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!


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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.
 Panelists:
  • 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!




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
                                                         
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
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 

Artist Booths At Kenosha's Outdoor Harbormarket



The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is not a comic con  - which means that we don't have an "Artists Alley". We don't provide space for tables for comic artists to display and sell their wares.

BUT

We have contacted the Kenosha Harbormarket and they have agreed to make room for 6 artist tables at the outdoor market on the Saturday of the Festival.

Thousands of tourists attend this market every Saturday and it is adjacent to the Kenosha Public Museum where all the Saturday Festival of Cartooning events take place.

We, the festival, do not plan to rent any tables but interested artists are welcome to contact the market and make arrangements to rent a booth. Please be prepared to meet their booth set-up requirements and be aware that this venue is OUTDOORS. We cannot guarantee sheltered indoor space if there is bad weather. Fortunately the weather tends to be beautiful in Kenosha at the end of September.

Date: Saturday, September 27th 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: 5500 2nd Ave Kenosha WI
Availability: First Come, First Served

For information on Harbormarket fees and policies, and to register, visit their website: http://www.kenoshaharbormarketplace.com/






NEWSFLASH!! Portfolio Reviews With Amy Lago!



Amy Lago, Comics Editor of the Washington Post Writer's Group (the syndicate behind the successful comic strips Bloom County, Pickles, and Candorville) has graciously offered to come to the 2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning to do portfolio reviews for aspiring professional cartoonists!

What makes a great syndicated comic? What are Editors looking for? How does the syndicate sales team fit in? Amy Lago is one of the best editors in the business and can answer these questions and help artists take their comic vision to the next level.

This is an incredible opportunity for artists who wish to pursue syndication! Or simply improve their overall comic work.

Spots are limited - only 9 are available! First Come, First Served!

  • Time: Sessions will be scheduled from 1-3 pm Friday, September 26 2014
  • Duration: 15 minute review
  • Location: Studio of John Hambrock Kenosha Wisconsin (details provided after registration)
  • Fee: $50 payable via this website's paypal link (must register FIRST) or by check made out to: Kenosha Festival of Cartooning 
  • Registration: Register by email at kenoshacartoonfest@gmail.com
The funds raised by these reviews will be split between the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning's operating budget and the beneficiaries of the NCSF Charity Auction

To register, or for more information, contact us at kenoshacartoonfest@gmail.com 





Peek at KPM Show More Than Funny Too!


One of our official shows of original cartoon art is already on display at the Kenosha Public Museum in a show titled "More Than Funny Too"

With over 100 pieces of comic art spanning over 100 years it is an incredible show! We have been given permission to share a few photos from the exhibit to pique your interest and get you down to the museum to see the art in person.
  • Kenosha Public Museum
  • 5500 1st Avenue Kenosha Ave
  • Hours: 10-5 Monday -Saturday 12-5 on Sunday
  • Admission: Free
Note: Photography is prohibited in the museum, especially flash photography. These photos taken without flash were permitted by the museum staff for publicity purposes only. Due to the fragile nature of many of the items they are being displayed in low light. As a result these photos are not crisp. All the more reason to see them in person!!

MAD magazine classic art by Wally Wood 1959

MAD magazine classic art by Will Elder 1955

MAD magazine classic art by Bob Clark 1960

Comic Test for "Planet" by Frank Frazetta - unpublished - 1944 

Painting for Comic Cover "Nexus" by Steve Rude 1994

Comic interior "Hulk" by Bill Sienkewicz 1979

"Hawkman" comic interior 1963 and "Tarzan" splash page 1976 by Joe Kubert 

Comic panel by Jules Feiffer "Hold Up" 1955

Buster Brown Sunday Strip by Winsor McCay 1908 (from the period when he was hired to ghost the feature) This piece is in a protective case and can only be seen without reflections of the other art if you visit in person!

Sunday "Prince Valiant" by Hal Foster 1958. This piece is in a protective case and can only be seen without reflections of the other art if you visit in person!

Another view of the show.

There are so many more great pieces including work by our guest speakers, MAD magazine artists, comic book artists, and iconic newspaper artists! For a complete list of featured artists click here.

Don't miss this!!

Kenosha Public Museum Show of Iconic Comic Art to Open June 7th!

