Awesome KFOC Opening Video:John Hambrock Draws Everyone's Characters!

Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning 2015 Opening Video from kenosha festival of cartooning on Vimeo.

A few months ago I asked John Hambrock to do something to officially "open" Kenosha Festival of Cartooning 2015.

I gave him no direction and had no idea what he would come up with. 

His contribution wound up being this amazing video.

It was shot in one take.

No pencil - straight to ink and brush.

No tracing, no light box, no gimmicks.

Just a freehand rendition of the characters of all our 2015 Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning guest artists. (Mark Anderson - Andertoons, Darrin Bell - Candorville, Jan Eliot - Stone Soup, Bill Morrison - Futurama, Ed Steckley - Young Rube Goldberg, Mark Tatulli - Lio)

I, like everyone else at the festival, saw it for the first time on stage Thursday night September 17th and was blown away.

I've now watched it about 10 times and am STILL amazed.

Thank you John!!!

Anne Morse Hambrock
Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director

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No Tickets Needed!

Click here for a full schedule with detailed times, locations and speakers - ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For Thursday's  events (5:30-8:30 pm) the "Rita" main stage at UW Parkside has ample seating - no tickets will be required

Friday night events (6:30-9:00 pm) at Kenosha Public Museum's DaimlerChrysler Hall - seating is limited to the first 200 - no tickets required

Saturday afternoon's events (12:30-5:00 pm) at the Kenosha Civil War Museum - seating is limited to the first 200 but the side walls of the room will be open for overflow - no tickets required.

Gallery Show And Opening Reception

We are pleased to announce that this year's festival gallery show: From MAD To The Simpsons And Beyond is now on display at the University of Wisconsin Mathis Gallery and will run until October 10th!

Gallery hours are M-F from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The gallery is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

If you cannot get to the show during those times do not despair! Our official opening reception at the Mathis starts at 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 17th. The reception will be followed at 7:00 pm by a short presentation by John Hambrock (Brilliant Mind Of Edison Lee) and a panel discussion: From MAD To The Simpsons To The Daily Show: How Satire Shapes American Culture And Politics.

The show features the work of our 6 guest speakers: Mark Anderson (Andertoons), Darrin Bell (Candorville, Rudy Park, Editorial Cartoons), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Bill Morrison (Disney, Bongo Comics/Simpsons, Futurama, Roswell Little Green Man), Ed Steckley (MAD, CRACKED) and Mark Tatulli (LIO, Heart Of The City, Desmond Pucket).

But that's not all! We also have Simpsons artwork for Bongo Comics and original work by MAD greats Jack Davis, Al Jaffee, Bob Clarke, Dave Berg, Don Martin, Tom Richmond and more! Special thanks to MAD collector Tim Johnson for loaning us so much great MAD art!!


Selfie Contest! You Could Win $50!

2015 challenge coin front and back
How would you like the chance to win $50 and a collectible Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning challenge coin?
All you have to do is visit Kenosha Lakeshore businesses, find the art from our 2015 guest speakers, take a picture of yourself and then post it to our Facebook page or email it to us!
Full map and rules below - scroll down for a printable pdf.
Selfie contest SS

Kids Cartooning Class

Boy w glasses
(Illustration by Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning Guest Speaker and Racine native Ed Steckley)

As part of the 2015 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning the Kenosha Public Museum is pleased to announce registration is open for “Cartooning With The Cartoonists”!
Fee: $20  ($15 for museum members)
Location: Kenosha Public Museum
Time: Saturday, September 19th from 10:30-12:00 noon
Description: This is a chance of a lifetime to learn about cartooning from some of the artists who draw the cartoons in the newspaper, books, and TV! Work with cartoonists Bill Morrison, Ed Steckley, Mark Anderson, and Jan Eliot to create your own cartoon characters. Includes a sketchpad and pen to keep. For ages 8-18.
Space is limited and registration ends September 12th!
Or register in person at the Kenosha Public Museum – 500 1st Ave. Kenosha WI