A few weeks back I had the honor of speaking at the 2015 NCS Reuben Awards in Washington, DC. It went really well and was well-received, so I thought I’d share it here in case you missed it or weren’t able to attend.
BTW, there were questions at the end, but I left those off. If you have questions feel free to drop me a line.
This year the National Cartoonists Society held it’s Reuben Awards in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham. It was an amazing weekend and I was so honored to be one of the featured speakers.
First up was an event at the Library of Congress for King Features’ 100th anniversary. Then it was back to the Omni for presentations.
I was up first and I think my talk went really well. I made a recording of it and I’m hoping to post it in a week or so. So stay tuned!
I think one of the most exciting parts of the weekend for me was meeting Mort Gerberg. He came to my presentation and came up to chat with me afterward. His book, Cartooning: The Art and the Business, was a gigantic help and influence to me when I was just getting started. I was so thrilled to meet him. What a wonderful and kind man.
I also met tons of other people who wanted to chat about my presentation. Everyone had a lot of questions and I was so pleased to talk with them!
The next morning was a trip to the zoo. It was just a 10 minute walk away!
Saturday evening was the big awards dinner with a pre-show cocktail party. Again, I got to chat with so many nice people including Tom Richmond, Tom Gamill, Brian Kelly, Tom Stemmle, John Glynn, and Mo Willems.
And of course, my best pal Mike Lynch!
The next day I spent touring DC a bit. I’ve never been here before and really wanted to take it all in.
Well, that’s it. Huge thanks to Tom Richmond and the NCS for inviting me, the lovely Anna for helping things to run smoothly, Latisha Moore for keeping everything organized, John Lotshaw for calming my nerves and making my talk run smoothly, and everyone who was kind enough to take the time to chat with me. What a wonderful and exciting weekend!
Cartoonist, inky pal, and all around good guy, Mike Lynch, has the latest issue of Raconteur available for purchase now at his blog!
You should totally go buy this right now before they’re all gone. Seriously, they go really really fast. Are you still reading this? I said they go fast! What is with you, man?!
I’m super excited and honored to announce that I’m going to be speaking at the 2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards! Perhaps even better, I’ve been caricatured by Mad’s Tom Richmond for the brochure cover! (I’m second in from right under the flag with the glasses, hat, and the giant, and sadly quite accurate, nose.)
You won’t believe the other people speaking:
I’ll be talking about how I got started cartooning, how I make a living online, and my many spectacular failures.
Hope to see you there!!
This past weekend I attended the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning for the first time, but it certainly won’t be my last! (More on that later…)
It was an amazing weekend put together by John & Anne Morse Hambrock. I can’t imagine all the time and work (and cake baking) that went into this. And apparently there’s a lot of pent up demand for something like this because it was enthusiastically, overwhelmingly well-attended!
And it was so nice to see so many old cartoony friends and make some new ones too. Pretty much it was just awesome.
OK, on to the details and plenty of pics:
First there was the terrific comic & cartoon art exhibition, More Than Funny 2.
Here’s just a sampling of what was on display:
Then there was a great selection of cartoonists talking at length and answering questions about their art and careers:
And I had a front row seat to it all! Mostly because of this:
There need to be more chairs like that everywhere!
Then there was the auction of original art and more raising money for the Children’s Hospital Clinic and Open Wings school. Again, a sampling:
I did end up winning two items: some original Big Nate art from Lincoln Peirce, and a Farley stuffed animal and two signed children’s books from Lynn Johnston. (The kids were thrilled!)
And here’s the best news – not only is it happening again in 2015 (September 17-19), but I’m going to be a guest speaker!
So mark your calendars, and come on up and see me. I can’t wait to go again!