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

NCSFest 2019 Banner - February 2019NCSFest, 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 and dozens more, all at the first Festival taking place over 17th – 19th May 2019.

Animation stars include the people that bring you The Simpson and Bojack Horseman, as well as Disney legend Floyd Norman, while the comic book world is represented by such greats as Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes, Love and Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez and Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame.

Also attending will be New Yorker cartoonists, stars of MAD Magazine, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists and an incredible array of talent from the UK, Australia, Argentina, Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland and France, including Brazen creator Pénélope Bagieu.

Steve McGarry

Steve McGarry – the cartoonist who kicked off the NCSFest project

NCSFest is the largest and most ambitious comic arts festival ever staged in the United States and events include appearances at the beach, a giant comic creation on the iconic pier, four blocks of Downtown Huntington Beach devoted to a Family Zone, Marketplace and Artists alley, 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.

The event is the brainchild of Steve McGarry, the syndicated cartoonist and story artist who serves as President of the NCS Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the National Cartoonists Society.

Julie Tait of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Julie Tait of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

To help fulfil his vision of putting the NCS at the heart of a free cartoon arts festival to rival the great European events, he enlisted the aid of Julie Tait, Director of the fastest-growing festival in the UK, the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

Mathieu Diez, the Director of French festival Lyon BD

Mathieu Diez, the Director of French festival Lyon BD

With the aid of an incredibly strong team and an army of volunteers – as well as the expertise of Mathieu Diez, the Director of French festival Lyon BD – and the full support of the city of Huntington Beach, NCSFest was born.

The festival will be held over the weekend of 17th – 19th  May 2019 and hundreds of the world’s most celebrated creators are expected to attend the three-day event, participating in seminars, exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and signing sessions, the vast majority of which will be free to the public.

Downtown Huntington Beach will be the setting, with all events staged beachside, on the iconic pier, at the city’s Arts Center and library and in local hotels and businesses, all within easy walking distance. The city is laying on shuttle buses to ferry fans between the pier, the Hyatt Regency and overspill parking at City Hall.

Formed in 1947, the National Cartoonists Society is regarded as the most prestigious organisation of professional cartoonists in the world, with such legends as Peanuts creator Charles M SchulzWalt DisneyRube Goldberg and Milton Caniff among its alumni. Today’s membership numbers more than 400 eminent cartoonists and many of these world famous creators are appearing at NCSFest. The NCS will also stage its annual Reuben Awards – the comics and cartoons equivalent of the Oscars – during the Festival.

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Charlie Adlard

Charlie Adlard

CHARLIE ADLARD – Artist on The Walking Dead, he served as the UK’s Comics Laureate 2017-2019

LALO ALCARAZ – Creator of the syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha, award-winning editorial cartoonist, contributor to Coco, currently working on Casagrandes for Nickelodeon TV.

JERRY VAN AMERONGEN – Ballard Street creator, 2003 and 2005 winner of the NCS Best Newspaper Cartoon Panel of The Year, his cartoons have been in continuous syndication for nearly 40 years!

MIKE B. ANDERSON – Emmy award-winning director on The Simpsons was also the supervising director on The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios!.

SERGIO ARAGONÉS – Legendary MAD Magazine cartoonist, creator of Groo The Wanderer ,said to be the fastest cartoonist in the world!

ROBB ARMSTRONG – Creator of the comic strip JumpStart, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

MAX DE RADIGUES – Belgian cartoonist who spent a year as artist-in-residence at the Center for Cartoon Studies at White River Junction, Vermont.

Pénélope Bagieu

Pénélope Bagieu

PÉNÉLOPE BAGIEU – The celebrated French cartoonist, a recent transplant to New York, earned rave reviews from the likes of the New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post for her modern classic Brazen. 300,000 followers on Twitter attests to her French comics stardom.

LAURENCE BALDETTI – French fantasy illustrator and comic book artist.

STEVE BARR – Founder and Executive Director of Drawn To Help, an organisation that takes professional cartoonists and illustrators to visit children in hospitals.

