Steve Artley, twice named Best Editorial Cartoonist of the Year by the Minnesota Newspaper Association, he is known for his often hard hitting cartoons in support of environmental legislation and education.

A member in the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Steve's cartooning career has produced honors such as participation in the International Cartoon Festival in Budapest, was member of a team of American cartoonists who met with their counterparts in (then Soviet) Moscow, was among a group of editorial cartoonists who were guests at the White House, and was invited to be among an American delegation of cartoonists visiting Cuba in early 1999.

Beginning in the Fall of 1998, Steve began teaching cartooning at The Art Tree, a privately-owned, nonprofit art school in Shorewood, Minnesota. His cartoons have appeared in newspapers and periodicals throughout the United States and Canada including the Washington Post and The New York Times. His work has also been published in various magazines, trade journals, congressional publications and school text books.

Also a graphic designer, Steve was awarded a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic for an art store window display, winning top honors in the national competition sponsored by Schwan-Stabilo - a German based art supply manufacturer.

In the autumn of 2013, he launched an illustrated anthology series, The Aphelion Arc that features original stories in science fiction and fantasy that he writes and illustrates from his studio in Alexandria, VA. His editorial cartoons appear in one of the Washington DC area's local newspapers, The Alexandria (VA) Gazette Packet and are syndicated by ARTIZANS throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Eddie Pittman, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he taught himself how to draw in the back row of math class. As a kid, he won a 10-speed bicycle from the Kellog's "Stick-Up for Breakfast" Contest which has given him years of validation in his chosen field as he has since been known as an "award winning" cartoonist.

For over 20 years he has been a professional cartoonist, working in animation, comics and illustration.

Eddie began his animation career with Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida working on Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor's New Groove, and Lilo & Stitch. He made his directing debut with Legends of the Night Sky: Orion, the world's first full dome (360 x 180 degree) traditionally animated movie that gives planetarium audiences the sensation of being immersed in a cartoon environment.

Eddie is also the creator and award winning all-ages webcomic, Red's Planet.

Currently, Eddie is a writer/storyartist for Disney's hit series, Phineas and Ferb and resides in Southern California with his wife, two daughters, and the cat.

 

Hilary Price, has been drawing and writing Rhymes With Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. It has twice won "Best Newspaper Panel" by the National Cartoonists Society and appears in over 200 papers internationally. Her work has also appeared in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, People, and Glamour. When she began drawing Rhymes With Orange, she was the youngest woman to ever have a syndicated strip.

One of my goals in the strip is to inspire more women to join the field. One of the ways I do that is by teaching a two hour gag writing workshop to folks (of all genders!) interested in how to get and keep getting cartoon ideas. I am also happy to look at people's work if they want to send me a dozen of their cartoons to critique.

My early inspirations were Dr. Seuss for the rhymes, Shel Silverstein for the clever word play and black-and-white illustrations, and The New Yorker cartoonists Roz Chast, Sam Gross, and George Booth. I'd like to think like Roz Chast, draw like George Booth and the chutzpah of Sam Gross.

Greeting card artist Sandra Boynton, was also a major influence. Her work was huge when I was in the eight grade, and it was a defining monent for me when I learned that Boynton's first name was Sandra. Up to that point I had assumed she was a he. The fact that a "she" was doing funny drawings opened up the possibility that I could, too. I encourage all female artists to sign their full name on their work-whether or not you realize it, it can be a powerful and inspiring statement. (One of the BEST things that has happened as a result of being a cartoonist is that I have had the opportunity to meet Sandra Boynton. She is every bit as cool and funny as your would imagine!)

My first actual cartoon character was a friendly monster that looked a little like a sitting-down hippopotamus. I used my mother's blusher from her cosmetic's bag to "paint" it. That's probably the last time I have touched a cosmetic bag for any purpose.

Hilary draws her strip in an old toothbrush factory that has since been converted to studio space for artists. She lives in western Massachusetts with her overly large dog and hoodlum cat.

 

Bill Hinds, is the drawing half of the team, with writer Jeff Millar, that created the sports comic strip Tank McNamara. Tank has been running steadily in as many as 300 papers since 1975. In 1987, Bill was named Sports Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society. Whe Jeff Millar pased away in November of 2012, Bill took over the writing duties.

Tank can be found on gocomics.com. There is also a Tank McNamara Facebook page www.facebook.com/TankMcNamaraComic

Hinds created, writes and draws the cartoon feature Buzz Beamer for the magazine Sports Illustrated Kids. Buzz Beamer has been the most popular feature in SI for Kids since the magazine's first issue in 1989. In 2001, Bill won the New Media division award atthe National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Awards for his online animations featuring Buzz. That animation can be found at www.sikids.com/buzzs-laugh-locker

In 2001 the busy cartoonist introduced a new comic strip, Cleats, about kids, parents, and sports. Cleats ran in as many as 50 newspapers. The feature concluded with a spooky strip on Halloween 2010.

