Hat Trick

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

Team Dustin is honored to learn our comic strip has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Best Newspaper Comic Strip once again.  Congratulations to fellow Comic Strip division nominees, Brian Bassett for his amazing strip “Red and Rover,” and Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman for the incomparable “Zits.”

This is “Dustin’s” third nomination in a row.  Steve and I humbly took home the hardware after our first nomination in 2011.

In case you’re thinking “Dustin” has been nominated for a sandwich or something, the Reubens are the cartooning world’s answer to the Oscars.  Each Memorial Day weekend, cartoonists of all stripes from all over the globe gather at a lavish black tie award ceremony, complete with “…the nominees are…” followed by gold sealed envelopes opened to, “…and the winner is…”

What makes the Reubens so special is that nominees are selected by fellow cartoonists.

The big prize, as always, is the Reuben statuette itself, given to the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Nominees this year are,  Brian Crane creator of “Pickles,” Rick Kirkman of “Baby Blues” fame, and Stephan Pastis the genius behind “Pearls Before Swine.” The statuette and division award plaques were sculpted by cartoonist titan Rube Goldberg, thus, “the Reuben.”

This year, winners will make their acceptance speeches in Pittsburgh.  Click here for more on the Reubens and a list of all the nominees http://www.reuben.org/2013/03/2012-divisional-award-nominees-annouced/.