This week the nominees for the Cartoonists of the Year, aka THE Reuben, presented yearly by the National Cartoonists Society, were announced and they are:
Partis and Price were nominated last year (Roz Chast was the winner.) This is the first time I ever remember there being five nominees for this award, which is generally considered the highest honor a US cartoonist can receive. The recognition of Barry in the category is notable, given her long association with alternative comics. Tom Spurgeon has some much better informed commentary here.
The Silver Reubens, or divisional awards were also announced earlier this month. Marvel, Boom!, DC and Dark Horse all got nominated in the comics categories. Dark Horse got all three of the Outstanding Graphic Novel nominations, which is a little odd, but all three of the books — Nanjing The Burning City, The New Deal, and Two Brothers — were quite excellent. Dark Horse has been putting out excellent original graphic novels in recent years, with bold subjects and top notch art.
The rest of the nominees are:
“Lio” – Mark Tatulli
“Pajama Diaries,” by Terri Libenson
“Pearls Before Swine,” by Stephan Pastis
“The Argyle Sweater,” by Scott Hilburn
“Bizarro,” by Dan Piraro
“The Flying McCoys,” by Glenn and Gary McCoy
“Reality Check,” by Dave Whamond
“Boy and the World”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Tumble Leaf” (Amazon) — Drew Hodges
“Puffin Rock” (Netflix) — Maurice Joyce
“Zack & Quack” (Nick Jr.) — Gili Dolev and Yvette Kaplan
Glen Le Lievre
Giant Days (Boom Box) — Max Sarin
Prez (DC Comics) — Ben Caldwell
Squirrel Girl (Marvel) — Erica Henderson
“Nanjing the Burning City” (Dark Horse) — Ethan Young
“New Deal” (Dark Horse) — Jonathan Case
“Two Brothers” (Dark Horse) — Gabriel Ba
ONLINE LONG FORM COMICS
Drive (Dave Kellett)
The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo (Drew Weing)
Octopus Pie (Meredith Gran)
ONLINE SHORT-FORM COMICS
Kevin & Kell (Bill Holbrook)
Sheldon (Dave Kellett)
“Smick” — Juana Medina
“Sidewalk Flowers” — Sydney Smith
“The First Case” — Gitte Spee
The winners will be announced at the Reuben weekend, May 29029th in Memphis, TN. More details on that here.The key art, above, is by Tom Richmond and portrays L to R, top row: Bruce Higdon, Sergio Aragonés, Mo Willems (Reubens emcee), Jeff Smith, Terry Moore. Second row: David Apatoff, Jenny Robb, Luke McGarry, Matt Diffee, Lynn Johnston, Paul Coker Jr. Front: Jan Eliot, Maria Scrivan, Deborah Peyton.
PS: The NCS website announced the Silver Reuben nominations in the increasingly popular “graphic” format, meaning there was no text list of the nominees. This is annoying for a journalist. So I stole the list from Michael Cavna and formatted it in my own style. I agree the visual style makes a nice way to see who’s who, but information needs to be free, or at least in .txt format.
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.