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Karyl Miller,
Prez, SCCS
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Fabulous TV Interview w Jorge
Pacheco about Comic-Con
click here!
Then scroll down LIST on Right side
of page for link to "Comic Con Day
One - Jorge Pacheco"

SCCS Braintrust at SCCS Gallery at Grandma Bebes
Hilltop Hideaway Restaurant Oceanside CA.
l to r: Paul Gringle, Paul (Aquaman) Norris d. 2008,
Jim Whiting, Charlie Roberts
from Wardell Brown...
Here’s to wishing joy to you and your
family this holiday season. May a
more prosperous New Year be in
your near future! If you are traveling
to/from San Diego this season
please be sure to stop
Quint's Quest
in Terminal 2 at the San Diego
International Airport. It will be up
until mid-January 2010. You can view
photos here.


San Bernardino cartoon artist received early
guidance from Charles Schulz

04:08 PM PST on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Special to
The Press-Enterprise

Cartoonist Charles Schulz launched the
careers of Snoopy, Linus and Charlie Brown --
and gave a boost to cartoon artist
of San Bernardino as well.

As a teenager in the early 1960s, Douthit was
a budding cartoon artist living in Sebastopol in
northern California. She had been told that a
professional cartoonist lived nearby, she said.

She packaged her portfolio of drawings and
set out for Schulz's house in nearby Santa
Rosa during a rainstorm.

"I looked like a drowned rat when he (Schulz)
opened the door and invited me in," she said.

Schulz showed her around his house and
studio, and recommended that she consider
the Minneapolis mail-order school where he
studied and was then teaching, Douthit said.

That advice set her on the path to a career in
cartooning. Her work is featured through Nov.
28 at the Redlands Art Association gallery.

Darlene Douthit, of San Bernardino, shows her
cartoons, caricatures, animal portraits and
digitally enhanced photos.

Douthit, 66, said she was drawn to cartooning
as a child.

"I loved it the first time I saw it," she said.

At age 10, she sent her portfolio to Disney
Studios and received a letter back, signed by
Walt Disney, urging her to contact them again
when she was older.

"I never did," she said. "I just got busy trying
to make a living."

Douthit studied fine art and commercial art at
San Bernardino Valley College and illustration
at Scottsdale Art School. She worked as a
professional illustrator and layout artist for
nine years before starting her own freelance

For the past 16 years, she has taught at the
Redlands Art Association and the Riverside
Art Museum.

She also presents workshops at libraries and
museums, and illustrates children's books.

A few years ago, one of her younger students
asked about drawing manga, a Japanese
cartoon style. That led to a new specialty in
manga and anime, another Japanese cartoon

"In manga, the eyes are large and sparkly, the
hair is exaggerated and done in wild colors
and the stories have lots of romance and
adventure," she said.

Anime involves characters featured in videos,
video games and movies, she said.

"These forms appeal to kids because of the
drama and excitement," she said. Her
Redlands art show features her cartoons and
animal portraits along with digitally enhanced
photographs of animals and landscapes.

Reach Penny Schwartz at 909-794-4116 or

Dear Friends,  
We're skipping our annual holiday party,
mostly due to the fact that Jack White is still
recovering from his injury and his incredible
Toy and Magic Museum awaits his return. In
the meantime I'm hoping your holidays are
filled with fun, friends and food.  

SCCS had another great year with many
fascinating guest speakers and new
members.  We lost our dear friend Shel Dorf
but he lives in our hearts and on the internet -  
this site and other sites dedicated to him,
including Comic-Con.org.

Last month a bunch of us SCCSers drew free
caricatures of blood donors at the annual San
Diego Charger Blood Bank Blood Drive.  
Many thanks to Janet Williams, Wardell
Brown, Matt Lorentz John Wismont, Frank
Mitchell, Frank Mutasio, Brad Constantine,
Jim Whiting, Koba, John Tighe, Greg
Mullendore, and especially Stan Brown and
Joe Schmidt who stayed till the bitter end.

