2009 NCS Reuben Art

April 27th, 2009 | Posted in General

Reubens 2009
Clockwise from bottom left: Jeff Keane, Mike Luckovich, Michael Ramirez,
Dan Piraro, Stephen Pastis, Dave Coverly, Steve Moore, Eric Goldberg,
Drew Struzan and Cathy Guisewite.
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For the last 6 years I have been honored to do an illustration for the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards Weekend that they use on the official T-Shirt and sometimes on the tote bags, programs, in the Reuben Journal, etc. Usually it has involved the guest speakers and some scene related to that year’s event location. This year the Reubens will be in Los Angeles, AKA “Hollywood”, so I went with a movie set theme, and in addition to the guest speakers cartoonist Steve Moore (In the Bleachers), animator Eric Goldberg, movie poster illustrator Drew Struzan and Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, we added award program emcee Mike Luckovich (another Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist), NCS President Jeff Keane (The Family Circus) “Cartoonist of the Year” nominees Dan Piraro, (Bizarro), Stephen Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), and Reuben party hostess Cathy Guisewite (Cathy).

Above is the finished art, which was just released via a promo e-mail to members so I’m clear to share it here.

This is something I look forward to doing every year (or for as long as they want me to). The NCS has been very good to me and I am glad to do contribute back in even such a small way.

Here are the previous 6 years of Reuben illustrations. I don’t believe I have ever posted some of the older ones:

2008- New Orleans, LA

2007- Orlando, FL

2006- Chicago, IL

2005- Scottsdale, AZ

2004- Kansas City, MO

2003- San Francisco, CA

Sorry about that last one… the digital file disappeared into the black hole that was my destroyed hard drive some years back. This is a scan of a print.


  1. Grant Brown says:

    Ill be there.heading out on the 14th.cannot wait to catch up.

  2. Nate says:

    Thanks for posting those. Great work (as always)!

  3. WOW…What an awesome series!

  4. Bernard says:

    Always nice to see what your working on but it’s especially cool to have a peek inside the goings on of some of the best cartoon/other artists there are and what they are doing to.

    Us non-NCS members feel very privileged.


  5. BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!

  6. drew says:

    Marvelous work my friend. I’m honored to have been included with all the illustrious ones. One of my few childhood memories that were good was of MAD magazine, esspecially the artwork. You make me feel welcome and at home. Many thanks….drew

    • Tom says:

      Wow! A compliment from Drew Struzan! I am a big fan and am looking forward to meeting you in L.A. next month!

  7. Jack Napier says:

    Gasp! Mike Luckovich is Michael Keaton!?!?!

  8. jimbodraw says:

    Great work Tom!

  9. julio says:

    genial ! felicitaciones !!!!! un gran abrazo de la argentina !

  10. Vin Altamore says:

    These are really brilliant!!!! Great stuff Tom

  11. These are all terrific! You are continually raising the bar for the rest of us. 🙂 Can’t wait for the Reubens!


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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