A few years ago, myself and my friend Naomi Brockwell collaborated on a childrens book about Bitcoin for young kids. It explains cryptocurrency in a very simple and understandable way through the story of a young schoolboy who gets bullied on his way to school. You can buy it on Amazon or Apple Books.
Hey, friends! I’ll be back in San Diego for another huge Comic Con next week from Friday through Sunday. Come by the National Cartoonists Society booth #1307 (Over near the B1 entry). Come by and say hi, buy a cartoon, watch me draw on the Wacom Mobilestudio Pro, give me a high five. Whatever.
If you’re looking for some highlights, I’d recommend the New Yorker Cartoonists VS MAD Cartoonists panel on Friday at 7:30pm… that should be a ripper. Also, always take a look at Artists alley and visit our talented National Cartoonists Society members. Buy some of their art, follow them on social media, or just say hello. It all makes for a nice time at what can be a chaotic and hectic convention. You can find a new list of our members online at: https://www.nationalcartoonists.com/members/directory/
And a full list of SDCC exhibitors at: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/exhibitors
I had a brief chat with The World on ABC TV about MAD tonight:
Click above to listen to the interview on NPR on “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” from today, Monday July 8 2019.
I was interviewed along with Tom Richmond, Marty Dundics, Kit Lively and a slew of other artists, writers and call-ins.
Southern California Public Radio (NPR Los Angeles)
Hey friends! Terrible news... I have my first full-colour full-pager in MAD, out this week!
Even better is I get to share the great dishonour with fellow NYC comedian and hopelessly deranged MAD devotee, Ian Hunt. I'll be on his show tomorrow night at Parkside Comedy! Drop by for a drink and a laugh. Maybe a spew.
June 12th, 2019
Re: Response to Editorial Page Editor, James Bennet’s statement: June 10th, 2019.
On behalf of the membership of the National Cartoonists Society, the NCS Board of Directors express our great dismay at the decision announced to cease running daily editorial cartoons in all international editions of the New York Times as of July 1st, 2019 as they have already done for the domestic edition.
Editorial cartooning is an invaluable form of pointed critique in American newspapers that dates back to the 19th-century work of the legendary Thomas Nast, as well as to pamphlet images published by Benjamin Franklin. The history of our great nation can be read through the pens of our editorial artists and cartoonists. Journals of record are the conduits to this history.
The cartoonists that contribute to your publication are not mere hobbyists, but deeply committed life-long devotees to the art of political commentary. It is not a job that is taken lightly, nor done with ease. It is a passion that not only feeds the national and international conversation, but just as importantly, feeds their families.
The contribution of cartoonists to your publication are as important and viable as those of op-ed contributors, and yet you would never consider dropping the op-eds.
We find ourselves in a critical time in history when political insight is needed more than ever, yet we see more and more cartoonists vanishing from the pages of our publications. If we are to dull the voices of our most valued critics, satirists, and artists, we stand to lose much more than the ability to debate and converse; We lose our ability to grow as a society. We rob future generations of their opportunity to learn from our mistakes.
We would implore the management of the New York Times to reconsider their decision, and reinstate daily editorial cartoons to both the domestic and international editions of The New York Times in print and online.
National Cartoonist Society
Keep a less-than-keen eye out in the next issue of MAD magazine for a jolly old cartoon by yours truly and the very funny Ian Hunt.
Ian and I met doing stand-up in New York and he’s been writing for MAD for just over a year now. It was a lot of fun collaborating with him and the team at MAD on this crazy one-pager.Read More
Please forgive the sound quality!
Today's episode features special guest, New Yorker Cartoon Editor emeritus, Current Cartoon & Humor Editor of Esquire Magazine and Creator of the Cartoon Collections, Bob Mankoff.
Thank you for your support and to those who came out to the show, recorded live on stage at NCSFest 2019 in Huntington Beach, California.
Stay tuned to the YouTube channel for the video version of this episode.
I’m very proud and deeply honoured to commence my term as 36th President of the world’s biggest cartooning organisation, the National Cartoonists Society.
The NCS has been an enormous part of my life for many years, and I’m thrilled to be able to dedicate my time and energy to helping the organisation thrive and progress forward.
A big debt of gratitude is owed to the outgoing President, Bill Morrison, who has presided over the NCS for the last 4 years. During some of the most transformational years in our industry, Bill has done a tremendous job of fostering an inclusive and increasingly diverse NCS, reflected in both within the board and the membership at large.
Under his leadership, we are now lucky to have a broader cross-section of artists in our ranks than at any other time in our 73 years, and I, along with our new board, intend to continue his good work taking the NCS forward in that direction. We want to welcome artists from all ages and backgrounds, and now, all countries into the NCS.
Jason Chatfield - President
Ed Steckley - 1st Vice President
John Hambrock - 2nd Vice President
Teresa Logan - 3rd Vice President
Joe Wos - Secretary
Drew Aquilina - Treasurer
Greg Cravens - Membership Chair
Karen Evans - National Representative
What is the NCS?
For those of you unfamiliar; 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.
Past NCS President Tom Richmond wrote up a comprehensive post on his blog about the NCS when he took over as President in 2011 which I’d highly recommend. The official website at reuben.org has much more information.
The list below of past-presidents of the NCS is a clear reflection of what has been, for a long time, a heavily male-dominated industry. That aspect of the society is rapidly changing and it couldn’t be happening soon enough. There are big changes in the face of big challenges ahead for the organization, so you can rest assured that the future of the NCS is anything but ‘business as usual.’
And I guess I can announce now, that you can hear more from Bill and myself, along with a roster of our talented NCS members whom we will showcase to the international audience, in the brand new NCS Podcast!
This is one of several new initiatives we will be rolling out in the coming year to attract new and varied members into the NCS family and showcase the talents of our existing members.
For those of you who have no idea who I am, (and that’s probably a LOT of you), I’ll give you a 20 second background:
I started out working in commercial printing and Newspapers when I was 17 in a city called Perth, in Western Australia. I was an editorial cartoonist, and took caricature commissions and did live caricatures at events. I then continued that work while I took over a syndicated legacy strip which is published daily in 34 countries through Andrews McMeel, which I’ve been working on for 12 years. I now live and work in New York and in addition to the strip, I draw gag cartoons for The New Yorker and MAD, (and when Ed Steckley gets an advertising illustration job he really doesn’t want to do.. well, then he flicks it over to me and I do that, too.)
I tell you that more than anything to reassure you that I don’t come from any one discipline of cartooning— I admire and respect our art form in all its forms, online and offline, and I hope that myself and this new board can offer value and balance for all of our members from all walks.
As the writer and artist on a 98 year-old legacy strip, I’ve learned a thing or two about modernising a cherished decades-old institution. My intention is never to betray the loyalty and generosity of those of you who have supported the NCS for so many years, but ensure everyone feels a sense of welcome and belonging.
I look forward to the exciting times we have ahead of us. Thank you to the NCS for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this fantastic organization.