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The 2014 NCS Reuben Awards Show Video

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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NCS video guru John Lotshaw just posted a full length film of the 2014 NCS Reuben Awards on the NCS YouTube channel. It weighs in at a whopping 1:57 but is chock full of fun thanks to the antics of emcee Tom Gammill and assorted cartoonists who played along with said antics, the show direction of Bill Morrison and the video work of the afore mentioned Mr Lotshaw. I believe this is the first time a Reubens has ever been released in its entirety on video to the general public.

There are many highlights, but in particular you will see:

  • Tom G’s spectaular opening number
  • Renee Faundo recieving the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship
  • Weird Al” Yankovic receiving the A.C.E. Award
  • Bunny Hoest Carpenter and John Reiner being honored with NCS Gold Key Awards
  • Russ Heath get the Miltion Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award
  • More Tom Gammill video fun
  • Lots of cartoonists getting awards
  • Wiley Miller receiving the Reuben for Cartoonist of the Year

Unfortunately we couldn’t include the original video intro featuring a montage of clips from “The Simpsons” that revolve around comics, comic strips and MAD Magazine because YouTube refused to accept “Matt Groening said we could use these!” as actual copyright use permission. I’m going to try and get something more official, and if I do we’ll have a new version to post.

In the meantime, enjoy the show!

More NYCC!

Friday, October 10th, 2014


Image courtesy Jason Chatfield


Image courtesy Luis Rosario via Facebook

The Lovely Anna and I working it at New York Comic Con. For a Thursday it was a very busy opening day.

Of course we ran into some problems right away. Like an idiot I shipped the wrong backdrop support unit to hold up that banner you see behind us. It should be two feet taller and should not be about to collapse upon us at any second. Fortunately we were able to MacGyver it so it is at least standing. That’s the only negative. Otherwise met a lot of nice people, did a lot of fun drawings, has fun on the “MAD about MAD” panel, and quite a few people took home some prints, books and original MAD art they bought from me. I even had a guy come up with a copy of  a “Married… with Children” comic from back in the Day for me to sign!

I’ll try and get some shots of some drawings today.

New York Comic Con 2014!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014


I’m off tomorrow to get set up for the New York Comic Con.  The Lovely Anna will be my booth babe, and you can find us in Artist’s Alley at booth H6 starting Thursday!

MAD About New York Comic Con

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


From the MAD Website:


Are you going to be at the New York Comic-Con? Well that’s great news! Ready for the bad news? So will the Usual Gang of Idiots! Check out the MAD panel on Thursday, October 9th at 6:15 PM with staffers John Ficarra, Sam Viviano and Ryan Flanders; artists Peter Kuper and Tom Richmond; and writer Jonathan Bresman! Ask questions! Win prizes! Swallow your pride!

Visit Me at Pittsburgh Comic Con!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Pittsburgh CC

I’m a special guest at the Pittsburgh Comicon this weekend. You can find me in booth P068 and I will have copies of my book, my two available limited edition prints “The Game is Afoot!” and “Bats in the Belfry”, a very few remaining Doctor Who “The Doctor is IN!” artist proof prints, assorted original MAD art and I will be doing commission sketches including caricatures and “Alfred as…” drawings. One caveat on that last one… I’m not sure how much my stitched up finger will limit my being able to do commissions, but I’ll do my best. I’m also going to be doing a presentation on caricature at 4:00 PM Friday in room 2:

Mad Magazine Artist and 2012 Reuben Award Winner for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” discusses his work at Mad, creating caricatures and giving celebrity caricatures that Mad Twist.
(Room 2)

The complete show info:

September 26th, 27th and 28th
Monroe Convention Center
Friday 1:00 until 7:00
Saturday 10:00 until 6:00
Sunday 10:00 until 5:00

Come by and see me if you are going to the convention. As always, anyone who drops by and gives me a cold Monster Zero Ultra energy drink (white can) gets a free “Alfred as Batman” sketch (big deal!).

Teaser: Z-People from Sitcomics!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Zpeople_01“Z-People” page 1- Clicky to embiggen…

The last few months I’ve been hinting about this comic book project I am working on. Well, the publisher is starting to do a little promotion on the various titles he’s producing, and gave me the nod to mention it here and even show a little teaser of my art via the first page of the story (see above).

