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My 2015 Reubens Talk

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.

2015 NCS Reubens – Washington, DC

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.

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Hotel
Presidents, Sinatra and the Beatles have stayed here. And now I have too!
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Our Room
Comfy!
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - The View
Lots of space to pretend to work in!

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!

Other speakers for the weekend included Juana Medina, Doug Mahnke, Nick Galifianakis, Brian Crane, Mort Drucker, and a panel hosted by Ann Telnaes.

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Presentations
No, that’s not Brian Crane in the photo belly dancing
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Mort Drucker Standing O #1
Mort Drucker getting a standing O at his presentation

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.

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Me & Mort Gerberg
Me & Mort Gerberg

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!

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Phil Judd
Me & Phil Judd

Later that night there was a cocktail party and I got to chat with tons of people including Anne & John HambrockAdrian Sinnott, Ken Krimstein, and Brigid Alverson.

The next morning was a trip to the zoo. It was just a 10 minute walk away!

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Panda
This panda really liked that popsicle
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Meerkat
Meerkat taking a break
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - National Zoo
I don’t remember what this is

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 GamillBrian KellyTom Stemmle, John Glynn, and Mo Willems.

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Mo Willems
Me & Mo Willems

And of course, my best pal Mike Lynch!

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Mike Lynch
Me & inky pal Mike Lynch

The awards were terrific. (Click here for the list of winners.) Jason Chatfield did a terrific job hosting!

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Jay Kennedy Award
Derek Desierto accepts the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - More Mort Drucker
Another standing O for Mort Drucker

The next day I spent touring DC a bit. I’ve never been here before and really wanted to take it all in.

2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - White House
The White House
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - WW2 Memorial
World War II Memorial
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Lincoln
Lincoln
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Washington Monument
The Washington Monument
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Air & Space Museum 1
Me & a Saturn V engine
2015 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Air & Space Museum 2
Mooning astronauts

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!

Hey, Go Buy Raconteur #6

Mike Lynch Raconteur #6

Cartoonist, inky pal, and all around good guy, Mike Lynch, has the latest issue of Raconteur available for purchase now at his blog!

Contributors include:

  • Isabella Bannerman – SIX CHIX KIng Features comic strip
  • Brian Fies – MOM’S CANCER and WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE WORLD OF TOMORROW graphic novels
  • John Klossner – New Yorker cartoonist
  • Mike Lynch – You know me. I do this here blog.
  • Mark Parisi – OFF THE MARK newspaper cartoon panel

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 Speaking at the 2015 NCS Reuben Awards

2015 Reubens Cover

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:

  • Mort Drucker- First recipient of the “NCS Medal of Honor”; Speaker
  • Jeff Keane- Recipient of the NCS “Silver T-Square” for outstanding dedication to the Society
  • Brian Crane- Reuben winning creator of the syndicated comic strip “Pickles”; speaker
  • Doug Mahnke- Superstar comic book artist; speaker
  • Juana Medina- Illustrator, first recipient of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship; speaker
  • Nick Galifianakis- Cartoonist, author, illustrator; speaker
  • Ann Telnaes, Pulitizer prize winning editorial cartoonist; moderating a panel on “Cartooning and Free Speech”

Wow, huh?

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!!

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

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:

Gallery Show

First there was the terrific comic & cartoon art exhibition, More Than Funny 2.

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

Here’s just a sampling of what was on display:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Jules Feiffer
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Virgil Partch
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Todd Clark
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Terri Libenson
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Lincoln Peirce
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Scott Stantis
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Jack Kirby
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Tom Richmond
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Mort Drucker
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Sergio Aragones
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
 Bill Sienkiewicz

Guest Speakers

Then there was a great selection of cartoonists talking at length and answering questions about their art and careers:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Rick Stromoski
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Todd Clark
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Denis Kitchen, Paul Buhle & George Hagenauer
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Lincoln Peirce
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Terri Libenson
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Scott Stantis
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Jeff Keane

And I had a front row seat to it all! Mostly because of this:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

There need to be more chairs like that everywhere!

Cartoon Auction

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:

2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
Had I a place to put this in our home I would have totally gotten this. (I did draw on the back though.)
2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
This and 2 other Andertoons cartoons sold. WOO!

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!)

2015

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!

Wanna see more about the weekend? Click here, and here.