Applause tracks and background music aside, the 2019 Reuben Awards ceremony was a mostly subdued affair as winners were announced in between panels at the 2020 virtual NCSFest. Lynda Barry took home honors as Cartoonist of the Year in an all-star pool that included Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Terri Libenson (Becoming Brianna), Mark Tatulli (Big Break) and Hilary B. Price (Rhymes With Orange). In her pre-recorded acceptance speech, Barry paid tribute to the artists and students whose works have opened up worlds to readers, stating:
“Whatever may be missing in your life, you may be able to find in comics.”
Barry has been nominated numerous times before, so her win was much awaited and long deserved.
Although Stacy Curtis won the 2019 Reuben in Book Illustration for his work on Karate Kakapo, he deserved extra love on a hilarious skit he executed as part of his acceptance speech. Curtis gave thanks to friends, family, colleagues and peers while lying in bed reading, brushing his teeth,working on his car, mowing the lawn, and driving his wife and child around. Dressed in a tuxedo t-shirt, Curtis ended his speech with a public service announcement on wearing masks.
And now, here are the division winners of the 2019 Reuben Awards:
NCS Honors, Silver T-Square – John Glynn
NCS Honors, Gold T-Square – Garry Trudeau
Editorial Cartoons – Pat Bagley
Magazine/Newspaper Illustration – Tom Richmond
Newspaper Panels – Dave Blazek for “Loose Parts”
Gag Cartoons – Amy Hwang
Online Comics (Short Form) – Jim Benton
Online Comics (Long Form) – Alec Longstreth
Online Animation – Joe Bluhm for Pinocchio: A Modern Retelling
Advertising/Marketing Illustration – Luke McGarry
Comic Books – Stan Sakai for Usagi Yojimbo
Graphic Novels – Harmony Becker for They Called Us Enemy
Feature Animation – Nelson Lowry, Santiago Montiel, and Trevor Dalmar for Missing Link
Television Animation – Genndy Tartakovsky for Primal
Newspaper Strips – Brian Crane for Pickles
Congratulations to all the 2019 Reuben Award recipients!