Events

More than 100 stars of cartoons and comics, fun family activities, readings, workshops and exhibitions … all completely FREE! In addition, there is a full slate of seminars and lectures. Whether you are a casual fan or a comics aficionado, NCSFest has it all!

NCSFest is the largest and most ambitious comic arts festival ever staged in the United States and events include superstar appearances at the beach in the Big Tent… a giant comic strip creation on the iconic pier… three blocks of Downtown Huntington Beach devoted to Marketplace and Artists Alley… a Family Zone at 5th and PCH… live workshops and creator readings at The Library… major international exhibitions at the Arts Center… and much, much more… all completely FREE to the public! In addition, there are Premium ticketed events at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa!

Preview Events

NCSFest kicks off Wednesday & Thursday evenings with FREE preview events: a mass signing with all your favorite creators, a fabulously filthy night with the legendary British comic Viz and a night of stand-up comedy and improvised cartooning!

Wednesday, May 15

8:30 pm

Picture This!

Picture This!, the only “Live Animated Comedy Show” is making their long-awaited OC debut for the NCSFest!!!

COMEDY BY: Nicholas Rutherford (Adult Swim, The Unicorn) Brabs Groy (Comedy Central) Jason Chatfield (NCS, The New Yorker) Paul Danke and Brodie Reed!
ANIMATION BY: Mike Hollingsworth, Mike L. Mayfield, Luke McGarry, Jason Chatfield (yes, drawing AND performing!) Rick Stromoski and Gemma Corell!
HOSTED BY: Brandie Posey!

Click here for more information.

Free! • Old Crow Smokehouse - 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach

Thursday, May 16

5:00 pm

The Big NCSFest Live Signing!

Join us at the Hyatt Regency for your chance to meet the creators of some of the most beloved comics of all time – including Zits, Baby Blues, The Family Circus, Mutts, The Walking Dead and more! Get sketches and signatures and meet our superstar artists. Click here to see the full lineup of artists appearing!

Free! • Hyatt Regency - Mariner's Ballroom

8:30 pm

An Evening With Viz!

Since debuting 40 years ago, the bawdy and outrageous Viz Comic has become a national treasure in Britain. At its zenith, it was selling an astonishing 1.2 million copies per issue, and it continues to be a surreal and vulgar staple of the British diet. NCSFest is delighted to give Southern California (and all those transplanted Brits!) a chance to spend an evening in the company of Buster Gonad, Roger Mellie, The Fat Slags et al, and the two reprobates responsible for bringing them to life, Simon Thorp and Graham Dury.

A 90-minute show in which Graham and Simon… and a select band of invited cartoonists… will roast the Royals and test your swearing vocabulary!

Part One: Like “The Crown,” but with more swearing

Forget the Simpsons, the Munsters and the Trumps … the Royals are the whole world’s favorite family. Whether they’re abdicating, waving at some plebs from the back of a Rolls-Royce, or having another one of their interminable weddings, the Windsors – Mom Liz, Pop Phil, and their hilarious brood of comically dysfunctional kids – are an endless source of fascination for monarchy fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

At Viz Comic, they are just as obsessed with them as everybody else… if not more so. Since the first issue hit the newsstands back in 1979, Viz has relentlessly chronicled every aspect of their lives in cartoons, articles, ads and photo-stories, and now they’d like to share a few highlights with you.

NCSFest would be honored if you would join us for this hugely respectful and majestic look-back at 40 years of Viz Comic’s Royal coverage. Trigger warnings: Includes references to the Duchess of York’s arse, Prince Charles’s ludicrous ears, and graphic depictions of the Queen Mum’s teeth.

Part two: SNATCHPHRASE! or HOLLYWOOD SWEARS!

(We couldn’t decide which pun we liked best…)

The rules are very simple.
Watch as cartoonists Graham Dury, Simon Thorp, Steve McGarry and Luke McGarry and guests illustrate definitions from the latest edition of Viz Comic’s Profanisaurus – War and Piss.
Then flick through your FREE mini copy of the book to guess which definition is being illustrated.
THE FIRST PERSON IN THE AUDIENCE TO CORRECTLY SHOUT OUT THE ANSWER WINS A FANTASTIC VIZ PEN WORTH 20 CENTS. (The one catch: they have to stand up and read out the full definition to the entire audience.)

The event concludes with a Meat Raffle to be drawn by someone vaguely famous.
Warning: This event contains adult themes, strong language and £50 worth of meat on a tray (contains adult humour).
ABSOLUTELY NOT SUITABLE FOR IMPRESSIONABLE YOUNGSTERS… OR PEOPLE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION… OR THOSE OFFENDED BY POTTY MOUTH AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BODY’S NAUGHTY WOBBLY BITS.

Free! • Old Crow Smokehouse - 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach

The Big Tent

Come and marvel at the work of some of the world’s most popular, talented and entertaining comic artists and cartoonists in a specially-devised free program in a big tent at the Pier.

Signings will follow each event as appropriate.

