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Reuben round-up – Part 2

June 16, 2010

David Folkman has been doing a little experiment with cartoonists based on a 1947 Life magazine article where cartoonists of the day (like Frank King, Gasoline Alley; Chester Gould, Dick Tracy; Chic Young, Blondie) drew their characters while wearing a blindfold. David had me do one after one of the seminars. Can you tell which is the blindfolded one?

I didn’t take a lot of photos at the Rubes but I made sure I got one of two of our Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship winners, Juana Medina (2009) and Chris Houghton (2010). Both have now graduated. Juana interned with Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange) and is teaching at RISD. Chris is freelancing and is now an NCS member. I’m the chair of the scholarship committee so I feel a bit like a proud papa.

Reuben round-up – Part 1

June 14, 2010

If you’re the kind of person who cares about the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards Weekend, you’ve probably gotten your fill of it from other sites who didn’t wait, oh, TWO WEEKS to post something about it. Mr. Timely, that’s me.

I’ll be posting a few things about it in the next couple of days, but while I get my meager thoughts in order, here’s some Reuben video fun from Tom Richmond’s blog.

What I’m reading – Tor

June 11, 2010

Joe Kubert spoke at the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Weekend a couple of weeks ago…and I missed it. I was actually standing in back just before it started, saw someone I knew  – Mike Canva from the Washington Post – and we went out of the hall to catch up and ended up talking in depth about cartooning and I introduced him to Juana Medina (the 2008 Jay Kennedy Scholarship winner) and before you knew it, people were walking out of the hall. Joe’s talk was over.

I picked this up a few days later at the MAD offices (more on that later) which are owned by DC Comics, since I’ve never had the chance to read Mr. Kubert’s work. I’m quite enjoying it.

Help the Hodges – cartoon art auction

January 26, 2010

“The NCS Foundation is excited to announce our first major fund raising effort through the use of eBay which launched Thursday, January 21. Many cartoonists have donated 160 pieces of amazing artwork in a concentrated effort to Help the Hodges.

Tim Hodge is an animation artist having worked on storyboards for Disney and directing Veggie Tales projects. His teenage son Matthew, an A student and a drummer in his Tennessee high school championship marching band, was in an accident involving his car and a train in August of 2009, and has been in a state of a coma ever since. Tim’s insurance refused to cover Matthew’s long-term recovery, and the financial strain has only added to the emotional strain that the family has been experiencing

The line-up of artists is incredible! Here are just a few of the over 100 names you’ll see in our auctions:

Drew Struzan
Patrick McDonnell
Mort Walker
Nick Parks
Tim Sale
Mike Mignola
Stan Lee
Stephen Silver
Don Bluth
Peter de Sevè
Glen Keane
Bil Keane
Dan Piraro
Gary Kelley
Marc Davis
Frank Thomas
Walt Kelly
Paul Coker, Jr.
Jim Borgman
Charles Schulz

To see the items for sale, we have set up a special website where everything is being posted. New items continue to be added daily.

Thank you,
The NCS Foundation

Dept. of gift ideas – Donations in someone’s name

December 15, 2009

Students First Students Now

Two donation-worthy thingies that are close to my heart:

Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, has issued a challenge to cartoon art lovers everywhere: she will match every dollar donated to Ohio State University’s Cartoon Library and Museum through March 9, 2014, up to $2.5 million. (I believe that this is the largest collection of it’s kind. A one-of-a-kind resource.) Learn more here.

If you’re a reader of this here blog, you know that the National Cartoonists Society Foundation is pretty important to me. (I’m on the board of directors and organize the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.) The NCSF was formed in 2005 to continue the charitable and educational works that have been a hallmark of the NCS since its inception in 1946. Learn more here.

2010 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship call for entries

December 7, 2009


It’s that time of the year again…

The annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is given each year in memory of the late King Features editor. Submissions are judged by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist.

Applicants must be college students in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2010-2011 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.



(Juana Medina was the first recipient in 2008. In 2009 it was Chris Houghton. Please check out their fine work.)

MAD #501 – Name dropping

September 9, 2009

The nice thing about being around for a while in “the biz” is that you start to know people. Now when I thumb through MAD Magazine I do a lot of “I know him…and him…and him…” Let’s go through the most recent issue, shall we?

Page 9
Sam Viviano (a sweetheart of a guy and I’m not just saying that cuz he’s the art director at MAD and, thus, my boss.)

