Whenever the Australian
Cartoonists' Association holds a
function, cartoonists get together as one - most of them leaving
their egos at the door. When we had a drinks party to welcome MAD
Magazine cartoonist Sergio
Aragones to Australia, Rolf Harris turned up like
the rest of his colleagues... just to meet Sergio. Rolf is also a
regular starter at charity jobs (like the Salvation Army's Red Shield
Day) whenever he's in Australia. Top bloke.
Taken at Sketches Bar &
Bistro, Hotel Inter.Continental, Sydney, 4 November, 1993
In May, 2000, I travelled to New York
for the annual Reuben Award dinner, the highlight of the National Cartoonists'
Society's calendar. The NCS is the
premier organization for cartoonists in America and I'm one of four
or five lucky Aussies who have been awarded membership over the
Glen le Lievre and former Sydney Morning Herald cartoonist
Matthew Martin are just two Australian cartoonists who have toughed
out New York for the past few years, trying to crack the market -
Matthew (left) has spent ten years in the "Big Apple", while Glen
(centre) has been there for three. We all had lunch literally around
the corner from Matthew's Soho apartment.
Soho, New York, 31 May,
The reason I went to New York, apart
from seeing old friends, was to attend the NCS Reuben Award dinner -
this year held at the Marriot World Trade Centre Hotel.
Ashley Smith (centre, below) insisted that I stay at her place - who
was I to refuse? Ashley's a classic with an incredible life story
that should find its way into a book soon - and she's only in her
20s! Here we are with her Dad, Ralph
Smith, himself a successful editorial
cartoonist in Florida.
Steve, Ashley and Ralph Smith
at the Reuben Award dinner, Marriott Hotel World Trade Centre, 26 May
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