The 67th NCS Reuben Award Weekend

May 27th, 2013 | Posted in News


Photo by Jason Chatfield, courtesy of the NCS Website

I am semi-back in action after hosting the 67th Annual NCS Reuben Award Weekend in Pittsburgh, PA this weekend. Things went great, everyone had fun, people won awards, it was cool.

Speaking of awards, here is the list of this year’s winners:

THE REUBEN AWARD for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year:

  • Brian Crane and Rick Kirkman (tie)

TELEVISION ANIMATION

FEATURE ANIMATION

NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION

GAG CARTOONS

GREETING CARDS

NEWSPAPER PANEL CARTOONS

MAGAZINE FEATURE/MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION

BOOK ILLUSTRATION

ADVERTISING and PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION

COMIC BOOKS

GRAPHIC NOVELS

ON-LINE COMICS – SHORT FORM

ON-LINE COMICS – LONG FORM

EDITORIAL CARTOONS

NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS

The big surprise of the night was the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year being a tie between Brian Crane (Pickles) and Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues). This is not without precedent. In 1968 Johnny Hart and Pat Oliphant tied for the Reuben. A tie is a tie . . . the membership votes and the person with the most votes wins the Reuben. Two of them had the most votes. The NCS membership gave the award to both Rick and Brian. The only bad part about that is my friend Stephen Pastis didn’t also win, and after five nominations he is long overdue. Both Rick and Brian are beyond deserving of the award, but so is Stephen. Hopefully with an all-new slate of other nominees next year he’ll have his moment… but that’s up to the membership of course.

I’m also very happy my good friend Ed Steckley won for Advertising and Product Illustration. He is a talented guy and has really become a top pro in advertising work, especially story boarding for major commercials. Congrats again, Ed! I’m proud of you!

Congratulations to all the winners, and all the nominees again, it’s a great honor all around. I’ll try to blog more about the weekend tomorrow… I’m still doing a lot of last minute wrapping up today.

Comments

  1. jailerjoe says:

    Looks very Gatsby-esque. Thanks for the rundown and congrats to everyone! Better luck next year Stephan ‘Lucci’ Pastis,

  2. Ed says:

    Thank homie- I meant what I said during my speech, I only wish I had been more eloquent. Oh well, you get the picture…

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