The 66th Annual NCS Reuben Awards

May 28th, 2012 | Posted in General

Whew. What a weekend.

The Reubens are always a great time, getting a chance meet and chat with both your long-time heroes in cartooning and cartoonists you’ve never met before. It was a thrill to see the great Stan Goldberg receive his Gold Key award as a new member of the NCS Hall of Fame. He is a true legend in the world of comics, and a great guy to boot. Steve McGarry‘s getting the Silver T-square for his incalculable efforts over the years to the NCS was also great to witness. Well deserved, both. Another high point was seeing the divisional award for “Online Comic Strip” be given out for the first time…the inaugural winner was Jon Rosenberg for¬¨‚ĆScenes from a Multiverse. That category was too long in coming, and I’m glad we were finally able to make it happen.

As to my winning the Reuben for “Cartoonist of the Year”. . . I am beyond words. I was shocked to be nominated in the first place and it was honor enough just to be mentioned in the same breath as Brian Crane and Stephan Pastis. I never thought I’d actually win it. Brian and Stephan are at the top of both their field and their game, and I saw myself as a distant third, just glad to be there. Despite being president, I was kept in the dark as to the winner, so when my name was called it was a complete surprise. I am humbled and gratified that so many of my fellow cartoonists think enough of my work to have given me this honor. Thank you.

I will have a much more thorough recap of the event later this week, but first I intend to alternate between sleeping by the pool, waking up long enough to drink a Mai Tai and eat a sandwich, and then go back to sleep again. My thanks to everyone who helped make this weekend a success.


  1. Rocky Sawyer says:

    Congrat Tom…..Well deserved…..:)

  2. Mike says:

    Wow! My caricature teacher is “Cartoonist of the Year”! Congratulations!!

  3. jailerjoe says:

    HUGE congratulations and very deserving, Tom. Ya done the North Central Chapter proud! Let me know when you start selling stock:)

  4. Ryan says:

    Congrats Tom!

  5. David Lubin says:

    What an honor! Congrats, Tom! All of us who feel, vicariously through your blog, that you’re a personal friend of ours, couldn’t be prouder of you. It’s a great day for MAD too. Cheers!

  6. Congratulations Tom.

  7. Kyle says:

    Congratulations to the hardest working* guy out there!

    *(Based on all the Dreaded Demon Deadline posts throughout the year!)

    Nice work Tom! Keep up the good work and always fun/interesting posts!

  8. nunz says:

    I actually screamed out “Yes!” when I read that…congratulations!

  9. Greg Walker says:

    Congratulations, Tom! Great to see you! You throw a swell party!

  10. Frank Pryor says:

    Karma proves itself again! All your hard work and the years of effort you’ve put in over the years to help caricature artists throughout the world has come back in this award. You certainly deserve it! Congratulations from Denver!


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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