On Strips: Festival of Cartooning Notes
The setup is pretty straight-forward. In the Kenosha Public Museum, they have one of the galleries set aside for comic art (this year, the focus was on women in cartooning) and then they have a series of talks from a half dozen or so working cartoonists, each lasting about 45 minutes. All of which is free to the public. Although the Museum Gift Shop had a few books available, there's no real commercial aspect to the festival. No vendor tables or anything; even the creators there didn't have books to sell. It's really all about the capital-A Art.
I was really pleased to be able to go this year. It's not a large show, but that's part of what I enjoyed about it. There was definitely a level of intimacy there that you don't see at a lot of other places. I'd been eager to go since they launched, and it did not disappoint! And now I can personally recommend putting the next on your calendar. The next one won't be until 2019, but I'm already looking forward to it!