, Robert Crumb. Al Capp is also represented, due to Kitchen’s involvement with the Capp Estate and his authorship of the Capp biography. Finally, the work of Will Eisner is represented in recognition of both Eisner’s iconic stature in the world of comics and also the fact that he too has been the subject of a biography by author Michael Schumacher – “Will Eisner: A Dreamer’s Life in Comics”.
Conceived by UW Parkside Gallery Director Amy Misurelli Sorensen and Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director Anne Morse Hambrock, the exhibit presents three distinctive, but related, fields of graphic narrative and humorous illustration: Syndicated newspaper comics, Graphic Memoir, and Underground Comics. Each of the artists represented in this exhibit had their own singular experiences with censorship and freedom of expression, a theme that unifies them despite their various styles and the differing constraints of the businesses that published their work.
The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
“The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen” is presented at the Parkside Fine Arts Gallery in partnership with the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. The Festival, founded in 2011 by Anne Morse-Hambrock, is a three day event which includes gallery shows of original comic art, presentations and panel discussions by renowned professional cartoonists, outreach to local schools, and a charity auction of original comic art and ephemera. Events take place primarily at the University of Wisconsin’s Parkside Campus and the Kenosha Public Museum (also currently host to a fabulous show of original cartoon art).  A full list of festival guest speakers, and the events open to the public, can be found at kenoshacartoonfest.com All Kenosha Festival of Cartooning events are free and open to the public.
UW-Parkside Galleries At The Rita
The Rita is home to three new art galleries, each featuring unique and distinctive exhibitions that showcase the artistic talents of nationally and regionally recognized fine artists as well as emerging new artists.
The Fine Arts Gallery is our largest gallery, with nearly 4,000 square feet of exhibition space that showcases diverse works by professional artists throughout the nation. The Emile H. Mathis Gallery is home to exhibits that feature outstanding regional artists from southeastern Wisconsin. The UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery features the new and sometimes provocative work of emerging student and professional artists.
UW-Parkside galleries are free and open to the public.  Summer gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.  School-year hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Galleries are also open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of music and theatre events at The Rita.  For an appointment or detailed information, please contact 262-595-2342
Parking passes are required Monday through Friday until 6:30 p.m. for all non-metered parking spots. A limited number of metered spaces are available in Lots B and C for the cost of twenty-five cents for fifteen minutes.  Due to construction on Wood Road, patrons should access The Rita parking area using County Highway JR from County Highway E or State Highway 31.

Contact:                                                                                                                                             Amy Misurelli Sorensen 262.595.2342,
Anne Morse Hambrock