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 years.

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, 2000

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 2000


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