Stan Goldberg piece in the “Box Art” Auction for East End Hospice

September 1st, 2014

Our dear friend, Stan Goldberg, donated a piece of work to the East End Hospice “Box Art” Auction each year. This year was no different. Just before Stan succumbed to the stroke, he had donated a new piece to be auctioned on September 6th. Join in the auction in memory of this great talent and to help a cause that he personally chose to support.

Silent & Live Auction, September 6 at the Ross School in East Hampton. Call East End Hospice or visit their website for details: 631-288-8400,

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Stan Goldberg

September 1st, 2014

The world lost not only a great cartoonist but a wonderful person yesterday evening. Longtime Berndt Toast Gang member, Marvel and Archie cartoonist (among many other titles), compatriot, mentor, friend and American icon, Stan Goldberg passed away after suffering a severe stroke a few weeks ago.

He and Pauline were great supporters of the Berndt Toast Gang and the National Cartoonists Society. They travelled with us, on practically a moments notice, to cartoon festivals in Ireland (the Rathdrum International Cartoon Festival) and France (Salon international du dessin de press at St. Just Le Martel). Whenever the Berndt Toast Gang held an exhibition or asked for volunteers for a charity, Stan would be there.

Stan was also a part of our family. He and Pauline watched as our children grew. Stan had to approve any boyfriends vying for my daughter’s affection. When her husband first met Stan, I think he was more concerned about getting Stan’s okay than he was about meeting me.

The greatest achievement in life is to leave this world a better place than when we entered it. Stan has certainly fulfilled that goal. He has brought happiness and laughter into the lives of his many thousands of fans, his friends and his family. In a life with more than its share of tragedy, Stan persevered and together with his wonderful wife, Pauline, has created a legacy that will survive through the coming generations. A body of work to inspire and bring joy to all who see it.

As those of us in the Berndt Toast Gang know, Stan’s passing has left a void that cannot be filled. In memory of all the wonderful times we’ve spent with Stan, there will always be an empty chair at our future meetings. Just to remind us of the great friend Stan has been and, as he would wish, to also remember all the great cartoonists of the Berndt Toast Gang who have preceded him.

If you would like to do something to make the world a little better, please consider Stan’s family’s request that donations may be made in his memory to:
East End Hospice
481 Westhampton-Riverhead Road
PO Box 1048
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
(631) 288-8400

Stan and Pauline at our daughter's wedding reception last year.

Stan and Pauline at our daughter’s wedding reception last year. Photo by Peter Edson.

Stan Goldberg presents me with a card he drew and signed by all the cartoonists at the Bunny Bash.

Stan Goldberg presents me with a card he drew and signed by all the cartoonists at the Bunny Bash. Photo by John Pennisi,

Stan Sakai Auction

July 8th, 2014

A 9"x 12" acrylic painting on canvas board of Stan Sakai's great Usagi Yojimbo.

A 9″x 12″ acrylic painting on canvas board of Stan Sakai’s great Usagi Yojimbo.

The Comic Art Professional Society benefit auctions for Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon has launched on eBay. Stan’s wife, Sharon Sakai, suffers from a debilitating illness that requires 24-hour care and medications that exceed their insurance coverage. All of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Sakais to help cover their medical expenses.

I’ve donated a piece. It’s an acrylic painting (a first for me) on canvas board of Usagi. It’s available now on eBay:

There’s just 5 days to go!

Bunny Bash 2014

July 8th, 2014

Every June, the Berndt Toast Gang (the Long Island Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society) has it’s meeting at the wonderful home of Bunny Hoest. Bunny, along with John Reiner, produce the “Lockhorns” comic strip. This year marked the 33rd “Bunny Bash.”

As always, the weather was beautiful and over 100 cartoonists and their spouses gathered for lunch and great conversation. Just some of the talent present: Mort Drucker, Sy Barry, Stan Goldberg, Mort Gerberg, Sam Gross, Bill Plympton, George Booth, Sandy Kossin, Sam Viviano, Ed Steckley, Tom Richmond and many more.

