May 17-19, 2019

Comics and cartoon art from all over the world will be in Huntington Beach California May 17-19, 2019. Experience exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and signing sessions with hundreds of the world's most celebrated creators in Surf City USA. NCSFest will take place in Downtown Huntington Beach with all events staged beachside, on the Huntington Beach Pier, at the Huntington Beach Art Center and library, and in Surf City USA oceanfront hotels and businesses. There will be free events to attend and premium events to attend. Some free events include: Giant Comic at the Pier, Main Street MarketPlace, Family Zone at Fifth & PCH and The Great Zombie Walk. This is the first NCSFest to be held in Huntington Beach. Learn more about NCSFest and the NCS Foundation in the about section. 

NCS Fest in Huntington Beach California


  • An Evening with VIZ: $10.00 plus service fees. Click here to buy
  • Friday Pass: $20.00 plus service fees. Click here to buy
  • Saturday Pass: $20.00 plus service fees. Click here to buy
  • Sunday Pass: $15.00 plus service fees. Click here to buy
  • Weekend Pass: $50.00 plus service fees. Click here to buy

NCSFest Premium Events will be held at The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, just blocks along Pacific Coast Highway from the Huntington Beach Pier. 

  • Download passes to your smartphone or print out at home. Attendees will check in at NCSFest stations at the Hyatt Regency where they will be issued a wristband that gives them access to the Premium Events.
  • Seating is not guaranteed and all Premium events are offered on a “first come, first served” basis. We suggest getting in line early for events you especially wish to attend. In the event that a room is at capacity, there will be other great events available. 
  • Passes will also give admittance to the signing room, where artists will be available for sketches and signing immediately after their scheduled appearance.​

Single Day Passes

There are 12 Premium Events schedule for both Friday and Saturday. Sunday sees a program that includes major stars, a full Pechakucha program and a 90-minute special comedy show featuring live drawings and improv performances from major stars from the world of cartooning and comics. Day passes will only work for the date for which they were purchased. Weekend passes give access to all 30 events.

Weekend Pass

A full weekend pass gives access to al 30 NCSFest Premium Event. (Please note: The Weekend Pass does NOT include admission to the Thursday Viz Comic Event)

NCSFest in Huntington Beach California


NCSFest main location will be Downtown Huntington Beach with other settings taking place at the Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach Art Center and library and in the oceanfront hotels and businesses. All locations are within a 1-mile walkable footprint. 

Event Shuttle

Park and ride for free to NCSFest! The Surf City USA Shuttle will run special event service on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, from 9 am to 7 pm. Complimentary parking will be available at the Huntington Beach Civic Center, located at 2000 Main Street, at the corner of Yorktown and Main. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes with stops at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa and in downtown Huntington Beach at the corner of Orange and Main. For more information, visit

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Event Schedule 

Free Events to Attend

Thursday, May 16 

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Big NCSFest Live Signing: at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa. Meet your favorite cartoonists and comics artists. A FREE signing session where you can meet scores of the biggest names in comics, comic books and animation, get autographs and sketches and buy exclusive merchandise! 
  • Click here for artists attending 

Saturday, May 18

10:00 AM - 4 PM

The Big Tent 

The Big Tent NCS Fest in Huntington Beach

Come and marvel at the work of some of the world’s most popular, talented and entertaining comic artists and cartoonists in a specially-devised FREE program in a big tent at the Huntington Beach Pier. Signings will follow each event as appropriate. 

  • 10:00 AM - Liniers, Trondheim & Bassen Do a Strip on Stage
    • Macanudo’ has grown over the past 15 years to be one of the most celebrated comic strips in South America, and Liniers has become one of the continent’s most beloved cartoonists with more than 720,000 followers on Twitter and over 950,000 fans on Facebook. In France comic artists are the equivalent of rock stars and Lewis Trondheim is one of the most popular and influential. Meanwhile Tuesday Bassen is one of L.A.’s most fashionable illustrators and designers. Watch them join forces for the first time on stage and draw a cartoon strip in front of your very eyes. Introduced by NCSFest Co-Director Julie Tait and Peter Kessler, Chairman of the UK’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival. 


