Cartoonist Anonymous Meeting
October 21, 2018 @ The RAM Brewery & Restaurant in Rosemont, IL
We got together again last Sunday (Oct 21) at a new location: RAM Brewery & Restaurant in Rosemont, IL. This was a re-schedule from last month (Sept 16) when we had planned on meeting at the wonderfully-named Peckish Pig in Evanston, but couldn’t get enough RSVP’s to “qualify” for a reservation: minimum 12. We seem to have a problem with The PP (0-for-2 tries), and Evanston in general. We can’t seem to get a regular spot there. Suggestions are welcome.
As an added note, the RAM Brewery in Schaumburg closed permanently in September so we were looking for a new central location. The RAM Rosemont manager (Jorge) generously allowed us to have the exclusive use of their big room at no extra charge. I hope we can come back here in 2019. I had to schmooze us out of the bar into the dining room, and then out of the dining room into the big private room so we could set up our banners and overall it worked pretty well.
Al Rozanski came down from Milwaukee, WI to win first place in the Farthest Cartoonist Travel distance award which, to no one’s great surprise, had no prize at all. Holden Henry and Dan Beyer came from Kenosha to tie for second place, also with no prize. It’s a tough crowd. The Brians met Al at one of the first KFOC (Kenosha Festival of Cartooning) events back in 2012 or so, and we met Holden this summer when we had our first Cartoonists Anonymous get together outside of the Chicago area at a fine pub called… Ashling on the Lough (Lake) in Kenosha. All are good friends of John and Anne Hambrock, and we owe the Hambrocks a big thanks because they are all great guys and cartoonists. Third place went to Bruce Quast of the Rockford area, who has the best attendance record of anybody as well as being a great guy and cartoonist as well. We thank them all for their consistency and willingness to travel to come to these social gatherings where nothing big really takes place, but everyone seems to enjoy them most of the time.
The usual suspects in the group photo above (l to r): Bruce Quast, Al Rozanski, Holden Henry, Spencer McGreal, Jim McGreal, Richard Laurent, Dan Beyer, Brian Diskin, Matt Hansel, and T. Brian Kelly (Bear cap). Professional posing in the foreground are Chuck Senties and Johnny Sampson.
Appetizers: Chicken quesadillas squares, Porter BBQ and regular boneless wings, pretzel rolls with beer cheese dip, Armadillo eggs. Whatever those are.
LOCAL CHAPTER NEWS: Chuck has completed our 9th NCSL membership application, and will be inducted at the NCS Chicago chapter annual meeting on November 4. He came to Rosemont directly from a caricature gig at Soldier Field where the Bears were finding a way to lose again to the Patriots, 38-31. Al and Holden both took chapter membership applications and are considering possibly joining the chapter. Richard Laurent has his first book, “Laughing Matters” coming out very soon, so keep an eye open for that. He brought a proof of the cover for our enjoyment which I scanned and should be in the attached photo department above. Johnny has completed some great work recently for the NY Times Review of Books. Al sold the first cartoon of his cartooning career re-boot to a magazine in Northern California. Congrats to Al on his hard work beginning to pay off. Bruce informed us that he will be concentrating in the future on his webcomic “Faron Square” as his time as the editorial cartoonist at the Rockford Register-Star is over, as of a couple of weeks ago. Matt has been working hard on Underdog #1 ( it might be done already) and will likely have a few more issues in the pipeline coming his way. Good luck to both of them.
ART SHOW: Jim did a short presentation on the upcoming first ever NCS Chicago Chapter Art Show and Sale set for September-November of 2019 in the Beverly Art Center (BAC) in Beverly on the South Side of Chicago. We tried to get it cabled up to one of the big flat screens mounted on the wall, but it didn’t work due to bad connections. We passed around a Brian Diskin-designed flyer asking for participation and got 6 “YES” volunteers so we’re off! It’s a great start. We have signed a contract (that has no escape clause) so we are looking for more cartoonists to step up at future events, since we estimated that we plan to have the work of at least 20 artists in the show to make it a fine representation of our collective and individual cartooning talents. Jim brought samples of framed cartoons and a source link to a place where pretty nice frames can be bought for very cheap. All art needs to be framed before submitting to the show next year.
Participation in the Art Show and Sale is open only to NCS Chicago chapter members.
SINGLE PANEL CARTOONS: We had not done a workshop on a specific topic at one of these Anonymous meetings, so the procedure was a little vague. So instead, we just put out our cartoons in a pile on the table (me) or in a nice binder (A binder full of cartoons) like Al and a few others and then talked about them. It was kind of informal, but it seemed to work well as one-on-one discussion/suggestion panels. Maybe we’ll just call it Show & Tell next time.
REMINDER #1: The NCS Chicago chapter Annual Meeting is on Sunday, November 4 at The Hotel Carleton in Oak Park. Meeting is from 3:30pm-5:30pm, and dinner will follow at Barclay’s. Only NCS national and local chapter members are allowed to attend this meeting. No spouses or guests.
REMINDER #2: Our year end NCS Chapter Holiday Party is set for Sunday, December 2 at Chief O’Neill’s Irish Pub on Elston Avenue starting at 4pm. Spouses and friends are welcome for this one. RSVP due by November 30. More info later.
On a sad note, we found out that Pat Byrnes’ father passed away on Saturday night after a long illness and he was unable to be with us as planned. Our sincere thoughts and sympathy go out to him and his family at this difficult time.
That’s about it. This was our last Cartoonists Anonymous in 2018. It was a great year and we accomplished a lot, but we have an even bigger and better year planned for 2019!
Hope to see you all soon.
(T.) Brian Kelly
NCS Chicago chapter list informationist and wag