Saturday, April 5, 2014

Book Launch

John Prescott and Tom Kerr are pleased to announce the birth of their first e-Book "The Modern Compendium of Despicable Jerks. Weighing in at a little over 50 Mb, this collection comes not to praise the Jerk, but rather to vilify and expose.
No, there are no NCS members in the collection.

Feel free to check us out at or go this link:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning 2014, September 25th – 27th.

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, founded and directed by Anne Morse Hambrock, will return for a fourth year! Festival 2014 is slated to kick off on Thursday, September 25th and wrap up Saturday, September 27th.

Events will take place at the Kenosha Public Museum, The University of Wisconsin Parkside, and Carthage College with the possibility of other Kenosha venues becoming involved.

Once again the festival will feature presentations by internationally acclaimed cartoonists, panel discussions, youth outreach, a charity auction, and, not one, but two, gallery shows of original comic art. The first show at the University of Wisconsin Parkside’s Fine Arts Gallery will feature the work of Denis Kitchen as well as the work of several important underground cartoonists. It will also showcase work by Will Eisner and Al Capp, both the subjects of biographies by Kenosha author Michael Schumacher. The second show, at the Kenosha Public Museum, will feature work by all the guest speakers as well as several cartoonists with ties to Wisconsin and some gems from the past (think George Herriman, Walt Kelly and Frank Frazetta, please) from the collection of George Hagenaner.

For 2014 the festival will also collaborate with Left of The Lake on a comic jam event. And discussions are underway to include a small artist’s alley and a program booklet featuring work by independent comic artists.

The guest speaker line up for 2014:
• Jeff Keane (Family Circus)
• Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate books)
• Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press and co-author of “Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary”)
• Todd Clark (Lola)
• Scott Stantis (Prickly City and Staff Editorial Cartoonist with The Chicago Tribune)
• Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries)
• Rick Stromoski (Soup to Nutz)
• Michael Schumacher (Author of “Al Capp A Life To The Contrary” and Will Eisner: A Dreamer’s Life In Comics”)

To keep the festival free and open to the public, fundraising will be conducted using an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign, which is planned for February of 2014. This campaign will have terrific “one of a kind” backer rewards. The more unique rewards tend to sell out fast to members of the cartooning community from all over the country, so don’t miss your chance to snag a piece of cartooning history!

An important request to cartoonists: at this time the festival is in need of original artwork to include in the charity auction. The auction is made possible by the generous support of by the NCS Foundation and the money raised will be given to both the local children’s hospital clinic and a new Kenosha school serving children with autism and other learning challenges.

Original cartoon artwork of any kind is welcome but the festival is especially interested in vintage comics. One of the pieces that generated the most interest in the last auction was an original Brenda Starr, by Dale Messick, which was generously donated by NCS member Richard Pietrzyk. Please contact festival director Anne Morse Hambrock at if you are interested in donating artwork to this worthy cause.

All details regarding the festival and the Indiegogo drive can be found at Folks can also stay current on festival details by following it on Twitter (@KenoshaFestival) or “liking” the official Facebook page.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Our own Paul Fell will be "Annoying" everyone on March 8th at 2:00 pm at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum in West Branch, IA. If you're in the neighborhood and can't get into the local Hooters, check out Paul's presentation. Promises to be a good one. I understand that Mr. Hoover, himself, will be there….

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Illustrator and friend, Anita Kunz just shared this post with me. If you love animals or are the property of your pet, you might want to consider contributing to this wonderful project, the Creative Pet Project Art Book.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reuben Judging Weekend, March 1

Information you need for the NCS Reuben Judging weekend…

Date: March 1, 2014
Check in date: February 28, 2014
(In on Friday, judging and out on Saturday. Anything else is up to you and rates will not apply.)
Location: Des Moines, IA
Host: Bucky Jones

Friday night, Feb 28, will be dedicated to our usual gathering, have something to eat, enjoy some adult beverages, and swap some lies.
As in the past, we will begin judging Saturday morning, after breakfast (around 9:30 a.m.) and finish when we finish.

We have a block of 6 rooms at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.
Address: 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Please identify yourself as being with the NATIONAL CARTOONIST SOCIETY.
Phone number to call for reservations: 800-532-1466
Due date for room rate: February 15
Room rate: $99

Get your reservations in soon. We’ll have a small conference room at our disposal in the hotel. If you have any other questions, contact me, Paul Fell, or Bucky Jones.

