Thursday, February 28, 2008

Division Award Judging Underway

Kansas City chapter members had first whack at the book illustration division entries this year. Those of us who could gathered at the glamorous Harvey House Diner in Union Station to review the entries and cast our votes.

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

Geez, I knew this would happen...

For Tom and Paul. Enjoy guys. (And no, Tom, the pipe-smoking Mystery Writer isn't your mom.)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

MN Judging Meeting Date Change

Due to scheduling conflicts, the date for the MN meeting to judge our Reuben divisional awards is changing from Saturday, March 3rd to Saturday, March 8th at 4:00 pm. I hope this will allo a few more area members to make it to the judging.

The Kansas City meeting may take place first as a result. Please check back here or look for an announcement via e-mail soon.

At 221B Baker Street

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

Book Division Judging

The NCS North Central Chapter will conduct it's 2008 divisional Reuben judging for the "Book Illustration" category in two separate get-togethers in the next few weeks. We have received a fair number of entries already with two days to go before the deadline. No doubt there will be a flood of last minute entries, as we all know how prompt and ahead of schedule cartoonists are...

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

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all in The North Central Chapter!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Something Fun...

I posted about this on my blog today, but I thought I'd share it here as it's kind of unusual. I did this piece of art for an audiobook company for their collection of Sherlock Holmes audiobooks:

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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Politics is not my bag...but....

Politics is not my bag...but if someone is willing to pay me to illustrate
their viewpoint (and it's not too out of line or offensive), I will consider doing it... providing
my name doesn't appear on the piece and it's clear the concept is theirs. As in this "Strange Bedfellows" cartoon done last summer for, get this,...The Libertarian Party of Georgia. (The nice referral came from a fellow North Central Chapter member).