Kenosha Festival of Cartooning opening June 6-Spet 27.



 From the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning blog:

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)
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 McKay (Buster Brown)
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!!!


This is a super cool event, despite my inclusion in the show.  I did something new just for this event, but won't throw it up (*ahem*) here until after the show opens.  


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2014 NCS Reubens Art



 Last Memorial Day weekend was the 68th Annual National Cartoonist Society Reuben Awards. In addition to being on the board of the organization and the head of the Manhattan chatper, I also got to create the official artwork for the ceremony. Cool!
Pictured are, clockwise from far left to right, Mark 'Lio' Tattuli, John Reiner and Bunny Hoest, creators of The Lockhorns, Wiley 'Non Sequitor' Miller, comics legend Russ Heath, Hilary 'Rhymes With Orange' Price, Stephan 'Pearls Before Swine' Pastis, and Weird Al Yankovick.  

Yeah, THAT Weird Al Yankovick.
 
Mark, Wiley, Hilary and Stephan were the nominees for the big Reuben trophy this year, and Wiley took home the hardward for that one with his awesome panel cartoon.  I'm a huge fan of Non Sequitor, and had never met Wiley before.  It turns out he's not quite as large as I drew him here, and I feel kinda bad about that.  I'll get over it.  Hopefully he will first!  That's what you get when you only have Google Image Search for reference material!

Bunny and John, both good friends of mine, were presented with the Gold Key award, in recognition of their support for the organization and introduction into the NCS Hall of Fame.  
I had the honor of presenting it to them, and hopefully my rambling speach didn't make them both second guess accepting their tropies.

blah blah blah...
It was a great weekend- the Reubens is always exciting, and an excuse to get to San Diego is a good excuse!  Congrats to all the nominees and the winners, and we'll look forward to next year's in DC!



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Headed off on another USO/NCS Cartoonist Tour...



 It's only been a few short months since I got back from a grueling tour of Turkey, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, and it's time to embark on another.

I'm not allowed to disclose locations until after we head home, but I can say we're flying into various spots in Europe as well as an Eastern country in the middle of nowhere.  

Me and Mason 'B.C' Mastroianni, blending in on our last tour, flying out of Afghanistan.
See if you can find us!
Joining me on this trip are Bruce "Punderstatements" Higdon, Paul Combs, cartoonist from Fire Engineering Magazine, editorial cartoonist Tom Stiglich, Lola and Mad contributor Todd Clark, In the Bleachers artist Steve Moore, and good ol' Sam Viviano (Mad Magazine).  Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues was scheduled to go, but got sick and had to bow out.  Get better, Rick!

As I write this in NYC it's snowing and blizzard-y out, so hopefully we'll be able to head out on time!  
Wish us luck!

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Talking in Boston in March!



2014 is off to a hectic start.  All the advertising work I can stomach, another big international USO tour in February coming up, and now this:

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If you're intested in attending, Click here to download the RSVP form....

Or, just email Mark Parisi by Clicking here....
He'd love to hear from you!

See ya in Boston!



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