The CARTOONISTAS had their first official event at Geeks Comics shop in Whittier over the 4th of July weekend. Very Cool Stuff! Who are the Cartoonistas you may ask? Think the original DEFENDERS only instead of superheroes they're artists, each with their own superartist power! There are comic artists, fine artists, animators, graphic artists, writers, comicstrip artists... the whole smorgasbord! Each member strong in their own individual art style, but able to organize when the situation calls for it, to form the CARTOONISTAS!
Art in all its forms can be a very solitary activity. So it's really cool when you can get together and share ideas and experiences with someone who's been there and done that... And learn and get inspired by people with totally different life experiences, people who've been where you've never been and done what you've never done.
In my opinion, it's all about keeping the faith, being an artist, living as an artist and experiencing life as an artist. An artist being someone who sees the beauty in life. Someone who creates and shares a bit of him\herself with others. Someone who has something sincere to say whatever it may be, and has the courage to say it in some way shape or form.
I tell ya it's not easy, and it's not going to get any easier especially with the state our society is in... But I think we've got to keep the faith and be artists in life. And the Cartoonistas are celebrating that...