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HELLO


or as we prefer to say...

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HELLO


or as we prefer to say...

 

HEY HO HEY!

We're the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Cartoonists society, Otherwise known as...

"THE ORDER OF CORNELIUS" 

 
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WHO IS CORNELIUS?


WHO IS CORNELIUS?


We'll get to that, but first a little bit about us. We are cartoonists, but not only cartoonists. We are writers, painters, animators, puppeteers, photographers, comedians, designers, and illustrators. We create stories with images. Our work is everywhere. From MAD Magazine to The New Yorker, from Disney to Adult Swim, from DC Comics to Drawn & Quarterly. We're in bookstores, galleries, television, the movies, the internet, and newspapers everywhere. We make the things you love to read and watch, and we're not afraid to wear plaid.

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WHY PLAID?


WHY PLAID?


Because plaid is fun and handsome. Wearing plaid makes you confident, but keeps you humble. When we gather, we form a sea of plaid. A small sea. More like a pond of plaid, but still, all those plaids make an impact and build unity. But no two plaids are the same. In that way, we celebrate our eccentric and stylish individuality. We are each a bold strand of color interwoven to form a cacophonic tapestry. Is plaid a metaphor for our group? Sure.

Here's a short list of some of our bold, colorful members.

PROMINENT MEMBERS

Marla Frazee
Caldecott-winning children's
book author-illustrator (Boss Baby)

David Malki!
Web comic Wondermark

Bill Morrison
Illustrator and comic book artist (Bongo, DC, Dark Horse)

 

Stan Sakai
Creator of the comic book Usagi Yojimbo

Chris Savino
Creator of Nickelodeon's Loud House

Tony Bancroft
Co-Director of Disney's
Mulan & animator of The Lion King's Pumbaa

 

Cathy Guisewite
Creator of the Cathy newspaper comic strip

Dan Piraro
Creator of the comic strip Bizzaro

Robb Armstrong
Creator of the JumpStart newspaper comic strip

David Silverman
Director for The Simpsons

Tom Gammill
Writer for shows such as The Simpsons and Seinfeld. Creator of The Doozies comic strip

Mike Hollingsworth
Supervising Director for Netflix's Bojack Horseman

 

OUR HISTORY

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. 

Founder, Ding Daniels. 1948

Founder, Ding Daniels. 1948

The first clubhouse on National Blvd. 

The first clubhouse on National Blvd. 

George McManus and Sherman Goode drink to Corny's health.

George McManus and Sherman Goode drink to Corny's health.

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.

AND TODAY

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.

New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich

New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich

Meetings

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.

William Stout guides us through a museum show of his work.

William Stout guides us through a museum show of his work.

Field Trips

It's nice to get out into the sunshine now and then. We do picnics, museum shows, beach outings, and pencil factory tours.

Screening of Inside Out at Disney

Screening of Inside Out at Disney

SCREENINGS

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.

Marla Frazee with her Silver Reuben award for Book Illustration. 

Marla Frazee with her Silver Reuben award for Book Illustration. 

Awards

Annually we honor our members for their achievements and service to the cartoonist community and beyond.

Jenny Fine and Marla Frazee draw for kids at the St. Jude Annual Walkathon.

Jenny Fine and Marla Frazee draw for kids at the St. Jude Annual Walkathon.

Outreach

We regularly volunteer in classrooms and charity events across LA partnering with organizations like St. Jude, City of Hope, and The Inkwell Foundation.

Teaching each other our tricks.

Teaching each other our tricks.

Workshops

We teach and learn from each other, forming accountability groups who share the same creative goals.

Above all, we try to enjoy ourselves.

Mo Willems enjoys speaking sign language into Dave Kellett's ear.

Mo Willems enjoys speaking sign language into Dave Kellett's ear.

Robb Armstrong enjoys some marker fumes.

Robb Armstrong enjoys some marker fumes.

Tom Kenny enjoys doing the voice of SpongeBob. Constantly.

Tom Kenny enjoys doing the voice of SpongeBob. Constantly.

Alex Gregory enjoys his proximity to the emergency exit.

Alex Gregory enjoys his proximity to the emergency exit.

Tony Bancroft, Dan Piraro and Robb Armstrong enjoy arranging their smiles on an angle.

Tony Bancroft, Dan Piraro and Robb Armstrong enjoy arranging their smiles on an angle.

Sergio Aragonés and Patrick McDonnell enjoy amazing mid-length silvery locks.

Sergio Aragonés and Patrick McDonnell enjoy amazing mid-length silvery locks.

Keith Robinson enjoys the squid.

Keith Robinson enjoys the squid.

Tony and Lindsay Carrillo enjoy tending bar

Tony and Lindsay Carrillo enjoy tending bar

Al Jaffee, Cathy Guisewite and the late, great Mell Lazarus enjoy some amber lighting.

Al Jaffee, Cathy Guisewite and the late, great Mell Lazarus enjoy some amber lighting.

David Silverman and probably Dan Piraro enjoy a groovy tuba bass line. Who doesn't? Am I right?

David Silverman and probably Dan Piraro enjoy a groovy tuba bass line. Who doesn't? Am I right?

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MEMBERSHIP


MEMBERSHIP


WHY JOIN? 

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.

WHO CAN JOIN?

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. 

 

HOW TO JOIN?

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 ncslosangeles@gmail.com.

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.

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