Over the weekend in Kansas City, the National Cartoonists Society held their great gala for the Reuben Awards 2022. Nineteen awards across varied cartooning categories were handed out – with veteran cartoonist and satirical illustrator Edward Sorel receiving the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year Award.
Sorel – age 93 – has had a long and extensive career. His left-liberal-leaning work has previously been a regular feature in The Nation, New York Magazine and The Atlantic. More recently it can be found in Vanity Fair.
In a pre-recorded acceptance speech, Sorel said:
“Thank you very, very much for this award. Getting an award from your peers is the best kind of award you can get. I know we’re all having a difficult time now nevertheless you and I keep going on making our funny drawings and I found doing satirical drawings a most satisfying way to go through life.
“What was especially satisfying was seeing my drawings getting better and better as the years went on – and I enjoyed living at home, working at home and I enjoyed taking naps in the afternoon with my wife. I have had an extremely pleasant life.
“And now that I have this prestigious award from you, perhaps the idiots who keep coming up to me and asking whether I do ‘serious’ paintings on the weekend. ‘Serious paintings’ – but why anybody would want to do serious paintings is beyond me. Anyway thanks for this award.”
Other nominees for this year’s Cartoonist of the Year Award included Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead), Hilary B. Price (Rhymes with Orange), Keef Knight (The K Chronicles), and Mark Tatulli (Desmond Pucket, Lio, Heart of the City). Quite a category.
Mort Gerberg received the Gold Key Award, entering him into the National Cartoonist Hall of Fame.
Mutts cartoonist Patrick McDonnell was awarded the Elzie Segar for outstanding contribution to the profession of cartooning.
For 50-years of dedication to the profession, Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau received the Gold T-Square. Begun October 1970 for the newly formed Universal Press Syndicate, Doonesbury was Trudeau’s first strip out of college and it is still ongoing – despite hiatus periods – over fifty years later.
Outstanding dedication to the National Cartoonists Society or to the profession, the Silver T-Square went to President of the Board of Directors at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Charles Schulz’ widow Jean Schulz.
Meanwhile the fourteen-category Division Awards – as ever – saluted cartoonists in every style and medium. In the comics and graphic novels categories the awards went to David Petersen‘s Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver & Other Tales; and Eric Powell and Harold Schechter‘s Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?
You can check out the full list of Reuben Division Awards 2022 nominees and awardees below.
REUBENS – DIVISION AWARDS 2022
ADVERTISING & PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION
- WINNER: Johnny Sampson
- Ivan Ehlers
- Pashur House
ART FOR ANIMATED MEDIA
- WINNER: Lindsey Olivares
- Chris and Shane Houghton
- Meg Park
- WINNER: Stacy Curtis, Penguin & Moose Brave the Night (with Hannah C. Hall)
- Keith Bendis, Only The Good Stay Dead (with Joe Queenan)
- Rebecca Morgan, The Future Is Female
- WINNER: David Petersen, Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver & Other Tales, BOOM! – Archaia
- Trish Forstner, Stray Dogs (with Tony Fleecs), Image
- Gideon Kendall, Lester of the Lesser Gods (with Eric Powell, Lucky Yates & Mac Cushing), Albatross Funnybooks
- WINNER: Eric Powell, “Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?” (with Harold Schechter), Albatross Funnybooks
- Juan Cavia, Ballad for Sophie (with Felipe Melo), Top Shelf
- Ted Naifeh, Witch For Hire, Amulet Books
- WINNER: Ruben Bolling
- Marco Deangelis
- Michael Ramirez
- WINNER: Christopher Weyant
- Emily Flake
- Amy Hwang
- WINNER: Scott Jensen
- Scott Metzger
- Scott Nickel
- WINNER: Nick Galifianakis
- Nancy Ohanion
- Tom Richmond
- WINNER: Dave Coverly (Speed Bump)
- Dave Blazek (Loose Parts)
- Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)
NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS
- WINNER: John Hambrock (The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee)
- Hector Cantu (Baldo)
- Mark Tatulli (Lio)
ONLINE COMICS (SHORT FORM)
ONLINE COMICS (LONG FORM)
- WINNER: Dan Piraro, Peyote Cowboy, self-hosted
- Emily Flake (political/social commentary longer form comics pieces for The Nib online and the New Yorker)
- Meredith Moriarty, Third Shift Society, Webtoon
- WINNER: Bill Morrison
- Chuck Dillon
- Johnny Sampson