Cartoonist Takeover Turns The Village at Meridian Into Toontown 

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Courtesy Wyakin Foundation

The Village at Meridian is already a little bit surreal, like a tiny piece of a larger, more Vegas-style city dropped into the center of the Idaho landscape. But on Friday, Oct. 5, it will get even more loony, when a group of cartoonists traveling in from across the country will set up there in Fountain Square for the night.

Dubbed "Cartoonists Take Over the Village," the event is an annual fundraiser for the Wyakin Foundation, a nonprofit that offers support and education planning to wounded veterans. While its mission may seem at a remove from cartoons, Wyakin Volunteer, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager Jenna McCullock said the foundation's connection to the animated doodles runs deep.

"Our co-founder and board president [Jeff Bacon], he is a cartoonist, and so he traveled on USO tours and would draw cartoons for wounded and injured soldiers. He's a part of that cartoonist community," said McCullock, "so they've all been super-big supporters of Wyakin."

The event is open to the public for a $20 requested donation ($40 for families) which will go to helping local veterans, and guests will get to chat with the successful cartoonists, who've produced work for big names like Disney, Looney Tunes, Lola, Hotel Transylvania, Marmaduke, In The Bleachers, Over The Hedge, B.C., Rick and Morty and Mad Magazine—and have custom cartoons or caricatures drawn. The event precedes The Wyakin Foundation's seventh-annual Guardian Ball, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, at JUMP.

Here's a smattering of the cartoonists who will make an appearance Friday night:
  • Michael Ramirez- Editorial cartoonist
  • Bill Hinds- Tank McNamara
  • Mason Mastroianni- B.C.
  • Todd Clark- Lola
  • Steve Moore- In The Bleachers
  • Kasey Fagerquist- Hotel Transylvania
  • Jeff Myers- Rick & Morty
  • Dave Mowder- Disney
  • Chip Bok- Editorial cartoonist
  • Sam Viviano- MAD Magazine
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