or as we prefer to say...
or as we prefer to say...
book author-illustrator (Boss Baby)
Web comic Wondermark
Illustrator and comic book artist (Bongo, DC, Dark Horse)
Creator of the comic book Usagi Yojimbo
Cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine
Co-Director of Disney's
Mulan & animator of The Lion King's Pumbaa
Creator of the Cathy newspaper comic strip
Creator of the comic strip Bizzaro
Creator of the JumpStart newspaper comic strip
Director for The Simpsons
Writer for shows such as The Simpsons and Seinfeld. Creator of The Doozies comic strip
Supervising Director for Netflix's Bojack Horseman
The Order of Cornelius has a storied past steeped in tradition and shrouded in mystery. The club was formed in 1924 by amateur cartoonist Ding Daniels and met in a humble space on National Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles. It was often referred to as the National Cartoonists Society to differentiate it from the city's other cartoonist societies. In attendance were such luminaries as George Herriman, H.C. "Bud" Fisher, Rube Goldberg, H. M. "Beanie" Walker, and even a young fella named Walter Disney.
From the beginning, the group was built around the ideas of fellowship, fun, and generous fraternity, and was watched over by the benevolent presence of a bear named Cornelius who, according to legend, saved the lives of twelve cartoonists in Los Angeles before his death. Since then, in spectral form, he continues to come to the aid of artists and writers everywhere. It is the generous spirit of Cornelius, affectionately known as Corny, that guides the group to this day.
"I am Corny. You are Corny. We are all Corny. Long Live Corny!"
Here is how some of our members have pictured our esteemed namesake in recent years.
We are an active social club of friends and colleagues supporting one another and giving back to the community. We strive to do the best work we can as individuals and as a group, to model generosity and integrity in our careers, and heck, maybe even make the world a better place. At least a funnier, more artful place. What do we actually do? Here's a smattering.
We gather monthly to catch up, to laugh and schmooze, and to be inspired and entertained by prominent guest speakers from across our shared industries.
It's nice to get out into the sunshine now and then. We do picnics, museum shows, beach outings, and pencil factory tours.
Several times a year, our chapter is treated to private sneak screenings of upcoming film and television projects by the major studios in Los Angeles.
Annually we honor our members for their achievements and service to the cartoonist community and beyond.
We regularly volunteer in classrooms and charity events across LA partnering with organizations like St. Jude, City of Hope, and The Inkwell Foundation.
We teach and learn from each other, forming accountability groups who share the same creative goals.
Joining the NCS LA is joining a family and gaining valuable allies in your creative endeavors. We're here for each other whether it is for feedback, accountability, connections, or even hands-on help. We want our members to do better work and have a better time doing it. Our monthly meetings, special events, and parties are much-anticipated opportunities to step away from our keyboards, desks, and easels to kick back with our friends and enjoy top secret shenanigans. Our confidentiality pact prevents us from saying more.
Membership is open to local creative professionals who are cartoonists in the traditional sense, or who do the work of cartooning in all its evolving forms. As we see it, cartooning is the telling of stories, long or short, through words and pictures. If you do that, or part of that (either words or pictures), we'd love to meet you. We are an organization of esteemed peers, some well-established, and some just starting out. We welcome new members whose work inspires us to better our own.
Just e-mail us. If we agree that you seem like a good fit, we'll invite you to come visit as our guest. If you like us, and we like you, we'll give you information about membership at that time. If you're interested in meeting us, fill out the form below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NCS LA serves cartoonists local to Los Angeles. Professional cartoonists who are not in the Los Angeles region and wish to join the national NCS organization, please CLICK HERE for information.