Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Sad news...

Rick Hupka passed away on Dec 21.
The Chapter is sending the family a remembrance.
The obituary was posted in today's Lincoln Journal Star.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cartoon Recipe website

Don't know if any of you are interested in this or not. I received a LinkedIn notice to these folks.
Cartoon Recipe


LinkedIn msg: LinkedIn
CartoonRecipe Innovations India has sent you a message.
Date: 12/18/2010
Subject: Welcome to
Dear Friend,

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Our services like Customized Cartooning, AD Solutions are focused upon business needs of new age businesses like yours. We not only draw what you say, we give you only what is right for your business.

We request you to visit our website and know more about our professional services and learning courses offered. Detailed brochure would be sent on request.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Follow up on Rick Hupka's condition...

This came in last night around 10:05 pm via Rick's facebook page. From his wife, Rhonda.

Hi Paul,
This is Rhonda, Rick's wife. I will pass your message on. Rick was taken to the hospital last night having seizures. We have a hospice meeting in the morning and then hopefully will bring him home. Things have progress VERY FAST in just 1 week. Thanks for your concern, I know he appreciates it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our friend in need...Rick Hupka

Rick Hupka, our friend and faithful COTW Czar needs our prayers and good thoughts. I woke up this morning to find this posted on his Facebook page... "to my family.....i love you!!!! my time is short, and wanted to say how proud i am of you ALL! remember to love love each other, told the family dear to your heart. dad.....xox...Ü."

To day the least, this made me pretty worried. I wrote him a message but got no response, so I sent his wife Rhonda a message. This is the response I got from her. "Geoff, Thanks for your concern and prayers. Rick is NOT very able to type as he has an issue with his right hand and his depth perception. Needless to say, he is also unable to draw anymore, I can barely recognize his signature. Since last Thursday the 2nd, Rick has been diagnosed with pnuemonia and a mass on his left lung. Cat scans on Monday of head and chest showed mass on lung, another mass on left side of brain 6 - 7.5 cm in size. This explains the loss of motor control on his right side. Mass on his liver and medial stienam. Biopsies of lung taken today, will know results of disease progress by Thursday doc said, then on to an oncologist for treatment options. He appreciates your communication and would appreciate it if you could pass the word onto the other Wisen's. Please feel free to contact me at anytime, I just don't know if I'll be able to keep up with alot of you Cartoonists so keeping contact with 1 would be helpful. Thanks again from Rick and I and his children and grandchildren. Peace/Out "

I just got another response and she says that anyone that wants to send him a message should post directly on his Facebook wall. He'll be able to read the messages, but can't type, so don't feel insulted if you don't get a response, but know that he's reading them.

Or if you want to post here, I'll cut and paste any comments to send to Rhonda to make sure he gets them.

If you happen to read this Rick, know that we're thinking about you bud and hope for a speedy recovery. Hang in there! : )

Rick's Facebook page...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ken Alvine and friends in the Argus Leader

CARTOONIST ALERT! There was a wonderful piece in Sunday's Argus Leader about our friend Ken Alvine and the cartoonists in the Sioux Falls area. For the online version click: KEN ALVINE and enjoy! There are also some lovely links, art and videos nearby. BRAVO, KEN!!

Chris Browne

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My first ever autograph from a famous Cartoonist

Last night I found the first autograph I ever received from a big-time cartoonist! It was in 1982, during my junior year of college, my then sister-in-law got the autograph when she lived in NYC.
It is from famed MAD MAGAZINE cartoonist and one of the Usual Gang of Idiots, GEORGE WOODBRIDGE. Sadly, George is no longer with us but his talent endures....and his note to a young college kid with dreams....meant the world.

Despicable Characters!

Our good buddy and fellow Tooner, Tom Kerr, has a new blog called DESPICABLE CHARACTERS.
Check it out....

Friday, November 26, 2010

Doonesbury turns 40

This is in today's Washington Post. Congratulations Garry.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ann Telnaes at work...