  • 11:30 AM - Well, Blow Me Down It's Popeye!
    • Join NCSFest in celebrating the 90th Anniversary of one of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time! Enjoy the animated cartoons, marvel at the comic strip art and meet the creators who have helped make Popeye the Sailorman a worldwide phenomenon. Animation expert Jerry Beck showcases the classic animated shorts … we look back at E.C. Segar’s Thimble Theatre and the character’s early days … artist Bobby London reminisces about his time working on the comic strip … and King Features President CJ Kettler tells us about plans for Popeye in the 21st century!  Moderated by NCSFest Director Steve McGarry.


  • 11:30 AM - The Family Circus Comes To the Beach. 
    • ​Since debuting in 1960, The Family Circus has become one of the most beloved comic creations in history, appearing in 1,500 newspapers with its compilations selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. Find out more about the ever-popular characters – Bil and Thel, Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and P.J.– from Jeff Keane, the inspiration for the Little Jeffy and now artist and writer on the feature. Introduced by Jason Chatfield!


  • 2:30 PM - Yesh! It's Mutts! 
    • Mutts is a favorite with adults and children alike! Peanuts creator Charles Schulz called it “one of the best comic strips of all time.” Meet creator Patrick McDonnell and find out more about the adventures of Earl the dog and Mooch the cat!


  • 4:00 PM - Meet The Simpsons 
    • Meet The Simpsons… or at least those who have been responsible for making it the world’s longest-running animated comedy! Hosted by cartoonist Bill Morrison and featuring animator David Silverman, writer Tom Gamill and Director Josh Weinstein, giving us an insider’s look at the world of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and other residents of Springfield!

Sunday, May 19

  • 10:00 AM - The Funny Pages
    • Millions of Americans start their Sunday morning with the Funny Pages. NCSFest is giving you the chance to start your Sunday with the stars who actually create the Funny Pages. The panel includes Robb Armstrong (Jump Start), Greg Evans (Luann), Jeff Keane (Family Circus), Mark Tatulli (Lio) and Kevin Fagan (Drabble).


  • 11:30 AM - From Ghost World To Love & Rockets Via Brazen - Great Comics: Great Stories
    • Daniel Clowes and Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are three of the greatest storytellers in contemporary comics and NCSFestis honored to welcome them in its inaugural year. Daniel is best-known for Ghost World which was adapted into an award-winning feature film. Californian brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez have created the greatest comics soap opera of all time taking place in a fictional Mexican town. Meanwhile Penelope Bagieu (France) is top of best-seller lists for her bold and imaginative storytelling. Discover what makes them some of the most celebrated comic artists with Peter Kessler & Julie Tait(UK).


  • 1:00 PM - Cartoon Battles
    • Three pairs of cartoonists battle it out on stage to see who can be the fastest, funniest or even the weirdest! Starring Bouletand Luke McGarryJeffrey Brown and Julie Rocheleau and Tom Richmond and Ed Steckley, with cameos by Rick Stromoskiand Sergio Aragones. Hosted by Steve McGarry and Jason Chatfield.


  • 2:30 PM - Zits and Baby Blues
    • Writer Jerry Scott has co-created two of the most popular comic strip features in history – Baby Blues (with artist Rick Kirkman) and Zits (with artist Jim Borgman.) Join these three superstars in conversation with Rhymes With Orange creator Hilary Price and marvel at the talent as they live draw on stage!


  • 4:30 PM - Finale: The Zombie Concert! 
    • Witness Zombies being brought to life in this world-first performance, featuring live drawing by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard (UK) and live cinematic music from internationally-renowned composer and musician Julien Limmone(France). Brought to you by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (UK) and Lyon BD Festival (France). Hosted by NCSFestDirector Steve McGarry, Co-Director Julie Tait with Lyon BD Festival Director Mathieu Diez.



10:00 am – 5:00 pm

NCS Fest Huntington Beach


Come and watch a giant comic unfold along Huntington Beach Pier and follow the misadventures of Buddy the Octopus as he climbs out of the ocean onto the pier, dodging enemies and making friends along the way and culminating in a grand showdown. Featuring an original script by the Orange County School of the Arts students, who will work alongside world-famous cartoonists and comic artists to bring Buddy’s adventures to life and create an original mammoth comic strip.



10:00 am – 4:30 pm

NCS Fest Huntington Beach California

100 stalls featuring more than 150 artists, publishers and comic art organizations turn Main Street into a free buzzing, bustling comic art outdoor market. Check back for full details of all the incredible artists and the exhibitors you can meet and greet on Main Street! Coming soon …



10:00 am – 5:00 pm

NCSFest Huntington Beach

A celebration of drawing and cartooning for families. A free drop-in zone where you can come and draw alongside top professional cartoonists plus a range of fun, participatory activities for kids of all ages.

