…we’re the NCS LA!
Just a little follow-up post to my last one. About six weeks ago, a few members of the NCS LA (the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society) gathered together at the home of Tom Gammill (writer for The Simpsons) to shoot a video not only for our chapter, but for a comedy bit for the national organization. It debuted at the annual Reuben Awards in Washington D.C. two Saturdays ago during Memorial Day weekend, and is now available for your viewing pleasure online.
The whole video starts with a running gag Tom has been doing where he is living in a pretend marriage with Jeannie Schulz, wife of the late Charles Schulz. The first part of the video features Tom with Sally & Mell Lazarus, Cathy Guisewite, Jeannie Schulz and members of her staff, and Caroline & Arnold Roth.
The part I’m in begins at the 4:25 mark. The gang participating in the song include Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics guy and president of the national NCS organization), Keith Robinson (Making It comic strip), Tony Carillo (F Minus comic strip), Dan Piraro (Bizarro comic strip), Matt Diffee (cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine), Dave Kellett (Sheldon comic strip), David Silverman (The Simpsons), Mell Lazarus (Momma comic strip), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy comic strip), Sergio Aragonès (MAD magazine & Groo comic book), Jeannie Schulz (Charles M. Schulz Museum), Tom Gammill (The Doozies comic strip), and yours truly.
As you can see, we are a group that enjoys each other. It is fun hanging with these folks as well as with the many others who come to our monthly chapter get-togethers. It is nice when colleagues can have fun together in brother/sisterhood without ugly competitiveness getting in the way. If anything, supporting each other raises all of our games.
I enjoy taking pictures, and I was getting lots of behind-the-scenes photos from our 4 hour shoot. Thought I’d share a few highlights here: