Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Caffeine K9

Despite all best efforts to kick the caffeine habit, Jim Horwitz announces Watson Coffee…

We hope it sells well, Jim. Now if you had Watson Beer…

Friday, November 29, 2013

Prayers and support for Stan and Sharon Sakai

I know you all received this email from Tom Richmond and the NCS office (thanks Phil).
Let's pull together and help Stan and Sharon in any way we can.


To all NCS Members,

This is a wonderful time of year for most of us. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that isn't about commercialism, selling toys or candy, or giving presents... it's about the gathering of family and friends to enjoy a meal together and give thanks for the things that are important in life—health, family, community and any other blessings we might be lucky enough to have been granted in the last year.

For some people, the things they are thankful for can seem very distant in the face of the challenges life has placed in their path. As with any group, some of those in our NCS family have had such challenges to contend with this year, but there is one couple who are in particularly great need that I want to make you aware of.

Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon are beloved figures in the cartooning and comic book world. Stan's three decades of work on Usagi Yojimbo are examples of the triumph of great talent, great storytelling and creator-owned comics. Sharon has been a fixture at Comic-Cons and both are great supporters of the cartooning industry. Sharon's health has been devastated by cancer and the extent and costs of her care have placed great hardship on the Sakais. Some background from Stan:

"A bit of background with what this is all about: In 2004, Sharon woke up one morning and said, “I can’t hear anything out of my left ear.” It was traced back to a meningioma brain tumor. It is benign, but large and inoperable. There was no hope of it getting smaller. The most we could hope for was that it would not grow larger. She underwent radiation therapy, and that seemed to control it. She went in for regular MRIs, and no growth was detected.

However, it started growing in 2010, and very aggressively. She has facial paralysis on the left side (everything happens on the left side). The paralysis includes her throat, vocal chords, and it has even deteriorated her neck bones. She had lost almost 40% of her body weight in a year. She is undergoing chemotherapy. Doctors don’t see any end in sight for this. There are complications because of the tumor, medications, or just coincidence–diabetes, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, compromised immune system. She has a tracheostomy tube for breathing and a G-tube connected to her stomach for a liquid diet. She can take nothing through her mouth. She is bed-bound, but we try to give her daily physical therapy–walking a couple hundred feet with a walker and/or sitting in a wheelchair.

She had been in the hospital and nurse care from April to September, but we are glad she is home. She requires 24 hour care, so daughter Hannah and her family moved in with us. This includes 18 month old grandson Leo, and another grandchild due in February/early March.

A lot of you do know Sharon, as she had been a fixture at my booth at San Diego and many other conventions. Thank you all for your help, good thoughts, and prayers."

CAPS, the Cartoon Art Professional Society, is conducting an ongoing auction of original art to benefit the Sakais in their need. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Stan & Sharon to help pay their ongoing medical expenses. Please visit this page to find out how you can donate original artwork to help these wonderful people:

You can also donate directly via a PayPal account, the link to which is also on that page linked above (as of the writing on this, overwhelming response has temporarily shut down the PayPal link... if it's not working please return later if you want to donate).

Please consider giving at this time of Thanksgiving to help one of our extended family through some truly trying times.


National Cartoonists Society

Eric Henson's Blogfolio also offered this link:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Stan & Pauline UPDATE (re. Mike Lynch)


Stan is out of the ICU. Both he and Pauline are doing better and had a chance to sit together on Friday. Stan is in a back brace from his waist to his neck. Pauline had surgery to repair the broken bones in her arms and leg.

It looks as though they will be at the hospital for at least a few more days before going on to therapy.

Flowers were delivered from the NCS today. I know there are more on the way.

You can send cards to them care of the hospital. I am sure they will be thrilled to receive them:

North Shore University Hospital
300 Community Dr, Manhasset, NY 11030

They are not up to visitors as of now.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Stan and Pauline Goldberg in car accident...

Sending good wishes and prayers for our beloved friends, Stan & Pauline Goldberg. Received a Facebook post from Mike Lynch saying that on Tuesday night, Stan and Pauline were involved in a bad auto accident after returning home from the OSU Festival of Cartoon Art. Thankfully they're both alive but not in the best of shape: Pauline broke both arms and a leg while Stan suffered a fractured vertebrae.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the family.
Get well soon, you two. We love and miss you.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


A statue has been erected to remember Bil Keane, creator of FAMILY CIRCUS.

Electing New Officers


As was mentioned at the Fall Meeting, Paul and I are stepping down from our posts and letting you nominate candidates for the posts of Chair and Treasurer of the North Central Chapter. For those thinking about throwing their hat into the ring, we thought you'd be interested in what some, if not all, of those duties entail.

Once the two new officers have been selected from an election, that we'll be putting together once nominations have been submitted, Paul and I will, out of the kindness of our hearts, be available to address questions from time to time.

If you think you have what it takes (and it ain't much) to be the next Chair or Treasurer of the North Central Chapter, submit your name to myself and/or Paul. We'll put the list together. Nominations will be accepted now until December 1, 2013.

