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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
We interrupt the sharing of potentially useful or entertaining content on this blog for some shameless huckstering!
This past weekend I added a bunch of original art for sale in The Studio Store. Included are some not so cheap original pages from MAD, but also a few relatively cheap sketches. Well… okay… it’s ALL overpriced but that goes without saying.
The MAD pages are from the parody of “The Avengers”, and this pencil drawing that was then digitally colored for the “MAD 20″ piece “Abysmal House”:
Among those sketches for sale are both my recent “sketch o’the week” drawings of:
And a few more. If you don’t find anything you like, don’t fret. I’ll be adding originals to the Studio Store regularly. I’m trading one college kid’s tuition for another one this fall…
Friday, February 28th, 2014
The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is back with real cartoonists as featured guests as opposed to the poser they had last year. Well, it’s back but it could sure use your help:
From their Indiegogo campaign page:
The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is a 3 day festival, in Kenosha Wisconsin, from September 25th through September 27th of 2014. There will be live presentations, workshops, a gallery show, panel discussions, and community outreach by some of the nation’s top cartoonists. We are asking for a total of $10,000 – this amount will allow us to mount two spectacular gallery shows of original comic art, cover the expenses of the artists, pay for publicity materials and shipping of art for gallery shows, cover backer reward fulfillment, and provide catering for receptions whilst not having to charge admission.
Our AWESOME guest speakers for 2014 are: Jeff Keane of Family Circus, Denis Kitchen of Kitchen Sink Press, Lincoln Peirce of Big Nate, Rick Stromoski of Soup to Nutz, Todd Clark of Lola, Scott Stantis of Prickly City (also staff editorial cartoonist at The Chicago Tribune), Terri Libenson of The Pajama Diaries, Michael Schumacher author of Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary and Will Eisner: A Dreamer’s Life In Comics, and Paul Buhle comic historian and author of Comics In Wisconsin. And our panel moderator will be the amazing Tom Racine of Tall Tale Radio.
Don’t worry if you cannot attend the festival in person – we still have some VERY cool premiums for our backers in the way of original art and autographed posters and programs from the guest artists. New this year is a specially designed, limited edition, challenge coin – see image below. There will only be 100 of these available and when they’re gone they’re gone. So don’t dawdle if you want one All rewards will be signed and therefore delivered after the conclusion of the festival.
We believe cartooning is a wicked cool artform and have dedicated this festival to providing opportunities for the comic reading public of all ages to meet the artists behind the laughter. But the festival can only remain free if we reach our fundraising goal!
With the festival in its fourth year, we are seeking Indiegogo funding because, while we have some stalwart donors and supporters, those donations don’t come close to funding our whole budget.
One of the wonderful things about crowd funding is how affordable it can be. If we can get 500 people to donate $20 – we are there! So never think that small contributions don’t matter! And we have some exciting stretch goals if we are lucky enough to exceed our $10,000 mark.
Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Comic book art legend Stan Sakai and his family are currently struggling to deal with the costs and challenges related to the health of his wife Sharon, who is fighting a brain tumor and needs constant medical care.
The Comic Art Professionals Society (CAPS), a Southern California sister organization of the NCS, is organizing a benefit auction and the printing of a book, with all proceeds going to the Sakai’s. They have asked cartoonists to do their take on Stan’s classic comic character Usagi Yojimbo, and it’s that original art that will be auctioned off and will be in the book. My contribution is above. Here are the details of the CAPS benefit:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE & REPOST
Contact: Steven Wyatt
CAPS TO LAUNCH ART AUCTION FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY MATT GROENING, JACK DAVIS, MIKE MIGNOLA J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES AND HUNDREDS MORE TO BENEFIT FELLOW CARTOONIST STAN SAKAI AND FAMILY
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.
The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.
Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.
Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.
These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS – COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.
If you would like more information on CAPS’ Sakai Benefit Auction or Dark Horse’s THE SAKAI PROJECT book, please contact Steven Wyatt at email@example.com.
Taken in 2004 during healthier days, Stan & Sharon Sakai visiting the ancient aqueducts of Segovia, Spain. photo credit: © 2004 Stan Sakai
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CAPS will be auctioning this rare original drawing of Bone by creator Jeff Smith who teamed his character up with Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo.
