Friday, October 22, 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Remembering Dropcloth


Ten years ago today I wrote on Facebook:

"New kitty 'Dropcloth' (so named because of the blotches of white fur on his tiger coat) has been given a clean bill of health and is now part of the indoor family of kitties."

We lost him two years ago this December, after some dental surgery. My heart still aches. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cartoonist Photos Part 16

Yet another collection of photos of cartoonists. I tend to post these when I have enough to pass along here. Links to the previous entries are at the bottom. Ready? Then let's begin.

Milt Caniff 1970:

Gag cartoonist Dave Gerard:

Walt Disney 1940:

Jule Feiffer:

Gerald Scarfe:

Charles Schulz 1978:

Art Spiegelman 1992:

James Thurber 1960:

Trina Robbins:

Vernon Nealy 1975

From the Amazon bio page for his 2014 book Whispers, Secrets and Lies - Letters of Life:

"Vernon A. Nealy an American native, born in Passaic, New Jersey in the early 1950's. As a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, his field of concentration was Fine Arts major and cartoonist. He created cartoon characters which enhanced the university's newspaper. Mr. Nealy, a freelance artist and fashion designer has worked for various New York-based companies. During his spare time, he exercises his gift in writing poetry and prose. Whipsers, Secrets and Lies - Letters of Life is his first published collection"


Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

Part five

Part six 

Part seven 

Part eight

Part nine

Part ten

Part eleven

Part twelve

Part thirteen


Part fourteen


Part fifteen

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

NCS Fest Video Highlights


This past weekend the National Cartoonists Society held its 75th Reubens Weekend. It was the second time that they have had a virtual convention. The schedule of events is here, and you can look at the entire event here:


Just the Reuben Awards:

Individual chapters submitted short videos about what they’ve been up to lately. You can see the Berndt Toast Gang’s starting at about the 5:45 minute point in the composite video but do enjoy them all:
Big hat tip to Adrian Sinnott for the links!

Monday, October 18, 2021

Ray Billingsley Named 2020 Reuben Award Winning Cartoonist of the Year


Congratulations to Curtis cartoonist and friend Ray Billingsley upon his Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

From the National Cartoonists Society:

The recipient of the cartooning profession’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, is chosen by a secret ballot of the members of the National Cartoonists Society. The NCS is pleased to announce this year’s winner is the creator of the popular newspaper comic strip “Curtis”, American cartoonist, Ray Billingsley.
The coveted award was presented to Mr. Billingsley online Saturday evening, October 16th at the finale of NCSFEST 2021, the virtual cartooning festival hosted by the National Cartoonists Society and the NCS Foundation. In graciously accepting the award, Billingsley said “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t believe this has happened. I’d like to thank everyone who made this moment come true, thank everyone from the deepest part of my heart. I never thought I’d see this day.”
In an emotional moment, Billingsley expressed “This has been a huge step for me. And also a monumental step for the NCS, because I’m the first black guy to win the prestigious Reuben Award, and for that I am very grateful.” adding, “I wish creators like Morrie Turner and Ted Shearer, and Brumsic Brandon Jr. were here to see this.”

 The Daily Cartoonist has more here

Friday, October 15, 2021

Happy Friday


Happy Halloween. I am away from my board for a couple of days. 

And of course, I will mask up for safety. 

 See you next week!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Garden As of Mid-October

Some pics of the garden and the fall colors here. If you're in the White Mountains this week, it's gonna definitely be peak color time there. The garden is slowing down for sure, but the pepper plants just love to make their peppers. Go figure. And the zinnias are happy. But we have yet to experience the first frost.