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Seedy cartoonist to bedazzle urban farmers at Denver County Fair: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

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The illustration above appeared as the third panel of my "Predictions 2011" Worst-Case Scenario comic in the December 30, 2010 issue of Westword. I was predicting that the success of the Denver County Fair would turn all loft and apartment residents into rooftop and balcony farmers. But, in truth, the fair has turned me into a seedy cartoonist...

Shortly after the Predictions 2011 comic was published, Denver County Fair organizers Dana Cain and Tracy Weil asked if they could use the image on a Denver County Fair poster, and wondered if I would consider having an exhibit of my comics at the fair.

I agreed, on two conditions. First, I wanted to redraw and colorize the small black-and-white image into a more detailed and colorful design that was suited for a poster. Second, I wanted to exhibit artwork that was specially created for the first-ever Denver County Fair.

I asked if I could illustrate a series of neighborhood seed packets that would appear frequently on Westword's Latest Word blog in the months leading up to the fair, then enlarge the seed packet images to show in the Welcome Pavilion at the fair. The redrawn image from the original black-and-white comic appears redrawn and in full color below.

Below, the seed packets get printed as postcards... As shown in the picture above, the Denver County Fair poster and Westword seed-packet project took on a life of its own and over time became a thirty-postcard portfolio of seed-packet artwork from the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company project.

A small number of the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company Catalog 2011 postcard portfolios were printed to commemorate the first-ever Denver County Fair and are available for purchase at the Kenny Be art exhibit in the Welcome Pavilion.

Below, a detail of the interior of the portfolio... The photo above shows the inside of the postcard portfolio with postcards and business cards in place. The picture below shows the inside of the postcard portfolio with the business cards removed.

To date, of the 76 officially recognized neighborhoods, I have drawn 35 Denver Neighborhood Seed Company packets. The images of the seed packets are collected on a slide show, of they can be read individually by clicking the links below:

Find the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company Seed Packet for your neighborhood: 16th Street Mall Swiss Chard, Alamo Placita arugula, Athmar Park fennel, Baker green peas, Bear Valley Watercress, Belcaro broccoli rabe, Berkeley broccoli, Capitol Hill Cannabis indica, Cheesman cucumber, City Park celery, Clayton sweet potato, Cole pole bean, Congress Park cauliflower, Country Club cabbage, East Colfax okra, Elyria-Swansea heirloom tomato, Five Points beets, Globeville eggplant, Hale kale, Highland Hops, Lincoln Park Asparagus, Mar Lee sweeties cherry tomatoes, Marston crookneck squash, North Capitol Hill carrot, Park Hill pumpkin, Ruby Hill habenero, Sloan Lake purple pop top turnip, Stapleton Brussels sprout, Sun Valley horseradish, Sunnyside sunflower, University Hills parsnip, Valverde tomatillo, Wash Park condo corn, Washington Virginia Vale watermelon, West Colfax kohlrabi, Westwood zucchini, and Windsor cantaloupe.

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