Friday, December 07, 2012

Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline December 15

As usual, I've been too busy with clients and family to post much, but I thought this subject deserved mention. This is a terrific scholarship, named after a man who had a big effect on the work of many cartoonists.

The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship, in memory of the late King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many other prominent cartoonists. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. 

I had the pleasure of working with Jay Kennedy for a little over three years. He offered me my first syndication contract, and after that, worked with me in developing a comic strip for King Features Syndicate. I got to know him over that span and afterward -- and really grew to appreciate him and his enthusiasm for cartoons.

This memorial scholarship is the sort of thing that can launch a young cartoonist's career...and at the very least, inspire some deserving cartoonist(s) to create worthwhile things. If you think that might be you, enter now! Follow this link to the National Cartoonists Society Foundation webiste for more information...

Hotter than July

Well, almost. Christmas is three weeks away and we had 70 degree temperatures here in Boulder today.  I went to get a season ski pass in shorts the other day, (felt odd to say the least.)

Speaking of warmth, my digital drawing board is smoking from the friction of use. I have been exceedingly busy over the past few months and that explains my absence here.

October and November brought a great deal of political cartoon work, which typically increases during election cycles.

I created a good number of political cartoons for newspapers such as the San Francisco Examiner, many Senate campaigns, as well as special interest groups and financial firms. (Some examples below).

Some other work over the past several weeks...

One of several cartoons created for Cisco Systems, for use in publicizing and marketing a series of new teleconferencing technologies.

A piece for Cozi inc...publishers of a popular parenting magazine & website. (Geez, this one was for Halloween...time has really flown.) I'm currently working on a Christmas piece for them.

...And speaking of Christmas...I'm doing several holiday cards for several corporate is an unusual piece for a nice fellow who runs a pet service in Washington DC.

 Monthly cartoon for Leadership Review magazine

 Two pieces from a series of golf cartoons done for Chicago-based Straight North, Inc.

One a several cartoons for a humor book about dating.


I'm currently illustrating six books...four of which I can't share yet, but will do so after they go to press.

Back to the drawing board...after this little respite, it should be cool enough to touch again.