Saturday, February 27, 2010


Approximately two years ago, Matt McUsic (producer) and Joel Schroeder (director) of this film project contacted me asking about doing an interview in Los Angeles. At the time of they were interviewing I wasn't in LA so I wasn't much help. However, they've kept in touch with me, giving me updates on DEAR MR. WATTERSON. Now that the film is nearly done, I mentioned the film to a couple of people I know who are very interested in displaying DEAR MR. WATTERSON in their theater.
This is a film I would love to see. I'm sure that many of you feel the same way. If you feel compelled to help with a pledge, bravo! If you want to offer support by sending these folks a note to that effect, I have no doubt that they would appreciate the kind words. If you would like to be contacted for a possible interview, let them know!

Here is the Facebook message I received from Joel Schroeder earlier today:

Subject: 15 days to go for Dear Mr. Watterson

In the last 75 days, 257 Calvin & Hobbes fans--mostly complete strangers--have pledged a little over $17,000 for "Dear Mr. Watterson."

Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed, helping to give this film a huge boost. We believed that fans would flock to support this project, and "Dear Mr. Watterson" is now the 21st most popular project on;, out of hundreds of projects! Greater participation will make the project even more visible in the Kickstarter community.

With 15 days left to raise money on Kickstarter, we want to go all out and make every minute of fundraising count.

Considering how quickly we reached our initial goal, it isn't impossible to finish off this fundraising drive by actually doubling that amount and hitting $24,000 if we can finish as strong as we started.

The more we raise right now, the more likely we'll have the flexibility to be able to travel to interview cartoonists such as Jef Mallet of "Frazz," Richard Thompson of "Cul de Sac," Jim Davis of "Garfield," Bill Amend of "FoxTrot," Stephen Pastis of "Pearls Before Swine," and other cartoonists living all over the country.

Our Facebook group has over 3,600 members, and this may be your last chance to support the film so easily--you've already got a Facebook account to sign into Kickstarter, so all you need is an; account. Pledging at Kickstarter guarantees you'll get exclusive updates as we continue production, which will include occasional previews of interviews and scenes from the film.

And there are great perks when you support through Kickstarter: for instance, a gift of $75 includes a credit in the film and a DVD signed by the crew, including a disc of special features.

We hope you're inspired to make a pledge, and please spread the word about "Dear Mr. Watterson" so that we can complete our fundraiser with a bang.

Here's the link:;

We'd love to see our number of backers climb to 400 or 500, and we can't do that without your help!

This is a film that will explore the magical world that Bill Watterson shared with us. Thank you so much for helping us to make it happen.


p.s. Oh, and check out page 18 of the March issue of Wired--we got a mention!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

She had nice Tweets!

After seeing all my good friends in Lincoln, Nebraska, this past weekend and hearing about, and seeing, all the Social Networking going on...I thought I'd share the gag toon I did for today's AdMaverick blog. The link can be found at
Great seeing those in attendance and cannot wait until I see you again!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Heading for Lincoln....

For those of you who are traveling into Lincoln today (or early tomorrow), the weather gurus are calling for a chance of LIGHT SNOW. All I can say is, "DUH!" It's coming down now, but it is light and given the little that was still left on the ground, I don't think you'll have any trouble, if you're traveling by car.
If you're flying, well you have to deal with the airports and TSA. ARGH!
See you tonight (or early tomorrow a.m.). Judging begins at 10:00 am (a slight adjustment from the original schedule).


Monday, February 15, 2010

Not long now...

Pack your toothbrush and PJs, gang. Next Friday night (Saturday morning in some cases) and we'll be gathering for the Reubens Judging, but more importantly, the fellowship, the unity, and the beer!
See you next weekend!!!