Organize chapter meetings
Fall meeting
Reuben Judging meeting
Miscellaneous meetings and events as they occur
Participates in the chapter chairs meeting at the Reubens
If unable to attend, appoint a stand in who will report back to the chair
Write Chapter Happenings for The Cartoon!st magazine
Keep chapter membership roster current and report to NCS/Crow-Segal
Necessary for the annual reimbursement from NCS
Reports to NCS on chapter events
Go-between for chapter and the NCS

Keep track of expenses
Collect money at events
Make sure that the reimbursement from NCS is collected
Pay the bills
Maintain the checkbook; keep a balance
Report on finances at chapter meeting

— ME

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Photos from the Fall Meeting

Check out this link to find the photos I took at the Fall Meeting in Sioux Falls.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Passing of the Torch...

Paul Fell and I have had the honor and pleasure of being Treasurer and Chair of the North Central Chapter for the past 4 years (give or take). After some soul-searching, we both decided that its time to move on and let others take a turn at directing the Chapter. In the coming weeks we will be sending information about nominations and elections for the two offices. We intend to announce new officers by the end of the year.

We each wrote a brief note to the membership. We thank you for being the best damn Chapter in the NCS. You make the North Central what it is.

Mike and I have decided to step aside as NCS N. Central Chapter Chair and Treasurer.

Mike is finishing a term of some 4 years as Chapter Chair. I have served as Treasurer for the same amount of time and was Chapter Chair for about 10 years before that.

Now it’s time to turn over the reins to new leadership. Both of us hope that some of you will step up to the plate and continue to maintain the North Central Chapter at the top of the NCS list when it comes to active, well-organized local chapters.

As you know, we are at a geographical disadvantage over other chapters in more populous areas. However, we seem to always be at the head of the class when it comes to chapter activities, organization, and willingness to pitch in when asked by the NCS Board.

We look forward to a new leadership team and hope that the North Central will continue as the premier local chapter in the National Cartoonists Society.

Paul Fell

As with most non-dictatorial positions, all administrations have a time span to them. The North Central Chapter has never really set one but in good conscience, it occurs to Paul Fell and myself that reason dictates that we would eventually hand the reins over to another chapter chair and treasurer. That time has come. At the Fall 2013 meeting, we announced our intention to call for nominations to elect a new chair and treasurer. The nominations will be open until the end of the year at which time we will select from the nominations your next chair and treasurer who will take over at the beginning of 2014. Their first official duties will take place at the Reuben Judging meeting.

The past four years (or whatever it’s been) have been a very sweet ride for me. I hope it will be for the next chair, as I’m sure Paul hopes it will be for the next treasurer.

My sincere thanks,
Mike Edholm

Friday, September 27, 2013


Here’s how this session will work:

1. It’s strictly voluntary, not mandatory.

2. We’d like members to bring samples of new or unusual projects that the rest of us don’t normally associate with what they do.

3. Everyone will sit around in an informal group setting.

4. Presenters will have 5 minutes to talk about their project or feature and pass around a few samples to the rest of the group.

5. We’ll then allow a few minutes for questions from the group and then move on to the next person.

6. Presentations might run longer than 5 minutes if we have a small group of presenters. If we have more than six (6) of you who wish to show and tell, then we are going to really have to stick to that time limit.

7. Bring samples that can be handed around to the group.

8. No Powerpoint or Keynote slide shows, please. If everyone had electronic presentations, it would take up too much time setting up for each person.


Just a side note: If you have things (books, collectibles, artwork, etc.) that you'd like to donate to the raffle, please bring it/them along.

Monday, September 23, 2013

North Central Fall Chapter Meeting — a few last minute reminders

Just got back from the 2013 Disney Toonfest. It was fantastic!

But now it's time to really gear up and get ready for the Fall Chapter Meeting. It's right around the corner. Are you ready?

Ken sent me a list of a few last-minute reminders...

1. Registration will begin at 10:00 am Saturday morning at Country Inn & Suites. (Meeting schedule given out at this time)
2. Registration fee 25.00 per person (Includes both Saturday lunch and dinner).
3. 15.00 for each meal if not attending both meals. Must attend dinner to attend Saturday evening program. If anyone is not planning to stay for the Saturday night dinner please let me know ASAP ( for planning the meal).
4. Bring along samples of current projects presently working on.. if would like to participate in Show & Tell for afternoon program.
5. Send to Paul Fell or bring along 81/2 "x 11" Hagar Anniversary art for Chris.
6. Would like some cartoon art or cartoon items for the annual raffle.
7. Let Ken know if you are selling a book at Zandbroz. He wants to mention cartoonists names to the media.

Monday, September 16, 2013


In case you're wondering the cut-off for the discount rate at the hotel in Sioux Falls is TODAY!!!

The NCS North Central Chapter Fall Meeting is right around the corner. Call now and get your reservation in before the end of the business day or you'll have to 1.) pay the higher, regular rate, or 2.) sleep in your car.

Date: October 5 (Saturday)
Meeting place: Sioux Falls, SD
Venue/lodgings: Country Inn & Suites, Downtown Sioux Falls, East 8th Street
Phone: 605-373-0153
*When you book your reservation, be sure to mention the NATIONAL CARTOONIST SOCIETY.

Room rate: $99 per night (double; queen beds), Friday (Oct 4) and Saturday (Oct 5) night
Complimentary breakfast is included.

Cut off for the room rate is September 16th so be sure to get your reservations EARLY!

