Doug Shannon

Drawing traffic and smiles at over 50 trade shows and conferences a year, the  "hardest working man in show business"  has sparked a wildfire of demand for live digital caricature, and to meet that demand Doug created EventToons Inc. "My goal is to bring the best talent together with the best clients," he says, and his lineup of artists reflects that high standard. EventToons artists are the artists that Doug loves and respects, not only for their artistic merit but for their professionalism and people skills. Doug's vast experience allows him to give these artists the support that enables them to be their best. Whether you choose Doug or one of his associate artists, you can rest assured you have the best live digital talent available!

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Doug Shannon's Recent Events

Findlaw/Thomson Reuters at NACDL DUI

Conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 11, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Findlaw/Thomson Reuters at NACDL DUI
Findlaw/Thomson Reuters at NACDL DUI
Findlaw/Thomson Reuters at NACDL DUI
Findlaw/Thomson Reuters at NACDL DUI
Criminal defense lawyers from all over convened at Caesar's Palace to trade tales about their cases and clients, and they had some good ones. Lots of good faces to draw too!

MailGard at DRJ

Trade Show in Los Angeles / San Diego on Sunday, September 7, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
MailGard at DRJ
MailGard at DRJ
MailGard at DRJ
MailGard at DRJ

Navisite at VMworld

Trade Show in San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, August 28, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Navisite at VMworld
Navisite at VMworld
Navisite at VMworld
Navisite at VMworld
Navisite helped make their presence known at this iconic show for virtual masters of the data universe by inviting this artist to draw caricatures for attendees. Love that big screen baby!

ACE 2014

Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.   Artist(s)   
Doug Shannon
Salah Khudari
ACE 2014
by Doug
by Doug
by Salah
by Salah
Salah at work
ACE 2014
ACE 2014
This is our third time back at ACE and we couldn't be happier! We get a stage to work on, big displays, long lines of appreciative fans and lots of support from the lovely Allscripts staff. 

Thomson Reuters at ABA

Conference in Boston on Sunday, August 10, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Thomson Reuters at ABA
Thomson Reuters at ABA
Thomson Reuters at ABA
Thomson Reuters at ABA
This is where the best of the best legal eagles, many of them bald, migrate annually so I got to draw some pretty big birds including a Federal District Judge or two. Their verdict was pretty near unanimous. Great fun for everyone!

IBM at Blackhat

Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
IBM at Blackhat
IBM at Blackhat
IBM at Blackhat
IBM at Blackhat
IBM at Blackhat
IBM at Blackhat
IBM at Blackhat
IBM at Blackhat
With all the bad guys out there trying to hack us its good to know there are good guys working to protect us. Here are a few who stopped by the IBM booth to get tooned.

Thomson Reuters at ACA

Conference in Chicago on Thursday, July 24, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Thomson Reuters at ACA
Thomson Reuters at ACA
Thomson Reuters at ACA
Thomson Reuters at ACA
Thomson Reuters at ACA
Thomson Reuters at ACA

Pearson at CAMT

Conference in Dallas/Houston on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.   Artist(s)   
Doug Shannon
Rose Shannon
by Doug
By Rose on left, Doug on Right
by Doug
by Rose
by Doug
by Doug
Queues for the artists
by Rose
by Doug
by Doug
by Rose
Pearson at CAMT

Carbonite at WPC

Conference in Washington DC / Baltimore / Arlington on Monday, July 14, 2014.   Artist(s)   
Doug Shannon
Glenn Fergusen
They lined up!
They had fun!
by Doug
by Glenn
by Doug
by Glenn
Carbonite at WPC
by Glenn
Carbonite at WPC
Glenn at work with Doug in bkg
by Doug
by Glenn
by Doug
Glenn and Subject
by Doug
by Doug
by Doug
Glenn and fans
Typical crowd
Most Toon-ogenic
Microsoft partners from all over the world invaded our nation's capital to learn stuff and have a little fun in the process. Our client contributed to the fun by providing two EventToons artists, as well as a Harley Davidson drawing, to draw traffic and spark some smiles. Glenn and I really had a ball drawing literally nonstop for the entire exhibition hours. Our subjects really appreciated the contrasting style—Glenn being very detailed and illustrative and myself more spare and cartoony. And we really enjoyed our subjects, including the last one in the photos above, who I daresay is the most toon-ogenic I've ever drawn. 

Thomson Reuters at ALA

Conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 28, 2014.   Artist(s)   
Doug Shannon
Rose Shannon
The queue
Rose's work on left, Doug's on right
by Rose
by Doug
by Doug
Thomson Reuters at ALA
by Doug
by Rose
by Doug
by Doug
by Rose
by Rose
by Rose
47 people queued up for a caricature!
Librarians are awesome subjects for caricature. No, I don't mean they are funny looking but rather that they are smart and curious and appreciative. It was a total delight for this father daughter team to draw traffic for Thomson Reuters. With the line going around three sides of the booth there  was plenty of traffic for the sales team to connect with. Check out the last photo panorama showing 47 people in a queue. Viva Las Vegas!

