Sunday, January 31, 2010

Puppeteers Guild party

Warren and I closed the evening at the the annual Puppeteers Guild party in the SF Bay Area. The evening was filled with amazing performances of all sorts including the hysterical marionettes of Ernie Fosselius. A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Here are few more examples of murals and sculptures in Muraleando in Cuba where trashed out areas have been transformed by public art.

Detail from bench:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cuba highlights Part 1

I will sprinkle in a few images every day until I can capture a taste of our Snoopy Goes To Cuba tour. We were greeted at the humor publication Palante with an array of welcoming cartoons featuring Schulz characters.

One day we toured a community called Muraleando where they've cleaned up the streets and transformed the area with countless murals and sculptures. One could fill a book with the imagery.

Another day we sat down with Perfecto Romero to see his historic photos of Fidel, Che and Camilo Ceinfuegos from the time of the revolution.

Another day we visited the animation studio of Cuba. This mural contains a montage of their characters. The beauty and quality of their current projects was stunning.

We also toured the enormous cemetery in Havana where I found the tomb of Ibrahim Ferrer of Buena Vista Social Club fame.

Stay tuned for more postings.

Monday, January 25, 2010

More Cuba

Tom Richmond has done a masterful blog account of our Cuba trip. Have a look at

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thank you Jeannie!

What an amazing adventure. I'd say we crammed one month into a week as the Snoopy Goes To Cuba tour rolled through Havana. Our little squad of American cartoonists visited with Cuban counterparts at newspapers, animation studios and design schools. We dropped in at Hemingway's house but he wasn't home. We even looked for him at all his favorite bars in downtown Havana but he wasn't there either. The Cuban people couldn't have been sweeter, prompting my new expression: "You don't meet people in fall in love with them." The narrow streets of the city are filled with people (as opposed to cars), not to mention music and dancing. I have never felt so safe walking around in dark alleys at midnight. The poverty and deprivation are obvious everywhere but are not enough to dampen their spirits. These photos include Jeannie Schulz and me with old Havana in the background.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cuba bound

I leave in the morning with Jeannie Schulz to join with four other American cartoonists in the SNOOPY GOES TO CUBA 2 TOUR. It is a sobering time with the catastrophe in neighboring Haiti. As if those folks don't have enough problems. Good grief!