By Tom Ward
Pop Culture Contributor
This Saturday, November 5th The North Texas Comic Book Show presents the 3rd annual MAD For Dallas tribute show! The event features a stellar line up of MAD Magazine artists and other cool guests.
Tom Richmond is back for the 3rd Annual MAD For Dallas event. This will be Richmond’s second appearance and it will be a great opportunity for you to pick up a caricature by him. His work has graced hundreds of issues since he joined the magazine in 2000. Richmond loves all things “Batman” and is a self-proclaimed comic book geek.
Richmond has received a variety of awards including The Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year 2011 and Divisional “Silver Reuben” for Advertising Illustration, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2015, both from National Cartoonists Society as well as Caricaturist of the Year 1998 and Caricaturist of the Year 1999 from International Society of Caricature Artists. www.tomrichmond.com
Award winning artist Tom Bunk comes to Dallas for a rare appearance. Bunk joined the ranks of the Usual Gang of Idiots back in 1990. He has done work for the magazine for over 25 years and left an impression on many budding young artists. You may be familiar with his work in MAD Magazine but did you know he also worked on the “Topps Wacky Pack” and “Garbage Pail Kids” trading cards? You don’t want to miss this opportunity to interact with Bunk. www.bunkart.blogspot.com
We look forward to welcoming MAD Magazine artist and contributor Scott Nickel. A lifelong fan of comics, MAD Magazine and monsters, Scott Nickel’s brain has been permanently warped. Fortunately that’s a prerequisite for his dream job: humor writer and cartoonist. Nickel has been a contributor to MAD Magazine since 2007 and is the proud creator of “Projectile Vomit Baby”, MAD’s grossest comic strip. Looking for ways to avoid spending time with his family, Scott produces the syndicated comic strip “EEK!”, creates humorous greeting cards, writes children’s books, draws gag cartoons for national magazines, and works full-time for Jim Davis, the creator of “Garfield” (where he contributes scripts to the “BOOM!” comic book). When not toiling at his craft, Nickel enjoys listening to banjo music and milking schnauzers. www.scottnickel.blogspot.com
Kit Lively was one of the original members of the inaugural MAD About Dallas event in 2014. Please note the cautions at the end of his bio. Lively is a member of MAD’s Usual Gang Of Idiots, and writes the magazine’s regular comic strip feature “WTF, Jeff?”, among other strips and features. He has also written and/or cartooned for “Playboy”, “National Lampoon”, “SpongeBob SquarePants Comics”, and so on. His book of cartoons, “Dammit! I Swallowed Another One!” was published by Bear Manor Media in 2011, and caused the usually reserved website Ain’t It Cool News at aintitcool.com to blurt out “If Gary Larson is Bill Cosby, then Kit is Richard Pryor.” He lives in Dallas with his wife, who has agreed, with much hesitation, to let him out of the fruit cellar for the duration of this show. Do not attempt to feed Lively, and please, no sudden movements.
David DeGrand’s work has appeared in “Mad Magazine”, “SpongeBob Comics”, “Garfield”, “Uncle Grandpa”, and “The Simpsons” comic books. He illustrates the “Zombie Chasers” tween book series for HarperCollins. When he’s not drawing goofy pictures of gross stuff, he plays video games, watches old cartoons and collects toys and books. www.degrandland.com
We’ll be pretty close to the holidays so what better time to bring in Rick Goldschmidt. We’ve all seen “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman by Rankin/Bass so it will be a great time to catch up on the history of these holiday favorites with Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt is the official Historian/Biographer for Rankin/Bass Productions. Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass produced many holiday TV specials including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “The Little Drummer Boy”.
In addition to the holiday specials, they were also the producers behind “Thundercats”, “The Hobbit”, “Mad Monster Party”, “The Last Unicorn” and many other classic films and TV series. Goldschmidt has written four books on their films and has produced Blu-ray, DVD, CD, figurines, etc. His books can be purchased at www.miserbros.com and his newest release “The Arthur Rankin, Jr. Scrapbook: The Birth of Animagic” is now available in hardcover. He is also a singer/songwriter and performs with his band The Starving Artists and has recorded three CDs with Gin Blossoms.
MCubed Cosplay is a DFW-based, but Houston born and raised, cosplayer and model. She is most widely known for her movie-accurate Slave Leia and Rey. She has been involved with cosplay and modeling for the better part of the last 3 years. She was a theater major and has been acting her entire life, so cosplay seemed like a perfect transition from there to the real world. MCubed’s love of nerd culture started at a young age when her father introduced her to “Star Wars”. From there, she was irreversibly hooked. From “Spiderman”, to “Harry Potter”, through “Lord of the Rings”, and back to her first love, “Star Wars”, she has a deep connection to all things nerd. In 2015 she was hired by Cosplay Against Bullying as a Cosplay Guest at Indy Pop Con in Indianapolis, IN and by the 501st Diamond Garrison as a Cosplay Guest at Comi-Conway in Conway, AR.
The North Texas Comic Book Shows produces a quarterly Dallas comic book show (January, April, July, and October/November) that is a throwback to the early days of comic conventions. This Dallas show is a great way to meet national comic book artists on a more intimate level. If you collect comic books, or are a comic enthusiast, then you will love the large selection of comic books at every event. You will find comic books from the Golden and Silver Ages to current Modern Comics. Thousands and thousands of comic books are available at the Dallas comic book show. Pricing starts at as little as $1. If you are a Dallas area cosplayer then you will love the Cosplay by the Pool event. A highlight of the comic convention in Dallas is the 2 pm cosplay contest on Saturday. Cosplayers are encouraged to act out their characters for a chance at a top prize of $100. There is also a wide selection of toys, action figures, and comic collectibles at their comic cons. There is a good chance that you will find something that you have been looking for at one of the upcoming Dallas comic conventions. A growing feature of the comic book events are local comic artists and creators that set up at the shows. This talented group offers a variety of comic related art and locally produced comic books. Take some time in the local artist alley to find out more.
The show is being held at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center, 2015 Market Center Boulevard, just off I-35 in Dallas. Show hours run from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Admission is just $10. EARLY HOLIDAY SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY TOO!
Visit their website at www.comicbooksdallas.com