Tuesday, May 30, 2017

National Cartoonists Society Reubens Weekend 2017 #Reubens2017

Portland, OR: Huge attendance at the cartoonist signing at the downtown Hilton on Sunday. From left: Lynn Johnston, Jeff Keane, Dan Piraro (standing with hat), Wayno (seated with hat).

The 71st annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend was held in Portland from May 26th thru the 28th, 2017. There were a series of seminars, presentations, the big awards show on Saturday night, and this public signing.

A complete list of Reuben Award nominees and winners from the National Cartoonists Society's site here:

2016 Cartoonist of the Year Nominees

Division Award Nominees

All of the Reuben Award Winners

Here are a few of my photos. It's a small sliver of what I saw and who I chatted with. There are many more on the web from hundreds of the cartoonists and loved ones and fans I am sure.

Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, The New Yorker, Go the F*** To Sleep). Both are all duded up in black tie for the awards ceremony Saturday night.

David Silverman (The Simpsons) draws on the board at the Wacom Experience Center.

Three great guys: Don Orehek, Tom Stemmle and David Folkman.

 Greg Cravens The Buckets, Hubris!), Dan Nakrosis (Archie and other comics) and Dan's niece Athena Nakrosis, who has been contributing some great work to The Cartoonist NCS newsletter.

Jean Schulz (Peanuts), Greg Evans (Luann) and Brian Walker (Hi and Lois, Beetle Bailey, as well as many great books about the history of cartooning).

Mike Lynch, comics historian R.C. Harvey and The Sunday Press' Peter Maresca.

Pulitzer Prize award winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes and Amy Lago, Comics Editor at the Washington Post Writers Group. Ann won the Reuben Award later that day!

PVP's Scott Kurtz.

Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries, Invisible Emmie), Mark Parisi (Off The Mark, Marty Pants) and Dave Blazek (Loose Parts).

The New Yorker's Mitra Farmand, "Half Full" comic panel cartoonist Maria Srivan and Mad Magazine's Ray Alma.

Tom Gammill (The Simpsons, Seinfeld, The Doozies) and Mike Peters (Mother Goose and Grimm, and multi-award winning editorial cartoonist).


Jason said...

Lots of respect for Scott Kurtz. I can't name too many comics that I've read for 15 years and not missed an episode. It has been so satisfying to watch his style develop and mature over the years. Had a brief exchange with him at SDCC in '03 or so. He was at his table and his face lit up when I said "Scott Kurtz, right?" Then I asked "So, where's Mike and Jerry's table?" and everything came crashing down. "How the hell should I know?" I don't think he realized that I was yanking his chain.

He's also had to deal with being in a situation where a dumb choice made when young(ish) follows you around for the rest of your life. I wish he had been a little more straight in his acceptance and apology--and that the apology could be more easily found--but it's clear that he's repented.

Making the decision to follow your dream with no safety net takes a lot of balls. I'm glad it's paying off for him.

Brian Fies said...

I always appreciate the reports, thanks Mike.

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