If you are coming and we don't know about it, please contact me via email or on my cell (402-429-3888) so we can get an accurate head count. If you've already contacted me or Ken Alvine, don't worry about it. We have you on the list. If you're not sure (and we all go through that as we get older), be sure... call or email. :-)

Ken has made a few minor changes to the schedule that will make the weekend even more special:
1. Saturday evening after the Library workshop, we will all hop on the Trolley and go to the Sioux Falls Overlook Café for dinner and the evening program. Enjoy the Falls, great food and listen to Paul Fell's inspiring presentation.

2. For those who want to sell books at Zandbroz Saturday afternoon (like TODAY), please let me know by the middle of the month at the latest. Bring your books with you and a sign with your name that can be placed in front of you.
Contact: Ken Alvine

See you in Sioux Falls!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Salute to Hägar The Horrible... (for the Fall meeting)

Attention NCS N. Central Chapter Members:

As you know, this is the 40th anniversary of the creation of “Hägar The Horrible”. “Hägar” was he dream child of the great Dik Browne, and capably carried on today by his son, Chris.

Our chapter wanted to do something to honor Chris Browne for all these years of “Hägar”. Our plan is to recognize him for all his work the evening of Saturday, October 5 at our chapter gathering in Sioux Falls.

We propose that each chapter member create a cartoon tribute to “Hägar” and Chris that we could present to him that evening. We need to have each cartoon be no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 so that we could put them together in an album for presentation.

We hope that each of you will create something in your own unique style, either in color or in black and white. Chris and his wife Carroll have gone out of their way to extend outstanding hospitality to our group whenever we’ve met in Sioux Falls and this will be our way of saying, “thank you” and “congratulations”.

If you are unable to make it to our Sioux Falls gathering, please mail your Chris/Hägar cartoon to me at:

Paul Fell
3215 Jamestown Lane
Lincoln, NE 68516

We head for Sioux Falls on Friday, Oct. 4, so cartoons need to arrive in the Thursday mail. If you are coming to Sioux Falls and want to bring the artwork with you, let me know so I won’t be getting all paranoid as the deadline approaches.

FALL 2013 NCS North Central Chapter Meeting (the details)

Okay gang. The details have been hammered out and we're ready to go. Now all we need is for you to come join in the action.

Date: October 5 (Saturday)
Meeting place: Sioux Falls, SD
Venue/lodgings: Country Inn & Suites, Downtown Sioux Falls, East 8th Street
Phone: 605-373-0153
*When you book your reservation, be sure to mention the NATIONAL CARTOONIST SOCIETY.

Room rate: $99 per night (double; queen beds), Friday (Oct 4) and Saturday (Oct 5) night
Complimentary breakfast is included.

Cut off for the room rate is September 16th so be sure to get your reservations EARLY!

We are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Härgar The Horrible!

Meeting agenda: For those who arrive early Saturday morning, please take the opportunity to enjoy downtown Sioux Falls (including the falls) or take the River Walk, the Old Courthouse Museum, and Washington Pavilion.
We are asking for a $25 registration fee (per person) to cover lunch and dinner.

Saturday, 12:00 pm: We'll meet at Minerva's Restaurant.
We at there last year and everybody was really impressed. Great food, (I can vouch for the coffee...fantastic!) and a wonderful atmosphere.

1:00 - 2:45 pm: Zandbroz Variety and Bookstore.
There will be a book signing and autograph session. If you have books to sell, please let Ken Alvine at or on his mobile 605-310-0780 (keep it short). He will make the arrangements with Zandbroz.
Also, please email (Ken) a piece of your cartoon art. He will make copies for you to autograph for the public.

3:00 - 5:00 pm: Workshop and presenters at the Sioux Falls Public Library (walking distance).
This will be a show & tell discussion by our Chapter members. Chapter members please bring some of your work to share and talk about with other cartoonists. Guest speaker will include Jim Horwitz will present his work.

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Social hour. Please don't get arrested or do that thing that Paul Fell did last year. It was so embarrassing...

6:30 pm: Dinner and the evening program.
Dinner will be catered at the hotel.

There will be our North Central Raffle. If you can spare it, please bring books, cartoons, whatever you think might be of interest to our fellow pigeons, er, members.
All proceeds will go to the North Central war chest for future activities (and not to Bucky's new boat payments).

After dinner, Paul Fell will talk about the NCS/USO program.

Look forward to seeing you in Sioux Falls.

— ME

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NCS North Central FALL CHAPTER MEETING Update!!!

So nobody starts having conniptions, the meeting WILL NOT be in Iowa. The plans are being finalized as you read this post.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 in SIOUX FALLS, SD (If it sounds familiar, it's because they love us in Sioux Falls.)

Theme: We'll be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of HAGAR, THE HORRIBLE, with a special program featuring Chris Browne, cartoonist of Hägar.

Hotel and program details will follow shortly (early next week at the latest). I understand that the room rate cut off is mid-September. So get ready.

Mark your calendar now, gang.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


I know that you are waiting patiently for details on our Fall Chapter meeting. The details will be forthcoming, but we have had some technical difficulties, as they say. A kerfuffle with our Okoboji venue has forced us to take Okoboji off the table.

Dave Carpenter and Ken Alvine are scrambling around looking for a suitable location for us. They're doing a terrific job despite the technical difficulties I glossed over.

We should have the information you seek very soon. Keep an eye on the Chapter blog or the Chapter Facebook page. In the meantime, does anybody know any good camp songs.... (That's what they used to use at camp when the children were getting restless.)

