Saturday, March 3, 2012

Las Vegas and the Reuben Awards and beyond....

Hey gang,

The registration forms for the 2012 Reuben Awards have been hitting mailboxes like the swallows returning to Capistrano and leaving little reminders on the freshly washed cars at Weseloh & Sons Chevrolet on Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. If you haven't received yours, let me know and I'll make sure that you get one. You can, of course, contact the good folks in Maitland, FL and they'll register you online. Let's not bother our dear REALLY BIG LEADER, Tom. He has enough to do to get ready for this shindig.

We're hoping to get a really great turn out from the North Central Chapter. I know this sounds a tad hypocritical coming from me, since I haven't been to a Reubens since Chicago. But hey, I had to wash my hair.... My cat ate the registration form... Wha'?! Yes, I'm registered. Yes I have a room reserved at the Green Valley Resort and Spa (I'll be spending a lot of time in the hot tub or at the bar). And yes, I have my airline tickets (on my favorite airline).

I hope as many of you as possible can make the trip. I know that times are still tight, the economy is improving as we're all told. In fact I heard that the Koch brothers aren't carpooling to work anymore. And there are more cartoon events coming down the pipe.

There's the Comic-Con International in San Diego in July, for those of you brave enough to dare the crowds... Along with the Klingons, the Stormtroopers, HALO troopers, and the Hord from Hollywood, you'll find a few friendly faces from the NCS. Registration has just opened for that.

The Disney Toonfest will be September 13-15 (actually its the 14-15, but the cartoonists arrive early for additional fun).

Sioux Falls, the Xanadu of South Dakota.
The K stands for Ken (Alvine).

And then there's the North Central Chapter's Fall Meeting. This year we'll be in Sioux Falls, SD, October 5-6, 2012. Our host, Ken Alvine, has informed me that there are a lot of surprises and fun for this year's meeting.

Our guest speaker is none other than the Pride of the Beltway, Pulitzer Prize Winning Editorial Cartoonist, Ann Telnaes. Her South Dakota fan club is starting to look like an Occupy Movement. You can find Ann's animation work at the Washington Post in the Opinion section.

Details to follow about hotels, travel info, how to arrange bail in Sioux Falls, etc. Keep an eye on the blog, folks.

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