One of my favorite comic strips is “Mother Goose and Grimm” drawn by the incomparable Mike Peters. Always funny, great artwork… one of the best done strips ever, IMO.
Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum, a part of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh that exhibits cartoon art shows and events, will be opening a “Mother Goose and Grimm” show in October:
From Joe Woos and The ToonSeum:
Opening Friday October 17th– Mother Goose and Grimm: the Art of Mike Peters. Meet the creator Mike Peters and Grimmy on Saturday October 18th at the Children’s Museum. Free smiley cookies to the first 150 guests thanks to Eat N Park!
October 17th-19th– A Mother Goose and Grimm Weekend. Meet Mike Peters, award winning editorial cartoonists and creator of the popular comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm. Exhibit runs through January 4th 2009. Exhibit sponsored by the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Saturday October 18th– Join us at the Andy Warhol Museum for a panel discussion on cartoons and national politics with Mike Peters, Rob Rogers and other special guests.
If you have never met Mike Peters, then you’ve never met Mike Peters. The man is a dynamo. He makes Robin Williams look like Ben Stein. He hugs everybody, and is genuinely delighted to meet anyone and everyone… especially those who also toil over the blank paper on the drawing board. He also loves MAD, and Jack Davis is one of his heroes. Come to think of it… isn’t Jack Davis one of every cartoonist’s heroes??
When I did the Reuben artwork for this year’s NCS awards weekend, I included Mike in the forefront of the parade as he was MCing the ceremonies (closeup above). The Superman suit is a trademark of his. He’s done a number of skits and MC duties for the NCS and always manages to appear in that suit at some point, so it was a perfect fit being a Mardi Gras parade and all. A month or two later my phone rings and it’s Mike Peters, who proceeds to rave about my drawing of him and how his granddaughter saw it and exclaimed “it’s you, Grampy!”. Naturally I was more than a little flattered by that. He wanted to know if he could get a copy somehow, and I printed off a large sized poster on my over-sized Epson printer on photo paper for him and gave it to him at the Reubens.
I got three hugs for that.
If you have a chance to see this show, I would recommend it highly… even having not seen it myself. Cartooning does not get any better than the work of Mike Peters. If you get a chance to attend the weekend where Mike is making an appearance, you will not be disappointed meeting the man behind the mayhem… and the hugs.
Check out the ToonSeum website for details on this and other events and shows.
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