This just hit the Washington Post page today. It's great!
Ann Telnaes creating one of her animated editorial cartoons. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

INKLINGS available in paperback...

You can now get Jeff Koterba's book, INKLINGS in paperback!
Want to know more? Click here!

Monday, October 11, 2010

TOON-ED Award Winners

The winners of the 2010 Toon-Ed Awards, as judged by the attending members of the NCS North Central Chapter, the weekend of Oct 1-2, are as follows:

Humorous Illustration
1st - Jose Giammarino; Pennsylvania State University
2nd - Tom Rogers; Savannah College of Art and Design
3rd - Tom Rogers; Savannah College of Art and Design

Gag Cartoon
1st - Tom Rogers; Savannah College of Art and Design
2nd - Jeremy Nguyen; Savannah College of Art and Design
3rd - Jonathan Mullins; Savannah College of Art and Desikgn

Editorial Cartoon
1st - Marc Anderson; University of Wisconsin -Stout
2nd - Marc Anderson; University of Wisconsin - Stout
3rd - Tom Rogers; Savannah College of Art and Design

Comic Strip
1st - Tom Rogers; Savannah College of Art and Deskign
2nd - Jose Giammano; Pennsylvania State University
3rd - Jonathan Mullins; Savannah College of Art and Design

1st - Casey Jo Boehm; University of Central Flordia
2nd - Neville McKinnied; Minneapolis College of Art and Design

TOON AWARD (Best of Show)
Best of Show - Casey Jo Boehm; University of Central Flordia

The winning animation and list of other winners can be seen on the Tood-Ed website:

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kaneko Ticket Information

Hey gang! I just received information about tickets to the Kaneko Events during the Fall meeting.
Scroll down to the NORTH CENTRAL CHAPTER MEETING SCHEDULE and down toward the bottom of that entry is the information about ticket prices. We will be provided with a certain number of comp tickets. Get a hold of Jeff Koterba or myself if you need comps. Or see Sara Bongers at Kaneko about ticket information. She can be reached at


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A View from Marceline...

Here are a few snapshots that I managed to get while at the 2010 Disney Toonfest last weekend.

Monday, September 20, 2010

North Central Chapter Meeting Schedule

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 1

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cartoonists in the Classroom Project
Cartoonists will be matched to classes throughout the Omaha Public School system to share their skills as cartoonists with students.

Seeing with New Eyes Cartoon Workshop
Venue: KANEKO at 11th & Jones in the Old Market – UNO Library

Late Morning
One of the cartoonists will lead a special workshop for the Native American children who participated in the summer program.

3:30 – 5:00 PM
Selections from the Howard Collection Exhibit
Opening Reception
Venue: Criss Library on the UNO campus
6001 Dodge Street

7:30 – 9:00 PM
Josh Cooley, Great Minds Presentation: Coloring Outside the Lines: And Other Creative Ways to Make People Worry About You
Venue: KANEKO Bow Truss

9:00-10:00 PM
Supper for Cooley with Program Sponsors and the Cartoonists

Saturday, October 2

9:00-10:30 AM
Conference Meeting
NCS Members only
KANEKO Gallery

10:30-12:00 PM
Josh Cooley Animation Workshop for Conference Attendees and guests
Venue: KANEKO Bow Truss

12:00-1:30 PM
Lunch Break
You're on your own!

1:30-2:20 PM
Public Events in the KANEKO Bow Truss
Cartooning in the new economy: Exploring creative approaches taken by cartoonists and freelancers who are generally looking to make a buck

2:30–3:20 PM
Drawing in the House of Saddam:
Two cartoonists describe their USO-sponsored trip to Iraq

3:30–5:00 PM
Sketching As Story: Turning the written word into a work of art.
(Panel Discussion with Josh Cooley)

5:00–5:30 PM
Book Signing
Venue: KANEKO - UNO Library

5:00-7:00 PM
One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages
Cartoonists Art Exhibition Opening
Bemis Center, 724 So. 12th Street in the Old Market

