KFOC 2015 Guest Speaker Darrin Bell Wins RFK Prize!



The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is pleased to announce that one of our 2015 speakers, editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell, has been awarded  the 2015 RFK prize for editorial cartooning! 

The prize is given by the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Mr. Bell, whose editorial cartoons are syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group, won the award for a portfolio that largely focused on deaths at the hands of police in New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

You can find the full story on the prize and further samples of Darrin's award winning work here.

Congratulations Darrin!

Latest Indiegogo News



NEW PERKS ADDED, SOME ALMOST GONE, OTHERS SOLD OUT!
If you were not checking the site regularly last Friday and Saturday you missed some great perks that were in the line-up for LESS THAN 3 HOURS! 
It just goes to show that, when quantities are limited, you blink and something great might have come and gone - PLEASE check the site often!
NEW: 
Stone Soup Original Daily Strip $250 (image not available - Ms. Eliot Will Choose)
Signed Andertoons Mini-book Collection 2 $45 (these are the last books Mr. Anderson will be offering - the first collection sold out in 2 hours! So be quick if you want one!)
Signed Between Friends Collection "Death Of A Saleswoman" by Sandra Bell Lundy $40
Signed Pickles Book "How Come I Always Get Blamed For The Things I Do?" by Brian Crane $40 (this is the last book title to be offered by Mr. Crane - the others already sold out) ONLY 1 LEFT!
Andertoons Original Gag Cartoon 2 "I Think I Can" $125
ALMOST GONE:
Andertoons Lego Kit $50 ONLY 1 LEFT!
Signed Big Nate Book $40 ONLY 1 LEFT!
Homer Simpson's Little Book Of Laziness $40 ONLY 1 LEFT!
AND IF YOU BLINKED YOU MISSED THESE:
AND THESE:

DON'T MISS OUT ON ANY MORE GREAT REWARDS!
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Festival Speaker 2015 Darrin Bell - Candorville, Rudy Park and Editorial Cartoons




Darrin Bell lives in Los Angeles where he produces three different features for syndication: editorial cartoons, the comic strip “Candorville,” and the comic strip “Rudy Park.” Darrin does all of this while helping raise his one-year-old son, a goldfish, two rabbits and a dog.

Bell began his freelance editorial cartooning career in 1995 at age 20. His first sale was to the LA Times, which subsequently assigned him a cartoon every other week. He also sold his cartoons to the San Francisco Chronicle and the former ANG papers, which included the Oakland Tribune.  
        
While he was a political science major at UC Berkeley, Bell became the editorial cartoonist for the Daily Californian. His work won several California Intercollegiate Press Association awards and an SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, and he was a two-time runner-up for the Charles M. Schulz Award as well as a runner-up for the Locher Award.  

Darrin's work is syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group.

He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society and currently serving on its board of directors.


2015-16 TWO YEAR Indiegogo Campaign Is LIVE

Our Indiegogo is officially LIVE - Click here to "shop" and donate!

Details of the campaign in the post below......

Indiegogo Launching!




We are officially launching our Next Indiegogo campaign! UPDATED WE ARE LIVE (click here)

Launch time:    12:00 noon CST
Launch date:    Monday, April 27th 2015
Location: Indiegogo Crowd Funding Platform (link to be placed here at 11:58)

It's time for us to raise the funds to put on the next Kenosha Festival of Cartooning!

Now, frankly, we probably could just have gone over our list of supporters from the past 4 festivals and asked folks for donations to cover our expenses. And we have WONDERFUL supporters who most likely would have stepped up to help out with no thought of reward. 

But we know how much fun it can be to get some cool backer rewards while you are helping a good cause! Like making sure that all KFOC events are FREE to the public! Our previous crowd funding created such terrific energy for our past festivals that we decided to stick with that model.

One thing that IS different this year is the total amount we are seeking. Doing all the crowd funding work winds up taking away valuable time from planning and executing the festivals so we are going big and bold! We are going to try to knock this fundraiser out of the park and raise the money we need for BOTH the 2015 and 2016 festivals.