Saturday, May 18

10:00 am

Liniers, Trondheim & Bassen Do a Strip on Stage

‘Macanudo’ has grown over the past 15 years to be one of the most celebrated comic strips in South America, and Liniers has become one of the continent’s most beloved cartoonists with more than 720,000 followers on Twitter and over 950,000 fans on Facebook. In France comic artists are the equivalent of rock stars and Lewis Trondheim is one of the most popular and influential. Meanwhile Tuesday Bassen is one of L.A.’s most fashionable illustrators and designers. Watch them join forces for the first time on stage and draw a cartoon strip in front of your very eyes. Introduced by NCSFest Co-Director Julie Tait and Peter Kessler, Chairman of the UK’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Free! • Pier Plaza

11:30 am

Well, Blow Me Down It’s Popeye!

Join us in celebrating the 90th Anniversary of one of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time! Enjoy the animated cartoons, marvel at the comic strip art and meet the creators who have helped make Popeye the Sailorman a worldwide phenomenon. Animation expert Jerry Beck showcases the classic animated shorts … we look back at E.C. Segar’s Thimble Theatre and the character’s early days … artist Bobby London reminisces about his time working on the comic strip … and King Features President CJ Kettler tells us about plans for Popeye in the 21st century!  Moderated by NCSFest Director Steve McGarry.

Sponsored by King Features Syndicate

Free! • Pier Plaza

1:00 pm

The Family Circus comes to the Beach

Since debuting in 1960, The Family Circus has become one of the most beloved comic creations in history, appearing in 1,500 newspapers with its compilations selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. Find out more about the ever-popular characters – Bil and Thel, Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and P.J.– from Jeff Keane, the inspiration for the Little Jeffy and now artist and writer on the feature. Introduced by Jason Chatfield!

Free! • Pier Plaza

2:30 pm

Yesh! It’s Mutts!

Mutts is a favorite with adults and children alike! Peanuts creator Charles Schulz called it “one of the best comic strips of all time.” Meet creator Patrick McDonnell and find out more about the adventures of Earl the dog and Mooch the cat!

Free! • Pier Plaza

4:00 pm

Meet The Simpsons

Meet The Simpsons… or at least those who have been responsible for making it the world’s longest-running animated comedy! Hosted by cartoonist Bill Morrison and featuring animator David Silverman, writer Tom Gamill and Simpsons Animation Director Mike B. Anderson, giving us an insider’s look at the world of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and other residents of Springfield!

Free! • Pier Plaza

Sunday, May 19

10:00 am

Cartoon Battles

Cartoonists battle it out on stage to see who can be the fastest, funniest or even the weirdest! Starring Boulet and Luke McGarry, Jeffrey Brown and Julie Rocheleau and Tom Richmond and Ed Steckley, Rick Stromoski and Mike Peters and featuring Sergio Aragones. Hosted by Steve McGarry and Jason Chatfield.

Free! • Pier Plaza

11:30 am

From Ghost World to Love & Rockets via Brazen- Great Comics : Great Stories

Daniel Clowes and Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are three of the greatest storytellers in contemporary comics and NCSFest is honored to welcome them in its inaugural year. Daniel is best-known for Ghost World which was adapted into an award-winning feature film. Californian brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez have created the greatest comics soap opera of all time taking place in a fictional Mexican town. Meanwhile Penelope Bagieu (France) is top of best-seller lists for her bold and imaginative storytelling. Discover what makes them some of the most celebrated comic artists with Peter Kessler & Julie Tait (UK).

Free! • Pier Plaza

1:00 pm

The Funny Pages

Millions of Americans start their Sunday morning with the Funny Pages. NCSFest is giving you the chance to start your Sunday with the stars who actually create the Funny Pages. The panel includes Robb Armstrong (Jump Start), Maria Scrivan (Half Full), (Greg Evans (Luann), Jeff Keane (Family Circus), Mark Tatulli (Lio) and Kevin Fagan (Drabble).

Free! • Pier Plaza

2:30 pm

Zits and Baby Blues

Writer Jerry Scott has co-created two of the most popular comic strip features in history – Baby Blues (with artist Rick Kirkman) and Zits (with artist Jim Borgman.) Join these three superstars in conversation with Rhymes With Orange creator Hilary Price and marvel at the talent as they live draw on stage!

Free! • Pier Plaza

4:30 pm

Finale: The Zombie concert!

Witness Zombies being brought to life in this world-first performance, featuring live drawing by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard (UK) and live cinematic music from internationally-renowned composer and musician Julien Limmone (France). Brought to you by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (UK) and Lyon BD Festival (France). Hosted by NCSFest Director Steve McGarry, Co-Director Julie Tait with Lyon BD Festival Director Mathieu Diez.

Free! • Pier Plaza

Giant Comic at The Pier

Saturday, May 18 Sunday, May 19

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come and watch a giant comic unfold along Huntington Beach Pier and follow the misadventures of Buddy the Octopus as he climbs out of the ocean onto the pier, dodging enemies and making friends along the way and culminating in a grand showdown. Featuring an original script by the Orange County School of the Arts students, who will work alongside world-famous cartoonists and comic artists to bring Buddy’s adventures to life and create an original mammoth comic strip.

Presented in association with OCSA.