Page 10
Paul Gilligan (the creator of the comic strip Pooch Cafe that I met through the National Cartoonist Society)
Bob Staake (have met in person, but beforehand he patiently explained his PhotoShop coloring techniques to me via e-mail. I still use them today.)

Page 12
Scott Nickel
Page 14
Jim Hunt
Page 46
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
(have met these three folks only via e-mail when I was the humor editor for Marian Heath Greeting Cards.)

Page 25
Tom Richmond
(met Tom via the NCS about 10 years ago. Last time we were together was at Comic Con, signing MADs and he showed me up again and again by drawing Alfred E. Newman well…something I could not pull off.)

Page 32
John Caldwell
Page 50
Jason Youngbluth
(met them only a couple of times when I was the chair of the Upstate NY chapter of the NCS – John and I still exchange Christmas cards.)

Page 39
Sergio Aragones
Back cover
Al Jaffee
(honorable mentions since I’ve met both at NCS functions but I doubt they’d remember me, although Sergio might recognize me in a pinch.)

I’m on page 51, by the way.

Random pics…

July 8, 2009

Wanna confuse cartoonists? Just put them in a restaurant where they have to “input” all the food and drinks they want on a touch screen. Daryl Cagle, Betty (barely seen) & Greg Evans, an equally-confused waiter trying to help us, Rick Kirkman and me. Chad Frye took the pic and it’s up on his blog with a very substantial recap of the NCS Reuben weekend. (Puts mine to shame really.)

Wanna see even more pics of the SPACE comic strip panel I did with Jeff Stahler and Steve Boreman where my bad back is making me grimace? Look no further than here and here.

My travels – Part 3 – Drawing on the furniture

July 1, 2009

Bo_Mels piano sm

The National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Weekend was, well, over a month ago, and I’m just now getting to posting about it. And let’s face it, this won’t be much of a post – just some bulleted items of stuff I can recall off the top of my hairless head.

• After too may years I got to see Jim Whiting (who started the local cartooning group where I first met cartoonists in a group-like setting) and Aussie Peter Broelman.

• I got to witness a bunch of friends win awards: my buddy and sometime-roommate Mark Parisi (“Off the Mark“) won for Newspaper Panel, my pal and MAD boss Sam Viviano won for Magazine Illustration and my chum Dave Coverly (“Speed Bump“) won “the big ugly.” That is, the Reuben, the award for outstanding cartoonist of the year. It’s named after cartoonist Rube Goldberg and is indeed kinda odd looking. It consists of four naked cartoon figures piled on top of one another with an ink bottle perched on the uppermost figure’s butt. (Even odder is that supposedly it’s based on a lamp Rube made.)

• I stayed up very late every night, which was even later considering I live three time zones away. I believe I lapped myself the very first day, staying up for 24 hours. Even in the best of circumstances this is not the best way to start a Rubes w-end, even more so since I had to be up in the AM every dang day for some meeting or other.

• I ate at Johnny Rockets a lot.

• And last but not least, I got to draw on furniture. Mell Lazarus (“Miss Peach,” “Momma”) and his wife Sally have a piano in their home that they got about 15 years ago. Mell didn’t like the looks of it and suggested refinishing it. Sally suggested having their cartoonist friends draw on it. And so they have. It’s a “who’s who” of the cartooning world – Schulz, Eisner, Aragones, Johnston , etc. etc. Mell asked a bunch of us who hadn’t marred it’s surface to do so, and I was honored to. It was unnerving to add a drawing to such an amazing piece…and to have nowhere to rest my hand while drawing and trying so very hard not to screw up.

My travels – Part 2 – I’m not dead yet…

June 26, 2009

One thing the internet is great for is embarrassing photos. Here’s one of me from the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben weekend in Hollywood. (You’ll find more at the Hogan’s Alley site.) It has this caption:

“Bo Nanas” creator John Kovaleski either needed a nap or had too much to drink. Or both.

To clear up this scandal-to-be, it was the first. I was worn out going to the Rubes and got sick while there. I got directions to a drug store, dodged my way around many costumed characters hoping that I’ll pay to take a photo with them (but how do you pick between three Spidermans?) and bought some Airborne. I was late to a seminar panel on the future of newspaper comics, the place was packed so I sat on the floor in the back and had myself a anti-sickness cocktail (see empty glass at right). I was way in the back and figured, I can listen just as well laying down. That’s when David Folkman came around the corner on snapped this pic. It was later that I fell asleep.

(At left you can see one of my collection of “Man Purses of Many Lands.” This one is from Nicaragua.)