That's right! We are ALREADY hard at work on festival 2016 and have some terrific cartoonists in the queue!

So - even though this is VERY ambitious - we are going to raise $27,500 in 42 days!
This breaks down to $13,750 per festival - an amount which not only has to cover all our operating expenses, (artists fees, receptions, shipping, costs, backer reward fulfillment) we also have to cover the fee that Indiegogo takes to process the donations.

If we make our goal that turns into 9% of at least 27,500 - $2,475 in fees.

If we DON'T make our goal we pay 12% of the total raised - anywhere from $600 (if we raise $5,000) to $3240 (if we raise $27,000)

That interest rate is a biiiig difference! So we must make the goal!!

We know we can count on you! We have some great backer rewards in the starting lineup and will be adding more as those sell out. For your convenience we've put together a master perks page here on the website. We can only offer 20 different perks at a time but you can look over the master page and do some advance "shopping" if you don't see a perk you like in the current rotation. 

And don't forget to share the message on social media every chance you can while the campaign is active. If you truly cannot spare any money for the festival you can still make a difference by helping us get the word out!!

Lastly - please remember that we take no personal funds for the festival - ALL money goes to operating expenses - so we hope we can count on your whole hearted support! 


Happy Crowd Funding!!!!!

Festival Speaker 2015 Darrin Bell - Candorville, Rudy Park, Editorial Cartoons




Darrin Bell lives in Los Angeles where he produces three different features for syndication: editorial cartoons, the comic strip “Candorville,” and the comic strip “Rudy Park.” Darrin does all of this while helping raise his one-year-old son, a goldfish, two rabbits and a dog.

Bell began his freelance editorial cartooning career in 1995 at age 20. His first sale was to the LA Times, which subsequently assigned him a cartoon every other week. He also sold his cartoons to the San Francisco Chronicle and the former ANG papers, which included the Oakland Tribune.  

While he was a political science major at UC Berkeley, Bell became the editorial cartoonist for the Daily Californian the student paper at UC Berkely by which he was recently named Alumnus of the year. His work won several California Intercollegiate Press Association awards and an SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, and he was a two-time runner-up for the Charles M. Schulz Award as well as a runner-up for the Locher Award.  

In addition to his other accolades Darrin has been awarded the 2015  RFK Prize For Editorial Cartooning - largely for his cartoons addressing the unrest in Ferguson MO, New York, Baltimore and other cities across the US.

Muslim students protested Bell’s 9-11 editorial cartoon and brought him to national attention.

“Muslim-Americans were understandably fearful of being profiled and persecuted. When faced with that fear, it’s inevitable that some will grossly misinterpret a cartoon,” he says. “But you can’t let the fear of irrational reactions—or the knowledge that many will say ‘it’s too soon’ for anything other than comforting images—stop you from saying what you believe to be true. I believe it’s never ‘too soon’ for candor."

Darrin's work is syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group.

He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society and currently serving on its board of directors.



A Comics Only Newspaper - Kickstarter



Recently we became aware of a Kickstarter for a "comics only" newspaper. As fans of all things comic related - especially PRINT things comic related - we are supporting this Laugh - O Gram Kickstarter and hope you will head on over there and make a pledge. (click on the link on the word Kickstarter)

They have less than 1 week to make their "all or nothing" goal and they are still a little short!

And watch for the next Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Indiegogo to launch soon!

Festival Speaker 2015 Mark Anderson - Andertoons




Mark Anderson is a gag cartoonist and the creator of Andertoons.com. His cartoons have appeared in:
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Harvard Business Review
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Forbes
  • Good Housekeeping
  • The Saturday Evening Post
and other major publications.
In addition to traditional print media, Anderson sells his cartoons from his website for presentations, newsletters, e-books and more. Andertoons also appears daily at GoComics.com.
He has spoken previously at the Gold Coast Arts Center, two Success in Comics events, and will be a featured presenter at the 2015 NCS Reuben awards. Mark lives in the Chicago are with his wife, son, daughter, two cats, a guinea pig, and numerous dust bunnies.