Main Street Marketplace

Saturday, May 18 Sunday, May 19

SATURDAY: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ SUNDAY: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

100 stalls featuring more than 150 artists, publishers and comic art organizations turn Main Street into a free buzzing, bustling comic art outdoor market. Check back for full details of all the incredible artists and the exhibitors you can meet and greet on Main Street! Coming soon …

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Family Zone

Saturday, May 18 Sunday, May 19

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A celebration of drawing and cartooning for families. A free drop-in zone where you can come and draw alongside top professional cartoonists plus a range of fun, participatory activities for kids of all ages.

Presented in association with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Windows Trail

More than 50 local businesses have so far signed on to participate in our unique Windows Trail, devoting their storefront displays to artwork from some of the biggest stars in the world of comics! Stay tuned for full details of the stores and the superstars who will grace their windows and find out how you follow the Windows Trail! More soon…

The Huntington Beach Art Center

The Wonderful World of Comics

Saturday, May 11 Saturday, June 1

Three free major exhibitions demonstrate the incredible range of comic art. Thought-provoking, fascinating and funny, these exhibitions will prove that there’s more to comics than just superheroes.

90 Years of Popeye (showcasing art and artifacts from nearly a century of the beloved sailor man), Hero(ine)s (a new exhibition reimagining classic comic characters as female icons), and Playing for a Draw (celebrating the history and creativity of soccer comics and illustration across the world).

There will also be a series of exhibition-related events at the Arts Center throughout the weekend including signing sessions and a free, exclusive caricature masterclass with top MAD Magazine cartoonist, Tom Richmond.

Free Master Caricature Class with Tom Richmond

Friday, May 17, 24PM

Reuben award winning MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond literally “wrote the book” on drawing caricatures with “The Mad Art of Caricature,” the gold standard for caricature instruction books. In this mini-workshop, Tom explains his approach to caricature, what he looks for to exaggerate in a subject, and how to capture “presence” as much as likeness in caricature. You will both watch and draw along as Tom demonstrates his process in breaking down faces and constructing caricatures that exaggerate the subject’s personality as much as their features. Suitable for both seasoned pro and rank beginners.

Price: FREE | Skill Level: For any skill level | Ages 13+
Click here to RSVP!


Presented in partnership with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Lyon BD Festival and the French Comics Association.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Thursday: 12–8pm | Friday: 12–6pm | Saturday: 12–5pm
Closed Sunday, Monday & most holidays

538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 374-1650 | artcenterstaff@surfcity-hb.org
huntingtonbeachartcenter.org

The Library

Free readings and workshops at the Main St. Library! A rare opportunity to meet some of your favorite comic authors and artists… and discover some new ones too! With readings and fun, practical workshops to inspire and entertain young people (7-15 unless otherwise stated).

All events are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each session lasts up to 45 minutes and all materials are provided.

525 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 375-5071

Saturday, May 18

10:00 am

How To Draw The Walking Dead!

Charlie Adlard, artist on ‘The Walking Dead’ comics, shares the secrets of drawing dead-good Zombies!

Free! • Main St. Library

10:15 am

This is My Book

Writer and illustrator Mark Pett reads from This is My Book.

What happens when a writer learns that he doesn’t quite have as much control over his book as he thinks? When Mark Pett’s characters, led by a panda bear named Spike, take over his book and begin telling a story of their own, pandemonium ensues! Who’s really in charge of this book?

With clever interactive elements, including a pull tab, flap, and pop-up, This Is My Book is sure to appeal to a large and varied audience—kids who will identify with the “my” aspect of the book and adults who will appreciate the humor.

Free! • Main St. Library

11:30 am

How to Draw the Simpsons

Bill Morrison and David Silverman, artists of The Simpsons, teach you how to draw Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge, Maggie and the gang!

Free! • Main St. Library

11:45 am

Mutts

Patrick McDonnell reads from Mutts.

“Patrick McDonnell’s MUTTS is up there with Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, and Calvin and Hobbes – cartoons that are smart and funny, brilliantly drawn and full of heart.” Matt Groening, The Simpsons creator
“To me, MUTTS is exactly what a comic strip should be.” Charles Schulz, Peanuts creator

Free! • Main St. Library

1:00 pm

How to Draw Caricatures

Ed Steckley teaches you how to draw cartoon caricatures!

Free! • Main St. Library

1:15 pm

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Penelope Bagieu reads from her book, Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World.

Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit.

With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

Free! • Main St. Library

2:30 pm

Cartooning Masterclass

Jeffrey Brown, creator of Darth Vader & Son, shares his top drawing tips!

Free! • Main St. Library

2:45 pm

The Life of Zarf

Rob Harrell reads from his book, The Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels.

It’s not easy being Zarf. As a troll, he’s stuck at the bottom of the middle school hierarchy, way below the prince and knights (populars), ogres and giants (jocks), and even the lowly minstrels (band geeks). Plus, trolls aren’t exactly known for their brain power or cool demeanor. But it gets worse. When the king disappears and Zarf’s archenemy, the prince, ascends the throne, he makes Zarf’s life even more miserable. And so it is that Zarf and his two sidekicks (a neurotic, mutton-obsessed pig and the not-funny son of the court jester) set out to find the missing king as well as their way to middle school heroism. (Okay, the heroism part might be wishful thinking.)