The good news is that 1700 pints of blood
were donated with over 120 people
registering on the National Marrow Donor
Program Registry!

Here is a video of Lynn Stedd on CNN talking
about the event.

While enjoying the holidays, please keep in
mind that after 3 + years, I'd like to step down
if a new president can be found.
! Know anybody? How about you? You're
welcome to nominate anyone (including
yourself)! I'd be happy to show that person
the ropes and share with him or her or you -
the many secret passwords we've collected
to do all of the above.  In the meantime, we'll
be having a reduced meeting schedule.

I thank you for all your support.  Karyl

Meetings 2010
February 10  Portfolio Show-
Off night. Bring it. Share.
  Blood Bank

April 24 Saturday - Cartoonist
Day, SD Blood Bank

July 24 – Thursday – Comic-
Con Kick-Off Party ,  Buster’s
Beach House

September – 8  Wednesday –
General Meeting and Guest
Speaker Blood Bank

November 23  Tuesday –
Charger Blood Drive  

December 8 Wednesday –
Holiday Party

North County Meetings at
Grandma BeBe's Hilltop
Hideaway remain the same

                                                          SHEL DORF FUNERAL

Shel's passing away and the funeral services 24 hours later perhaps caught many or our SCCS and NCS
members off guard; at least it did for me. I was not online in the afternoon of the day that Shel left us. Perhaps
like you, I missed the online announcement of his passing and the funeral until the next morning.  I was
fortunately able to attend because my time is usually flexible.

A representative number of SCCS members were able to attend, perhaps about ten, which included our Prez,
Karyl and yours truly. I would estimate there were about 40 to 50 in attendance, so Shel was clearly loved and
respected by many, especially considering such short notice and being a workday. Three TV film crews and
interviewers were also there to document it. Hopefully you saw the news sound bites that evening. If you go
to their websites I'd Imagine you can locate the footage.

It was a somewhat cloudy afternoon with bits of warm sunlight constantly peeking through.  That appropriately
reflected the mood of everyone as we talked before the service and shared memories of Shel himself as a
warm person, his great achievements which continue to shine, and his failing health which perhaps
accounted for the few raindrops that fell onto us and Shel's grave site as everyone began  to leave.   

This was my first Jewish Funeral Service, so I found the funeral customs and religious clothing of the Rabbis  
particularly interesting. Thank goodness Karyl was there to answer my questions.  Shel's traditionally simple
yet elegant pine coffin was a perfect analogy of Shel's life, always humble and understated.

The Rabbi read passages in Hebrew and then English. I preferred the wonderful sound of the almost songlike
cadence he put into the Hebrew. I was fascinated with and loved when  after Shel was lowered into the grave
two  Rabbis began to shovel earth into the grave from a large pile . No small symbolic shoveling mind you,  
they were very intent on filling that grave and heartedly worked at it. It initially surprised me, then almost
immediately it made perfect sense. I experience for the first time the sounds of dying as the shovels were
filled and then the hollow sound of earth landing on the wooden casket. In its own way, it was a beautiful
sound as it was repeated over and over almost like a beat to a song while everyone watched in silence.

We then were all invited to join in. Everyone took turns using shovels that were provided, some just a shovel
full, others for a while longer. An image I will always carry with me is the last corner of the covering to Shel's
casket slowly disappearing under 'my' final shovel full...  then Shel was gone, under the covering of a reddish
brown blanket of earth. Some moments in life find a special place in our memory, this for me was one of them.

Once everyone had the opportunity to join in as long as they needed and the grave was almost full,
caretakers used equipment to quickly fill in the rest as we all watched. I learned that a Jewish funeral is not
over until the person is completely buried. I really like that! The experience caused me to realize that leaving
a funeral before the grave is filled in gives far less closure. Having participated in the burial by shoveling
earth into the grave gives a feeling of true finality.

