Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MAD Magazine Comes To Omaha

Yes, yes, the rumors are all true. MAD Magazine (well, some of it and that's more than enough) will be touching down in the metropolis of Omaha for a touch of "MADness" at The Kaneko. From the press release: 

MAD About Storytelling

Omaha, Neb. – KANEKO will host a discussion panel with the creative talents behind the long running MAD Magazine on August 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for KANEKO Members. Tickets available at

MAD About Storytelling will include a lively and entertaining discussion panel with Sam Viviano (Art Director), Desmond Devlin (Writer), and Tom Richmond (Illustrator). This discussion panel is part of our ongoing Storytelling exhibit, which explores the creative process of storytelling.

About MAD Magazine
In circulation for over half a century, and revered as one of the most influential forms of satire and humor in American popular culture, MAD Magazine has a tradition of their own form of storytelling.

KANEKO is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to exploring and encouraging the creative process and how it impacts our lives. Established by internationally renowned sculptor Jun Kaneko and his wife, Ree, KANEKO was conceived of as “open space for your mind,” a place where thoughtful examination of others’ ideas through exhibitions and public programs leads us to new and exciting ideas of our own.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gallery Art Show: Jerry Van Amerongen

Jean Stephen Galleries is proud to announce the first ever show and sale of the comic art of chapter member Jerry Van Amerongen:

Artist Jerry Van Amerongen looks at the world uniquely. His wry wit and surreal humor have been featured in newspapers for 36 years in The Neighborhood and Ballard Street. As author of 15 books celebrating his comics and as a two-time winner of the Best Cartoon Panel of the Year Award his success as a cartoonist is legendary. Please join us in welcoming Jerry Van Amerongen in this first ever show of his paintings and original cartoon art.

April 30-May 28, 2016
Jean Stephen Galleries
4811 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416
1/2 mile east of Hwy 100 on Excelsior Blvd.

Artist Reception
Saturday, April 30, 2016
5:00-8:00 PM
RSVP 612-338-4333

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Summer Retreat Rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict a new location and date are being planned for the Summer Retreat. If you've already booked your hotel, you'll need to call and cancel. Sorry for the confusion. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Summer Retreat Announced! EDIT: Rescheduling

NOTE: Sorry for the dearth in posts. Most formal announcements are now being posted to our Facebook chapter page. There's also a Facebook chapter members group where individual members are sharing their latest drawings, projects, etc. Check 'em both out! In the mean time, I'll try to do a better job of keeping this blog alive.

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict a new location and date are being planned. Sorry for the confusion. Stay tuned!


Mark your calendars! The North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society is planning a cartooning retreat in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Where: The Retreat At Pointer’s Ridge

When: June 17-19, 2016

Our speakers are both Omaha-area cartoonists:

Paul Trap draws the comic strip “Thattababy”, distributed by Universal Syndicate.

Ben Lane is a former Disney animator who worked on the new “Zootopia” feature. He is currently working for the Cartoon Network.

Registration is $25 per person, which will cover the cost of a catered lunch, catered dinner and beverages.

We have secured a $79 per night rate at the Days Inn Sioux Falls Airport, just off of Interstate 90. (This rate is good until May 27)

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, June 17
Check in at Days Inn S.F. Airport
7 pm - we’ll head over to a nearby restaurant for pizza and beers.
Pizza courtesy of the N. Central Chapter. Beers are on you.

Saturday, June 18
1.  Breakfast at motel.
2.  Car pool out to The Retreat At Pointer’s Ridge.
3.  We plan to spend the day and evening at the Retreat where we’ll hear from our speakers, have lunch and dinner catered in by Hy-Vee catering. Beverages (both adult and otherwise) will be available.
4.  We’d also like to have an informal session where those who are so inclined can update the group on projects that they’re working on.
5.  We’ll also have the infamous Chapter Raffle, so please bring original art, books, or other cartoon stuff that we can raffle off to help cover costs.
6.  Chapter Chair Jim Horwitz will also be giving a report on the state of the chapter and anything else that happens to fall out of his head.

Sunday, June 19
1.  Breakfast at motel.
2.  Head for home.

Updated schedule and registration form coming soon.

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Fall Meeting - Please RSVP

Our annual Fall Meeting is coming up soon. It will be taking place at The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, Wed. Sep 17 - Fri. Sep 19th. in Kenosha, WI.

The festival is a giant 3-day celebration, and tons of good fun. This year's awesome line-up of speakers will include: Jan Elliot, Bill Morrison, Darrin Bell, Mark Tatulli, Ed Steckley and, Mark Anderson.

MEMBERS: Please take a moment to RSVP here: 

More info coming soon!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Cruise With Cartoonists!