TUESDAY BASSEN – Award-winning Illustrator living in Los Angeles. Her clients include Lucky Peach, Playboy, The New Yorker, United Nations, Nike, Adidas, and more.

JERRY BECK – Renowned animation historian and President of ASIFA-Hollywood branch of the International Animated Film Association..

ANDREA BEIZER – Creator of the Alice cartoon strip.

Carolyn Belefski

Carolyn Belefski

CAROLYN BELEFSKI – Creator of the comic strip Curls, her other projects range from working with Boom! Studios on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time comic book to producing Affordable Care Act comics for The White House

DOMINIQUE BERTAIL – Comic artists whose work ranges from pulpy sci-fi series to historical reportage through terrifyingly-real thrillers!

DAVID BLUMENSTEIN – Animator, cartoonist and writer and current Deputy President of the Australian Cartoonists Association.

BOULET – French artist and writer Boulet is perhaps best known for his work on the series Dungeon with Lewis Trondheim and Joan Sfar, and for his worldwide famous webcomic.

JIM BORGMAN, JERRY SCOTT and RICK KIRKMAN – Writer Jerry Scott is the co-creator of two of the most popular comic strips in history – Zits with artist Jim Borgman and Baby Blues with artist Rick Kirkman.

NICK BROKENSHIRE – Writer/artist for IDW’s Star Wars Adventures.

JEFFREY BROWN – Bestselling author and illustrator of the Darth Vader and Son series, as well as the first arc of the middle grade Jedi Academy series.

PAT BYRNES New Yorker cartoonist, author of Captain Dad: The Manly Art of Stay-at-Home Fatherhood.

JASON CHATFIELD – New Yorker and MAD Magazine cartoonist, currently artist and writer on long-running Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs.

ALEXANDRE CLERISSE – Among the honors bestowed on French artist and scriptwriter Clérisse are a Best Illustrator award from Italy’s Lucca Comics & Games and a Best Crime Fiction award from France’s Angouleme International Comics Festival.

Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes

DANIEL CLOWES – Cartoonist, graphic novelist, illustrator and screenwriter, winner of multiple Eisner and Harvey awards. He is perhaps best known for Ghost World, the movie adaptation of which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

GEMMA CORRELL – Published works include The Worrier’s Guide to Life and A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette, as well as her award-winning series of humorous greetings cards and gift products.

SCOTT DOOLEY – The Australian comedian co-hosts the weekly podcast Is There Something In This? with Jason Chatfield.

GREG EVANS – The Reuben Award-winning creator of the comic strip Luann.

ANDREW FARAGO – Curator of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, his writing credits include The Looney Tunes Treasury, The Complete Peanuts Family Album, and a forthcoming Batman80th anniversary history book.

JOYCE FARMER – Pioneering underground comix artist who has been creating comic art since the early 1970s.

MARY FLEENER – Many of her short stories appeared in anthologies like Weirdo and Twisted Sisters and the all-women Wimmen’s Comix and she earned widespread recognition for her semi-autobiographical Slutburger Stories.

TEA FOUGNER – Editorial Director for Comics at King Features.

SHAENON GARRITY – Webcomic artist who has worked as an editor on more than 20 manga series, including Naruto, One Piece, Inuyasha and Case Closed.

Penelope Gazin

Penelope Gazin

PENELOPE GAZIN – Illustrator and animator, and inspiration for upcoming Netflix movie Lady Business starring Brie Larson, about how Penelope and business partner had to invent a third male company founder in order to be taken seriously in the business world.

MORT GERBERG – Award-winning, multi-genre cartoonist and author best known for his cartoons in The New Yorker and Playboy, and his book, Cartooning: The Art and The Business.

BRAD GUIGAR – Co-host of the ComicLab podcast with Dave Kellett, he is of the co-author of the seminal How To Make Webcomics, and wrote its sequel, The Webcomics Handbook.

CATHY GUISEWITE – One of the most successful female cartoonists in history, she created the comic strip Cathy in 1976!

JOHN HAMBROCK – The creator of the syndicated comic The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee got his cartooning start drawing Ernie the Keebler Elf!

