Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Drawn Blog's "Favs of 2012"

Drawn Blog, your daily source of inspiration for illustration, animation, cartooning and comic art, supplies this "Favourite Comics, Art Books, and More of 2012" list. Some beautiful books and useful tool suggestions there:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NCS Early October Happy Hour at O'Caseys

At an early October Happy Hour at O’Caseys, the NYC chapter had fun passing around a sketch pad to create drawings for an auction supporting a critically ill patient who was denied health coverage. With all the pens floating around, many of us took to drawing on the tablecloth which was fortunately made out of paper.

Attendees included [from left to right] Bobby Timony, Michael Kandalaft, Doug Bratton, Pam Melyan-Bratton, Mike Cavallaro, O'Casey's manager Tony, Tony Murphy, Marc Bilgrey, Isabella Bannerman, Ed Steckley, Ray Alma, Maria Scrivan and Farley Katz. 

Isabella Bannerman was the winning cartoonist in the 2012 Union of Concerned Scientists Editorial Cartoon Contest! The theme of the contest was the important role science should play in American democracy and the barriers that get in the way. The contest concludes with the publication of a 2013 calendar, available through the UCS website (, that features the work of 12 cartoonists. The calendar helps to raise money and to highlight the efforts of The Union of Concerned Scientists. 

Other NCS members are part of a gallery show that is currently on display and will be up until January 6th, 2013. FIRST CONTACT: Aliens, UFOs and Broadway is at the Gallery New World Stages, located at 343 West 49th Street in NYC. The show highlights a 100 works of cartoon and comic art that includes pieces by syndicated cartoonists and contributors to The New Yorker. Cartoonists in the show include Marc Bilgrey, Dave Coverly, Bob Eckstein, Hilary Price, Maria Scrivan, Rick Stromoski, Shannon Wheeler and others. A portion of the sales will benefit the National Parkinson Foundation. More information about the show can be found at

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gerard Mooney's NIGHTCALLERS

NCS New York Metro Chapter member Gerard Mooney has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his NIGHTCALLERS animation project. Gerry has already put years worth of care and development into the proposal, and now the clock is ticking on his deadline to raise $9000 to complete the first stage of production.

Click here for more info and to contribute to Gerry's fundraising campaign at the NIGHTCALLERS Kickstarter page!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ed Steckley's 2012 Reuben Award artwork

For this year's Reuben Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, award-winning caricaturist and NCS NY Metro Chapter member Ed Steckley created this mind-boggling homage both to the nominees and the long history of the Society. Over at Ed's website are his thoughts on the weekend and the full artwork -- that's just a tiny sliver of the illustration posted above: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL IMAGE!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mike Cavallaro @ the Scottish Corner

NCS NY Metro Chapter member, Mike Cavallaro, answers some questions at the Scottish Corner artblog. Also featured, a full page of artwork from his upcoming "Nico Bravo" strip in U.K.-based all-ages magazine, The Phoenix Comic. Click HERE for article.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Caniff navigates Public Opinion

Comics journalist and Milton Caniff biographer R.C. Harvey provides this interesting piece about Milt's collisions with the moral sensibilities of some of his readers. Click HERE for the article at The Comics Journal website.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Maurice Sendak Q & A

From The Comics Journal archives, a Q & A with legendary children's book author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, conducted in 1991: CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Frederator Studios

The artwork on this website for Frederator Studios (creators of "The Fairly OddParents", "Fanboy & Chum Chum", and "Adventure Time" animated series) is just so much fun. Click HERE for a look!

Isabella Bannerman visits Drawbridge Studio

New York-based cartoonist, "Six Chix" collaborator, and NCS member, Isabella Bannerman, made the trek out to Gowanus -- the Venice of Brooklyn! -- to visit a small enclave of cartoonists working in a series of satellite studios including "Drawbridge" and neighboring "Hypothetical Island." Both studios occupy adjoining rooms in an arts & industrial design building on the shores of the Gowanus Canal.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

A message from Anne Morse Hambrock, musician and artist, and collaborator with her husband, John Hambrock, on the comic strip "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee":

Monday, April 30, 2012

MoCCA Arts Festival 2012

The weekend of April 28th and 29th marked the 10th anniversary of the annual Museum of Comic and Cartoon Arts (MoCCA) Festival, and the NCS New York Metro Chapter was there. The Festival is a gathering of comics industry professionals, aficionados, self-publishers, independent and small-press publishers, and book market publishers including Fantagraphics Books, Drawn & Quarterly, NBM, Pantheon and Abrams.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Welcome to STRIP CLUB!, the official blog of the National Cartoonists Society NY Metro Chapter, and this, its inaugural post. The plan here is not to plan too much, and to give the members of the Chapter a space to share and discuss topics of cartooning interest.