A Few Words From Mother Goose

January 27, 2010 at 2:15 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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For College Students: Do You Cartoon?

January 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

College students in the United States, Canada or Mexico who are in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2010-2011 academic year are invited to submit samples (copies only) of their cartooning artwork by February 12, 2010 for consideration toward earning the Jay Kennedy Scholarship. (Visit Natl. Cartoonists Society for specific instructions on submitting work.  See link below.)

Kennedy was a UW-Madison graduate.  From 1997-2007, he served as editor-in-chief at King Features Syndicate .  He was also respected as a prominent comics editor and historian for many years.  He died in 2007.  That same year, King Features Syndicate committed $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund in his honor.

A panel of top cartoonists will judge the students’ artwork and an award will be given to the best college cartoonist.  The recipient will be feted at the NS Reuben Awards Convention, which is attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.  The Convention takes place May 28-30, 2010 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Last year, Chris Houghton, a Junior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit earned top honors, receiving the award, its $5,000 scholarship, and a trip to the Reuben Awards Convention.

For more information, including an application form, click here to be directed to the National Cartoonists Society Website.  Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.

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Thank you, Kenosha!

January 14, 2010 at 12:16 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Thank you to everyone who visited Southwest Library on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 to talk about building community in Kenosha through a small press publishing operation, Southport Press, publisher of Mother Goosed.  46 people were in attendance. 

Thanks to the Kenosha Public Library for providing space and technical assistance for the evening presentation and for their interest and support of Southport Press.

Southport Press is the people’s press; the artists, writers and other citizens of the creative culture of Kenosha will provide its direction, including the materials it creates and the activities that it presents for the education, entertainment, and enlightenment of all who enjoy the printed page.

Look for us soon at www.southportpress.com (this domain is currently forwarded to our parent organization, Kenosha Community Media) or visit Facebook and become a fan.

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COMICS IN WISCONSIN TO AIR ON KENOSHA TV

January 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Kenosha TV 14 presents a one-hour special, Comics In Wisconsin: An Evening with Author Paul Buhle, beginning Monday, January 11th at 2:00 p.m. on cable channel 14 (Time Warner Cable-Kenosha, WI). This program will be replayed on Saturday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. It will then be shown on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. through February 13th.

In December 2009, author Paul Buhle visited Southwest Library, 7979 38th Avenue, to discuss the growing impact of sequential art, i.e., comic book art/graphic novels, in popular culture. Among 40 other volumes, Buhle is author of “Comics In Wisconsin” (University of Wisconsin Press), which traces the history of Wisconsin comic artists, editors, and publishers to the language, form, and content of comic strips, comic books, and other forms of this popular art.

Kenosha TV is a service of Kenosha Community Media (KCM), a nonprofit organization that works to build community through media. For more information on Kenosha TV and KCM, visit http://www.kenoshamedia.org

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Event Reminder

November 30, 2009 at 1:27 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Author Paul Buhle visits Kenosha on Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Avenue to discuss his new book, Comics In Wisconsin“. 

American Splendor author Harvey Pekar has said, “Comics In Wisconsin recovers the history of an important center of comic art experimentation, and offers readers a four-color glimpse at the richness of a neglected political and artistic counterculture.”

This is a free event, and you’re invited.  See you there.

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Where Can I Find Mother Goosed?

November 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Mother Goosed is on the loose around the Kenosha/Racine area. 

You can pick up your own copy of this collection of comic art, sketches, prose and poetry for only $10.00 by visiting these fine local businesses:

 ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

Carolyn’s Coffee Connection, 1351 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI

Heim’s Downtown Toy Store, 5819 6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

The Nook Cafe & Gallery, 5703 6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

Harborside Common Grounds, 5159 6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street, Racine, WI

You may also order a copy by calling ArtWorks at (262) 652-5911.  We thank you for supporting Southport Press and its first publication, Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times.  Your support will help to launch new projects for 2010.

Mother Goosed is appropriate for ages 12 and older.

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Mother Goosed Arrives In November

October 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

MG_BirdSeveral of us had the opportunity to see a proof of the Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times book this week.  She’s gorgeous! 

You’re going to want to put a copy in every Christmas stocking you know.  But why wait for Christmas, for Mother Goosed is coming soon. 