Presented in association with the Chuck Jones Creativity Center.



4:00 pm

NCSFest Huntington Beach

Join us at the Huntington Beach Pier for the Great Zombie Walk! More info coming soon.

Premium Events

Three days of workshops, seminars, live drawing sessions and personal appearances by some of comicdom’s most legendary names. You can purchase day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday or buy a weekend pass for admission to all three days. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

NCSFest Huntington Beach

Thursday, May 16 

  • 8:30 PM - An Evening With Viz!
    • Since debuting 40 years ago, the bawdy and outrageous Viz Comic has become a national treasure in Britain. At its zenith, it was selling an astonishing 1.2 million copies per issue, and it continues to be a surreal and vulgar staple of the British diet. NCSFest is delighted to give Southern California (and all those transplanted Brits!) a chance to spend an evening in the company of Buster GonadRoger MellieThe Fat Slags et al, and the two reprobates responsible for bringing them to life, Simon Thorp and Graham Dury. A 90-minute show in which Graham and Simon… and a select band of invited cartoonists… will roast the Royals and test your swearing vocabulary!

Friday, May 17

10 AM - 4:30 PM

All events will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency. 

  • 10:00 AM - A Legacy of Laughter
    • Son of the late and legendary cartoonist Mort WalkerBrian Walker has been part of the creative team behind ‘Beetle Bailey’and ‘Hi and Lois’ since the early 1980s. Join Brian in conversation with Jeff Keane, who took over the reins from father Bill Keane on ‘Family Circus,’ Jason Chatfield, current artist on iconic Australian strip ‘Ginger Meggs’ and Jonathan Lemon, the recently installed artist on the long-running ‘Alley Oop.’ A discussion about stepping into very big shoes and the balance between maintaining a creator’s original vision and speaking to new audiences.


  • 10:15 AM - Little Nothings With Lewis Trondheim 
    • Winner of the coveted Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême lifetime achievement award, the most prestigious honor in European comics, French artist Lewis Trondheim has written or drawn more than 100 comic titles. Watch him live-draw a special page of ‘Little Nothings,’ his widely-acclaimed graphic novel, and find out why he has become one of the most influential artists in France.


  • 10:30 AM - The Webslingers! 
    • Dave Kellett literally wrote the book on how to succeed in webcomics! The creator of the hugely popular online comics ‘Sheldon’ and ‘Drive’ co-authored the Harvey Award-nominated ‘How To Make Webcomics.’ Cartoonist Boulet first found fame in his native France by publishing a comic strip blog, and a Twitter following 240,000 strong attests to his popularity. Belgium’s Max de Radiguès has adopted a punk ethos that sees much of his output begin life in fanzine format. Dana Simpson’s ‘Phoebe and Her Unicorn’ started out as an online feature on GoComics and is now syndicated to more than 100 newspapers. Shena Wolf, Director of Comics and Acquisitions for Andrews McMeel Syndication, moderates a discussion about successfully bypassing the traditional avenues of print.


  • 12:00 PM - Floyd Norman - An Animated Life
    • From the ‘Jungle Book’ to ‘Toy Story 2’‘Mulan’ to ‘Monsters Inc’ and ‘Robin Hood’ to the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’Floyd Norman has made an indelible mark on the history of animation. He became Disney’s first African-American animator in 1956, eventually leaving Disney after Walt’s death to start his own groundbreaking company to produce black history films. Since then, Floyd – who was awarded the honor of ‘Disney Legend’ – has worked with Hanna-Barbera ProductionsPixarRuby-Spears and Film Roman as well as continuing to work on Disney projects.


  • 12:15 PM - The Lines are Drawn! 
    • We’re bringing together superstar editorial cartoonists from both sides of the great divide! In the blue corner, the Washington Post’s Ann Telnaes – the first woman to receive both the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning and the Reuben Award – and Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, decorated cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun. In the red corner, Reuben Award and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez, cartoonist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. If that wasn’t a spicy enough contest to savor, we’ve added Martin Rowson, the editorial cartoonist for British newspaper The Guardian, to the mix! Sparks will fly!