We welcome Mr. Anderson as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!




Festival Speaker 2015 Ed Steckley - Advertising Illustrator





Racine, WI native Ed Steckley is an advertising illustrator based in New York City.
A lifelong Mad Magazine fan, Ed grew up enthralled with cartooning and caricature.  This, and the inability to be good at much else, led to his career as an artist.  .  
In addition to concepting and creating the visuals and final art for some of the most recognizable TV and print ads in the world, he’s had illustration work in Mad magazine and a host of other smaller publications.  Drawing and illustrating both pre-production advertising as well as post-production, with art created both traditionally and digitally, he’s become a much sought after illustrator in the advertising world.  In 2012, he won the Best in Advertising Illustration Reuben award, presented by the National Cartoonist Society.  Currently he’s also working with the Rube Goldberg estate on the first ever children’s book based on the inventions and daily life of a young Rube Goldberg.
In 2009, he joined a small group of cartoonists who travel with the USO to military bases and hospitals all over the world, drawing and entertaining for the troops.  These trips have taken him to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Germany and a host of other countries who agree to let him in.
 Ed is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Cartoonists Society (founded in 1946), and is the President of the Manhattan chapter of that organization.  

We welcome Mr.Steckley as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!




Festival Speaker 2015 Mark Tatulli - Lio, Heart Of The City, Desmond Puckett


Mark Tatulli is an internationally syndicated cartoonist, best known for his popular comic strips Heart of the City and Lio, which appear in 400 newspapers all over the world.

Launched in 2006, Lio is Mark’s exploration of the darker side of his own childhood, and fans have really responded.  Influenced by such cartooning greats as Gahan Wilson, Charles Addams, and 19th century satirist A.J. Volck, Lio is a wordless strip about a weird little boy who nonchalantly lives in a twisted world of monsters, giant robots, jetpacks and aliens…along with his long-suffering single Dad, who tends to look the other way.
Lio has been nominated three times for the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip, winning in 2009. Lio was also nominated for Germany’s 2010 MAX AND MORITZ award.  Last year, Mark was nominated by the NCS for cartoonist of the year.
In addition to his cartooning experience, Tatulli is also an accomplished filmmaker and animator, and is the recipient of three Emmy awards for his television work.  He is also currently working on a children’s illustrated novel series titled Desmond Pucket.  The first book was released in October 2013, and the second, Desmond Pucket And The Mountain Full Of Monsters, hit store shelves in August 2014.  He also has two planned children’s picture books, coming from Roaring Book Press, a division of Macmillian.
Mark lives in a Spielbergian development in New Jersey with his wife Donna, three children and four nefarious cats, all of whom supply endless ideas for his books and comics.

We welcome Mr.Tatulli as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!



Festival Speaker 2015 Bill Morrison - Bongo Comics, Futurama


Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison began his career in The Motor City as a technical illustrator, but he really wanted to be a cartoonist. When Bill decided that he had rendered his last diesel fuel pump, he moved to Southern California with his wife and two cats. 

He began working immediately in motion picture advertising where he painted dozens of movie posters, including many for Walt Disney Pictures, such as The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. 
For the past several years Bill has spent most of his waking hours on various projects related to The Simpsons. For that iconic property he has created thousands of drawings for T-shirts, video games, posters, toy packaging, books, calendars, limited edition prints, etc.
When The Simpsons creator Matt Groening founded Bongo Comics, Bill was hired on as art director and realized his cartoonist dreams when he drew the very first Simpsons comic. He quickly took on the role of Creative Director, editing Bongo’s entire output, and writing and drawing stories and covers as time permitted. 
Bill also worked with Groening on early character designs for the TV show Futurama and served as the series art director.
After eighteen years, Bill stepped down from the Creative Director position to develop a digital comics department at Bongo.
In addition to his work on The Simpsons and Futurama, Bill has written and drawn his own comic book series; the four-time Eisner Award-nominated Roswell, Little Green Man and co-created two other comic book series, Heroes Anonymous and Lady Robotika (the latter with Jane Wiedlin of the legendary all-girl rock band, The Go-Go’s).
Presently, Bill is delighted to have rekindled his relationship with the classic Disney characters with an ongoing series of limited edition animation art prints published by ACME Animation Archives. He is also writing and drawing his new series “Dead Vengeance” for Dark Horse Comics and is working on a revival of “Roswell Little Green Man.”

