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THE CARTOON DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

YEAR: 2004 - 2nd Annual TCDC

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas (ala TCDC)
(apologies to Major Henry Livingston Jr. or Clement Clarke Moore!)

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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all were quite smitten,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a kitten;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Kevin Edler's cats would soon be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and Joe Ruisi in a stew,
because he remembered a parking ticket - long overdue,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon shone o'er a new-fallen snow and onto the lot,
Which gave Pete Delgado a twisted Stephen King plot;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But lots of zombies at the wrong time of year,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be a storefront St. Nick.
Off duty and drunk he'd just come from the bar,
where he'd run into Sean Boley in a scene too bazaar.
"Say the names of the reindeer!" Sean challenged the man,
I dare you to say them all by their name if you can ...
Now DASHER and DANCER and PRANCER and VIXEN!
And COMET and CUPID and DONDER and BLITZEN!
Should have been what that pseudo-Santa had said,
But what came out proved him a big old fake instead!

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, a mounty in the sky,
So to Finn Andersson's, the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
Larry Miller swore Santa was protected by elves,
It's clear Larry's liquor had come down from its shelves;

We did see a bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
VAL said he had found them on sale at Off-The-Rack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, but no longer a jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
Poor young Charles Filius was only trying to help,
But Nick's diet was killing him so he let out a yelp,
A shake of his fist and a face that was red,
Made psuedo-Santa something to dread;

He spoke not a word, but looked straight ahead,
As Erik Sandberg's elf filled his head;
With all kinds of things he shouldn't have said!
So Santa hitched to the next town to repair his old sled;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"

But away in a manger Rich Diesslin did find,
Some housecleaning was needed but no one did mind;
As they sat and they pondered the baby so fine,
And marveled at what the Angels, and sheperds and wisemen opined!


Kevin Edler

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all were quite smitten,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a kitten;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Kevin Edler's cats would soon be there;

 


Cats that Won't Stay Out of the Tree
Cartoon Cool Stuff


The HOWL-ELUJAH CHORUS


Santa Claws is Coming to Town


Holy Cat's its Christmas!


Merry Christmouse!

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Joe Ruisi

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and Joe Ruisi in a stew,
because he remembered a parking ticket - long overdue,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.


As you may have guessed, Joe is an editorial cartoonist in Myrtle Beach, SC! Apparently they
are pretty serious about their parking meters there!


One year a company put up a giant mechanical Santa that was a fright! Wrong holiday guys!

See more of Joe's work at his web site:

Meet the Cartoonist:

Joe Ruisi received his art education at the University of Hartford as a fine arts major. His paintings proved that he was born to be a cartoonist. Even work experiences in a trade show exhibit company, ad agencies, and commercial art studios could not snuff out Joe's burning desire to produce cartoons. His work has been published in various publications in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia. In addition to children's book and greeting card illustration, Joes' work has appeared in many magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post, Sun, Country Woman, Boy's Life, Stitches, Family Digest, and The Christian Voice. At home, Joe is the editorial cartoonist for the Myrtle Beach Herald a local weekly newspaper in coastal South Carolina.

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Pete Delgado, Jr.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon shone o'er a new-fallen snow and onto the lot,
Which gave Pete Delgado a twisted Stephen King plot;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But lots of zombies at the wrong time of year,


Gotta love Stephen King, right?
(okay, so you don't <g>)


I bet he still gets a lump of coal! Don't mess with Santa.


Pete really misses his zombies after Halloween!

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Sean Boley

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be a storefront St. Nick.
Off duty and drunk he'd just come from the bar,
where he'd run into Sean Boley in a scene too bazaar.
"Say the names of the reindeer!" Sean challenged the man,
I dare you to say them all by their name if you can ...
Now DASHER and DANCER and PRANCER and VIXEN!
And COMET and CUPID and DONDER and BLITZEN!
Should have been what that pseudo-Santa had said,
But what came out proved him a big old fake instead!


... well it IS hard to remember them ...


This is known as a reindeer with an attitude!


And they call them helpers!


This is one phony Santa that will dry out in jail!


That's why Santa carries plenty of doggie biscuts for the trip!

Meet the Cartoonist:

Sean is a freelance 'toonist and illustrator, with a passion for it that runs deep and endless (and intoxicated Santas).
He's done all sorts of things over the years -- ranging from editorial cartooning to tattoo designing to even some local advertising.
He's not syndicated yet ... but he is driven. His personal quest for that "holy grail" will continue onward.

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Finn Andersson

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, a mounty in the sky,
So to Finn Andersson's, the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.


Too Much Blitzen!


Hey, it worked for Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman)!

See more of Finn's work at his web site:

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Larry Miller

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
Larry Miller swore Santa was protected by elves,
It's clear Larry's liquor had come down from its shelves;


Or maybe Larry DID see Santa's Secret Service?


So much for chubby and jolly!


They don't call him blitzen for no reason <g>!


You really have to plan ahead in this business!
Cartoon Cool Stuff

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Lan Hoang Vu (a.k.a. VAL)

We did see a bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
VAL said he had found them on sale at Off-The-Rack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;


Even Santa has to stay within the budget!


Origins of Christmas 2004: China


Wrong Question: "What's in Your Wallet?" Right Question: "What's in Your Heart?"