We WILL be meeting in October and we're aiming for a date within the first two weeks. Hope that helps a little.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Making your holiday plans?

If so and should you find yourself (or yourselves) near New York, Ed Steckley has a special invitation for our NCS members.

All NCS chapter members are cordially invited to our NYC Chapter Holiday Party. Check the NYC Chapter blog for more information.

Contact Ed Steckley for details, date, times, etc.

Happy Holidays, a bit early.

Your flocked leader,

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Don't start "inking" your calendar for the Fall Meeting just yet, boys & girls.
We seem to be running into a conflict with the Okoboji Scheduling Committee. Something about a major soccer tournament the weekend of October 12 and all the rooms at the Arrowwood have been booked.
And they wonder why they have so many fights at soccer matches...
We'll get back to you with a possible rescheduling date just as soon as Dave beats the heck out of a couple of those soccer officials.

Stand by.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Post from one of our members...

From our fellow North Central member, Cedric Hohnstadt

I've recently launched a project on Kickstarter for artists who work in storytelling mediums like animation, comics and illustration. It's called the Pose Drawing Sparkbook and it's a "super-charged" sketchbook designed to help artists practice putting more life and personality into their drawings. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. You can watch a short video or read more about the project here:

To promote the project I'm also giving away a free download of 100 sketchbook ideas, no strings attached:

I think the Sparkbook has the potential to be a very helpful resource for a lot of artists. If you like what I'm doing with the project would you consider helping me spread the word? The Kickstarter campaign ends Aug. 22 so anything you can do between now and then would be deeply appreciated.

Thanks very much for your time. If you have any questions please feel free to email me ( or call my cell (952-412-7686).

Cedric Hohnstadt

Thursday, August 8, 2013


As you may, or may not, know this year's OHIO STATE FESTIVAL OF CARTOON ART will be very special — the Grand Opening of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

If you've been before then you already know how incredible the Ohio State Festival is. If you've never been, this is one of the biggest, best events that is celebrated once every three years. You don't know what you're missing until you go!

All the details are located on the Ohio State Festival website (click on the link, above). If you can possibly go, I encourage you to do so. You'll be so glad you did!

Sioux Falls hits the BIG TIME!

One of our favorite towns for Chapter meetings was featured on NPR's Morning Edition today. They should have had our Sioux Falls members on the show, too. :-)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


It's that time again — our fall cartoon activities are starting to close in on us and I know you're wondering when is Toonfest, when is the Fall Chapter meeting, and what else is happening?

I'll have more details as they arise but let's get the ball rolling with the basics.


The Disney Hometown Toonfest will be, as it always is, the THIRD WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER. Mark your calendar!
This year it's the weekend of September 20-21. We, the cartoonists, will be arriving on Thursday, Sept 19 for the cookout, hayrack ride, and meet-n-greet. All the activities start on Friday with the presentations to the high school students from around the area.

This year’s speakers will be animator and character designer Stephen Silver, Sandra Bell Lundy (“Among Friends”), and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonists Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker, who also partner on the successful new strip “Dustin”.

As you know, North Central has a strong participation with the Toonfest. As in past years we approach our membership to contribute 2 or 3 pieces of their cartoon art for the Toonfest Art Show. To make things easier we ask the membership to send electronic files (JPEG or PDF in the 300 dpi or better range) that we'll print off, mount, and exhibit during the Toonfest. I hope you'll send samples of your work and give the North Central Chapter as good a showing as we had last year. Send the files to Paul Fell,, or to me, We'll make sure that they get mounted and hung. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Paul ASAP. If you prefer to send originals, to make a really top-drawer impression, please mail them to the Toonfest office no later than September 6. They will be mailed back to you at no charge by the Toonfest folks.

Disney Toonfest Office
207 N. Main Street USA
Marceline, MO 64658

Got questions? Please contact Paul Fell at his email:


The NCS North Central Chapter's Fall Meeting will be held in Okoboji, Iowa the weekend of October 11-12. Dave Carpenter is putting the program together and promises to "really deliver" this year. Remember how terrific last year's meeting was? We're counting on you, Dave.

Anyway, more details will be available soon. Keep an eye on the blog or our Chapter Facebook Page. I will, of course, send out and email blast to the membership.


Kenosha Cartoon Show (Kenosha, WI)
This year's KCS will be a one-day affair on Saturday, November 2 featuring Tom Richmond, NCS President (but not for much longer) and one of MAD Magazine's Usual Gang of Idiots.

10:30-12:00 - this may turn into 11:00-12:00 if the museum director advises it......

Caricature Class for Kids aged 13-18 Location: Kenosha Public Museum

Lunch Break

12:30-2:00 Presentation by Tom Richmond Location: KPM

Break – walk to Art Works Art Supply shop and Gallery

2:30-4:00 Caricature and Freelance Masterclass for aspiring professionals. Taught by Tom Richmond – max 20 students


4:15-6:00 Portfolio Review with Tom Richmond (illustration) or John Hambrock (Comic Strip, Cartooning) –max 6 reviews per artist

Dinner Break

6:30-9:00 Meet and Greet Reception

There will be down time for any out of town cartoonists who aren't taking the class so I will be offering the opportunity to hang out at John's studio at that time - I'll be serving food so I'm going to make it a "kickstarter" type perk.