ROB HARRELL – Artist and writer on the comic strip Adam@Home, whose graphic novel Monster on the Hill will soon be a motion picture from Paramount Pictures and ReelFX Animation.

Gilbert Hernandez

Gilbert Hernandez

GILBERT & JAIME HERNANDEZ – Creators of the pioneering comic book series Love and Rockets.

MIKE HOLLINGSWORTH – Supervising Director on the first original animated Netflix series, Bojack Horseman.

JIM HORWITZ – In addition to cartooning, the creator of the online strip Watson has written for radio, tv, stage and screen … and has been a headline writer for The Onion!

MARC JACKSON – UK cartoonist who has created comics and characters for such British publications as BEANO, Aces Weekly, Comic Heroes Magazine and Caffeine magazine.



KAL – International award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun.

GEORGE KARALIAS – His 2018 book Come On In, Young Manis the true story of how the distinctive dress style of young Elvis Presley was created by clothier Bernard Lansky!

JEFF KEANE – The inspiration for Little Jeffy in his father’s beloved comic, Jeff took over the reins on The Family Circus following Bil Keane’s death in 2011.

DAVE KELLETT – Creator of the strips Sheldon and Drive, the cartoonist, author and filmmaker is also co-host of the ComicLab podcast.

LARS KENSETH- Cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in Barron’s, Playboy, MAD, Esquire and The New Yorker. A TV writer by day, his credits include Chuck Deuce (Adult Swim) and Norm Macdonald Has A Show(Netflix).

PETER KESSLER – Author of The Complete Guide to Asterix, a book-by-book analysis of the Gaulish warrior’s adventures.

CJ KETTLER – President of King Features syndicate, home to Popeye, Zits, Mutts and scores more of the most popular newspaper features, her TV producer credits range from The Tick to Carmen Sandiego.

ROBERT LEMIEUX – Writer and Producer of Life in the Comics, a much-anticipated documentary that focuses on the cultural/historical impact of the American comic strip.

JOANATHAN LEMON – The new cartoonist on there long-running Alley Oop comic strip is a globetrotting Brit who has called the US home for the last 25 years!

TERRI LIBENSON – Creator of the hit comic strip The Pajama Diaries, winner of numerous awards for her greeting cards and was the creator of the top-selling card line, Skitch.

JULIEN LIMONNE – French composer who has created music for documentaries, feature films, advertising, theatre and dance performances and for a wide range of musical groups and musicians.

JOHN LIND – Co-founder and creative director of the Kitchen Sink Books imprint at Dark Horse Comics.

LINIERS – With almost one million followers on Facebook, Macanudo creator Ricardo “Liniers” Siri is one of the most popular Argentinian cartoonists of all time.

BOBBY LONDON – Underground cartoonist who was the artist and writer on Popeye from 1986 to 1992.

GUILLAUME LONG – Creator of the comics blog about food and life in the kitchen: To Drink and To Eat – Tales From a French Kitchen.

BOB MANKOFF – After two decades as cartoon editor for The New Yorker, Bob Mankoff was named Cartoon and Humor Editor for Esquire in 2017. He launched launched the following year.

PETE MARESCA – Founder and publisher of Sunday Press, a recipient of three Eisner Awards and two Harvey Awards for its books.

PATRICK McDONNELL – Reuben Award-winning creator of the syndicated comic strip Mutts.

JOE McGARRY – Musician, animator, designer and programmer, one half of design and animation outfit Fantastic Heat Brothers and the indie dance duo Pop Noir with his twin brother Luke.

Luke McGarry

Luke McGarry

LUKE McGARRY – Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and animator, creator of “The 27 Club” for MAD magazine, the “Sad Chewie” internet series, known for his FYF, Festival Supreme and Coachella art.

STEVE McGARRY – The founder and Director of NCSFest has a career that has spanned designing record sleeves for the likes of Joy Division, becoming Britain’s most extensively-syndicated cartoonist, and working on such major movies as The Minions!

PAT McGREAL – Author of more than 600 Disney comic books, his output ranges from Scrooge McDuck to tales of Leonard da Vinci!

