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The NCS Announces the Launch of The National Cartoonist Magazine!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The NCS Foundation has really been firing on all cylinders lately, starting several initiatives that are going to be terrific resources fro pro an aspiring cartoonists alike. They and the NCS just announced one of those new initiatives today, the free digital magazine, The National Cartoonist!:

From the NCS Website and NCSF President Steve McGarry:

The NCS is delighted to announce the launch of our new digital magazine, The National Cartoonist! We’re really excited about this new publication and hope you will be, too!


Published by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, it is a free magazine celebrating the best in cartooning, past and present, with extensive interviews, in-depth features and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of cartooning and comics, as well as beautiful reproductions of rare and, in many cases, previously unseen original art from some of our greatest luminaries! We hope it is a publication that will be enjoyed by all cartooning fans, from the casual reader to the seasoned professional.


To celebrate the launch we are giving away thousands of print copies of the debut issue of The National Cartoonist this coming weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. It’s a souvenir that collectors will want to treasure, so if you are attending SDCC, make sure to stop by The National Cartoonists Society booth, #1307, and grab a copy!

issue1Click to download the first issue!

Meanwhile, enjoy the digital version and be sure to subscribe. It’s FREE and it’s fantastic!


Steve McGarry (NCSF President)

NCS 2014 Comic-Con Shirt Unveiled!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

NCS T-shirt 2014Clicky to embiggen!

Holy 50/50 cotton polyester blend, Batman! This year’s official NCS Comic-Con T-shirt is in honor of the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of the Caped Crusader! With artwork by Bill Amend, Sergio Aragonés, Jim Borgman, Jack Davis (!!), Jeff Keane, Rick Kirkman, Patrick McDonnell, Bill Morrison, Mike Peters, myself, Stan Sakai, Jerry Scott and Garry Trudeau, this is going to be a hot seller! The NCS will have them in both white and yellow, with a long sleeve option that has the illustrations also going down each sleeve! Visit the NCS booth #1307 at the San Diego Comic-Con and get this one before they are sold out!

… and all you blog readers thought my Adam West Batman sketch from the last week or two ago was for a Batman print I was doing! Incidentally, here’s a close up of my contribution:


Tenacious D and the NCS at Comic-Con!

Saturday, July 19th, 2014


The National Cartoonists Society just released thier full signing schedule for San Diego Comic Con, which includes an appearance by Tenacious D aka Jack Black and Kyle Gass, with illustrator Luke McGarry, who will be there promoting their Festival Supreme show and signing limited edition posters of the event with art done by Luke! Here’s the full schedule:

Wednesday, July 23 (Preview Night)

6 PM – 9 PM

  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)
  • Steve McGarry (Biographic, Kid City)

Thursday, July 24

10 AM – 12 PM

  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)

1 PM – 4 PM

  • Jeff Keane (Family Circus)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • RC Harvey (Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)
  • Keith Robinson (Intellivision, Making It)

4 PM – 6 PM

  • Jack Black (Tenacious D)
  • Kyle Gass (Tenacious D)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)

6 PM – 7 PM

  • Brian Crane (Pickles)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Steve McGarry (Biographic, Kid City)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)

Friday, July 25

10 AM – 12 PM

  • Tom Bancroft (Animator)
  • Tony Bancroft (Animator)
  • Brian Crane (Pickles)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)

1 PM -3 PM

  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Jay Fossgit (Bodie Troll)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)
  • Steve McGarry (Biographic, Kid City)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)

3PM – 5 PM

  • Rich Arons (Turbie the Turtle)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)
  • Steve McGarry (Biographic, Kid City)
  • Jack Mendelson (Jacky’s Diary)

5PM -7 PM

  • Greg Evans (Luanne)
  • RC Harvey (Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)
  • Steve McGarry (Biographic, Kid City)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)

Saturday, July 26

10 AM – 12 PM

  • Jim Bennet (Dog Butts and Love)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Jay Fossgit (Bodie Troll)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)