  • 12:30 PM - The Popeye Club! 
    • To celebrate Popeye’s 90th birthday, a cavalcade of 21st century comics stars have drawn the iconic sailor in their own inimitable styles. Featuring live drawing demos, a wealth of incredible art, and luminaries – including John Hambrock (‘The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee’),  ‘Darth Vader and Son’ artist Jeffrey Brown  and erstwhile ‘Popeye’ comic strip artist Bobby London, together with Tea Fougner of King Features – in conversation with San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew  Farago.


  • 2:00 PM - Three Decades of Mad Trips with Sergio Aragones
    • In 1960, MAD Publisher Bill Gaines began taking the magazine’s staff and its steadiest contributors on vacations abroad. Legendary cartoonist Sergio Aragonés has been one of “the Usual Gang of Idiots” since 1962, and went on many “MAD Trips” over the decades. Thankfully, he took along his trusty camera and documented those excursions. Join Sergio for a slide show of nearly thirty years of MAD vacation memories, moderated by comic writer Pat McGreal.


  • 2:15 PM - The Cartoon Collections with Bob Mankoff and Guests 
    • Esquire’s cartoon and humor editor, and long-time New Yorker Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff will discuss the launch of his new business venture, The Cartoon Collections, giving cartoonists fair licensing fees for their work. He will be joined by a host of fellow New Yorker cartoonists and Cartoon Collection inductees including Mort GerbergPat Byrnes and moderator Jason Chatfield, who will engage in a wide-ranging discussion of the nature of the cartooning industry in 2019, and the various experiences of working therein, with copious hilarious cartoons exhibited throughout.


  • 2:30 PM - Going Underground
    • Celebrating the work of four groundbreaking artists who have made their mark in the worlds of underground and alternative comics, generating both acclaim and controversy along the way. Their work explores themes that range from the oddball to the outrageous, from raw and risqué to sex, drugs and rock & roll. Underground comix pioneers Joyce Farmer and Mary Fleener are joined by Penelope Bagieu, author of ‘Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World,’ and illustrator, animator and entrepreneur Penelope Gazin.


  • 4:00 PM - The Art of George Herriman's Krazy Kat
    • Join these award-winning historians and cartoonists as they delve into the artistry and history behind one of the most acclaimed American cartoonists – George Herriman – and his legendary creation Krazy Kat.


  • 4:15 PM - Inside the Yellow Submarine with Bill Morrison 
    • Take a journey into Pepperland with ‘The Yellow Submarine’, guided by Tom Racine, and discover more about this labor of love by NCS President Bill Morrison. The fully-authorized adaptation of this classic film was published by Titan Books in 2018 to celebrate the film’s 50th Anniversary and has been a resounding worldwide success. “A beautiful book that captures the surreal beauty of Yellow Submarine by an artist who clearly loves his inspiration.”


  • 4:30 PM - The Drawing Board With Pat Byrnes
    • “Cartoonists contribute so much to our popular culture, it is time we started getting the recognition and income we deserve”. And so was born ‘The Drawing Board’ a new business model which will offer a unique menu of creative services to the widest range of cartoonists and comic artists across the globe. This two-part event will tell the story of how ‘The Drawing Board’ business came to life and how it aims to expand income potential for cartoonists. With special insights and witty anecdotes, followed by a demo of how their training sessions actually work … using New Yorker cartoonists as guinea pigs! … this is a great opportunity to discover a bold new initiative. Hosted by New Yorker cartoonist Pat Byrnes and illustrator Jonathan Plotkin.

Saturday, May 18

  • 10:00 AM - Love & Rockets with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez
    • At the turn of the 1980s, if you wanted to read comics, you were pretty much confined to Spider-ManSuperman and their Spandexed stablemates at Marvel and DC. Then, in 1981, along came ‘Love and Rockets’, a crudely printed, self-published comic from three California brothers, JaimeGilbert and Mario, collectively known as Los Bros Hernandez. It remains one of the most original and influential comic projects in history. Neil Gaiman once said “I don’t really understand why the material of Love and Rockets isn’t widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of fiction of the last 35 years. Because it is.” Join Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez in conversation with fellow artists and fans Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker.


