2010 NCS Reuben Weekend Art

May 1st, 2010 | Posted in News

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For the last several years I’ve had the honor of doing an illustration for the National Cartoonists Society’s annual Reuben Award weekend that they use to adorn the official T-shirt, programs, etc. I usually draw caricatures of the guest speakers and recipients of NCS honors like the Milton Caniff or the Silver T-Square awards amid some scene that has something to do with the location of the event.

This year there were a LOT of guest speakers and award recipients, and the Reubens are being held in Jersey City, New Jersey at a hotel on the Hudson overlooking the Manhattan skyline. I briefly toyed with a “Sopranos” or “Jersey Shore” theme, but quickly nixed the former as old news and the latter as unworthy of more attention than it already gets. So, NCS president Jeff Keane and I went with the above theme… since nobody was seriously hurt in that incident it seemed like a decent gag.

Since there are so many cartoonists in this image here’s a key to the faces:

  1. Isabella Bannerman
  2. Rina Piccolo
  3. Anne Gibbons
  4. Benita Epstein
  5. Stephanie Piro
  6. Margaret Shulock
  7. Stephen Silver
  8. Stan Goldberg
  9. Mort Drucker
  10. John Reiner
  11. Larry Katzman
  12. Joe Kubert
  13. George Booth
  14. Steve Brodner
  15. Bill Plympton
  16. Yaakov Kirschen

Whew. Absolutely no pressure having to draw caricatures of master caricaturists Mort Drucker, Steve Brodner, Steve Silver, Bill Plympton and John Reiner… 🙄

Anyway, it’s all in good fun and the Reubens will be happening May 18th-30th in New Joisey.


  1. gerardooroz says:

    amazing illustration.
    i try teach a lot of thinks of your art work.
    but is not possible. your style is incredible.

  2. Leandro says:

    Great illustrarion Tom! I like the colors combination…

  3. Great job Tom! I’m really bummed that we aren’t going to be able to make it this year. Have a great time! I’ll be wishing I was there.

  4. Hi Tom,
    I just learned about your Reubens Weekend art and I am absolutely blown away. I have no idea what you had to work with but I think you did a phenomenal job of caricaturing me. I actually recognized myself before the whole face had opened. Thank you so much for your beautiful work; it’s an honor to be satirized by your pen!


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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