NOVember 2009
President's Mess.
Karyl Miller,
Prez, SCCS
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NCS-SCCS Comic-Con Party
fotos and 'toons

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

Our dear friend Jack White is still in
the hospital with leg problems.  He
and wife Lynn Stedd have been SCCS'
staunchest and most generous our
Treasurer and is our link to the San
Diego Blood Bank.  Jack lends us his
fabulous Magic and Toy Museum and
our annual SCCS Winter Holiday Party
is a gift of the couple.  
Please send your get well cards or
letters to their home and Lynn will
deliver them to the hospital.  Jack
White 4288 Arguello, San Diego, CA  
From Charlie Roberts -
"We did a road trip to Las Vegas on
Monday, and stopped by halfway in
Barstow to visit Paul Gringle. Though
the room he shares has limited space,
Paul was in good spirits.....which
became even better spirits when we
offered to take him out to eat.
As you may already know Paul's
favorite pastime is food, followed
closely by pretty girls. Thus, a pretty
waitress would make Paul's day
perfect. Well, the waitress wasn't too
pretty....unless you like
mustache's....but the food portions
were incredible with reasonable
prices. If you're on the road around
Barstow and get hungry, I heartily
recommend "Mega Tom's" on Main
Street. Paul ordered the "Fish
Dinner", which must have weighed in
at 6 pounds 11 ounces or thereabouts.
Paul ate approximately three ounces,
and took the rest back to the
Veteran's Home. I imagine there was a
food fight after we left. Picture a
re-enactment of the Battle of the
Bulge, but with breaded fishsticks,
toast and cole slaw flying through the
air instead of bullets.
We had some laughs, and Paul said to
give everyone his best.
Am attaching photos of Paul and a at
the entrance to the Veteran's Home (
the tank is not loaded !) . Paul always
enjoys company and "cartoon talk". If
you can't visit, send him a card or a
note when you have time."
The address is :
Arthur Paul Gringle                                  
Veteran's Home of California
100 East Veteran's Parkway
Barstow Ca 92311
NEXT MEETING:  Wednesday: November 11,  6:30 PM
Guest Speaker:  Andrew Mitchell
Videogame artist, cell phone cartoonist,  award winning children’s
book illustrator.   His  book Draw 50 Magical Creatures
(RandomHouse) was just released.
Andy is president,  Cartoonists of Orange County.  

  • Bring a friend
  • Bring your latest artistic endeavor to show or to get mentored
  • Bring your Wheel O' Food pot luck dinner assignment (see below)
  • Bring a cartoon related collectible to donate for the raffle
  • Bring a buck for a raffle ticket to WIN a cartoon collectible
Members and students  = free
Guests, visitors, first timers = $5

San Diego Blood Bank
440 Upas Street, San Diego, CA

Wheel O' Food
Explanation: if your last name is Disney,
bring small cola or bottled water
SD Blood Bank

SCCS Past Presidents
Jim Whiting, Janet Williams,  Matt Lorentz,  Dean

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

As many of you know San Diego
Comic-Con founder Shel Dorf has
been seriously ill in Sharp Hospital in
San Diego for over a year.

Richard Alf and Mike Towry, two of
the original people who helped Shel
start Comic-con, have  a new website
devoted to Shel and early con history.
If you have a story or two about Shel
or Comic-con, or know someone who
does, they would appreciate your

Just click on the link below.  Thanks !
My Best, Charlie Roberts
October News
Major Boo-Hoo
Our dear friend and member Frank
Mitchell has moved to Ventura. We
will miss his sparkling personality and
especially his Tikis!
From Stan Brown -
"On July 1, 2009 I posted by 1,000th
doodle to MY site
... and on July 25, 2009 I hit 1,000 days
the site had been live and updating
daily. (The discrepancy comes from
the days on which I've posted "bonus
doodles.") Since October 29, 2006 I've
only missed one daily update ... so
things have gone quite smoothly,
everything considered (in fact, I can't
believe it's really been going on for
so long)."

Stan! ... the Home of All Things
Stan! ... Scribblings from
the Ballpoint Pen of Stan! ... Writing,
Drawing, and other Nonsense,
updated M-W-F

From Werner-Wjep Olsen

"I have a rather strange and macabre
story to tell in connection with the
release of the terrorist responsible
for the Pan Am Flight 103's crash at
Lockerbie in Scotland on December
21, 1988.

At that time I was still living in
Denmark, my home country. My comic
strip "The Tales of Hans Christian
Andersen" was syndicated in 30-40
US and Canadian papers by Asterix
Features. Once a week I mailed my
strips by Special Mail to American
Color in Buffalo. And so I did on
December 21.  

A few weeks after Christmas I got a
call from Tim Rosenthal at American
Color. They were missing my package.
I checked with Special Mail and they
could only track my letter to London.
After that they lost track of it.
Apparently it had disappeared into
thin air.