1 PM – 3 PM

  • Tom Bancroft (Animator)
  • Tony Bancroft (Animator)
  • Brian Crane (Pickles)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)

3PM – 5 PM

  • Rich Arons (Turbie the Turtle)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)
  • Steve McGarry (Biographic, Kid City)
  • Jeff Keane (Family Circus)

5PM -7 PM

  • Greg Evans (Luanne)
  • RC Harvey (Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff)
  • Jason Walz (HOMESICK)
  • Luke McGarry (Illustrator)
  • Steve McGarry (Biographic, Kid City)

Sunday, July 27

10 AM – 12 PM
  • Rich Arons (Turbie the Turtle)
  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • RC Harvey (Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)

1 PM -3 PM

  • Greg Evans (Luann)
  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)
  • Jeff Keane (Family Circus)

3PM – 5 PM

  • Greg Evans (Luann)

I’m in there a bit. Check back at the NCS website soon for more details about how to get a ticket to meet Tenacious D!

San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014


Hard to believe but Comic-Con 2014 is only a week away! I don’t have as hectic a signing schedule as I have had in the past, so I’ll be spending a lot more time at the National Cartoonists Society booth this year… which is good since this is my last year as President of the NCS. Here’s my complete appearance schedule (so far):

Wednesday 7/23 (Preview Night)

  • 6 pm-9 pm- NCS Booth #1307

Thursday 7/24

  • 10 am-12pm- NCS Booth #1307
  • 1 pm-4pm- NCS Booth #1307
  • MAD about MAD Panel- 5:30 pm-6:30 pm- Room 4

Friday  7/25

  • 11 am- 12 pm- Cartoon Art Museum Sketch-A-Thon Booth #1930
  • 1 pm-4pm- NCS Booth #1307

Saturday 7/26

  • 10 am-12pm- NCS Booth #1307
  • 1 pm-3pm- NCS Booth #1307

Sunday 7/27

  • 10 am-12pm- NCS Booth #1307
  • 1 pm-3pm- NCS Booth #1307

As always I will be doing sketches, drawing caricatures, and selling original MAD artwork, copies of my book and my prints.

In the next couple of days the NCS website will announce their whole appearance schedule, which includes a big celebrity signing on Thursday and the debut of the 2014 NCS Comic-Con T-shirt which I think will be a big hit.

Hope to see some of you there!

Eat Your Onions and Peas

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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In the last year or two I have been corresponding with a couple of terrific cartoonists from Europe named José Villena and David Tomaselli, who do a great and clever comic strip called Onion and Pea. They collected their work in a very cool, interactive ebook that I mentioned here before.

Now José and David are putting together their first physical “Onion and Pea” book, and have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund it. They are recently joined members of the NCS and attended their first Reubens this past May in San Diego where they shot a little video for their campaign…. you may recognize a few names and faces in their pitch video above. I should have worn a tighter t-shirt!

Visit their Indiegogo page and support their book if you are so inclined. Onion and Pea is a fun comic strip and very well done… it’s always great to see work like this well supported .

Happy 8th Birthday to Tom’s MAD Blog!

Thursday, June 26th, 2014


The blog turns eight today, the first post having appeared on June 26th, 2006. Here’s my annual list of the website stats:

  • Over 6.4 million page views
  • Best day ever-  22,199 views
  • 2,931 total posts
  • over 11,200 comments
  • 388 Sunday Mailbag questions answered
  • 393 Sketches o’the Week posted

The Interview is Afoot!

Saturday, June 21st, 2014


I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere is a podcast about the greater world of Sherlock Holmes, including his influence in any and all media. I guess they must have been running out of interesting guests, because they asked me to be on the latest episode which just got posted today. I guess they liked me, because we did the interview twice. Well, actually we did it a second time because the first one got lost in a hard drive meltdown.

