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Spend a Day with Cartoonists!

Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of cartoons and puppetry at A Day with Cartoonists, sponsored by the National Cartoonists Society – Southeast Chapter.

Come immerse yourself in a vibrant marketplace where talented cartoonists such as John Rose, Mason Mastroianni, Robert Pope, Bill Holbrook, Mark Simon, and more will showcase their artistry and offer lively caricatures. As you explore the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, encounter roaming cartoonists ready to create whimsical sketches with kids and students, adding a touch of creativity to every corner.

Cap off this event for a special evening panel discussion, “Puppetry, Cartooning, and the Art of Storytelling,” hosted by the illustrious Mark Simon, alongside esteemed panelists including Center for Puppetry Arts Resident Puppet Builder and Designer Jason Hines, digital puppeteer Jeff Scheetz, Nickelodeon puppet producer Jeanne Simon (Gullah Gullah IslandAllegra’s Window, Weinerville) and renowned actor/puppeteer Lucky Yates (Archer). Join us for a celebration of imagination, creativity, and the magic of storytelling that transcends mediums.

Cash bar will open at 5 PM

Choose from 2 Ways to Attend!


Worlds of Puppetry Museum Tickets

Included in March 9 Worlds of Puppetry Museum Admission Tickets, come visit us for this event where you can meet cartoonists who will present their work in an Artist Market in our Love Family Atrium, have your caricature drawn by cartoonists who will be walking around our Worlds of Puppetry Museum, and finish the night off with our panel Puppetry, Cartooning, and the Art of Storytelling featuring industry experts!


Panel Discussion Only

Can’t make the panel in person? We’ve got you covered with an online option! Click below for virtual tickets to the panel Puppetry, Cartooning, and the Art of Storytelling, which will be presented over Zoom. Once your ticket is purchased, you will be emailed a Zoom link for the event. *Please note that you must purchase tickets at least one hour before receiving the Zoom link.

Breakdown of the Day’s Events


Sketches 2-5 PM

Sketch with Guests
Patrons are invited to have their caricatures made by members of the National Cartoonist Society in our Worlds of Puppetry Museum.

Artist Market 2-5 PM

Artist Market
Explore our market featuring cartoonists with their caricatures for sale.

Featured Cartoonists:

John Rose
Cartoonist of the comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith and editorial cartoons.

Mason Mastroianni
Cartoonist of the comic strips Wizard of Id and B.C.

Mark Simon
Story artist on Chucky, The Walking Dead, Creepshow, Dexter, Stranger Things, and others.

Greg Cravens
Cartoonist of the comic strips The Buckets and Hubris.

James (Doodle) Lyle
Comic book, illustrator, and storyboard artist with clients like Todd Rundgren, Batman, and SPIKE TV.

Robert Pope
Cartoonist on Looney Tunes, Warner Brothers, and Peanuts comics.

Bill Holbrook
Cartoonist of the comic strips On The Fast Track, Kevin and Kell, and Safe Havens.

Art Roche
Artist for Nacho Bear on Cartoon Network and story editor on the Peanuts animated series.

Scott Rempe
Cartoonist and children’s book illustrator.

John Read
Artist and publisher of Stay Tuned! Magazine, cartooning teacher, and film location manager.

Panel 6-7:30 PM

Puppetry, Cartooning, and the Art of Storytelling

Featuring the following panelists:

  • Mark Simon | Chucky, The Walking Dead, Mattel, Creepshow, seaQuest, Alien Xmas, Under Wraps
  • Jeanne Simon | Weinerville, Gullah Gullah Island, Allegra’s Window for Nickelodeon
  • Jeff Scheetz | Star Trek, Sharknado, Alien Predator, Disney, Star Wars Droids, and more
  • Jason Hines | Center for Puppetry Arts Resident Puppet Builder Jason Hines (theater, movies, opera)
  • Lucky Yates | Archer, Frisky Dingo, The American Shame, American Dirtbags and more

Puppetry, Cartooning, and the Art of Storytelling
Panel Discussion

This panel will be hosted by Mark Simon (story artist on puppet projects Chucky, Creepshow, TWD, Mattel) and include Center for Puppetry Arts Resident Puppet Builder Jason Hines (theater, movies, opera); digital puppeteer Jeff Scheetz (Star Wars Droids, Star Trek, Sharknado); Nickelodeon puppet producer Jeanne Simon (Allegra’s Window, Gullah Gullah Island, Weinerville) and actor/puppeteer Lucky Yates (Kreiger on Archer).

Meet the Panelists

Mark Simon
Moderator | Story Artist
Mark Simon has 35+ years in the entertainment industry known as the Godfather of Storyboards and owner of Storyboards & Animatics, Inc, as well as a producer and director for live action and animation, and amassing over 6,000 production credits. Recent credits include more than 60 movies like Alien Xmas for Netflix, Woody Woodpecker, Doom: Annihilation and Chucky 7 for Universal and tv series like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Dexter, Snowfall, Woody Woodpecker and Black Lightning.

