Donnie Pitchford donates a fun painting to St. David’s Children’s Hospital

Donnie faithfully followed up with his canvas contribution for the St. David’s Children’s Hospital. The photo shows Donnie letting “Lum & Abner” finish up the piece while he plays snoozing art director. Ha!

Donnie Pitchford_art for Hospital
(click on image to see a larger version)

Thanks a million Donnie. Even if you weren’t able to come to the meeting in Austin last year, the hospital is trying to “decorate” a hallway, and featuring cartoon art/illustrations from the Texas Cartoonists Chapter is a natural.

They would love to have other members contribute artwork too! At the time the hospital offered us 12″ x 12″ stretched canvas to work on; something similar would be appropriate for you work. And it’s all for a good cause!

Contact Hector Cantu or Milburn Taylor for more information.

Cartooning Scholarship


Do you need $5000 for college? Are you a college student doing cartooning? Then you could apply for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship. But HURRY,  the deadline is December 15, 2015!

For more information, please go to

The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship, in memory of the late King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many other prominent cartoonists. A panel of top cartoonists adjudicates submissions and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.

Cartooning for Kids


Saturday, November 14, I will be joining others in the Texas Cartoonists to participate in Cartooning for Kids at St. David’s Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. Yay!

Donnie Pitchford,
“Lum and Abner” Cartoonist
Carthage, Texas


Welcome Svetlana Novikova

It’s always a privilege to welcome a multi-talented artist to the National Cartoonists Society/Texas Chapter. Be sure to check
out Svetlana’s link under the Texas Chapter Members tab, or
click here to go directly to her page.

In addition to Fine Art Paintings and Caricatures, she also creates fun and impressive murals!


Tribute to Michael (Myk) Friedman

Myk (Mike) Friedman has been added to our Lone Star Legacies section, and it was an honor to do so. He experienced some serious health issues before his tragic young death, but the Texas Chapter is proud to posthumously consider him one of us.

You’ll enjoy seeing his animation work, and reading a heartfelt short bio by his mother, Pearl Friedman.

NOTE: If you know of anyone who may be interested in working with Pearl to continue Myk’s “Ultimate Cartoon Fighting” animation parodies between some of the world’s favorite cartoon characters, please contact us at: We’ll put you in touch with Pearl. Myk’s YouTube animations still draw around 300,000 teen viewers, and this is a real opportunity for the right person.

Be sure to visit Myk’s pages, and his YouTube and Facebook links.

Click here to go directly to his pages.
NOTE: There are two additional pages about Myk on this site. Be sure to check them out too.

Regional Meeting in Austin—Nov 13-15

The meeting in Austin is right around the corner. We’d love to see you for the brouhaha. On Saturday we’ll be drawing for some of the children at St. David’s Children’s Hospital, followed by our ever so fun's-children's-hospital-smTentative schedule:

NCS|Texas Chapter Meeting Nov. 13-15 (Fri-Sun) in Austin
On the agenda:
+ Fun
+ Visiting local children’s hospital
+ Fun
+ Saturday evening brouhaha (writers, cartoonists, animators, etc.         welcome!)
+ Sun morning bacon and donuts breakfast

Fri, Nov. 13 — out-of-towners can begin arriving
Sat, Nov. 14 — hospital visit, Sat night party
Sun, Nov. 15 — morning check out

For more info contact Milburn at


Brad Anderson 1924-2015

Our colleague and Texas Chapter member Brad Anderson, the creator of the beloved comic strip “Marmaduke,” has unexpectedly passed away. He was 91.

Brad lived in the Houston area and was a charter member, along with son Paul, of the Texas Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.

“Brad’s art touched people around the world,” says Texas-NCS Chair Hector Cantu. “We were lucky to have Brad attend our inaugural Texas chapter meeting last fall. I know it was special for members to chat with Brad and hear a few stories from his remarkable career. He will be missed by Marmaduke fans everywhere.”

For more information:

Texas Chapter members celebrated Marmaduke’s 60th anniversary with Brad and Paul at the group’s inaugural meeting last November.

Bill Hinds made/decorated the cake presented to Brad as a fun surprise!