This makes the Grinch look rather tame, don't you think?


They're almost as good as cash <g>!

See more of Val's work at his web site:

Meet the Cartoonist:

VAL’s cartoons are displayed and collected in many websites, museums, galleries, and private collections including The Peace Museum (Chicago, USA), BC Space Gallery (Laguna Beach, California, USA), Collection of Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago City (USA), Collection of Ms. Kim Phuc - “The Girl in the Picture” - from Kim Foundation (USA), Cartoon Museum of East Europe (Ploiesti, Romania) just to name a few. Recently, VAL’s cartooning carreer has taken a big leap when he started to work with The New York Times Syndicate.

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Charles Filius

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, but no longer a jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
Poor young Charles Filius was only trying to help,
But Nick's diet was killing him so he let out a yelp,
A shake of his fist and a face that was red,
Made psuedo-Santa something to dread;


The fake Santa does have a point ... fad diets put you in a baaaaad mood!
Note: No cartoon children were hurt in the making of this cartoon!


This storefront Santa doesn't have a license (hunting or driving)!
Note: No cartoon reindeer were hurt in the making of this cartoon!

See more of Charles' work at his web site:

Meet the Cartoonist:

Charles A. Filius was born in a house he helped his father build in a small town 2800 miles east of Los Angeles. His career in cartooning began within the confines of those early formative years of grade school ... which were spent happily filling in all those wasted, empty margins so common to all text books and exams of that era. A consummate professional, Charles has worked in virtually all phases of the graphic arts from production through management. Keyline Art and Mechanicals, Layout, Design, Logos & Corporate Identity Packages, Newsletters, Cartooning, Illustration, Cross Platform Computer Graphics, Slide Presentations, Publication Design, Custom Marine Graphics, and Advertising just head this list of his areas of expertise. Charles has been freelancing since August, 2001, for a wide variety of clients. His wide range of clientele provide him with an even wider range of projects, including designing a tarot deck, book and poster illustrations, and more. He currently resides in southern California.

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Erik (Esa) Sandberg

He spoke not a word, but looked straight ahead,
As Eric Sandberg's elf filled his head;
With all kinds of things he shouldn't have said!
So Santa hitched to the next town to repair his old sled;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT ..."


It's hard to get good help!


What's that mailing address? North Pole. Riiiiiight!


Happy Holidays!

Meet the Cartoonist:

In 1973 he was born in Sweeden. (A very happy occasion for him) Later in life he studied philosophy, music and art. Finished Serietecknar och Illustratör skolan in Hofors, Sweden 2003. For the past 3.5 years Erik has been freelancing with a monthly published comic strip for the University of Umea, Sweden, unofficially named "The Faculty." Current personal projects include a childrens book, a long adventure comic, a 40 pages long humorous comic and conceptual design for computer games.

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Rich Diesslin

But away in a manger Rich Diesslin did find,
Some housecleaning was needed but no one did mind;
As they sat and they pondered the baby so fine,
And marveled at what the Angels, and sheperds and wisemen opined!


Of course, who was lending whom their home <g>!
Cartoon Cool Stuff


Doesn't really matter, just sing 'em anyway!
Cartoon Cool Stuff


To those two ladies from Wal-Mart in Lafayette, IN ... there really is
something called Shoe Goo. It was in the hardware section!
Cartoon Cool Stuff


It's gotta start sometime!
Cartoon Cool Stuff

See more of Rich's work at his web site:

Meet the Cartoonist:

Rich Diesslin is a freelance cartoonist with a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and an Master's from the University of Dayton. He is the creator and cartoonist of the KNOTS or Not (or KNOTS) scouting cartoons and a cartoonist for the London's Times Cartoons. He is the cartoonist of A Journey Through Christian Theology, Fortress Press, and companion A Journey Through Christian Theology Color Cartoons CD. His new book, released this fall, is The Cartoon Gospel of John, a commentary with full color cartoons, from ACTA:Chicago.

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Credits
This year's cartoonists are Finn Andersson, Sean Boley, Pete Delgado, Jr., Rich Diesslin, Kevin Edler, Charles Filius, Lan Hoang Vu, Larry Miller, Joe Ruisi, and Erik Sandberg! Thanks Guys!!!
Also thanks to our "Friends of TCDC" web sites that are helping to get the word out.

A Word about this Year's TCDC
This year's cartoon look at Christmas has evolved (quite on it's own) into a silly look at Santa Claus. Many of the Santa's are the storefront variety, not to be confused with the positive traits of the real thing. The only guideline is a G-rated cartoon themed along Christmas and the Holidays. Each cartoonist has a page for his cartoons and you will find a wide variety great cartoons! It is all tied together (if you can call it that) with an extremely weird revision of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (below and on each page).

Y'all Come Back Now, Y'Hear!
We, the TCDC cartoonists, hope you enjoy our cartoon tribute to the Christmas season and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy!


Thanks to all the cartoonists who made this possible!!!

Thanks to All of You for Stopping By!!!


Enjoy and Tell a Friend!

From all the cartoonists to YOU!

Thanks and Have a Happy New Year!


Thanks to all the cartoonists who made this possible!!!

Thanks to All of You for Stopping By!!!

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