This year’s NCS Reuben Awards weekend will be taking place among the country’s biggest ever comic arts festival; the inaugural NCSFest!
NCSFest is the brainchild of Steve McGarry, the syndicated cartoonist and story artist who serves as President of the NCS Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the National Cartoonists Society. To help fulfill his vision of putting the NCS at the heart of a free cartoon arts festival to rival the great European events, he enlisted the aid of Julie Tait, Director of the fastest-growing festival in the UK, the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. With the aid of an incredibly strong team and an army of volunteers – as well as the expertise of Mathieu Diez, the Director of French festival Lyon BD – and the full support of the city of Huntington Beach, NCSFest was born.
The festival will be held over the weekend of May 17-19, 2019. Hundreds of the world’s most celebrated creators are expected to attend the three-day event, participating in seminars, exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and signing sessions, the vast majority of which will be free to the public. Downtown Huntington Beach will be the setting, with all events staged beachside, on the iconic pier, at the city’s Arts Center and library and in local hotels and businesses, all within easy walking distance. The city is laying on shuttle buses to ferry fans between the pier, the Hyatt Regency and overspill parking at City Hall.
Formed in 1947, the National Cartoonists Society is regarded as the most prestigious organisation of professional cartoonists in the world, with such legends as Peanuts creator Charles M Schulz, Walt Disney, Rube Goldberg and Milton Caniff among its alumni. Today’s membership numbers more than 400 eminent cartoonists and many of these world famous creators are appearing at NCSFest. The NCS will also stage its annual Reuben Awards – the comics and cartoons equivalent of the Oscars – during the Festival.
I will be appearing on several panels and events across the weekend. For full details on each, be sure to visit: https://ncsfest.com/events/ You’ll be able to find me at any of the following events:
A LEGACY OF LAUGHTER
Friday, May 17 - 10:00 am
Hyatt Regency - Huntington Ballroom
IS THERE SOMETHING IN THIS?
Friday, May 17 - 12:00 pm
Hyatt Regency - Mariner's Ballroom
THE CARTOON COLLECTIONS WITH BOB MANKOFF AND GUESTS
Friday, May 17 - 2:15 pm
Hyatt Regency - Vista Room
THE DRAWING BOARD WITH PAT BYRNES
Friday, May 17 - 4:30 pm
Hyatt Regency - Fountain Room
THE FAMILY CIRCUS COMES TO THE BEACH
Saturday, May 18 - 11:30 am
Sunday, May 19 - 10:00 am