We will all miss Shel, however he lives on through his cartooning achievements, the Comic-Con, and the
many people he has touched, most of whom never actually meet him, but benefited by his life.

~Joe Schmidt

Surely Shel Dorf is turning over in his
grave knowing the convention he
started so many years ago is sold out 7
months in advance!

Monday, November 09, 2009, 11:45:00

1-Day Memberships Go On Sale
December 15
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 12:10:00
AM | cci-info@comic-con.org
(Comic-Con International)
While 4-Day Memberships may be sold
out, we have plenty of 1-Day
Memberships for each day of the show
that we'll begin selling online only on
Tuesday, December 15th. Stay tuned
for further announcements coming
Don't miss out: Sign up for the
Comic-Con.org  RSS feed to get the
announcement on signing up for
professional 4 day memberships!

Shel Dorf OBIT, LA Times

                     One of the More Interesting Trips with Shel Dorf

I mentioned going on various trips with Shel between 1984 and 1986. We'd usually leave Ocean Beach in
Shel's car around 10 AM.
Personal Hygiene Note: He kept a bar of Irish Spring soap under a car seat, having sliced off a piece to
use the soap as a car deodorizer, which was really practical. The car not only smelled "fresh as an Irish
morn", but no doubt the soap would come in handy if we got stuck in LA traffic on a hot afternoon and
might need to freshen up a bit (!).
Cliffs . He mentioned having problems with his toupee. I glanced over and noticed a small piece of
masking tape sticking out of the front edge of said hairpiece. "This damned thing" Shel said, trying to
adjust it before the light turned green. I answered "Why do you wear that ?". Shel said "What ?". I
repeated the query. Shel said " You know, you're right !". He pulled it off his head and tossed it out the
window, as the light simultaneously turned green. We were off to LA, leaving the Ocean Beach version of
Premium Road Kill  lying to bake on the asphalt in the morning sun.
If only Ebay had been around then, what a great collectible that would have been ! Hopefully someone
adopted it, assuming it was one of those newfangled Ghia Pats. Maybe they named it "Bob" and they're
still watering it today, waiting for it to grow. We can only hope for the best here folks !
Shel was like a new man on that trip, enjoying having fresh air on his bald pate and admiring his "new
look" all the way to the 101 while smiling at all the other cars.
He proudly had his head tilted down in his Comic-con Program Book photo that year.
As comic book and comic strip geeks we all have our idiosyncrasies, but we're all human and in this
together. I'm reminded of a quote my wife Joan's Step-father George Rabb told me years ago : "All the
world's a little strange, excepting thee and me......and at times I find you quite peculiar".
I remember the 60's when "Baggies" were the only way to protect comics. If you had a "real" job, you
never told anyone you liked old comic books. I had a major disagreement with a Post Office counter
person in 1968, when I wanted to insure a comic for $ 10 and mail it.
Fortunately those days are pretty well over, and we owe quite a debt to Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, Mike
Towry, Richard Alf, Phil Seuling, G.B. Love, Ted Hake, Jerry Bails, Don Maris, Russ Cochran, and many
others who paved the way and given us Respectability .
Thank You All !
Gratefully, Charlie Roberts

Darlene Douthit (see article on left)

Holiday Parties from the past and
Joe Schmidt party invite from 2006

San Diego Chargers Blood Bank Blood Drive
November 24, 2009
SCCS caricaturists drawing donors free
Frank Mitchell and Frank Mutascio
Brad Constantine
Karyl Miller
Frank Mutascio (flowered shirt), Matt
Lorentz (beard),  Jim Whiting

Janet Williams

Jim Whiting and Joe Schmidt

"Joe" a satisfied customer

Arlington Cruz and friend,
SCCS Xmas party 2008

Notice from
National Cartoonists

February 2010 Wheel O' Food
Bring your assignment to the Feb 10 meeting.
If your last name is Disney, bring dessert, chips, dips or
Members = Free, Visitors, $5.

San Diego Blood Bank
440 Upas Street