Thursday, October 5, 2017

Recap: Chapter Mtg and Fall Cartooning Weekend 2017

This past weekend chapter members from all over the midwest gathered in Lincoln, Nebraska for our annual chapter get-together. We viewed an exhibit of comic book art by Dan Hall, listened to presentations by three speakers (John Hambrock, Tom Kerr, and a keynote by award-winning New York illustrator Steve Brodner), and engaged in the usual tomfoolery.

During out chapter meeting it was announced that at the national level the NCS is taking steps to adapt to cartooning in the 21st century. It sounds like the leadership is thinking about what it can do to offer more value to web cartoonists as well as to adjust to the changing industry landscape. That was good to hear.

Here's a few photos, submitted by chapter members Mike Edholm and Cedric Hohnstadt:

We had a great turnout considering the fact that our chapter covers nine states. Many members travelled hundreds of miles to attend.

Genevieve Randall interviewed Mike Edholm, Paul Fell, and Tom Kerr for the NET Radio show “Friday Live.”
Paul Fell, Bucky Jones, Mike Edholm, and Tom Kerr.
We viewed an exhibit by local comic book artist Bob Hall.
John Hambrock discusses his syndicated humor strip, "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee".
Illustrator and cartoonist Tom Kerr walked us through his career and discussed his influences.
Members contributed to the doodle board which was later raffled off. 
Award-winning New York illustrator Steve Brodner discusses his work.
Illustrator Steve Brodner followed his presentation with a Q&A.

We wrapped everything up with Indian cuisine at The Oven in downtown Lincoln.
Over dinner Steve Brodner did sketches of some of the members in his sketchbook.
Everyone had a great time. Thanks to co-chairs Paul Fell and Mike Edholm for all their hard work in making it all happen!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Announcing the Annual Fall Cartooning Weekend Sept. 29-30, 2017 in Lincoln, NE

NOTE: Info about the event has also been posted on our chapter Facebook group. You can also follow our chapter on Twitter to see member tweets and general retweets of interest to cartoonists. 

It's time again for our far-flung NCS chapter to gather for our annual cartooning weekend! 

We will be inviting the public to join us at the Univeristy of Nebraska Love Library for a great lineup of speakers including John Hambrock (syndicated cartoonist, "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee"), Tom Kerr (illustrator/cartoonist), and for the keynote, political illustrator Steve Brodner.
John Hambrock
Tom Kerr 
Steve Brodner
The weekend will also include a chapter meeting (NCS members only) and lots of socializing over meals and drinks (open to NCS members and anyone interested in joining the NCS). 

FRIDAY, Sept29:
7:00pm - Gather in bar at The Graduate hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) (google maps) to meet, greet, drink.

SATURDAY, Sept. 30:
8:00am - Breakfast at The Graduate hotel (google maps)

10:00am - Head for Love Library on UNL campus (google maps) for NCS chapter meeting. (NCS members only)

10:30am - View exhibit of new comic work by chapter member Bob Hall on second floor of library. (Open to the public).

11:00am - Lunch @ Nebraska Student Union

1:00pm - Return to Love Library for featured speakers
Tom Kerr, John Hambrock, Steve Brodner. (Open to the public).

3:00pm - Annual chapter raffle.

5:30pm - Walk from hotel to nearby restaurant (to be announced) for drinks and dinner.

Following dinner we’ll sample the offerings of some of the
drinking establishments in Lincoln’s Haymarket area.

SUNDAY, Oct. 1:
8:00am - Breakfast at The Graduate hotel (google maps)

Heading for home

A block of rooms is available for chapter members at Lincoln's newest hotel, The Graduate (formerly the downtown Holiday Inn). The hotel is a short walk to Love Library, as well as a multitude of restaurants and drinking establishments. Book before Sept. 8 and get a special room rate of $119 per night.

To make room reservations:

The Graduate
141 N. 9th. Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Ask for the special room rate for The National Cartoonists Society.

We hope to see you there!

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