This is the year that Ohio State will christen the brand new Billy Ireland Library of Cartoon Art on the OSU campus. The Ohio State Festival of Cartoon Art is planned for November. More on that soon.

Hot new stuff from Todd Schowalter Productions

After a long ago expired option with Cartoon Network, Todd Schowalter is reviving and self producing Danny's Dream Machine as a web series. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cedric's Kickstarter: Pose Drawing SparkBook

I've recently launched my first Kickstarter project, the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. It's a new tool to help artists put more life into their poses.

It seems to be getting a very positive response. In the first 48 hours I raised $3,000 (1/3 of my goal), the project has been featured in the "Popular" section of Kickstarter's "Publishing" category, and has had over 800 likes on Tumblr.

To promote the project I'm giving away a free download of 100 sketchbook ideas. No strings attached.

 As you may know, Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. The project only happens if I meet my goal. So if you like the project, please spread the word to your friends. The more people that know about it, the more likely I can make this thing happen.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Michael Jantze's 'Knocked Out Loaded' graphic novel coming soon

A new chapter in Michael Jantze's 'The Norm' will be available soon as a graphic novel. 'Knocked Out Loaded' was originally published in 2007 to five days a week as a color daily strip. Written as a long-form story using short-form techniques, the story is 80% complete and will be fully completed soon thanks to a successful (and ongoing) Indegogo campaign set to end on August 1, 2013. Michael is a vocal and passionate advocate of storytelling and cartooning - please spread the word about this exciting endeavor to help the project reach its exciting stretch-goals. Cheers!

Monday, July 8, 2013

NCS at Comic-Con International 2013 — Reserve your spot today!

Hello NCS Member!

The National Cartoonists Society will once again have a booth set up at the San Diego Comic Con this year, July 18th-21st at the San Diego Convention Center. As always, any member in good standing who will be attending SDCC is welcome to come by the booth to set up and do some sketches, sell some books and original art, or just to chat up the passers-by and promote their latest project. We have an excellent location and a big, eye-catching booth in spaces 1307-1309.

As nice as the booth is, it's a little tight in there if too many members come by at the same time, or stay too long. We can only accommodate a few cartoonists at a time. Some members have come by only to find there is no room for them, and other times the booth is mostly deserted. One common problem is that someone commandeers an area and squats there for the entire weekend, spreading their wares out and leaving them there even when they leave for breaks. It's been obvious we need a more structured approach to this.

We are going to stick to a strict sign up and assigned seat schedule this year. The layout of the booth is attached. Spots are available for reservations on the following schedule:

Wed (Preview Night):

Hours not posted yet, but assume one shift for each chair

Thurs, Fri and Sat:




These two hour blocks will be assigned to different cartoonists on a first come-first served basis. You tell us what times you want and we will assign you a seat. Initially you will only be allowed one 2 hour block per day, but at the SDCC you can sign up for additional open times (if any) at the beginning of the day. We will be moving you around if you do more than one shift for the event so everybody gets time in different areas of the booth. I'd recommend bringing some kind of nameplate or sign for when you are set up. You will be expected to pack up and vacate your seat for the next artist at the end of your time block. Also please note your table area and don't bring so much stuff that you will spill over into another's area. We cannot store things overnight for you. We have plenty of blocks of time available, so I am sure those who want more than one shift a day will be able to get additional ones when the day comes.

As usual, Phil will process sales for you and the NCS will take a 10% cut to help with our booth expenses.

Please email me at (as opposed to just replying to this email) with any times you want to reserve at your earliest convenience, and I'll lock you into a spot.

Thanks for understanding about the more structured way of doing things. It will make the experience a lot more relaxed and should allow for more members to appear at the booth knowing they have a seat at the times they are scheduled.


Tom Richmond
President, National Cartoonists Society

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Congratulations to this year's Reuben Winners!!!

A big congratulations to the 67th Annual Reuben Award winners at Saturday night's ceremonies:

Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year goes to (a tie) Rick Kirkman and Brian Crane. Great job, fellas.

Also, in their respective categories, congratulations to:


Rich Webber, Director, Aardman Animation Studios, “DC Nation”


Joann Sfar, Director, “The Rabbi’s Cat”


Dave Whamond


Roz Chast


Jem Sullivan


Brian Basset “Red and Rover”


Hilary Price “Rhymes with Orange”


Anton Emdin


John Rocco- Blackout


Jen Sorenson


Ed Steckley


Bernie Wrightson “Frankenstein Alive, Alive!”


Chris Ware- “Building Stories”


Graham Harrop “Ten Cats”


Vince Dorse “Untold Tales of Bigfoot”

My only regret is that I wasn't able to be there for all the fun. But I am feeling better now. See you next year, gang!

— ME

Friday, May 17, 2013

At the Reuben's...

I just received word that the Goodie Bag stuffing will take place on Thursday, May 23 at 2:00 pm at The Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone: 412-281-7100 in the Franklin & Greene room.

I'm looking for all North Central attendees to lend a hand. Last year our own John Hambrock was a "machine" when it came to sortin' 'n stackin' of the bags. So I'm hoping he and Anne will be there to lend a hand, once again. :-)

See you next week, Tooners!