Equinix at Velocity

Conference in San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Equinix at Velocity
Equinix at Velocity
Equinix at Velocity
Equinix at Velocity
Equinix at Velocity
Equinix at Velocity
Equinix at Velocity
Equinix at Velocity
Nothing beats nerdy bearded dudes for caricature subjects! There was plenty of action here at the Equinix booth. 

AccuReg at HFMA-ANI

Trade Show in Las Vegas on Monday, June 23, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
Pity the hospital administrator. Everyone wants to live forever but nobody wants to pay. There are a lot of companies out to make tracking and servicing hospital patients easier and more cost efficient, including my client, who stood out in this crowded field by, among other strengths, having EventToons caricatures at their booth!

Scout at Morningstar 2014

Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Scout at Morningstar 2014
Scout at Morningstar 2014
Scout at Morningstar 2014
Scout at Morningstar 2014
Money doesn't really make the world go around but it certainly makes the ride smoother. toward that end financial advisors from all over descended on McCormick Place to look for new places to grow their clients' money. Some went home with a caricature which isn't a bad investment either.
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Thomson Reuters at MLAA

Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Rose and I are becoming quite a little father/daughter team! We got to see Chicago at its sunny and not-too-windy best and we got to wow attendees at this conference, medical librarians from all over the country, who hadn't seen anything like this before. Our live digital caricature really makes a great impact on a smaller conference like this. Word gets around fast and it was no time at all before the Thomson Reuters booth had a steady stream of folks stopping by. To give you an idea of how much traffic we got, take a look at the panaoramas above, both taken within 30 seconds of each other when I was returning from a quickee break. It was between sessions and the floor was pretty dead but there is no rest for the wicked. Check out Rose's work in the blog entry below!

Rackspace at OpenStack

Trade Show in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Rackspace at OpenStack
Cloud engineers tend to be interesting subjects because they don't have to be well groomed or charismatic they just have to be smart. Which makes them more likely for some reason to shave their heads and grow beards. Mysteries abound. Which makes for some fun caricatures. Most fun I've had in Atlanta ever!

Navisite at EMC World

Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Navisite at EMC World
Navisite at EMC World
Navisite at EMC World
Navisite at EMC World
Navisite at EMC World
Navisite at EMC World
Navisite at EMC World
Navisite at EMC World
EMC world is one of the coolest looking shows around. I say cool looking because I don't understand much of what it is about. Attendees are the incredibly smart guys who manage all those clouds where your vital information is stored. I expect their caricatures will be stored forever now, a kind of immortality for this artist. :) No downloads here, as the client has their own distribution system.

Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS

Trade Show in on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Dueling artists: This subject got drawn by both Doug and Nolan (at another booth)
Your company send staff abroad? That's where Europassistance and its parent Generali come in, taking the risk out of traveling and living abroad. This show is for risk assesment professionals, some were predictably cautious about the risks of letting an artist have his way with your face. But no risk/no reward as they say. And my client, Generali was awarded with a couple mentions and photos at propertycasualty360.com., a high profile industry blog. First. Second.  

Materials Research Society

Conference in San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.   Artist(s)   
Doug Shannon
Rose Shannon
Rose with some of the pre-conference toons she did
by Doug
By Rose
by Doug
Rose at work
Panorama of the dual queues
Rose at work
by Doug
By Doug
By Doug
By Doug
Materials Research Society
I've worked this conference for about 5 years now and with a new flood of Material Science grad students arriving from all over the world each spring I never lack for willing caricature subjects. This year to help stem the tide I brought along my daughter Rose, who impressed me not only with her drawing chops but with her extraordinary charm with the "customers, who seemed perfectly mesmerized with her. If charm is Ireland's chief choice of currency, my Irish Rose is loaded!

Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES

Trade Show in Chicago on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.   Artist(s)   Doug Shannon
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
In his right hand, the caricature I drew at the show. In his left hand, the caricature I drew two years ago at this show.
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
McCormick Center was packed with electrical engineers from all over the world, and in a show this large a vendor has to do something to stand out.  I had a great time drawing for two days with this bunch, and I also learned something about electrical engineering. When you drop an LED display, it may need a good whack on the back from time to time to work properly. 

Pearson at NCTM

Conference in New Orleans on Thursday, April 10, 2014.   Artist(s)   
Doug Shannon
Salah Khudari
Pearson at NCTM
Salah at work
Pearson at NCTM
25 people in queue for EventToons caricature
What word best describes the growth in attendee traffic in our booth from Thursday morning to Friday afternoon? Exponential! We were happily amazed that so many math teachers lined up for caricatures, even after calculating for the 20 people already waiting.  20 times 7 minutes per subject equals 140 minutes, divided by two artists means a 70 minute wait. Check out the panorama photo for the whole scene.