What it means to be a professional cartoonist today is not what it meant 50, or even 10 years ago. Our industry changed more rapidly these past years than at any time in the 75-year history of the National Cartoonists Society. Gone are the days when you needed to land a big newspaper syndication deal to validate your standing as a professional artist. New media and modern creative industries expand the opportunities and outlets for today’s cartoonists and reimagine what it looks like to work professionally.
As the premier organization of professional cartoonists, we are compelled to evolve too. To encourage exciting young artists, to celebrate new voices and styles, and to continue to support our talented members working throughout this diverse industry.
We welcome you all to apply and be part of the generous NCS community.
We believe in actions over words. To that end, the board of directors of the National Cartoonists Society has spent the past two years meticulously re-writing our outdated by-laws, line-by-line, to bring them in line with the shape of our industry in 2022 and beyond.
This updated ethos does not diminish the prestige of being part of the world’s premier cartooning organization. We believe it ensures that our distinguished legacy extends well beyond the bounds of our traditional 20th Century beginnings.
After sharing them with our members, we have now ratified and adopted our updated by-laws. The National Cartoonists Society welcomes all professional cartoonists to become part of our ever-creative, evolving community.
NCS membership is open to all creative professionals who earn a substantial part of their income working in the fields of cartooning, illustration, animation and graphic storytelling. We are an organization of esteemed peers and we welcome new members!