2012 Reuben Awards Weekend Art

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted in News

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The official brochures and registration info for the National Cartoonists Society’s 2012 Reuben Awards should be landing in member’s mailboxes starting today, so I thought I’d post the artwork I did for this year’s brochure. This image depicts the 2012 guest speakers, special award winners and our nutty emcee. Here’s the list of unlucky models: Top: Tom Gammill (The Doozies, TV writer and producer, Reubens emcee). Second row from left: Steve McGarry (Badlands, Trivquiz, Biographic, Kid City, NCS Silver T-Square recipient), Mark Simon (animator, storyboard artist, entrepreneur), Alfred E. Neuman (idiot), John Lotshaw (Accidental Centaurs), Dave Kellett (Sheldon, Drive), Michael Jantze (The Norm, Jantze Studios, SCAD). Bottom row from left: Ray Billingsley (Curtis), Butch Hartman (Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phanton, T.U.F.F. Puppy), Jim Davis (Garfield) and Stan Goldberg (Archie, recipient of the NCS Gold Key Award). Assorted characters related to those depicted abound.

This is NOT the official Reuben Awards image. That one is being done by illustrator Ed Steckley this year, and will be featured on the T-shirt, program and other fun stuff. Ed had to wait until the “Cartoonist of the Year” nominees were announced, and I didn’t want to that long to get the brochure printed and mailed. This one might be printed on the other side of the t-shirt, unless I am lynched by the subjects demanding retribution for my mangling their faces.

Headline design by John Kovaleski. No one will lynch him for that… it looks good.


  1. Rick Wright says:

    This is AWESOME Tom as usual. Just curious, how did you draw the sign?? Did you do it in some 3D program??

    • Tom says:

      Thanks, Rick! Nope, the sign is drawn and inked the old-fashioned way. The text I did on the computer, except the word “Fabulous”, which I hand drew out. The neon tubing over the letters and circles on ‘Welcome” I painted in PhotoShop. The rest is digital color.

  2. Leandro says:

    very very VERY NICE! Congrats Tom!

  3. Robin Crowley says:

    Groovy illustration Tom! Just amazing! 🙂

  4. Anton Emdin says:

    Brilliant stuff, Tom! But then again, what else did we expect?

  5. CCM says:

    Wonderful work, Tom! I especially like the caricatures you did of Butch Hartman and Jim Davis

  6. John Lotshaw says:

    Imagine my surprise when I got a slew of emails pointing to this! Nice job, Tom! I’m a little jealous… You draw Lenny better than I do!!

  7. Nick says:

    Real nice job. I love your style. Your hard work shows.


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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