I just got back from an amazing time at the Midwest Caricature Gathering in Bowling Green, OH - a sort of "mini caricature convnetion" organized by a few NCN members. It was amazing, and had just as much energy as the full-blown annual caricature conventions. I was very impressed with the organizing and the energy, and I hope they make it an annual event.
At these gatherings, we're pretty much given most of the time to create our own inspired caricatures. In their fun competition, I was awarded 3rd place 'midwest caricaturist of the year' aka the BRONZE COW... 3rd place 'midwest caricature of the year' and 'guest of honor award'. It felt great to draw entirely for myself again, and I'll post some more images here soon.