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Artists - Cartoonists Tom Richmond

The Mad Art of Caricature

I’ve always admired people who can pull off caricatures. When done in public it’s performance art that could go horribly wrong if you exaggerate a person’s features to the point of insult. Just a couple weeks ago recent MCAD grad Kirsten Bonafield did an exceptional job of it at her table at SpringCon.

Kirsten Bonafield at SpringCon 2012

One of the masters of caricature is Tom Richmond – so much so in fact that Tom was recently voted Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society.

Tom Richmond in his studio giving a talk to my MCAD Pro Practice class.

If you haven’t picked it up yet I recommend Tom’s latest book, The Mad Art of Caricature. If you’re on the fence – here’s a preview…

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Artists - Cartoonists Conventions

SpringCon 2012 – St. Paul, Minnesota

Great time at SpringCon 2012 this year.
It was a beautiful day Saturday so the crowd lined up for when it opened went off as far as the eye could see.

The line on Saturday going off into the distance...

Setting up I was lucky enough to get a table dead center in the Grandstand.

My daughter Anna manning the table for me.

Great people on either side of me as well. Drew Blom on the one…

Drew Blom

…and Ben Tye, Jay Rasgorshek and Kirsten Bonafield manning the MCAD booth on the other.

BenTye, Jay Rasgorshek and Kirsten Bonafield

Lots of MCADians in attendance – best of all they were behind tables selling their wares.
More pictures at the MCAD Comic Art Tumblr.

And Speaking of MCAD, Adjuct Teachers Paul Fricke, Terry Beatty and Tom Kaczynski were also in attendance

Paul Fricke with daughter, Emily.

Paul’s daughter Emily hit the ground running selling her miniature clay figurines and jewelry she sells on her Etsy shop – I may have her in to talk to my Pro Practice class if I teach that one again…

Martin Powell and Terry Beatty

Terry Beatty – to the right of writer Martin Powell – is currently the new artist on the Phantom Sunday page for King Features. You can subscribe to it at dailyink.com.

Tom Kaczynski

Tom K is the publisher of Uncivilized Books. The imprint publishes limited edition, hand-made booklets and coming soon, The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell. Tom showed me a proof copy and it looks BEAUTIFUL.

Lots of other artists in attendance as well. Here’s a few I snapped pics of…

Bob McCleod giving a panel lecture.
Gene Ha doing sketches for fans.
Pablo Marcus
Don Rosa
Dan Jurgens

Special thanks to Dan Jurgens who took some time out from the NEW 52 books he’s doing for DC Comics to speak to my MCAD Pro Practice class this past semester.

Bob Lipski

And Bob Lipski is one of my daughter’s favorite cartoonists. We have every Upton Girl collection in print.

Jose Delbo was also in attendance – No picture here as I already devoted an entire blog post to meeting up with him.

All for now – wrapping up with my favorite costumes I saw…

Spacesuits inspired by Wally Wood .
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MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition – May 11, 2012

This past spring I was a member of the Thesis Committee for MFA student Luke Ellison. The other members of the Committee were writer Will Alexander and Luke’s mentor, MCAD Associate Professor Linda Frichtel.

Just this past Friday the MCAD MFA students had a reception for their Exhibition.

Northrup King Building in Minneapolis – Cool fire door.
MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition
Luke Ellison’s mug shot, reading corner and pillows.

Luke’s thesis project was comprised of two books; An original story titled AVES told in a mixture of ink drawings and verse, and an illustrated adaptation of  Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day.

“All Summer in a Day”

I really admire the hard work Luke put into his project. Both books came out beautiful.
Here’s to continued success in whatever he ends up tackling next…