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Cartoonists Run Amok event in Philadelphia, PA this Sunday!

This coming Sunday the cartoonists are descending on Philly!! Read below for more...

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The Nation’s Finest Cartoonists To Draw For The Public at the Philadelphia Free Library on May 27th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – On Sunday, May 27, 2018, some 75 members of the National Cartoonist Society will come to Philadelphia’s Free Library in a unique free event where they will meet with, and draw for, the public. It will most likely be the largest concentration of cartoonists drawing free for the public anywhere in America this year.

Support for this event is being provided by the Free Library of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Inquirer. It is tentatively scheduled to take place from 1-4 PM.

It’s all part of the National Cartoonist Society’s annual Reuben Awards Weekend taking place in Philadelphia May 25-27. 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 troops. They found that they enjoyed each other’s company and decided to get to- gether 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 pan- els, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration and more.The Reuben Awards have been called the “Oscars Of Cartooning” and this weekend will draw the best of the profession to Philadelphia.

At the event – to be held in the Main Lobby of the Free Library – cartoonists sit behind tables and fans can stroll up, talk to the creators and get a small cartoon, doodle or autograph from their favorite artists. There will be cartoonists from the newspaper comics section, from the graphic novel world, from the pages of the New Yorker, from MAD magazine, from popular animation studios, from the movie animation world, from web comics, from graphic novels, from children’s books and more.

You will also be able to buy books and materials directly from the creators and have them auto- graphed right in front of you. And people will be able to browse the Free Library’s impressive collec- tion of cartoon art and books as well.

Here is just a partial list of the cartoonists scheduled to appear with more being added weekly until the event:

Jeff Keane - The Family Circus
Rick Kirkman - Baby Blues
Jerry Scott - Zits & Baby Blues
Bill Morrision - The Simpsons / MAD Magazine Lynn Johnston - For Better Or Worse
Ann Telnaes - Eashington Post Editorial Cartoonist Chance Browne - Hi & Lois/ Hagar The Horrible Jan Eliot - Stone Soup
Isabella Bannerman - Six Chicks
Mark Parisi - Off The Mark & the Marty Pants book series Mark Tatulli - Lio & Heart of the City
Wayno - Bizarro
Dave Blazek - Loose Parts
Greg Evans - Luann
Jeff Parker - Dustin
John Reiner - The Lockhorns
Arnie Roth - Philadelphia Native & Legendary MAD cartoonist Jason Chatfield - New Yorker Cartoonist & Ginger Meggs Creator Rick Stromoski - Soup to Nutz
Jeff Knurek - The Jumble
Ben Lansing - Shoe
Rob Rogers - Editorial Cartoonist
Chip Bok - Editorial Cartoonist
Ray Alma - MAD Magazine
Tom Stiglich - Creators Syndicate Editorial Cartoons
Luke KcGarry - TLDR
Angie Jordan - Nationally Known Caricature Artist
Pete Gallagher - Heathcliff
Greg Cravens - The Buckets
Rick Stromoski - Soup to Nutz
John Hambrock - Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee
Will Henry - Wallace The Brave
Terry LaBan - Edge City /Breakthroguh Visuals
Ed Steckley - Illustrator/Book Author
(This is a preliminary list that will be added to as the event nears.)

Process: Ginger Meggs Sunday strip

Some Ginger Meggs readers at comic con were asking what my process was for drawing the strip these days; do I work digitally or in pencil first? Well, the answer is: a little bit of both.

For certain poses and situations sometimes I'll sketch the characters out in pencil and take a photo with my phone using the Evernote 'receipt scan' cam widget, which cleans up the image and uploads it to the cloud. It shows up on my Evernote immediately. (I do this for a lot of prelim sketch work.)

Then I drag and drop the pencils into the strip and resize it to where I want it on the template. I'll draw over it with a 'blue pencil' brush on photoshop and sketch out the panels and where the word balloons need to go in each panel.

(Remember - always write out your words first for the comic strip; that way you can edit them down, and then you know how much room the word balloons are going to take up in the panels.)

I then take those sketches and make them about 40% opacity on photoshop (using that layer as a 'draft pencils' layer) and add a layer above it for inks. I have specific brushes that I know will reproduce well in print, and will draw in the characters according to the style guide for Ginger Meggs.

For this strip, I turned Meggsie into a "Captain America-style" hero so there was a bit of character re-designing to do. I like drawing these kinds of strips because I get to play around with compositions like it's a comic book.

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If you have any process questions, leave me a message in the 'contact' section above.

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I'm a Guest Jumbler!

Meggsie fans! 

Keep an eye out today on The Jumble... you might recognise one familiar-looking redhead.

To those of you who aren't familiar, Jumble is one of the most beloved and successful word games in history. Created in 1954, it has been widely syndicated and licensed to become the most recognizable scrambled word game in the world. Roughly 70 million people have access to Jumble every day through more than 600 U.S. and international publications.

Thank you to Jeff Knurek for having me as a guest Jumbler!
and for this awesome gift! (You know me so well. #WineMug)