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Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
From the NCS Website:
NCS membership nomination voting has been tabulated, and the nominees for the 2013 Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” are:
Wiley Miller is the creator of Non Sequitur, a daily comic strip syndicated by Universal UClick. Started in 1992, Non Sequitur has been honored with four National Cartoonists Society Divisional Awards, including Best Newspaper Comic Strip in 1992, and Best Newspaper Panel in 1995, 1996 and 1998. It was the first comic strip to win in its first year of syndication and the only title to ever win both the best comic strip and best comic panel categories. Wiley also worked as an editorial cartoonist for newspapers including the San Fransisco Examiner. This is Wiley’s first nomination for the Reuben award. You can visit Non Sequitur online here.
Stephan Pastis is the creator of the daily comic strip Pearls Before Swine, syndicated by Universal Uclick. Stephan practiced law in the San Fransisco Bay area before following his love of cartooning and eventually seeing syndication with Pearls, which was launched in newspapers beginning December 31, 2001. The National Cartoonists Society awarded Pearls Before Swine the Best Newspaper Comic Strip in 2003 and in 2006. Stephan is also the author of the children’s book series Timmy Failure. Stephan lives in northern California with his wife Staci and their two children. This is his sixth nomination for the Reuben award. Visit Stephan’s blog and the Pearls Before Swine website.
Hilary Price is the creator of Rhymes With Orange, a daily newspaper comic strip syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Created in 1995, Rhymes With Orange has thrice won the NCS Best Newspaper Panel Division (2007, 2009 and 2012). Her work has also appeared in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, People and Glamour. When she began drawing Rhymes With Orange, she was the youngest woman to ever have a syndicated strip. Hilary draws the strip in an old toothbrush factory that has since been converted to studio space for artists. She lives in western Massachusetts. This is Hilary’s first nomination for the Reuben award. You can visit Rhymes With Orange online here.
Mark Tatulli is the creator of Heart of the City and Lio, both daily newspaper comic strip syndicated by Universal Uclick. Heart of the City debuted in 1998. Lio, one of the few fully pantomime strips in major syndication, began running in 2006 and earned Mark an NCS divisional award for Best Newspaper Strip in 2008. In addition to his comic strip work, Mark is also an animator and television producer, known for his work on the cable reality television series Trading Spaces and A Wedding Story, and the winner of three Emmy awards. Mark lives and works in New Jersey with his wife Donna ans their three children. This is Mark’s first nomination for the Reuben award. You can visit Heart of the City online here and Lio here.
The official ballots have been issued to all full members of the National Cartoonists Society for voting to determine the winner. Congratulations to the nominees!
The winner of the 2013 “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” will be announced on May 24th at the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner in San Diego, CA.
Congratulations to the nominees!
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Clicky to Embiggen… Roughly left to right: Tom Gammill, “Weird Al” Yankovic,
Greg Evans, Eddie Pittman, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Russ Heath,
Bunny Hoest Carpenter, John Reiner, Suzy Spafford, Chris Houghton.
The lineup for the speakers for the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards Weekend was just released:
From the NCS Website
Also on the agenda for the Reuben Awards Show:
- Tom Gammill- TV writer, producer on The Simpsons and the host of the Reuben Awards show
- “Weird Al” Yankovic- Grammy winning musician, humorist, winner of the 2014 NCS A.C.E. Award (Amateur Cartoonist Extraordinaire)
That’s my art for the official brochure above.
Just a quick word on the A.C.E. award. This was an award that used to be given out pretty regularly back in the day. It was awarded to a famous person who wanted to be a cartoonist when they were young but ended up becoming famous for something else. Some past winners include Carol Burnett, Jonathan Winters, Jackie Gleason, Orson Bean, Ginger Rogers, Al Roker, Denis Leary and Morely Safer, among many others. Weird Al wanted to be a writer for MAD Magazine growing up, and for some silly reason became a Grammy award-winning musician instead.
Looks like another fun NCS Reuben Awards, at it all happens Memorial Day weekend in San Diego, CA!
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
The Studio Store is finally back up and running, and with that I’m running a sale on signed copies of The Mad Art of Caricature! That’s right… you can order a signed copy for only $20 plus shipping. That’s cheaper than Amazon, and it’s signed! Also on sale is the “Signed copy with a drawing of Alfred E. Neuman”, which is the corresponding $4.95 off.
So, if you don’t have a copy of my book and you’ve always wanted one, save a couple of bucks while the sale is on!
