Indiegogo Backer Reward Fulfillment



The Indiegogo has ended and, thanks to the generosity of our backers and their belief in the Festival we surpassed our goal by $570! Exceeding our goal will help us claw back our Indiegogo processing fees so that we wind up with almost the $10,000 we asked for!
We still have some stretch goals and will continue to accept general donations here at the official festival web site (use the donate button in the sidebar or send us an email regarding donations by personal check) and we will also continue to accept donations for Ads in the program book - see tab above for details.
We are busy processing the backer rewards at this time and backers should expect a personal email regarding their perk by April 20th. If you are a backer and you do not hear from us by that time contact us at kenoshacartoonfest@gmail.com
Thank You Everyone!!!!!

Indiegogo Stretch Goals


We needed to hit our target of $10,000 on Indiegogo and we did it thanks to all the fine folks who believe in the festival and supported it.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated, whether it was a book or a piece of art for the backer rewards or a standard financial contribution. We could not have done it without you!

We have until Friday to raise as much more money as we can for the festival. The $10,000 original Indiegogo goal, along with a few major donors to be announced next week,  covers our main budget.

We would love to be able to offer some extras:

  • Full color printing of the program book 
  • All you can eat pizza and soda at the comic jam Friday night
  • An extra nice spread of food at the opening reception Thursday night
  • Complimentary beer and wine tickets at the closing reception Saturday night
If you were meaning to donate, and didn't get to yet, please consider helping us meet these stretch goals. If you already donated but would like to see us be able to offer the above amenities, please consider bumping up your donation a smidge.

Thanks again to everyone who helped us make our goal!!!!!!!

Lincoln Peirce: Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker for 2014


Please join us as we welcome Lincoln Peirce when he appears next September at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning running from Thursday, September 25th through Saturday, September 27th of 2014.





“Some people call it a kids’ strip,” says Lincoln Peirce of Big Nate, the comic feature he created in 1991, “and some don’t.  To me, the labels aren’t important.  What really matters is that it’s funny.” 

Big Nate follows the adventures of Nate Wright, an energetic sixth-grade boy whose larger-than-life personality often lands him in hot water with his classmates and teachers.  “Nate’s school life is at the center of the strip,” Lincoln says.  “And schools can be hilarious places.”  Big Nate currently appears in over 300 newspapers, and in 2013 ranked among the ten most-read features on gocomics.com

In 2010, Lincoln’s characters reached a whole new audience when he began writing and illustrating Big Nate novels for children.  Each of the six titles has been a New York Times Bestseller; the seventh book in the series, Big Nate Lives It Up, will be published by Harper Collins in March of 2015.  There have also been numerous compilations from Andrews McMeel, including Big Nate:  I Can’t Take It! And Big Nate:  Great Minds Think Alike.

When he isn’t cartooning, Lincoln hosts a weekly radio show devoted to vintage country music.  He also plays ice hockey, enjoys cryptic crossword puzzles, and doesn’t understand his computer.   He and his wife Jessica live in the great little city of Portland, Maine, and have two children.

Stay tuned to this official festival site as we continue to profile our guest speakers! 

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Terri Libenson - Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker for 2014



Please join us as we welcome Terri Libenson when she appears next September at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning running from Thursday, September 25th through Saturday, September 27th of 2014.



Terri’s cartooning career began as a child when she started vandalizing her brother’s Archie comic books by rewriting the dialog (luckily, she respected his MAD magazines enough to leave them alone).

Later, she moved on to some original work.  Terri has been writing and illustrating humorous cards for American Greetings for over 20 years. She has won numerous awards for her work and even created a successful, long-running card line called “Skitch.”  She has also written online cards for AmericanGreetings.com, Egreetings.com, and BlueMountainArts.com.
In 2000, Terri got back to her comic roots and developed “Got a Life,” a weekly syndicated strip with King Features. It ran for two years before she decided to try her hand at a daily comic feature. Her dream came true when the internationally syndicated “Pajama Diaries” launched in 2006. It details the daily happenings of Terri’s alter ego, Jill Kaplan, a contemporary working mom trying to juggle it all -- work life, family life, and sex life (or lack thereof) -- without going bonkers.

Terri has two book collections: “The Pajama Diaries: Déjà To-Do” (2011) and “The Pajama Diaries: Having it all…and no time to do it” (2013). She also has a third comic book-style collection called, “The Pajama Diaries: Bat-Zilla” (2013), which features a recent Bat Mitzvah story line and Jewish holiday-themed strips.

Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA, a much saner Terri currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Cleveland, OH. 

Terri's Strip The Pajama Diaries has just been nominated for Best Newpaper Comic Strip of 2013 by the National Cartoonists Society.

Stay tuned to this official festival site as we continue to profile our guest speakers. 