  • 10:15 AM - Darth Vader & Son 
    • Jeffrey Brown is the bestselling author and illustrator of the ‘Darth Vader and Son’ series, as well as the first arc of the middle-grade ‘Jedi Academy’ series. His most recent series is ‘Lucy & Andy Neanderthal,’ chronicling the adventures of a brother and sister living 40,000 years ago. He has drawn dozens of graphic novels, and this year will see the release of his first picture book, ‘My Teacher is a Robot,’ and a new Star Wars book, ‘Rey and Pals.’


  • 10:30 AM - Comics Around the World 
    • There’s a wonderful world of comics out there and we are delighted to welcome some of the most revered artists from more than half a dozen countries to NCSFest in its inaugural year. This is your opportunity to expand your horizons and find out what’s going on in Europe, Australia, the UK and Canada. Featuring Guillaume Long (France), Julie Rocheleau (Canada), Nick Brokenshire (UK) and David Blumenstein (Australia). Moderated by Thomas-Louis Cote (Quebec).


  • 12:00 PM - The Art of Daniel Clowes
    • Daniel Clowes’ comics are some of the best-known in the world partly because of the many successful screen adaptations of such work as ‘Ghost World’, ‘Art School Confidential’ and ‘Wilson’. His seminal comic book series, ’ Eightball,’ earned him a large following and amassed multiple HarveyEisner and Ignatz Awards. Clowes’ work has appeared in The New YorkerTimeNewsweek and many other magazines and in 2011, Clowes received the PEN Literary Award for Graphic Literature. Join Daniel in conversation with author and BAFTA award-winning TV producer Peter Kessler.


  • 12:15 PM - Cathy Guisewite is Flunking Retirement 
    • The years since Cathy Guisewite quit having a deadline 365 days a year have been the least relaxing of her life. She planned to take all the time and energy she spent on the comic strip and use it to lovingly guide her aging parents and older daughter into the next phases of their lives. Her parents and daughter unanimously rejected all her wisdom and input, leaving Cathy no choice but to vent her frustrations on paper, “the only thing that listens to me.” The result is a book of essays about this time of life – called “Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault — Essays From the Grownup Years.” Discover the genesis and evolution of the groundbreaking strip ‘Cathy’ with its Reuben Award-winning creator Cathy Guisewite. Moderated by ‘Tank McNamara’ and ‘Buzz Beamer’ creator Bill Hinds.


  • 12:30 PM - Comics - The Ninth Art
    • Comics are taken very seriously in Europe where they’re referred to as the Ninth Art. Comic artists and writers are the equivalent of rock stars at home and cultural icons to promote on the world stage. Come and greet top European comics creators including Max de Radiguès (Belgium), Lauence Baldetti (France), Alexandre Clérisse (France) and Dominique Bertail (France) as they discuss their work and the current comic scenes in their respective countries.


  • 2:00 PM - Jump Start With Robb Armstrong
    • Creator of the popular daily comic strip ‘Jump Start,’ Robb Armstrong started drawing sketches of Charlie Brown at the age of five and he lists Charles M. Schulz as one of his heroes and a great influence. Franklin, the first African American character in ‘Peanuts,’ was given the surname Armstrong by Schulz in Robb’s honor. ‘Jump Start’ is syndicated in more than 300 newspapers throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles TimesNew York Daily News, and the Boston Globe. Join Robb as he celebrates 30 years of ‘Jump Start.’


  • 2:15 PM - Pathfinders! Taking Comics to the Screen! 
    • King Features Syndicate President CJ Kettler has enjoyed huge success as a TV producer, with credits that range from ‘The Tick’ and ‘My Little Pony Tales’ to the new Netflix series ‘Carmen Sandiego.’ Join CJ in conversation with ‘Bojack Horseman’supervising director Mike Hollingsworth, writer Tom Gammill from ‘The Simpsons,’ and cartoonist Lars Kenseth, producer of Adult Swim’s ‘Chuck Deuce,’ in a discussion about the evolution of developing comics for film and TV.


  • 2:30 PM - Crime Lords
    • Sean Phillips (UK) and Ed Brubaker (USA) have been collaborating on multiple Eisner award-winning comics for more than 20 years. Their comics, published by Image, have a massive worldwide following and include ‘Criminal,‘ ‘Fade Out‘ and ‘Kill or Be Killed.’ Sean’s other credits include ‘Batman,’ ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Hellblazer.’ Ed’s written for the likes of ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Captain America’ and his TV credits include HBO’s ‘Westworld.’ The two creators talk with artist Nick Brokenshire about their extraordinary transatlantic partnership and what makes them the kings of crime and noir!


