July 2008
Comic-Con by Karyl Miller
It might be fun to have everyone want to take
my picture.  If my costume was good enough, I’d
Hilton, only likeable and not rich.  Who knows?  
I could become the next YouTube sensation.

What costume would I make for myself?  Yes, I
said make.  For some of us, simply donning
some flammable Wonder Woman get-up bought
off the rack at WalMart just doesn’t cut it.  Of
course, making a costume is like making soup.  
Success depends on what ingredients you’ve
got on hand.  I’ve got the perfect Daisy Mae.  All
I need is a Wonderbra and some Kleenex, a
torn skirt and I’m good to go.  I’ll be a

BUT WAIT:  Does anyone really want to see a
woman - old enough to remember Elvis as a
thin man - dressed in a mini-skirt?

FACT:  The Con is like a Star Trek convention
and Halloween all rolled into one.  It attracts a
certain high-ish percentage of borderline out-
of-touch thespians (often in costume) that I don’
t want to see.  Like the 300 lb. Spidey or the
equivalent.  I’m sorry that dude’s now etched in
my memory along with the other horrible
images - like pictures of Auschwitz I wish I hadn’
t seen.  So do I want to become one of them?

Maybe I’d be more credible if I chose a more
age-appropriate character like Mammy Yokum.  
I’ve got a corncob pipe and combat boots, but
how would I make myself look that old?  Rubber
cement?  What if I dressed as Mammy Yokum
and nobody knew it was a costume?  I would
die.  Really, I’d have to race to the back of the
Convention Center and throw myself into the

POSSIBLE IDEA: Blondie is older than I am (How
does she do it?).  All I’d need is a Wonderbra
and some Kleenex (same as my old Daisy Mae
outfit, but not torn).  Okay who am I kidding?  I’
ve got to get real.  I’ve got to pick a character
with my similar body type.  

LIGHT BULB!  Mutt and Jeff!  (I LOVE the
classics!)  I own both a vest and a high silk hat.
All I’d have to do is let my moustache grow out.  
I’d like to be Mutt (the taller of the two), but
because I’m 4’11,” I’d have to find someone
shorter than me to be Jeff and that might limit
the casting possibilities.  So I’ll be Jeff.  And all
I need is a partner 5’ 4” or taller.  So, hello all
you Mutts out there.  I can’t do it without you.  
Please send me an Email stating WHY you want
to play the part of Mutt to my Jeff along with a
JPEG of you in your costume.  The winning
Email gets the job.

SCCS Comic-Con Connections

Wardell Brown will once again be showcasing my work
and selling my new book, the Art of War: Volume 2.  Stop by
Table E6.  

Lynn Stedd will be in charge of the Comic-Con San Diego
Blood Bank donation center again for this,  its 31st year!  
Blood Drive is open every day at 10 AM upstairs in the Sails
Pavillion (11 AM Sunday).  It only takes 45 minutes and you
get a goody bag, a raffle ticket with prize donated by top
exhibitors, a fabulous commemorative T-shirt and more!
Archie's George Gladir can be found and will be
participating in all things Archie.

Luann's Greg Evans will be signing autographs at the  
National Cartoonist's Booth along with Cagle (editorial)
Darryl Cagle.   

Marge Holland will again be serve as videographer for
the Comic-Con Masquerade.  Daughter
Sonja Holland
will be displaying her fabulous art at the Con Art Gallery.

Jackie Estrada  is the Eisner Awards Administrator, a
mover shaker behind the scenes, planning and
coordinating many Comic-Con comittees and activities and
is an editor the official Comic-Con catalogue.

Jorge Pacheco will be gracing Artists' Alley for the 34rd

Batton Lash will be hawking his latest edition of his
fabulous, quirky "Supernatural Law" comic book.

Michael Aushenker will be at the WildCard Ink booth
this year as a guest, signing his POKEY books (He's writing
the GUMBY'S GANG miniseries and the first of the four
issues is about POKEY).  He says, "Drop by and visit! It's
gonna be fun."

Stan Yan will be selling his latest Squidworks books.

Stay tuned for updated SCCS and Comic-Con info!
Comic-Con's creator SCCS' own Shel Dorf
  Thanks Shel !
by Charlie Roberts
As a collector living in Pennsylvania in the early 1980's, I'd heard
of the San Diego Comic-Con but had never been able to attend.
I'd also read pieces by Shel and seen photos he'd taken, but
never met him.
In April 1983 my wife Joan and I drove from Pa. to the "Cartoon
Museum" when it was still in in Connecticut for a chalk talk by "
Terry and the Pirates" and "Steve Canyon" comic strip creator
Milton Caniff. The presentation was excellent, and Caniff was
incredibly gracious, signing autographs and talking to everyone.
During the chalk talk he had done an incredible "Dragon Lady" in
color. When we got home I wrote Caniff, inquiring about
commissioning a color "Dragon Lady" for the collection and
sending him the incredible amount of $ 40 (well, $ 40 in 1983
would be equal to $ 42 today!). A few weeks later we received a
great specially done "Dragon Lady" original  from Caniff, and
within a day or two Shel sent us a superb color photo he'd taken
of Caniff with our drawing. It turns out Shel and Tom French
happened to be doing a video interview with Caniff in Palm
Springs when Caniff received our request . The video actually
shows Caniff doing our art (Ta Daa !).