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Jeff Keane - Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Guest Speaker for 2014




Please join us as we welcome Jeff Keane when he appears next September at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning running from Thursday, September 25th through Saturday, September 27th of 2014. 



Jeff was born in 1958. Two years later, his father Bil Keane started chasing him around begging him to do something funny. So began his career as a cartoon model for "The Family Circus." He now authors that comic, which appears daily in over 1,400 newspapers worldwide, making it the most widely syndicated panel in America today.

Raised in Arizona, Keane moved to California to attend the University of Southern California where in 1980 he received his BFA in Drama. After graduation, in an attempt to have a freer schedule for auditions, etc., he returned to his cartoon roots and began to assist on the feature. Jeff started out just answering mail and compiling books but, through years of his father’s guidance, has taken over the feature and is responsible for all aspects of creating the daily cartoon (writing, penciling, inking, coloring).

In 2007 Keane was elected President of the National Cartoonists Society. The NCS (founded in 1946) is recognized as the world's premier organization of professional cartoonists. He was re-elected in 2009 (becoming only the fourth two-term president in the NCS’s history). Along with a group of his NCS colleagues, Keane has done numerous trips with the USO visiting our troops in hospitals and military bases throughout the world (including both Iraq and Afghanistan).

Jeff and his wife Melinda live in Laguna Hills where they created three cartoon characters of their own (Spencer, Matilda and Olivia). Keane now chases his kids around begging them to do something funny. So "The Family Circus" keeps going around in circles.

Stay tuned to this official festival site as we continue to profile our guest speakers. 

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Festival Testimonial: Stephan Pastis



Have you been to Kenosha? 

I've been to Kenosha.

Here's what I learned about Kenosha. They have a bar every 25 feet.

Seriously.

When Kenosha Festival of Cartooning organizer Anne Morse Hambrock cajoled me to visit Kenosha and be a speaker there in 2012 she baited the hook with that magical phrase, "Wisconsin is the beer capitol of the USA and Kenosha has bars every 25 feet."

I thought she was kidding. But, sure enough, as we drove into Kenosha there really did seem to be about 3 bars per block. Within a block of my hotel there were 7 bars alone.

That would have been enough for me to spend three days there even without a cartooning festival. 

The festival itself was great. My fellow cartoonists and I all presented to packed audiences including a massive high school assembly where we were treated like rock stars. Literally. We entered the stage to the tune "Back in Black" by AC DC pumped out at high volume to an auditorium full of screaming kids.

The festival is gearing up for 2014 - September 25th-27 and they have another top notch group of cartoonists scheduled to speak - including this guy who I hear does some sort of family themed comic:



But they need your help with their Indiegogo campaign to fund the events and also keep everything free and open to the public. Click on the link, watch the video by my buddy Tom Racine, (watch for me, I'm in there, you guessed it, with a beer) and help them reach their goal!


Note from the festival director - the above photo is, of course, Jeff Keane of "Family Circus" - that photo was taken on a military helicopter when Jeff and Stephan visited troops in Afghanistan with the USO "Cartooning For The Troops"

Festival Testimonial: Hilary Price

Thank you to Hilary Price for sharing a story about her time in Kenosha as a guest speaker in 2012! Be sure to make her strip "Rhymes With Orange" one of your daily reads if you haven't done so and follow her blog. She also did a nice TV interview recently that you can find here.


"You may remember that in 2012 I was a speaker at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. I don't know what I was expecting Kenosha to be like. I'm pretty sure I hadn't counted on it being like this:



You look out the window of the hotel at Lake Michigan and see fish hurling themselves 2 or 3 feet out of the water into the air. Use a fishing pole if you like but if you are close enough, a baseball mitt would do.

I learned some other fascinating things about Kenosha:  they are the home of Snap On Tools and Jockey Underwear. (I happen to be wearing my Jockey For Hers right now.) And it used to be where you got those cool Nash Ramblers.


Now they are also becoming known for this terrific cartooning festival that happens in September.


I really enjoyed my time as a speaker - the event was not so large it was intimidating and not so small it would have been awkward.  I was able to get to know the fans as well and share a drink or two with my fellow cartoonists. It was well organized and low stress. I had a blast, despite the fact that for the first - and hopefully last - time I accidentally licked the microphone during my presentation.


The festival is happening again next September 25th-27th with another stellar line-up of cartoonists and they need your help to reach their fundraising goal on Indiegogo. All the events at the festival are free and open to the public but only if they can get the money they need to actually pay for staging everything.

