I had the privilege of being asked to create the poster and postcard for this year’s Jay Kennedy Scholarship. The scholarship, named after the late King Features comics editor, is given out each year by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation at their annual Reuben Awards banquet.
If you are a student in North America who cartoons or draws comics, and you are heading to university or college (it does not have to be art school), you are eligible.
Previous years’ posters were drawn by Mutts artist Patrick McDonnell, editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, and MAD’s Tom Richmond. These guys are supremely talented, and tough acts to follow, but their artwork all had one thing in common — drawings of white men at drafting tables.
I decided to take a different route, and make the focus of my poster drawing itself. It’s a celebration of every student who spends most of his or her time doodling and daydreaming.
Visit the site for information on how to apply.