Your beheaded leader,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SpringCon Comic Book Carnival, May 18-19

If you haven't heard about it yet, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds will be the place to be this weekend, May 18-19, 10a-5p (both days).
Our own Jim Horwitz will be there and is wondering if any other North Central Members will be in attendance. If you are planning on attending, please let Jim know.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What makes and editorial cartoon and editorial cartoon? — Ann Telnaes

Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist at the Washington Post, posted a wonderful piece on her website this morning. My friends, this is well worth reading. Is your syndicate doing this to you? Are they asking you to participate in this kind of action that lowers the bar for serious editorial cartoonists everywhere? If so, you have to ask yourself if you want to add to the further decay of the editorial cartoon industry (although given how its been treated over the past several years, it's less and industry and more like a mom 'n pop store).

Your fretless leader,

Comic Con International Awards

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Congress speaks!

Congress sides with the NRA rather than the victims of gun violence.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy 75!

Happy Birthday to the Man of Steel! Superman is 75 today. Three cheers!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Congratulations to STEVE SACK, Minneapolis Star Tribune!!

This year's Pulitzer winner for Editorial Cartooning. Well done, Steve!

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Disney Legend leaves us

When I was a kid, I was in LOVE with Annette Funicello... along with every other boy in my age group. Rest well my "first love."

Actress Annette Funicello, longtime Disney and "Beach Party" star, died Monday at age 70 in Bakersfield, California, according to the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases Inc. and the Official Disney Fan Club.

She died from complications of multiple sclerosis, according to a statement from her research fund.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Remembering MAD Illustrator Bob Clarke

Bob Clarke, (Jan 25, 1926 - Mar 31, 2013; 87 years) was an illustrator whose work appeared in MAD Magazine since the time when Harvey Kurtzman left MAD. He created the label of the Cutty Sark scotch bottle. At the youthful age of 15 he was an uncredited assistant on the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" newspaper comic.
He will be deeply missed.

Pittsburgh, here we come!

I'm packin' my bags. Leaving next month. Gonna have a GOOOOD time! Meet me in the town where the 3 rivers meet, baby.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

APRIL 6 update!

We're a little (and I do mean a little) more than a week away from our Not-Voting Weekendless Meeting.
April 6th. Plan to meet at the Upstream Brewery in the Old Market, Omaha. We've been there enough times to warrant warrants. 514 South 11th Street, Omaha, NE 68102.
They're expecting us at 12:00 noon until ? We'll be upstairs. TJ, the manager, has everything set for us.
The reservation is under my name, Mike Edholm, National Cartoonist Society.

See you there.


Looking for a place to stay? Try the COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT. (Click on the name for the web link) We've stayed there before. As we don't have a humongous bunch coming in, we don't have a special rate. Though you might call the reservation desk and ask nicely. Remind them that the North Central Chapter of the NCS has been with them before (in larger numbers) and will be again. And whatever they can do would be most appreciated.

Courtyard Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area
101 South 10th Street · Omaha, NE 68102 USA

Room options are here: ROOMS

Friday, March 22, 2013

NCS and Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Did everybody see this?

Encouraging kids of any age to discover and read comics has no downside, and to that end there is a wonderful annual event called Free Comic Book Day that happens in comic book specialty shops across North America and worldwide. Held the first Saturday in May each year, the premise is simple: any customer can walk into a comic shop and receive a free comic book!

Now in its 12th year, the folks who run Free Comic Book Day and the NCS are joining forces to help promote comic books as a gateway to fun reading and literacy. Many of you may already attend FCBD as a guest for signings, or personally in supporting your local shop. This promotion is a great thing not just for comic books and their publishers, but for the entire cartooning industry.

We’d like to ask members to promote comic books and FCBD on the day or days leading up to the event this year, which is Saturday, May 4, 2013, in their strips and comics. Whether it’s a mention is your daily, promotion of the event in your comic publication, or reaching out to fans and readers on your website or through social media, this is a fantastic program to encourage readers young and old to stop in their local comic book shop, get a free comic book and see what the world of comics and cartooning has to offer and interest them.

The FCBD folks also encourage members to contact their local comic book shop directly and inquire about setting up a book signing or personal appearance there. To find shops near you, visit

Since its inception, more than 27 million free comic books have been distributed to almost 8 million FCBD attendees. Last year, more than 3.5 million comics were given out, and the event generated over $1.8 million in free publicity for the event, comic books, and comic book shops. For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Room at the inn is running out!!!

If you're planning on going to the Reuben Awards but are waiting until the last minute to get your hotel reservations in, heed the words of Ken Alvine. He just called to let me know that rooms are the Penn Omni are running short. He was booking a double but could get it for only two nights and then had to move to a king.

...and we'll see you in Pittsburgh. :-)

Your fretless leader,

The 67th Annual Reuben Award Weekend is coming up fast, May 24th-26th at the historic Omni William Penn in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. The official Rueben brochures are being printed and mail as I speak... uh... type, but if you want to get a jump on booking your room, here is a link to a custom reservation page to do so:

Our room rate is $155 per night, another fantastically cheap rate for a AAA Four-Diamond luxury property. That rate is good for three days per and post Reubens, so if you want to make a vacation out of it and see more of Pittsburgh's fantastic museums, sights and entertainment, take advantage of that special deal. Make sure you also sign up for the Omni Select program, which will instantly get you perks like complimentary wifi, morning beverage service, pressing, shoe shine, newspaper, express check in/out, etc. It's FREE! Also—just a hint—we just might be staying at another Omni hotel at very near future Reubens, so those room nights will add up quickly for free nights.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Stories for THE CARTOON!ST

If you have some fun, exciting, boring, whatever, going on in your cartooning life and want me to include it in the Chapter posting for The Cartoon!st, get it to me right away. Our piece is due this FRIDAY (March 1).