My Sherlock Holmes connection is mostly about my being a pseudo Sherlockian (real Sherlockians have to earn the title) and having done art for a Sherlock audiobook collection, the Sherlock Pen I designed (see below), and of course my recent limited edition print.

We talk a lot about non-Holmes stuff, so don’t feel you can’t listen to it if you don’t give a fig about Sherlock. Hosts Burt Wolder and Scott Monty were very gracious and it was a lot of fun chatting with them.

Later in the show they give listeners a chance to win both a Sherlock Pen and one of my Holmes prints.

The pen based on my Sherlock caricature

Dynamite Dairyland Comic Art Show!

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This Saturday a real gem of a gallery show of original comic art opens at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, WI… and when I say a “gem” I really mean it.

The show is an extension of the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, an annual weekend featuring guest cartoonists doing panels, presentation, workshops and meet and greets organized by Anne Hambrock. Anne’s husband John is a cartoonist who does the syndicated daily strip “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee”, and the Hambrocks live in the picturesque little town of Kenosha on the shores of Lake Michigan. This is why this small Wisconsin town hosts some pretty big names from the cartooning world… and can put on a show like this.

From the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Website:

It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of the first gallery show of comic art for the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning 2014!!

The show opens Saturday, June 7th 2014 and will run until Saturday September 27th 2014 at the Kenosha Public Museum. 5500 1st Avenue Kenosha WI. (click the link for museum hours)

We are tremendously excited to be able to offer comic fans in the greater Milwaukee and Chicago area the opportunity to see, not only original comic artwork from some of the most popular cartoonists working today, but a glimpse of the genius of iconic artists from Comic Books, Newspaper Comics, and MAD Magazine from years gone by. (Be sure to scroll through the whole list – it’s a great line-up!!)

Featured will be the work of festival guest speakers:

  • Jeff Keane (Family Circus)
  • Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate)
  • Todd Clark (Lola)
  • Scott Stantis (Prickly City, Editorial Cartoons)
  • Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries)
  • Rick Stromoski (Soup To Nutz)
  • Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press and Underground Comic Artist)

Also featured will be work by living artists with ties to Wisconsin:

  • Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine)
  • Ed Steckley (Humorous Illustrator)
  • Joe Martin (Mr. Boffo, Willy and Ethel, Porterfield, Cats With Hands)
  • John Hambrock (Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee)
  • Phil Hands (Editorial Cartoons)
  • Dan Pavelich (Just Say Uncle and Kenosha County)
And historic artists with ties to Wisconsin (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection):
  • Carl Anderson (Henry)
  • Ham Fisher (Joe Palooka)
  • Mike Grell (Jon Sable)
  • Frank O King (Gasoline Alley)
  • Steve Rude (Nexus)
  • Sidney Smith (The Gumps)
  • Erwin Hess (Big Little Book – Roy Rodgers)
  • Trina Robbins (Last Human)
  • Jules Feiffer (Hold Up)
AND iconic comic book artists: (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection)
  • Frank Frazetta (Planet – Comic Book Interior)
  • Jack Kirby (Human Torch)
  • Joe Kubert (Hawkman, Tarzan)
  • Frank Robbins (Johhny Hazard)
  • Jerry Robinson (Green Hornet)
  • Joe Shuster (Superman)
  • Joe Simon (Phantom)
  • Bill Sienkewicz (Hulk)
As well as MAD magazine’s:
  • Sergio Aragones (Groo) (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection)
  • Dave Berg
  • Jack Davis
  • Mort Drucker
  • Will Elder
  • Wally Wood
And FINALLY Newspaper greats from days gone by: (On Loan From The George Hagenauer Collection)
  • Ernie Bushmiller (Nancy)
  • Gus Arriola (Gordo)
  • Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon, Terry and the Pirates)
  • Roy Crane (Captain Easy)
  • Billy DeBeck (Barney Google and Snuffy Smith)
  • Bud Fisher (Mutt and Jeff)
  • Hal Foster (Prince Valiant)
  • Chester Gould (Dick Tracy)
  • Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
  • George Herriman (Krazy Kat)
  • Walt Kelly (Pogo)
  • Winsor McKay (Buster Brown)
  • George McManus (Bringing Up Father)
  • Virgil Partch (Big George)
  • Chic Young (Blondie)

As you can see much of the art comes from the collection of George Hagenauer, who has a serious collection of original comic and cartoon artwork. This is a show not to be missed if you have any inkling of being nearby during the run.

