I spent all afternoon and last Saturday night getting behind in deadline while hanging out with a few Florida NCS friends at the Inaugural Florida Animation Festival in Tallahassee.
The Festival served up four days of award-winning animated short programs, including: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts; Best Of The Fest International Children’s Animation; Song of the Sea (from the makers of Secret of Kells); and the sick and twisted, 2016 edition of Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation. Our very own chapter chairman, storyboard king, producer, director, Mark Simon presented Timmy’s Lessons In Nature, a series of twisted cartoon shorts he co-created.
Each year since 2011, cartoonists, comic strips and comics fans have descended on Kenosha, Wisconsin for an ever-expanding 3-day festival of cartooning which features a massive exhibit of comic strip art, lectures, presentations, Q&A and meet-and-greets with the artists, and auction.
This year the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning runs from Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29 and takes place at Carthage College, The Kenosha Public Museum, and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside in Kenosha. The 2014 Festival will feature presentations by internationally reknown cartoonists: Jeff Keane, “Family Circus”; Lincoln Peirce, “Big Nate”; Scott Stantis. “Prickly City”; Denis Kitchen, Kitchen Sink Press; Todd Clark, “Lola”; Rick Stromoski, “Soup To Nutz”; and Terri Libenson “The Pajama Diaries.”
Team Dustin was honored to spend last weekend being cornfed and celebrated along with fellow cartoonist guests, “Between Friends'” creator Sandra Bell-Lundy, and “Kim Possible” character designer Stephen Silver in Marceline, Missouri, during the annual Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest.
Marceline was the boyhood home of Walt Disney and each year they remember and pay homage to their favorite son with a daylong festival, parade and other cartoony events drawing (pun intended) Disneyphiles and fans of comic art and animation from miles around. We met fans who drove in from Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas City and St. Louis, many told us they’ve attended Toonfest for years.