7:30 PM
Dinner for Conference Participants with Josh Cooley
La Casa Restaurant, 4432 Leavenworth Street

Comp tickets are available to cartoonists who participate in the Cartoonists In The Classroom program.
(This information just came in...)
Ttickets are available for purchase at or at the door for $25 adults/$18 seniors/$10 students

A group rate of $20 per ticket for ten or more is also available if someone in your group wanted to organize that, but the order would need to come with payment. Contact Sara Bongers at the Kaneko for more information about group packages. Her email address is:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Star Wars Oil Paintings

Here are some oil paintings I've recently finished. They were for a friend who watched my lil girls while I went on the NCS/USO tour to Germany last spring.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


The Fall 2010 Meeting of the North Central Chapter will be in Omaha, NE on October 1-2. Our co-hosts will be the Kaneko Gallery at 1111 Jones Street in the Old Market.

We have a block of rooms set aside for the cartoonists and our guest artists at the Courtyard by Marriott at 101 So. 10th Street. The rooms we've been offered have a king size bed with a sofa sleeper. Our room rate is $99 per night. To lock in this rate, call the Courtyard by Marriott at 402/346-2200 or 1-866-204-9388 (toll free). Get 'em quick. They'll go fast! ( NOTE: Cut off date for the special hotel rate is Sept 10. )
Reference: Room Block Oct 2010 Event, Reference #:M-31LB3C at the Courtyard Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area.

Our guest speaker is Josh Cooley from PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS.

We'll see you in October! Got questions? Give me a call (402/429-3888) or email your Fearless Leader.

Please RSVP to me ASAP so we'll know how many to expect. (Whether you're planning on attending or not.) Thanks....

Monday, August 16, 2010

In Search of a Strip....

After the announcement of the retirement of CATHY by creator and cartoonist, Cathy Guisewite, the Lincoln Journal Star (Lee Enterprises' newspaper in Lincoln, NE) announced that they are welcoming readers' suggestions for a replacement for CATHY.
Check it out. Keep those cards and letters comin', folks.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

North Central Chapter Fall Meeting

Mark your calendar guys....
The 2010 Fall Chapter Meeting will be in Omaha, NE. We will be at the Kaneko Gallery, 11th & Jones in the Old Market.
Details and accommodations will be posted shortly. So get ready.
Among the array of special guests we'll have a very special guest joining us this year. Josh Cooley from PIXAR ANIMATION.

See you in October! That's OCTOBER 1-2... (sorry)

Monday, July 26, 2010

JOHN READ EXHIBIT coming to Omaha meeting Oct 1-2

Our good friend, John Read (Publisher of STAY TOONED magazine) will be bringing his exhibit of cartoon art to our Fall meeting in Omaha, Oct 1-2. You don't want to miss this meeting, gang. Believe me...


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Harvey Pekar, Graphic Novelist, Dies

A friend of mine passed this obit from the Washington Post on to me.

Harvey Pekar dead: American Splendor comic writer was 70

Obituary page contributor Terence McArdle writes:

Harvey Pekar, 70, the graphic novelist whose autobiographical comic book "American Splendor" chronicled his life as a filing clerk, record collector, freelance jazz critic and one of life's all around misfits, was found dead early today at his home in suburban Cleveland.

The AP reported that police were called to Mr. Pekar's home by his wife about 1 a.m. and the artist was found between a bed and dresser. Mr. Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure and depression, police said.

"American Splendor" developed a cult following among those who don't ordinarily read comic books. Quite possibly the first autobiographic comic, it was filled with Mr. Pekar's wry observations and complaints about the monotony of life in Cleveland and his frustrations in human relationships.

Initially, Mr. Pekar approached cartoonist R. Crumb who he knew through their mutual record collector's love of jazz, to illustrate his self-published work. Later, Mr. Pekar's illustrators included Drew Friedman and Joe Sacco.

