Time to “Toon” In for NCS Fest


There’s something about the month of May. The smell of spring flowers, the warming temperatures and the anticipation of summer. May also marks the National Cartoonists Society’s (NCS) annual Reuben Awards weekend-long ceremony, which Wacom has joyously helped sponsor for several years now. In a nutshell, 300 + of the world’s greatest cartoonists get together to celebrate their achievements and honor their colleagues for the work they’ve done over the past year. Think of it as the Oscars of the cartoon industry.


This year’s NCS weekend in Huntington Beach, California is very special as it will be the first time that the Society is organizing a comic arts festival for the public, dubbed NCS Fest. From Friday through Sunday, the town of Huntington Beach will be alive with events dedicated to the art form. The big tent down by the pier will be the place to be to catch some of your all-time favorite artists at work. It’s a veritable who’s who of the cartoon world and it’s a real treat to see the artist of a character one has followed for years creating it live right in front of your eyes. Follow this link for a schedule of events at the big tent on the pier plaza. All events are free.

Naturally, there will be locations for people to try out Wacom pen tablets and creative pen displays. The same digital drawing instruments that many comic artists have been using for years to produce their work. Discover Wacom products in the big tent down by the pier or the Patron room at the Hyatt.

For more information on the festival, including a list of artists, check out the NCS Fest site here. Watch Wacom’s community blog for more posts on the event as the weekend continues.