Yes, we know that there is only one Reuben Award, the big one, but for the sake of a headline, here are the NCS divisional nominees.
This is the first time the NCS Awards have recognized webcomics, a welcome and inevitable move towards modernization. The choices—The Oatmeal, Penny Arcade, and Scenes from a Multiverse(above)—aren’t too groundbreaking but they are all good strips.
The winners will be announced Memorial Day weekend at the annual NCS meeting, to be held this year in Las Vegas.
Ben Bocquelet and Antoine Perez Production Design on The Wonderful World of Gumball Cartoon Network
Penn Ward Character Design on Adventure Time Cartoon Network
Erik Wiese Production Design on The Mighty B Nickelodeon
Mark McCreery, character design: Rango
Carlos Saldanha, Director: Rio
Jennifer YuhNelson, Director: Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom
Newspaper Comic Strips
Glenn McCoy The Duplex
Jeff Parker Dustin
Mike Peters Mother Goose and Grimm
Newspaper Panel Cartoons
Mark Parisi Off the Mark
Stephanie Piro Smile
Wiley Miller Non Sequitur
Magazine Feature/Magazine Illustration
Barbara Lehman The Secret Box
Mark Pett The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
John Rocco Blackout
Kevin Kallauger (KAL)
Darwyn Cooke “Betty Saves the Day” Rocketeer Adventures #2
Duncan Fegredo Hellboy: The Fury
J.H. Williams Batwoman
Chester Brown Paying For It
Rick Geary The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti
Ben Katchor The Cardboard Valise
Online Comic Strips
Matthew Inman The Oatmeal
Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins Penny Arcade
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.