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Roger F. Slutzker, Printer

I tweeted a brief acknowledgement on the passing of Roger Slutzker today. We weren’t friends or even close business associates, but I did encounter him a few times in the 80’s, during the course of needing stuff printed.

The tweet read, “Roger Slutzker was a local printer that I dealt with several times in the 80’s. He was a vital part of Lorain business. Shalom. R.I.P.”.

That’s all that I need to say. I don’t need to fill the air with embellished remembrances of brief business encounters. Roger did his job and he did it well. And he supplied a much needed service to the Lorain County area.

The online version of his obit from the Chronicle-Telegram is available for public consumption here: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2011/12/20/roger-f-slutzker/ That’s where I found the news.

Rest in peace, Roger.

 

Upcoming Events for September 6, 2011

This is a press release for my upcoming appearances and classes. Feel free to share it (except for the contact info at the very bottom) on your website, or other promotional media. You can also download a pdf file of the article.
Press Release
September 6, 2011
Upcoming Events and Classes 

Mike Leuszler, party and event caricaturist and local entertainer will be participating in the following events and classes in the upcoming weeks. Contact information for each event is provided in the description, or you can email Mike at MikeTheArtGuy.com@gmail.com. You can also contact Mike to inquire about having him at your upcoming events, fairs, festivals, and fundraisers.

Saturday, September 10th, 11 am to 4 pm: (free admission)True North Arts Fest/Sheffield Family Pride Day at French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Avenue, Sheffield, OH. Fine Arts shopping and browsing, music, caricatures, family activities, food, fun. This is a well-attended, fun show that is in its fourth year. You will be delighted by the variety of artists and music. Find out more at the TNCA website: http://www.truenorthartsfest.com/index.html

Thursday, September 15,  6:30 to 7:30 pm: (Five dollar class fee) Creating Comics and Manga Class at Schoepfle Gardens Metropark, Just off State Route 113 on Market Street in Birmingham, Ohio (440)965-7237, Learn to create comics and manga by creating comics and managa. In addition to learning some of the methods and tools used, you will learn a little bit of the history, business, and inner workings of comics. Find out more by calling (440)965-7237 and register here:
http://reservations.metroparks.cc/programs/index.shtml?id=22258&sid=934865.78114&uid=

Saturday, September 17, 12 to 5 pm, Shiloh Company Picnic, Wellington. Back again for a second year, I will be doing caricatures at this private event. If you know someone who works for Shiloh, let them know!

Thursday, September 22, Creating Comics and Manga Workshop, Lorain Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain, OH. 6 to 8 pm (10 dollar class fee). Introduction to creating comic strips, manga and other sequential artwork. Learn to make comics by making comics. Learn
basic comic terms, concepts, history, business practices, and some of the tricks that creators use in creating comics and manga, and have an enormous amount of fun. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Saturday, September 24, 7 to 9 pm, Taste of Firelands Wine Tasting Fund Raiser at Matus Winery, Gore Orphanage Rd., just off Rt. 20 in Wakeman. Doing caricatures at the Firelands Endowment Fund Raiser. For 25 bucks, you can get a sampling of Matus’ wine selection. Plus I’ll be doing caricatures. Did I mention that? There will also be light refreshments and a 50-50 raffle. Proceeds go to Firelands Endowment Fund. Find out more here: http://www.firelandsschools.org/drupal/?q=endowment

Sunday, September 25, 11 am to 4 pm, Invest Elyria Art Show,  Ely Square, Elyria. Painting, crafts, sculpturing, music, preforming art. If you have a question, just ask. I will be doing caricatures, and will probably have some blank notecards (with my art, of course) and other items for sale. Here’s a Facebook Event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189773187756730 and here is the NEW Invest Elyria website: http://www.wix.com/investelyria/ie#!special-projects/vstc1=art-show

Thursday, September 29, 6 to 8 pm, Caricature Workshop, Lorain County Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain, (10 dollar class fee). How to get turned into a cartoon and the fine art of caricature. Demonstration of techniques in both doing quick party event caricatures, along with regular caricature artwork. How to emphasize, distort, and do other things to create a comic work of art. Lots of fun for the up and coming cartoonist or doodler. Learn some potential uses for your newly learned abilities. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Thursday, October 6, 6 to 7 pm, Monster Drawing Class, Lorain County Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain (10 dollar class fee). To draw using classic monsters from the movies. It’s a drawing class that uses monsters as models! Learn some tricks to make your drawings more monstrous! Learn basic drawing techniques that you can apply to most sketching and drawing projects. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Mike Leuszler is a professional party and event caricaturist who has been working professionally entertaining many people with his inky trade for the last six years. You can find out more about him at MikeTheArtGuy.com, his official website.

