This year's third edition of Exaggerated Features is now available! In this issue, we take a look at the serious topic of racism and its impact on our industry and organization. Guest editor Clarence Meriweather brings you interviews and insight from black artists both within and outside of our organization. We have step-by-step tutorials from award winning artists Damon Renthrope and Tony Smith, interviews with Arie Monroe, Krystal Simmons, and Ty Jones, a BLM art showcase, and more.
As with our last issue, you can purchase a print of Damon's "Uncle" Sam Wilson cover art - proceeds of which will be split between Damon and Black Lives Matter.
Lastly, due to the topical nature of this issue and its contents, we've decided to make this one available to the public. We believe the voices featured within need to be heard, and our platform can be used to elevate them. We hope it will spur constructive dialogue about race within our industry and the world at large.
We know this is a sensitive topic to many. Please, read the stories within with an open mind, and share them with those you think might benefit from hearing them as well.
Hope you all are staying safe and healthy out there.
This year, we’re bringing the ISCAcon right to your doorstep! ISCAcon29: Mailbox Mayhem will be open to the public, and will have something for long-time attendees and newcomers alike. For the veteran member, a compact and condensed “home edition” of the con experience you know and love; for the non-member, a sampling of the creativity and camaraderie that ISCA has to offer. All for a single low price that was previously unobtainable for our in-person gatherings. We expect this will be one of the most unique and accessible ISCA events to date!
Mailbox Mayhem is an interactive multimedia event taking place on Discord Nov. 15-20, 2020. Registrants will receive a limited edition mail-order box that will contain a special comic book edition of Exaggerated Features, a con T-shirt designed by Kev Jackson, an enamel pin, art supplies, and a few other mystery goodies and con swag staples. The event itself will be host to world-class speakers, unique prerecorded and livestreamed video content, a Virtual Ballroom, contests, competitions, activities, awards, our annual ISCA Auction and more!
As mentioned above, we will be making this event open to the public! Members will have preorder access for the first two weeks, will be invited to one-on-one Q&A sessions with our guest speakers, and will be able to submit work for competitions (TBA).
Registering is simple! You have two options - For $55 you get the box mailed to your doorstep and access to the full week of events - no strings attached! If you’re a non-member, a current member due for renewal, or you just want to tag on an extra year at a discounted rate - you can get the box and a 1-year membership for a total of $120 - that’s $30 off a standard membership! Keep an eye out as we announce more details in the coming weeks. We’re excited about all that we’ve been cooking up and even more excited to see everyone this November!
The ISCA Board of Directors
Where is this taking place?
All from the comfort of your home! This virtual con will consist of a box of goodies mailed right to your front door as well as a mix of live and pre-recorded virtual content, accessible from anywhere. Registrants will receive a unique, single-use link to our private Discord server, which they will have access to for the duration of the event.
It will allow us to simulate the vibe of the in person con by allowing us to host events, speakers, and various virtual rooms that serve different purposes. It is private, self-contained, and accessible by invite only.
Do I have to be present at every live event?
You do not need to be present the entire week to partake in the experience. We’ll be posting recordings of talks and workshops for you to enjoy as bingeable content any time!
When will the boxes ship? Wednesday, November 4th (date is subject to change)
I live outside of the U.S. - can I still receive a box?
Yes! International shipping fees apply. $30 to Canada, $50 elsewhere outside of the US.
Do I have to be an ISCA member to participate in MM?
No! Anyone can sign up to be a part of this experience! However, only ISCA Members will be able to compete and display artwork in their own virtual wall spaces. Members will also be able to partake in live Q&A's with our speakers.
Will there be competitions?
Yes! The competitions won’t look quite like they do at normal ISCAcons. Sadly, there will be no Noseys.
How does voting work?
We will use the same virtual voting form that we introduced in 2019.
Dear ISCA Members:
We would like to start this letter by first expressing how incredible it has been to witness all of the innovation, collaboration and perseverance that has been displayed within the ISCA community despite the incredible setbacks we have each been facing. ISCA is first and foremost a community, and exists because of, and for, you.
It is with heavy hearts that we have to inform you that the decision has been made to postpone our in-person gathering in Las Vegas for ISCAcon29. This is obviously something we have been wrestling with for months, and this decision has not been made lightly. Between monitoring the coronavirus situation, surveying our members, and communicating with The Golden Nugget Hotel Las Vegas, we have determined that for the health and safety of our members, the best course of action is to postpone the physical gathering in Las Vegas until November 14-19, 2021.
Regarding 2020, your Board of Directors are working diligently to prepare an exceptional experience unlike any ISCAcon before. We expect this will be one of the most unique and accessible ISCA events to date, so be on the lookout as we will be sharing more about what to expect in the coming weeks.
We appreciate your continued support of ISCA and look forward to announcing what we have in store for this year! And we cannot wait to see you all in person at the ISCAcon 30th Anniversary next year - there will be much to celebrate!
The ISCA Board of Directors
In addition to all of that, you'll find videos from all of our #ISCAcon28 seminars and speakers and a selection of highlights from our
The Spring 2020 issue of Exaggerated Features is now available for members to download here, and it is a doozy! Inside you'll find articles by Celestia Ward, Michael White, and Teresa Farrington on their experiences handling the coronavirus crisis. Ed Steckley has penned a tribute to the late Mort Drucker, and Robin Schwartzman interviews Erin Goedtel about her contribution to Elton John's performance at the Academy Awards. Torren Thomas has contributed an incredible illustration in response to the death of George Floyd that we've highlighted in support of Black Lives Matter.
In addition to all of that, you'll find videos from all of our #ISCAcon28 seminars and speakers and a selection of highlights from our Drawn Together 2020 Facebook live streams!
