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Meet Your NCS Board Members

January 15, 2024

Get to know your peers who are volunteering their time and talents to sustain and nurture the NCS by serving on the Board of Directors.  The board is required to meet a minimum of twice a year but, with so many exciting projects underway, we have been meeting once a month or more!  You can learn all about board positions in the NCS Bylaws here, but we think it is most important for you to know who we are as creators, as fellow humans, and as members of the NCS.  We are here to work with you and appreciate everyone who participates to keep the NCS vibrant and vital!

As of the Business Meeting at the Reubens in 2023, your board members are (in alphabetical order by last name):

DREW AQUILINA

TREASURER

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Merrimack, New Hampshire

I was born at very young age in Greenwich and thereafter raised in New Milford, Connecticut. It was a great place to grow up and explore the outdoors.

Green Pieces Cartoons started early for me. One Sunday evening in the winter of ‘71, my brothers and I were huddled around the basement fireplace fighting over apple cores. We were watching one of our favorite TV shows, The Wonderful World of Disney. I was captivated by a real forest animal movie depicting the animals’ day-to-day struggle to survive while using human voices. I found the animals’ perspectives and reactions interesting and their depictions hilarious. I then started to view nature in the same way.  That’s when the squirrels started talking to me.

Green Pieces originated as Iggman on Campus in 1987. The strip was published by the UMASS Amherst newspaper while I earned my B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture. The name of the cartoon morphed into Environmental Pieces but due to its content and purpose, it quickly evolved into Green Pieces. This strip ran in several eastern U.S. publications before I moved to Arizona in 1994.

We’re now syndicated by Comx Box Syndicate and run daily online at www.greenpiecescartoons.com.

I previously lived in Paradise Valley with my lovely wife Lisa and our own version of Green Pieces. The squirrels did talk to me, albeit with a western drawl. In summer 2021, I had an epiphany … New England squirrels are funnier.  So we loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly … (oops, wrong show …) I mean New Hampshire.

I’ve been an NCS member since 2014 and have proudly served as its Treasurer since 2019.

See my NCS bio at: https://nationalcartoonists.com/author/drew-aquilina/

 

GREG CRAVENS

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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As a cartoonist, I do a lot of advertising work, piles of training module stuff, some syndicated work, a little webcomic work, a bunch of caricatures, and more T-shirt designs than I care to recall.

I am married, with kids and pets and all the other stuff normally pointed out in bio bits.  I live in Memphis.  I can ride an off-road unicycle, and paddle a whitewater kayak, and have done so often enough that it all still feels like I ‘do’ it.

As a board member, I hope to induct a lot of cartoonists during my tenure as Membership Chair, thus making the NCS viable for generations more; to have valid opinions about things I’m asked about; and to be worth the trust placed in me by cartoonists- the people whose opinions I value the most.

You can find me at… www.cravenscartoonist.com

https://www.gocomics.com/thebuckets

(F)/gregyourcartoonist

(X) @hubriscomics

(I) /greg_cravens

 

KAREN EVANS

PRESIDENT

Meet Your NCS Board Members | National Cartoonists SocietySince 2014, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of co-creating the syndicated comic strip LUANN with my dad, Greg Evans.  The strip started in 1985, inspired by my antics as a little girl, and I got to grow up thinking that being a cartoonist is normal and naps are always okay.   I have also worked as a teacher, school administrator, education coordinator, and business consultant. 

I live in southern California with my husband, Jason, and spend my spare time at the barn with Midas, who is basically a Labrador trapped in a horse’s body.  

As a board member, I hope to increase the ease and opportunity to participate in and with the NCS–for both our talented membership and the broader cartooning community.  Behind the scenes, I am committed to establishing and updating the systems, policies, and procedures the organization uses so that future leaders can easily sustain the NCS.

