What is ISCA?
The International Society of Caricaturist Artists is an international non-profit trade association. Its purpose is to promote the art of caricature, educate the public and the media about the art of caricature and to provide its members with helpful information about caricture as an as artform as well as a profession. ISCA currently has over 650 members from around the world, and is growing every month. Members receive our quarterly magazine, Exaggerated Features, which has articles about caricaturing, featured artists tips and stories as well as other useful information about caricature illustration. ISCA annual convention is held each year in a different location. The convention features a guest speaker, lectures, seminars, competitions, awards and the camaraderie of your peers in the art of caricature drawing.
Is ISCA for professional caricaturists only?
ISCA is a professional association but welcomes anyone interested in the art of caricature. Associate and student memberships are available at discounted rates for those who wish to simply be a part of the organization or who want to learn more about becoming a professional caricaturist.
What is the history behind ISCA?
ISCA was formed in 1989 by Wallace "Buddy" Rose. Buddy created a forum for caricaturists by providing a quarterly newsletter and annual convention. The original goal was to create an organization that would seek out charitable and mutual benefits for united artists. It operated briefly as a booking agency until filing its application in compliance with article 5154a making it a trade union in 1994. In 1995 the new constitution was ratified in San Antonio, TX, ISCA was granted non-profit status, and the first election was held. In 2007, ISCA partnered with Fractured Atlas to offer its members associate membership in their non-profit art foundation. In 2009, ISCA officially changed its name from the National Caricaturist Network to the International Society of Caricature Artists and ratified a new constitution.
Are there any famous ISCA members?
The association boasts some of the most recognizable names in the industry as members and friends of ISCA. Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Mort Drucker, Hermann Meija, Mark Fredrickson, Sam Viviano and Tom Richmond of Mad Magazine, Jan Op De Beeck, Sam Norkin, Rudy Cristiano, Bruce Blitz, C.F. Payne, Pancho Willmarth, Mike Peters, Bill Plympton and Sebastian Krüger have all been keynote speakers and members. Many ISCA members are accomplished as artists not only in caricaturing, but in other artistic fields as well.
What does it cost to be a member of ISCA?
Membership in ISCA starts at $50 a year for new and student members. Professionals and existing membership is only $60 per year. Professional members are allowed the privilege of voting within the organization and holding office, whereas student/associate members are given only limited membership rights. Upon joining ISCA, you will receive the informative quarterly newsletter, Exaggerated Features, as well as a list of artists from around the world and access to our private online forum for members. The forum is a priceless wealth of information about caricaturing. There are tips, critiques, contests and other useful posts from our worldwide membership. It's a virtual place to stay connected with other artists who share in your interest in the art of caricature. You also be able to meet and network with other artists from around the world at our annual convention. If all that weren't enough, you will also recieve your own profile page to tell the world about your talents and post your samples on in the ISCA On-Line Directory.
What other benefits are there?
Beyond the obvious advantage as being recognized as an ISCA artist, they are many benfits to being an ISCA member:
- Access to the annual ISCA Convention
- Access and posting privileges on ISCA online Forum
- Exaggerated Features Magazine Subscription
- Free listing on ISCA Website
- Feature Spotlight Artist listing on ISCA Website
- ISCA Discounts from our preferred vendors
- Associate Membership with Fractured Atlas for group discounts on insurance
Beyond the benefits to you, there is a benefit inherent in caricaturists banding together in an organization seeking to promote their craft. As ISCA grows, we continuously promote this amazing and fun artform. Our mission is to influence and inform the public about the art of caricature. ISCA also seeks to influence decisions made on our behalf in regards to national and local legislation. We also offer advice and information about other important issues to members such as health, life and disability insurance as well as researching access to legal and tax help. The bottom line is that there are many benefits you receive by joining our group that you can not acquire independently.
How do I join ISCA?
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