Announcing... The 2008 NCS Reuben Award Winners!

June 4, 2008

     That time has come 'round again! The 62nd annual black tie event for this year's coveted Reuben Awards was held at the glamourous Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. A meeting weekend filled with opportunities for networking, good deeds - like helping out on a Habitat for Humanity home - cocktail parties, seminars, group breakfasts and then the gala Awards Ceremonies, the fun went from May 23rd to 25th. With a grand number of cartoonists, illustrators, humourists, syndicate representatives, and others who participate in the comics world, the 2008 Reuben Awards was again itself a winner.

     Drum roll, please... Here are this year's Award recipients, saving the biggies for last!

    Newpaper Panel:
    Editorial Cartoons:
    Newspaper Strips Award:
    Advertising Illlustration Award:
    Book Illustration Award:
    Newspaper Illustration Award:
    Animation Feature Award:
    Television Animation Award:
    Gag Cartoons Award:
    Comic Books Award:
    Greeting Cards Award: 
    Magzine Feature/ Illustration Award:

Chad Carpenter, creator of Tundra
Bill Schorr
Jim Meddick, creator of Monty
Tom Richmond
Sandra Boynton
Sean Kelly
David Silverman, The Simpsons Movie
Stephen Silver, for Kim Possible
Mort Gerberg
Shaun Tan, for The Arrival, a wordless graphic novel
Dave Mowder, of Hallmark Greeting Cards
Daryll Collins

And the big Awards went to:

    Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award:
    Sandra Boynton for her wonderful sense of humour, illustration
    and music.

    Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year:
    Al Jaffee, Mad Magazine cartoonist/humourist for more than 50

    Congratulations to them all!
    Some year, I want to attend the Annual Meeting, too!


    Now, just who is this Al Jaffe who won the prestigious Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year? Mr. Jaffee began cartooning in 1941 at age 20. He honed his skill on several comics, then joined Mad Magazine in 1955 for a career that has spanned over 50 years. Jaffee invented the now-famous "Mad Fold-In" pages in 1964. While with Mad Magazine, he also created comics for several publications, including the New York Herald Tribune, and illustrated a number of children's books. Read more about Al Jaffee on the Lambiek site.

© Susanna McLeod 2008