The comic is called “Z-People”, and it’s a humorous zombie story written and published by television comedy writer Darin Henry. Here’s the official copy from their Facebook page:


Sitcomics is a comic book publishing company started by Darin Henry, a Hollywood sitcom writer who wrote for Seinfeld, Futurama, The Ellen Show, The Muppets and a zillion other series in the US and UK. Sitcomics take the usual comic book genres – super-heroes, vampires, zombies, etc – and gives them each a sitcom twist.

Industry legends Ron Frenz (Spider-Man, Thor, Superman) and Sal Buscema (Captain America, The Avengers, The Hulk) serve up the sensational art on super-hero series “The Unbeatable Blue Baron!”. Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica) brings to life Jess and Kelly, the college sophomores who also happen to be vampires. And fans of zombies will love “Z-People” featuring awesome art by MAD Magazine superstar Mr. Tom Richmond. Blair Shedd rounds out our talented team, handling the art chores on “Telepathetic” – a fun title about mutants in junior high! We’re an Indie publisher with a defiantly mainstream mentality. Sitcomics — it’s TV you read!

BTW “superstar” is Darin’s adjective, not mine. He does have some pretty well-known pro artists working on these titles (and me) so readers can expect some top notch work. The “Z-People” book is going to end up being between 42 and 46 pages with pencils, inks, and colors by yours truly. It’s a funny story with some great characters, and I am having fun working on it even if it’s tough to find time in between my usual work to get to it. I’ll keep everyone posted on the project, and you can visit the Sitcomics Facebook page to get the latest on all the upcoming titles.

NCS Booth at New York Comic Con

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014


NCS-nyccFor the last 10 years or so the National Cartoonists Society has had a terrific booth at San Diego Comic-Con, but has appeared at no other comic conventions around the country. Thanks to a joint effort from the NCS and its charitable arm, the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, the 68 year old organization of professional cartoonists is stepping up its game in the convention world.

As part of its mission of outreach to industry professionals and the general public, the NCS will start having a presence at several other major comic conventions, starting next month at the New York Comic Con. The NCS will have a booth at NYCC, and local members will be appearing there to meet and greet the attendees, sign autographs, sell stuff and otherwise promote the art of cartooning. The booth will have its comic-con T-shirts available as well.

Even though I have my own booth at NYCC, I’ll be making my fair share of appearances at the NCS booth. If you are attending NYCC, stop in and say hi!

Product Shipicus Interruptus

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Just a quick explanation and apology to any and all who, in the last two weeks or so, have ordered and are waiting for books, prints or original art to get shipped out to them. The last two weeks have been more than a little bit hectic for me, with multiple jobs all due including the longest MAD parody I have done since that nine page extravaganza “Harry Plodder and the Lamest of Sequels” in MAD #424 back in 2002.

I often complain here about deadlines, but while they can and do get hairy they seldom get to the point where a couple of long days or an all-nighter can’t take care of the problem. Nor do they usually interfere overly much with things like eating, sleeping, workouts, walking the dogs or doing other daily things.

This past week was a little different. I got behind on a major project, my fault for taking on too much work and underestimating how much of my time things like the NCS and other obligations would demand, and I had to do a rare thing… completely shut my life down for several days to meet a deadline. I had to send The Lovely Anna and The Animated Elizabeth on to Orlando to start a family vacation without me, send the dogs over to a friends to dog-sit for us, and work around the clock for about 6 days straight. I finished the job about 90 minutes before I had to leave for the airport to catch my rescheduled flight to Orlando to join the family on a now-truncated vacation. Job delivered, vacation commenced… sort of. I do have to take some time to get a few things started on some jobs I had to put on the back burner during the marathon.

Unfortunately part of what I had to ignore was all those orders for prints, books and etc. that needed packing up and shipping all over the world. If you are one of those people who have ordered something and are waiting patiently for one of those “your order has shipped” emails, my sincerest apologies. All orders large and small will be shipping upon my return Monday.