Cleats reruns an be found on gocomics.com

In 2010 Bill traveled on a NCS/USO trip with several other cartoonists to visit troops in Iraq. Additionlly, he and fellow cartoonists have made several NCS/USO trips to visit wounded soldiers in base hospitals in the states.

Bill, was born on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1950, in Houston, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. (Go Lumberjacks!)

He formerly served on th board of both the National Cartoonists Society and the Newspaper Features Council.

Bill and his wife Lisa, live in Spring, Texas. They have three daughters scattered about the country.

 

Guy Gilchrist, cut his cartoon teeth on the stylings of Walter Lantz (Woody Woodpecker), Dr. Seuss, and Walt Disney. After high school, Guy was already working on his own children's books and working for Weekly Reader Books. At the age of 24, he was hand-selected to draw Jim Henson's The Muppets cartoon strip (which was wildly successful and printed worldwide from 1981 - 1986). Throughout the years, Guy has set his to such notable cartoons as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Fraggle Rock, and The Pink Panther (to name a few), and was a co-creator of Muppet Babies.

When Guy received to call in 1995 to audition for the position to take over Nancy, he couldn't imagine drawing in the linear fashion of Ernie Bushmiller. Comparatively, Guy's portfolio was more free-flowing, brush stroke style. Bushmiller's approach, on the hand, often called for the use of a ruler. While Guy was a fan of his work, he couldn't imagine drawing in that style every day. However, secretly challenged by the task, Guy started practicing Nancy's distinct illustration. After a week, he called his agent and informed him he had six sample strips ready. His agent told him, "Congratulation! they've already hired someboby else."

Nevertheless, his agent submitted the sample strips to United Feature Syndicate, who subsequently changed its mind and offered Guy the job. While it is sometimes difficult to come up with all of the ideas and to stay ahead of a deadline, despite the demands of Nancy, she has been a great match for Guy. Both Guy and Nancy's sole mission is simply to make people smile. Sometimes the idea is a one-liner, an entire story line, or just a funny picture. It takes thousands of ideas to come up with 365 strips for the year. Guy pours much of his real-life experience into the strip. As a music lover, musician, and songwriter living in the Nashville area, references to music are often a part of the Nancy comic strip. Guy has mentioned songwriters as well as very obscure musicians from the 1920's and 1930's, rockabilly acts, one-hit wonders, and the biggest music stars.

Once Guy has his ideas for the week he draws rough sketches using pencil on paper. After the pencil drawing, his next task is to hand-letter all the word balloons. Finally, the panel borders are ruled and the pictures are drawn using India ink. Guy learned the traditional ways of inking the black line of the cartoons using the same kinds of ink, brushes, and dip pens that have been used by illustrators since the printing press was invented. Some of his pen points are over 100 years old. If the comic strip is for a Sunday page, Guy has the digital color work done by Tom Brenner, a famed fine artist in his own right.

Guy never takes his job for granted. He knows that he must write and draw as well as he can to keep his audience of millions of people around the world smiling.

updated 7/17/2014

Toonfest Alumni

2002
Bill Brewer
Paul Fell
Leslies Iwerks (film maker)
Alex Maher (Disney Sr. Artist)
Mike Peters

2003
Mort Walker
Glenn McCoy
Gary McCoy
Bill Amend

2004
Brad Anderson
Michael Broggie (Disney Author)
Pete Docter
Greg Evans
Tom Wilson Jr.

2005
Tony Baxter (VP Disney Imagineering)
Jim Borgman
Tom Richmond
Charles Solomon (Film Historian)

2006
Chris Browne
Lynn Johnston
Dan Piraro
Mike Peters

2007
Jay Jackson
Scott Pope
Ann Telnaes

2008
Dave Coverly
Jan Elliot
Michael Jantze

2009
Mark Fiore
Dave Mowder
Sam Viviano
Wiley Miller

2010
Dr. Robin Allen (Disney Historian & Author)
Guy Gilchrist
Stan Goldburg
John Hambrock
Marcus Hamilton

2011
Glenn McCoy
Lee Judge
Jeff Keane
Bill Whitehead

2012
Paul Coker
C.F. Payne
Kelly McNutt
Bucky Jones

2013
Sandra Bell-Lundy
Steve Kelley
Jeff Parker
Stephen Silver