Photo Gallery For KFOC 2014



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.

Here, in chronological order, is our official photo gallery for 2014:

Wednesday: Arriving

At the Milwaukee Airport awaiting the arrival of Todd Clark. Festival Director Anne Hambrock has just given Rick Stromoski and Lincoln Peirce a rundown of the 300 activities she has planned for them over the next 3 days. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
A couple of local sailboat owners graciously offered to take some of the cartoonists out on Lake Michigan. This view is of the first boat from the second boat. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Lincoln Peirce and Todd Clark enjoying a smooth sailing day. Photo Credit Mike Cope
View out the back of the second boat - John Hambrock on the right hand side. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Wednesday: Drawing, Signing and Socializing At The Hambrock House

The Hambrocks ask all their visiting cartooning friends to draw on rocks and bricks for their wall of fame. Here are some of those doodles and artist Denis Kitchen working diligently on his rock.
Mell Lazarus has his famous cartoon doodle grand piano. Having gotten rid of their piano the Hambrocks have opted for a more portable piece of furniture! 
The main event on Wednesday is the signing of some 200 rewards for festival crowdfunding backers. If you look closely you will see that the cartoonists have been bribed with the chocolate truffles in the center of the table...
Denis Kitchen gave a copy of his "Little Nemo" homage - a large 3D poster - to each of his fellow guest cartoonists.  The unveiling was accompanied by fashionable 3D glasses. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Festival Alum and returning instructor for the cartooning class Greg Cravens admires the poster. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Comic Strip of The Day Blogger and KFOC Journalist of Record Mike Peterson works on his first report of the festival. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Thursday Morning: WGTD Radio Interview

Sunrise over the Kenosha Harbor as seen from the hotel. Photo Credit Mike Davis


As the legend of Mike Peterson would have it Director Anne Morse Hambrock heads over to the Staples Parking Lot every morning to gather up a batch of cartoonists for the day's events. In fact this photo was taken just before the radio interview at the local NPR affiliate WGTD Photo Credit Mike Peterson.
Lincoln Peirce gives his fellow cartoonists a lesson on "Flags of the World" at the WGTD radio offices. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
The cartoonists meet WGTD Morning Show host Greg Berg. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Greg Meets Scott Stantis Photo Credit Mike Cope
Jeff Keane and Todd Clark on air at WGTD. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Rick Stromoski on air behind an "octopus" of microphones. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Lincoln Peirce through the studio window. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Host Greg Berg. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Rick Stromoski mugs for the camera. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Terri Libenson answers a question about getting ideas for her cartoons. Photo Credit Mike Cope
A "post show" group shot. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Scott Stantis presents Greg Berg with a live caricature done during the interview. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Thursday Morning: School Visits by Lincoln Peirce

A banner to greet Lincoln Peirce at one of his 5 visits to local elementary schools. Photo Credit Tom Racine
Lincoln shares his youthful attempts to draw the Peanuts characters with the local school kids. Photo Credit Tom Racine
A discussion of cartooning shorthand. Photo Credit Tom Racine
A riveted audience. Photo Credit Tom Racine
Another School and another great welcome banner. Photo Credit Tom Racine
Lincoln presenting in the gymnasium. Photo Credit Tom Racine
More cartooning shorthand. Photo Credit Tom Racine
A packed house. Photo Credit Tom Racine
Some one on one time after the presentation. Photo Credit Tom Racine
More student artwork to welcome Lincoln Peirce. Photo Credit Tom Racine
Presentation technology - a long way from the simple overhead projector.... Photo Credit Tom Racine
Signing a book for a young fan. Photo Credit Tom Racine

