Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Annual Richmond Cartoonist Cookout

Last Saturday night, Tom and Anna Richmond played host to a few cartoonists along with their spouses, significant others, and children. It was an evening of relaxation, lively conversation, and fine dining ... Minnesota style. The company was terrific, the food was memorable; watching the world-class chef at work was a sight not to be believed. And did I mention the weather? We all agreed — "perfect weather."

For those of you who can make it next year, I strongly suggest that you make plans to do so. You really missed something. For those of you who did make it to this year's gathering, it was a great evening. Wouldn't you say? Glad you were there. It wouldn't have been the same without you.

Thanks Tom and Anna. Great party, guys.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Family Doodles

Like many. we recently moved our son back to college, as he starts his sophomore year at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.
I really miss him being around and try to let him know I'm thinking of him by sending the occasional silly doodle. The attached is the first I sent him this year and it has to do with his having recently been on the set of a major motion picture. Being a Theatre Major, this was a very exciting experience for him....but not one his old dad could let go by with out poking a little light-hearted fun.___It made him my work is done.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Downsizing the news

Have you ever noticed how the newspapers are downsizing? I mean REALLY downsizing...

...size matters.

Don't forget to come to the fall Chapter meeting in Sioux Falls.
And don't forget, the Disney Toonfest wants your cartoons. Just send two, please. ("And matte 'em!" That's from Paul Fell.)
Thanks gang!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Dear Fellow Cartoonist:

It’s time to start gearing up for the 11th. Annual Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest in Marceline, MO, the little town where Walt spent part of his boyhood. Each year we celebrate Walt Disney’s life and work with this small-town festival that includes a parade, presentations by several nationally-know cartoonists, and a cartoon exhibit.
Website for the Toonfest is...

This year’s Disney Toonfest will be held Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. As always, all events are free and open to the public.

If you have exhibited your work in previous Toonfest shows, we appreciate your participation and hope that you will be sending in two or three pieces of your work again this year. If you haven’t sent work to the Toonfest cartoon exhibit, we hope you’ll consider becoming part of our growing list of cartoonist exhibitors.

Here’s the details:

All work should either be matted or mounted on mat board or mounting board. We are no longer able to exhibit work that comes in unmated or unmounted.

While we will accept cartoon submissions right up until the day we hang the show (Thursday, Sept. 17) it will make our lives a lot easier if you can have it at the Toonfest Offices by Monday, September 14.

1- At the end of the Toonfest exhibit we will ship your work back to you at no charge.
2- Please be sure that your contact information is on the back of each piece.
3- Suggested number of cartoons: 2-3.
4- The Disney Hometown Toonfest reserves the right to refuse to place work in the show that we consider inappropriate for inclusion in a family-oriented event.

Please send cartoons for the Toonfest exhibit to:

Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest
207 N. Main Street, USA
Marceline, MO 64658
Phone: 660-376-WALT (9258)

Kaye Malins email:
Barb Boyd email:

We will look forward to seeing your work in this year’s Toonfest cartoon exhibit!

Paul Fell and Mike Edholm
Toonfest Exhibit Coordinators

PS - If you sent artwork to the Lake Okoboji exhibit back in April, that work will be exhibited at the Toonfest and shipped back to you afterwards.

Friday, August 7, 2009

It's time for the Fall Chapter Meeting...

It's time for the NCS North Central Chapter's fall meeting. This year we will be gathering in beautiful downtown Sioux Falls, SD.

Ken Alvine is riding herd on the event and has asked that you contact HIM directly about hotel reservations. He's managed to get a terrific rate but he needs to know who among us needs a room and for how many and needs to know by August 15 (not later)! Contact Ken at

Here are the details:
October 2–3, 2009

Friday, Oct 2, Afternoon — "Cartoon Career Day," Lincoln High School Library from around 1:30 or 2:00 until about 4:30 p.m. Afterwards there will be a pizza party in school cafeteria.

Saturday morning - Oct 3, 9:30 - noon — Cartoonist presentations.
Chris Browne, along with Dave Mowder (Hallmark Cards in KC) and yours truly. Downtown Zandbroz Bookstore lecture room. Jeff Danz (owner) will provide doughnuts, coffee etc.

Lunch — There's a great little diner down the street with patio seating.

Saturday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 p.m. — Book signing at Zandboz bookstore downtown. Paul Fell has his new "Husker Nutz" book. Jeff Koterba has a book coming out. Tom Richmond has a new MAD book coming out. Saturday is also the "Festival of Bands" parade downtown. After the parade many will stay downtown and visit Zandbroz a very popular and arty bookstore.

Saturday evening — Carroll and Chris Browne have invited Chapter members to a gathering and dinner at their home.

Because of all the things going on in Sioux Falls that weekend I had to make some decisions on rooms early.

1. Holiday Downtown. The room rate for us is $89.00 per night. (Open rate is $119.00.) There are ten rooms reserved for Friday and Saturday night. Please let Ken Alvine know if you will be attending no later than AUGUST 15.

There's a registration fee of $20 that will cover food and misc. fees (bail, etc.)