Cartoonists– Not as sexy as firefighters, but we try.

If you have a hankering for original art, this is your weekend:

Locally, there’s the art auction this Sunday afternoon in downtown Northampton to raise money for the families who lost everything to the arson fires set this January. If you didn’t already know it, this town is teeming with children’s book illustrators, photographers, painters and the like. (Eric Carle, Mo WIllems- their stuff is there.) I am proud to join them and there’s a framed original strip with a starting bid of $100. All the bids are starting at 25% of their stated value, so this is a great opportunity for your budding collection.

On the national front, big time animators are right in the middle of an e-bay auction to help one of their own with some steep medical bills. There are original drawings of most every animated character you’ve seen in the theater, including the most recent Princess and the The Frog.

Cartoonists Go to Cuba!

Six of us, spearheaded by Jeannie Schulz–Charles Schulz’s dynamic widow– stormed the shores of Havana last week. Not only did we meet great cartoonists, we took in the sites and people of Havana– a modern society living in a city stuck in time. One of the pack, the brilliant Mad magazine caricaturist Tom Richmond, just posted an overview of the trip on his blog with great pictures and commentary.

I’ll be posting additional highlights, but Tom has done the meat and potatoes of the journey. Or, perhaps more appropriately for Cuba, the beans and rice. Thanks Tom!