Thursday Morning: Community Outreach

The cartoonists visit Kenosha landmark business Andrea's gifts and cigar emporium. Photo Credit Mike Davis
Don't you want to take these right home with you? You never know what you'll find at Andreas! Photo Credit Mike Davis
Scott Stantis and Jeff Keane at the historic marble lunch counter at Jack's Cafe inside Andrea's Gifts. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Todd Clark draws Lola for the staff at Jack's Cafe. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Rick Stromoski draws Andrew for the staff at Jack's Cafe. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Scott Stantis draws President Obama, Winslow and Carmen for the folks at Jack's Cafe. Photo Credit Mike Davis
Jeff Keane draws Jeffy for the folks at Jack's. Photo Credit Mike Cope 
Terri Libenson draws Jill for the staff at Jack's. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Happy recipients! Photo Credit Mike Cope
Todd Clark with Andrea's Gifts' Dave Andrea and Scott Bruss. Photo Credit Mike Cope
The gang at the historic Jack's Cafe Lunch Counter.  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Dave Andrea gives the cartoonists a demonstration on some of the finer points of cigars. Photo Credit Mike Cope
A cigar for everyone! Photo Credit Mike Cope
Next the cartoonists head to the iconic Mike Bjorn's Fine Clothing. That's owner Mike out front. Photo Credit Mike Cope
If you need a tux - or any other jacket, hat or tie you could imagine - you need to go to Bjorn's! Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Where else can you have your picture taken with Captain Hook? Terri Libenson poses for photographer Mike Davis
If you're old enough you'll get the joke in this photo of the Pee Wee Herman Doll hanging in Bjorn's. Photo Credit Mike Davis
"Da Plane! Da Plane! Photo Credit Mike Cope
Terri Libenson discovers her inner flower child. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Judy Bjorn helps Scott Stantis pick out a tie... Photo Credit Mike Cope
What's the story on the boar's head? You'd have to ask owner Mike Bjorn. Photo Credit Mike Davis
Jeff Keane is ready for his singing debut.... Photo Credit Mike Cope
John Hambrock and Todd Clark and - if you look carefully - a LOT of penguins. Photo Credit Mike Cope
The Starlight Lounge is please to present Rick Stromoski!! Photo Credit Mike Cope
Terri Libenson and Scott Stantis escape from Woodstock. Photo Credit Mike Cope
A photo for Bjorn's wall of fame - Rick Stromoski, Todd Clark, Scott Stantis, Terri Libenson, Jeff Keane, and John Hambrock. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Thursday Afternoon: Censorship Panel at UW Parkside

A quiet moment before the panel on "Freedom of Expression and Censorship of Comics". Photo Credit Mike Petereson
Images assembled by moderator Doug Singsen for the panel presentation on censorship. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
L to R: Moderator Doug Singsen (UW Parkside Art History Professor), Paul Buhle (historian of comics and social justice issues) Denis Kitchen (Founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), George Hagenauer (comics historian and collector), Scott Stantis (Former President of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists) and Tim Hamilton (creator of the graphic novel version of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451) Photo Credit Mike Cope
Paul Buhle answers a question from the audience. Photo credit Mike Cope
Denis Kitchen and George Hagenauer. Photo Credit Mike Peterson

An example of a comic cover before and after the comics code Image courtesy of  George Hagenauer. Photo Credit  Mike Cope
Another example of a comic cover before and after the comics code Image courtesy of  George Hagenauer. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Another example of a comic cover before and after the comics code Image courtesy of  George Hagenauer. Photo Credit Mike Peterson


Thursday Evening: Opening Reception and Gallery Show at UW Parkside

Fahrenheit 452 graphic novelist Tim Hamilton signs copies of the book given away as part of the UW Parkside's "Big Read" which collaborated with the festival on the censorship panel. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Photo Credit Mike Peterson

