Cartoonists in Minnesota

October 21st, 2011 | Posted in News

Last weekend the North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society had our annual fall meeting here in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Here’s a VERY brief rundown of the events:

Friday 10/14: In conjunction with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, we brought Stephan Pastis, the creator of the syndicated comic strip Pearls Before Swine, to the Twin Cities to do a lecture and hang out with us. I know Stephan fairly well… riding together in a Blackhawk above the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan will do that for you, so it was great fun to have him with us. His evening lecture was standing-room only. We followed with a panel discussion on the future of cartooning featuring Stephan, me, , chapter treasurer and editorial cartoonist/freelance illustrator Paul Fell, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee creator John Hambrock, freelance illustrator James Hunganski and Ballard Street creator Jerry Van Amerongen.

It’s a packed house for Stephan’s talk

Stephan had them rolling in the aisles…

Saturday 10/15: After our boring business meeting, NCC members manned a booth at the Minnesota FallCon Comic Book Show including the above listed panelists as well as chapter chairman and “Martians” cartoonist Mike Edhlom, freelance illustrator and designer Cedric Hohnstadt, and cartoonist Phil Juliano. We sold books and signed stuff. That night we had a chapter dinner at O’Gara’s in St. Paul, part of which was formerly the barber shop of Charles Schulz‘s father. Earlier we took a little tour of St. Paul and saw a few other Sparky sights, including his childhood home on Macalester St.

At FallCon, from foreground: Stephan, Paul, Me, John and Cedric

John Hambrock signs for a fan

James Hungaski does some caricatures

From Left: John, Stephan, cartoonist Joe Engesser, me, Mike and Jerry

Paul Fell was awarded the NCS Tim Rosenthal award for outstanding service to a local chapter. Well deserved. Congratulations Paul.

A great time as always.


  1. Tom, your autograph in the book “The Mad Art of Caricature” is a copy or have you done one for each book?

  2. Lee Fortuna says:

    Tom You’re in Minnesota! What the heck are ya doin with a tee shirt on,lol? Hope you made some big sales on the book Tom.

    • Tom says:

      Real Minnesotans wear short sleeves until at least November. Look at that pansy Pastis with all the layers… It was in the 50’s and we were INSIDE for Pete’s sake! < ---(MN vernacular)

  3. RESTREPO says:

    Yesterday I got home and found your book on my drawing board. And I was pleasantly surprise. Thanks Tom for this great book! Fraternal greetings!

  4. Bucky says:

    Tom, looks like a great weekend! Wish I could have been there.___I’d have worn shorts….just shorts 🙂

  5. Jailerjoe says:

    Bucky…That would’ve been a step up from the Speedo you were sporting at the Okoboji event a while back. Congrats to Paul…very deserving of this year’s award!


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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