We welcome Mr. Morrison as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!



Festival Speaker 2015 Jan Eliot - Stone Soup




Jan Eliot started cartooning when she was a divorced single mom trying to raise two daughters, work full-time, make ends meet and still have a little fun.
Eliot is a self-taught cartoonist, and her first attempts at cartooning were modest but therapeutic. Drawing from her own experiences, Jan tried to reflect real life and real situations, with empathy for anyone with too little time, money or patience.
Stone Soup is her second comic endeavor. Originally self syndicated, and titled Sister City, it was launched in 1990 in the Eugene Register Guard and ran weekly for 5 years, until it was picked up by Universal Press Syndicate and retitled Stone SoupStone Soup launched nationally as a daily comic strip November 20, 1995 and currently runs in 300 newspapers worldwide as well has having a large following online.
There are currently 10 Stone Soup Book Collections in print, the most recent being "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time". 
Eliot’s cartoons have been exhibited in the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa; The San Francisco Museum of Cartoon Art: in the Library of Congress where 16 of her cartoons are part of the permanent collection, and in Portugal at B.D. Amadora, an International Cartoon Exhibition held annually in Lisbon.
In Fall 2009 Eliot appeared at the 2nd annual international cartoon exhibition, FBIDA Algiers, in Algeria. She has won numerous awards for her cartooning work including "Best Book,  B.D Amadora International Cartoon Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal" and the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow Award from the University of Oregon.
Jan is also heavily involved in charity work - The Stone Soup characters are licensed by Habitat for Humanity International, and have been used to promote the Women’s Build program, Girls’ Build, Operation Home Delivery, and Habitat’s Katrina rebuild effort. In 2005 Eliot served on the Talbot’s Foundation Scholarship Board. The “Stone Soup Day of Fame”, an auction item that puts the winner’s name in the strip, has raised over $60,000 for Oregon charities. 
We welcome Ms. Eliot as a featured speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September of 2015!



Kenosha Festival of Cartooning NCSF Auction Raises Over $10,000 For Kid's Charities In Kenosha!

Open Wings Director Kim Hufford Ackles and Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director Anne Morse Hambrock with students from Open Wings School for children with autism and other learning challenges.

We are please to announce that the 2014 benefit auction, sponsored by the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning and the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, raised over $10,000 to be split between the two children's charities in Kenosha!

We were honored to present a check for over $5,000 to the Open Wings School which serves children with autism and other learning challenges and also a check for over $5,000 to the Kenosha Clinic of the Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin.

Thank you so much to all the members of the cartooning community who donated art and ephemera to the auction and to all the bidders who valued those items and bid heartily!

And thank you to the NCS Foundation for making this auction a part of their mission to support community causes through cartooning!

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director Anne Morse Hambrock presents a check for over $5,000 to Dr. James Lustig, Thomas Miller and Jack Scalcucci of the Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Director Anne Morse Hambrock presents a check for over $5,000 to Kim Hufford Ackles - Director of the Open Wings School for children with autism and other learning challenges.

Open Wings Students made a lovely "Thank You" card and presented it to Festival Director Anne Morse Hambrock

More Open Wings Students with their "Thank You" card for Festival Director Anne Morse Hambrock


Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning 2014 Photos Posted!

Soup To Nutz Rick Stromoski at WGTD (Jeff Keane to his left and Lincoln Peirce to his right)


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.

With over 500 photos to review it has taken us a while whittle that number down to something more manageable and to get the photo gallery in order with all the proper captions and photographer credits. 

Click on this link to check out all the fun we had!!

