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U.S. and British Cartoonists Meet in U.K

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U.S. and British Cartoonists Meet in U.K

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U.S. and British cartoonists meet in U.K.

Several syndicated creators were among a dozen Americans taking part in a National Cartoonists Society trip to London last month.

It was the first official meeting between the 450-member NCS and 200-member Cartoonists Club of Great Britain, according to NCS president Mell Lazarus, who said about 25 CCGBers were in London for the gathering.

The long weekend included a party at London's famous Cartoonists Pub, sightseeing, and discussions about the possibility of reciprocal NCS and CCGB membership arrangements. Also, the NCS was invited to join the Federation of European Cartoonists Organizations, which might be renamed the Federation of World Cartoonists Organizations.

Lazarus said with a laugh that CCGBers dubbed the American visitors the "NCS suicide squad" for visiting London during the Persian Gulf war. Actually, fears about flying abroad at such a time convinced about eight NCSers to drop out of the trip, but the dozen who did go were glad they did.

The war and virtual paralysis of London because of snow and bitterly cold weather made the trip a sort of "adventure," said Lazarus, who added that museums, restaurants, and theaters were pleasantly uncrowded.

"I've never seen London like that, and I've been there maybe 10 times," commented Lazarus. "And Americans were never as welcome as that weekend."

Indeed, Lazarus said he thought the NCSers were virtually the only American tourists in the city at the time.

When asked to comment on cartooning in Great Britain, Lazarus said many CCGBers who do not have staff jobs on newspapers are each involved with several kinds of cartooning. …

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