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.