Also, don't forget we're gathering in Omaha at the Upstream Brewery & Restaurant on April 6. AND, if you haven't made your reservations for the Reuben's, I'd get on it if I were you. :-)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Interview with Jim Horwitz...

Chapter member Jim Horwitz was recently interviewed on TALL TALE RADIO with Tom Racine.
Part 1 goes up today (Monday, Feb 25) and follows with Part 2 on Wednesday (Feb 27).
Here's the link to the GoComics where the interview is located.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

2012 Reuben Nominees!

2012 Reuben Noms

The National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for "Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year" is arguably the top honor a professional cartoonist can receive. The NCS first gave out the honor in 1946 to Milton Caniff, and in the 67 intervening years some of the greatest cartoonists in the history of the art form have received "The Reuben" (with the exception of a stumble last year, when they gave it to this clown.) This year's nominees for the 2012 Reuben Award for “Cartoonist of the Year” were just announced by the NCS. They are:
  • Brian Crane

  • Rick Kirkman

  • Stephan Pastis

From the NCS Website:
Brian Crane is the creator of Pickles, a daily comic strip syndicated by the Washington Post Writer’s Group. Soon after Pickles’ debut in 1990, Brian “retired” as an art director for an advertising agency in Reno, Nevada, to devote his full attention to his comic strip. Although he often used cartoon figures in ads he designed, Pickles is his first syndicated comic strip. In 1995 and 2001, Pickles was nominated for Best Newspaper Comic Strip by the National Cartoonists Society, winning the coveted award in 2001. Pickles has topped comics polls across the nation again and again, and it appears in over 800 newspapers around the world. Brian lives near Reno with his wife, Diana. He’s the proud father of seven and grandfather of 11. This is his third nomination for the Reuben. Visit the Pickles website.
Rick Kirkman is the co-creator of the daily comic strip, Baby Blues, syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Prior to Baby Blues, Rick was a freelance humorous illustrator for national advertising and magazine clients. He and partner Jerry Scott initially based Baby Blues on Rick’s family. Creators Syndicate released the strip January 7, 1990. It now has 1200 newspaper clients in over 900 cities worldwide. The strip has been published in over 30 anthologies in the U.S., and many more in other languages, and became a TV series on the WB network. Baby Blues won Best Newspaper Comic Strip from the National Cartoonists Society in 1995. Rick lives with his wife, Sukey, in Arizona with a bunch of cats and dogs, and the kids are grown and having adventures of their own. You can visit the Baby Blues website here.
Stephan Pastis is the creator of the daily comic strip Pearls Before Swine, syndicated by Universal Uclick. Stephan practiced law in the San Fransisco Bay area before following his love of cartooning and eventually seeing syndication with Pearls. Launched in newspapers beginning December 31, 2001, the daily strip currently appears in 650 newspapers worldwide. The National Cartoonists Society awarded Pearls Before Swine the Best Newspaper Comic Strip in 2003 and in 2006. Stephan also recently released an interactive app called Only the Pearls. Stephan lives in northern California with his wife Staci and their two children. This is his fifth nomination for the Reuben award. Visit Stephan’s blog and the Pearls Before Swine website. The official ballots have been issued to all full members of the National Cartoonists Society for voting to determine the winner.
Congratulations to the nominees! The winner of the 2012 “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” will be announced on May 25th at the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner in Pittsburgh, PA.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Bill Whitehead's FREERANGE Facebook page is now available. Check it out!

NCS membership slippages

Good morning gang,

While trying to get the details of our membership roster up-to-date with those fine folks at Crow-Segal, we've discovered that a few members have chosen to drop out while others have neglected to pay their dues.

If you should decide that the NCS is no longer where you want to be, and for the life of me I can't imagine why that would be, PLEASE let me know. No, I won't try to strong-arm you into staying... I have Paul Fell to do that. (He'll whine you to death.) Also, PLEASE, OH PLEASE get those dues paid up. As our chapter funds are closely tied into the dues that are paid to the NCS, if you don't pay, we, the chapter, suffer financially. So help us out and stay in touch.

Remember, the North Central Facebook page is always open for business. Feel free to post a note, video, or photo/artwork. Please keep it clean though. Facebook don't like that kind of stuff and I'll have to explain what the dirty words mean to Fell. Ugh!


PS — And speaking of April 6, if you have somebody that you think might be a good NCS or North Central Chapter member, this is a great opportunity to throw them in the deep end of the pool ... er, to bring them along and meet the group. If they're interested in being a cartoonist and have some samples, encourage them to bring a few pieces for use to rip to shreds.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pure Cupidity

A drawing I did for my girls' school Valentine's Day celebrations. Happy Valentine's Day all you lovebirds. XXOO -K

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Stand by for NEWS... Fall Meeting

News about our Fall Meeting. I'll have some early info for you very soon. Some of you may have heard that we'll be meeting in the Midwest this year. True! Our hosts will be Ken Alvine and Dave Carpenter. Again, true! That the venue will be near water. That's three-out-of-three.

