L to R, top row: Bruce Higdon, Sergio Aragonés, Mo Willems (Reubens emcee), Jeff Smith, Terry Moore. Second row: David Apatoff, Jenny Robb, Luke McGarry, Matt Diffee, Lynn Johnston, Paul Coker Jr. Front: Jan Eliot, Maria Scrivan, Deborah Peyton.
I'm thrilled and honored to be a speaker at the 70th Annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards this May in Memphis. I'm going to be sharing some of work, my process and some lessons learned along the way. You can read more about the event here: http://www.reuben.org/2016/02/2016-reuben-awards-art-and-speakers
This gorgeous cover art was created by Tom Richmond.
On February 16th, the Connecticut Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society had a great time judging the Newspaper Illustration Division at Mort Walker’s Studio. Our job was to take the preliminary entries and narrow them down to a select few. Our choices will soon appear online for the rest of the organization to judge to determine the final nominees.
In addition to lunch and conversation we were treated to a tour of Mort Walker’s studio, which is its own museum filled with incredible drawings, paintings and history.
In attendance (pictured L to R) were: Mary Anne Case, Greg Walker, Brian Walker, Chance Browne, Sean Kelly, Mort Walker, Ray Billingsley, Maria Scrivan, Bill Janocha, Bob Englehart and Neal Walker.
I had a fun visit with Mort Walker at his Studio, which is only 2 miles from my house. It's an amazing building that used to be owned by Gutzon Borglum, the creator of Mount Rushmore. The walls of Mort's office are covered with Beetle Bailey book covers and drawings along with a museum of originals from Peanuts, Garfield, Prince Valiant, Blondie and a long list of others.
Mort feels strongly that cartoonists must play golf so I gave it shot in his backyard tee. I took a swing and a miss and then nearly destroyed the platform at which point I decided I'd better stick with cycling.
Every summer Bunny Hoest [The Lockhorns] hosts a fun gathering for cartoonists at her beautiful waterfront house in Long Island. I had a great time catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and enjoying the gorgeous view of Long Island Sound.