Cartoonists Unite for St. Jude Kids in Memphis

Artwork by Tom Richmond

What a privilege it is to be part of this great event with my fellow scribblers to raise money for the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis this month!

As we head into Memphis this Memorial Day Weekend to attend the 70th annual NCS Reuben Awards, members of the National Cartoonists Society will be taking the opportunity to lend our time and talents in support of an exceptionally worthy cause.

On Thursday, May 26th, as part of our “Cartooning for Kids”project, NCS members will spend the day at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital drawing for the patients and their families and handing out goodie bags crammed with t-shirts, sketchbooks, crayons, toys, comics and books.

Later that same evening, some of those artists – including a number of cartoonists whose comics run daily in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, as well leading artists in the fields of animation, magazine illustration and editorial cartooning – will appear at a gala fundraiser. Its a chance for the public to join the cartoonists for dinner, enjoy festive food and spirits, get personalized sketches and caricatures and bid on some unique original art. The cartoonists will also participate in an improv show that promises to be one of the highlights of the evening.

Scheduled to appear are:
Jeff Keane – Family Circus – Patrick McDonnell – Mutts
Lynn Johnston – For Better Or For Worse
Jerry Scott – Zits, Baby Blues
Richard Kirkman – Baby Blues
Mike Peters – Mother Goose & Grimm
Stephan Pastis – Pearls Before Swine
David Silverman – The Simpsons
Bill Morrison – The Simpsons and Disney artist
Steve McGarry – Minions
Tom Richmond – Mad Magazine
Robb Armstrong – Jumpstart
@Hillary Price – Rhymes with Orange
Greg Walker – Beetle Bailey
Greg Evans – Luann
Mike Luckovich — Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist
Rick Stromoski – Soup to Nutz
Maria Scrivan – Half Full
Luke McGarry – Sad Chewie
@Lincoln Pierce – Big Nate
Greg Cravens – The Buckets
Michael Ramirez – Political Cartoonist – Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist
Jason Chatfield – Ginger Meggs
Ed Steckley – Humorous illustrator

Meanwhile across town on the famous Beale Street, a second group of cartoonists will be busy creating original pieces of art that will be subsequently offered for sale in the St. Jude Gift Shop. Subsequent visitors to the hospital will be able to invest in an original piece of art while making a contribution to a wonderful cause!


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