May 25th, 2014

Reuben Awards Day One

by Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker

Steve and I are in San Diego attending the National Cartoonists Society’s annual Reuben Awards which kicked off today.

So far, so great.

Day one began with presentations by Illustrator, designer, storyboarder and creator of the online graphic novel, “Red’s Planet,” Eddie Pittman; Chris Houghton of Nickelodeon, Disney TV fame and Cartoon Network fame; Greg Evans, creator of the comic strip,”Luann;” and Suzy’s Zoo products creator, Suzy Spafford .

Later attendees were treated to a lavish poolside Welcome Party on a chilly night here in Southern California.

I managed to take a few snaps here and there.

More tomorrow when we’re all dressed up for the black tie awards shindig.imagePetco Park, home of the San Diego Padres… And just outside my hotel window.

 

 

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Australian funny man and cartoonist, Jason Chatfield, wife Sophie (also very funny), and America’s own Sean Parkes at the registration desk.

 

 

imageIllustrator, designer, story boarder and creator of of the online graphic novel, “Red’s Planet,” Eddie Pittman.

 

 

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Chris Houghton of Nickelodeon, Disney TV and Cartoon Network fame.

 

 

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Welcome Party heats up on a chilly So. Cal night.

 

 

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Cartoonist of the Year nominee Hilary Price, and proud partner, Kristin Gottschalk.

 

 

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The swag bag always contains the Reuben journal which superimposes NCS Members’ heads and faces on old and new photos of a chosen theme. This years’ theme was a parody “Sports Illustrated” issue. That’s NCS Pres, Tom Richmond, hoisted on the shoulders of MAD’s Al Jaffee and Jack Davis.

 

 

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The photo of my buddy Mike Peters’ victory lap is genius.

 

 

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I even show my face in the bleachers in this vintage pic.

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