After a diagnosis of prostrate cancer in curtailed his writing in the 1990s, Mr. Pekar returned in with "Our Cancer Year" (1994), a colloboration with his wife, Joyce Brabner.
A 2003 movie, "American Splendor" was based on the series with Paul Giametti playing Mr. Pekar. It led to yet another collaboration with Brabner, "Our Movie Year" (2004).

In one of the movie's finest moments, Brabner meets Mr. Pekar for the first time at the airport after a lengthy correspondence. She tries to imagine what he looks like and conjurs four different images of him by four different illustrators.

A full obituary will follow.

Washington Post
By Adam Bernstein | July 12, 2010; 12:08 PM ET

Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 Festival of Cartoon Art at The Ohio State University

October 14-17, 2010

Online registration opens Tuesday, JUNE 1!

Early bird rate: $105
After August 1: $125
Students/Seniors 65+: $25 (Wish I was one of those...)
Participation limited to 275 attendees

Special discount for NCS and AAEC members.
To register by mail, call 614-292-0538

See complete schedule and register online at

Co-sponsored by:
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum/The Ohio State University Liberaries
and Wexner Center for the Arts

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Jersey Express, now boarding!

Time to get serious, pack your bags, and get ready to hit the trail eastward gang. The New Jersey Express is ready to roll!
Next weekend is the 64th Annual Reuben Awards in Jersey City. While not all of us can attend (sniff-sniff), those of you who will be at the REUBENS ON THE HUDSON have our undying faith that you will keep the good name of the North Central Chapter in mind and know that back home the rest of us are insanely jealous that you got to go and we had to stay here and keep the home fires burning... ARGH!
Gang, have a GREAT TIME and order a cold one courtesy of the Chapter (send the bill to Paul Fell, the keeper of the checkbook). Note: Paul doesn't pay bail bonds so behave yourselves... at least a little.
We'll look forward to full reports with lots of photos.

All the best,
The Big Kahuna, Edholm

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Toon-Ed is calling all students

Ken Alvine sent an email yesterday CALLING FOR STUDENTS to enter the 2010 TOON AWARD EXHIBITION. Spread the word, friends. Let's grow our numbers.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Time for CARTOON!ST submissions

I got an email from Frank Pauer yesterday. He said that stories for our chapter are due ... yesterday. This is the schedule he's been working under lately. Does this sound familiar? (It sure does to me! ARGH!) So given that we're all far too busy, Frank extended the deadline to Friday, April 16.
If you would, send me your stories — what you're doing, cartoon-wise, and I'll put them together and shoot them off the Frank. Email works best, please.
If you would, please get them to me BEFORE Friday. Tuesday is always nice. Gives me a day or two for word-smithing.

Hope you all are doing well. We're working on the Fall Meeting plans as well as the Disney Toonfest. Stay tuned — more on that later.

Your benevolent kahuna,

PS - Some of your email addresses have "errored out." Get me an EMAIL UPDATE as soon as you can, please. Nice to have the list up to date. Thanks

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Some teaser spots from my book.

There's more to see over on my blog

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Breakfast with Baker!

If you don't know Ed Baker, you should make it a point to meet him. Many members of the North Central Chapter are familiar with Ed and his amazing storyboard work for numerous major studios. Just recently he won his second Emmy for his contribution to the program, FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS___and he does all this work from his home in Golden Valley, MN. I've known Ed since '86 when he was still in high school and have watched him work his way up through the ranks to the position he now holds. His enthusiasm for, knowledge of, and passion for cartooning have always been inspiring. ___ This morning I had the good fortune of sharing breakfast with him while he was in town here in Des Moines, visiting his folks.
A funny man, a talented cartoonist and an all around good should get to know him.___Just don't tell him I sent you...he'd kick my ***! Ha!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Approximately two years ago, Matt McUsic (producer) and Joel Schroeder (director) of this film project contacted me asking about doing an interview in Los Angeles. At the time of they were interviewing I wasn't in LA so I wasn't much help. However, they've kept in touch with me, giving me updates on DEAR MR. WATTERSON. Now that the film is nearly done, I mentioned the film to a couple of people I know who are very interested in displaying DEAR MR. WATTERSON in their theater.
This is a film I would love to see. I'm sure that many of you feel the same way. If you feel compelled to help with a pledge, bravo! If you want to offer support by sending these folks a note to that effect, I have no doubt that they would appreciate the kind words. If you would like to be contacted for a possible interview, let them know!

