This is just my sliver of what I saw at the 2013 National Cartoonists Society Reubens Weekend in Pittsburgh. It was a whirlwind! List of winners here.
Here are a few photos. WARNING: There are photos of the Toonseum toilet!
Test click: walking to the hotel room. Why do all older hotel hallways look like THE SHINING?
Terry THE PAJAMA DIARIES Liebenson and her husband, Michael Davis:
My Berndt Toast Gang pals: gag cartoonist Don Orehek and childrens book illustrator/Berndt Toast Gang chapter chair Adrian Sinnott:
Kimberly and her husband, the local legendary illustrator Wayno:
The Bill Holbrook family -- with Bunny THE LOCKHORNS Hoest (second from left) at the Friday night reception at the August Wilson Center:
From Britain, "The Surreal McCoy" (she brought the cartoon tablecloth -- see below) and from Long Island, Stan ARCHIE Goldberg:
Jeff Parker and John Lotshaw in the gorgeus lobby of the Omni William Penn:
My friends Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum and Shaenon Garrity, who creates (among many things) the Web comic SKIN HORSE:
Milling around between presentations ... that's Sandy Boynton and Mo Willems:
Chris Sparks and Patrick McDonnell:
Pat and Adrian Sinnott with Sandra Boynton:
Brad Anderson sits, and cartoonists come to him:
Mike Lynch and Drew WARTS AND ALL Friedman. What a guy!
Linda Klena, Dennis Lynch and editorial cartoonists Clay Bennett and Rob Rogers:
Sophie Miller-Chatfield, Jason Chatfield (GINGER MEGGS, and out 2013 Reubens evening host) Stan and Pauline Goldberg:
MAD MAGAZINE's Sam Viviano with Maria Notarile Scriven:
ARCTIC CIRCLE's Alex Hallatt and, moments after winning her NCS Editorial Cartooning Division Award, Jen Sorenson:
OK, let's look at some of the cartoons created during the weekend!
The Friday night cocktail time was held at the Toonseum, where curator Joe Wos had put together a one-of-a-kind exhibit of every Reuben Award winner's art. going back the 66 years of the National Cartoonists Society. It was stunning.
He also had some boards set up for cartoonists to draw on. Here are a few shots:
And here are a few shots of the Toosnseum toilet. Warner Brothers Loony Tunes characters greet you when you come in. And then you see that the cartoonists have busied themselves with one of a kind graffiti drawings. This was Friday night, and I bet many more drawings have been added since then.
Reuben Award winner Rick Kirkman:
Our inky brothers in the UK presented the NCS with an incredible tablecloth full of cartoon drawings. This is just one tiny part it:
The NCS reciprocated: