Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This spring and early summer several NCC members are taking part in an exhibition of cartoon art done by young, aspiring cartoonists. Organized by former NCC chairman Ken Alvine, The TOON-Ed organization will be hanging an exhibition of student cartooning artwork for consideration for the Annual TOON Award at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, IA. Toon-Ed is dedicated to educating the student of cartooning and provides a chance to showcase students cartoon art that are enrolled in post-secondary schools, colleges, art schools, and universities. Cartoon art students are invited to participate in the annual TOON Award.
College students and artists 18 years of age and older are welcome to submit up to 3 pieces of their original works of cartoon art to the Pearson center by March 15th, 2009. There is a $10.00 entree fee. More details here.
The work will be judged by a panel of professional cartoonists on April 24th, 2009. The panel includes:
- Chris Browne of "Hagar the Horrible" website
- Tom Richmond of "Mad Magazine" (Hey... that's me!)
- Oliver Christenson (Revilo) of Hallmark Cards website
- Buck Jones - Humorous Illustrator website
- Paul Fell- Editorial Cartoonist website
- Ed Baker -Emmy award winning storyboard animator
On Saturday there will be several workshops on cartooning by professional cartoonists:
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I just got back a few days ago from a trip with 7 other NCS members to visit wounded soldiers and military hospital staff in Washington D.C. and in Landstuhl, Germany. It was a very inspirational trip. You can read about our time with the troops on my blog.... links above via the location names.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I know, it looks like a lot to read and you're busy today. But at least glance through the remarks beside the examples for Stage 1 and Stage 2. I've never heard the term "twinning" before, but I'm guilty of it.
Bringing Drawings to Life
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Our meeting was very productive. We raised the following issues and voted on each:
North Central Chapter members (L to R): Mike Edholm, Me, Cedric Honstadt, Ted Goff, Paul Fell, Eric Scott, Scott Holmes
- Our annual meeting will be switched to March of each year to accommodate voting on the division we are assigned for the Reubens
- This year's meeting will be in Lincoln, NE
- A new officer post was created "Executive Vice Chairman"
- The Executive is responsible for providing all alcohol for future meetings
- Bucky Jones was voted into permanent office as Executive Vice Chairman
I have published a blog post detailing the Toonfest event and our participation in it. Check it out.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The photos for the online gallery are reduced to 800x600, so they aren't print resolution. If you'd like the full size photos (3264x2448) I'll be glad to put them in a zip file and send it to you.
Monday, September 15, 2008
... and our concurrent fall chapter meeting. I'll be arriving on Thursday evening, and am now emceeing the speaker events and speaking myself (!). I hope we'll see a good NCC turnout. remember all NCC members are welcome to the Dalton party on Friday, the private party at the Walt Disney home on Saturday and we may also me in the parade. Members attending please look up myself, Paul or Mike on arriving so we can get you the details.
Our meeting will be very informal, held on Saturday over lunch either in the park or in the Toonfest meeting rooms. We'll let the weather decide that one.
Hope to see everyone there!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Remember gang — we're looking for CARTOONS to show at the Disney Toonfest. We want the North Central Chapter to have a terrific presence at the Toonfest and we need your help (and art) to accomplish that goal. So pack up a couple of pieces (Fell told me to remind you to matte you work — it looks better that way) and throw it in the mail. Don't send you comic book collection, laundry, or other bits of junk you're trying to get rid of... (No Buck. I'm not talking about you. Well, not just you.) The Toonfest is just 19 days away. Artwork is due (there) by the 15th, I think.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This summer I've been working with a 3D animator/rendering in developing a project for one of my clients. We took a 2D character and turned it into a 3D model. The character, named PHOTON (watch out, he's copyrighted), is rigged for computer animation. The 2D rendering is mine. From there I handed it over to Andrew along with some character development sketches. He took it from there. The two other images are his. This has been a terrific learning experience for me. I want to thank my friend and render buddy, Andrew Frye. Andy, you rock!
... Now I'm just trying to find the time to start "playing" with the software program that we used to create the 3D model of PHOTON. Heck! I'm still trying to find time to build my website from the UNDER CONSTRUCTION page. (www.mikedholm.com)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Fees for attending the chapter meeting are a measly $20.00, and includes our chapter lunch and admission to the following:
- Thurs. eve., Sept. 18: Farmsite outdoor buffet reception for Toonfest headliners and NCC meeting attendees.
