It is with great sadness that I share the news that my long-time friend and Finkstrom's illustrator, Jack Lindstrom, passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Jack was 76 years old.
Jack has been Finkstrom's cartoon illustrator since our brand of "Annoyingly Honest" humor was created in 1994. FYI...The Finkstrom name was created by combining "fink" from founder, Gary Fink, with the "strom" from Jack Lindstrom. Jack has illustrated over 2,500 original cartoons for Finkstrom and his one-of-a-kind artistry was loved and appreciated by countless thousands of fans. For more than 50 years, Jack Lindstrom's classic cartoon characters have graced the pages of many books, national and regional magazines, websites, as well as, a wide range of internationally-licensed greeting cards and gift products.
To work alongside Jack has always been a personal and professional joy for me. He was extremely intelligent with a vast knowledge of everything from facts about the World Wars to Opera music to movies from the past 65 years. Jack had a sly and extremely witty sense of humor which was always evident in his cartoon illustrations. We shared a love of the game of golf, which he illustrated so beautifully in Finkstrom's "Fore! The Love of the Game" golf cartoons. We always felt that creating original golf cartoons was only natural, because if you're going to play the game of golf... you better have a great sense of humor. And Jack did!
Jack loved to draw, attend the opera, play golf, read a good book, watch a good movie, generously serve his church, and love his wonderful wife of 54 years, Jackie. He was proud of his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Thank you, Jack, for your many years of friendship and for sharing your incredible talent with us all. You will be forever loved and appreciated by all who knew you.
FINKSTROM is now on FACEBOOK!
Finkstrom has finally joined the Social Media generation by creating the Finkstrom page on FACEBOOK. We encourage everyone to follow and LIKE us on Facebook!
FINKSTROM SIGNS NEW LICENSING DEALS!
Finkstrom Licensing International is proud to announce the signing of several new licensing agreements following their successful exhibitions at the 2008 Surtex and International Licensing Expos in New York.
Christian Art Gifts has signed on to create Bookmarks, Magnets, Magnetic Notepads, Wall Calendars, Mugs, Greeting Cards, Note cards, Pass-around cards, Giftbooks and Friendship cards
for the Christian Market featuring Finkstrom's popular Heavenly Humor property.
Paper Magic Group has signed Finkstrom to create a collection of custom cartoon artwork especially for the Educational Market which will be featured on exciting array of over 20 licensed products for teachers.
Ross Sportswear has launched a new line of tee shirts, sweatshirts and printed apparel featuring
Finkstrom's hunting and fishing cartoon designs.
Leanin' Tree has signed a licensing agreement with Finkstrom Licensing International to launch a new line of humorous Finkstrom magnets for the gift and mass markets. The initial launch will include designs from Finkstrom's Paws To Laugh collection, as well as, a collection of Finkstrom Fishing cartoons.
Notemark has licensed the Finkstrom brand of cartoon humor to be featured on its digital products and soon-to-be launched printed reading products.
Team M-Boss is launching a funny, new collection of Finkstrom Metal embossed signs, light switch plates and framed plaques.
Print Concepts Inc. continues to build on its ever-growing collection of Finkstrom print fabric designs! Print Concepts has signed on to launch a fabulous collection of Finkstrom's irresistible dogs and cats designs from their Paws To Laugh property. New fabric designs featuring Finkstrom hunting and fishing characters are also soon to be launched. In the coming soon category is a new collection of Finkstrom's Heavenly Humor fabric designs!
Lawson Falle, the Christian Market division of Marian Heath Greeting Cards is licensing a range of Finkstrom's Heavenly Humor designs as part of their new Voices of Humor greeting card collection.
Finkstrom Strikes New Deals from Surtex Show!
Finkstrom Licensing International is proud to announce the signing of several new licensing agreements resulting from their exhibition at the 2007 Surtex Show in New York City.
Stoneage Ceramics will launch a bold, new collection of 36 Finkstrom ceramic mug designs in April, at a major Trade Fair in Australia. These humorous mug designs are among the latest designs to be featured in Stoneage Ceramics Living Art collection.
