Feng Shui, me and TV! This profile was done about thirteen years ago…I had done a little series about Feng Shui in my Between Friends strip and I was contacted by the producer of a television series about Feng Shui. They used a strip in each of the segments and then came to my home to do a profile on me.
It’s taken me a while to get caught up and back to normal since I got home from the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend in San Diego! My talk went well…at least that’s what everyone told me. Then again…there’s one heck of a lot of drinking going on during the weekend so who can say for sure? But the whole weekend was fantastic…well organized, interesting and fun. It ‘s so great to get together with my cartooning friends in person instead of via internet or telephone! Tom Richmond and his wife, Anna outdid themselves making sure everything ran smoothly. On the final night of the weekend, we had dinner on the Midway. Pretty hard to beat that!
So…if you’re wondering about the little cartoon above…that’s my very first syndicated comic. Note the date of Feb. 16, 1973…and my age…13…actually I think I may have been 14. Anyway, I’ll save you the trouble of doing the math…that makes me 56. And I look exactly the same except my hair is shorter…and dyed to hide the grey.
“The Cartoon Bug” was a syndicated feature that paid ten dollars if they selected your comic submission. They printed your photo and gave a short critique. I was pretty thrilled when they sent me notice that my cartoon had been selected. Note the hat on the little boy with the yo-yo…that’s my Jughead influence from the Archie comic books.
Humble beginnings, for sure!
Next week I’m headed to San Diego for the annual National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Awards Weekend. This year, I’m honoured to be one of the presenters…which is why I’ve been caricatured by the incomparably talented Tom Richmond of Mad Magazine fame. I’m the one in the boat seated between Maeve and Susan. I’ve never looked so good. I’m scheduled for some hair colour and a pedicure in a vain attempt to live up to Tom’s interpretation. I’m hoping he’ll use his talents to do my make-up before my talk.
The Reuben Awards weekend is an annual event for members of the National Cartoonist Society. In addition to the Awards ceremony, there are cocktail parties and seminars and other special events/excursions related to the host city. It’s really just a great big party that gives cartoonists from all walks a chance to get together in person, talk shop and have fun.
My talk is centered around the anniversary of my twenty years in syndication. I’ve been tweaking the ”final” version of my presentation for the past two weeks. I think it’s time to just put it to rest. I could tweak until I retire.
I can’t wait to go…it’s always such a great weekend! I’ll post some highlights of my talk when I get back.
(Oh…and see in the top left corner? That’s special guest, Weird Al Yankovic!)