Award-winning comic creator Rob Harrell has middle-grade humor mastered. His Life of Zarf series is packed with even more witty one-liners and clever twists on classic folk and fairytales, perfect for middle school readers looking for their next hilarious obsession.

Fractured fairy tales meet modern day middle school in book two of this funny series for 8 to 12-year-old fans of Shrek and Timmy Failure.

Free! • Main St. Library

4:00 pm

Dinosaurs, Food … and Dinosaur Food!

Boulet and Guillaume Long, two comics stars from France, draw their favourite things – dinosaurs, food and dinosaur food!

Free! • Main St. Library

4:15 pm

Short and Skinny

Mark Tatulli reads from his book Short and Skinny.

New from syndicated comic strip artist Mark Tatulli comes a full-color middle grade graphic memoir that centers on Mark’s own experience in the summer after seventh grade.
As a middle schooler, Mark finds himself on the smaller side of the physical spectrum–being short AND skinny has really wreaked havoc on his confidence. So to end his bullying woes and get the girl–or at least the confidence to talk to the girl–he starts to explore bulking up by way of the miracle cures in the backs of his comics. But his obsession with beefing up is soon derailed by a new obsession: Star Wars, the hottest thing to hit the summer of 1977. As he explores his creative outlets as well as his cures to body image woes, Mark sets out to make his own stamp on the film that he loves.
Mark Tatulli’s graphic memoir debut is a humorous and heartfelt take on body-image, finding a creative outlet, and spending a summer in the 70’s.

Free! • Main St. Library

Sunday, May 19

10:00 am

How to be a Supervillain

Michael Fry reads from How to be a Supervillian.In this rollicking middle-grade adventure, Michael Fry’s witty text and hysterical artwork combines superhero action with classic fish-out-of-water humor.

Victor Spoil comes from a long line of famous supervillains and he’s fully expected to join their ranks one day. But to his family’s utter disappointment, Victor doesn’t have a single bad-guy bone in his body. He won’t run with scissors, he always finishes his peas, and he can’t stand to be messy. Hopeless!

As a last-ditch effort before they give up and let him be a–gasp!–civilian, Victor’s exasperated parents send him to apprentice under a disgraced supervillain called The Smear. This matchup starts off as a complete disaster, but Victor and The Smear eventually find that they have a lot to learn from each other. When the stakes get high as Victor is forced to choose between his mentor and his family morals (or lack thereof)…what will the world’s nicest bad guy do?

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER for ten straight weeks!

Free! • Main St. Library

10:15 am

Kids Cartooning Class

Marc Jackson, whose work appears in a number of British comics for kids, gives a cartooning masterclass.

Free! • Main St. Library

11:30 am

Just Jaime

Terri Libenson reads from Just Jaime.

Another spot-on story of middle school drama and friendship from Terri Libenson, national bestselling author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy.

Friends. Frenemies. Middle school…

The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are.

Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They’ve started to exclude her and make fun of the way she dresses and the things she likes. At least she can count on her BFF, Maya, to have her back . . . right?

Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their popular group. It’s like she has nothing in common with Jai anymore. Are their days as BFFs numbered . . . ?

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jennifer L. Holm.

Free! • Main St. Library

11:45 am

Superstar Cartooning Secrets!

Rick Kirkman, superstar artist on the hit comic strip Baby Blues, gives you his cartooning secrets!

Free! • Main St. Library

1:00 pm

Phoebe and her Unicorn

Dana Simpson reads from Phoebe and her Unicorn.

“A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Phoebe is a remarkably real little girl, as bright and imaginative as Bill Watterson’s Calvin, as touchingly vulnerable as Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown … nothing less than the best comic strip to come along since Calvin and Hobbes. Simpson is that good, and that original.”
–Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn

Free! • Main St. Library

1:15 pm

How to Draw Superheroes!

Sean and Jake Phillips, father and son comic book creators creators, provide a lesson in how to draw superheroes!

Free! • Main St. Library

2:30 pm

My Teacher is a Robot

Jeffrey Brown, the Darth Vader and Son creator, gives a sneak peek of his new picture book!

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Jedi Academy books comes an imaginative picture book about a kid whose creative outlook has everyone at school seeing the world through new eyes. Perfect for fans of The Adventures of Beekle and The Most Magnificent Thing.

Fred does not want to go to school because it’s boring. Especially since he thinks his teacher is a robot. If only Fred could imagine a way for his day to be more exciting…

An inventively funny picture book that celebrates the boundlessness of a child’s imagination and celebrates the teachers, families, and friends who get wrapped up in their fantastic worlds.

Free! • Main St. Library

2:45 pm

How to Draw Space Creatures!

Nick Brokenshire, an artist on on Star Wars Adventures, shows you how to draw characters from space!