We'll need you, the membership (both NCS and our Chapter members, and you know who you are) to pack up a few samples of your work for a show. No originals. So please tell your spouse now so he/she can start nagging you to get your work in the mail. I'll have the address, contact, etc. shortly.

If you enjoyed last year's meeting in Sioux Falls, you're gonna LOVE this one!!!

Your retread leader,

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Got nothin' to do the evening of Friday, February 22?

Toons & Brews with Jeff Koterba

Friday, February 22
Open to the Public · By Benson Theatre
Friday, February 22, 2013
7:00 pm
The Pizza Shoppe Collective
6056 Maple Street
Omaha, NE

Join the Benson Theatre Project for Toons & Brews with artist Jeff Koterba and New Belgium Brewing on Friday, Feb. 22! A cartoon exhibit of Koterba’s recent work will open at 7:00 p.m. in the Pizza Shoppe Collective with a talk by Jeff at 8:00 p.m. A New Belgium beer tasting with food from the Pizza Shoppe will run throughout the night, and the historic Benson Theatre will be open next door for tours.

Jeff Koterba is an award-winning cartoonist for the Omaha World Herald, and his work is syndicated to over 400 newspapers nationwide. His cartoons have appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and on CNN, and have been collected by Oprah and Warren Buffett. In 2010, two of his original drawings traveled aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

His memoir Inklings was called “a powerful and moving portrait of an artist” by Entertainment Weekly and was named a Chicago Tribune favorite nonfiction book of 2009. In 2012, Jeff was featured in the documentary Voluntary Gestures, a film that explores the connections between Tourette syndrome and creativity.

Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit the Benson Theatre Project.
Visit to purchase tickets.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

April 6!!!

For those of you who missed my email blast this morning, Commander Fell and I had lunch (salad) yesterday and were pondering a few notions —

As we are NOT judging for a Reuben's category this year (too many chapters, too few categories) we thought it might be nice to give those of [us] who are missing the annual late winter/early spring fellowship by having a Nothing Too Serious Gathering of the Chapter. ALL are invited!!!

We looked at our calendars and thought April 6 might be a fine time. Location: Omaha. Venue: The Upstream Brewery (as they've been so darn good to us in the past).

This would be an excellent time to bring possible members either for the North Central Chapter or as potentials for the NCS. Introduce them to the mob and see how they deal with all the pressure (yeah, right). If we can get a large enough group (and it's heading in that direction so far) we will ask a couple folks (one member, one not) to be guest speakers and give a little chat. The other would be that if YOU are working on a presentation or something where you need some test subjects, guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) as it were, this would a perfect opportunity. :-)

We'll also be talking about upcoming events: Reuben's Awards in Pittsburgh, Ohio State Festival of Cartoon Art, Comic-Con (for anyone who wants to talk about that) and other Cons, the Toonfest, and of course the North Central Chapter's Fall Meeting.

So, if you're interested and think you can make the date, let ME or Paul Fell know. As I say, we've already heard from a few (since this morning) who would like to gather. Oh, and there will be, as always, food and DRINK. Wanna bring your spouse? Fine by me. There's no voting and they'd be more than welcome. If not, we can keep our big, fat mouths shut, as always.... a-hem.

Your fretless leader,

Paul did a little checking and found that with at least 2-weeks notification, the Hilton Garden Inn will get you a room for $101. The Courtyard by Marriott goes for $103.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Anyone interested in WonderCon?

I just received word that WonderCon Anaheim (it moved from San Francisco), you might want to check out the website for professionals.

If you've ever been to Comic-Con International or one of the other big Cons, I'd recommend not waiting to get a hotel room. They go about as fast as tickets to U2, Bruce Springstein, or (if it were possible) a reunion concert of The Beatles.

Dear Mike Edholm,

We are pleased to announce that the professional application period for WonderCon Anaheim 2013 is now open! We invite you to be a part of one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, taking place at the beautiful Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim CA during the weekend of March 29-31.

If you would like a complimentary badge to attend WonderCon Anaheim 2013 as a professional, you must fill out a “Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim Application for Professionals” and submit the required verification materials. Please visit for details. The application deadline date is February 22, 2013.

This email is NOT a confirmation of registration. Once you have completed the professional application and submitted the required verification materials, you will be sent an email containing additional information on how to apply for a WonderCon Anaheim professional badge.

We hope you will join us for WonderCon Anaheim 2013! If you have any questions, please email

Chris Schoenthal
Professional Registrar
WonderCon Anaheim

Sad news

One our members, Chris Cassatt died Wednesday morning at his home in Aspen, CO. Chris was 66. Details can be found in this copy of the ASPEN TIMES (Thurs., Jan 17, 2013).

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 8 Birthday Boy

Wishing a belated Happy Birthday to our own Paul Fell. We're going to need a fire extinguisher before we light all these candles.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mr. Tolkien

Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (1892). He studied classics, language, and literature at Oxford. In 1925, Tolkien returned to Oxford University as a professor. One day, while grading exams, he discovered that a student had left one whole page in his examination booklet blank. Tolkien, for reasons unknown even to him, wrote on the page, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." This single line turned into a bedtime story that he told his children, and from there, a book: The Hobbit (1937).

You have a movie in the theaters now. Hope to see you at a screening. ;-)

(Courtesy The Writer's Almanac)