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Greetings!  Well, it has been a long time since I've up-dated this page, so I have a lot to tell you about!
Who knows what I might do between now and the next time I remember to update this page?  For more up-to-the-minute information, check out the WOMP-Blog.  Otherwise, I'll see you back here in, oh, probably about 2016.  See ya then!
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For a third year, I also gave hands-on lessons in the history of early American cartooning at a War of 1812 re-enactment, called Cannons and Redcoats.  After discussing a few cartoons from the era, I had the attendees draw caricatures of the 1812 King of England, George II, and of their "commanding officer."  Most of the kids had earlier participated in training with this very strict British drill-sergeant, so they were pretty unmerciful when it came to lampooning him.  At the end of the event, we again presented him with the "best" of these nasty drawings, which gave him quite a chuckle....luckily for me!
I have also been somewhat busy with art commissions, most noteworthy, perhaps, being my illustrations for the 2005 edition of Oziana, the annual publication of the International Wizard of Oz Club!  It may sound silly, but I've never thought of myself as much of an "artist," but, rather as a "cartoonist" whose "strong suit" (if I had one) was storytelling.  However, I guess these are turning out a lot better than I expected since I already know that I'll be contributing A LOT to Oziana 2006.  Here are some of my drawings illustrating the story "The Red Desert of Oz."
This page was last updated on: November 28, 2007
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OK, so I'm not very good at keeping this page current.  I guess that means that I've been busy (or lazy)!  In the last couple of years, I've added a handful of annual events to my schedule.  Some are of my own design, some are seasonal, but all are things in which I hope to continue to be involved each year, so I thought they'd be the best things to feature on this seldom updated page.
One of the events of which I am most proud is my annual creativity-exercise contest, FALLFIRE!  The 2005 participants were very strong, so I expanded the winners list to include as many as five Honorable Mention awards.  Here, below, are two of the artists with their Honorable Mention entries and ribbons (Jake Stephens on the left, and Donna Horsfield on the right). 
I've been giving my The Adventures of COMICS presentations for around ten years now.  I've been all over the Upper Midwest, but one of my favorite places has to be the Public Library in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  Here I am helping a group of Manitowoc area kids create an entire comic from scratch (what I call my "Done In One" program!).  The 2005 story was called Bentley and the Hidden Power of IT!
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