|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.|
I am a middle-aged person who has operated a small cartooning studio here in Nebraska for about 25 years. As Nebraska is not necessarily the 'hub' of the publishing industry in the U.S. it is often difficult to find steady engagements. As with all of our brethren in this business, I am constantly seeking assignments. Thank goodness for the internet and the opportunities it affords all of us.
Some of my published work and contact information is located
I appreciate this opportunity to work with Rich and the other fine cartoonists that complete this project each year.
|VALs 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, VALs cartooning carreer has taken a big leap when he started to work with The New York Times Syndicate.|
|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 most recent book is The Cartoon Gospel of John, a commentary with full color cartoons, from ACTA:Chicago.|
This year's cartoonists are Sean Boley, Joel Coughlin, Rich Diesslin, Charles Filius, Dale Hunt, Kevin Edler, Ira Monroe and Lan Hoang Vu (a.k.a. VAL)! Thanks!!! Also thanks to our "Friends of TCDC" Links" web sites that are helping to get the word out.
This year's cartoon look at Christmas started with a question to ponder for each cartoonist. However, they were not limited to just their question ... afterall this is a cartoonist showcase, not a test! See if you can figure out a few common themes among cartoonists this year.
We, the TCDC cartoonists, hope you enjoy our cartoon tribute to the Christmas season and wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays (whichever one(s) you celebrate) and a Happy New Year! Enjoy!