2014 NCS Reuben Award Results!

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Whew. Another NCS Reuben Award Weekend in the books. I’ll write a complete wrap-up later this week after I recover. In the meantime, here are the complete award results. Congratulations to the winners!

The Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year:

  • Wiley Miller

Editorial Cartoons

  • Mike Ramirez

Newspaper Illustration

  • Miel Prudencio Ma

Feature Animation

  • Hayao Miyazaki: Director, “The Wind Rises”- Disney

TV Animation

  • Paul Rudish for Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse” shorts – Disney

Newspaper Panels

  • Dave Coverly

Magazine Gag Cartoons

  • Matt Diffee

Advertising/Product Illustration

  • Rich Powell

Greeting Cards

  • Mark Parisi

Comic Books

  • Sergio Aragonés -Sergio Aragonés Funnies

Graphic Novels

  • Andrew C Robinson- The 5th Beatle

Magazine Illustration/Magazine Illustration

  • Dave Whamond

Online- Long Form

  • Jeff Smith- Tuki- Save The Humans

Online- Short Form

  • Ryan Pagelow- Buni

Book Illustration

  • William Joyce

Newspaper Comic Strips

  • Isabella Bannerman- Six Chix


NCS Salute to the Troops

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

2014 Reubens

This weekend is the big National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award Weekend in San Diego, where between 200-300 cartoonists will get together and eat, drink, be merry, and honor their fellow cartoonists with various awards. This year, we’ll be honoring some other folks as well… those that have served our country in the military.

Those who follow this blog will know I have been privileged to have been a part of several USO cartoonist tours to visit both wounded warriors and serving active military personnel in places like Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations both in and out of war zones. Our groups meet and draw for the troops, trying to bring some smiles to some folks who could use them. The NCS has been very active in supporting our soldiers over the years, dating back to the very beginning of the organization in World War II.

This weekend the NCS will be spending our Sunday doing a little domestic-side troop support. Thanks to sponsorship from the USO, IDW Publishing and members Micheal Rameriez and Jeff Keane (both of whom have been on several of those fore mentioned tours), we will be doing several events with U.S. military service men and women.

Naval Medical Center Visit- About 70 cartoonists will get bussed up to the Balboa area to visit the naval hospital there to draw for wounded warriors, staff and their families. This will be very similar to what we do on the USO tours, especially the ones we take to places like the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, and Walter Reed, Bathesda Naval Hopsital or Brooke Medical Center here in the states. Many of the cartoonists will set up in a large commons area near the dining facilities, and others will be formed into small groups to visit patients who are not ambulatory.

USS Midway Museum Event- From 1:00 pm to 4:00 over 100 cartoonists will be set up and drawing on the aircraft carrier/museum the USS Midway in support of Legacy Week, a Memorial Day Weekend celebration honoring those who serve and have severed our country. Sketches and autographs are free but donations are encouraged in support of a charity TBA. This is open to the public and is our annual National Cartoonist Society Foundation outreach event, so come by and see us!

NCS Salutes the Troops Reception- That evening our traditional Sunday farewell gala will be on the deck of the USS Midway, where we will host a number of wounded warriors and their families, folks from the USO and enjoy the music of the DeLuz Band featuring Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist and terrific musician Michael Ramirez.

I’m looking forward to the entire weekend, but Sunday is going to be particularly special.


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