Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

Wow! It's been waaaay too long since my last blog posting. The good news is that silence usually means I'm busy.  The downside is that I sometimes miss the opportunity to share timely news.

So, before I let the silence linger any longer...

I recently had a wonderful time at the second Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.

Personally, I just love the idea of a festival whose ultimate goal is to celebrate cartooning by bringing artists and audiences together.  Add a charity auction to benefit a children's hospital and center for grieving children, and I'm completely hooked.

And so, when the festival's founder & director, Anne Morse Hambrock, asked me a few months ago if I'd be interested/available in being the official festival photographer, I was honoured to accept her invitation.  Heck, I would've been a fool to decline the opportunity to meet and hang-out with some of the top professional cartoonists in newspaper comic strips!

Although I'm a far cry from a professional photographer, being a member of the National Cartoonists Society, I saw this as a great way give back to the cartooning community and help encourage the general public's interest in cartooning.

You can find 240 photos that I took on the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning's Facebook page.

You can also find several of the same photos in chronological order with captions on the Festival's Blog (Photo Gallery 2012) .

I hope you enjoy viewing them ... I certainly enjoyed taking them!

Among the many treasured memories I returned to Canada with, I was very happy to win a Mutts original comic strip art by Patrick McDonnell at the National Cartoonist Society Foundation's charity auction. The auction raised over $10,000 for The Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin's Kenosha Clinic and Margaret Ann's Place!

Mutts original comic strip art by Patrick McDonnell.

... I enjoy the work of many cartoonists, but as my studio bookshelves will attest, there is a select group of syndicated comic strip cartoonists that, for various reasons, I consider my heroes.  Patrick McDonnell is indeed one of my heroes, and as a friend & fellow cartoonist* learned at the charity auction, there was no way I was leaving without winning this piece of art!  Once I have it professionally framed behind museum glass, it will be given a place of honour in my studio.

(*name withheld to protect the innocent!)

A warm thank you to Anne Hambrock for offering me the opportunity to help the festival.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

1 comment:

  1. i hope i can draw somethink like that . .