Cartoonists Unite for St. Jude Kids Fundraiser in Memphis, TN

What a privilege it is to be part of this great event with my fellow scribblers to raise money for the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis this month!

As we head into Memphis this Memorial Day Weekend to attend the 70th annual NCS Reuben Awards, members of the National Cartoonists Society will be taking the opportunity to lend our time and talents in support of an exceptionally worthy cause.

On Thursday, May 26th, as part of our “Cartooning for Kids”project, NCS members will spend the day at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital drawing for the patients and their families and handing out goodie bags crammed with t-shirts, sketchbooks, crayons, toys, comics and books.

Later that same evening, some of those artists – including a number of cartoonists whose comics run daily in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, as well leading artists in the fields of animation, magazine illustration and editorial cartooning – will appear at a gala fundraiser. Its a chance for the public to join the cartoonists for dinner, enjoy festive food and spirits, get personalized sketches and caricatures and bid on some unique original art. The cartoonists will also participate in an improv show that promises to be one of the highlights of the evening.

Scheduled to appear are: Jeff Keane – Family Circus - Patrick McDonnell – Mutts Lynn Johnston – For Better Or For Worse Jerry Scott – Zits, Baby Blues Richard Kirkman – Baby Blues Mike Peters – Mother Goose & Grimm Stephan Pastis – Pearls Before Swine David Silverman – The Simpsons Bill Morrison – The Simpsons and Disney artist Steve McGarry – Minions Tom Richmond – Mad Magazine Robb Armstrong – Jumpstart @Hillary Price – Rhymes with Orange Greg Walker – Beetle Bailey Greg Evans – Luann Mike Luckovich — Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Rick Stromoski – Soup to Nutz Maria Scrivan – Half Full Luke McGarry – Sad Chewie @Lincoln Pierce – Big Nate Greg Cravens – The Buckets Michael Ramirez - Political Cartoonist – Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Jason Chatfield – Ginger Meggs Ed Steckley – Humorous illustrator

Meanwhile across town on the famous Beale Street, a second group of cartoonists will be busy creating original pieces of art that will be subsequently offered for sale in the St. Jude Gift Shop. Subsequent visitors to the hospital will be able to invest in an original piece of art while making a contribution to a wonderful cause!