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Caricatures by Dian & Pete Wagner

Caricaturist from Minneapolis, MN - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$100 - $150 per hour
If you are going by "verified bookings" please know that we have had many hundreds of bookings that do not show up here on Gigmasters! We may be NEW to Gigmasters but have more experience caricaturing at events and cartooning than all of the others here combined! We also have many FIVE-STAR REVIEWS at our Facebook page, so please take a look there, too. We practically invented caricaturing at events way back in the 1970s and have been going strong ever since. We are so popular at events, most of our regular clients have hired us every year, year after year without fail for 20 years or more. Our approach is "Funny! Not UGLY!!!" We don't think of caricaturing as "picking out your worst feature and exaggerating it." We think of it as showing you what you would look like as a cartoon character. Capturing the ESSENCE in a funny way.

What we deliver are not mere party favors, but a consistently great HIT at events like parties, wedding receptions, bar and bat mitzvahs, school and college events, festivals and fairs! We have a strong reputation as true entertainers, both in the way we draw and the way we work the crowd. We PROVE our speed claims with video and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune dubbed us "The Fastest Drawers in the Midwest!" Please be sure to watch the VIDEO in the "MEDIA" section here to verify how fast they can draw, and to SEE for yourself just why that level of speed is so fun and amazing to watch.

While there are many art students, hobbyists and recent arrivals to the caricaturing biz, and 90% of them are gone within a year or two, none come close to us when it comes to the level of professionalism, dedication, passion and love for both the comic art medium and the people whom we perform for.

In addition to drawing concise cartoon caricatures that amaze viewers by capturing the essence of your guests with a few strokes of their crayola markers and an absolute minimum of detail, Pete is now able to offer DIGITAL CARICATURES at events. The pricing is higher but the bang for the buck is considerable. Folks of all ages love receiving their caricature as an image file via Bluetooth or email right to their devices at the party or computers at home, and being able to share them and show them and print as many as they like. Call or email Pete for details.

More bio info: Pete Wagner is a well-known cartoonist whose caricatures and cartoons have been published in more than 300 newspapers and magazines, including TIME, the Washington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Milwaukee Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times. Pete won the Society Professional Journalists national award in 1976 and regional awards six consecutive years in the 1980s and early '90s as "Best Cartoonist," and many other awards including a Fischetti Cartoon national award. (ALL AWARDS WON based strictly on cartoons submitted, no personal contact with juries.) Pete appeared weekly on KMSP-TV's morning news show drawing caricatures and cartoons live on the air throughout the show in 2004, performed one-man comedy shows around the country, at Dudley Riggs Theater and as a regular at Scott Hansen's Comedy Gallery in the 1970s-1990s, and was on the staffs of City Pages, the Minnesota Daily, the Mpls Observer and other newspapers from the early 1970s through the early 2000s.

Both artists have degrees in art from the University of Minnesota and have had much of their work exhibited in major art galleries and museums, and have taught cartooning and art at universities, colleges and K-12 schools. Give us a call or email us! We love what we do and would enjoy working with you to entertain your guests.
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I've used Pete Wagner for art many times over the years. His caricatures are always fun and playful and always add a delightful whimsy to the proceedings. He makes sure you get your money's worth and have a high level of satisfaction. Most importantly, I've never seen less than a big smile from the folks that are the subjects of his art. What more can you ask from a caricature artist? He's great.

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Caricatures by Dian & Pete Wagner’s Response:

Thank you, Dan! I'm honored to have been working with you for over 20 years now, since you had me draw several hundred cartoons for the "industrial videos" on management-employee relations and sexual harrassment education for Waldorf Corporation back in the mid-1990s to all the retirement caricatures you've been having me draw in the past few years for the company you are with now. It's nice to have so many clients who have stuck with us for over 20 years and I always love how well the caricatures go over for the retirement parties. I appreciate the review very much.

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This is the 3rd year in a row that we have selected Pete to do caricatures at our store party! Our staff loves it, it's great fun for everyone. Pete is so flexible and always accommodates our requests. I highly recommend his services.

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Caricatures by Dian & Pete Wagner’s Response:

Thank you, Shauna! I appreciate it. I have a few photos, didn't try to do that many because it was dark and my flash on that camera is out, but I will put at least a couple of them up on Facebook and send you the link.

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2016
Oct
31
Halloween Bash
Minneapolis, MN
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Oct
28
Halloween Gig
Minneapolis, MN
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2016
Oct
27
Halloween Party
Saint Paul, MN
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Jun
25
Summer Festival
Minnetonka, MN
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2016
Jun
5
High School Lock-in
Saint Paul, MN
10:30 PM - 2:30 AM
2016
Jun
1
Kids Event
Edina, MN
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Please note Caricatures by Dian & Pete Wagner will also travel to Saint Paul, Arden Hills, Hopkins, Mendota, Plymouth, Bloomington, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Osseo, South Saint Paul, Wayzata, Circle Pines, Inver Grove Heights, Champlin, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Crystal Bay, Long Lake, Newport, Savage, Willernie, Excelsior, Hamel, Saint Paul Park, Dayton, Hugo.
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