The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning has announced their schedule, or, I should say "our" schedule, since I'm on the team this year. Which is to say that you'll have coverage of the festival here, but please don't let it dissuade you from being there in person, if you live anywhere within a reasonable drive.
Kenosha, as you see here, being essentially a somewhat distant (well, 65 miles) suburb of Chicago. By which I mean, you can get there from a lot of places, and you should.
Note that the art show has long since opened and will culminate at the festival itself, which I think is a much better idea than opening at the festival, since it means people who have dropped by and enjoyed it can then come back and meet the artists.
And then at the opposite end of hospitality. . .
... is the lovely city of Murrieta, California, which is a not-distant-enough suburb of Selma and Little Rock, conceptually if not geographically. And just as there are some perfectly nice people in Selma and Little Rock, they still have to live with their legacy, which, after all, is the legacy of sitting back while other people defined you in the national conscience.
So Lalo Alcaraz has commented on the lovely reception the nice people of Murrieta have provided for their little visitors, and, by golly, the city has its own public relations director, who responded to Alcaraz's cartoons and his use of the hashtag #murrietahatecityusa with this gentle note.
There. That ought to correct anyone who thought Murrieta was a town full of hostile, unpleasant people.
There are all sorts of fine lines in the Constitution. I guess that's why terrorists envy our freedom.
And finally ...
I've often said that it's not unusual for two cartoonists to come up with the same idea, though I'm a little concerned when (A) so many cartoonists go forward with an obvious and not terribly interesting idea like a weeping Statue of Liberty in the wake of 9/11 or (B) a week or more passes and cartoonists are still cranking out the same concept, given that they could sketch it and then check around to see if anyone else already did it.
But Tjeerd Royaards was asked to participate in an anti-plagiarism policy for an international cartooning contest and gives his thoughts, which, while not radical or unheard of, are sensible and worth reading.
My solution to the problem of someone winning a contest with an idea you think you had first is to shrug it off, because this stuff happens all the time and, obviously, if it mattered to you that much, you would have entered the contest yourself and the judges would have seen your version.
At which point they might have dug deeper to find out who had the idea first.
Or they might have said, "I guess that idea was kind of obvious" and tossed out both entries.
Which wouldn't have earned you the prize, but somehow I don't think getting the award is nearly as important in this case as preventing someone else from winning.
Love is all around, folks.