On Strips: Festival Fundraising

By | Friday, May 08, 2015 Leave a Comment
Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
One of the comics festivals that I feel doesn't get enough press is the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. It was only founded in 2010, but they were attracting big name cartoonists (like president of the National Cartoonist Society Tom Richmond) right from the start. Every year, they take three days in September to host "a massive exhibit of comic strip art, lectures, presentations, Q&A and meet-and greets with the artists, and more!"

I suspect since they focus on folks whose work isn't regularly made into multi-million dollar blockbuster movies, there's not quite the celebrity appeal of, say, Comic-Con but from all accounts I've heard, it's a solid festival and does a great job celebrating cartoonists. All the events are free and open to the public.

This year, they've launched an Indiegogo campaign to help with costs. I don't know if I'll be able to make it to the festival this year or not (although I did just get an appreciation of just how close this actually is to my backyard!) but I'm checking my finances now to see how much I can afford to donate.

I'm highlighting their campaign in part to drum up some more funding for them, but it's also just to bring wider attention to a festival that generally doesn't get covered in the comics press. So even if you can't donate, please at least take some time to check them out.
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