Panoramic photo of the exhibit....


It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of the first gallery show of comic art for the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning 2014!!

The show opens Saturday, June 7th 2014 and will run until Saturday September 27th 2014 at the Kenosha Public Museum. 5500 1st Avenue Kenosha WI. (click the link for museum hours)

We are tremendously excited to be able to offer comic fans in the greater Milwaukee and Chicago area the opportunity to see, not only original comic artwork from some of the most popular cartoonists working today, but a glimpse of the genius of iconic artists from Comic Books, Newspaper Comics, and MAD Magazine from years gone by. (Be sure to scroll through the whole list - it's a great line-up!!)

Featured will be the work of festival guest speakers:
  • Jeff Keane (Family Circus)
  • Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate)
  • Todd Clark (Lola) 
  • Scott Stantis (Prickly City, Editorial Cartoons) 
  • Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries) 
  • Rick Stromoski (Soup To Nutz) 
  • Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press and Underground Comic Artist)
Also featured will be work by living artists with ties to Wisconsin:

  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine) 
  • Ed Steckley (Humorous Illustrator) 
  • Joe Martin (Mr. Boffo, Willy and Ethel, Porterfield, Cats With Hands) 
  • John Hambrock (Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee)
  • Phil Hands (Editorial Cartoons) 
  • Dan Pavelich (Just Say Uncle and Kenosha County)
And historic artists with ties to Wisconsin (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection):
  • Carl Anderson (Henry)
  • Ham Fisher (Joe Palooka)
  • Mike Grell (Jon Sable)
  • Frank O King (Gasoline Alley)
  • Steve Rude (Nexus)
  • Sidney Smith (The Gumps)
  • Erwin Hess (Big Little Book - Roy Rodgers)
  • Trina Robbins (Last Human)
  • Jules Feiffer (Hold Up)
AND iconic comic book artists: (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection)
  • Frank Frazetta (Planet - Comic Book Interior) This is a trial page never published
  • Jack Kirby (Human Torch)
  • Joe Kubert (Hawkman, Tarzan)
  • Frank Robbins (Johhny Hazard)
  • Jerry Robinson (Green Hornet)
  • Joe Shuster (Superman)
  • Joe Simon (Phantom)
  • Bill Sienkewicz (Hulk)
As well as MAD magazine's:
  • Sergio Aragones (Groo) (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection)
  • Dave Berg
  • Jack Davis
  • Mort Drucker
  • Will Elder
  • Wally Wood
And FINALLY Newspaper greats from days gone by: (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection)
  • Ernie Bushmiller (Nancy)
  • Gus Arriola (Gordo)
  • Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon, Terry and the Pirates)
  • Roy Crane (Captain Easy)
  • Billy DeBeck (Barney Google and Snuffy Smith)
  • Bud Fisher (Mutt and Jeff)
  • Hal Foster (Prince Valiant)
  • Chester Gould (Dick Tracy)
  • Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
  • George Herriman (Krazy Kat)
  • Walt Kelly (Pogo)
  • Winsor McCay (Buster Brown) This is a strip ghosted by McCay after the departure of Outcault
  • George McManus (Bringing Up Father)
  • Virgil Partch (Big George)
  • Chic Young (Blondie)
A huge thank you to Comic Collector George Hagenauer who gave us access to his overwhelming collection of magnificent comic art!! And to Gina Radandt and Rachel Klees Anderson of the Kenosha Public Museum for not only having the vision to mount this show but who drove to Madison with Festival Director Anne Morse Hambrock to personally pick up the artwork. Thanks also for their countless hours of cataloging, framing and hanging this show!!!

Thank You National Cartoonists Society Foundation!


We are now at liberty to announce that the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning has received a generous grant from the National Cartoonists Society Foundation!

NCS Foundation President Steve McGarry and The Foundation Board of Directors have graciously agreed to give Festival 2014 a grant of financial support which, when added to our successful Indiegogo fundraising drive, will cover 95% of our projected expenses!

The foundation was also a generous underwriter of Festival 2012 and we cannot thank them enough for believing in this event and our mission to connect cartoonists to fans with live presentations and gallery shows.

