North Central Chapter in Sioux Falls

October 6th, 2009 | Posted in General

The North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society had our annual fall meeting this past weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Organized by former (and long time) chairman Ken Alvine, the chapter had several planned activities and speakers over two days.

On Friday, eight or so of us went to Sioux Falls’ Lincoln High School to participate in “Career Day”. We set up individually in the library and talked to small groups of students about what we do and how we do it, and answered their questions. It is always great getting to talk with kids about what being a cartoonist is all about… they are always extremely interested. I think it’s because they find it hard to believe anyone can make a living drawing funny pictures. Come to think of it, I know a few parents who also find that hard to believe despite a great deal of evidence to the contrary.

The next day we met at the delightful Zandbroz Variety bookstore for three special guest speakers- Chris Browne (Hagar), David Mowder (Hallmark) and Mike Edholm (Martians, Undercover Cockroach) followed by a book signing with Paul Fell (Huskernutz) Chris¬¨‚Ć(The Complete Hagar- 1973-1973) Jeff Koterba (Inklings) and myself signing MAD‘s Bo Confidential.

Chris Browne speaks!
Chris Browne’s presentation had us in stitches…

David Mowder shares some PhotoShop secrets
David Mowder shares some PhotoShop secrets

Dave's demo
Dave’s demo

Mike Edholm's presentation
Chapter chairman Mike Edholm’s presentation

Mike shares his latest project
Mike shares his latest project

Me and Chris at the book signing
Me and Chris at the book signing

That evening we had the pleasure of being invited to Chris and Carroll Browe’s lovely home for a wonderful dinner and even more wonderful company.

At the Browne's home
At the Browne’s home

In Chris's Hagar studio!
In Chris’s Hagar studio! R to L: Dave Carpenter, John Hambrock and Scott Holmes

A Hagar Sunday in the works!
A Hagar Sunday in the works!

An unruly chapter meeting
An unruly chapter meeting

The whole crazy gang!
The whole crazy gang in Chris and Carroll’s kitchen!

Great time as always. What fantastic people Chris and Carroll Browne are. Thanks to them, Ken, chairman Mike and everybody for putting on the event.


  1. Bucky says:

    Thanks for sharing all this, Tom. No surprise, it looks and sounds a great time was had by all.___Missed you guys!

  2. Ray Gardner says:

    That’s a surly looking crowd. Looks like a blast though.

  3. Looks like everyone had a blast. I SOOOO wish I could have been there!

  4. joe Engesser says:

    Ditto! Loved the “Stay Tooned” cover, Tom and great articles, too…it hasn’t left the back of my commode for a week!


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