2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

This past weekend I attended the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning for the first time, but it certainly won’t be my last! (More on that later…)

It was an amazing weekend put together by John & Anne Morse Hambrock. I can’t imagine all the time and work (and cake baking) that went into this. And apparently there’s a lot of pent up demand for something like this because it was enthusiastically, overwhelmingly well-attended!

And it was so nice to see so many old cartoony friends and make some new ones too. Pretty much it was just awesome.

OK, on to the details and plenty of pics:

Gallery Show

First there was the terrific comic & cartoon art exhibition, More Than Funny 2.

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

Here’s just a sampling of what was on display:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Jules Feiffer
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Virgil Partch
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Todd Clark
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Terri Libenson
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Lincoln Peirce
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Scott Stantis
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Jack Kirby
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Tom Richmond
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Mort Drucker
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Sergio Aragones
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
 Bill Sienkiewicz

Guest Speakers

Then there was a great selection of cartoonists talking at length and answering questions about their art and careers:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Rick Stromoski
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Todd Clark
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Denis Kitchen, Paul Buhle & George Hagenauer
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Lincoln Peirce
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Terri Libenson
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Scott Stantis
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Jeff Keane

And I had a front row seat to it all! Mostly because of this:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

There need to be more chairs like that everywhere!

Cartoon Auction

Then there was the auction of original art and more raising money for the Children’s Hospital Clinic and Open Wings school. Again, a sampling:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Had I a place to put this in our home I would have totally gotten this. (I did draw on the back though.)
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
This and 2 other Andertoons cartoons sold. WOO!

I did end up winning two items: some original Big Nate art from Lincoln Peirce, and a Farley stuffed animal and two signed children’s books from Lynn Johnston. (The kids were thrilled!)


And here’s the best news – not only is it happening again in 2015 (September 17-19), but I’m going to be a guest speaker!

So mark your calendars, and come on up and see me. I can’t wait to go again!

Wanna see more about the weekend? Click here, and here.

San Diego Vacation 2014

The family and I just returned from an amazing week-long vacation in beautiful San Diego so I thought I’d share a few (OK, a lot) of pictures. Enjoy:



Loved these guys, and even the cacti behind them enjoyed the music.


Um, wow.


The animal sculptures in the Adventurer’s Club were amazing!


This polar bear comes right at you! Look out!


This wolf in Fairy Tale Brook is determined to get some bacon.


Loved him checking his iPhone!


Part of the Las Vegas section of Miniland, probably our favorite part of the park.


A Miniland New Orleans jazz funeral.


Love the stilt walkers in this parade!


The architecture stuff in Miniland is pretty amazing. Even my wife was checking out some of the techniques used.


This is part of the new Star Wars section of Miniland, although it looks like it could be from the movie.


Unbelievable, right?!


Love the little mini-Luke!


Laugh it up, fuzz-brick.


Aren’t these great?!


Part of the Enchanted Walk we found after gorging on Granny’s apple fries. (OMG!)


Loved the LEGO details on the walls while waiting to get into Pharaoh’s Revenge!



The scenery here was just amazing. I took so many pictures!


Lighthouses are an Anderson family vacation fave.

Birch Aquarium


Not too many pics here (mostly fishtanks inside), but this statue outside was incredible.

Botanic Garden


We went here on Father’s Day figuring LEGOLand, the Midway and the zoo would be crowded, and we largely had the place to ourselves.


I don’t know what these are, but wow!


So pretty!


Here’s me relaxing. Ahhh….


What a great way to spend the morning!

Museum of Making Music


This place was such a little gem! We adored everything about it. I mean, you start out with a piano desk! PIANO DESK!


The brass player in me was soooo happy.


Trombones! WOO!


Did you know Steinway made a special piano during the war? Neat huh?


OMG, I had that exact Fender Rhodes.


For whatever reason, my 8-year-old daughter is really into the banjo, and they actually had a special banjo exhibition going.

San Diego Zoo


And of course we went to the zoo! That’s a red panda being uncooperative.


We went right to the panda section as soon as it opened and spent loads of time there before it got crowded. So nice!


Dust bath!


The capybara is one of my daughter’s favorite animals, and the zoo had tons of them!




Loved this sun bear just hanging out.


These were super loud. Every time they made a noise I jumped.

Petco Park


Another little gem. The 90 minute tour was fascinating! We ate a picnic lunch next to the wiffle ball field outside.

Children’s Pool Beach


This was the last thing we saw and it was an amazing way to end the trip. Look at all the seals! Wild seals! Right there!


This guy seemed to love having his picture taken.

Well, that’s it. That’s not even everything we saw and I took hundreds more pictures, but I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our trip.

C2E2 2014

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This past weekend was C2E2 again here in the Chicago area, my fourth time attending (2010, 2012, & 2013), and I believe my third time attending as press. This was, however, the first year I took my son along on what I believe was the first Kid’s Day for a very reasonable additional $5. It was fun to experience something familiar through his eyes and we had a terrific father/son day together. So, let’s get down to it!

There were, of course, plenty of comics to peruse:

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Plenty of toys, clothing, and, well, other stuff:

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But our favorite section was Artist’s Alley where the boy and I browsed and shopped and gabbed with both new and favorite artists.

We stood in Art Baltazar‘s line to get some new Action Cat comics for my daughter, and a cute Deathstroke drawing for my son. He’s always terrific:

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And I got to see fellow Success in Comics presenter and Mad artist Tom Richmond as well. We chatted a bit and I finally got a copy of his book, The Mad Art of Caricature. Judging by the people lining up later, he looked to be having a good show:

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We discovered Yale Stewart this year and just adored his art. I picked up this poster for my wife’s classroom and she was thrilled with it:

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I tried to get in to see both Adam Hughes and Amanda Conner this year, but with the boy in tow, so much to see, and long lines for both, we had to skip them this time. We did, however, get to see Super Dinosaur’s Jason Howard again this year and he chatted with my son (his biggest fan) for a good five minutes while signing a poster and taking some pics. He’s always so nice and we just adore his art. (Note – all the good pics with Jason included my son, so I chose not include them here on the blog for privacy.)

There were a few things this year I’d not seen before, like this giant whiteboard (largely free of anatomic scribblings)…

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… and the giant snakes via the Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue:

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And, of course, there were tons of people in costume!

My son pointed out this Boy Scout-Trooper in line and we snagged a pic of him a bit later:

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I loved these folks. The family that Avenges together, stays together! (And doesn’t the little girl look about ready to Hulk out?)

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This Mom and son has uncannily good costumes:

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This, I don’t what what it is;

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Or this:

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I talked with this couple for a minute and they told me they’d attended all three days and it took an average of four hours each day to get made up. Great costumes, and extra points for patience and persistence:

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Loved these two Boba Fetts:

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And these two were obviously up to no good:

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Wrapping up the cosplayers are these lovely ladies who also took an adorable picture with my red-faced son. They were so cute with him!

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So, all in all another great C2E2. We loaded up on comics, toys, shirts, hats, pizza, and father/son time. The boy has already told me we’re definitely going again next year.

My only quibble had to do with a minor inconvenience concerning my press pass. Thanks so much to C2E2 for the free admission, but in previous years I was able to skip the line and get in a bit earlier to get unencumbered pics and chat with artists and vendors sans crowd. It’s a small inconvenience, but please consider giving press arriving early a head start.

See you in 2015!