The man widely considered the founder of the convention is 73.
The last time he went, several years ago, he was in a wheelchair
because of diabetes and he couldn't make his way through the

LAURA EMBRY / Union-Tribune
A drawing of Comic-Con founder Shel Dorf is on a wall of fame at
the Palm Restaurant in downtown San Diego.
“We had no idea it would get this big,” he said in a recent phone
interview. “To me, it's just become an ordeal. I don't know of any
way to make it smaller, though. I guess in some ways it's become
too much of a success.”

He isn't bitter, not publicly anyway. He figures he had his run. He
was actively involved in the convention for the first 15 years,
using contacts he'd built from a lifetime of loving the comics to
bring some of the industry's biggest names to San Diego.
The convention also helped him get more work as an artist and a
writer and enhanced his reputation as a historian of comics.
When Warren Beatty turned Dick Tracy into a movie in 1990, Dorf
was a consultant.

But now, being in the background is fine with him. He declined to
be interviewed in person at his Ocean Beach home. “I'm not
seeing people,” he said. He didn't want his picture taken, either.
He suggested using a caricature that hangs on the wall of a local
restaurant – a cartoon for one of cartooning's ultimate fans.
No meeting, no Slice of Wry
monthly mag

September 10, Wednesday
Jorge Pacheco - artist,
cartoonist, caricaturist
Nominations 4 prez
SD Blood Bank
440 Upas, SD, CA

*October 8 Wednesday = Yom
Kippur, so meeting postponed

*October 15, Wednesday -
Eric Radomski-
animation producer (Batman, Spawn)

Elections for Prez.
SD Blood Bank

November 12, Wednesday-
Life almost-nekked drawing class
SD Blood Bank

November 25, Tuesday
SD Charger Blood Drive SCCS

caricaturists draw donors all day
Town/Country Convention Cr.

December 10, Wednesday
Winter Holiday Party
Jack White's Magic Museum
4275 University Ave, SD, CA

January 14, Wednesday
Ben Templesmith - artist, writer,
multiple Eisner nominee

February 11, Wednesday
Batton Lash, cartoonist,
caricaturist, comic book author
SD Blood Bank

March 11, Wednesday

April 8, Wednesday
Caricature Demos - prep for
Cartoonists day at Blood Bank
SD Blood Bank

April 25, Saturday
Cartoonists Day, SD Blood Bank
and ALL BB Branches!

May 13 Wednesday
annual 'Toon In Party
Jack White's Magic Museum
4275 University Ave, SD, CA

June 10, Wednesday
Andy Mitchell - cartoonist,
illustrator, author

July 22-26 Comic-Con

July 23, Thursday
NCS/SCCS Comic-Con Kick Off
Buster's Beach House
807 W Harbor Drive

North County Meetings 6 PM
8/21,9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18,
1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18,
7/16, 8/20 -  G'ma BB's Hilltop
Restaurant  539 Vista Bella,
By Jim Whiting
June 20, 2008
Hard to believe, but when we first moved to California from
Watkins Glen, New York I'd never heard of the San Diego would
be impossible to think of one, without the other coming to mind.

I did know San Diego Union staff artist Bernie Lansky from our
Cartoonists & Illustrators School days in New York City and
when I told him about a small group of cartoonists having lunch
together once a month, he said, "You should talk to Shel Dorf.."  
Bernie knew that Shel knew cartoonists downtown, uptown, all
around the county. Heck... around the country.

Well, I intended to get in touch with the cartoonist catalyst, but
before that happened, Shel happened. He got in touch with me
via telephone on March 16, 1986 and on the 18th. I drove him
and Steve Schanes to the third meeting of the Southern
California Cartoonists Society in Vista, CA.
It seemed as if every meeting following that one, a new face in
the crowd would appear due to the diligence of Dorf. The
consummate networker, Shel introduced a great number of
aficionados of the art - neophytes and old pros alike - to our
growing group. His personal contacts have resulted in many
outstanding programs presented by stars of the cartoon
industry at our monthly dinners. I often consider: if it were not
for him, Bernita and I would have missed attending a CAPS
banquet not long after we'd arrived in San Diego. It was there in
Los Angeles where it was my pleasure to become acquainted
with so many of our brothers and sisters in the cartooning
world. And I can't begin to number other individuals who have
enriched my west coast experience because of Shel's

No one person can assume credit for the fine club we have
today, but certainly, if we had such award, Shel Dorf would be
deserving of an MVP cup. (Most Valuable Promoter)  
well wishes.  If you would like to contribute
to this endeavor, whether or not you are
able to attend, please send your
drawing/note to Jack Pittman at the
address below.  Art should fit on an 8.5 by
11 sheet.  It would be helpful to receive
these no later than August 1 to allow for
assembling the book.

family will cherish and a wonderful addition
This will be a memoir the whole Frazetta
family will cherish and a wonderful addition
from the National Cartoonists Society to the
Frazetta Museum.

And, as a reminder, if you do plan to join us
for this event, please email me with the
total number of people attending, including
yourself as soon as possible to help
expedite the preparations.  The celebration
is tentatively planned for a Saturday, most
likely August 23 or 30, from 12 to 5 at the
Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, PA.  
Costs per person are not finalized as of this
writing, but will be somewhere in the
neighborhood of a modest $40-50 per
person, which will include a light lunch and
admission to the museum.  If you plan to
spend the weekend in New York City, the
drive to East Stroudsburg, PA is about 1-1/2
to 2 hours.  There are also
accommodations in or near East
Stroudsburg--Quality Inn, Hampton Inn,
Shannon Inn, Budget Inn & Suites, and Best
Western Pocono, to name a few.  Further
details are coming soon.

Thank you for your generous assistance
with this tribute to one of our most
esteemed colleagues.



J. Pittman, Illustrator
1740 Brooks Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607-6618