When I decided to do the Cher-toons books I was in touch with Jill Gorecki, a CCA Mom who I met on social media. She was such an inspiration when I decided to publish the toons, and we came up with a plan to help CCA Kids while sharing my fun Cher-toons. I've been sharing a portion of royalties with CCA ever since first publishing. I was invited to The CCA kids Annual Retreat in 2016 and it was an incredible experience, the love I observed and felt while at this event was unlike anything I have ever felt before. CCA is a magical family and I will forever be grateful for their warm welcome. This photo is with the wonderful Guzzo and Gorecki families.
My shining moment....when Cher's best friend Paulette arranged to have my Cher-toon grace the top of Cher's Birthday cake. I was later even more thrilled to receive a phone call from Cher requesting me to do a toon of her Mom since her Mom loved my work....a complete labor of love, I have been a lifelong Cher fan and am also a secret admirer of her fabulous Mom Georgia.
A dear friend asked me to join him in NYC for a Joan Rivers show, so what better time to create some JOAN-TOONS. I made a collection of humourous Joan Greeting cards with illustrations and rhyming jokes for her. When I arrived at the venue I gave them to the maitre'd and asked him to please give them to her backstage thinking they'd probably not make it passed the nearest trash can. Later as Joan took the stage to my enormous surprise she brought the cards onstage with her and proceeded to introduce me and my work to the audience. She bought us dinner and joked with me all evening....another shining moment I shall never forget.
I was presented with the opportunity to meet Barbara Eden and as a lifelong Jeannie fan I couldn't say no. I had been drawing her for many years and I can remember as a child I would sit for hours blinking my eyes trying move things around my bedroom. I drew up a very special collection of Jeannie-toons for her and she loved them, some of which are included in my Jeannie-toons book. Meeting her was truly magical, she's beautiful, gracious and when I looked in her eyes I was once again a little boy enchanted by the magical lady in the bottle.
Christmas 2018 was a thrilling experience when I was contacted by Cher's best friend Paulette and asked to ship Cher some of my Christmas greeting cards for her to send out, the "Joy to the World(Trump in handcuffs) cards : )
I once had the wonderful experience of designing some greeting cards for Cher's Mom Georgia Holt. I had done a toon of Georgia as a request from Cher and then received a request from Georgia for personalized greeting cards....her with her little dog Winnie <3
So wonderful to have had the opportunity to share my Angie-toon with the legendary "Police Woman" herself.
I created a Loni-toons book/coloring book and what a wonderful experience it was to meet the lovely lady and share it with her.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to TOON the amazing Camerone Parker McCulloch for a celebration of her life and career recently, she's an incredibly beautiful lady inside and out, an icon in the fashion industry with a fabulous story. Thank you so much Susan Claassen for trusting my talent.
So awesome to meet Tatum and give her a Tatum-toon! Tatum is the first celebrity to read the poem I wrote aloud...I was so moved to hear her read it. She touched my heart with her kindness.
The magnificent singer and actress Roslyn Kind recently released this incredibly uplifting song with sublime vocals and inspiring jazz appeal. The video created for this song is a wonderfully instrumented montage that reaches for what we so desperately need in the USA today.
I'm thrilled to have one of my "Rozzie-toons" make an appearance in this extraordinary video, grateful to have my art if only for a moment intertwined with such a powerful message in song from the gloriously gifted Rozzie!