Friday, January 13, 2012

While you're in Las Vegas...

I received this email from Bill Kellogg, yesterday. He thought some of us might be interested.

Greetings Fellow NCS Members!

Chad and I (Tundra cartoonist & Tundra marketing guy) hosted a seminar in Vegas a year or so ago on how to make money with comics and it went over extremely well. Now, due to popular request, and the fact that it gets really cold in Alaska in February, we're going to do it again.

If you (or anyone you know) would like to learn how to make more money with your comics, join us in Las Vegas this February 24th, 25th & 26th for the 2nd annual Success in the World of Comics seminar. Syndicated cartoonists are welcome too. There will be fourteen speakers over two days, sharing their knowledge on how to make money with comics. Topics include: How to get syndicated, self-syndicating, web comics, producing & marketing products, licensing, animation, building a Facebook following, and much more. There will be social get-togethers each night too with free beer, wine and snacks so you will have plenty of time to talk one-on-one with the speakers and other guests.

This Years’ speakers are:

Chad Carpenter & Bill Kellogg – (Tundra Comics)
Jack Newcombe – (President of Creator’s Syndicate)
Tom Gammill – (The Simpsons)
Mell Lazarus – (Momma and Miss Peach)
Rob Tornoe – (Editorial and Sports cartoonist. Editor and Publisher of Punchline magazine)
Adrian Raeside (The Other Coast, and writer for children’s shows such as Kid vs. Kat)
Mark Parisi & Lynn Reznik – (Off the Mark)
Mason Mastroianni – (B.C. Cartoonist and Emmy Award winning animator)
Mick Mastroianni – (Writer for B.C., Wizard of Id and Dogs of C Kennel)
John Read – (Publisher of Stay Tooned magazine)
Daniele Corsetto - (Girls With Slingshots – web comic)
Debbra Abeyta – (Newspaper pagination with Vertis)

For more details and information, click here:

NCS members can attend for just $300 too. That’s $75 off the regular price. Click here to register:

The seminar will also be covered by Alan Gardner of The Daily Cartoonist. Visit and type “seminar” in the search box to see his write-up from the last seminar and read the comments from the attendees.

For questions or more information, please contact Bill Kellogg at 907-441-6882 or

Thank you,


Bill Kellogg
Marketing Director
Tundra Comics

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Get your reservations in NOW!

Reuben’s Judging Meeting
February 25, 2012
Johnston, IA

The date and venue are set! Mark your calendars and be sure to let either Paul Fell or myself know if you will or won’t be attending so we know whom to look for.

Our destination is The Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa, about 8-miles from downtown Des Moines. The rooms are going for $95 plus tax (thank goodness we’re not in California where the taxes are equal to a mortgage). We don’t have a block so we’re on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get your reservations in SOON!

Call Lynnette Wilson at 515-559-2009 and be sure to mention that you’re with the National Cartoonist Society. You’ll check in the evening of Feb 24 (Friday). If you want to stay Saturday night, too, that’s up to you. The price includes the continental breakfast and use of the pool and workout room if any of you feel the need to work up a sweat.

Hotel Information:
5291 Stoney Creek Court
Johnston, IA 50131

STONEY CREEK INN is just off I-80, Wynnsong Cinema is directly across from the Inn. Restaurants and bars within very short walking distance of Inn.

And remember, while everyone is invited, you MUST be a voting member of the NCS and not entered in the Greeting Card category in order to see the entries and vote on them. See you next month.

February Judging Meeting

We have a slight change of plans ... as it turns out, the weekend of February 18 happens to be the Iowa State Wrestlemania weekend. We're toast! There isn't a hotel room to be had and the ones that are, we wouldn't want and cost more than plastic surgery.

So it's on the Plan B — Bucky is coordinating rooms and rates for the following weekend, February 25. We'll run in on Friday night. Then Saturday morning start the judging. Those who want to stay another night can work that out with Bucky and the hotel. Otherwise, after lunch there may be a small meeting to discuss upcoming Chapter stuff as well as NCS stuff, including the Reubens Award Weekend in Las Vegas.

As details begin to firm up I'll post them on the blog and send you emails. If I miss anybody, my apologizes and please tell them to go to the blog or call (or email) me.

See you soon.
Your fearless leader,

Fall Chapter Meeting

Granted, it's only January, but with a stroke of good luck our Fall Chapter Meeting is starting to come together. Mark your calendars now — October 5-6, 2012, Sioux Falls, SD. Our host, Ken Alvine, is working his fingers to the bone to make this a truly memorable gathering. Details will follow in the coming weeks and months but just to whet your appetite, we already have a block of hotel rooms, we'll have a Meet The Cartoonists/book signing, open to the public, at Zanbroz's. He's working to line up Augustana, and we already have our guest speaker onboard. A giant in the industry.... Want to know who? Stay tuned. :-)

Remember, Saturday, October 5-6 but you may want to arrive early...