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.
They made a gigantic mural print of the promo piece for the show
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