Free! • Main St. Library

The Great Zombie Walk

Sunday, May 19

4:00 pm

Join us at the Huntington Beach Pier for the Great Zombie Walk and join hundreds of the walking dead as they shuffle down the Pier to the Big Tent for the finale of NCSFest 2019. No previous experience required! Bad dress essential! If you fancy being turned into a zombie (just for the afternoon) you can visit Main Street where talented students from the Orange County School of the Arts will transform you into an undead ghoul. Free on a first-come, first-served basis from 2-3:30pm.

NCSFest Premium Events

Premium Events

Three days of workshops, seminars, live drawing sessions and personal appearances by some of comicdom’s most legendary names. You can purchase day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday or buy a weekend pass for admission to all three days. (Please note that schedule may be subject to change.) BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Friday, May 17

10:00 am

A Legacy of Laughter

Son of the late and legendary cartoonist Mort Walker, Brian Walker has been part of the creative team behind ‘Beetle Bailey’ and ‘Hi and Lois’ since the early 1980s. Join Brian in conversation with Jeff Keane, who took over the reins from father Bill Keane on ‘Family Circus,’ Jason Chatfield, current artist on iconic Australian strip ‘Ginger Meggs’ and Jonathan Lemon, the recently installed artist on the long-running ‘Alley Oop.’ A discussion about stepping into very big shoes and the balance between maintaining a creator’s original vision and speaking to new audiences.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Huntington Ballroom

10:15 am

Little Nothings with Lewis Trondheim

Winner of the coveted Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême lifetime achievement award, the most prestigious honor in European comics, French artist Lewis Trondheim has written or drawn more than 100 comic titles. Watch him live-draw a special page of ‘Little Nothings,’ his widely-acclaimed graphic novel, and find out why he has become one of the most influential artists in France.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Vista Room

10:30 am

The Webslingers!

Dave Kellett literally wrote the book on how to succeed in webcomics! The creator of the hugely popular online comics ‘Sheldon’ and ‘Drive’ co-authored the Harvey Award-nominated ‘How To Make Webcomics.’ Cartoonist Boulet first found fame in his native France by publishing a comic strip blog, and a Twitter following 240,000 strong attests to his popularity. Belgium’s Max de Radiguès has adopted a punk ethos that sees much of his output begin life in fanzine format. Dana Simpson’s ‘Phoebe and Her Unicorn’ started out as an online feature on GoComics and is now syndicated to more than 100 newspapers. Shena Wolf, Director of Comics and Acquisitions for Andrews McMeel Syndication, moderates a discussion about successfully bypassing the traditional avenues of print.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Fountain Room

12:00 pm

Floyd Norman – An Animated Life

From the ‘Jungle Book’ to ‘Toy Story 2’, ‘Mulan’ to ‘Monsters Inc’ and ‘Robin Hood’ to the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’, Floyd Norman has made an indelible mark on the history of animation. He became Disney’s first African-American animator in 1956, eventually leaving Disney after Walt’s death to start his own groundbreaking company to produce black history films. Since then, Floyd – who was awarded the honor of ‘Disney Legend’ – has worked with Hanna-Barbera Productions, Pixar, Ruby-Spears and Film Roman as well as continuing to work on Disney projects.

Spend some time “Floytering” with animation historian Jerry Beck and celebrate Floyd’s life-long love of animation and his extraordinary career.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Huntington Ballroom

12:15 pm

The Lines Are Drawn!

We’re bringing together superstar editorial cartoonists from both sides of the great divide! In the blue corner, the Washington Post’s Ann Telnaes – the first woman to receive both the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning and the Reuben Award – and Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, decorated cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun. In the red corner, Reuben Award and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez, cartoonist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. If that wasn’t a spicy enough contest to savor, we’ve added Martin Rowson, the editorial cartoonist for British newspaper The Guardian, to the mix! Sparks will fly!

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Vista Room

12:30 pm

Popeye’s Cartoon Club!

To celebrate Popeye’s 90th birthday, a cavalcade of 21st century comics stars have drawn the iconic sailor in their own inimitable styles. Featuring live drawing demos, a wealth of incredible art, and luminaries – including John Hambrock (‘The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee’),  ‘Darth Vader and Son’ artist Jeffrey Brown  and erstwhile ‘Popeye’ comic strip artist Bobby London, together with Tea Fougner of King Features – in conversation with San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew  Farago.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Fountain Room

2:00 pm

Three Decades of MAD Trips with Sergio Aragonés

In 1960, MAD Publisher Bill Gaines began taking the magazine’s staff and its steadiest contributors on vacations abroad. Legendary cartoonist Sergio Aragonés has been one of “the Usual Gang of Idiots” since 1962, and went on many “MAD Trips” over the decades. Thankfully, he took along his trusty camera and documented those excursions. Join Sergio for a slide show of nearly thirty years of MAD vacation memories, moderated by comic writer Pat McGreal.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Huntington Ballroom

2:15 pm

The Cartoon Collections with Bob Mankoff and guests

Esquire’s cartoon and humor editor, and long-time New Yorker Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff will discuss the launch of his new business venture, The Cartoon Collections, giving cartoonists fair licensing fees for their work. He will be joined by a host of fellow New Yorker cartoonists and Cartoon Collection inductees including Mort Gerberg, Pat Byrnes and moderator Jason Chatfield, who will engage in a wide-ranging discussion of the nature of the cartooning industry in 2019, and the various experiences of working therein, with copious hilarious cartoons exhibited throughout.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Vista Room

