Jack Elrod, Mark Trail cartoonist: 1925-2016

February 4th, 2016

By James Allen   Jack was born in a house on Green Street Circle here in Gainesville, Georgia. That street, in all honesty, is just a few blocks …

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Mell Lazarus Given the NCS Medal of Honor

February 4th, 2016

On January 23, the National Cartoonists Society awarded Mell Lazarus, cartoonist of the long-running comic strip Momma, with the NCS Medal of Honor in Los Angeles, California. The …

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Tom Gill Education Award presented to two deserving New York cartoonists.

January 17th, 2016

Last month, Mort Gerberg and Adrian Sinnott were the latest cartoonists to be given the Tom Gill Education Award. The event was held at the Manhattan chapter’s annual …

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NCS Awards

Each year, during the NCS Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, the Society honors the year's outstanding achievements in all walks of the profession. The society's greatest honor, the Reuben Award, is presented to the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Cartoonists in various professional divisions are also honored with special plaques for excellence in the fields of newspaper strips, TV animation, gag cartoons, comic books and more.

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The NCS was born in 1946 when groups of cartoonists got together to entertain the troops. They found that they enjoyed each other's company and decided to get together on a regular basis. Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world's major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession.

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Check out the debut issue of our new digital magazine, The National Cartoonist! Interviews, features and rare cartoon art!

NCS Magazine

Every year, the NCS issues special limited-edition T-shirts to commemorate our appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con. Order your T-shirts here!

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The National Cartoonists Society Foundation is the charitable arm of the National Cartoonists Society. The NCS Foundation was formed in 2005 to continue the charitable and educational works that have been a hallmark of the NCS since its inception in 1946.