New NCS Blog Feature

November 2nd, 2012 | Posted in News

One of the things I’ve wanted to do as the president of the National Cartoonists Society was to improve the organizations’ web presence in the form of an active blog with news, features and other posts of interest to anyone who has an interest in cartooning. For that, I need NCS members who are willing to give their time and efforts to creating that content. This isn’t necessarily very easy to come by. When webcomics creator and publisher¬¨‚ĆJohn Lotshaw¬¨‚Ć approached me at a recent Reuben weekend to volunteer to do just that, I wasn’t going to let him off the hook.

I’m pleased to announce a new series of articles on the NCS website by John that will chronicle the development and launch of a new comic on the web. The posts will cover the full creative process, from conception to launch, and follow the comic through promotion and monetization efforts. It’s intended to give the readers of comics an look behind the scenes, as well as give the veterans the chance to add their two cents as the process goes along.

John’s first entry has been posted on, which gives a lot of backstory about John, how he got into cartooning and what he’s done in the industry thus far. He explains what his feature will be about and where he hopes to take it from there. His plan is to post at least weekly. He’ll be diving into the deep end and talking about development of the premise and characters with the second post, and then he’ll start doing character development from there.

I think this is going to be a fun series and readers are going get a lot out of seeing the creative process in “real time”. I guess it’s kind of like a reality show for cartoonists… John says he hopes he won’t become “the Honey Boo Boo of the NCS… :)”.

If you are interested, go read it.


  1. Istvan says:

    I am very interested in this. Take as an example Trudeau’s development of Doonesburk [controversial as that is now that Justin Trudeau wants to be Prime Minister of Canada] How does a feature like that come into being?

    For that matter how does something simpler, like a TOM GREEN caricature, how is something like that given life.

    I for one would certainly tune into that.

  2. Istvan says:

    Or for that matter will Scott Adams ever have anything to say about Microsoft?


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