It’s been a busy chapter year in 2018.
The chapter met at a new brew pub location in October for the 6th open cartoonist meeting event of 2018, thereby completing our first year of regularly scheduled bimonthly meetings without a cancellation. This called for a toast. Our scheduled meeting location for that day had quietly gone out of business, and somehow they forgot to inform us of this sad fact. Luckily, we were able to convince the management of the new place of the long established custom of providing lots of space to cartoonists having meetings, so that they can spread stuff out, be kind of loud, and generally not bother the other customers. They upgraded us promptly to a private room with no additional cost. Feel free to use this.
At this meeting we met Holden Henry who is a very talented young caricaturist from Wisconsin who is preparing an NCS application under the auspices of the 27 Club, our first one yet. Richard Laurent, a former editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Sun-Times, showed a cover tear sheet of his new book of Donald Trump cartoons titled Laughing Matters. Chuck Senties showed off a few Chicago Bear caricatures from his sketchbook. He came straight to the meeting from Soldier Field where he has a booth on game days. We started what we call “The Cartoon Incubator” of professional opinionating on cartoon sketch ideas, with a couple of volunteer members bringing in cartoons that didn’t sell to find out why. We’re going to try and make this a regular part of our get-togethers.
We convened our annual meeting in a private wine cellar room at the historic Hotel Carleton in Oak Park, IL in early November, discussing the many events and activities of the year. Managing to keep the meeting to a reasonable length, we successfully concluded it in less than 2 hours with one major decision of chapter business going forward into the new year. Upon taking a vote, we voted unanimously (in session) to change the name of our chapter from Chicago to Chicago Midwest to reflect the wider geographical area of our current, and likely future chapter membership. This should also help in recruitment of cartoonists who work in smaller cities and towns surrounding the metropolitan Chicago area.
Our plans for our “The End* is Coming” Holiday Party in early December in Chicago are nearly complete so we’ll have pictures of that next issue. By the way, the * means the end of the year and refers to one of the most well-known cartoon clichés in existence, along with the psychiatrist couch and the guy on the desert island. Maybe we can use one of them next year.
Have a fantastic holiday season and we’ll see you in 2019!