Jeff Pert visits Westport Island
The Westport Community Association has added a new wrinkle to its summer schedule, with the June program featuring Jeff Pert, who is well known for his cartoons about Maine lobsters and moose.
His book, “Cartoons from Maine,” is available from Down East Books.
The Westport Community Association’s June program will be at the historic Town Hall, which is approximately five miles from the Westport-Wiscasset bridge. The program will be on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m., and as always the program is free to the public, but donations are always welcome.
The basket for the Human Resource Committee will be available for donations of non- perishable canned or packaged food.
Pert said his career in drawing started at an early age when he doodled in his notebook instead of paying attention in class, and he loved the comics. After college he became a political cartoonist for the Times Record in Brunswick, where he learned how to meet a weekly deadline with a fresh cartoon.
His brother came up with the idea of branding merchandise, which showcases Maine life, culture and humor. Pert’s signature drawing (a lobster asking his friend, Bob how the water is) became a hit quickly.
His work was featured in Down East magazine and on magnets, T-shirts and mugs from Fort Kent to the Caribbean.
He tries to provide a regional twist to his cartoons and his appearances. The Maine Lobster and Moose become an elk and a crab in the mid Atlantic states and in the Pacific Northwest, but the humor stays the same.
He says that a crustacean wearing a shirt that says, “I’m with stupid” will work almost anywhere. He also has recently drawn a comic featuring Claude the Lobster and Kevin the Moose.
Undoubtedly we will see some funny cartoons at the program as well as some good old-fashioned Maine humor. He may even give us some insights on how to draw cartoons. So come and join the fun on Saturday, June 15 at 7pm at the Old Town Hall.
As always the Westport Community Association Executive Board members will be providing cookies, brownies and whatever else the good cooks determine to do as well as lemonade, water and other thirst quenchers. We hope to see many of you there to give Jeff Pert a good audience.