Thursday, 31 October 2013

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Stanley Awards Weekend (Part 3)

Saturday night, 26th October 2013: Stanley Awards

The night of night of the Australian Cartoonists' Association is the Stanley Awards dinner and ceremony. Once again, the Stanley's Committee did a great job at organizing the evening, with pre-dinner drinks at 6:30pm for a start at 7pm.

The MC for the night was Peter Berner, a comedian and TV personality (in Australia) who also happen to be a cartoonist and member of the ACA. Coincidence? I think not as Peter was at the Stanley Awards as a guest like us last year! He did a great job as an MC.

Below is the official list of nominees and winners (in Bold) for each of the Stanley Awards categories:

Illustrator nominees:
Pat Campbell, Anton Emdin, David Follett, Eric Lobbecke, Levent Efe
Comic Strip Artist nominees:
Jason Chatfield, Gary Clark, Allan Salisbury, David Follett, Tony Lopez
Single Gag Cartoonist nominees:
Luke Watson, Matt Golding, Dean Alston, Judy Horacek, Glen Le Lievre
Caricaturist nominees:
David Rowe, Tom Richmond, Judy Nadin, David Pope, Terry Dunnett
Editorial/Political Cartoonist nominees:
Ron Tandberg, Mark Knight, Bill Leak, David Pope, David Rowe
Comic Book Artist nominees:
Josef Szekeres, Anton Emdin, Dave Emerson, Tim McEwen, David Blumenstein

Cartoonist Of The Year nominees:
Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Glen Le Lievre, David Pope, David Rowe, Anton Emdin

If you can count, you'll notice that Anton Emdin snatched three, that's THREE, Stanley Awards!

It was a great night and many congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

As usual, there was a silent auction to raise money for the ACA and I managed to snatch an original "Swamp" strip. I just love Swamp! Gary Clark was awarded a special award on the night to celebrate 10,000 (yes ten thousand) Swamp strips, not including Sunday strips! What an achievement!

Below are some photos on the night:

Lovely branded balloons

Peter Berner admiring Swamp original strips

Peter Berner and Gary Clark

Silent Auction artwork

Silent Auction artwork

The original Swamp strip I managed to snap

2013 Stanley Award Winners
Standing, left to right: Glen Le Lievre, Tom Richmond, David Rowe, Jules Faber,
Kneeling: Gary Clark and Anton Emdim

Once again, congratulations to all nominees and winners!

It has been announced that the 2014 Stanley Awards will be in Sydney in November 2014.
Don't miss it!

Stanley Awards Weekend (Part 2)

Saturday 26th of October 2013:

As usual, I got up at 6am and since the breakfast bar was not going to be open until 7am, I went for a nice walk around the resort, see photos below:
Pacific Bay Resort

There were lots of Bush Turkeys running around

The small beach at the end of the resort

During the summer, they have a Circus School on site

After a nice buffet breakfast, it was time to attend the annual General Assembly of the Australian Cartoonists' Association (ACA). Members of the Committee, lead by Jules Faber, current ACA President, told us how the club was going and presented us with the financial audit of the club. Everything seems in order. After this official business done, the Committee answered questions from the ACA Members present. At 10am, it was time to start the ACA Conference itself.

First to speak was Jules Faber who gave the Presidential Welcome.

Brian Cook, a literary agent, showed us some typical costings for book publication and advertising and how much return an author and/or illustrator is likely to get. That was a bit disheartening to see how little royalty most authors get back.

Tom Richmond, Guest of Honour this year and President of the National Cartoonists' Society (USA) gave us a short course on caricature. Boy Tom is amazing! Basically, Tom talked about the art of caricature, what to look for in a face and asked the audience to practice with him. On the screen were projected some famous models and we were invited to draw at the same time as Tom. I suck at caricature, so my efforts were abysmal. Some of the other guys and girls though did some amazing work. It is easy to spot the real caricaturists! Below are a few photos:
Jules Faber introducing Tom Richmond

Caricatures of the models on the screen that Peter Byrne did during Tom's tutorial: Great stuff!

Another Peter Byrne caricature and some from Dave Blumenstein

This was followed by a short talk from volunteers of the Coffs Harbour Bunker Cartoon Gallery.

At lunchtime, it was time to buy second-hand books to raise money for the Bunker Cartoon Gallery as well as Tom Richmond's book and signed prints:
Tom Richmond signing his book for me: Yeah!

Straight after lunch, Tom Richmond, Anton Emdin and Dave Williams (editor of the Australian version of MAD Magazine) gave us an insight on how things work at MAD Magazine:
Tom Richmond, Anton Emdin, Dave Williams

Tim McEwen and Dave Blumenstein then gave us a "State of the Comic Nation". Tim showed a vast number of examples of emerging comic-book artists while Dave concentrated on explaining the development, ups and downs of Squishface Studio in Melbourne.
Jason Chatfield, Dave Blumenstein, Tim McEwen

Jason Chatfield then told us about the importance of being online. Jason talked about why you should check that your website is user-friendly when used from a mobile device and brushed on the importance of knowing how to work with Social Media to build more traffic and business.
Jason Chatfield

Last but not least, Russ Radcliffe, editor for "Best Australian Political cartoons" showcased his favourite cartoons from the past ten years...

This concluded the official programme of the 2013 ACA Conference, and it was time to get ready for the 2013 Stanley Awards...

(To be continued)

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Stanley Awards Weekend (Part 1)

On Friday morning, Dave Williams (Editor of the Australian Mad Magazine), Anton Emdin (Multi award-winning cartoonist and illustrator) and I drove to Coffs Harbour. We left Sydney around 8:00am and after a coffee break and lunch break reached the Pacific Bay Resort (Novotel) in Coffs Harbour around 4:00pm. It was so nice to have these two guys with me for the trip!

After a quick check in, we gathered at the reception to take the bus that would lead us to the Bunker Cartoon Gallery for the opening of the exhibition of the 25th Rotary Cartoons Awards:

Below are some photos of the exhibition and the opening on Friday the 25th of October 2013:

Amazing Rod Steward caricature from Judy Nadin

Artwork by Martina Zeitler

Artwork by Danny Zemp

 My book (in yellow) on display in the display cabinet

Artwork by Tony Lopes

Artwork by Gary Clark

One of my cartoons on display: Hagen Cartoons

Artwork by Phil Judd

Artwork by Rob Feldman

Artwork by Gary Clark

Jason Chatfield and Lindsay Foyle.

Artwork by Peter Lewis

Neil Matterson in front of one of his cartoons

Artwork by Phillip Day

 Lovely wife of one of the cartoonists talking to David Pope

(to be continued)