Here is the Facebook message I received from Joel Schroeder earlier today:

Subject: 15 days to go for Dear Mr. Watterson

In the last 75 days, 257 Calvin & Hobbes fans--mostly complete strangers--have pledged a little over $17,000 for "Dear Mr. Watterson."

Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed, helping to give this film a huge boost. We believed that fans would flock to support this project, and "Dear Mr. Watterson" is now the 21st most popular project on;, out of hundreds of projects! Greater participation will make the project even more visible in the Kickstarter community.

With 15 days left to raise money on Kickstarter, we want to go all out and make every minute of fundraising count.

Considering how quickly we reached our initial goal, it isn't impossible to finish off this fundraising drive by actually doubling that amount and hitting $24,000 if we can finish as strong as we started.

The more we raise right now, the more likely we'll have the flexibility to be able to travel to interview cartoonists such as Jef Mallet of "Frazz," Richard Thompson of "Cul de Sac," Jim Davis of "Garfield," Bill Amend of "FoxTrot," Stephen Pastis of "Pearls Before Swine," and other cartoonists living all over the country.

Our Facebook group has over 3,600 members, and this may be your last chance to support the film so easily--you've already got a Facebook account to sign into Kickstarter, so all you need is an; account. Pledging at Kickstarter guarantees you'll get exclusive updates as we continue production, which will include occasional previews of interviews and scenes from the film.

And there are great perks when you support through Kickstarter: for instance, a gift of $75 includes a credit in the film and a DVD signed by the crew, including a disc of special features.

We hope you're inspired to make a pledge, and please spread the word about "Dear Mr. Watterson" so that we can complete our fundraiser with a bang.

Here's the link:;

We'd love to see our number of backers climb to 400 or 500, and we can't do that without your help!

This is a film that will explore the magical world that Bill Watterson shared with us. Thank you so much for helping us to make it happen.


p.s. Oh, and check out page 18 of the March issue of Wired--we got a mention!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

She had nice Tweets!

After seeing all my good friends in Lincoln, Nebraska, this past weekend and hearing about, and seeing, all the Social Networking going on...I thought I'd share the gag toon I did for today's AdMaverick blog. The link can be found at
Great seeing those in attendance and cannot wait until I see you again!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Heading for Lincoln....

For those of you who are traveling into Lincoln today (or early tomorrow), the weather gurus are calling for a chance of LIGHT SNOW. All I can say is, "DUH!" It's coming down now, but it is light and given the little that was still left on the ground, I don't think you'll have any trouble, if you're traveling by car.
If you're flying, well you have to deal with the airports and TSA. ARGH!
See you tonight (or early tomorrow a.m.). Judging begins at 10:00 am (a slight adjustment from the original schedule).


Monday, February 15, 2010

Not long now...

Pack your toothbrush and PJs, gang. Next Friday night (Saturday morning in some cases) and we'll be gathering for the Reubens Judging, but more importantly, the fellowship, the unity, and the beer!
See you next weekend!!!

PS - Bucky tells me that he's coming. So bring the medication, too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bucky makes the news....and not for the Police Report

Embarrassing as it might be, I am sharing a link here to an interview I did last week with a local television station. The premise of the interview was my relatively new Petcartoongifts venture. The interview itself was a fun experience, as it turned out the reporter and I went to rival cross-town high schools and graduated one year apart. I actually met him at my front door wearing my old high school letter jacket...true. He was very funny and we spent the hour of the interview ribbing each other and sharing lots of laughs....which, by the way, is what you're seeing in the interview when it appears I am laughing at reality I was laughing at something being said off screen. Anyway, just thought I'd share. Here's the link

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Dear Artist,
The 3rd “RED MAN” International Cartoon Humour Competition are recruiting works from artists all over the world. We sincerely invite you to participate in the Competition, it is great honor for us by your supportted.