Custom Direct, LLC has recently launched Finkstrom's Heavenly Humor designs on bank checks, address labels and checkbook covers. A second collection of Finkstrom check products is already in development with Custom Direct.
Medical Arts Press has expanded it's collection of Finkstrom products by publishing Paws To Laugh, a full-color gift book containing Finkstrom's hilarious dog and cat cartoons for the Veterinary Market.
Attitude Greetings of Ontario, Canada licensed and published a Finkstrom Holiday FORE! The Love Of The Game greeting card this past holiday season as part of its Charity Card collection.
Designer Greetings has also recently added Finkstrom greeting card designs to its greeting card collection for 2008.
With the success of the 2007 Surtex Show, Finkstrom Licensing International will return to exhibit the many humorous collections that the Finkstrom brand has to offer. Among Finkstrom's most popular properties at the show are Paws To Laugh (pet humor),
FORE! The Love Of The Game (golf humor), The Golden Years (the funny side of aging!), Let's Go Girls (female humor with attitude), Beach Laughs (cartoon humor with a tropic flavor), and Heavenly Humor (appropriate Christian based cartoon humor).
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Finkstrom Shines at Surtex and 2007 Licensing International Shows!
Randy Evert, President of Finkstrom Licensing International, and his wife,
Cindy, exhibited the
Finkstrom Brand at the Surtex
and 2007 Licensing International Shows in New York.
This past summer, Finkstrom Licensing International tried something new by exhibiting at both the Surtex and the 2007 Licensing International Shows in New York City. The response to Finkstrom's brand of "Annoyingly Honest" cartoon humor was phenomenal! Both shows brought international decision-makers from high quality manufacturers who are looking to jump on the ever-growing band wagon of those adding humor to their existing product lines.
Humor is back and in a very BIG way! That's great news to us at Finkstrom, where our wide range of cartoon collections give any and all products an unforgettable "comic voice".
With new lead follow-ups still in progress, Finkstrom has already signed great new licensees to their roster of high quality manufacturers. Finkstrom is proud to announce their licensing partnership with Office Easel, who are featuring Finkstrom's custom dental cartoons on a range of greeting cards and promotional products for the Orthodontic Market. Office Easel is launching the Finkstrom brand by featuring one of Finkstrom's custom designs on the cover of their new HOLIDAY 2007 Orthodontic Product Catalog!
Finkstrom is also excited to announce that Stoneage Ceramics has reached agreement to launch a new line of 36 Ceramic Coffee Mugs as part of their Living Art collection of ceramic and stoneware products. The Living Art product range consists of vibrant, contemporary and unique designs on high quality Stoneware or Porcelain for dinner, serving and ovenware. Stoneage Ceramic's aim within the Living Art brand is to create new and unique designs, that are trendsetters, as well as providing the marketplace with contemporary designs representative of current trends.
Coming soon will be a new line of Finkstrom's "Heavenly Humor" designs featured on bank checks and checkbook covers by Custom Direct, Inc.! This creative new line of bank checks is the first, of what we hope will be, many new bank check products by Custom Direct, Inc. Once these products are available, we hope to feature links on our website that will allow you to purchase these exciting new Finkstrom products directly.
One of the hottest trends in the Gift and Stationery Markets is Pet Humor, which is one of the key reasons why Finkstrom's "Paws To Laugh" property has been in such high demand. Finkstrom has recently signed a new publishing agreement with long-time licensing partner, Medical Arts Press, to publish and market Finkstrom's "Paws To Laugh" gift book to the Veterinary Market. "Paws To Laugh" feature's Finkstrom's popular dog and cat cartoons that have been market-tested with great success by companies like Medical Arts Press, Hayes Marketing Inc., SmartPractice, Idexx Laboratories, Colwell/Patterson Dental and Sharper Cards. With Pet Humor being one of the hottest trends, Finkstrom is well-suited to offer its extensive collection of "Paws To Laugh" designs to anyone looking for laugh-out-loud humor! The "Paws To Laugh" gift book will be launched in March 2008.