Cartoon and Illustration

Publicity for my show on October 6

Okay, the last two days have been nuts.  I’ve done nothing but answer emails, the phone, and run errands.  So rather than going to all the trouble to post something I’ve written, here’s a press release that’s going out all over.


Swain County Center for the Arts

 Located at Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City, NC 28713

Eugenia (Jenny) Johnson, Director

Phone:  828-488-7843       Email:          Fax:  828-488-0523



News Release:  September 19, 2013


Concert by Gypsy Bandwagon

at Bryson City Art Center


By Eugenia L. Johnson

Director, Swain County Center for the Arts


Gypsy Bandwagon of Waynesville, NC, will perform a concert of American and European folk music on Sunday, October 6, at 3:00 pm at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City, NC.  Their music is informed by all sorts of popular music and centers on the “female fiddling frenzy” of Carissa Moore and Karin Lyle.  Lance Moore and James Lyle provide the rhythmic ground with Lance playing western-style guitar and James providing percussion.


Amid the music, laughter and musical insights, three door prizes will be awarded by artist, James Lyle, who is also the percussionist for the band and husband of one of the fiddle players.  Immediately following the concert, there will be a meet and greet reception in the lobby for the musicians and comic book illustrator, James E. Lyle, whose artwork will be on exhibit through the middle of November.  Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend both the concert and the reception free of charge.  This program received support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Arts.


Gypsy Bandwagon has been playing together since 2005 and has appeared at many regional venues, including:  the Furman Highland Games; Galax, Virginia Leaf Festival; Fountain City, Tennessee Festival; and numerous art centers, restaurants and taverns.  Their CD, “Stole My Mule,” which features seventeen tracks and more than a little silliness, will be available for sale during the reception.


James Lyle, better known as Doodle, is a native of Western North Carolina and grew up in the Waynesville area.  In the sixth grade he decided he wanted to be an artist and has actively pursued that career path.  He graduated with honors from the Graphic Arts and Advertising Design curriculum at Southwestern Community College and has worked as a professional cartoonist and illustrator for the past thirty years.


Doodle has been published by such companies as Acclaim/Valiant Comics, Caliber Comics, Now Comics and Zenescope Entertainment.  He has contributed to the Weekly Reader line of magazines for school-age children and has created comic-book style illustrations for Jones Soda Co. featuring professional theatre productions and various professional football teams.  Lyle has also designed tee shirts for major apparel companies, such as Ron Jon Surf Shop and J.C. Penny, and CD art for recording artists, such as Todd Rundgren, Anne Lough and Sloug Feg.  In addition to creating commissioned artwork and playing music with Gypsy Bandwagon, he finds time to give private art lessons. 


James Lyle currently lives in Waynesville with his musician wife Karin, who is the daughter of the “Keebler Elf” artist, Ernie Guldbeck.  In 2013 Lyle was elected Chairman of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society after serving two terms as Vice-Chairman for the group.  In 2010 he began work on, a webcomic set in Bavaria, 955 A.D.  He recently illustrated his first children’s book, “Abraham’s Journey,” for Ambassador International and has begun various collaborations with author, Shane Berryhill.  To learn more about Doodle and to see some of his many published works of art, go to 


Come to Swain County Center for the Arts on Sunday, October 6, at 3:00 pm to enjoy the folk music of Gypsy Bandwagon and light refreshments in the lobby following the concert.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet the musicians and artist, James E. Lyle, and to purchase artwork and a CD by the band.  


You may view the on-going exhibits at Swain County Center for the Arts during all public events or call Eugenia (Jenny) Johnson at 828-488-7843 for an appointment.  Go to to view the current calendar of events or to get directions to the Arts Center located at Swain County High School in Bryson City, NC.



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