BILL MORRISON – TV animation credits include Futurama and Disenchantment and his comics credits range from The Simpsons to Yellow Submarine.

Floyd Norman

Floyd Norman

FLOYD NORMAN – Disney animation legend whose credits include The Jungle Book, Mulan and Toy Story 2.

MARK PETT- Writer and illustrator whose books include This Is My Book!, Lizard From the Park, The Boy and the Airplane, The Girl and the Bicycle, and The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.

JACOB PHILLIPS – Current colorist on Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal as well as working as a freelance illustrator and comic book artist.

SEAN PHILLIPS and ED BRUBAKER – Artist Sean Phillips has worked on the likes of Batman, Hellblazer and “Judge Dredd” for 2000AD; fellow Eisner Award winner Ed Brubaker’s writing credits range from Batman, Daredevil and Captain America to the TV series Westworld. Together, this duo are the creators of the award-winning series Criminal and The Fade Out.

JONATHAN PLOTKIN – His art can be found on the pages of the Chicago Tribune, American Bystander and other national print and online publications.

HILARY PRICE – Launched her award-winning daily newspaper comic strip Rhymes With Orange in 1995.

Tom Racine

Tom Racine

TOM RACINE – Tom Racine has hosted the Tall Tale Radio podcast for over 10 years and 280 episodes.

MICHAEL RAMIREZ – Reuben Award and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, editorial cartoonist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

TOM RICHMOND – Reuben Award-winning caricaturist famed for his TV and movie parodies in MAD magazine.

Julie Rocheleau

Julie Rocheleau

JULIE ROCHELEAU – Among the award-winning illustrator’s TV credits are a stint as a designer on the Arthur series.

ROB ROGERS – The Pulitzer Prize finalist was sensationally fired from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in mid-June 2018 for his cartoons that were critical of President Donald Trump!

MARTIN ROWSON – Multi-award winning editorial cartoonist, illustrator, graphic novelist, writer and poet whose work over the past four decades has appeared regularly in UK newspapers The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mirror, and  The Independent on Sunday.

JOHNNY SAMPSON – The prolific cartoonist is one of the new additions to the “Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD Magazine!

DAVID SILVERMAN – Oscar-nominated animator on The Simpson sand co-director of Monsters, Inc.

DANA SIMPSON – Creator of the syndicated comic strips Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Ozy and Millie.

ED STECKLEY – Award-winning illustrator and caricaturist who work ranges from children’s books to advertising and magazine illustration.

RICK STROMOSKI – Award-winning cartoonist has illustrated books for Macmillan, Harcourt Brace, Candlewick Press, Macgraw-Hill, Random House, Scholastic, Golden Books, Contemporary Books, Irena Chalmers Publishing, Workman and Andrews McMeel.

MARK TATULLI – Creator of the daily comic strips Li oand Heart of the City and author of an impressive output of books!

ANN TELNAES – Editorial cartoonist and first woman to win both the Reuben Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

SIMON THORP and GRAHAM DURY – A vulgar, bawdy British institution, at the height of its success VIZc omic was selling 1.2 million copies per issue! Simon Thorp and Graham Dury have been the creative culprits at the helm for three decades!

MICHAEL TISSERAND – New Orleans-based author whose most recent book, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White (HarperCollins), received the Eisner Award .

LEWIS TRONDHEIM – Creator of the lauded Lapinot and Dunjon series, the prolific Trondheim is one of the most acclaimed and innovative artists that France has ever produced. He was was invested with a knighthood in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005.

LUCAS TURNBLOOM – Best known as the co-creator, co-writer, and illustrator of the Dream Jumper graphic novel series through Scholastic, he’s also the creator of the comics How to Cat and Imagine This.

BRIAN WALKER – Besides his work on the comics strips Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois, Brian is a renowned comics historian, author, lecturer and curator of numerous exhibitions.

CHUCK WHELON – British-born artist is creator, writer and artist on a wide range of puzzle and activity books.

SHENA WOLF – Director of Comics and Acquisitions for Andrews McMeel Syndication. .

JOE WOS – Artist and writer on the syndicated comic Maze Toons, founder and erstwhile director of a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh.

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