  • 4:00 PM - The Art of Jerry Van Amerongen 
    • Using cartoon images pulled from a near 40-year career in newspaper comics, from ‘The Neighborhood’ to ‘Ballard Street,’award-winning creator Jerry van Amerongen discusses the evolution of his cartooning career, his take on “character-driven humor”, how to “draw funny”, and gives an insight into his own creative process, from ideas and scribbled sketches to finished art.  And let’s not forget Dave the Dancing Dog! Moderated by ‘Tank McNamara’ and ‘Buzz Beamer’ creator Bill Hinds.


  • 4:15 PM - Instagram Stars! 
    • ​Luke McGarryGemma CorrellPenelope Gazin, Ryann Pagelow and Tuesday Bassen have more than ONE MILLIONInstagram followers between them! Join these four brilliant young creators to learn how they have harnessed the power of this social media platform, not only to inspire and delight their audiences but to advance their careers. Art directors and editors increasingly use Instagram to identify artists who are doing innovative work that demonstrably resonates with the public, so who better than Tea Fougner, Editorial Director at King Features Syndicate, to find out how our panelists have become Instagram stars.


  • 4:30 PM - Drawing on Walls with Lalo Alcaraz
    • Lalo Alcaraz “has been drawing pro-immigrant and other irksome cartoons for over 30 years, despite the piles of threatening hate mail.” He will present some of his greatest hits, and share his origin story, plus a sample of his current work in his daily syndicated comic “La Cucaracha”. And he might even talk about working as Cultural Consultant on Pixar’s Oscar-winning smash global hit movie, “COCO”, or his current gig at Nickelodeon on the new animated show, “The Casagrandes.”

Sunday, May 19

  • 10:00 AM - The Art of Charlie Adlard
    • ​Charlie Adlard is best-known for his work on ‘The Walking Dead,’ a phenomenon which has been running for more than 15 years, with more than 185 issues to date. Whilst Charlie loves zombies to death, his diverse comics career has included ‘The X-Files,’ ‘Batman/Scarface’ and  ‘Hellblazer.’  More recently, he served for two years in the role of Comics Laureate in the UK. Come and find out about his incredible career, his process and his alter-ego as drummer of rock band Cosmic Rays. Introduced by NCSFest Co-Director Julie Tait.


  • 10:15 AM - Luke McGarry - The 27 Club, Sad Chewie and more! 
    • ​Luke McGarry has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success. His Sad Chewie cartoons became a viral sensation and his ‘Melania’s Great Escape‘ animated series had over 6 million views on Facebook alone. His print clients include PlayboySIKidsBusiness Week and the Hollywood Reporter and he is the  creator of the regular features ‘The 27 Club‘ and ‘The Chancers‘ for MAD magazine. He’s the illustrator of choice for major West Coast festival promoters and he has created animated videos for a host of music stars, most notably  a series of five 30 second TV commercials for Jack Black and Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme. Who better than his twin brother Joe – his partner in Fantastic Heat Brothers design and animation outfit, as well as the indie rock duo Pop Noir – to ask the questions?


  • 10:30 AM - Pechakucha! 
    • Meaning “chit chat” in Japanese, Pechakucha is a quickfire format that allows a presenter to show 20 images and describe them in 20 seconds each. It’s a great way to showcase creators who each want to take 7 minutes of your time to show you something new and tell you something you didn’t know!  NCS President Bill Morrison, of The Simpsons and Yellow Submarine fame, kicks off the proceedings and then introduces a panoply of cartoonists, including Brian WalkerMartin RowsonJohnny SampsonAndrea BeizerSteve BarrJim HorwitzCarolyn BelefskiChuck WhelonShaenon Garrity, and Graham Dury and Simon Thorp, the men behind the outrageous UK comic Viz!


  • 12:00 PM - Macanudo! The Art of Liniers
    • Liniers invites you to experience Macanudo. Join him for a journey through his fanciful universe, which features an eclectic cast of characters, including nature-loving penguins, a blue monster called Olga, whimsical elves, a little girl and her cat, and the very mysterious man in black. Liniers is the creator of the daily strip Macanudo and several graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-winning Good Night, Planet. Since 2014, he has been a cover contributor to The New Yorker. Newly syndicated in the US from King Features, Macanudo has grown over the past 15 years to be one of the most celebrated comic strips in South America, and Liniers has become one of the continent’s most beloved cartoonists with more than 720,000 followers on Twitter and over 950,000 fans on Facebook. Introduced by John Lind.


