That’s right, friends!
If we could imagine a list of dream guests for a podcast about coming up with New Yorker cartoons, the top of the list would be long-time cartoon editor of the New Yorker (and creator of the caption competition and the Cartoon bank), and current cartoon editor of Esquire Magazine... the man who purchased my first ever New Yorker cartoon (we all make bad decisions)...
We will be in the Mariners Ballroom at 11:30am on Friday 17th May, Hyatt Huntington Beadch.
See more details on our Facebook page.
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!
Introducing the first of 3 new faces moving to Ginger’s town in 2019... Penny Chieng! A whip-smart Malaysian Australian girl who gives Fitzzy a run for his money in all things academic.
Penny’s mum, a family lawyer, just got a new job in town and moved them in to a new place in Ginger’s neighbourhood. She’s starting at the school this week, and Minnie Peters will be showing her around.
See Penny's first appearance today at GoComics: https://www.gocomics.com/gingermeggs/2019/04/30
This year’s NCSFest will unofficially kick off with my favourite comedy show in the world, Picture This!
I’ve had the privilege of being part of PT since its beginnings in 2013, and will be drawing AND performing in the show on Wednesday, May 15 at the Old Crow Smokehouse. Details in poster below. See you there!
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.
The big NCSFest is only two and a half weeks away.
In anticipation the NCSFest has released their program magazine online.
If the mission was to be informative about the gala celebration and to get people amped about being there, they succeeded!
The magazine has a complete program guide (go easy on those showing up for panels and stuff Sunday morning after The Reuben Awards Dinner Saturday night) and is chock full of great ads and delightful special art from special guests, attendees, and sponsors.
For those attending there is no need to print it out,
the magazine will be available at various places around the festival once it opens May 17.
The Festival is happening on Main Street of Surf City, USA
and they have a site of their own celebrating the cartoon carnival.