NCSFest 2019 Banner - February 2019

NCSFest, a major new US comics Festival, announces full guest line-up

NCSFest, a major new comics happening in the United States this May has announced its full incredible line-up of world-renowned creators who will be heading to take over Huntington Beach, California. From the world of comic strips come the creators of Zits, Baby Blues, Mutts, Cathy, The Family Circus, Luann, Lio, Popeye, Beetle Bailey andContinue reading NCSFest, a major new US comics Festival, announces full guest line-up

NCSFest 2019 - art by Luke McGarry

NCSFest Artists Alley ready to get down on Main Street, Huntington Beach next May!

Coming to Huntington Beach, California in May 2019, the first-ever NCSFest is now shaping up to be the biggest free comic arts festival in North America, with a guest list that already includes Sergio Aragonés, Pénélope Bagieu, Ed Brubaker, Daniel Clowes, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Patrick McDonnell, Sean Phillips, Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes and MAD magazine’s TomContinue reading NCSFest Artists Alley ready to get down on Main Street, Huntington Beach next May!

Hunt Emerson

Hunt Emerson wins Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced Hunt Emerson as the winner of the Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art for 2018. Hunt, who is highly regarded internationally for his work as a graphic novelist, and as a cartoonist for a variety of magazines including Fortean Times and Beano, was announced as winnerContinue reading Hunt Emerson wins Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art

NCSFest 2019 Postcard

National Cartoonists Society, Lakes and Lyon BD Festivals partner for new US event, NCSFest, next May

The Kendal-based Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced a new international partnership with France’s Lyon BD Festival and the US-based National Cartoonists Society to bring a new comics event to Huntington Beach, California, in May 2019. The National Cartoonists Society has chosen the city of Huntington Beach, California, to host the inaugural NCSFest, a celebrationContinue reading National Cartoonists Society, Lakes and Lyon BD Festivals partner for new US event, NCSFest, next May

Calvin and Hobbes signed print

Inaugural Charity Auction of Original Comic Strip art raises Thousands for Hurricane Relief

The specialty charity auction of original comic strip art by 34 of the world’s top cartoonists we featured here on downthetubes last month raised $53,384 for victims of deadly hurricanes. A signed Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes print, one of the items we spotlighted, sold for over $10,000 alone. Heritage Auctions, collaborating with The NationalContinue reading Inaugural Charity Auction of Original Comic Strip art raises Thousands for Hurricane Relief