- Fri. eve., Sept. 19th: Vehicle caravan to Johnson-Malins river cabin/lodge home for buffet dinner party.
- Sat. noon, Sept. 20th: NCC chapter meeting and lunch in Marceline.
- Sat. eve: Outdoor event Malins’ former Disney family home and farmsite. Dreaming Tree ceremony, cartoonists autograph Disney barn, headliners tree plantings, outdoor barbecue - buffet dinner.
All the money collected for chapter meeting fees will go to the Toonfest folks to help offset their generosity in inviting us to all their special events.
What we need ASAP is a head count of all who intend to attend the meeting. Fees can be paid at the event... we just need your "yea" or "nay", especially for planning the private chapter lunch. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP with your response.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
NCC Fall Chapter Meeting:
Saturday, September 20
10am-5pm Toonfest Cartoon exhibit open- Masonic Hall
10-11am Toonfest Parade on Main St.
11-12:30 N. Central chapter members meeting and lunch.
12:30-5pm Guest Cartoonists do their presentations at the Uptown Theatre on Main St.
This event is free and open to the public.
Following the Uptown Theatre program, NCS N. Central members are invited to a special tree planting ceremony featuring past and present guest cartoonists at the arboretum at the former Disney family farm. Following the tree planting, guests are invited to sign their names inside the recreated Disney barn. These activities will be followed by a post-Toonfest party and entertainment with plenty of food and drink at the former Disney home.
For N. Central members who might be arriving on Friday, Sept. 19, you are invited to attend a pre-Toonfest party at the river cabin of Wally and Kaye Malins, Toonfest organizers. This private party includes Toonfest volunteers and this year's cartoonist Headliners. Plan to meet between 4:30 and 5 pm at the Toonfest office, 207 N. Main St. so we can carpool out to the cabin.
We will need a head count ASAP of chapter members who plan to be at the Friday event and those who plan to attend on Saturday. Please contact Tom or Paul directly.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
An exact schedule of events will be forthcoming, but the actual meeting will likely take place over a chapter lunch on Saturday the 2oth, possibly catered at some nearby location. Costs to attend will be low, probably in the $10.00 range which includes the lunch. Other activities will be incorporated within the events of Toonfest. Details will be posted here as soon as they are set.
Make your plans to attend ASAP, as the event is only a little over a month away. The preference is to book a room at the following hotel in nearby Chillicothe:
The Grand River Inn
Highway 36 & 65
Chillicothe, Missouri 64601
Room rates for double occupancy are about $70 per night base. The hotel is 37 miles from Marceline. You can get more info about the hotel online but you must call the hotel directly for reservations. A Friday arrival and Sunday departure is recommended.
Look for more details here as they become available.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The focal point of the weekend is always the presentations by cartoonists we bring in as guest speakers. In past years we have had many NCS members as headliners, including Jim Borgman, Ann Telnaes, Glenn and Gary McCoy, Mike Peters, and Chris Browne, just to mention a few.
I am personally contacting you to participate by sending one or two cartoons for the ToonFest weekend exhibit. If you prefer, you can send prints of your work, especially in the case of those of us who now work in color. Cartoons need to be matted or mounted on mat board with a 2” or 3” border. We would need your work in the Toonfest office no later than Monday, September 15. Following the Toonfest weekend, event organizers will ship your cartoons back to you at their expense.
This is the 10th Anniversary Walt Disney Hometown ToonFest, so I am hoping to make this year’s cartoon exhibit the best yet. You can visit the Toonfest web site at www.toonfest.net.
Please let me know via email if you will be able to take time to send one or two cartoons to this exhibit. If you can be a part of our cartoon exhibit, I will contact you with information as to where and when to send in your work.
Send your matted cartoons to the ToonFest office and they will not only handle it with EXTREME CARE, but they will be sure to CAREFULLY ship your artwork back to you, at no charge. So join in the fun of the Disney ToonFest, be seen by hundreds, if not thousands of adoring fans (and celebrities; we're still trying to get John Lassiter to come to the ToonFest) and be an inspiration to all the kids who see this stuff and say, "That's what I wanna do when I grow up."