  • 12:15 PM - Life in the Comics
    • Lights! Camera! Action! Introducing the documentary film Life in the Comics. As one of America’s truly great art forms, the “funny pages” have captured the essence of culture for over a century.  During times of change, that humor has often come wrapped in social satire. With an emphasis on five major themes – immigration, race, women, war, and family life – Life in the Comics illustrates how art and wit have combined to address culture’s foremost issues.  The screening at NCSFest provides the first opportunity to view comic strip history from this unique perspective.  In addition to the screening, members of the production team, Robert LemieuxBrian Walker and George Karalias, will discuss the film’s cinematic approach.


  • 1:30 PM - NCSFest Finale - The Big Live Draw! 
    • Join NCSFest Director Steve McGarry and a cavalcade of cartoon and comics superstars as we sign off with a 90-minute of extravaganza that showcases lightning improv art skills and quickfire wits, bits and skits! Among those demonstrating their prowess at the drawing board are MAD Magazine stars Sergio AragonesTom Richmond and Luke McGarry. A laugh-out-loud finale to a fabulous weekend!

Huntington Beach NCS Fest


A celebration of comics and cartoon art from all over the world, with superstar guests, seminars and workshops, a family zone, international comic art exhibitions ... and a zombie walk!

NCSFest is the brainchild of Steve McGarry, the syndicated cartoonist and story artist who serves as President of the NCS Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the National Cartoonists Society. To help fulfill his vision of putting the NCS at the heart of a free cartoon arts festival to rival the great European events, he enlisted the aid of Julie Tait, Director of the fastest-growing festival in the UK, the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. With the aid of an incredibly strong team and an army of volunteers – as well as the expertise of Mathieu Diez, the Director of French festival Lyon BD – and the full support of the city of Huntington Beach, NCSFest was born.

Formed in 1947, the National Cartoonists Society is regarded as the most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists in the world, with such legends as Peanuts creator Charles M SchulzWalt DisneyRube Goldberg and Milton Caniff among its alumni. Today’s membership numbers more than 400 eminent cartoonists and many of these world famous creators are appearing at NCSFest. The NCS will also stage its annual Reuben Awards – the comics and cartoons equivalent of the Oscars – during the Festival. 

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Below are the amazing guests joining us at NCSFest from across the comic art world!

  • Alexandre Clerisse, Andrew Farago, Ann Telnaes, Bill Hinds, Bill Morrison, Bob Mankoff, Bobby London, Boulet, Brian Walker, Cathy Guisewite, Charlie Adlard, CJ Kettler, Dana Claire Simpson, Daniel Clowes, Dave Kellett, David Blumenstein, David Silverman, Dominique Bertail, Ed Brubaker, Ed Steckley, Floyd Norman, Gemma Correll, George Karalias, Gilbert Hernandez, Greg Evans, Guillaume Long, Hilary Price, Jacob Phillips, Jaime Hernandez, Jason Chatfield, Jeff Keane, Jeffrey Brown, Jerry Beck, Jerry Scott, Jerry Van Amerongen, Jim Borgman, Joe Mcgarry, Joe Wos, John Hambrock, John Lind, Jonathan Lemon , Jonathan Plotkin , Joyce Farmer, Julie Rocheleau, Julien Limmone, Kal, Kevin Fagan , Lolo Alcaraz, Lars Kenseth , Laurence Baldetti, Lewis Trondheim, Liniers, Luke McGarry, Marc Jackson, Mark Pett, Mark Tatulli, Martin Rowson, Mary Fleener, Max De Radigues, Michael Fry, Michael Ramirez, Michael Tisserand, Mike B. Anderson , Mike Hollingsworth , Patrick McDonnell, Penelope Bagieu, Penelope Gazin, Pete Maresca, Peter Kessler, Rick Kirkman, Rick Stromoski, Rob Harrell, Robb Armstrong, Rober Lemieux, Ryan Pagelow, Sean Phillips, Sergio Aragones, Shena Wolf, Steve Mcgarry, Tea Fougner, Terri Libenson, Tom Richmond, Tuesday Bassen, Viz