Reporting On Each Day's Events



The festival added a new member to the team this year in the person of Mike "Comic Strip Of The Day" Peterson.

Mike will be posting regular updates on the festival doings for those of you who cannot attend but want to get a sense of everything going on for the next three days.

Mike's first installment can be found by clicking here. After that you will want to subscribe to his feed or bookmark his page or something because the reset of us are going to be running around and will be too busy to post pictures or much of anything else :-)

And after the festival is over you should keep Mike's website bookmarked if you love comics. His daily commentary and the best comics of the day - and their place in the cultural mix - is not to be missed!

Festival Schedule - Each Day



The Festival is less than 1 week away! We kick things off Thursday, September 25th and Finish off on Saturday September 27th.

Events on Thursday take place at the Rita Talent Picken Center For The Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Parkside. For a detailed schedule of the Thursday events click here.

Events on Friday take place at the Kenosha Public Museum. For a detailed schedule of the Friday events events click here.

Events on Saturday take place at the Kenosha Public Museum. For a detailed schedule of the Saturday events events click here.

Festival Director on Tall Tale Radio!


Tom Racine of Tall Tale Radio was kind enough to interview festival director Anne Morse Hambrock - listen here for exciting news about the festival auction!

Todd Clark - Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker For 2014




Todd Clark has been drawing for as long as he can remember, probably the result of carrying a copy of MAD magazine with him at all times as a child…and then later as an adult.

 Since he began cartooning full-time in 1990, his cartoons have appeared in magazines ranging from Saturday Evening Post to Diversion to Disney Adventures. He’s recently begun selling regularly to the aforementioned MAD, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Besides full-time duties on his own syndicated comic of 15 years, LOLA, Clark also writes jokes for some heavyweight strips including Sherman’s Lagoon, Mother Goose and Grimm, Tundra, B.C., Wizard of ID, Baby Blues, Zits and Frank and Ernest, and has in the past contributed on Bizarro and Dennis the Menace. His first illustrated novel for children, The Ice Cream Kid, is due out next May, published by Universal’s AMP! Books For Kids.

Todd lives in Boise with his beautiful wife, Kelly, and youngest daughter, Rhiannon. Eldest daughter, Holly, has recently flown the coop. In his spare time, Todd enjoys writing about himself in the third person.


Tickets for Lincoln Peirce



The presentation by Lincoln Peirce is free and open to the public but seating is limited to 175.

As a result we will be admitting the audience using free tickets available at kenoshacartoonfest@gmail.com

Once you have registered, your tickets will be set aside at the Kenosha Public Museum at the festival "will call" table.

Please limit your tickets to 4 tickets per request.

Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Kenosha Public Museum DaimlerChrysler Hall
Admission: Free but registration required

New Panel Discussion Added To Thursday Festival Events!


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The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin's Library. The Library is kicking off a Big Read of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury on Wednesday September 24th and Thursday September 25th. 
As a result of this event, the UW Parkside Art Galleries are adding original art by Tim Hamilton from the graphic novel version of Fahrenheit 451 and the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning will include Mr. Hamilton on a newly added panel discussion Thursday September 25th.
The Big Read launch of Ray Bradbury's novel about burning books coincides with Banned Books Week and fits very well with the discussion of underground comics and censorship that will be generated by the gallery show "The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen so we at the festival are very excited to offer this extra discussion and welcome Mr. Hamilton to the festival!
Freedom Of Expression: The "Subversiveness" Of Comics, The Comics Code and Banning Books 
A discussion on the role of cartoon art in the battle for freedom of speech.
 Panelists:
  • Denis Kitchen – independent publisher of underground comics, comics scholar, and founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
  • Scott Stantis – former president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists
  • Tim Hamilton – graphic novelist of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
  • Paul Buhle – comic historian
  • George Hagenuer – cartoon art collector and comic historian
Moderator: Doug Singsen – Art history professor at UW Parkside
  • Time: 2:00-3:30
  • Location: UW-Parkside. Rita Tallent Picken Center For The Arts