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Hope your summer is going well.I hope some of our esteemed chapter members will be able to send in some art for the album. I know I will. Please e-mail me privately for the address to send your contribution.
In preparing for our NCS tribute to Frank Frazetta in late August, we will be presenting him with a scrapbook of original art and well wishes. If you would like to contribute to this endeavor, whether or not you are able to attend, please send your drawing/note to Jack Pittman at (email Tom privately for the address). Art should fit on an 8.5 by 11 sheet. It would be helpful to receive these no later than August 1 to allow for assembling the book.
This will be a memoir the whole Frazetta family will cherish and a wonderful addition from the National Cartoonists Society to the Frazetta Museum.
And, as a reminder, if you do plan to join us for this event, please email me with the total number of people attending, including yourself as soon as possible to help expedite the preparations. The celebration is tentatively planned for a Saturday, most likely August 23 or 30, from 12 to 5 at the Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, PA. Costs per person are not finalized as of this writing, but will be somewhere in the neighborhood of a modest $40-50 per person, which will include a light lunch and admission to the museum. If you plan to spend the weekend in New York City, the drive to East Stroudsburg, PA is about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. There are also accommodations in or near East Stroudsburg--Quality Inn, Hampton Inn, Shannon Inn, Budget Inn & Suites, and Best Western Pocono, to name a few. Further details are coming soon.
Thank you for your generous assistance with this tribute to one of our most esteemed colleagues.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The NCC was well represented at this year's Reubens awards, with new member and first time attendee David Mowder taking home a divisional award for Greeting Cards, and myself batting .500 by winning for Advertising Illustration. Several other NCC members were in attendence and I think we all had a great time... although my sunburn from the Habitat for Humanity project on Friday is still killing me.
See my blog for an overview of the event, with lots of incriminating pictures!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Vice Chairman Bucky Jones and I will collaborate on a fall meeting sometime in September/Oct. This will be mainly a social function although we will have at least one speaker and see if we can stage one activity of some kind. No art shows, no plethora of speakers, no expensive dinners or hotels. This is the budget plan for us all to just get together for part of a weekend. We are tentatively planning on Des Moines as our destination. Perhaps every other year we can just meet in Marcelene at Toonfest, thereby reducing the need for a lot of extra planning.
Our next chapter event after this fall will be in March to vote on the division Reuben category we get assigned. This will be a bit more of a real meeting where we will organize a fundraiser (auction?), have some speakers and probably a dinner.
Thanks for the input from everybody.
Friday, April 25, 2008
The odd thing is that March is the only time of year we have any official duty to perform for the NCS... our Reuben divisional voting. Doesn't it make sense to plan a late March meeting to do our divisional jury and also have our annual meeting? Does beer taste better in September or October than it does in March? Do we plan on camping outdoors?
What do you as members think about this? Should we switch to late March for our meeting time?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Our own Bucky Jones has stupidly agreed to step in as vice-chairman for the remainder of Oliver's term at half pay ( zero x .5= zero) and double workload. Thanks for stepping up, sucker... uh..., I mean Bucky!
Plans have not been set for this fall's annual chapter meeting, but there are discussions about moving said meeting to March so we can also use the get together to do our jury voting for whatever divisional Reuben category we are given. Anyone with thoughts on that idea feel free to comment here or e-mail them to myself or Bucky... preferably Bucky.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Animation legend Ollie Johnston, the last surviving member of Walt Disney’s famous “Nine Old Men”, passed away yesterday (April 14, 2008). He was 95.
Johnston was a phenomenal artist and widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest animators. In 1935 he was hired to work at the Disney studio alongside his pal Frank Thomas. They rose to become two of Disney’s top animators and remained lifelong best friends. They co-wrote several books on animation including Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (Amazon.com link), which is still considered a classic textbook on animation. In 1995 they were the subject of a wonderful documentary film, Frank and Ollie (which you can buy on DVD). Their love for animation was contagious.
Johnston animated such classic characters as Pinocchio, Bambi, Thumper, Alice in Wonderland, and Winnie the Pooh. He and Frank also animated large portions of The Jungle Book. It's been said that over half the film is Frank and Ollie's work.
