Feature article in the Dallas Morning News: Aug 8,2015
Members of the Texas Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society (texascartoonists.com) gathered in Dallas this spring. The group, which formed in November, includes artists, illustrators and writers. The group’s members collaborated on this illustrated manifesto.
“Anyone who is a member of the NCS can join our group,” says chapter chair Hector Cantu. “We also have associate memberships for anyone who is not an NCS member. Our goals are fostering friendships and community among cartoonists, preserving the history and contributions of Texas cartoonists, doing charity work and just having fun.”
Attendees at the Dallas meeting included:
HECTOR CANTU and CARLOS CASTELLANOS launched Baldo in 2000, and the strip now appears in more than 200 daily and Sunday newspapers nationwide. Cantu graduated from Skyline High School and the University of Texas, and previously worked at the Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News. He lives in Richardson with his wife, Linda. Castellanos lives with his wife and family in West Palm Beach, Fla. He’s created award-winning illustrations for commercial clients, ad agencies and major publishing houses.
DAVID DeGRAND’s work has appeared in SpongeBob Comics and Mad magazine. He illustrates the Zombie Chasers tween book series for HarperCollins. When he’s not drawing goofy pictures of gross stuff, he plays video games, watches old cartoons and collects toys and books. His biggest goal is to create something his son will find cool someday. He lives with his wife and family in the Dallas area.
ROB HARRELL is creator of the comic strip Big Top and the graphic novel Monster on the Hill. He writes and illustrates the Life of Zarf middle-grade book series for Dial Books, as well as the comic strip Adam@Home. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Austin.
BILL HINDS is the drawing half of the team, with writer Jeff Millar, that created the sports comic strip Tank McNamara, which has been running in as many as 300 papers since 1975. When Millar died in 2012, Hinds took over the writing duties. Hinds also created, writes and draws the cartoon feature Buzz Beamer for Sports Illustrated Kids. In 1987, Hinds was named Sports Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society. In 2001, he won the New Media division award at the NCS’s Reuben Awards for his online animations featuring Buzz. Hinds graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University and lives with his wife, Lisa, in Spring. They have three children.
TERRY MOORE is creator of the comic book series Rachel Rising, Echo, Strangers in Paradise and SIP KIDS. He has received Reuben, Eisner, Harvey and GLAAD awards for his work. Moore lives in Houston.
STEVE SICULA is the creator of the syndicated comic strip Home and Away. He lives in McKinney with his wife and two children and spends his spare time watching his son play baseball or at his daughter’s beauty pageants. His daughter Katie was crowned Miss Dallas USA in April and will compete for Miss Texas USA in September.
MILBURN TAYLOR is an advertising design graduate of Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and the University of North Texas in Denton. He had a variety of creative positions at nationally recognized advertising agencies and design studios before starting Milburn Taylor Associates/Creative Services in Fort Worth. He moved his family and aspirations to Austin in 1981, where he opened Milburn Creative/Advertising, Design, Promotion and Consulting Services.
Other Texas NCS members are:
BRAD and PAUL ANDERSON are the father-and-son cartoonists behind the comic panel Marmaduke, created in 1954. Brad lives in the Houston area, and Paul lives near Dallas.
SCOTT HILBURN signed a syndication contract with Universal Uclick in 2007 and launched The Argyle Sweater into newspapers in 2008. He lives in the Dallas area and has two daughters.
JEN SORENSEN’s comics and illustrations have appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, NPR.org, Ms. magazine and dozens of other publications. She is comics editor for Fusion.net’s Graphic Culture section. She lives in Austin and was a finalist in the editorial cartoons category at this year’s Reuben Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
From Staff Reports
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