Two Big Events, One Little Weekend. November 8th and 9th. Come visit.

Two biggies: I have my Open Studios event that weekend, and you are all invited visit my studio, sip teeny cups of mid-range wine, check out the work of 50+ artists throughout my building, shop for unique holiday gifts and support local artists. I will have funny cartoon prints and books and will wear a clean shirt for the occasion. Please join me!

I am on the 4th floor and will be open 10-5 Sat and 10-3 Sunday. The address is 221 Pine St. Florence, MA

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The 25th Anniversary Children’s Illustration exhibit at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton! I will have framed originals hanging there and will share space with the likes of William Steig, Jules Feiffer and Mo Willems in the gallery’s The Cartoon Corner.  The show will be up from Nov. 9 – Jan. 25th.  The opening on Sunday is from 4-6 and a bunch of the artists will be there.

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Hope to see you soon!

Visiting the Inner Sanctum of Richard Thompson (The Cartoonist, Not The Singer)

A few weeks ago in DC I hung out with Richard Thompson, creator of the comic strip Cul De Sac and the longtime illustrator extraordinaire.  If you want to see funny artwork to break up your day, check out his blog. (I won’t be offended if you leave this page.  It’s totally worth it.)

I just ordered The Complete Art of Richard Thompson to give myself for my birthday.

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We spent the afternoon flipping through files and files of his work.  Here is his actual wedding invitation.  (Note: Despite the look on their faces, he and his wife are still married.  And even more incredible, it was Richard’s mother who set them up.)

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Here’s the bunch of us in his studio:

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At the end of my visit, I looked over at this statue on his bookshelf:

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Then I asked, “What does Colonel Sanders mean to you?”

“That’s Mark Twain,” he said.

Oops.

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(Above– NOT Mark Twain.)

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(Above– Mark Twain.)

 

Being A Grand Marshal At A Parade…Is Good Exercise

The 2014 Toonfest Parade in Marceline, Missouri!

Marceline is where Walt Disney spent formative years in his childhood, and was deeply affected by the town.  Every year Marceline sponsors Toonfest, where professional cartoonists are invited to town and treated like royalty.  We spoke to the 400 high school students about our craft and got to tour the amazing Walt Disney Hometown Museum.

And, best of all, we got to be Grand Marshals in the parade…
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This photo series was shot by the amazing editorial cartoonist Steve Artley, one of the other honored guests at Toonfest.  In addition to editorial cartoons, he’s launching a Twilight Zone type series of illustrated stories called The Aphelion Arc.

The other Grand Marshal this year were cartoonists Bill Hinds, Eddie Pittman and Guy Gilchrist.

We had a blast at Toonfest!