There will be a brief meeting as Paul Fell and I pass the baton of leadership to our new Chapter Chair, Jim Horwitz, and our new Chapter Treasurer, Bucky Jones.

Please let me know if you plan on attending. As I say, we only have 6 rooms in our block. If we need more we may have to get creative…

See you soon…

Your soon-to-be ex-Chair,

Friday, January 31, 2014

The votes have been counted...

The National Cartoonist Society's North Central Chapter presents its new officer…
Congratulations gentlemen. The first round's on you.

Chapter Chair — Jim Horwitz

Chapter Treasurer — Bucky Jones

Monday, January 20, 2014

North Central loses a dear friend and member….

A very sad note: one of our latest additions to the chapter, Bill Dunn, died. Bill's smile, his laugh, and his cutting sense of humor were a beacon of his arrival at chapter meetings. Bill, we will miss you, buddy. Rest well.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Caffeine K9

Despite all best efforts to kick the caffeine habit, Jim Horwitz announces Watson Coffee…

We hope it sells well, Jim. Now if you had Watson Beer…

Friday, November 29, 2013

Prayers and support for Stan and Sharon Sakai

I know you all received this email from Tom Richmond and the NCS office (thanks Phil).
Let's pull together and help Stan and Sharon in any way we can.


To all NCS Members,

This is a wonderful time of year for most of us. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that isn't about commercialism, selling toys or candy, or giving presents... it's about the gathering of family and friends to enjoy a meal together and give thanks for the things that are important in life—health, family, community and any other blessings we might be lucky enough to have been granted in the last year.

For some people, the things they are thankful for can seem very distant in the face of the challenges life has placed in their path. As with any group, some of those in our NCS family have had such challenges to contend with this year, but there is one couple who are in particularly great need that I want to make you aware of.

Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon are beloved figures in the cartooning and comic book world. Stan's three decades of work on Usagi Yojimbo are examples of the triumph of great talent, great storytelling and creator-owned comics. Sharon has been a fixture at Comic-Cons and both are great supporters of the cartooning industry. Sharon's health has been devastated by cancer and the extent and costs of her care have placed great hardship on the Sakais. Some background from Stan:

"A bit of background with what this is all about: In 2004, Sharon woke up one morning and said, “I can’t hear anything out of my left ear.” It was traced back to a meningioma brain tumor. It is benign, but large and inoperable. There was no hope of it getting smaller. The most we could hope for was that it would not grow larger. She underwent radiation therapy, and that seemed to control it. She went in for regular MRIs, and no growth was detected.

However, it started growing in 2010, and very aggressively. She has facial paralysis on the left side (everything happens on the left side). The paralysis includes her throat, vocal chords, and it has even deteriorated her neck bones. She had lost almost 40% of her body weight in a year. She is undergoing chemotherapy. Doctors don’t see any end in sight for this. There are complications because of the tumor, medications, or just coincidence–diabetes, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, compromised immune system. She has a tracheostomy tube for breathing and a G-tube connected to her stomach for a liquid diet. She can take nothing through her mouth. She is bed-bound, but we try to give her daily physical therapy–walking a couple hundred feet with a walker and/or sitting in a wheelchair.

She had been in the hospital and nurse care from April to September, but we are glad she is home. She requires 24 hour care, so daughter Hannah and her family moved in with us. This includes 18 month old grandson Leo, and another grandchild due in February/early March.

A lot of you do know Sharon, as she had been a fixture at my booth at San Diego and many other conventions. Thank you all for your help, good thoughts, and prayers."

CAPS, the Cartoon Art Professional Society, is conducting an ongoing auction of original art to benefit the Sakais in their need. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Stan & Sharon to help pay their ongoing medical expenses. Please visit this page to find out how you can donate original artwork to help these wonderful people:

You can also donate directly via a PayPal account, the link to which is also on that page linked above (as of the writing on this, overwhelming response has temporarily shut down the PayPal link... if it's not working please return later if you want to donate).

Please consider giving at this time of Thanksgiving to help one of our extended family through some truly trying times.


National Cartoonists Society

Eric Henson's Blogfolio also offered this link: