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.