Achin’ for Aitkin

September 10th, 2009 | Posted in News

As I have mentioned previously I’ll be doing a speaking presentation at 7:30 tonight at the 40 Club and Convention Center in Aitkin, MN in conjunction with the “What’s So Funny? A Celebration of Cartooning!” art show at the nearby Jaques Art Center.

My talk will feature a slideshow presentation of a bunch of samples of my work, a step-by-step of a typical MAD Magazine movie parody job and a few other surprises, as well as a Q&A at the end. The entry fee is a donation to the local food shelf or one to the Art Center. I’ll also be signing autographs after the talk, free if you bring something for me to sign otherwise they are selling copies of my black and white inkedself caricature for $2.00, proceeds also going to the Jaques Art Center.¬¨‚Ć I’ll try and get some pictures.

Of more interest is probably the art show itself, which runs through Oct. 3rd. It features a lot of Minnesota cartoonists:

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Duane Barnhart – Contributor to the AITKIN INDEPENDENT AGE, SATURDAY EVENING POST

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Jim Bertram – Contributor to the WALL STREET JOURNAL, award winning editorial cartoonist

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Ed Fischer – Award winning editorial cartoonist – author of many regional humor books

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Carl W. Gawboy – Cartoonist, book author, illustrator IN WITH THE FINN CROWD

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ David Gillette – Emmy Award winning cartoonist for TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TELEVISION (TPT)

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Dan Jurgens – Award winning comic book artist and writer SUPERMAN COMICS, others

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Dave Kirwan – advertising cartoonist, creator of syndicated comic strip ALIENS

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Scott Klingelhofer – advertising illustrator, cartoonist, art director for MELLO SMELLO

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Chris Monroe – Award winning book illustrator MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT, draws VIOLET DAYS cartoon

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Dave Phipps – Panel cartoonist, specializing in advertising and promotion

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Tom Richmond – Moi

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Scott Rolfs – Comic book artist, book illustrator, advertising cartoonist

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Joel Seibel – Emmy Award winning animator and storyboard artist. Draws SKEETER TALES

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Julia Suits – Contributor to NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, nationally syndicated caricaturist

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Jackie Urbanovic – NEW YORK TIMES best selling children’s book author, illustrator

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Jerry Van Amerongen – Award winning syndicated daily cartoonist. Draws BALLARD STREET

Check out their bios here. I am looking forward to seeing both the show and the small town beauty of Aitkin… and the fall colors are beginning to start this time of year.


  1. So cool
    I wish I could be there


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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