And let's talk about that cover! A huge shoutout to Mike Graessle for his corona-commentary piece that conveys much of what we've all been feeling and experiencing in the last few months. As this is a digital edition, we thought it would a be shame not to see this cover in print. We are offering an opportunity to own a physical copy of this incredible piece of artwork. Prints can be purchased at https://gumroad.com/isca. Proceeds will be split, with 30% going to Milke and 70% benefiting The Center for Disaster Philanthropy's COVID-19 Response Fund.
Thank you all for sticking with us while we navigate this strange world together.
Dear ISCA Friends and Family,
As we all face down the reality of COVID-19, I know there is much uncertainty and many questions regarding the state of our industry. I will not claim to have all of the answers, but I hope the following will be of some reassurance.
First of all, I’d like to thank Freelancers Union for providing the following articles, resources, and advice. They’ve been stepping up as a voice for freelance artists and entertainers in this difficult time. I recommend registering as a member (it’s free) to receive their updates.
Here’s a master list of resources crowdsourced by Freelancers Union members. You’ll find emergency grants for artists, advocacy information by state, business management tools, mental health resources, remote job opportunities, international resources, and crowdfunding initiatives. As much as I would love to, I have not clicked through every link to personally investigate, but this list is widely regarded as one of the best compiled for freelancers. Many of the resources listed actually link back to it. If you have personally used or recommend any of the articles or resources, please share them with your fellow members!
I also recommend this article: What Freelancers Need to Know About Coronavirus
Now, what can you do? How can you make your voice heard?
Well, here’s the Freelancers Union’s call for aid. If this is a plan you wish to back, they’ve included a form letter you can use to contact your representatives. The more of us who write in on behalf of freelancer’s and gig workers, the louder our voices will be.
You can also add your name to these petitions:
Change.org: COVID-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry
Action Network: Tell Congress to Include Displaced Entertainment Workers in Relief Package
Freelancers Union is also establishing a Freelancers Relief Fund. You can fill out their survey now to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you and your business:
Check your local and state level arts councils for similar relief fund information (several are listed in the resource above). I filled out one for the Ohio Citizens for the Arts as an individual as well the national Americans for the Arts survey on behalf of ISCA. This one is open to businesses and organizations, so it may be useful for agency owners and others as well.
As for ISCA, we’re keeping an eye on the situation as best we can, and have been since early February. Our members’ health and safety will be our first priority. We have been in contact with the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas. Our conference is still many months away and as of now has not been impacted by the pandemic. However, that is subject to change as the situation develops. And with Las Vegas shuttering hotels and casinos for the next 30 days, it is unlikely we will have more information before the end of April. As always, we will do our best to keep you all informed.
In the meantime, we have some ideas we will be rolling out to make the current isolation period bearable. More info on that coming soon! For now, wash your hands, stay inside, don’t touch your face, and definitely don’t sneeze on people.
Thank you all, and be safe out there. Or rather, be safe inside somewhere.
We are proud to announce our 2019 Guest of Honor, Valentin Chibrit!
Valentin is an award-winning artist from Galati, Romania drawn to perceiving reality in colours and vibrations. Regardless of the medium, Valentin manages to feel the personality of his characters and translate it into different permutations of nuances. Each and every work he does is unique, as the way he plays with shapes and colours cannot be obtained twice. He was interested in playing like that in the way a child is curious about taking a toy apart and then reassembling it. Studying the human nature is at the base of his artistic approach, while drawing portraits is just an instrument. His technique can be described as a journey from the traditional medium (pastels, acrylics, oil, clay) to the digital one, which happened to fulfill his desire to combine as many layers of colors on the surface as he wished, while keeping a clean style at the same time.
As any other idealist, Valentin dreams of creating a home for Creativity, unlimited by social or financial constraints in a world where the need for authenticity and honesty becomes so important. He would like to create a reference for other artists to acknowledge that pursuing an honest art is possible, that connecting with other artists can make a difference as in any other domain. In the end, art means channeling an unlimited potential of creativity through a human imagination. So any field can reach an artistic level if it’s accomplished with passion and self-awareness.
ISCA is excited to have Valentin join us for our 28th Annual Convention at The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee!
Registration and room rates coming soon. Stay tuned! #iscacon28
We’re happy to announce you can now buy prints of this year’s Caricature of the Year - “Gold Nosey Rush” by Caricature Artist of the Year, Daniel Stieglitz!
Thanks to Daniel, 50% of the proceeds will benefit ISCA! There are three size options to choose from. Click the link below to take a look!
Check out the piece at our merch page: http://caricature.org/Merch
Hello everyone! We're pushing to be more active across all of our online platforms this year, including right here on our EF blog. We hope to post content as regularly as possible. I wanted to start this trend off with something truly special.
What we have here is a live caricature/speed sketch workshop by the late Tom 'Huf' Hofstedt from the first NCN Convention in Cozumel, Mexico in 1992. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this qualifies as the first ever convention workshop! The footage is from founder Buddy Rose's personal archive - digitized, restored, and graciously provided to ISCA by his son, Harrison Rose. We hope to have more of this footage available throughout the year. For those of you who've been with the organization since its early days, this will surely bring back some memories. For our newer members, pay attention - cause you just might learn something!
Join us at the Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, TN for the 28th Annual ISCA Caricature Convention, November 17-22, 2019!
More info coming soon!
Golden Nosey - Daniel Stieglitz
Silver Nosey - Derek Brennan
Bronze Nosey - Sebastian Martin
Updates and full winners list will be published in the upcoming post-con issue of Exaggerated Features!