Art Show in Cali

June 12th, 2009 | Posted in News

Crazy South American cartoonists
Some of the crazy South American cartoonists I hung out with for a week in Cali

Last night was the opening of my art exhibition at the Centro Columbo Americano in Cali, Colombia. The Colombo is an educational resource for Cali residents and visitors about Amercia’s culture, language and life. They teach English there, have exhibitions and shows featuring American arts and culture and organize events featuring the same in Cali. Last week they had a blues music festival featuring many international musicians including a few from the United States. They also act as a resource for Americans visiting Cali, and often are hosts to American guests in town for events. The Colombo Americano didn’t organize the CaliComix event but they are one of the sponsors, specifically sponsoring my involvement. They have provided translators for me for my presentations and when I attend the presentations of others, and have made sure I am well taken care of. They have been great.

The show itself was supposed to be all originals but the logistics of sending so much original art, getting it framed and set up and shipping it back later was just too complicated. So I sent they digital files of about 30 pieces of art I did for MAD and other clients, and they had them printed for the show. They enlarged several of them but most printed at the same size they were in the magazine. Other than having some of the enlargements looking “stretched” because their aspect ratios were not kept consistent when they were increased in size, the show looked pretty good. I did bring two originals with me that were included as well.

Here are a few more photos from the show opening party. I’ll be writing a full report next week about my experience in Colombia.

Folks looking at the exhibit

Part of the gallery

the show's entrance graphic
They made a gigantic mural print of the promo piece for the show


  1. Nate says:

    Looks like a great event, Tom! I could imagine that it would’ve been tough to send all the originals out there and back.

    I like that big mural as well.

  2. Jason Anhorn says:

    Congratulations! Did you have to go to school to learn how to do that! 😉

  3. Ann Campbell says:

    Looks like a load of fun hanging out with you all….

    Question for Tom: I’ve yet to see a good caricature of Sarah Palin. Any plans to capture her “likeness” given she’s up in the media…again?

  4. jimbodraw says:

    Very cool Tom – looks like a great time.

  5. I hope you put more pics… thats great!

  6. julio cesar Naranjo says:

    Hi Tom i couldnt say good bye to you personally, and i wanted to say it was a real honor get to know you and how you give us your experience about your work and how do you do it . You encouraged me to move forward and keep working, thank you for given me the chance to know you, ill never forget it . Thanks

  7. hello tom
    for us, ASCO was a group known haberte immense pleasure to share with us everything you know, remember that this is your house and you can return whenever you want

  8. hey, Tom. that a great week!!! always remember that moments and your teachings. My hause it’s your hause in Colombia.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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