PS - Bucky tells me that he's coming. So bring the medication, too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bucky makes the news....and not for the Police Report

Embarrassing as it might be, I am sharing a link here to an interview I did last week with a local television station. The premise of the interview was my relatively new Petcartoongifts venture. The interview itself was a fun experience, as it turned out the reporter and I went to rival cross-town high schools and graduated one year apart. I actually met him at my front door wearing my old high school letter jacket...true. He was very funny and we spent the hour of the interview ribbing each other and sharing lots of laughs....which, by the way, is what you're seeing in the interview when it appears I am laughing at reality I was laughing at something being said off screen. Anyway, just thought I'd share. Here's the link

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Dear Artist,
The 3rd “RED MAN” International Cartoon Humour Competition are recruiting works from artists all over the world. We sincerely invite you to participate in the Competition, it is great honor for us by your supportted.

Thank you very much.

Your friendly
Red Man

(North Central Members: I'm emailing the Word docs directly to you.)


1. The contest is Open to all artists worldwide, cartoonists, caricaturists, painters, illustrators, etc.
2. Theme :
A. CARTOON: (1). Collection
(2). monument、Myth、Moon、Flying、Woman、Marriage、Wine、Fish、Football、Forest、Shopping、Festivals(Christmas Day、Hallowmas、Valentine's Day……)
(3). Free
B. CARICATURE: Famous people
(Audrey Hepburn、Marilyn Monroe、Charlie Chaplin、Shirley Temple 、Bruce Lee……; Alfred Hitchcock、Akira Kurosawa、Zhang Yimou……; Elvis Aron Presley、Michael Jackson、Luciano Pavarotti、Madonna……; Pablo Picasso、Vincent Willem van Gogh、Leonardo Di Ser Piero Da Vinci、Salvador Dali、Ilya Yafimovich Repin……; W. William Shakespeare、Voltaire、Victor Hugo、Hans Christian Andersen、Lu Xun……; Socrates、Plato、Aristotle、Karl Marx、Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel、Confucius……; Albert Einstein、Thomas Alva Edison、Maria Sklodowska-Curie、Alfred Bernhard Nobel、Isaac Newton、Mikolaj Kopernik、Stephen William Hawking……; NapolĂ©on Bonaparte、Franklin Delano Roosevelt、Adolf Hitler、Vladimir Ilich Lenin、Sun Yat-sen……; Michael Jordan、Maradona、Pele、Cristiano Ronaldo……; Alan Greenspan、Bill Gates III……)
3. Entries: unlimited
4. The size of the works should be unlimited.
5. The works whether they have been awarded in other contests previously will be accepted. Participators should summit the original works. Photographs, photocopies, etc... will not be accepted.
6. First name, Last name, Address, Email, Telephone number should be written on the revers. Accompanied by the author's entry-form and biography.
7. Technique and medium of works are unlimited. Traditional Chinese Painting, Oil painting, Print, Watercolor or Children’s painting are all acceptable. Black and white or in colors.
8. Deadline for entries is Jury 7, 2010.
9. The works must be original. The authors should have full copyright and be responsible for all the legal responsibilities related to the productions copyright. The Foundation will not be responsible for any damage that may occur during postage and handling.
10. Prizes:
FIRST PRIZE: 4500 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
SECOND PRIZE: 2000 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
THIRD PRIZE: 1000 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
HONOURABLE PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue + Award

GRAND PRIZE: 3500 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
FIRST PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue+ Award
SECOND PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue+ Award
THIRD PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue+ Award
HONOURABLE PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue

PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATION: 500 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
HONOURABLE PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue

11. Some of accepted works will be printed in a brochure, on posters, in the world press or other printed matter for the purpose of publicizing the exhibition. In these cases, any fee for the use of works will not be paid.
12. Remark: the works will not be returned
13. Participation in the contest means the complete acceptance of all the above conditions and agreements with jury's.

14. Address:
Room 341 Building #364 ,Jinqiaoshidai,
Yunjing East Road ,Tongzhou District,
Beijing 101121, CHNA

15.E-MAIL: ,



Category A(1)□ Collection
(2)□ monument、Myth、Moon、Flying、Woman、Marriage、Wine、Fish、Football、Forest、Shopping、Festivals(Christmas Day、Hallowmas、Valentine's Day……)
(3)□ Free
B □ Famous people
C □ Free
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