Click on the link, watch the video that gives you all the details about speakers and stuff, and support the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning today!"  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kenosha-festival-of-cartooning/x/5840174


Festival Testimonial: Sandra Bell Lundy

Thank you to Sandra Bell Lundy for sharing a story about her time in Kenosha as a guest speaker in 2011. She even put it in illustrated narrative for us!! Be sure to make her strip "Between Friends"one of your daily reads if you haven't done so. And head over to our Indiegogo and make a donation to support keeping attendance to festival 2014 completely FREE and open to the general public!!


Indiegogo last 5 hours

We still have some nice perks for the last 6 hours of the Indiegogo fundraiser!

Once the drive is over these perks will no longer be available!

We WILL continue to offer ad spots in the program book on our website after the Indiegogo is finished.

More Indiegogo Math

Now that we have made our goal of $10,000 in Indiegogo we will only pay a 7% processing fee. This means our total take on the $10,000 is $9300.

Every dollar we can still make in the time remaining helps us claw that balance back up to an actual $10,000.

If we get up to $10,800 we will actually net $10,004!

There's still time to donate!

Sandra Bell Lundy Adds Between Friends to Stretch Goal Perks!




Even though we have reached our $10,000 fundraising goal we have a day and a half left on the Indiegogo campaign. So we've set out some  stretch goals for any extra money we raise before noon tomorrow.

Sandra Bell Lundy has generously offered us 5 copies of her almost impossible to get book "Hello Daughter"! This book is a collection of strips from early in the history of the comic "Between Friends" and is made up of comics about infertility and the decision to adopt. It is currently out of print and is considered rare.

Thank you Sandra!

We also still have some other nice books and original art and ad space in the program book. Head over and poke around!

We've Made It!!!



We've made our $10,000 fundraising goal on Indiegogo with 3 days to spare!!

Thanks to EVERYONE  who donated perks and financial support!

(watch for announcement of stretch goals)

63 Hours To Go - Perks List



We have only 63 hours to go and have not yet made our goal of $10,000! The good news is we are VERY close - only $481 away!

If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal before time runs out we have a stretch goal! 

If we can get to $11,500 we can afford to print the program in full color! (remember - we lose at least $700 of our donations to Indiegogo processing fees - to the $10,000 mark is really $9300 at best - this is why we would need so much more for the color program. We would be clawing back those fees.)

Perks available now (all perks include your name, or the name of your feature, in the festival program):


  • $20 General Festival Poster signed by all the guest speakers
  • $20 Program Booklet signed by all the guest speakers
  • $25 Rare signed 14 x 14 poster from 2006 sales launch of Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee (5)
  • $35 Program Booklet General Poster combo pack signed by all the guest speakers
  • $40 Signed copy of "Soup To Nutz: A Second Helping" by Rick Stromoski (1 left)
  • $40 Signed copy of "Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike" by Lincoln Peirce (3)
  • $40 Signed copy of "Jumble Workout" puzzle book with doodle by Jeff Knurek (2)
  • $50 Signed copy of "B.C. Reinvents The Wheel" by Mastroianni and Hart (10)
  • $50 Full set of signed Festival Posters (4) and a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers
  • $50 1/4 page ad (4 x 5 inches) of your own design in the official Program Booklet - includes a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers
  • $50 Limited Edition KFOC "Challenge Coin" with signature card signed by all the guest speakers
  • $100 1/2 page ad (8 1/4 x 5 inches) of your own design in the official Program Booklet - includes a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers
  • 100 KFOC "Challenge Coin" with signature card, full set of signed Festival Posters, and a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers
  • $200 Full page ad (8 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches) of your own design in the official Program Booklet - includes a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers
  • $250 Signed original art for daily "Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee" by John Hambrock, (ink on bristol) and a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers (2)
  • $250 Package of "Jumble" art by Jeff Knurek (pencil rough, inked final, and final print of puzzle) and a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers (1)
  • $250 Signed original art for daily "Stone Soup" by Jan Eliot (ink on bristol) and a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers (2)
  • $500 Signed original art for Sunday "Big Nate" by Lincoln Peirce and a copy of the Program signed by all the guest speakers (1)

Johnny Hart Studios Add B.C. To The Perks List!


Have we mentioned before how amazingly generous cartoonists are? Johnny Hart Studios has offered 10 signed copies of "B.C. Reinvents The Wheel" to our Indiegogo campaign!

Most of the book collections we have offered have either sold out or are very close to it and we are thrilled to be able to offer these to our backers

A special thank you to Patti Hart Pomeroy!

New Edison Perk: Rare 2006 Launch Sales Kits And Posters



Thank you to John Hambrock who has dug through his Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee ephemera and come up with King Features Sales Kits from the original 2006 launch to offer for our fundraising campaign on Indiegogo!