You can find me at www.LuannFan.com

 

JOHN HAMBROCK

VICE PRESIDENT

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I create the comic strip “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee.” On November 12, 2006, King Features launched Edison in about 80 newspapers. In 2022, Edison was awarded the National Cartoonists Society’s “Best Newspaper Comic Strip” Silver Reuben. He was also nominated in 2010 and 2019. Early in my career I was an art director for a mid-sized Chicago design firm. It was there, working with the Keebler Elves, that I discovered my passion for cartooning.

I live in Kenosha, Wisconsin, located on the shores of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee. I love to spend what little spare time I have hiking, sailing, and gardening with my wife Anne.

As a board member I plan to continue to do all I can to make the NSC the best that it can be. This is your organization, and your ideas, participation, and energy will only make it stronger.

You can find me on Comics Kingdom @ www.edisonleecomic.com, @jdhambrock on Instagram

 

ELLEN LIEBENTHAL

2ND VP

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I am a cartoonist and writer based in Manhattan. Self publications include: Dan Harmon Please Hire Me (2019), A-Z of Cryptozoology (2021), Color Me Cryptid (2023). I’ve also written and designed three animated comedy shows. On my website, www.ellenliebenthal.com,  you can view my line of retail merchandise including: books, jigsaw puzzles, t-shirts, posters, enamel pins, and stickers. My gag cartoons have been published through several websites. As a surface artist, my designs have been licensed for over 70 quilt fabrics.  In my spare time, I play violin and ukulele, study Japanese, and pamper my cat.

 As a board member, I hope to increase local member involvement. I look forward to more happy hours and meeting more of you through our online events!

 

JAMAR NICHOLAS

3RD VP

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As a cartoonist (they call us ‘author-illustrators’ in traditional book publishing), I write and illustrate my middle grade graphic novel series at Scholastic / Graphix, LEON THE EXTRAORDINARY.

I proudly tell anyone who will listen that I’m a Philadelphian. I also enjoy retro video game collecting, the 1980’s, podcasting and spending time with my family and our standard poodle.

As a board member, I hope to create a broader sense of kinship within the NCS and the cartooning community at-large, as well as inspire young people to find their creative voice. Nothing is Impossible!

You can find me at… https://linktr.ee/jamarnicholas

 

NICK SELUK

SECRETARY

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I write and draw The Awkward Yeti webcomic, which is followed by about 4 million social media users. My Heart and Brain comic collections have made the New York Times bestsellers list; I wrote and illustrated three nonfiction picture books for Scholastic; created the popular card game OrganATTACK!; and enjoy trying new projects and mediums. I run my own merchandise business and have run 10 Kickstarter campaigns, all successfully funded.

I live in Michigan, have 3 kids, and love finding new creative projects to do with them.

As a board member, I hope to help the NCS find ways to cultivate and recruit new talent, and embrace the diversity of styles and mediums in cartooning.

You can find me at linktr.ee/theawkwardyeti

 

JOHNNY SAMPSON

NATIONAL REP

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I have been the artist and writer of the MAD Fold-In since accepting the role from Al Jaffee in 2020. I have been a full time freelance artist since 2006 doing illustrations, storyboards, gig posters, album covers, and more for clients ranging from the Op-Ed column of the New York Times to rapper Action Bronson. I also self-publish my own comics and currently teach a comics class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have been nominated several times for various divisional Reuben awards and took home the silver in 2022 for Advertising and Product Illustration.  I have been a proud member of the NCS since 2018 and the Chicago-Midwest chapter chair since 2020.

I live in Glen Ellyn, a suburb of Chicago, with my wife Amy, daughter Maggie, son Johnny Jr, and our dog Coco. When I’m not working, I like to read comics, play guitar and piano, and ride bowls on my skateboard, sometimes all at the same time.

As a board member, I hope to build upon the many contributions that my successors have made. I also hope to increase engagement with our membership through our chapter chair meetings, and spread the enthusiasm I have for this lovely organization.

You can find me at www.johnnysampson.com  @johnnysampson on instagram

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