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
First, a reminder to all that the submissions for consideration for the National Cartoonists Society’s divisional awards are due on Saturday, Feb 15th! Here’s a list of all the divisions, the requirements for eligibility, and where to send the submissions.
I’m pleased to say that the online divisions have been receiving a good number of submissions, which is terrific. Even better, we expanded the Online Comics Committee to include several other very knowledgeable and “plugged in” webcomics folks to help with the process. In addition to our committee members from last year:
- Bill Amend- Creator of Foxtrot
- David Allan Duncan- Professor of Sequential Art Graduate Coordinator, Savannah College of Art and Design
- Andrew Farago- Curator, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
- Rick Marshall- Freelance Writer, Editor, and Producer, Time Inc., MTV News, IFC, Movies.com, Digital Trends, CBR
- Gary Tyrrell- Writer/Editor, Fleen.com
This year we are pleased to have added:
So what does the Online Comics Committee do? You can read a detailed post about the process, along with the debunking of several misconceptions, here. but this is the short version:
- The vet the submissions for eligibility including publication dates, frequency of publication, eligibility for NCS membership and other requirements
- They recommend webcomics they feel reflect the best work of the last year, and also meet eligibility requirements
- They recommend ways to make this process better next year
The web is so vast and there are so many comics out there that the input and expertise of a group of knowledgeable individuals like those above are an invaluable part of the process. Like all the other NCS divisions, we try and look outside the submitted work for cartooning that represents the best in the industry, not just among NCS members. The Online Comics Committee is very generously giving the NCS their time and expertise to help meet that goal with the online divisions.
Another move with these divisions this year is that, rather than the NCS board doing the jurying, they are being given to local chapters like the other divisions are judged. Overseen by a board advisor, the selection of the nominees and winner will be done by a chapter (which will change each year), with the field having been vetted for eligibility first. That puts the field in front of fresh eyes every year.
For those online comics creators who are still procrastinating on their submissions, you can email them as a PDF to the relevant recipient up until Saturday night… so you still have time!
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
That’s what I get for clicking to update the Woocommerce plugin when it indicates there’s an update. The Studio Store is offline and probably will be for a day or two. My apologies if you suddenly had an urge to order a book or a Doctor Who print.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
.. after congressional session. Caricaturists everywhere weep.
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Sketch by Morrie Turner for The Lovely Anna from 2003…
nobody ever sketches for me, but Anna gets them all the time.
I was sad to hear of the passing of a giant in the cartooning world this past weekend- Morris “Morrie” Turner, the creator of the syndicated comic strip “Wee Pals” and one of the real pioneers and heroes of cartooning. I got a call from mutual friend Scott Nichol out in California with the news on Sunday night.
Morrie doing the Lovely Anna’s sketch at a picnic in Santa Rosa in 2003.
Sad to say I wasn’t very familiar with Morrie’s work until I joined the NCS. I guess “Wee Pals” was never syndicated in any of the papers we got when I was a kid growing up in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I remember seeing the “Kid Power” cartoon on Saturday Mornings, but I had never seen the strip before. At the Reubens in 2003 in San Fransisco the NCS awarded Morrie with the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award… this is a big deal and honors those who have had exemplary careers in cartooning, and had a profound impact on their field. Morrie certainly fit that bill. He was the first African-American cartoonist to be nationally syndicated. His strip was the first to prominently feature minority characters, and not just black characters. He ran the gamut with characters of many different racial and religious backgrounds, and some with physical handicaps. Other NCS members couldn’t speak highly enough of him. Intrigued, I got a chance to see some of his strips from a paperback book collection or two from the 70′s. The thing that impressed me the most was his consistent message of harmony, understanding and tolerance. He wasn’t preachy nor did he make a big deal out of all these different kids being friends and accepting each other… they just did. That was the beautiful part.
I got a chance to meet him again, this time in a more intimate setting, when a group of cartoonists and folks went out to dinner after I did a speaking event at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. I found him to be just as genuine and warm as his cartoons were. Isn’t it great when people who do work you admire and respect end up being just as worthy of respect and admiration as people? I didn’t get to know Morrie very well, but he sure seemed like that kind of person to me.
Rest in Peace, Morrie, and thanks for spreading the message of love, tolerance and acceptance to the world for so many years. Sorry some people didn’t listen, but you made a difference to many more.