Today I made a decision to start a new feature here on the blog.
"Spot The Cartoonist" will be a place to find out where you can go to meet or hear a presentation by your favorite cartoonists.
For instance, if you lived anywhere within driving distance of Hamilton Ontario last weekend you could have attended presentations by Sandra Bell Lundy, Paul Gilligan, John Martz, Mike Cope and Leif Peng.
Likewise, if you were anywhere close to Marceline Missouri last weekend, you could have attended presentations (for free BTW) by Stan Goldberg, Guy Gilchrist, Marcus Hamilton, John Hambrock.
Monday September 20th found Dave Coverly in Wisconsin Rapids where, along with doing some school presentations, he attended a reception in is honor and a book signing - both of which were open to the public.
This weekend the North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society will be having their fall meeting in Omaha Nebraska. While much of the weekend will involve presentations to pre-selected schools and chapter members only, Saturday boasts a very full roster of events open to the public (scroll down the schedule until you see "Public Events"), including presentations by Josh Cooley of Pixar and two of the chapter members who have done the USO thing and visited the troops (I'm assuming one of those is Tom Richmond) a book signing and the opportunity to see John Read's excellent travelling exhibit of comic strip originals "One Fine Sunday In the Funny Pages."
And, of course, there is the Festival of Cartoon Art in Columbus Ohio in about three weeks (October 14-17) which will not only boast the chance to rub elbows with probably 75% of the members of the NCS as they wander around the OSU campus (and probably all the area bars and taverns as well) but a couple of events open to the public, the chance to buy a lot of folks book collections, (The new Edison collection might be one of them - working on it) and another chance to see the One Fine Sunday Exhibit.
Those are just a couple of things coming up off the top of my head- I'll be putting something a little more formal as I start to get info from folks.
I decided to start this feature as a sort of "one stop shopping" zone because I feel that the public loves to meet cartoonists and buy their books or whatnot (and cartoonists really like meeting and supporting each other as well - I've truly never met such a collegial profession) and announcements on facebook and twitter get buried so quickly in the timeline. So, once I work the bugs out - give me a week or two because I'll be running around Omaha and Columbus and also collecting schedules from people, this should be a feature with it's own permanent page and archive that you can access anytime.
UPDATE: Here is a link to what I have so far. I have to go to work but will hopefully have a permanent button on the sidebar by tonight.