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A 3 day event featuring Stephan Pastis & other nationally recognized cartoonists. There will be original art, slideshows and workshops.

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The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is a 3 day festival of live presentations,  workshops, a gallery show, panel discussions and community outreach by some of the nation's top cartoonists. The funds raised will be for the appearance fees, travel and lodging expenses of the artists and will allow the Festival events to be completely free to the public. The funds raised will also pay for publicity materials for the festival and to defray shipping costs for some of the original artwork in the festival exhibit.

Our AWESOME guest speakers are: Stephan Pastis of Pearls Before Swine, Greg Cravens of The Buckets, Michael Jantze from The Norm and Jantze Animation Studios, Norm Feuti of Retail and Gil and Dave Coverly of Speed Bump and Parade Magazine. And our panel moderator will be the amazing Tom Racine (who also animated our kick butt video).

I believe cartooning is a wicked cool artform and have dedicated myself to providing opportunities for the comic reading public of all ages to meet the artists behind the laughter. Who would pass up the chance to meet Charles Schulz or Walt Kelly if they were alive and attending festivals like this one? 

Well, these artists are the "Charles Schulzes and Walt Kellys" of today and festival attendees can say they "met them when!" Even if you cannot attend the festival we have some VERY cool premiums for our backers in the way of original art and autographs from the guest artists. And, unlike comic cons or other cartooning gatherings, ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. I have attended similar festivals that have registration fees of over $250! But the festival can only remain free if we reach our fundraising goal!

The festival is in its second year. I am seeking Kickstarter funding because, while last year's festival was very popular, almost all my previous donors have had their funding cut. Without your help, we may actually have to cancel the festival. 

As with all Kickstarter projects, if we fail to reach our stated goal ($10,000) no money will change hands and your credit card will not be charged.

If we are lucky enough to exceed our goal, I plan to add a couple more guests and also a gallery reception with food.

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  • I don't have a definitive answer for this but my best guess is $1 if you are donating at the $10 and $20 levels and $5 if you are donating the $35 and $50 levels. All other donations are large enough to defray shipping costs of the rewards.

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  • Kickstarter saves those options until a fund drive is successful. So I am answering all donors immediately after their donation and asking them to state their artist preference.

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  • Yes, all Kickstarter funding is handled through Amazon. However, setting up an account is easy and you can close it later if you don't want to keep it. It is my understanding that Amazon only asks for a social security number when you are a business customer, not a regular customer. If you are being asked to provide this number and don't feel comfortable about it, make sure you are not using a business account and try to set up your account as a private person. Anyone having issues with this should use the Kickstarter message service and let me know right away so that I can help you donate.

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    Comic Appreciator - Signed festival publicity poster of the guest artist of your choice. Featured artists: Stephan Pastis, Norm Feuti, Michael Jantze, Greg Cravens, or Dave Coverly. (Please specify your choice when you make your donation and please include $1 postage in your donation amount if you live outside the US.)

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    Comic Fan - A copy of the 3 day festival program booklet signed by all the artists. Featured artists: Stephan Pastis, Norm Feuti, Michael Jantze, Greg Cravens, and Dave Coverly. (Please include postage in your donation amount if you live outside the US.)

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    Comic Lover - A signed festival publicity poster of the guest artist of your choice and a copy of the festival program booklet signed by all the artists. (Please specify your choice when you make your donation and please include $5 postage in your donation amount if you live outside the US.)

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    Comic Aficionado - A full set of festival publicity posters signed by each of the guest artists OR a signed book collection from either Stephan Pastis, Michael Jantze, Norm Feuti, Greg Cravens, Dave Coverly or John Hambrock. (Please specify your choice when you make your donation and please include shipping in your donation amount if you live outside the US.)

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    Comic Devotee - A copy of the festival program booklet signed by all festival artists and a signed book collection from either Stephan Pastis, Michael Jantze, Norm Feuti, Greg Cravens, Dave Coverly or John Hambrock. (Please specify your choice when you make your donation.)

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    Comic Maven - A copy of the festival program booklet signed by all the guest artists, a signed book collection from either Stephan Pastis, Michael Jantze, Norm Feuti, Greg Cravens, Dave Coverly or John Hambrock. (Please specify your choice when you make your donation) and a DVD of one of the panel discussions.

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    Comic Nut - A copy of the festival program booklet signed by all festival artists and a PERSONALIZED "SPOT ART" DRAWING from the artist of your choice. Featured artists: Stephan Pastis, Norm Feuti, Michael Jantze, Greg Cravens, Dave Coverly, or John Hambrock. (Please specify your choice when you make your donation.)

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    Caricature Collector - A copy of the Festival Program booklet signed by all the festival artists and a signed page from a MAD Magazine parody by caricature wizard, and former Kenosha Festival of Cartooning guest speaker, Tom Richmond.

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    Comic Freak - A copy of the program booklet signed by all festival artists, and a SIGNED ORIGINAL DAILY COMIC STRIP from the artist of your choice. Featured artists: Stephan Pastis, Norm Feuti, Michael Jantze, Greg Cravens, Dave Coverly, or John Hambrock. (Please specify your choice when you make your donation.)

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    I've run out of comic descriptions - let's face it, if you donate at this level there are not enough ways to thank you (but we'll try). If you give us $1000, we'll fall down on our knees in gratitude. I might even be persuaded to send you one of my gourmet Belgian Truffle Cakes! - Cake notwithstanding, YOU WILL GET: Full set of festival posters signed by each of the artists, a copy of the full festival program booklet, your name in the festival program as one of the principal underwriters (you can even sponsor a particular cartoonist - first come first served), a signed book collection, a DVD of one of the panel discussions, and a SIGNED ORIGINAL DAILY COMIC STRIP from the artist of your choice. (Please specify your choice of artist when you make your donation.)

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