From Tom Richmond's Blog:

This has been in the works for a while but is just getting announced today: A week long “Cruise with Cartoonists” in the Caribbean January 17th-24th, 2016, all funds raised will go to benefit the National Cartoonists Society Foundation!
If you’ve ever seen me post about the National Cartoonist’s Society Reuben Awards Weekend here and think “It would be a lot of fun to go to one of those events and get a chance to meet some big-name cartoonists”, now’s your chance to do it… but for a whole week, not just a weekend. On one of the largest and most luxurious cruise ships in the world. All around the Caribbean. With free drinks. NCS Foundation president Steve McGarry has put together a terrific lineup of guest cartoonists and event itinerary for the cruise.
Here’s what it is all about: Those who cruise with the Cartoonists group will get admission to any and all of the events planned with the guest cartoonists. These include speaking presentations, workshops and talks about breaking into and working in the business, entertainment events like the “Quick on the Draw” show, several “Meet and Draws” where you can get free autographs and sketches by all the cartoonists, cocktail parties and other fun. You’ll also have your dinner table hosted by one of the cartoonists once or more over the course of the trip. Plus, you get the free beverage package, which includes all the house wine, beer, soda, well, call and premium cocktails, and frozen drinks you can handle all week!
Here’s the speaker lineup:
  • Jim Borgman– “Zits” syndicated comic strip; Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist; 1993 Reuben Award winner
  • Lynn Johnston– “For Better or For Worse” syndicated comic strip; 1985 Reuben Award winner
  • Jeff Keane– “The Family Circus” syndicated comic strip
  • Rick Kirkman– “Baby Blues” syndicated comic strip; 2012 Reuben Award winner
  • Mike Luchovich– Two time Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist, 2005 Reuben Award winner
  • Steve McGarry– “BiographiC” and “Kid’s Town” syndicated comics; “Minions” movie story artist
  • Bill Morrison– “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” artist and art director; NCS President
  • Mike Peters– “Mother Goose and Grimm” syndicated comic strip; Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist, 1991 Reuben Award winner
  • Michael Ramirez– Two time Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist
  • Tom Richmond– uhhhhhh… moving on….
  • Jerry Scott– “Zits” and “Baby Blues” syndicated comic strips; 2001 Reuben Award winner
  • Rick Stromoski– “Soup to Nuts” syndicated comic strip; Greeting Cards
All of these cartoonists will be doing individual presentations, as well as participating in group activities like several “Meet and Draws”, hosting tables for dinner, and lounging around by the pool.
As for me, I will be doing both a presentation on my work and a 2 1/2 hour workshop on drawing caricatures… the first time I have EVER done a public workshop (and maybe the last time). I’ll also be drawing free caricatures of people at these meet and greets, hosting a table at each dinner, participating in the “Quick on the Draw” event… and lounging by the pool.
This is going to be a really fun week… and it all takes place on the giant cruise ship “Freedom of the Seas”, with port stops in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. If you are a fan of cartooning, interested in doing it as a career, or just want to have an excuse for taking a January cruise in the Caribbean, look no further.
So how to you book this incredible trip? Just visit the NCS website or this direct page for all the details. The price includes food AND drinks for the entire week. If you book the trip under my name, you will get something extra: I will take the time on the cruise to do a pen and ink caricature of you, on your own or with your significant other. This will not be like the quick 10 minute sketches I do at the meet and greets. This will be something I spend some time on. How do you book under my name? Just select it in the dropdown box on the booking page:
That’s it. I’ll get a list of people who booked under my name, and I’ll bring my fancy pens and paper!
The best part of this is that all the proceeds go to the NCS Foundation, to help fund their programs like the “Cartooning for Kids” children’s hospital visits, the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, the Milt Gross Fund for cartoonists experiencing financial hardships, and other worthy endeavors.
I hope to see you on the high seas!

Monday, May 25, 2015

2015 Reubens (Thank You Tom!)

(Illustration by Ed Steckley)

The NCS just finished it's annual awards weekend where dozens of the country's top cartoonists changed out of their sweatpants into tuxedos for the most prestigious event in cartooning. This year the festivities were in Washington, DC. (I should clarify that the awards were for work that was done in 2014, but the ceremony was held in 2015). Visit the National Cartoonists Society website for a complete list of winners and nominees.

A big congrats to all the nominees, and especially the winners. Chapter member Tom Richmond won a silver Reuben Award in the category of Magazine Illustration.

Tom also deserves a standing ovation for his tireless work as the President of the National Cartoonists Society. Tom has now officially handed that responsibility over to Bill Morrison. Thank you, Tom, for all your tireless work keeping the NCS circus train rambling smoothly down the tracks.

