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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.

Jamboree Report

The Amherst Old Time Jamboree was a moderate success. I had my booth paid for within 4 hours on Friday night. Part of that was thanks to potential Amherst Treasurer Linda Hale buying the last of my hand-colored Dragon Mama prints, which will probably not be done again, since the original was accidently sold at Balloon fest a year ago. Cathy Hume Kurtz’s daughter stopped by also, with a couple of friends. Cathy’s mom, Arlene, was my favorite math teacher in sixth and seventh grade and Cathy was in my graduating class at MLS. Class of ’83. Hoo hah.

Melissa Kendra Thiert and Hanna Watson from Sandstone Summer Theater stopped by and chatted it up for awhile. Melissa sends me pieces of Flair on Facebook all of the time, which I love. I need to make some more up myself. And I went to school with Hannah’s mom Susan Watson, and know Hannah from her local community theater appearances.

Kathy Whitmore, my bestest girlfriend ever, kept me company for awhile, too. And on Saturday, too. Being the perfect shit that I am, I showed my appreciation to her by growling at her. Bad man. Kathy even ran out to Sears hardware to pick up an extension cord when good old Red from the Amherst Historical Society was helping me hook up my electric.

Despite Hurricane Marilyn blowing through Saturday morning, thus causing the Jamboree to start about 2 hours later than it’s usual noon open, I did fifty caricatures that day. At least three of the tents were totaled. Many of them were soaked, along with merchandise left overnight. Great Lakes Church hesitated to tossed out some Bibles that the weather baptized very thoroughly. Their tent was trashed, along with the Republican Party’s tent, which was blown fifty yards away from it’s resting spot. I leave you to make an observation about that.

My tent survived with no major damage, mostly because I set it up in the yard the Monday before, to see how it would hold up in the weather. Yes, I rehearsed my tent, which saved it from blowing away or cracking up.

Saturday was a mini class reunion. Steve Rotta, Brian Ruthkowski, Lori Bloom Kulp (who also popped in Friday), Bob Kamnikar, all showed up to say hi and/or have a caricature or three done. I apologize and blame my old man memory if anyone was forgotten.

Another classmate, whom I’ve known since fifth grade, Mark Lombardi was actually working at one of the food booths, also. He sold me an awesome Italian sausage slathered in bell peppers and onions. Good stuff.

Actually, most of the food at the Jamboree is good. I had a slice of pizza from Ziggy’s, cheese burger and a bloomin’ onion from the pork sandwich vendor (I think Wright’s), I shared Kathy’s Kettle Corn, had my annual Gyro (and bought several kebobs from the same booth at the end of Saturday night for a nice discount).

Sunday continued the tradition of being a slooooow day, just like last year. I only made about 10 percent of total weekend sales on Sunday. Not too many socially-lubricated parents making their kids sit for a caricature. Mark Lowrie, the television production teacher popped in had a niece and nephew captured in Sharpie goodness. Taylor and Mary, a couple of local teens, amused me greatly and helped me strike my tent at the end of the day. Look for Taylor to sport one of my custom shirts, I hope, I the future.

Brian Policz stopped by briefly for a few minutes, but I was kinda sad not to see some of the other Sandstone Summer Theater kids after the big parade Sunday.

This year’s tear down went a lot smoother thanks to the above-mentioned help, and the fact that I could temporarily park my car very close to where the tent was set up.

Despite the fact that I was soaked in my old body cooling sweaty goodness, I stopped at Roxy’s, dropped off my shirts, art, and a rack, got on update on what’s coming up at the store, and grabbed a cool refreshing Diet Mountain Dew. Couldn’t get that at the Jamboree.

Then I headed to Arby’s for my lone dinner (Kathy had a double sunday dress for To Kill A Mockingbird at TNCA so she was MIA Sunday). and Arby’s gave me a totally wrong order, but it was better than what I ordered, so good on me.

And to celebrate my sucess, I went home, ate, watched some Law and Order and crashed for an hour.

All in all, despite a bit of heat stroke, and some vomiting after setting up my tent on Friday, it was a good weekend.

Thanks to everyone who showed up, including Mr. and Mrs. Faragher, Ken Rosenbusch (whom I will see Friday at my Dad’s 50th high school reunion Friday, when I do caricatures there), Michelle Haff, and all of my other friends and associates who dropped by to say hi.

Good times.

Amherst Poker Walk and 5K Run

Hey, all. I am posting this to make you aware of this good cause. This is from good Amherst citizen and former Marching Band associate, Joni Poli.

If you are in the Amherst area on this day, you need to participate. Either as a walker or runner, a supporter of a walker or runner, or just to donate some time or cash for the cause. It’s for a good cause, and there’s that element of chance that may get you 100 bucks. Bonus!

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benifiting the American Cancer Society & Relay for Life

We are excited to add the 5K RUN to our fundraiser!!!!


PRE- REGISTRATION(received before June 5th) = $10
DAY OF REGISTRATION (and received after June 5th) = $12


Registrations can be printed out from the website:

Amherst After Prom

Saturday night/Sunday morning I was doing caricatures at the Westlake Dave and Busters for the Amherst After Prom. Oh my, Dave and Busters is freakin’ huge. If I had to be locked in a building for the rest of my life, Dave and Busters would be my choice.

Plus, it’s always cool to do a gig for your high school alma mater.

I was pretty thrilled to find this message on my Facebook site today.

Paid Summer Position: Tech Director for Amherst Youth Theater

“The Sandstone Summer Theatre located in Amherst, OH is currently advertising for a paid position of Technical Director for the 2009 summer performances for the two youth groups.

“APPRENTICES and SUNSHINE COMPANY – each group will perform its own musical play, and the plays are performed in the Amherst Steele High School cafetorium located on Washington St.

“SUNSHINE COMPANY – age group 8 – 11 years old, rehearsals begin June 29, 2009 from 9:30 to 11:30 with performances July 31 + August 1, 2009.

“APPRENTICES – age group 12 to 14 years old, rehearsals begin June 29, 2009 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM with performances July 31 + August 1, 2009.

“The Technical Director is responsible to design and build simple sets and props for each play under the guidance of the Director. Technical assistants will be onsite to help with construction, painting etc., under the supervision of the Technical Director. This is a daytime position, and applicant must be at least 21 years old.

“If you are interested, please forward your resume either by email to CHFavre29@gmail.com, or send via mail to Chris Favre 455 Blossom Dr. Amherst, OH 44001. If you have any questions, send an email.”

Heart of the City Dance

I will be here, plying my inky trade.

What:“Heart of the City” Dinner and Dance
When: Saturday, February 28, 2009; from 6:00 p.m. to midnight
Where: DeLuca’s Place in the Park
Sponsored by: Main Street Amherst
Tickets: $75 a couple, $40 single

Everyone’s invited! Main Street Amherst hosts the sixth annual “Heart of the City” Dinner and Dance, on Saturday, February 28, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at DeLuca’s Place in the Park. Tickets are available for $75 a couple or $40 a single. Ticket prices include two drink coupons per person, dinner and entertainment for the evening.

Ticket reservations with payment must be received at the Amherst Main Street office by Friday, February 13th. The Main Street office is located at 255 Park Avenue in downtown Amherst. For more information, contact Cindy McGuire at 984-3900, Joni Poli at 329-5283 or Teresa L. Gilles at 984-6709.

Please call the Main Street office or email exdirector@centurytel.net if you would like to donate an item for the silent auction or to be a table sponsor (which includes 8 tickets to the event).