Thank you very much.

Your friendly
Red Man

(North Central Members: I'm emailing the Word docs directly to you.)


1. The contest is Open to all artists worldwide, cartoonists, caricaturists, painters, illustrators, etc.
2. Theme :
A. CARTOON: (1). Collection
(2). monument、Myth、Moon、Flying、Woman、Marriage、Wine、Fish、Football、Forest、Shopping、Festivals(Christmas Day、Hallowmas、Valentine's Day……)
(3). Free
B. CARICATURE: Famous people
(Audrey Hepburn、Marilyn Monroe、Charlie Chaplin、Shirley Temple 、Bruce Lee……; Alfred Hitchcock、Akira Kurosawa、Zhang Yimou……; Elvis Aron Presley、Michael Jackson、Luciano Pavarotti、Madonna……; Pablo Picasso、Vincent Willem van Gogh、Leonardo Di Ser Piero Da Vinci、Salvador Dali、Ilya Yafimovich Repin……; W. William Shakespeare、Voltaire、Victor Hugo、Hans Christian Andersen、Lu Xun……; Socrates、Plato、Aristotle、Karl Marx、Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel、Confucius……; Albert Einstein、Thomas Alva Edison、Maria Sklodowska-Curie、Alfred Bernhard Nobel、Isaac Newton、Mikolaj Kopernik、Stephen William Hawking……; Napoléon Bonaparte、Franklin Delano Roosevelt、Adolf Hitler、Vladimir Ilich Lenin、Sun Yat-sen……; Michael Jordan、Maradona、Pele、Cristiano Ronaldo……; Alan Greenspan、Bill Gates III……)
3. Entries: unlimited
4. The size of the works should be unlimited.
5. The works whether they have been awarded in other contests previously will be accepted. Participators should summit the original works. Photographs, photocopies, etc... will not be accepted.
6. First name, Last name, Address, Email, Telephone number should be written on the revers. Accompanied by the author's entry-form and biography.
7. Technique and medium of works are unlimited. Traditional Chinese Painting, Oil painting, Print, Watercolor or Children’s painting are all acceptable. Black and white or in colors.
8. Deadline for entries is Jury 7, 2010.
9. The works must be original. The authors should have full copyright and be responsible for all the legal responsibilities related to the productions copyright. The Foundation will not be responsible for any damage that may occur during postage and handling.
10. Prizes:
FIRST PRIZE: 4500 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
SECOND PRIZE: 2000 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
THIRD PRIZE: 1000 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
HONOURABLE PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue + Award

GRAND PRIZE: 3500 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
FIRST PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue+ Award
SECOND PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue+ Award
THIRD PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue+ Award
HONOURABLE PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue

PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATION: 500 RMB + Medal + Catalogue
HONOURABLE PRIZE: Medal + Catalogue

11. Some of accepted works will be printed in a brochure, on posters, in the world press or other printed matter for the purpose of publicizing the exhibition. In these cases, any fee for the use of works will not be paid.
12. Remark: the works will not be returned
13. Participation in the contest means the complete acceptance of all the above conditions and agreements with jury's.

14. Address:
Room 341 Building #364 ,Jinqiaoshidai,
Yunjing East Road ,Tongzhou District,
Beijing 101121, CHNA

15.E-MAIL: ,



Category A(1)□ Collection
(2)□ monument、Myth、Moon、Flying、Woman、Marriage、Wine、Fish、Football、Forest、Shopping、Festivals(Christmas Day、Hallowmas、Valentine's Day……)
(3)□ Free
B □ Famous people
C □ Free
English Title