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Contact Information:
Mike Leuszler
MikeTheArtGuy.com@Gmail.com
home office: 440-988-2256
cell: 440-897-2178

 

Post-Hospital Update

Quick off the top of my head post-hospital report: Had all of the major organs (liver, heart, etc.) checked out. My “cardiac event” was a sugar spike of 500. Sugar should be in the very low 100s. So that was bad. I am on a new diet, with some more pills, including one for high cholesterol. And children’s aspirin. Yum!

I will have to seriously start checking my blood sugar regularly and get more active. And eat right. More salads, less starches. During my two days in the hospital, I also lost my insane craving for caffeine. Went out and bought all non-caffeine pop Sunday, and haven’t consumed much of it at all.

Did I mention I am consuming more water, too. Flush that @#$% out.

And another great side effect is that my mind has been very clear and sharp, and my emotional keel is very even. Of course, when you get to eat all of your meals in bed, you’d be pretty happy, too. We’ll see if that that lasts in the real world.

Thanks to everyone who prayed and sent well wishes. Looking forward to a productive fall and winter now. More news on that soon. I’ve got a ton of projects in the next four months, plus a special trip in October. But right now, I have a picnic to attend. And draw caricatures at said picnic. Later.

 

New Facebook Page

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may be interested to know that I’ve created a new page for my caricature and illustration work. If the above link doesn’t work, just type in Mike “The Art Guy” Leuszler in the FB search jigger and that should bring the page right up.

It appears that my old group is there, too, but you can ignore that.

I hope to see you all “liking” my page.

Festival of the Fish Marketplace

I will be at Exchange Park (the corner of Rts. 6 and 60 in downtown Vermilion) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday doing caricatures during the big Fish Festival. This is one of the biggest events, next to Woolybear, during the year, so come on down and get turned into a toon.

This will be my first Fish Festival, so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit this great event, this is it.

Creating Comics Class at the Amherst Public Library

June 23rd, 2011, Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring Street (on the corner of Park Ave.)

Note: Even if you’ve taken this class before, you may want to come back again as you’ll be working with different people, and you’ll get new and different content during the class.

This is a great way to learn how to create comics, how to work with others, and why some comics come out the way they do. Taught by local artist and caricaturist Mike Leuszler, students learn to create manga and comics… by making comics. But there’s a twist or two.

Students will also learn a bit about comic publishing and comics history during the class, and have an enormous amount of fun despite that!

No drawing experience necessary.

Everyone who participates in the class will get a free print by Mike Leuszler. That’s me.

For more info or to register for the class, call 440-988-4230. Or, you can contact the Youth Services Director, Cheryl Ashton, at cashtonapl@yahoo.com.

The Return of That Stupid Podcast, Now With 100% More Idiocy

That Stupid Podcast, a podcast hosted by moi on Talkshoe at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/92326 will return Wednesday, May 12 at 10 pm, with a twist.

Instead of me reading and commenting on stupid news stories, I will open the phone lines and the discussion up to the public. You can participate by calling 724-444-7444.

To just listen in and maybe participate in the chat room, go to http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/92326 and hit the non-pro version of the Talkshoe chat room link.

I would recommend, if you have not done so, going to Talkshoe.com to set up a free account the day before. It’s not that hard, but it might take a little time and this isn’t something you want to do at the very last minute. Trust me, the master procrastinator.

That Stupid Podcast ran for four episodes earlier in 2011 and was cancelled when my computer needed to be taken in for repairs and updates. Due to the total apathy of anyone who might have expressed an interest in it during the hiatus, I decided to rethink the concept to make it more interesting. Adding live callers to the mix, with their varied opinions and personalities should definitely provide an entertaining factor to the proceedings.

Hope to see you on Wednesdays at 10 pm Eastern at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/92326 .

 

eBay Sales This Week

Batman Dark Knight ACEO / Sketch Card Batman Dark Knight ACEO / Sketch Card 2011

Joker ACEO / Sketch Cards
Batman's big baddie, the Joker.

This week, I have 26 eBay auctions listed. My seller name is Mike_Leuszler. Don’t forget the underscore!

They’re all ACEO / Sketch Cards of various characters and subjects, including Mario, The Hulk, Superman, Catwoman, and Santa.  Some of the cards feature a change in technique, too.

I also have some of my oldest ACEO for sale from five years ago. FIVE years ago. Yeesh.

Don’t wait, because the auctions end Sunday night around 10 pm Eastern time.

And if you could tell your friends, that would be great.