A Rare Gig

April 30th, 2010 | Posted in General

Images courtesy Jeff Mandell

Last Saturday I traveled to the lovely town of Storm Lake, Iowa and drew caricatures at a rare gig with Florida based caricaturist and illustrator Jeff “Talltoon” Mandell. Jeff is enormously talented and a true visionary in the field of caricature and marketing… he had the foresight back in the infancy of the internet to register the URL www.caricature.com, and has been a pioneer in the world of live digital caricatures as well as the traditional method (i.e. drawing on dead trees) which is what we practiced at Buena Vista University. Jeff draws at corporate events, trade shows, colleges and functions all over the U.S.

It was fun hanging out with him and drawing at this event. I don’t come out of “gig retirement” too often, and it takes a good friend and caricaturist I admire greatly to talk me into it. Jeff is both.


  1. Any relation to Howie?

    • Tom says:

      I don’t think so, although if you stacked two Howies, one on the other’s shoulders, they might be as tall as Jeff.

  2. Hey Tom,

    That left arm is starting to look pretty buff!

  3. Jeff Mandell says:

    Now you’ve gone and done it. My head’s too big to get through the door. Tom, the pleasure was all mine. You are a class act.

  4. TshirTaCO says:

    What is the pen you’re using in the bottom? Looks like it has a nice cooshy grip.


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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