Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cartooning Pickles ... All in the name of Science!

If I had to make a Top 10 list of the weirdest and funniest things I've ever had to cartoon, pickles would be very close to the top, if not number one!

Maybe it's because of the way they look ...

Inked Cartoon Illustrations for YES Mag #81 - Home Lab: Amphibian Antifreeze

Maybe it's because of the way they feel ...

Inked Cartoon Illustrations for YES Mag #81 - Home Lab: Amphibian Antifreeze

Or maybe it's the way they sound ...

*C-R-U-N-C-H!*

Whatever the reason, I cartoon these pickles in the name of Science! And you'll be able to see them in full colour, along with my other "Home Lab" illustrations, in the March-April 2011 issue of YES Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds.

For this "Home Lab" science experiment, kids will learn about the wonders of "Amphibian Antifreeze"*.

(* Frog legs not included.)

... Don't worry, parents, that's where the pickles come in!

For now, you can still pick up a copy of YES Mag #80 at bookstores and magazine stands. Inside, you'll find many great science articles for children themed on shipwrecks. And don't forget to try the "Home Lab" experiment on "The Nuts and Bolts of Rusting" ...

COVER - YES Mag #80: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Thursday, January 20, 2011

EVEN MORE March Break 2011 - Cartooning for Kids @ Hamilton Public Library

I need to start this post with a big, sincere THANK YOU to all of our local librarians who are expressing continued interest in my Cartooning for Kids workshops, for yet another invitation to return was received today.

And so, once again, attention all kid cartoonists (and parents/guardians) in Hamilton, Ontario! A third cartooning session will be running on March Break, this time at the Kenilworth Branch of the Hamilton Public Library.

We'll also be having fun cartooning at the Westdale and Concession branches this March Break.

WHAT: Cartooning for Kids with Mike Cope

WHERE: Kenilworth Branch, Hamilton Public Library
103 Kenilworth Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
L8H 4R6

DATE: Thursday, March 17th, 2011

TIME: 12:45PM to 1:45PM

AGES: 7 and up!

Complete registration details will be posted when they become available. You can also phone the Kenilworth Library's Information Desk at 905-546-3960. Hope to see you there!

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Friday, January 07, 2011

MORE March Break 2011 - Cartooning for Kids @ Hamilton Public Library

Once again, attention all kid cartoonists (and parents/guardians) in Hamilton, Ontario! I've just accepted a second invitation to run a March Break Cartooning for Kids workshop, this time at the Concession Branch of the Hamilton Public Library.

If you missed yesterday's announcement, I'll also be at the Westdale Branch this March Break.

WHAT: Cartooning for Kids with Mike Cope

WHERE: Concession Branch, Hamilton Public Library
565 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario
L8V 1A8

DATE: Thursday, March 17th, 2011

TIME: 2:15PM to 3:15PM

AGES: 7 and up!

Complete registration details will be posted when they become available. You can also phone the Concession Library's Information Desk at 905-546-3415. Hope to see you there!

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Thursday, January 06, 2011

March Break 2011 - Cartooning for Kids @ Hamilton Public Library [UPDATED]

Attention all kid cartoonists (and parents/guardians) in Hamilton, Ontario! I've accepted an invitation to run a Cartooning for Kids workshop at the Westdale Branch of the Hamilton Public Library during our upcoming March Break 2011 ...

UPDATE: I'll also be at the Concession Library Branch on March Break!

WHAT: Cartooning for Kids with Mike Cope

WHERE: Westdale Branch, Hamilton Public Library
955 King Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 1K9

DATE: Monday, March 14th, 2011

TIME: 2:30PM to 3:30PM

AGES: 7 and up!

Complete registration details will be posted when they become available. You can also phone the Westdale Library's Information Desk at 905-546-3456. Hope to see you there!

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

"Crash Course" Gag Cartoon in Reader's Digest Canada Magazine (Jan. 2011)

Reader's Digest Canada Magazine - January 2011 CoverThe January 2011 issue of Reader's Digest Canada Magazine is now available at bookstores and newsstands.

This month, one of my gag cartoons is published in the As Kids See It department on Page 63. Special thanks to the editors at Reader's Digest Canada!

Here's a sneak peak ...

Reader's Digest Canada Magazine - Crash Course Gag Cartoon by Mike Cope - January 2011
Gag Cartoon: "Crash Course" in RD Canada Magazine (January 2011).

I've titled this particular gag cartoon "Crash Course" and dedicate it to all you kids (young and old!) who will be hitting the slopes and hills over the upcoming winter months with your toboggans, sleds, tires, skis, and any other snow-swooshing vehicle that you don't need a license to legally operate!

Enjoy the rides and don't let a wipeout (or two) stop you from climbing back up that hill :)

Click the above image to see the full cartoon.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope