Over the Memorial Day Weekend the annual Reuben Awards were presented and animator Glen Keane won The Reuben for cartoonist of the year. Best known for his groundbreaking animation for Disney (includingThe Little MermaidBeauty and the BeastAladdinPocahontasTarzan and Tangled), and his oscar winning short Dear Basketball.  Keane is also a second generation winner, as his father Bil Keane previously won the award for his Family Circus comic strip – which Glen might have inspired a bit!

The Reubens are presented by the National Cartoonists Society at their annual fete held over the holiday weekend.

Other winners before but Emil Ferris continues her sweep with a win in the best graphic novel category. (via The Daily Cartoonist)

Editorial Cartoons
Mike Peters (tie)
Michael Ramirez (tie)

Newspaper Illustration
Dave Whamond

Feature Animation
Lee Unkrich (director) and Adrian Molina (co-director) – Coco

Television Animation
Alan Bodner (Art Director) – Disney’s Tangled, The Series

Newspaper Panels
Off the Mark – Mark Parisi

Gag Cartoons
Will McPhail

Advertising / Product Illustration
Dave Whamond

Comic Books
Monstress Vol. 2 The Blood by Sana Takeda

Graphic Novels
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Magazine Feature / Illustration

Peter Kuper

Online Comics – Long Form
John Allison – Bad Machinery

Online Comics – Short Form
Gemma Correll – Gemma Correll

Book Illustration
Adam Rex – The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Newspaper Strips

Mike Peters – Mother Goose and Grimm

BTW, its just about impossible to find the other winners of Hall of Fame, Caniff awards and so on online. IF anyone has the information I’ll gladly update!


  1. Hmmm, does this make Glen Keane the first Oscar winner to win The Reuben? Couldn’t happen to a better artist!

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