Before handing over the mantle, Tom ended his tenure with a touch of class. Each table at the Reuben awards banquet was decorated with an original framed sketch of one of our nation's presidents, framed and displayed beautifully by Tom's wife Anna. You can read about it on Tom's blog.

Tom, we hope you enjoy some well-deserved rest!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Indiegogo Campaign Launches for Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is an annual 3-day event dedicated to the celebration of cartooning. It's totally FREE and open to the public. To help keep it that way, they have just launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign. You can support them here:

From their website:

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is a 3 day festival, in Kenosha Wisconsin. There are live presentations, workshops, comic art on display, panel discussions, and community outreach by some of the nation's top cartoonists. 

There are live presentations, workshops, comic art on display, panel discussions, and community outreach by some of the nation's top cartoonists. All events are FREE and open to the public. 

Guest speakers for 2015 include:

Mark Tatulli of Lio, Heart of the City, Desmond Puckett, Emmy Award Winning Illustrator

Bill Morrison – Art Director: Futurama, Co-Founder of Bongo Comics, Simpsons and Disney Illustrator, Roswell: Little Green Man

Jan Eliot - Stone Soup

Darrin Bell - Candorville and Rudy Park as well as Nationally Syndicated Editorial Cartoons

Mark Anderson - Andertoons

Ed Steckley –  MAD and CRACKED; Advertising Illustrator

Our moderator will again be the amazing Tom Racine of Tall Tale Radio.

You can support the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2014 NCS "Silver Reuben" Divisional Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 NCS Divisional Awards have been announced:

Advertising Illustration
  • Kevin Kallaugher
  • Ed Steckley
  • Dave Whammond
Editorial Cartoons
  • Clay Bennett
  • Michael Ramirez
  • Jen Sorensen
Gag Cartoons
  • Liza Donnelly
  • Benjamin Schwartz
  • Edward Steed
Magazine Feature
  • Ray Alma
  • Anton Emdin
  • Tom Richmond
Newspaper Illustration
  • Anton Emdin
  • Glen LeLievre
  • Ed Murawinski
Newspaper Strips
  • Brian Bassett (Red and Rover)
  • Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
  • Glenn McCoy (The Duplex)
Book Illustration
  • Marla Frazee “The Farmer and the Clown”
  • Yasmeen Ismail “Time for Bed, Fred”
  • Shaun Tan “Rules of Summer”
Online Long Form
  • Vince Dorse (The Untold Tales of Bigfoot)
  • Mike Norton (Battlepug)
  • Minna Sundberg (Stand Still, Stay Silent)
Online Short Form
  • Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots)
  • Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic)
  • Rich Powell (Wide Open)
Greeting Cards
  • Gary McCoy
  • Glenn McCoy
  • Maria Scrivan
 Comic Books
  • Jason Latour (Southern Bastards)
  • Babs Tarr (Batgirl)
  • H. Williams III (The Sandman Overture)
 Graphic Novels
  • Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother)
  • Mike Maihak (Cleopatra in Space)
  • Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer)
Newspaper Panels
  • Dave Blazek (Loose Parts)
  • Mark Parisi (Off the Mark)
  • Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)
Feature Animation
  • Paul Felix (production designer: “Big Hero 6”)
  • Tomm Moore (Director: “Song of the Sea”)
  • Isao Takahata (Director: “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”)
Television Animation
  • Mark Ackland (Storyboards- “The Void” : “Wander Over Yonder)
  • Patrick McHale (Creator “Over the Garden Wall”)
  • Kyle Menke (storyboards- “Star Wars” parody episode “Phineas and Ferb”)

Congrats to all the nominees!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

RIP Roy Doty

We are sad to report that our dear friend and longtime NCS member Roy Doty passed away this morning. He was one of the greats, and such an important, well-loved presence at NCS events. He will be missed.

Here is some bio info on Roy from his website, as well as a few samples of his work:

Winner of the National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Illustrator of the Year Award for 2006, for more than forty years, Roy Doty's humorous cartoon Illustrations have appeared on packages and book covers, as print advertising in glossy magazines, and in syndication. They have appeared in campaigns for not-for-profit organizations and on television. Each Doty design is unique and has a life of its own. 
Doty's drawings have been used to brand major products, and his client list reads like a "Who's Who in the World of American Business." He has won innumerable design awards from his peers, and many additional awards from The National Cartoonists Society, where there is a Roy Doty biography. 
While you may not immediately recognize the Doty signature, you're bound to recognize his style, with its emphasis on clean uncluttered lines, and his marvelous whimsy and attention to small details—which is to say that you've probably seen this popular American cartoon artist's work on any number of occasions. 
Doty has over 60 books for children and adults to his credit, many of which he has written himself. His take on the contemporary American scene is classic and nothing short of amazing.