He is the animation producer for Universal’s How High 2 and the Little Rascals movies and Fox’s Tooth Fairy 2 feature.

He has also worked on numerous puppet productions like Cult of Chucky, seaQuest DSV (the dolphin), Alien Xmas on Netflix, The Walking Dead (zombies), Creepshow, Dooley & Pals, Food Fighters commercials for Mattel and many others.

His articles have been seen in Animation Magazine, Animation World Network, Cinefex, Filmmaker Magazine, Moviemaker Magazine and others.

He is also the author of 13 books including the best-selling Facial Expressions books, the bible of the storyboard industry, Storyboards: Motion In Art, 3rd Edition, the inspirational Start At The Top and his most recent, the memoir Attacked!, about when he was bullied and his family was attacked. He lectures around the world at major conferences, and universities.
Jeanne Simon
Puppet Show Producer
Jeanne Pappas Simon has been a producer, writer, and content creator for the major TV networks and studios in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years.

She has produced more than 400 television series episodes such as Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, and puppet shows lik Weinerville, Gullah Gullah Island, and Allegra’s Window. Jeanne also created the format for International Blue’s Clues and produced the Cartoon Network’s first live-action series, Carrot Top’s A.M. Mayhem. She also was the writer/producer/director on TNN’s reality series Roller Jam, developed, pitched and produced ZigZag for Animal Planet, which aired for two seasons, and wrote for the ABC series Secrets of the Animal Kingdom.

Jeanne also developed an entire network for Ted Turner, including all of its programming.
Jeff Scheetz
Digital Puppeteer
Jeff Scheetz is the CEO of Monkey Chow Animation Studios in Orlando Florida. Founded in 2010 with his wife Anne Scheetz, Monkey Chow has created previsualization for theme park attractions, visual effects for movies and television. They recently turned their focus toward motion capture and digital puppeting and built a dedicated studio called Motion Capture Orlando. Last year Jeff and his crew spent four months in Atlanta providing optical motion capture for an upcoming Netflix feature called The Electric State starring Chirs Pratt and Millie Bobbie Brown.

Jeff’s career began at the pioneering CGI visual effects studio Foundation Imaging in Los Angeles. From 2000-2015 he and his wife Anne founded and operated The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School. Still in operation today, it’s also known as The DAVE School at Universal Studios Orlando. There they launched over a thousand successful careers and have graduates working at top studios around the world.
Jason Hines
Resident Puppet Builder & Designer
Jason Hines joined the Center for Puppetry Arts’ as the Resident Puppet Builder in 2002. Since joining the team Jason has designed and built puppets for many Center productions such as; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Stellaluna, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Pete the Cat, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Charlotte’s Web, Peter Pan, Anne Frank: Within and Without, Ruth and the Green Book, Duke Ellington’s Cat, The Little Pirate Mermaid, Cinderella Della Circus, Old MacDonald’s Farm, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Ugly Duckling. Jason is also the co-developer and performer in the Center’s acclaimed productions The Ghastly Dreadfuls and Avanti, Da Vinci! The Secret Adventures of Leonardo da Vinci.

Most recently, Jason wrote, designed, and directed the award-winning show Tesla vs. Edison.

In addition to his work at the Center, Jason has worked on several TV shows and films. He was a puppet captain on the BBC’s puppet TV series Moon and Me. He had the opportunity to be a robot puppeteer in the motion picture Escape Plan 2: Hades. He has designed and built puppets for Alton Brown’s Good Eats Reloaded and Adult Swim.

Around the Atlanta area, Jason recently designed and built puppets for The Atlanta Opera’s production of The Three Penny Opera. Regional theatres: Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre including The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and Fella, Shrek the Musical, Tuck Everlasting, James and the Giant Peach, and Knuffle Bunny, a Cautionary Tale. Kentucky’s Actors Theater production of Louisville Shipwrecked! Jason directed Clash Titan Clash, Scarlet’s Web and created the Super Villain Monologues in conjunction with Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.In his spare time Jason is an avid puppet slam performer, is continually exploring 3D Printing and CNC routing, is a collector of movies, CD’s, Vinyl and books, loves soldering and electronics for modular synthesizers and building robots, building and collecting musical instruments. Recently, Jason has started flying lessons and is building an airplane of his own.
Lucky Yates
Actor | Writer | Producer
Matt “Lucky” Yates is an American actor, voice actor, puppeteer and comedian. He is known for his voice roles as Dr. Krieger on Archer and the Xtacles on Frisky Dingo. He was also a recurring actor on the Food Network series Good Eats.


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