Archive for the ‘National Cartoonists Society’ Category

NCS karaoke

June 2, 2009


I’ve been away for 11 days and have just not gotten the chance to post…and things are too busy at the moment…catching up with work to get ready for MoCCA this weekend…so I stole a photo off of Tom Richmond’s blog. Shameful, I know, but I am in this photo so it’s sorta OK. (Can you “Where’s Waldo” me?)

This from the National cartoonists Society’s Reuben weekend a week and a half ago. (You can never accuse me of being timely.)

2009 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Winner

April 14, 2009

And the winner is… Chris Houghton. (The official press release is below.) I was the chair of the selection committee and got to talk to Chris a couple of times and he’s terrific…and super talented. Can’t wait to meet him.


The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) is happy to announce the winner of the 2009 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.

Chris Houghton, 20, is a junior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan where he studies illustration. Houghton was chosen from among 120 applicants for the award, which includes a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award weekend in Los Angeles in May. The scholarship applicants submitted up to five examples of their work along with an entry form that included short essays on their current and future plans in cartooning. Entries were judged by a jury of eight professional cartoonist who are members of the board of directors of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. Houghton’s studies at the College for Creative Studies have included character design for animation and writing and illustrating his own comics. He has also submitted gag cartoons and spot illustrations for the school’s student magazine. Aside from his class work, Houghton has also dabbled in freelancing including working on T-Shirt and logo designs and drawing caricatures at events.

Last summer he illustrated a 130 page NASCAR coloring book and is currently doing illustration and concept art for a children’s video game company. He would like to do magazine illustration and work in animation.

The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is an annual award established in memory of Jay Kennedy, the late King Features comics editor, from an initial from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from other prominent cartoonist. It is administered by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a college student in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the following academic year, selected by a panel of professional cartoonists.

Houghton will receive his award and meet the professional cartoonists who selected him at the National Cartoonists Society’s Annual Reuben Awards banquet in Los Angeles on May 22nd.

You can see more of Chris’s work on his website.

Scholarship deadline…ONE WEEK AND COUNTING

January 30, 2009

Attention students: the deadline for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship is approaching fast.

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 2009-2010 academic year. Applicants DO NOT have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.

Along with a completed entry form, applicants are required to send 5 samples of their own cartooning artwork; noting if and where the work has been published (either print or web).


The application form and full instructions can be found at the NCS Foundation website.

Last year, a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award convention were given to Juana Medina who recounts the experience at Mike Lynch’s blog.

(Art for this year’s scholarship by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez)


December 17, 2008

When I stumbled upon the me-and-Al-Jaffe photo from yesterday’s post, I found this one too. It was also taken the National Cartoonists Society‘s gathering in New Orleans last spring. I’m standing with friend and colleague Carla Ventresca at the black-tie Rebuens award dinner.

I like the dichotomy of drinking orange juice while looking like a Bond villain.

Cartoonists I dig – Al Jaffee

December 16, 2008

How could you not love Al Jaffe? The MAD Fold-ins. Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions. He’s the only one of MAD’s “old guard” to still be appearing in every issue. (Well, he and Sergio Aragonés.) And he’s 87. (Al, not Sergio.)

This is a pic I found on the Hogan’s Alley site while searching for something else. Al was awarded the Reuben by the National Cartoonists Society earlier this year in New Orleans. Afterward I went up to meet him, introduced myself as one of the very new MAD guys and told him how much I have always loved his work. He was very nice but obviously had no idea who I was. And then our picture was taken.

Below is one of the first books I ever bought (from the Scholastic Book Club, I believe.) I still have it.


And here’s Al’s new book, Tall Tales, a collection of his comic strip that ran from 1957–1963. And it was done vertically, not horizontally.

(Disclaimer: Since I have a lot of cartoonist friends – and I don’t want to insult anyone by leaving them out – I’m limiting “Cartoonists I dig” to those that are deceased, retired or certifiable living legends.)