2:30 pm

Going Underground

Celebrating the work of four groundbreaking artists who have made their mark in the worlds of underground and alternative comics, generating both acclaim and controversy along the way. Their work explores themes that range from the oddball to the outrageous, from raw and risqué to sex, drugs and rock & roll. Underground comix pioneers Joyce Farmer and Mary Fleener are joined by Penelope Bagieu, author of ‘Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World,’ and illustrator, animator and entrepreneur Penelope Gazin. Moderated by Bobby London.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Fountain Room

4:00 pm

The Art of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat

Join these award-winning historians and cartoonists as they delve into the artistry and history behind one of the most acclaimed American cartoonists – George Herriman – and his legendary creation Krazy Kat.
 
Moderator Brian Walker, of ‘Beetle Bailey’ fame, co-curated the ‘George Herriman: Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat’ exhibition that debuted at Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum in 2017. He is joined by ‘Mutts’ creator Patrick McDonnell, who wrote ‘Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman,’ Michael Tisserand, author of “Krazy: A Life in Black and White,” John Lind, the creative director and editor/designer of the Curator’s Collection series, Peter Maresca, publisher of ‘Krazy Kat: A Celebration of Sundays,’  and cartoonist Ricardo “Liniers” Siri, professor at Dartmouth College Department of Spanish and Portugese.

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Huntington Ballroom

4:15 pm

Inside the Yellow Submarine with Bill Morrison

Take a journey into Pepperland with ‘The Yellow Submarine’, guided by Peter Kessler, and discover more about this labor of love by NCS President Bill Morrison. The fully-authorised adaptation of this classic film was published by Titan Books in 2018 to celebrate the film’s 50th Anniversary and has been a resounding worldwide success. “A beautiful book that captures the surreal beauty of Yellow Submarine by an artist who clearly loves his inspiration.”

Buy Passes • Hyatt Regency - Vista Room

4:30 pm

The Drawing Board with Pat Byrnes

“Cartoonists contribute so much to our popular culture, it is time we started getting the recognition and income we deserve”. And so was born ‘The Drawing Board’ a new business model which will offer a unique menu of creative services to the widest range of cartoonists and comic artists across the globe. This two-part event will tell the story of how ‘The Drawing Board’ business came to life and how it aims to expand income potential for cartoonists. With special insights and witty anecdotes, followed by a demo of how their training sessions actually work … using New Yorker cartoonists as guinea pigs! … this is a great opportunity to discover a bold new initiative. Hosted by New Yorker cartoonist Pat Byrnes and illustrator Jonathan Plotkin.

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Saturday, May 18

10:00 am

Love & Rockets with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez

At the turn of the 1980s, if you wanted to read comics, you were pretty much confined to Spider-Man, Superman and their Spandexed stablemates at Marvel and DC. Then, in 1981, along came ‘Love and Rockets’, a crudely printed, self-published comic from three California brothers, Jaime, Gilbert and Mario, collectively known as Los Bros Hernandez. It remains one of the most original and influential comic projects in history. Neil Gaiman once said “I don’t really understand why the material of Love and Rockets isn’t widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of fiction of the last 35 years. Because it is.” Join Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez in conversation with fellow artists and fans Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker.

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10:15 am

Darth Vader & Son

Jeffrey Brown is the bestselling author and illustrator of the ‘Darth Vader and Son’ series, as well as the first arc of the middle-grade ‘Jedi Academy’ series. His most recent series is ‘Lucy & Andy Neanderthal,’ chronicling the adventures of a brother and sister living 40,000 years ago. He has drawn dozens of graphic novels, and this year will see the release of his first picture book, ‘My Teacher is a Robot,’ and a new Star Wars book, ‘Rey and Pals.’ Moderated by Nick Brokenshire.

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10:30 am

Comics around the World

There’s a wonderful world of comics out there and we are delighted to welcome some of the most revered artists from more than half a dozen countries to NCSFest in its inaugural year. This is your opportunity to expand your horizons and find out what’s going on in Europe, Australia, the UK and Canada. Featuring Guillaume Long (France), Julie Rocheleau (Canada), Martin Rowson(UK) and David Blumenstein (Australia). Moderated by Thomas-Louis Cote (Quebec).

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12:00 pm

The Art of Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes’ comics are some of the best-known in the world partly because of the many successful screen adaptations of such work as ‘Ghost World’, ‘Art School Confidential’ and ‘Wilson’. His seminal comic book series, ’ Eightball,’ earned him a large following and amassed multiple Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Awards.

Clowes’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek and many other magazines and in 2011, Clowes received the PEN Literary Award for Graphic Literature. Join Daniel in conversation with author and BAFTA award-wiining TV producer Peter Kessler.