The foundation will also, once again, be sponsoring a charity auction to be held on Saturday, September 27th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the local children's hospital clinic and also a school for children with autism and other learning challenges. Details of the auction and a preview of the items up for bidding will be posted by August.

We DO still need some additional financial support to cover a few extras we would like to add to the festival so we are continuing to accept donations either via the paypal button here on the site or by personal check.  (click here for details)

Thank you again NCSF!!!!

Lincoln Peirce: Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker for 2014


Please join us as we welcome Lincoln Peirce when he appears next September at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning running from Thursday, September 25th through Saturday, September 27th of 2014.





“Some people call it a kids’ strip,” says Lincoln Peirce of Big Nate, the comic feature he created in 1991, “and some don’t.  To me, the labels aren’t important.  What really matters is that it’s funny.” 

Big Nate follows the adventures of Nate Wright, an energetic sixth-grade boy whose larger-than-life personality often lands him in hot water with his classmates and teachers.  “Nate’s school life is at the center of the strip,” Lincoln says.  “And schools can be hilarious places.”  Big Nate currently appears in over 300 newspapers, and in 2013 ranked among the ten most-read features on gocomics.com

In 2010, Lincoln’s characters reached a whole new audience when he began writing and illustrating Big Nate novels for children.  Each of the six titles has been a New York Times Bestseller; the seventh book in the series, Big Nate Lives It Up, will be published by Harper Collins in March of 2015.  There have also been numerous compilations from Andrews McMeel, including Big Nate:  I Can’t Take It! And Big Nate:  Great Minds Think Alike.

When he isn’t cartooning, Lincoln hosts a weekly radio show devoted to vintage country music.  He also plays ice hockey, enjoys cryptic crossword puzzles, and doesn’t understand his computer.   He and his wife Jessica live in the great little city of Portland, Maine, and have two children.

Stay tuned to this official festival site as we continue to profile our guest speakers! 

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Terri Libenson - Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker for 2014



Please join us as we welcome Terri Libenson when she appears next September at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning running from Thursday, September 25th through Saturday, September 27th of 2014.



Terri’s cartooning career began as a child when she started vandalizing her brother’s Archie comic books by rewriting the dialog (luckily, she respected his MAD magazines enough to leave them alone).

Later, she moved on to some original work.  Terri has been writing and illustrating humorous cards for American Greetings for over 20 years. She has won numerous awards for her work and even created a successful, long-running card line called “Skitch.”  She has also written online cards for AmericanGreetings.com, Egreetings.com, and BlueMountainArts.com.
In 2000, Terri got back to her comic roots and developed “Got a Life,” a weekly syndicated strip with King Features. It ran for two years before she decided to try her hand at a daily comic feature. Her dream came true when the internationally syndicated “Pajama Diaries” launched in 2006. It details the daily happenings of Terri’s alter ego, Jill Kaplan, a contemporary working mom trying to juggle it all -- work life, family life, and sex life (or lack thereof) -- without going bonkers.

Terri has two book collections: “The Pajama Diaries: Déjà To-Do” (2011) and “The Pajama Diaries: Having it all…and no time to do it” (2013). She also has a third comic book-style collection called, “The Pajama Diaries: Bat-Zilla” (2013), which features a recent Bat Mitzvah story line and Jewish holiday-themed strips.

Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA, a much saner Terri currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Cleveland, OH. 

Terri's Strip The Pajama Diaries has just been nominated for Best Newpaper Comic Strip of 2013 by the National Cartoonists Society.

Stay tuned to this official festival site as we continue to profile our guest speakers. 

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Jeff Keane - Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker for 2014




Please join us as we welcome Jeff Keane when he appears next September at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning running from Thursday, September 25th through Saturday, September 27th of 2014. 



Jeff was born in 1958. Two years later, his father Bil Keane started chasing him around begging him to do something funny. So began his career as a cartoon model for "The Family Circus." He now authors that comic, which appears daily in over 1,400 newspapers worldwide, making it the most widely syndicated panel in America today.

Raised in Arizona, Keane moved to California to attend the University of Southern California where in 1980 he received his BFA in Drama. After graduation, in an attempt to have a freer schedule for auditions, etc., he returned to his cartoon roots and began to assist on the feature. Jeff started out just answering mail and compiling books but, through years of his father’s guidance, has taken over the feature and is responsible for all aspects of creating the daily cartoon (writing, penciling, inking, coloring).

