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 Scenes 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.