Six months later I got a letter from the
FBI. The content was the package I
had mailed on December 21. FBI had
found it in he wreckage of Pan Am
Flight 103. It was intact but for few
smoke-colored spots here and there.

The package is still in my files
reminding me that even though most
of us normally find ourselves far, far
away from major world events, we are
often closer than we wish for."
From Jon Caimaisa

"SETHIUS.COM is a website dedicated
to promoting comics, zines, toys, and
other collectibles while also
providing a forum to discuss the
latest news about art. please visit
www.sethius. com and enjoy the many
features this budding site contains.

the sales floor is undergoing
maintenance. but if you would like to
sell your book or product on SETHIUS
then please email me for details:

Just recently, i interviewed Neko
Press owner Billy Martinez. He is an
overall nice guy and cool artist. His
interview can be found in the 'news
and features' section.

please contribute your thoughts on
my newly invented message board. all
you have to do is register. it can be
found by going to the main page and
clicking on 'forums'.
From Michael Aushenker  -
Two new websites

My website:
My blog:
SCCS has come a long way in the
three + years I’ve been president.  

  • We've created a small but vital
    executive board.  
  • We’ve had myriad Guest
    Speakers, parties, drawing
    lessons and caricaturist
    volunteer events.  
  • Our SCCS Comic-Con party is
    now a cool NCS event too.
  • We created video art lessons.
  • We increased our membership
    while reducing (by half) our
    dues and meeting fees.
  • We can pay dues online.
  • We have an  SCCS t-shirt store.
  • Our bank account is healthy.  
  • We canceled our newsletter but
    beefed up and made current,
    our website.  
  • We created a valuable member
    database and zipcode directory.
  • We’ve got business cards and
    Membership cards.  
  • We are well-fed at meetings.
  • We’ve amplified SCCS presence
    via our website,
    our Yahoo Group, our Meet-Up.
    com, our Facebook page,  
    Evites and press releases in
    our local and on-line
  • We've finally got a permanent
    meeting place at the SD Blood
    Bank (thanks to Lynn Stedd)

And even though it’s been fun, it’s
time for a change.  
We're looking
for a new president!
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.  


November 11 - Blood Bank

November 24 - San Diego
Charger Blood Drive - Town and
Country Convention Center,

December - no meeting, no party

Meetings 2010

February 10  General meeting
and guest speaker,  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 BeeBee's Hilltop
Hideaway remain the same
11/3/09 Shel Dorf RIP
I just spoke with Shel's brother Mike. Shel passed away
at 1:15 PM Pacific Time today, Tuesday November 3rd  at
Sharp Hospital in San Diego after a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be held at
1 PM this Wednesday at
the "Home of Peace" cemetary located at 3668 Imperial
Avenue San Diego, Ca 92123 ( Ph: 619-583-8850).

Mike said that any friends of Shel are more than
welcome to attend the service.
Respectfully, Charlie Roberts

Mark Evanier tribute link below


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
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

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

Shel Dorf New Talent Fund

As many of you know, Shel Dorf the founder of
Comic-Con International ( formerly The San Diego
Comic-Con) , passed away on Tuesday November
3 after a lengthy illness.
Shel's brother Michael Dorf has asked Shel's long
Dorf New Talent Encouragement Fund" in Shel's
Michael Towry, along with Richard Alf and several
other young comic collectors, were part of the
with the first several Comic-cons. Richard Alf was
with the first several Comic-cons. Richard Alf was
Comic-con Chairman in 1972.Comic-con Chairman
in 1972.

If any of you reading this ever went to the San
Diego Comic-con / Comic Con International,
enjoyed Shel's many columns over the years in
"The Comic Buyer's Guide", read the "Steve
Canyon" comic strip which Shel lettered for many
years, or just plain love comics and the graphics
medium this would be a great way to say "Thank
You" and help a most worthwhile charity in the
process. Donations may be sent to:

Shel Dorf New Talent Encouragement Fund c/o
Michael Towry
PO Box 232497
San Diego, Ca 92193
You might also enjoy checking out Micael's
excellent Shel Dorf Tribute website:
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Respectfully, Charlie Roberts
Shel Dorf Funeral Flowers - True Story!
With just hours before Shel's funeral I
pronto, so I phoned a flower shop near the
cemetary figuring they would be best
suited to do the job on time.
The lady on the phone seemed nice
enough and smart enough so against my
better instincts of sending her an Email, I
just carefully conveyed our message to be
spelled out on a ribbon. "SCCS misses
fellow cartoonist and good friend," I said.
I even had her read it back to me to make
sure she got it right. Below is a photo of
the flowers and the message.
(I just know Shel would have laughed. )
Karyl Miller