Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tickets now available for the 2014 ManhattanNCS Holiday Party!

Ho Ho Ho- It's that time of year!

Original art by Al Jaffee.

Big things are in the works this year's bash, so get your tickets early!
What's better than the holiday season in Manhattan!
Again, space is limited, and you won't wanna miss this one... So get a move on, already!

Here's the info:
Saturday, December 6, 7:00 PM at the Society of Illustrators, E 63rd and Lexington in Manhattan.

Food, Music, Good times!  And, a surprise or two...
Lots more info to come, but register now to reserve your spot.


Monday, October 6, 2014

The NCS at New York Comic-Con

New York Comic-Con 2014 arrives at the Jacob Javits Center this week, Thursday, October 9th - Sunday October 12th, and the National Cartoonists Society will be there! Drop by booth #265 and meet Ray Alma, Carolyn Belefski, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Keneth Branch, Mike Cavallaro, Bill Janoch, Tom Richmond, Maria Scrivan, and Shannon Wheeler.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Irwin - A New York Story", 9/3/14 @ Society Of Illustrators


Dan Makara's documentary film on the life and work of legendary cartoonist Irwin Hasen comes to the Society of Illustrators [128 East 63rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
New York, NY 10065 Tel: (212) 838-2560] on Wednesday, September 3rd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Join us for a screening of the documentary "Irwin: A New York Story", directed by Dan Makara. The film follows the life of Irwin Hasen, a 96-year-old comic book creator and strip artist, as he shares his memories of childhood and the Golden Age of Comics.

The film will be followed with a panel discussion led by Ed Steckley and includes Hy Eisman, Al Jaffee, Karen Green, and Arnold Roth.

A small reception will follow.


$10 Society of Illustrators Members | $15 Non-Members | $7 Seniors/Students

Monday, June 23, 2014

June Happy Hour this week!

Join us for a pre-Bunny Bash at the Society of Illustrators!

Summer is here, all the more reason to come out and reminisce about the past Reubens, and what the summer has in store!  Plus, if we're nice, Isabella Bannerman might let us gaze upon her newly bestowed Reuben for Newspaper Comic Strips!

For an added treat, we've got a special guest flying in this week, and though I don't want to include any NCS spoilers, you'd be hard PRESsed TO Make any better plans that would be as RICH today, this forth MONDay in June.

So come on out, it's at the usual place and time (email me by clicking here if you want more info), bring your $10 and a smile, and we'll usher in the summer with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and some laughs!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Icons of Animation

June 4th August 16th

Opening Reception: Friday, June 6th 6:30pm 
Society of Illustrators, E 63rd (between Park and Lex)
Film Screening: Thursday, June 5th 7:00pm
the Academy Theater, 111 E 59th (between Park and Lex)

I had this sent to me today from the Society of Illustrators:
New York, NY (May, 2013)—The art of animation dates back to the early 19th century, even before Thomas Edison announced his creation of the kinetoscope in 1889. His invention projected a 50-foot length of film in approximately 13 seconds. This art form has come a long way and continues to evolve.
Animation today is a multi-billion dollar industry. Several of the top ten box-office hits last year were animated films. This exhibit showcases four of the greatest animation artists living and working in the field today: William Joyce, Carlos Nine, Bill Plympton, and Peter de Sève. A film screening and panel will take place on Thursday, June 5th at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild, and an Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 6th at the Society of Illustrators.
Curatorial thanks to Bill Plympton, who as a youth, was crazy about cartoons and animation and wanted to celebrate some of his colleagues who he considers his heroes.

About the Artists

Peter de Sève

Peter de Sève’s illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and televised advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies, de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and Finding Nemo. His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d’Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design. Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby’s Flying Fairy School. Peter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children’s book, The Duchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.

William Joyce

William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry. He won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. He has also written seven hard copy Simon & Schuster children’s books including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and The Guardians of Childhood book series. Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation.
His feature films include Rise of the Guardians, Robots and Meet the Robinsons and his television series George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards. Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Blue Sky Studios feature film, Epic, inspired by his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

Carlos Nine

Carlos Nine is a renowned illustrator, comics author, painter, sculptor, animation film writer, and author of several books. He was awarded awarded on several occasions the Silver Clio in Illustration (Clio Awards, New York, 1993), the Caran D’Ache award for best illustrator (Rome, Italy, 1995), the Prix de l’Ecole Supérieure de l’image (France, 2001) and the First Prize at the Angoulême Festival (France, 2001). He has published books and held exhibitions in numerous countries. He has been invited to give seminars, workshops, and courses in his country and in France. He has also worked for several magazines and journals, including Le Monde (Paris), The New Yorker (USA), Noticas, Humor, and the newspapers La Nación and Clarín.

Bill Plympton

Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw. In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics’ Week. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.
About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan. It is open to the public on Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4 pm.
To learn more about the Museum and the Society, visit

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Isabella Bannerman wins the Divisional Reuben Award!