A thank you to the sponsors of the Thursday opening reception for the gallery show "The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, Al Capp, Will Eisner and Robert Crumb." Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Some UW Parkside students appreciating the Parkside Fine Arts Gallerie's Exhibit "The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, Al Capp, Will Eisner and Robert Crumb." Photo Credit Mike Cope
Photo Credit Mike Cope
Photo Credit Mike Cope
Photo Credit Mike Cope
Perhaps a new young fan for Will Eisner's "Spirit"? Photo Credit Mike Cope
The reading table for the gallery exhibit. Photo Credit Mike Cope
"Let's Be Honest" by Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Cope
"On The Loose With Dr. Seuss" by Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Li'l Abner original Sunday courtesy of Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Li'l Abner Sunday Detail. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Color and Black and White cover versions of "Mom's Homemade Comics" by Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Detail from Mom's Homeade Comics by Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Photo Credit Mike Cope
Mock Comic Artist's Studio. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Tools of the trade and a chipboard sketch by Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Photo Credit Mike Cope
Chipboard sketches by Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Cope

 Thursday Evening: Denis Kitchen

Podcaster Tom Racine officially declares the 2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning "open" Photo Credit Mike Cope
Official City of Kenosha Proclamation of the festival signed by Mayor Keith Bosman. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Denis Kitchen begins his presentation on the stage at the Rita Talent Picken Center for the Arts. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Student work by Denis Kitchen while attending Horlick High School in Racine Wisconsin. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
A dapper young man about to take on the world....   Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Dope Comics cover by Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Denis talks about the comics code and the founding of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Thursday Evening: Interview with the authors of Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary

Anne Morse Hambrock moderates a panel with co-authors Denis Kitchen and Michael Schumacher to discuss their book on the life of Al Capp. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Denis Kitchen talks about Al Capp. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Author Michael Schumacher. Photo Credit Mike Cope
John Hambrock, Todd Clark and Lincoln Peirce learning about the secret life of the legendary Al Capp. Photo Credit Mike Cope
"Al Capp: A Life To the Contrary authors Denis Kitchen and Michael Schumacher. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Friday Morning: Community Outreach
The Cartoonists meet Kenosha's legendary deli owner Ralph Tenuta. Tenuta's is THE place to visit for political office seekers - all the way back to JFK.  Photo Credit Mike Cope
The gang in front of Tenuta's Deli. Photo Credit Mike Cope
The cartoonists are treated to lunch at Frank's Diner - a restaurant made from a converted train car and profiled on the Food Network's "Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives" Photo Credit Mike Davis
Current Frank's Diner owner (and rabid comics fan) Kevin Ervin. Photo Credit Mike Cope
The cartoonists present Kevin with a Jam Board for Frank's Diner. Photo Credit Mike Davis


Friday Afternoon: Assembly at Indian Trail High School

The stage is set at Indian Trail High School for the cartoonists assembly. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Kenosha's own John Hambrock (Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee) takes a turn at the document camera during the assembly at Indian Trail. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Indian Trail students. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Lincoln Peirce at the document camera. Photo Credit Mike Cope
L to R Rick Stromoski, Todd Clark, John Hambrock, Jeff Keane, Denis Kitchen, Terri Libenson, Lincoln Peirce, and Scott Stantis hold their comic smackdown drawings up for audience voting. Photo Credit Mike Cope
A caricature smackdown of an Indian Trail Art Teacher by Scott Stantis and Greg Cravens. 
Indian Trail Students appreciate the cartoonists... Photo Credit Mike Cope
Students mob the stage for drawings after the presentation. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Denis Kitchen and Terri Libenson draw for student fans. Photo Credit Mike Cope 
John Hambrock and Lincoln Peirce with Indian Trail Students Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Jeff Keane draws for student fans. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Rick Stromoski draws for student fans. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Todd Clark and Jeff Keane draw for student fans. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Terri Libenson with a young fan... Photo Credit Mike Cope
Indian Trail students compare their cartooning "swag". Photo Credit Mike Cope
A Stantis Star Wars... Photo Credit Mike Cope
Better frame that Denis Kitchen sketch Nick! Photo Credit Mike Cope
A Terri Libenson Witchy Wizard for a fan...  Photo Credit Mike Cope
An Indian Trail student filming a documentary on the cartoonists for a class project...  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Lincoln Peirce answers questions for the student documentary. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Friday Afternoon: Portfolio Reviews

Amy Lago studies the portfolio of an aspiring cartoonist. Photo Credit Mike Peterson

