Me at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning!

 The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning has been an annual event in Wisconsin for a few years now.  
Their speakers have ranged from top comic strip artists, illustrators, cartoonists, all sorts of cartoon related folks.  
This year they've chose to add me to the roster, which hopefuly won't start a downward spiral of more bad decisions by the committee.  
I kid, of course- Anne Hambrock, who runs this thing, does a fantastic job of lining up speakers, events and everythign else that's involved, as well as getting the funds to do the whole thing.  Frankly, I have no idea how she does it, but she does it!

Also taking the stage during the 3 day event are Mark Tutulli, who does the strips Lio and Heart of the City, Bill Morrison, from the Simpsons and Bongo Comics, Jan 'Stone Soup' Eliot, and cartoonist Mark Anderson.  All the info on the speakers can be found here....

For me, I'll be focusing on my advertising illustration career, and will be dropping a few nuggets about the project I'm currently working on with Abrams books, which I hope to announce in the near future.  No spoilers!

See you in Kenosha!

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Stan Goldberg, 1932-2014

 The web is blowing up with tributes to Stan today, but it would be remiss of me to not include my own, as Stan was a wonderful friend to me and Heather, and welcomed us to the NCS, and New York City, with grace and admiration.

Stan was a Marvel guy, and freelanced from early in his career all though the 60s, primarily as a comics colorist.  It was Stan who came up with the color designs for Spiderman, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four, much of it uncredited, as was the MO at the time.
His eventual road to being the main Archie artist started under Dan DeCarlo at Marvel, working on their humor, teen and 'career girl' titles.  According to Wikipedia, Kathy the Teenage Torpedo lead to Millie the Model (where he unknowingly collaborated with Al Jaffee, long before they became friends), which led to the romantic comedy series, Pastsy Walker, which he would eventually co-plot with Stan Lee.
In the early 70s, after he'd stopped freelancing for Marvel, he began his long association with Archie comics.  Archie was already a 'thing' by this time, but the house style the preceeded him was a natural fit for Stan, and for almost 40 years, was the 'main man' as it were, at Archie Comics and its various iterations.

In 2010, IDW released a 160 page hardcover collection, Archie: The Best of Stan Goldberg, with a new cover by Stan.

In 2012, he was presented with the National Cartoonists Society's Gold Key Award, entering him into the NCS Hall of Fame.

On a more personal note, when Heather and I moved to NYC in 2006, Stan and Pauline were a part of a group of artists out here called the Berndt Toast Gang, who welcomed us out with open arms.  They were always there to check up on us, and made our transition to the big city as much of an easy one as could possibly be.  
Stan was one of my biggest cheerleaders.

This loss is huge, and it's repercussions will ring for a long time to come.  For now, our thoughts are with Pauline and the family, and of course, with our memories of Stan.

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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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