My Son Mario CONQUERS COMIC PALOOZA! We both had such a wonderful weekend! Thank YOU so much for all the hugs, handshakes, tears and chuckles! Thank YOU for buying my Art, and my Original Pencil Commissions! I enjoyed sharing the news that after years of diddle dadling, we are an official 501 (c) 3 non profit organization! Mark Kistler’s Imagination Initiative mission is to promote, encourage, inspire K-12 visual Arts Education. 100% of Comic Con revenue generated from sales of my autographs, selfie photos, original pencil commissions go to extending 200 children scholarships to Fine Arts Summer Camps. I’m selling 10 more original pencil commissions (your name in a Secret City…see last pic below) for $175 discounted from $399. All proceeds go to Mark Kistler Imagination Initiative. FB message me if you want to help me help kiddos get into Summer Art Camp!
Jack Moore’s fascinating and inspiring Comic Palooza panel “Art and NASA-Visualizing The Unimaginable!” Was the weekend highlight for me! Thanks for including me in this panel with Turbo Talented NASA Artists Jack Moore, Blake Dumesnil, Allison Bills, and our Eloquent Panel Moderator Genese Elisabeth Davis
I’m so excited! Houston’s COMICPALOOZA is this weekend! I participated in my very first Comic Con at Comicpalooza 3 years ago ……or was it 4 years ago? I always have so much fun that they all blur together! Have you ever visited my artist table at a ComicPalooza? If so please comment below and include the selfie we took?!
Anyhow, since that first Comic Con at ComicPalooza, I’ve participated in over 100 around the world! Isn’t that crazy cool! I do LOVE my job, but more importantly I LOVE LOVE LOVE the people I meet, the friends I’ve made, the artists that have inspired me, and YOU the fabulous FAN, it’s YOUR energy, your enthusiasm, your support that make it all possible. My heartfelt Thank YOU! Consider yourself big bear HUGGED! Obviously I’m channeling my Mom AGAIN🤗
The night my Mom died last week, I told my Dad and my Sister Melissa Layton Corrigan that I wanted to take a small piece of art from one of Moms many collections. A small keepsake I can carry with me in my art bag on my travels. They encouraged me with another round of tearful hugs.
I couldn’t make up my mind during last weeks trip, so on this weeks trip I came determined to decide. I looked at all her penguins gathered throughout the house in little tribal groups, then I looked at her collection of sculpted hands. Small hands, large hands, wooden hands, bronze hands, pointing hands, and reaching hands. Then I looked at her angels, then at her bears, then at her phenomenal assortment of hearts…I couldn’t decide, Each grouping looked in perfect balance. Not too many, not too few…removing one felt like I’d be destabilizing the universe.
With 20 minutes remaining until I had to depart for the airport, I took a pause in my search. I needed to get my clothes out of the dryer. As I was unloading the dryer my memories where thick with years of laundry moments with Mom and Dad. Doing laundry has always been a very important daily ritual at their house. As I continued to unload, one of my Moms wash clothes fell out onto my shoe. I picked it up and completely broke down. I felt Moms joy and delightful humor smile in my heart. Between sobs and gasps I told Mom she was worth every tear and so many more. I folded this precious washcloth and put it in my bag. I had found my Mom Keepsake.
Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms!
HUGE thank you HUGS to the HUNDREDS of moms past students and friends who have communicated with me their wonderful memories of her. So many of you are wanting to attend some sort of tribute event for her. My Father and my sister Melissa Layton Corrigan have some wonderful ideas to celebrate Moms life, once they pick a date and venue I’ll share it with you all👍.
After her 40 plus years of teaching I’m calculating 🤔….that’s got to be over 12,000 students she inspired! My input to Moms celebration, “Sis we’ve got to find one BIG venue, there are going to be a lot, seriously A LOT of people!” See, aren’t I an insightful helpful big brother 🤪
So, all of you alumni and friends of Mom, spread the word, share our posts, be ready to block in your calenders! News of date/time/venue coming soon👍. What a JOYFUL gathering this is going to be!