Friday Evening: Dinner At a Local Home

Denis Kitchen, Lincoln Peirce, Greg Cravens and Tom Racine share a relaxing moment at the former home of  author Florence Parry Heide. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Rick Stromoski, Todd Clark, Jeff Keane, and Terri Libenson in the garden of  the former home of  author Florence Parry Heide. Photo Credit Mike Davis

Friday Evening: Rick Stromoski

Presentation at the Kenosha Public Museum - Rick Stromoski's earliest memory... Photo Credit Mike Peterson
A light moment at the lectern. Photo Credit Mike Cope
A Packed house - including Amy Lago (Washington Post Writer's Group) and Jeff Knurek (The Jumble). Photo Credit Mike Cope

Rick draws for a fan. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Friday Evening: Todd Clark

Todd Clark gives the audience a little scare about why they're at the Kenosha Public Museum this evening... Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Todd Clark shares with the audience how he was lured into cartooning for a living... Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Audience members Jeff Knurek (The Jumble) and Mark Anderson (Andertoons)  Photo Credit Mike Cope
A cartoon from Todd's time with Jay Kennedy's "New Breed". Photo Credit Mike Cope
Terri Libenson and husband Mike Davis appreciate the work of Todd Clark. Photo Credit Mike Cope.

Friday Evening: Drink and Doodle

After the presentations it was time for drinking, doodling, pizza and beer at Villa D'Carlo. Several area cartoonists joined the guest artists in drawing for fans and friends alike. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Denis Kitchen at the Drink and Doodle. Photo Credit Mike Peterson

Saturday Morning: Panel - Wisconsin and Comics

Panel discussion of Wisconsin's place in comics history. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
L to R Paul Buhle, Denis Kitchen, George Hagenauer on the Wisconsin Comics History panel. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Dell Comics of Wisconsin. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
More Dell titles. L to R George Hagenauer, Paul Buhle, Denis Kitchen. Photo Credit Mike Peterson

Saturday Morning: More Than Funny 2 Curator's Tour

Comics collector and historian George Hagenauer gives a curator's tour of the Kenosha Public Museum Show "More Than Funny 2". The show featured over 50 pieces of original historic comic art from Mr. Hagenauer's personal collection. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
An Original "Gordo" Sunday strip by Gus Arriola. From the Hagenauer collection. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
"Harry Plodder" MAD Magazine page by Tom Richmond. Part of the wall featuring work by MAD artists past and present.  Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Original Sunday Family Circus by Jeff Keane. Photo Credit Mike Cope
George Hagenauer discusses some of the older, more historic pieces in the show. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Lincoln Peirce and Rick Stromoski take some time out of their busy presenting schedules to check out the show "More Than Funny 2" Photo Credit Mike Cope
Original "Pogo" daily strips by Walt Kelly. From the Hagenauer collection. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Part of the MAD Magazine wall of fame. Photo Credit Mike Cope

For more pictures of art from the KPM Show More Than Funny 2 click here

Saturday Morning: Cartooning Class For Kids

A classroom brimming with enthusiasm for cartooning! Photo Credit Mike Cope
Someone is making fun of Mr. Greg! (Greg Cravens)  Photo Credit Mike Cope
It's not nice to fool with Mr. Greg!  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Cartooning Class Teacher Greg Cravens at the drawing board. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Mr. Jeff (Jeff Keane) at the drawing board. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Someone is making fun of Mr. Jeff! (Who could this be?!!!)  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Ms. Terri (Terri Libenson) at the drawing board. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Ms Terri one on one with some young cartooning students. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Is Mr. Greg modeling for Mr. Jeff? Or just being silly?  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Cartooning students at work...  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Mr. Mike (Mike Cope) demonstration flip animation technique. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Mr. Todd (Todd Clark) at the drawing board. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Mr Todd one on one with cartooning students. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Mr Mike one on one with cartooning students. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Mr Jeff one on one with some young cartooning students - Who's been drawing on the tables? Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Mr Rick at the drawing board. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Working on cartoon eyes. Photo Credit Mike Cope
It's not every day you get to teach cartooning in a room full of stuffed fish! Photo Credit Mike Peterson
 
