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NCS Long Island Chapter "The Berndt Toast Gang" News
Some photos and comments from our most recent meeting at the Mike Lynch Blog.
A Letter from Creig Flessel

(received April 24, 2006)

Creig Flessel was in comics the same time as Siegel and Schuster and Kane and Finger and Mayer, etc. did. In other words, he was there at the beginning.

In addition to all the other things that Creig accomplished in life, he was also the chairman of the Berndt Toast Gang for years. My pal Bill Seay replaced him when he moved away, and, since October 2003, I've tried to fill Bill's shoes. I recently sent him some photos from the group's lunches to his California home. And he mailed this note back:

Dear Mike and Gang,

It was like old times getting letters, cartoons and pics from the late Bill Seay. Thanks for the news and pics.

I (We) lived in Brooklyn, near Pratt Institute in 1937. My son was born in Brooklyn in 1940.

Recently met Irv Miller, an eighty year old cartoonist who started in Chicago with Hef and Playboy. He created the rabbit logo (for Playboy) and knew Jack Cole. He lives in Mill Valley.

Our Northern California cartoonist gang is very sporadic in meetings and news, but on holidays, etc., we have a bash. Not having wheels keeps me from attending very often.

I keep busy doing watercolors and cartoons for local residents and our grandchildren.

I have a grandson at Kenyon College, Ohio, and another in Boston. A banker (?)

Tell Al Scaduto (my mentor) that I'm concentrating on my cartooning and he is my god. Better later than never, But, survival is the name of the game, so I did everything and survived.

Enclosed news story of Jeannie Schulz, our den mother, like [the Berndt Toast Gang's] Bunny Hoest. She's busy running the museum.

Len & Jan Marino are due in May for a visit.

Keep in touch.

Best Creig and Marie.

Creig also enclosed a lovely photo of Jeannie Schulz working out on a trapeze! More about that here.




A recent photo of Creig in his California studio

Above: some of Creig's work

Tony Tallarico Award

Congratulations to Tony Tallarico. On May 19th he will receive The Pioneer Award from Temple University College of Arts and Sciences for Lifetime Achievement in the Comics and Books Industries. This is in recognition of creating the first comic book to star an African American: "Lobo" (1966, Dell Comics).

Here's Tony's page at the NCS site and a bio from Lambiek.

"It was a Western and by the way he was totally straight!" writes Tony.

Thanks to Tony himself for the heads up!


April 26, 2006 - E&P announces today that the Berndt Toast Gang has a new Web site.

My thanks to Senior Editor Dave Astor for letting the everyone in on our new Web site.

New Jersey Chapter announces a visit to the East Orange, NJ VA Hospital May 17, 2006

The East Orange VA Hospital is one of several medical military sites in this country designated by the USO for the willing NCS members to visit. It is a great opportunity to reestablish our Society with the USO since the Vietnam War days and to visit our wounded to say thanks for their sacrifice in Iraq.  This program has been rekindled by the efforts of NCS member Jeff Bacon. Please let us know whether you can make it. The commander at the Fort Dix medical unit will need a head count. It's a worthy cause for a worthy few.


Kevin McVey, NJ NCS Chapter

Here's link to Kevin's announcement.

Celebrating the Female Form

Sandy Kossin is one of the featured artists for Celebrating the Female Form, a group exhibition in Long Island. The show is from April 14 to May 5. It's at The Artisan Centre in Huntington Village, New York. Call them at 631-741-9941.

A portion of the proceeds of all sales will be donated to the LI2Day Breast Cancer Walk.


Bill Gallo Interview and Video

New York One interviews Bill Gallo, longtime (65+ years) NY Daily News cartoonist and columnist about his life and career. Link at the Mike Lynch Cartoons blog.