I’ll be part of a HUGE free cartoonist signing at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach this Thursday. Come by and meet your cartooning heroes— and ME!
On May 17th the National Cartoonists Society will present Disney legend Floyd Norman with the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Annual Reuben Awards in Huntington Beach, California.
The Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award is given by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors for a lifetime of outstanding and accomplished work in the field of cartooning.
Floyd Norman is an animator, writer, comic strip and comic book artist, and a bonafide “Disney Legend.” Over the course of his stellar career, Norman has worked for a number of animation companies in addition to Walt Disney Animation Studios, including Hanna-Barbera Productions, Ruby-Spears, Film Roman and Pixar.
Floyd had his start as an assistant to Katy Keene comic book artist Bill Woggon. In 1956, he was employed as an “in-betweener” on Sleeping Beauty at The Walt Disney Company, becoming the first African-American artist to work at the studio on a long-term basis. He has since been instrumental in the creation of Disney classics including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Mulan, Toy Story 2, and many more beloved films. In 2007, Floyd was inducted into the Disney Hall of Fame with the “Disney Legend Award.”
Norman has also published several books of cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry, Faster! Cheaper!: The Flip Side to the Art of Animation, How the Grinch Stole Disney, Suspended Animation: The Art Form That Refuses To Die, and several others.
Floyd is also the subject of the 2016 documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, and in that same year was appointed to the education and outreach committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
The National Cartoonists Society is the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. It was born in 1946 when groups of cartoonists got together to entertain the Allied troops. They found that they enjoyed each other’s company and decided to meet on a regular basis.
Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world’s major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession, including newspaper comic strips and panels, comic books and graphic novels, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration, online comics, and more.
Membership is limited to established professional cartoonists, with a few exceptions of outstanding persons in affiliated fields.
NCS president Bill Morrison said of Norman, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the Caniff award than Floyd Norman. His career that spans seven decades is bejewelled with accomplishments that have advanced the art of cartooning and opened doors for a multitude of talented and deserving animators, writers, and artists.”
Floyd Norman joins a roster of prior Caniff recipients that includes such notable cartoonists and illustrators as Frank Frazetta, Dale Messick, Joe Kubert, Morrie Turner, Lynda Barry, Will Eisner, Al Hirschfeld, Jack Davis, Jules Feiffer, Sandra Boynton, Jerry Robinson, and many more iconic artists.
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