The full color kit, with illustrations on the front and back covers as well as the inside front cover, is on 100 lb card stock with a pocket containing:

  • Character Descriptions
  • Artist Bio
  • 4 Full Color Sunday Strip Samples
  • 24 Black and White Daily Strip Samples
  • The Back Cover Illustration is the same as the poster



He also unearthed copies of a special 14 x14 inch square promotional poster designed especially for newspaper editors - the invention depicted is that of a "Newspaper Distiller" and the joke centers around the relationship between newspapers and TV news.

A limited quantity of these perks are available on Indiegogo - head over and claim yours!!

Thanks John!!

Book Perks: What's Left UPDATED 4/6 1:41 PM CST


The countdown is on - only 5 1/2 days left and books are running out! Here are the book perks that are still available:

  • "Do-Overs - A Lola Collection" By Todd Clark - 1 available
  • "Soup To Nutz: A Second Helping" by Rick Stromoski  - 2 available
  • "Jumble Workout" a collection of jumble puzzles illustrated by Jeff Knurek - 2 available
  • NEW! "Having It All And No Time To Do It" by Terri Libenson - 5 available

The Countdown Is On!!

We have entered the final week of our Indiegogo fundraiser! We have 6 days (Until 12:00 noon CST Friday April 11th) to raise $1370!

We can do it!! If you haven't donated yet and want to support the festival head over there today!!

Our Overall Funding - Where Indiegogo Fits In & A Word About Matching Funds



Our Indiegogo fundraising is going great!! As of this writing we are only $1770 away from our goal!! Thanks to everyone who has donated and also spread the word about the festival!! A few donors have asked about matching funds so we wanted to clarify that situation and put the Indiegogo drive into its proper place in our overall funding strategy.

We are fortunate that this year we have secured some anchor sponsorships for the festival - these sponsorships will help greatly, especially our non profit sponsor.

So why did we choose to also pursue crowd funding via Indigogo and why aren't any of our sponsors offering matching funds?

1) Matching funds

  • When we did matching funds on Kickstarter we lost some of the money our principal sponsor originally offered us in processing fees, lowering our overall fundraising amount significantly.
  • The money from our outside sponsors goes farther if we keep it separate from crowd funding.


2) Why do crowd funding at all?

  • We chose to do crowd funding because we learned that fans of the festival really like being involved in the success of the festival and they also like getting perks like signed books and posters and original art.  
  • We didn't want to rely solely on major sponsors and trespass on their generosity and also didn't want to place an undue burden on fans by raising the entire budget through crowd funding
  • Crowd funding generates more excitement for the event and helps make folks aware that it is happening
  • Our local businesses have been pretty strapped by the slow economy and don't have as much money for sponsorships as they used to.
Thanks again to everyone who supports the festival! We couldn't do any of this without you!!

Book Perks - A Rundown UPDATED

Just so potential backers know where we stand on the signed book collections here is a break down:


  1. "Do-Overs - A Lola Collection" By Todd Clark - 4 available
  2. "Deja To Do" Pajama Diaries by Terri Libenson - SOLD OUT
  3. "Big Nate: In The Zone: by Lincoln Peirce - SOLD OUT
  4. "Soup To Nutz: A Second Helping" by Rick Stromoski  - 2 available
  5. "Denis Kitchen's Chipboard Sketchbook" by Denis Kitchen - SOLD OUT
  6. "Denis Kitchen's Chipboard Sketchbook" by Denis Kitchen with extra drawing - 4 available
  7. "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis" by Jimmy Johnson - SOLD OUT
  8. "Big Nate: Mr. Popularity" by Lincoln Peirce - 1 available
  9. "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time" a Stone Soup Collection by Jan Eliot - SOLD OUT
  10. "The Edison Files: Notes From The Lab" by John Hambrock 1 available
  11. "Jumble Workout" a collection of jumble puzzles illustrated by Jeff Knurek - 2 available
  12. "Oh, Sure! Blame It On The Dog!" a Pickles collection by Brian Crane - SOLD OUT
  13. "Laughter Is The Best Medicine" by Dave Coverly of Speed Bump - 3 available
  14. "Having It All And No Time To Do It" by Terri Libenson - 5 available
The last two books by Dave Coverly and Terri Libenson have just been posted Friday April 4. Apologies for not posting the Dave Coverly book yesterday as previously announced. We put it on Indiegogo but apparently there was a glitch.

Dave Coverly Adds Speed Bump To The Perks List



Thank you to former festival guest speaker (and grand poobah Reuben Award Winner) Dave Coverly for his generous donation of three (3) copies of his latest book to the Indiegogo fund raiser!

Titled "Laughter Is The Best Medicine" it is a collection of medically themed gag cartoons and, if the cover is anything to go by, they are hilarious.

Dave will sign the book for you and even do a nice little sketch in the front.

What are you waiting for - go grab one before they're gone!