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12:15 pm

Jump Start with Robb Armstrong

Creator of the popular daily comic strip ‘Jump Start,’ Robb Armstrong started drawing sketches of Charlie Brown at the age of five and he lists Charles M. Schulz as one of his heroes and a great influence. Franklin, the first African American character in ‘Peanuts,’ was given the surname Armstrong by Schulz in Robb’s honor. ‘Jump Start’ is syndicated in more than 300 newspapers throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, and the Boston Globe. Join Robb as he celebrates 30 years of ‘Jump Start.’

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12:30 pm

Comics – The Ninth Art

Comics are taken very seriously in Europe where they’re referred to as the Ninth Art. Comic artists and writers are the equivalent of rock stars at home and cultural icons to promote on the world stage. Come and greet top European comics creators including Max de Radiguès (Belgium), Lauence Baldetti (France), Alexandre Clérisse (France) and Dominique Bertail (France) as they discuss their work and the current comic scenes in their respective countries.

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2:00 pm

Pathfinders! Taking Comics to the Screen!

King Features Syndicate President CJ Kettler has enjoyed huge success as a TV producer, with credits that range from ‘The Tick’ and ‘My Little Pony Tales’ to the new Netflix series ‘Carmen Sandiego.’ Join CJ in conversation with ‘Bojack Horseman’ supervising director Mike Hollingsworth, “Pearls Before Swine” creator Stephan Pastis – whose “Timmy Failure” is soon to be a major movie – Tom Gammill from ‘The Simpsons,’ and cartoonist Lars Kenseth, producer of Adult Swim’s ‘Chuck Deuce,’ in a discussion about the evolution of developing comics for film and TV.

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2:15 pm

Crime Lords

Sean Phillips (UK) and Ed Brubaker (USA) have been collaborating on multiple Eisner award-winning comics for more than 20 years. Their comics, published by Image, have a massive worldwide following and include ‘Criminal,‘ ‘Fade Out‘ and ‘Kill or Be Killed.’ Sean’s other credits include ‘Batman,’ ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Hellblazer.’ Ed’s written for the likes of ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Captain America’ and his TV credits include HBO’s ‘Westworld.’ The two creators talk with artist Nick Brokenshire about their extraordinary transatlantic partnership and what makes them the kings of crime and noir!

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2:30 pm

Luke McGarry – The 27 Club, Sad Chewie and more!

Luke McGarry has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success. His Sad Chewie cartoons became a viral sensation and his ‘Melania’s Great Escape‘ animated series had over 6 million views on Facebook alone. His print clients include Playboy, SIKids, Business Week and the Hollywood Reporter and he is the  creator of the regular features ‘The 27 Club‘ and ‘The Chancers‘ for MAD magazine. He’s the illustrator of choice for major West Coast festival promoters and he has created animated videos for a host of music stars, most notably  a series of five 30 second TV commercials for Jack Black and Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme. Who better than his twin brother Joe – his partner in Fantastic Heat Brothers design and animation outfit, as well as the indie rock duo Pop Noir – to ask the questions?

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4:00 pm

The Art of Jerry Van Amerongen

Using cartoon images pulled from a near 40-year career in newspaper comics, from ‘The Neighborhood’ to ‘Ballard Street,’ award-winning creator Jerry van Amerongen discusses the evolution of his cartooning career, his take on “character-driven humor”, how to “draw funny”, and gives an insight into his own creative process, from ideas and scribbled sketches to finished art.  And let’s not forget Dave the Dancing Dog! Moderated by ‘Tank McNamara’ and ‘Buzz Beamer’ creator Bill Hinds.

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4:15 pm

Instagram Stars!

Luke McGarry, Gemma Correll, Penelope Gazin, Ryan Pagelow and Tuesday Bassen have more than ONE MILLION Instagram followers between them! Join these four brilliant young creators to learn how they have harnessed the power of this social media platform, not only to inspire and delight their audiences but to advance their careers. Art directors and editors increasingly use Instagram to identify artists who are doing innovative work that demonstrably resonates with the public, so who better than Tea Fougner, Editorial Director at King Features Syndicate, to find out how our panelists have become Instagram stars.

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4:30 pm

Drawing on Walls with Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz “has been drawing pro-immigrant and other irksome cartoons for over 30 years, despite the piles of threatening hate mail.” He will present some of his greatest hits, and share his origin story, plus a sample of his current work in his daily syndicated comic “La Cucaracha”. And he might even talk about working as Cultural Consultant on Pixar’s Oscar-winning smash global hit movie, “COCO”, or his current gig at Nickelodeon on the new animated show, “The Casagrandes.”

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Sunday, May 19

10:00 am

The Art of Charlie Adlard

Charlie Adlard is best-known for his work on ‘The Walking Dead,’ a phenomenon which has been running for more than 15 years, with more than 185 issues to date. Whilst Charlie loves zombies to death, his diverse comics career has included ‘The X-Files,’ ‘Batman/Scarface’ and  ‘Hellblazer.’  More recently, he served for two years in the role of Comics Laureate in the UK. Come and find out about his incredible career, his process and his alter-ego as drummer of rock band Cosmic Rays. Introduced by NCSFest Co-Director Julie Tait.

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10:15 am

Cathy Guisewite is Flunking Retirement!