Back to Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter…


Pittsburgh Comicon… and More!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Pittsburgh CC

I’ll be a special guest at the Pittsgburgh Comicon later this month, Sept. 26th-28th. I don’t have an assigned space at the con quite yet, but I am going to be at a table somewhere and will have copies of my book, my two available limited edition prints “The Game is Afoot!” and “Bats in the Belfry” as well as assorted original MAD art and I will be doing commission sketches including caricatures and “Alfred as…” drawings. I’m also going to be doing a presentation on caricature at 4:00 PM on Friday the 26th, although the time for that may change. The show info:

September 26th, 27th and 28th
Monroe Convention Center
Friday 1:00 until 7:00
Saturday 10:00 until 6:00
Sunday 10:00 until 5:00

Come by and see me if you are going to the convention. As always, anyone who drops by and gives me a cold Monster Zero Ultra energy drink (white can) gets a free “Alfred as Batman” sketch (big deal!).

In other convention appearance news, Here are some other shows I will be doing in the next 6 months or so:

  • New York Comic Con- New York, NY Oct 9th -12- I’ll be in Artist’s Alley and at the new NCS booth!
  • North Texas Comic Book Show- Dallas, TX, Nov 15th- On day show and I’ll be a featured guest!
  • Grand Rapids Comic Con- Grand Rapids MI, Nov 21-23rd- I’ll be a featured guest and be doing a presentation.
  • Monterrey, Mexico- Mar 13-15, 2015- Looks like I’ll be a featured guest at this one!

Stan Goldberg: 1932-2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

StanIt’s with great sadness I pass on the news that comic book legend Stan Goldberg passed away today at age 82 from complications of a severe stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. Stan and his wife Pauline were two of the most wonderful, friendly and genuine people the Lovely Anna and I ever had the privilege of getting to know through the National Cartoonists Society… and that is saying a lot as we count many, many NCS members as very good friends.

Stan had the kind of career in comics that in some ways flew under the radar, but in others was one of rare influence and greatly respected by industry pros. He was best known as a principal artist for Archie Comics for over 30 years, but he also freelanced for many others. He worked for Timely Comics, which would become Atlas and then Marvel, and was the colorist for their early titles, coming up with many of the color schemes for the costumes for The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Hulk and other eventual staples of the Marvel superhero world. After a split with Archie, Stan continued to work for companies like Bongo, DC and others on a variety of titles.

Stan was such an easy person to talk to. Soft spoken, he had so many stories of the old days in the Marvel bullpen, his time with Archie and the people he’d met and worked with you could completely lose track of time listening… yet at no time did you ever get the feeling any of the things he said were about himself. He was as humble and selfless a man as one could meet. He had a joy for comics and cartooning that was infectious.

The last few years at the NCS Reuben Awards were special ones for Stan and Pauline. In 2012 in Las Vegas, the NCS honored him with the “Gold Key” award, inducting him into the NCS Hall of Fame. A very humble man, Stan was really moved by the recognition, but it was undeniably well-deserved. You should know you are a big deal in the world of comics when Stan Lee sends in a long video tribute to you for your award presentation! It was wonderful to see him get that award.

This past year was another special Reubens for the Goldbergs. Back in October of last year, Stan and Pauline were involved in a terrible car accident that badly injured them both. I was told that one of the first things they said after beginning their long roads to recovery was that they were determined to get better and go to the Reubens in San Diego that following May. In fact, they had their room booked right after the accident as incentive. At the Reuben Awards dinner we recognized them and let them know how glad we were they were there and how important they are to the NCS family with a thunderous round of applause. They are such special people. Little did we know we were also saying goodbye to Stan.

I saw Stan and Pauline back in June at the annual NCS “Bunny Bash” party hosted by Bunny Hoest-Carpenter in her backyard on Long Island, and I had a chance to sit and talk for a good long time with Stan about things. I almost did not make it to that event, and I am sure glad I did. It’s very easy to say the cartooning world will miss someone who had a long and influential career in the industry, but it hits hard when you also counted them a real friend.

It was a delight and a privilege to know Stan Goldberg. The Lovely Anna and my heart goes out to Pauline and the Goldberg family. the NCS and the world is a little poorer place tonight, and our hearts are heavy. God bless, Stan. Thanks for being you.


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