The “Reuben Awards”, aka the divisional awards presented by the National Cartoonist Society to deserving creators in comic strips, illustrations, animation and even comics, have been announced. The MAIN Rueben nominees (given to a deserving cartoonist for a lifetime of work) were announced a few weeks ago, are:

Wiley Miller (NonSequitur)
Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)
Mark Tatulli (Lio)

The rest of the nominees have come out and here they are. Of some note — the webcomics category, which has been a source of some confusion and controversy but now has a board of advisors and is now divided into short form and long form categories. The awards will be presented Saturday, May 24th at the annual NCS meeting, this year held in San Diego.

(Above an image from Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll, probably the least known of the comic book nominees.)

Editorial Cartoons
• Clay Bennett
• Adam Zyglis
• Mike Ramirez

Newspaper Illustration
• Bob Eckstein
• Miel Prudencio Ma
• Dave Whamond

Feature Animation
• Mike Giamo: Production Design Frozen (Disney)
• Hayao Miyazaki: Director, The Wind Rises (Disney)
• Jonathan del Val: Animator of Lucy character, Despicable Me 2 (Illumination)

TV Animation
• Craig McCracken, Wander Over Yonder (Disney)
• Paul Rudish, Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse shorts (Disney)
• Douglas Sloan And Art Edler Brown, Dragons: Riders of Berk (Dreamworks)

Newspaper Panels
• Dave Coverly
• Scott Hilburn
• Mark Parisi

Magazine Gag Cartoons
• Matt Diffee
• Bob Eckstein
• Mike Twohy

Advertising/Product Illustration
• Cedric Hohnstadt
• Sean Parkes
• Rich Powell

Greeting Cards
• Glenn McCoy
• Mark Parisi
• George Schill

Comic Books
• Sergio Aragones, Sergio Aragones Funnies
• Jay Fosgitt, Bodie Troll
• Chris Samnee, Daredevil

Graphic Novel
• Dan E Burr, On The Ropes
• Rick Geary, Madison Square Tragedy
• Andrew C Robinson, The 5th Beatle

Magazine Illustration
• Daryll Collins
• Anton Emdin
• Dave Whamond

Online — Long Form
• Jenn Manley Lee, Dicebox
• Dylan Meconis, Family Man
• Eddie Pittman, Red’s Planet
• Jeff Smith, Tuki

Online — Short Form
• Jim Horwitz, Watson
• Ryan Pagelow, Buni
• Mike Twohy, New Yorker Online

Book Illustration
• Matt Davies
• William Joyce
• CF Payne

Newspaper Comic Strips
• Isabella Bannerman, Six Chicks
• Terri Libenson, Pajama Diaries
• Mark Tatulli, Lio



  1. Hey Everyone!
    If you enjoyed Bone by Jeff Smith, If you love the characters in Pogo, If you love rooting for the underdog.
    Read Bodie Troll.
    Jay Fosgitt is a solid storyteller and one heck of an artist.
    Fun for the whole family.

  2. If you wonder what it would be like to cross Calvin & Hobbes with The Far Side, go read “Lio”!
    If you want heartwarming geekery, read his other strip “Heart of the City”!

    Hey, didn’t the NCS have a small controversy a few years ago, about crediting writers? The comics and graphic novel entries have omitted some writers.

  3. Bodie Troll was a great fun and beautifully illustrated all ages comic book. My 9 year old enjoyed it because of the wackiness, I enjoyed it because the artwork is just gorgeous.

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