In 2007 Keane was elected President of the National Cartoonists Society. The NCS (founded in 1946) is recognized as the world's premier organization of professional cartoonists. He was re-elected in 2009 (becoming only the fourth two-term president in the NCS’s history). Along with a group of his NCS colleagues, Keane has done numerous trips with the USO visiting our troops in hospitals and military bases throughout the world (including both Iraq and Afghanistan).

Jeff and his wife Melinda live in Laguna Hills where they created three cartoon characters of their own (Spencer, Matilda and Olivia). Keane now chases his kids around begging them to do something funny. So "The Family Circus" keeps going around in circles.

Stay tuned to this official festival site as we continue to profile our guest speakers. 

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Festival Testimonial: Stephan Pastis



Have you been to Kenosha? 

I've been to Kenosha.

Here's what I learned about Kenosha. They have a bar every 25 feet.

Seriously.

When Kenosha Festival of Cartooning organizer Anne Morse Hambrock cajoled me to visit Kenosha and be a speaker there in 2012 she baited the hook with that magical phrase, "Wisconsin is the beer capitol of the USA and Kenosha has bars every 25 feet."

I thought she was kidding. But, sure enough, as we drove into Kenosha there really did seem to be about 3 bars per block. Within a block of my hotel there were 7 bars alone.

That would have been enough for me to spend three days there even without a cartooning festival. 

The festival itself was great. My fellow cartoonists and I all presented to packed audiences including a massive high school assembly where we were treated like rock stars. Literally. We entered the stage to the tune "Back in Black" by AC DC pumped out at high volume to an auditorium full of screaming kids.

The festival is gearing up for 2014 - September 25th-27 and they have another top notch group of cartoonists scheduled to speak - including this guy who I hear does some sort of family themed comic:



But they need your help with their Indiegogo campaign to fund the events and also keep everything free and open to the public. Click on the link, watch the video by my buddy Tom Racine, (watch for me, I'm in there, you guessed it, with a beer) and help them reach their goal!


Note from the festival director - the above photo is, of course, Jeff Keane of "Family Circus" - that photo was taken on a military helicopter when Jeff and Stephan visited troops in Afghanistan with the USO "Cartooning For The Troops"

Festival Testimonial: Hilary Price

Thank you to Hilary Price for sharing a story about her time in Kenosha as a guest speaker in 2012! Be sure to make her strip "Rhymes With Orange" one of your daily reads if you haven't done so and follow her blog. She also did a nice TV interview recently that you can find here.


"You may remember that in 2012 I was a speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. I don't know what I was expecting Kenosha to be like. I'm pretty sure I hadn't counted on it being like this:



You look out the window of the hotel at Lake Michigan and see fish hurling themselves 2 or 3 feet out of the water into the air. Use a fishing pole if you like but if you are close enough, a baseball mitt would do.

I learned some other fascinating things about Kenosha:  they are the home of Snap On Tools and Jockey Underwear. (I happen to be wearing my Jockey For Hers right now.) And it used to be where you got those cool Nash Ramblers.


Now they are also becoming known for this terrific cartooning festival that happens in September.


I really enjoyed my time as a speaker - the event was not so large it was intimidating and not so small it would have been awkward.  I was able to get to know the fans as well and share a drink or two with my fellow cartoonists. It was well organized and low stress. I had a blast, despite the fact that for the first - and hopefully last - time I accidentally licked the microphone during my presentation.


The festival is happening again next September 25th-27th with another stellar line-up of cartoonists and they need your help to reach their fundraising goal on Indiegogo. All the events at the festival are free and open to the public but only if they can get the money they need to actually pay for staging everything.

Click on the link, watch the video that gives you all the details about speakers and stuff, and support the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning today!"  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kenosha-festival-of-cartooning/x/5840174


Festival Testimonial: Sandra Bell Lundy

Thank you to Sandra Bell Lundy for sharing a story about her time in Kenosha as a guest speaker in 2011. She even put it in illustrated narrative for us!! Be sure to make her strip "Between Friends"one of your daily reads if you haven't done so. And head over to our Indiegogo and make a donation to support keeping attendance to festival 2014 completely FREE and open to the general public!!