Animators are sometimes referred to as actors with pencils. Frank and Ollie didn't just fit this definition, they defined it. They were superb draftsmen and their characters gave Oscar-worthy performances.
Franklin Roosevelt referred to the Supreme Court as his “Nine Old Men”. As a joke, Walt Disney borrowed the term to describe his nine top animators. Though they were young men at the time, the name stuck. All nine went on to become legends at the studio. Frank and Ollie were the last surviving members of the group. Frank passed away in 2004.
It's hard to overstate the influence Frank and Ollie have had on the animation industry. Besides being animation pioneers and writing classic books on the subject, after Walt Disney's death they helped train a new generation of Disney animators. Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) was a huge fan of their work and gave the pair animated cameos in both of his films.
Here's a few samples of Ollie's work. His passing truly marks the end of an era for animation fans, and he will be dearly missed.
(Artwork copyright © Disney. All rights reserved.)
Friday, April 4, 2008
This is not a scheme to get you onto a mailing list or anything. It's purely for fun.
The contest ends at midnight on Friday, April 11. To find out more and to enter, visit my blog.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I recommend visiting it today and checking it out before it's gone. Personally, I can't stand Tom and find even his appearance distasteful and his artwork mediocre at best.__ April Fools.__:-)
Nancy Beiman - “Prepare to Board”
Sandra Boynton - “Blue Moo”
Jay Stephens - “Robots!”
Sandra Equihua and Jorge Gutierrez - Creators - “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” Stephen Silver - Character Design - “Kim Possible”
Richard Webber - Creator - “Purple and Brown”
Newspaper Comic Strip
Paul Gilligan – “Pooch Café”
Jim Meddick – “Monty”
Richard Thompson – “Cul De Sac”
Brad Bird – Director – “Ratatouille”
Sylvan De Boissy – Character Design – “Surf’s Up”
David Silverman – Director – “The Simpson’s Movie”
Nick Abadzis – “Laika”
Bryan Lee O’Malley – “Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together”
Shaun Tan – “The Arrival”
Chad Carpenter – “Tundra”
Glenn & Gary McCoy – “The Flying McCoys”
Kieran Meehan – “Meehan”
Congratulations to all of the nominees. The winner will be announced at the 62nd Annual NCS Reuben Awards banquet on May 24, 2008.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
I have posted the Sunshine Week web site so that you can take a look at some of the cartoons that have been sent in. More will be coming in the next few days
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Eric Scott, Oliver Christianson, Bill Brewer, Kevin Ahern, Bill Whitehead, and Ted Goff shared an afternoon repast before debating the merits of the many entries.
We gave serious consideration to every entry. Even Bucky's. (Actually, I think Bucky's entry deserves an award and division all it's own.)
The votes were recorded, and the entries were boxed up to be shipped to Tom Richmond for another group of chapter members to review and judge in Minnesota. Some very fine work!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
The Kansas City meeting may take place first as a result. Please check back here or look for an announcement via e-mail soon.
I see that Sherlock Holmes is appearing on the Chapter blog with a degree of frequency these days. That said, I thought, as a member of the Nebraska/Iowa chapter of the Baker Street Irregulars, I would throw my hat into this "Red Circle". The game is afoot. - Edholm
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Judging meeting 1: Held at my house, Saturday March 1st starting at 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. All current members of the NCC are welcome to attend and participate in the judging. Please e-mail me for more details and for directions.
Judging meeting 2: Held in Kansas City area, date, time and location TBA.
The details and procedures of the judging will be explained at the individual meetings. The KC results will be sent to me and combined with the earlier meeting's results to give us the final verdict of the chapter. Then the top four finalists and their books will be sent to the NCS national rep for ratification and it will all be official.
Please contact me ASAP if you will be attending here in Burnsville for the first meeting. If you can find way to attend please do... this is one of the most important functions a chapter has with respect to the NCS and our profession as a whole. I hope to see a good turn out.... Anna is baking cookies.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
and a loosely associated company asked permission to produce a sculpted resin pen based on the art:
It's interesting to see a sculptor's 3-d interpretation of a strictly 2-d piece of art. I thought it turned out pretty good.