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.
As some of you know, last weekend I attended the exhibit opening and celebration of King Features’ 100th birthday at The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Sadly, Steve couldn’t join in on the fun, but I had a terrific time hanging with a few dozen visiting cartoonist pals, gawking at the original cartoons on display, and receiving a backstage tour of “The Billy.”
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.”