May 26th, 2015
by John Rose
My wife Karen and I had a great time at the NCS Reubens Weekend in Washington, DC! One weekend each year, the National Cartoonists’ Society descends on a different city, and it’s fun to visit and hang out with my fellow cartoonist friends! Not only did everyone in attendance celebrate the Reuben Award Winners, but we also celebrated the 100th Anniversary of King Features, an incredible milestone! Here are some photos of the weekend:
This year’s Reuben Weekend T-shirt, featuring caricatures of the nominees and special speakers, surrounded by many famous comic characters! I placed a black arrow to point out to you the location of Snuffy and Loweezy on the shirt. Cartoonist Ed Steckley did an incredible job on this illustration! Bodacious thanks, Ed!
Taking a bus from the hotel to the Library of Congress to hear a panel discussion entitled “Cartooning and Our Culture.” On the bus near me were my cartoonist friends, Bill Holbrook (On The Fastrack, Safe Havens, Kevin and Kell), Greg Cravens (The Buckets, Hubris), Frank Pauer, John Read, and my wife, Karen!
The panel discussion was moderated by King Features Editor, Brendan Burford (far left). Six of King Features’ immensely talented cartoonists, including (from left) Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Brian Walker (Hi and Lois), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange), Ray Billingsley (Curtis), and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Peters (Mother Goose & Grimm), discuss the history and impact of cartooning on pop culture. These hilarious folks had us laughing for well over an hour!
All of us King Features cartoonists were surprised with bee-yo-ti-ful frames featuring our comic strips! Anna Richmond, wife of outgoing NCS President Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine), hand-decoupaged these picture frames. She did an INCREDIBLE job! I love my Snuffy Smith frame–it already has a special place in my studio! THANK YOU, ANNA!
My friend John Reiner moderated a panel which honored the iconic Mort Drucker (MAD Magazine)! From left: John Reiner, Mort Drucker, Nick Meglin (MAD Editor) and Sam Viviano (MAD Art Director). Wow! I don’t know any cartoonist who wasn’t influenced by Mort Drucker and MAD Magazine!
What a bodacious weekend we all had! Thanks to everyone who made the weekend happen! I’m already looking forward to the 2016 Reuben Awards Weekend!
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