The 2014 Reubens has come and gone, 

and we sit and reflect back on the weekend that was.

Official art for the Reubens ceremony by Ed Steckley

We had two members nominated this year, Bob Eckstein had not one but two nominations, and our own Isabella Bannerman, accompanied by her two delightful sisters, took home the hardware for Best Newspaper Comic Strip last Memorial Day weekend at the Reubens!  Way to go Bob and Isabella!

Click on the strip to see more of Isabella and the rest of the Six Chicks comics!

Monday, May 26, 2014

And the Award Goes To...

courtesy of the National Cartoonists Society

Cartoonist Wiley Miller, creator of the "Non Sequitur" strip, wins the National Cartoonists Society’s 2014 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. More about Mr. Miller, the award, and the ceremony HERE.

Monday, April 21, 2014

April Happy Hour, Wednesday April 23rd!

Gonna be in Manhattan this Wednesday?  

Come join us for our last Happy Hour before 

the Reubens in San Diego!

It's our last happy hour before the Reubens in San Diego... As if you needed a better reason than to come out and see your pals in the ManhattanNCS!
(A little birdie told me that the great Irwin Hasen will be stopping in....)

Plus, congratulate our local Divisional award nominees, Big Shot Bob Eckstein(Magazine Gag Cartoons and Newspaper Illustration ) and the always swell Isabella Bannerman (Newspaper Panels) on their achievements!  Way to go you two!

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 7-9pm
Where: The Society of Illustrators,
E 63rd btwn Park and Lex.  3rd Floor.
How much: $10, for food and a cocktail of your choosing!  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Local Boy Done Good...

Gonna be in NYC next Tuesday?
Come and celebrate our pal Al Jaffee!

From Karen Green and the Butler Library at Columbia blog:

With the new semester comes new events, and our first of the year is a corker: in honor of Al Jaffee's donation of his papers to our Rare Book and Manuscript Library, we're going to celebrate his life and career with a panel discussion.  Former DC Comics president (and sometime Columbia lecturer) Paul Levitz will moderate, and joining him will be cartoonist Peter Kuper, Mad magazine art director Sam Viviano, and–of course!–Al himself.
So mark your calendars for Tuesday March 4 at 7:00 PM, in room 523, Butler Library. 
A reception will follow the event.  As always, Comics@Columbia events are free and open to the public.
If you're interested, come out early!  This will be a big one... See you Tuesday!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Russ Heath to Recieve Milton Caniff Award

The National Cartoonists Society is very pleased to announce that legendary comic book artist Russ Heath will receive The Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual NCS Reuben Awards banquet in San Diego, California on May 24th, 2014.
The award, named for Terry and the Pirates creator and former NCS President and co-founder Milton Caniff, is awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors. It is given for a lifetime of outstanding and accomplished work to a cartoonist who has not previously won the organization’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Friday, January 10, 2014

ManhattanNCS president to speak at New England chapter function

Thus begins the steady decline of the great and powerful New England chapter of the NCS.

 Seriously, I'm flattered that they asked me to come out and speak.  The New England chapter is one of the NCS groups that really has it together, as far as events for their members.  Mark and Lynn Parisi have monthly happy hours, and once a year throw a big bash where they (up until now) get big time celebrities and famous artists to come by and talk.  I've been to a few, and it's always a great time with a great turnout (again, up until now).

If your'e interested in going, here's all the info:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Get ready for 2014!

The Happy Hour schedule for the first half of the year 

is officially carved in stone.... 


Wednesday January 29th, 7-9pm
Society of Illustrators
128 E 63rd St, between Park and Lex
Please RSVP the monday before so I can give the Society a head count.

Join us for the first happy hour of 2014! 
$10 gets you a drink all you can eat buffet!
This event is not closed, so bring your friends!


Wednesday, February 19th
Society of Illustrators
$10 for the first round and the world famous SoI buffet
Again, please RSVP the monday before so I can give the Society a head count.


Rube Goldberg Extravaganza!

Our March happy hour will be a special one!The delightful Jennifer George, granddaughter of cartoon icon Rube Goldberg, has opened up her home to us (UES), to provide a night of music, art, food and drink!

No funny contraptions to get through the door, just $10! Come on out to this catered event for good times, artwork, and check out Rube's drawing board while you're at it!  Proceeds from this event towards our End of the Year holiday bash in December!  Not to guilt you into coming or anything...

Please RSVP to me (by clicking here) by March 19th so I can get Jennifer an accurate head count.


Join us back at the Society of Illustrators for our last happy hour before the Reubens In San Diego! 
We'll have lots to talk about, so come out out, eat drink and be, uh, Merry with us!
$10 for the first round and buffet!
RSVP the monday before so I can give the Society a head count.