Why am I resurrecting that infamous line from Sally Field's dippy Oscar acceptance speech? Because I just received notification that I've been accepted to the National Cartoonists Society! I've never been much of a "joiner", but I've recently taken a renewed interest in my craft as a cartoonist and the NCS was something that all of a sudden popped onto my "radar screen"....and I decided to apply.
What's the National Cartoonists Society? Here, I'll let the info on their website fill you in:
The National Cartoonists Society is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists.
The NCS was born in 1946 when groups of cartoonists got together to entertain the troops. They found that they enjoyed each other's company and decided to get together on a regular basis.
Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world's major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession, including newspaper comic strips and panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration and more.
Membership is limited to established professional cartoonists, with a few exceptions of outstanding persons in affiliated fields. The NCS is not a guild or union, although we have joined forces from time to time to fight for member's rights, and we regularly use our talents to help worthwhile causes.
I started the application process in late August by sending in some forms, a personal bio and a stack of art samples. Just over a month later, after a unanimous approval by the membership committee, I received my official notification by mail yesterday (in fact, the NCS logo above is scanned directly off of their stationery).
Needless to say, it's a high honor for me to be accepted into such a proud organization. I look forward to the times in the coming years when I can "confer, converse, and otherwise hob-nob with my brother wizards" (to quote my favorite Wizard).
Seriously, to all of my fellow cartoonists (both present and past): Thank you, and it's great to be here.