The 2012 ‘Reuben’ awards were given out by the NCS (National Cartoonists Society) on Saturday night, although only one is actually called the Reuben. The full list of winners is here, but Tom Richmond, best known for his work on MAD Magazine, won the top spot, otherwise known as THE REUBEN AWARD for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Richmond is a fairly prolific blogger, and has already recorded his initial thoughts:
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.
Richmond’s work has been a mainstay of recent MADs and carries on the tradition of Jack Davis and Mort Drucker in a highly enjoyable fashion.
The other notable win of the night was Jon Rosenberg winning the first ever NCS award for a webcomic for SCENES FROM A MULTIVERSE, a worthy winner that isn’t likely to make any crowd rise up muttering and vowing retribution.
The complete list of winners:
Erik Wiese– Production Design on The Mighty B – Nickelodeon
Mark McCreery, character design: Rango
NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS
Glenn McCoy– The Duplex
NEWSPAPER PANEL CARTOONS
Mark Parisi– Off the Mark
MAGAZINE FEATURE/MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION
John Rocco– Blackout
J.H. Williams– Batwoman
Ben Katchor– The Cardboard Valise
ON-LINE COMIC STRIPS
Jon Rosenberg- Scenes from a Multiverse
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.