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"Comic Strip Saturday" to be held at Iowa Central

    Jim Horwitz

Three nationally renowned cartoonists and writers will headline the annual fall meeting of the North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) at Iowa Central Community College on October 11, 2014.

Jay Rath, former cartoonists and writer for “The Onion,” Gordon Smuder, creator of the retro-monster TV series “Transylvania TV,” and NCS member, John Hambrock, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” will all present one-hour comic strip inspired lectures at Comic Strip Saturday.

The event will be held Saturday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Bioscience & Health Science (BHS) Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The event is free and open to the public with three one-hour long presentations, a one-hour question and answer session with cartoonists, an on-site raffle of donated comic strip art, and a live cartoon session with cartoonists who will draw and autograph work for the public.

“This is a great event that is open to aspiring and seasoned cartoonists, graphic novel enthusiasts, Marvel superhero fanatics, role players, gamers, Cosplayers, movie geeks, and anyone else who loves comics and what they represent,” said Jim Horwitz, chairman of the North Central Chapter of NCS. “We’ve come to Fort Dodge to have fun, and that’s what we want to do!”

Following the main lectures from Rath, Smuder, and Hambrock, members of the NCS will gather on stage to discuss their work, recent changes in the comic strip industry, and gladly take questions from the audience. Artists will then convene in the BHS Auditorium lobby to draw for guests and take general questions.
Aspiring cartoonists and illustrators of all ages are encouraged to bring work for review

The National Cartoonists Society is the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists whose roster includes more than 500 of the world’s major cartoonists, working in newspaper comic strips, editorial cartoons, animation, advertising, book and magazine illustration. Its members include: Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Jim Davis (Garfield), Mort Walker (Beetle Baily), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), and hundreds of others of the world’s most beloved comic strip artists and illustrators.

Jim Horwitz, National Cartoonists Society, North Central Chairman

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