Friday, May 18, 2018

Kickstarter Ending

Final Day!

The Kickstarter for LOBSTER THERAPY, the Maine cartoon book by Maine cartoonists, expires tomorrow, Saturday, May 19th at about 4pmEST.

If you've been thinking about contributing, now is the time. The money goes to the cartoonists who created it. We have autographed books, sketches, originals and more by me and these talented cartoonists: John Klossner, David Jacobson, Jeff Pert and the one and only Bill Woodman.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kickstarter Countdown: Fifty Hours To Go

About fifty hours to go on the Kickstarter to help raise funds for us to get to BookExpo and beyond. Thanks to all who have pledged. I am so very thankful. We are at only 20% of the goal. If the goal is not reached, it's a no go.

We have signed books, sketches and originals. Except for fees and shipping, the money goes to the cartoonists directly.

 "Hopkins deserves to be fired, but we can't touch him
since that piping plover began roosting in his office."

Some May and June LOBSTER THERAPY Signing Dates and Radio Show

I will be signing copies of LOBSTER THERAPY, the new Maine cartoon book by Maine cartoonists (me, John Klossner, David Jacobson, Jeff Pert and the one and only Bill Woodman) this summer in NYC, Portland, ME, Camden, ME and other places in Maine (Bar Harbor, Bangor, Rockport and more).

Here are a some of the signing dates with more to come:

May 31 - BookExpo, Javits Center, NYC - see me at the Rowman Littlefield table beginning at noon

June 2 - Maine Comic Arts Festival, Portland Public Library, Portland, ME - 10am to 5pm. We have been asked to do a panel as well. No time on that yet.

July 6 - Sherman's Books, Camden, ME - 4 - 6pm

We will also be on the NPR Maine Calling radio show live on Thursday, June 28 from 1pm to 2.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Three Days to Go

As of now, there are three days left in the Kickstarter for the LOBSTER THERAPY Maine cartoon book that is full of cartoons by Maine cartoonists! The campaign ends Saturday afternoon. My thanks to everyone who has pledged their support to get autographed books and drawings.

We are 20% funded, which is great -- but this is an "all or nothing" proposition. So, while I am hopeful you will click on the link and support us cartoonists, I am also wary that this will not be successful.

Regardless, I appreciate being able to put this together and have Down East publish it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Blog Entry #6001

Oops. I forgot to mention that yesterday's post was the 6000th entry here at the Mike Lynch Cartoons blog. The blog started in 2006, so that makes for over twelve years of me talking about cartoons and other funny things.

When I first started, blogging was a new thing; a new word. And there were not many people blogging about cartooning for a living. That's changed and now there are many great resources!

I didn't think that I would do this for so long. When, in August of 2007, I moved to New Hampshire, I really thought I would not go on. But every day, there was something to share, so I did it. And the blog has become part of my daily routine.

I am thankful to everyone out there for peeking in and making this part of their day.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Kickstarter Final Week and LOBSTER THERAPY Book Signing

This is the last week for the Kickstarter campaign for the LOBSTER THERAPY Maine cartoon book. 

This is an opportunity to support us cartoonists directly, and also get some swell swag like signed books, sketches and original art.

The book LOBSTER THERAPY AND MOOSE PICK-UP LINES, by Maine cartoonists, had a great first signing in South Berwick, ME at the "A Little Something" gift and craft store.  My thanks to A Little Something for a wonderful event.

At least 46 books were sold. We drew and autographed the whole time. Families came, kids liked it, grandparents bought them. The two-hour event went by quickly.

Yes, we wore ties! Ha ha. From left, that's me, Bill Woodman, and John Klossner. David Jacobson, at the last minute, was unable to come. And I want to shout out to my friend, the late, great Jeff Pert, whose art graces the cover. We miss you, man.

Bill Woodman (you know his work from National Lampoon, New Yorker, Playboy and other places) typically opened up the book and drew a full page on the interior back cover.

Some people bought multiple copies. The incredible thing was the diversity of ages that were paging thru the book in the store and laughing. Anyway, I will post a signing schedule soon.

Friday, May 11, 2018

South Berwick, ME Tonight! May 11! LOBSTER THERAPY Signing

South Berwick, ME - On May 11, 2018, there will be a signing event at A Little Something from 6 to 8pm. The initial shipment of books has sold out already, but more are on their way. I have it on good authority that there will be wine (so get there early). If you are within 100 miles, get in the roadster and come on down. I will be there, as will Bill Woodman and local boy John Klossner. I might wear a tie.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bing Crosby in "Goldilocks"

Here is a 1970s made-for-TV cartoon/live action special record album starring Bing Crosby. And it costars his whole family. The title on the record reads

Evans-Black Carpets
by Armstrong
Presents Bing Crosby
Mary Frances Crosby
Kathryn Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby
A DePatie-Freling - Sherman Bros. Production

So, as you can see, you got Crosby times four, the people who did the Warner Brothers and Pink Panther animation, and those song-writing Sherman brothers. Despite this, the special is forgotten. At least, I never heard of it, nor knew anyone who had recalled it with any sort of wistful nostalgia. The oddball thing is that, when it came out and I was a wee tot who was totally into ANYTHING that combined live-action people with animation. I must have seen Gene Kelly dance with Tom and Jerry on our old RCA black and white TV. There was an odd Tom Sawyer show that combined live actors playing Huck, Tom and Betsy in a cartoon world that would make Mark Twain spin. I watched that for sure! But I don't remember seeing this at all.

I bought this at a thrift store in Somersworth, NH. And when I did I had no idea until I Googled that Mary Frances Crosby was the actress most well-known for the Dallas TV show. Her brother Nathaniel became a golfer. 

The cool thing about the LP is that it opens up in the middle, giving us a storyboard-like sequence. So here's what it looked like. Do your best Bing Crosby impression when reading the text to get the feel for it. Or go down to the end here and you can click on a video of a few minutes of the 1970 special.

Here's a bit of it from the Bing Crosby channel on YouTube: