Toonfest 2017

posted: 01/11/2022

In 2017, I was fortunate to be one of five cartoonists to be honored at Toonfest, a festival held each year in Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.

My talk to the townspeople.

The five of us had an incredible time! The kind townspeople of Marceline wined us and dined us and made us the Grand Marshals of their Toonfest Parade. We gave talks in the town hall, they awarded us with plaques with our names and pieces of Walt Disney’s Dreaming Tree he used to lie under to imagine, they planted trees with our names on them in the backyard of Walt Disney’s childhood home, little kids sang “When You Wish Upon A Star” to us, we drew pictures in Walt Disney’s barn and we were given our own Mickey Mouse ears hardhat. They told us that this was their way of paying us back for the pleasure we’ve given them over the years. I was stunned and overjoyed. I cried.

They were short a pickup truck so I rode on a mini-tractor perched on a haybale. I threw out candy to the kids.

Receiving my hardhat.
Receiving my plaque with bark from The Dreaming Tree.
Right?
A satirical Trump book I’m working on where he eats the United States.
Sometimes my work is edgy.
My parents who influences my work all the time.
At the Walt Disney School.
We drew for each other.
The kids who sang, “When You Wish Upon A Star.”
The tree with my name in Walt Disney’s backyard.

Thank you Kay Mallins and the Toonfest Staff for the kindness and love you showed us. I will remember and treasure it for the rest of my life!

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