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
Last weekend I got to perform on what I think is easily the best comedy show in Brooklyn, co-produced by the very funny Ian Hunt. Ian and I also got to collaborate on a crazy one-pager in the up-coming April 16 issue. Check out his podcast “Suicide Pact” with his girlfriend and fellow comic, Catherine Zini.
If you're ever looking for a guaranteed good night of comedy, book ahead. He had me on his show last weekend and it was madness. So much fun. (Photography by Mindy Tucker)
This will be great fun! I’ll be appearing at the Satire and Humor Festival in New York for The Weekly Humorist - Tickets here.
The first-ever satire and humor writing festival in New York, featuring writers and editors from print, TV, web, and film! Come join us for a full weekend of panels, workshops, readings and fun. Check out our festival events and workshops throughout the weekend.
Festival Passes on sale now! The Satire and Humor Festival Pass gives you access to all Satire And Humor Festival events at Caveat!
Register for workshops on topics from cartooning to creating characters!
All workshops are held at our festival partner Magnet Theater’s Training Center. Click the links for workshop descriptions, instructor bios, and registration details! All workshops are NON-REFUNDABLE.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
10:00am - 12:00pm: JOKE IN A BOX taught by Emily Flake
10:00am - 12:00pm: PUNCHING UP taught by Taylor Garron and Eva Victor
12:00pm - 2:00pm: HUMOR WRITING FOR INTROVERTS: LOOKING INWARD taught by Elissa Bassist
12:00pm - 2:00pm: CREATING CHARACTERS WE LOVE TO HATE taught by Chrissy Shackelford
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
10:00am - 12:00pm: THERE’S NO “I” IN “SHORT HUMOROUS PROSE” taught by Luke Burns
10:00am - 12:00pm: LET’S GET SPECIFIC, WEIRD, AND TIGHT taught by Kimberly Harrington
All workshops are two hours and $50.
This year I'll be a guest at the 2015 San Diego International Comic Con! I'll be there from Thursday-Sunday, doing signings at the Universal Uclick stand, Wacom Tablet demos and the National Cartoonists Society booth the rest of the time.
With attendance now at over 130,000, Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (close to 700 separate events in 2014), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.
Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over it’s four-and-a-half decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world. More info on San Diego Comic Con here.
Signing dates, appearances and artwork sales details are on the image above. See you there!