Entrant Name

City Country
Postal Zip/Code Tel

Name and Signature: ______________________________

Monday, January 25, 2010

NCS, USO and The Center of the Intrepid

Hey everyone, I just got back from a trip to San Antonio with a bunch of NCSers. We went to visit with our wounded soldiers at Brooke Medical Center and the rehab facility-The Center of the Intrepid. Please visit my blog and read the lowdown! On this trip was Jeff Keane, Bill Hinds, Rick Kirkman, Milburn Taylor, Rob Harrel, Rob Smith Jr., Ed Steckly and of course, Jeff Bacon. I suggest if it's at all possible for you, to try to get on one of these trips to visit our nations soldiers. It's a trip you'll never forget.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Reuben Judging — ROOM RATES

The room rate at the Holiday Inn are $99 per night. They should be set and ready to go beginning tomorrow (Monday, Jan 25). You will want to call the hotel directly (402-475-4011) and ask for RESERVATIONS and for the $99 rate under the NCS North Central Chapter.
If at that time you get a "huh?" from the desk, THEN ask for Kyle (in Sales). He is the person who made these arrangements.

See you next month!
We may have some great guests, too.

— ME

PS - If anyone should ask, my Zip code is 68512, not 08512. When the NCS posted the mailing address they made a boo-boo.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

They're coming in like crazy!

Hey gang,

Those NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIP entries are really starting to fly in now! If you are submitting, get 'em to me ASAP.
Most are coming in on 8-1/2 x 11" sheets with 3 or 4 strips on a sheet.
We're also starting to get some RSVPs for our judging meeting next month, too.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Reuben Judging — February 19-20

Reuben Judging Meeting

Turn off the stove, feed the cat, kiss your wife bye-bye, and make your way to Lincoln, NE so you can join in the fun and debauchery as we, the voting members of the National Cartoonist Society North Central Chapter, gather to judge our selected category for the 2009 Reuben Awards.

Mark your calendars —

Friday, February 19, 2010:
7:00 p.m. - We will meet in the bar at the Holiday Inn-Downtown, Lincoln, NE. This will be the crux of the evening.

Saturday, February 20, 2010:
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast in the H-Inn restaurant
9:30 a.m. - We’ll move downstairs to the conference room and the judging will begin.
Noon - LUNCH!!! After lunch, a little meeting to discuss the fall meeting, the Toonfest, and anything else that catches our fancy (within reason).

This year we’ve been handed the dubious honor of judging the NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIP category.

The National office would like us to have at least 7 voting members on hand to cast their votes for the best of the best in Newspaper Comic Strips for 2009. Naturally we’d like to have as many members on hand to join in the fun (and pick up the bar tab).

Our treasurer, Paul Fell is twisting the arm of the Downtown Holiday Inn (9th & P Streets, Lincoln). This is the same place were we voted on the Editorial Cartoons, last year. Hopefully all remodeling is done and paid for and they’ve forgotten that we were ever there. (Perhaps they’ve confused us with the Masonic Lodge New Member Initiations & Chili Cook Off.)

Please RSVP with Paul Fell at
Or Mike Edholm at
Paul will be able to give you details as room rates, after hours joints, escort services, etc.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Your pinheaded leader,
Mike Edholm

Holiday Inn Lincoln-Downtown
141 No. 9th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 475-4011
Holiday Inn Downtown Website

Location Map for the Hotel

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

NCS Member:

The NCS Foundation Scholarship Committee would like to request that you post one of the attached pieces of artwork on your web site in order to promote the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.

Our deadline for submissions is February 12, 2010, so your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Phil Pyster, CAE
NCS Offices
341 N. Maitland Avenue, Suite 130
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: 407-647-8839
FAX: 407-629-2502

Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

No time for the holidays...

Sorry for not getting some kind of warm, holiday greetings up on the blog. I've been up to my uvula in work trying to get more pages done for the UNDERCOVER COCKROACH - SECRET AGENT 69 g-novel done. The plan is to have the finished product done for show at the 2010 Comic-Con International. So I'm working my little digits to the bone! Enjoy and lets hope that 2010 is better than 2009.