Pick up a copy of the Sunday edition of the Kenosha News on November 8th for a story on Mother Goosed.   The book will arrive for sale soon after this date.

Pre-order your very own by contacting ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI at (262) 652-5911.  Mother Goosed is published by Southport Press, a division of Kenosha Community Media, Inc., a nonprofit organization.

Image above is from the back cover of Mother Goosed.  Art by Diane Levesque.

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Pre-Orders Now Being Taken

October 27, 2009 at 2:06 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Southport Press is now taking pre-orders for Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times.  Cost is only $10.00.  Contact ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI at (262) 652-5911.  The book will be available in mid-November.  Cover art by Diane Levesque

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Mother Goosed Lineup of Writers and Artists

October 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Mother Goosed is being shipped off to the printer today, October 22, 2009.  The volume checks in at 60 pages, featuring work by these artists and writers:

  • Diane Levesque: Cover and Back Cover Art
  • Diane Levesque: Jack Sprat
  • Florence Parry Heide: Introduction
  • Joshua Frazer: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
  • John Hambrock: This Is The House That Jack Built
  • Lisa Adamowicz Kless: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
  • Katie Dylewski: There Was A Little Girl
  • Chet Griffith: Bonny Lass
  • Janette Louden: There Was A Crooked Man
  • April Szafranski: Four and Twenty Blackbirds
  • Maggie Dosemagen: Butterfly, Butterfly
  • Jodi Diderrich: Jack and Jill
  • Jodi Diderrich: Humpty Dumpty
  • Glen Kelly: Humpty Dumpty
  • David V. Holmes: There Was A Crooked Man
  • Samantha McCann: Mary, Mary
  • Samantha McCann: Mother Goose
  • Jenny Bootle: Jack Sprat
  • Jenny Bootle: Three Children Sliding On Ice
  • Richard Keller: Wee Willie Winkie
  • Lisa Bigalke: Mary, Mary
  • Jasmine Galindo: Little Bo Peep
  • Bryce Ulmer: Wee Willie Winkie
  • Michael Anthony Lynch: This Is The House That Jack Built
  • Rosamaria Parraga: Four and Twenty Blackbirds
  • John Bloner, Jr.: Hot Codlins
  • Kirsten Rae Simonsen: Georgie Porgie
  • Marilyn L. Taylor: Father Goose
  • Tonia Klein: Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
  • Robin Rhodes: Little Boy Blue
  • Jeffrey Johannes: What If Mother Goose Was In The Canon?

Details on the release date of this book as well as places to purchase copies will be issued soon here and elsewhere.   The book will sell for $10.00.

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What’s Next?

October 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times isn’t for sale just yet.  It’s headed off to the printer next week (week of October 17th).  Look for a mid-November release by Southport Press.  In the meantime, some of its artists and writers are asking, “What’s next?”  We’ve been living with this project since March ’09 and are ready for new adventures.

Just because Mother Goosed will soon be in book form, it doesn’t mean that the concept needs to end.  Mother Goosed may resurface as a Web comic or as art in other forms.  Nursery rhymes and fairy tales offer fertile ground for the imagination, so look forward to more twisted rhymes ahead.

2010 will bring a project of comic book art, other 2-D art, prose, and poetry on the subject of mythology.  What’s your favorite myth?  Southport Press will invite artists and writers to twist, turn upside down, and otherwise retell some of the world’s great myths.  They can be wise; they can be funny; or they can keep you up at night.   Project and submission information will be made available in early 2010, most likely.

We’re also kicking the tires on an oral history project that could take on not only print and Web forms, but video and audio, too.  Some of the best stories are true-life stories and many of them are never written down or recorded.  This project may be as sober or as hilarious as the personalities who are involved in its creation and who are profiled through it. 

For a look at how oral history and comic book art can beautifully intersect, check out The New Press’ publication of Studs Terkel’s Working, as adapted by Harvey Pekar and as edited by Paul Buhle.  Click on the link for Paul Buhle for a Book TV presentation on Studs Terkel, Working, and this new book. 

The ability of these projects and others to become reality depends on everyone purchasing a copy of Mother Goosed for themselves, their family, and friends.   Only 1,000 copies will be available, so get in line soon for your own.

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