The years since Cathy Guisewite quit having a deadline 365 days a year have been the least relaxing of her life. She planned to take all the time and energy she spent on the comic strip and use it to lovingly guide her aging parents and older daughter into the next phases of their lives. Her parents and daughter unanimously rejected all her wisdom and input, leaving Cathy no choice but to vent her frustrations on paper, “the only thing that listens to me.” The result is a book of essays about this time of life – called “Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault — Essays From the Grownup Years.” Discover the genesis and evolution of the groundbreaking strip ‘Cathy’ with its Reuben Award-winning creator Cathy Guisewite. Moderated by ‘Tank McNamara’ and ‘Buzz Beamer’ creator Bill Hinds.

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10:30 am

Pechakucha!

Meaning “chit chat” in Japanese, Pechakucha is a quickfire format that allows a presenter to show 20 images and describe them in 20 seconds each. It’s a great way to showcase creators who each want to take 7 minutes of your time to show you something new and tell you something you didn’t know!  NCS President Bill Morrison, of The Simpsons and Yellow Submarine fame, kicks off the proceedings and then introduces a panoply of cartoonists, including Brian Walker, Martin Rowson, Johnny Sampson, Andrea Beizer, Steve Barr, Jim Horwitz, Carolyn Belefski, Chuck Whelon, Shaenon Garrity, and Graham Dury and Simon Thorp, the men behind the outrageous UK comic Viz!

10.30: Bill Morrison
10.45: Martin Rowson
11.00: Carolyn Belefski
11.15: Johnny Sampson
11.30: VIZ
11.45: Brian Walker
12.00: Chuck Whelon
12.15: Andrea Beizer
12.30: Jim Horwitz
12.45: Shaenon Garrity
1.00: Steve Barr

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12:00 pm

Macanudo! The Art of Liniers

Liniers invites you to experience Macanudo. Join him for a journey through his fanciful universe, which features an eclectic cast of characters, including nature-loving penguins, a blue monster called Olga, whimsical elves, a little girl and her cat, and the very mysterious man in black.

Liniers is the creator of the daily strip Macanudo and several graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-winning Good Night, Planet. Since 2014, he has been a cover contributor to The New Yorker. Newly syndicated in the US from King Features, Macanudo has grown over the past 15 years to be one of the most celebrated comic strips in South America, and Liniers has become one of the continent’s most beloved cartoonists with more than 720,000 followers on Twitter and over 950,000 fans on Facebook. Introduced by John Lind.

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12:15 pm

Life in the Comics

Lights! Camera! Action! Introducing the documentary film Life in the Comics.

As one of America’s truly great art forms, the “funny pages” have captured the essence of culture for over a century.  During times of change, that humor has often come wrapped in social satire.
With an emphasis on five major themes – immigration, race, women, war, and family life – Life in the Comics illustrates how art and wit have combined to address culture’s foremost issues.  The screening at NCSFest provides the first opportunity to view comic strip history from this unique perspective.  In addition to the screening, members of the production team, Robert Lemieux, Brian Walker and George Karalias, will discuss the film’s cinematic approach.

It’s your life and American life, as embodied by comic strips. Your starring role awaits you.

NOTE:  The panel includes a 20-minute film screening.

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1:30 pm

NCSFest Finale – The Big Live Draw!

Join NCSFest Director Steve McGarry and a cavalcade of cartoon and comics superstars as we sign off with a 90-minute of extravaganza that showcases lightning improv art skills and quickfire wits, bits and skits! Among those demonstrating their prowess at the drawing board are MAD Magazine stars Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond and Luke McGarry. A laugh-out-loud finale to a fabulous weekend!

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Podcasts

NCSFest is excited to be hosting free live podcast events throughout the weekend with guests from three top cartooning podcasts.

Friday, May 17

11:30 am

Is There Something In This?

New Yorker cartoonist Jason Chatfield and fellow comedian Scott Dooley will be hosting their wildly popular podcast about coming up with New Yorker cartoons live on stage. Their previous live podcast special guests have included comedian from movies and television, and this weekend they’ll be joined by none other than Esquire’s Cartoon and Humor Editor, and long-time New Yorker Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff.

The show will delve into the mysterious process of writing the perfect cartoon, and will showcase live drawing on the big screen, along with explorations of plenty of cartoons and jokes.

Free! • Hyatt Regency - Mariner's Ballroom

Saturday, May 18

12:00 pm

Comiclab

Bringing their hugely popular podcast to a live audience for the first time, cartoonists Brad Guigar (Evil Inc, Webcomics.com, Webcomics Handbook) and Dave Kellett (Sheldon, Drive, Stripped) will be holding court for a special edition of COMICLAB: The show about makin’ comics, and makin’ a living from comics!

The show is half shop-talk, half how-to’s, and half friendship. THEY SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES.

Join them for a laughter-filled hour filled with tips and tricks and all the joys of cartooning as a pro!

Free! • Hyatt Regency - Mariner's Ballroom

Sunday, May 19

12:00 pm

Tall Tale Radio

With Tom Racine and Lucas Turnbloom.

Free! • Hyatt Regency - Mariner's Ballroom

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