If we look very closely I think we know who has been drawing silly pictures of the teachers.....   Photo Credit Mike Cope

Saturday Afternoon: Lincoln Peirce

Lincoln Peirce at the lectern in the Kenosha Public Museum. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Tom Racine takes a question for Lincoln from the audience. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Lincoln answering audience questions. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Lincoln Peirce signing books for fans. (Photo from KPM upper balcony) Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Somebody is Psyched! to meet Lincoln Peirce! Photo Credit Mike Cope

Saturday Afternoon: Terri Libenson

Terri Libenson at the lectern at the Kenosha Public Museum. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Appreciative audience. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Jeff Keane and Jeff Knurek. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Terri Libenson and Scott Stantis signing for fans. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Saturday Afternoon: Scott Stantis

Scott Stantis at the lectern at the Kenosha Public Museum. Photo Credit Mike Cope
A Stantis Editorial Cartoon.  Photo Credit Mike Peterson
George Hagenauer. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Saturday Afternoon: Jeff Keane

The original "Family Circus" The Keane Family Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Art imitates life. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
A young Thel Keane. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
"Jeffy" then. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
"Jeffy" today. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Question from a young fan. Photo Credit Mike Cope
The power of cartoons...  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Jeff Keane, Scott Stantis and Terri Libenson sign and sketch for fans. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Saturday Evening: Charity Auction

A view of the auction from the Kenosha Public Museum Balcony.  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Original Brenda Starr Sunday up for auction to benefit children's charities in Kenosha. Item donated by Richard Pietrzyk. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Tom Racine interviews John Hambrock for the festival highlight reel. Photo Credit Mike Cope
The bidders take stock of the items up for auction. Photo Credit Mike Cope
A Lola daily strip up for auction courtesy of Todd Clark.  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Some interest in the auction "doodle chair". Photo Credit Mike Cope
The official "doodle chair" of KFOC 2014. Rescued from the curb and painted by Anne Morse Hambrock and signed and doodled on by all festival guest speakers and a variety of visiting cartoonists. This sold for $500! Thanks to everyone who drew on it! Photo Credit Mike Cope
KFOC 2014 challenge coins with signature cards. Some of these will be available for purchase during our 2015 fundraising drive! Photo credit Mike Cope
Jeff Keane gives Todd Clark some pointers about signing calendars during the auction. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Tom Racine interviews Todd Clark for the festival highlight reel. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Music for the auction provided by the Dave Braun Trio. And a view of Lake Michigan from the upper balcony of the Kenosha public Museum. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Visitors to KFOC 2014 from the Chicago Chapter of the NCS. L to R Brian Diskin, Brian Kelly, Ann Reinertsen Farrell  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Lincoln Peirce still drawing for fans after 3 days!  Photo Credit Mike Cope
The crowd enjoys the food and music at the auction. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Maybe John Hambrock shouldn't drink three beers at a time.... with Todd Clark. Photo Credit Mike Cope
Lincoln Peirce and Jeff Knurek (The Jumble)  Photo Credit Mike Cope
Jeff Keane enchants a young fan during the auction. Photo Credit Mike Cope

Saturday Evening: Wrap Party

After the auction it was time to kick back and relax at the after party at the Hambrock's.  Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Time for stories on the patio....  Photo Credit Mike Peterson
John Hambrock, Jeff Keane, Scott Stantis and Terri Libenson kick back a little. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Mike Peterson with the Hambrocks' rescue collie. Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Is Rick Stromoski using Anne's patio table as a bottle opener?  Photo Credit Mike Peterson
Scott Stantis and Terri Libenson enjoy their cigars from Andrea's Gift's and Cigars. Photo Credit Mike Peterson

Finally - A Parting Image

A fitting image with which to end our festival!! 
 Photo Credit Mike Cope








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