For the second time, we handed out the Berndt Toast Gang’s BTG Award. This award was created to thank the spouses for their selfless support of their husband/wife/partner. Started two years ago, the first recipient was Pauline Goldberg. the wonderful wife of the brilliant Stan Goldberg. Somehow or another, we missed last year, so this year we decided to hand out three at once.

Simmy Barry, the wife of Sy Barry (of “The Phantom” fame), Heather Steckley, wife of Ed (Manhattan NCS ChapterChair, NCS board member, illustrator extraordinaire), and Anna Richmond, wife of Tom (NCS President, MAD magazine illustrator, fantastic caricaturist and all-round good guy) were this year’s recipients. We couldn’t have gathered a more deserving group.

These days working as a cartoonist/illustrator is more challenging than ever. Without the support of our spouses most of us would probably not be able to do the work we enjoy. They are there as emotional, creative, financial, and management support. Not to mention being our best friends.

So, for an award that suits our eclectic group, they receive a framed piece of burnt toast. Really!

This year, just as I was about to grumble on how thankless being a chapter chair can be, the Berndt Toast gang surprised me with the Tim Rosenthal Award for Volunteerism! They really did a marvelous job keeping it a secret. I was floored when NCS President Tom Richmond presented it to me. As most people know, I’m rarely at a loss for words but this left me searching for the right words to thank everyone.

It’s rare in life to have so many wonderful, friendly and kind-hearted people in one group, never mind one where we are all technically “competitors.” It’s more an extended family and I’m just so thankful that they are my friends.

Ho! Ho! Ho! So soon?

December 24th, 2013

Another year has flown by. A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to all!

Click for a large version!

Books, Berndt Toast and Fairs

September 18th, 2013

It’s been an extraordinarily busy year. No time for a vacation other than the annual Reuben Awards. This year that meant a trip to Pittsburgh. Published a short children’s story to iBooks and Amazon (for Kindle) and expanded the Triumph Italia website. Now it’s time to turn my attention to updating my other sites. There’s an old saying, “Plumbers have the leakiest pipes!” Web developers have the oldest websites . . .

From "A Boy and His Sog!" ©2013 Adrian C. Sinnott

From “A Boy and His Sog!” ©2013 Adrian C. Sinnott

Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 20th, 2012

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday to all!

Sketch to Final

October 11th, 2012

Here’s a rough for a book illustration and the final art. This is a spot illustration for “Max Gravity Goes to the Moon . . . and brings his little sister.” The rough is in pencil with a quick overlay of some color. The final is a mix of pencil and Dr. Martin’s watercolor dyes.

Pencil rough

Finished illustration. Click for a larger view.


Funny Business

June 15th, 2012

FUNNY BUSINESS: An Inside Look at the Art of Cartooning
Lyda Ely’s tribute to her mom, longtime Berndt Toast Gang member Susan Ely, will be re-broadcast on WNET – Channel 13 (PBS in NYC) this Saturday, June 16th at 2pm. The film covers Susan’s quest to become a New Yorker cartoonist and reveals what it takes by speaking with many of the magazine’s famous contributors (including a few BTGers!)

Team Cul de Sac auction results

June 15th, 2012

The Team Cul de Sac auction of original art  has raised $47,000 for Parkinson’s research. The first publicly seen art from Calvin and Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson, fetched over $13,000! Below are the top ten selling pieces:

1. Bill Watterson Petey Otterloop Painting $13,145.00

2. Stephan Pastis Alice Traps the Family Circus Kids Comic Strip $2,868.00

3. Richard Thompson Team Cul de Sac Cover Illustration $2,031.50

4. Patrick McDonnell Hand Colored Illustration $1,912.00

5. Patrick McDonnell Little Neuro’s Bed Illustration $1,792.50

6. R. Sikoryak Gouache Blue Period Illustration $1,314.50

7. Sergio Aragones Groo the Wanderer and Alice Illustration $836.50

8. Lincoln Pierce Otterloopy Comic Strip $776.75

9. Jim Davis Studios/Eric Reaves Petey and Alice Meet Charlie Brown Hand Colored Comic Strip $776.75

10. Mason Mastroianni Alice in Stone Illustration $507.88