Archive for June, 2010

Step quietly

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Here I am walking quietly into the bedroom trying not to wake the puppy. Moments later my ankle came into contact with an immoveable object — the edge of the platform bed. Now I know why it’s called “hardwood.” A week and a half later, I’m still hobbling.

The pain has registered in the eyes but the brain has yet to find out.

The “Bunny Bash”

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Every June the Berndt Toast Gang holds it’s monthly meeting at the home of the fabulous, Bunny Hoest. Bunny Hoest and John Reiner carry on the work of her late husband, Bill. Bill Hoest created “The Lockhorns,” “Agatha Crumm,” “What A Guy,” “Laugh Parade and Howard Huge (both in Parade magazine),” “Bumper Snickers,” and untold numbers of gag cartoons. Bunny’s daughter, Sharon Bowers, and I collaborated on “Hunny Bunny’s Short Tale,” one-minute bedtime stories for kids (which was syndicated by King Features in the mid to late nineties and was one of the first panel cartoons delivered electronically).

The June meeting has become “The Bunny Bash” and is a high point in the professional cartoonists calendar. Cartoonists come from all over the US and occasionally, internationally, to join in the fun. Mort Drucker (MAD magazine), George Booth (the New Yorker), Stan Goldberg (Archie), Arnie Levin (the New Yorker), Sam Gross (the New Yorker), Mort Gerberg (the New Yorker), Howard Beckerman (animator, teacher, author), Don Orehek (gag cartoonist), Joe Giella (Mary Worth, Batman) and Sam Viviano (MAD magazine) are just a few of the cartoonists you’ll find sitting in the sun and enjoying the views. We usually even make the news.

Here are a few photos:

The "castle" before the crowd arrived.

Stan Goldberg, on the right, telling Aron Laikin (caricaturist, in white shirt) and Mark Mitchell (Disney) why Archie chose Veronica.

The inimitable Don Orehek!

George Booth and John Reiner discuss which sandwich to try first.

And here's "Hunny Bunny."

Cat Blender

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Matilda has found that there is one advantage to wearing the “cone of shame.” Now, if she can just keep him from sticking on the edge. In reality, Stanley and Matilda get along well but she likes to remind him of just who’s in charge. Then Stanley sneaks up and swats her.

The best bits are always just out of reach.

Cone Head

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Poor Matilda, she just came back from the vet . . . wearing the “cone of shame.”  It’s taking her a while to adjust to the fact that she now needs twice her width to fit anywhere. There’s a lot of “plastic clunking into things” sounds.  It hasn’t fazed her personality, still as happy as ever. It does keep the rain off her head, as long as she doesn’t look up.

Either let me in or get me some scuba gear, please!


Sunday, June 6th, 2010

You may have noticed a lull in my ramblings. Whenever that happens, I must be working against a deadline. With Memorial day last week, the NCS convention, and our anniversary, my schedule has been crumpled like Matilda’s doggie bed. In the back of my head, there’s a client’s voice saying, “Where is my job!”

Well? Where is my job!

Joisey City

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Just back from the annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards, in beautiful downtown . . . Jersey City. Contrary to what you imagine, it was quite nice. The beautiful views of Manhattan were a plus.

From the balcony at the opening reception.

The Reuben is named for the legendary cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. The design of the award statue is based on one of his cartoons. There are also division awards given in different categories. It’s always great fun and a chance to meet old friends and make some new ones. Anton Emdin out of Australia and Barry Reynolds from Ireland were two of the new ones. Anton is an illustrator (MAD magazine Australia, etc.) and Barry a character designer (The Secret of Kells). The Berndt Toast Gang‘s own, Ray Alma, won for Magazine Illustration.

Taxi! Take me to . . . Jersey City?