Monday, September 29, 2014

Back to the Caves

Recent Cartoons (click on Images for larger view)

"Potomac Straight Flush"

"The Grapes of Graft"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dreams Really Did Come True at Disney's ToonFest

by Steve Artley

I was honored to be a part of the annual ToonFest event in Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, Missouri last week. The two-day celebration honors the memory of Walt Disney and the cartooning profession through activities including programs that feature guest cartoonists. Among the other headliners brought in to give presentations were Hilary Price, Bill Hinds, Eddie Pittman and the dynamic Guy Gilchrist.
    On Friday, the team spoke to over 400 high school and college students, who were bused in from surrounding communities. Event organizers reported that this year's attendance was a record high.
    One of the highlights, is a street parade complete with strolling performers and several bands. Guest artists are each featured as "Grand Marshal" and ride the parade route down the original Main Street USA (inspiration for the Disney parks' street of the same name) in the back of classic pickups. Following the parade, the team reprises their talks at the Marceline Community Center. Later, we were taken to Walt Disney's boyhood farm for a ceremony at the "Dreaming Tree," where youngsters Walt and his sister, Ruth reportedly spent many childhood hours gazing up through the branches, to wish upon their star. With much pomp and flair, each artist was re-introduced, brought before the assemblage and inducted into the "Order of Plantears" (each are crowned with a hardhat featuring Mickey ears). Young Mouseketeers led each of us to our respective spots to plant our own "dreaming tree." A grand BBQ picnic at the farmstead brought the event to a festive conclusion.
    Throughout our entire visit, we artists were met with an abundance of genuine welcoming warmth and charity by the good folks of Marceline. Shortly after landing at the Washington airport on my return home, I walked through the crowded corridors of fast-paced indifference. I was shoved aside without apology from one of the self-absorbed pushing his way to the VIP lounge. It took every effort to restrain myself from boarding a return flight to Marceline with intent to seek asylum.

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Friday night was a banquet and tour of the Disney Museum.
Hilary Price and Bill Hinds
A horse-drawn wagon full of cartoonists and friends
The door to Walt Disney's boyhood bedroom
Kaye Malins, who Walt called "Tinkerbelle," because she reminded him of the little sprite.
The brat and burger cooker brought in for the BBQ gala led me to go vegan for the evening

I even got to play the piano in Disney's boyhood home!
Disney Museum Curator and friend Kaye Malins

The signature barn, we scrawled our names on the walls
Waiting for parade start, I stuck a hayseed in my mouth to fit in.

(The above two photos taken by Hilary Price)
While lining up for our second pass down Main Street USA (above), Guy Gilchrist is still stuck in parade wave mode. In front of Guy, is the Pittman Pullman Car, complete with three berths and a restroom. Leading the cartooning crew is Tank MacNamara creator, Bill Hinds riding high in his parade tank.

ToonFest Parade: Awesome. Vehicle carrying Hilary Price along the parade route: Priceless. 

During the last leg of the parade route, the classic 1948 pickup carrying Hilary Price overheated and came to an abrupt Disneyesque halt, complete with gurgling sound FX and billowing steam. Disney animators and Foley artists couldn't have done it better. Not to be left knuckle biting and helpless at the roadside, the ever resourceful Hilary got out and pushed, with some assistance by a couple of onlookers.

(Pictured below) From my vantage point of the tailgate of the vehicle ahead of Hilary, I gleefully iPhone photographed the following sequence.

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Recent Toon: "Potomac Straight Flush" (click on Images for larger view)

Recent Toon: "The Grapes of Graft"

Recent Toon: "Hello Uzi"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Raising a Stink on the Potomac

"Potomac Straight Flush" (click on Images for larger view)

"The Grapes of Graft"

Recent Toon: "Hello Uzi"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Worst of Times for Virginia Governorship

"The Grapes of Graft" (click on Images for larger view)

Recent Toon: "Hello Uzi"

Recent Toon: "AL-QTees"

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cartoon Grabag

I recently stumbled across a cache of CARTOONS on a variety of topics, published at various times and were not (necessarily) displayed anywhere else in this blog. Some were widely distributed, while others barely made it out the door. One of these made it into Newsweek (before that magazine quit using editorial cartoons), one of them was in The New York Times before it stopped accepting outside editorial cartoons, and a couple of them got into The Washington Post. They are not in any order —just randomly selected and haphazardly thrown into this mix for display.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Recent Toon"Hello Uzi"

Recent Toon"Hello Uzi" (click on Images for larger view)

Recent Toon"AL-QTees"

Recent Toon"Mayberry W.M.D."

Last Week's Toon"The Ferguson Missouri Compromise"

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A Glimpse of Artleytoons Cartoon in MAGIC BULLET No. 9