The Vote: Who Deserves Cartooning's Oscar?
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
Early every year, my ballot would arrive in the mail. And each time, for several years running, I would write in my vote for the cartoonist-of-the-year: Namely, several of my boyhood cartooning idols from "MAD" magazine.
Since the mid-'90s, three "MAD" greats -- Sergio Aragones, Jack Davis and Al Jaffee -- have received the Reuben Award, which is the highest honor as voted upon by the membership of the National Cartoonists Society -- aka "cartooning's Oscar." Other recipients of the Reuben in recent years include Matt Groening, Patrick McDonnell and Jerry Scott.
So on the (high) heels of last night's Academy Awards, my question to you, 'Riffs readers, is: If you could nominate someone for this year's Reuben, who would get your vote? (And if you're a reader who does have a vote, we understand completely if you have to keep your pick on the downlow.)
There is one catch: More recently, the National Cartoonists City decided that there could be no repeat winners of the award -- this after such folk as Bill Watterson, Gary Larson and Jeff MacNelly had won multiple times. (For a list of past winners, you can go to THIS Reubens web page.)
Is this Darby ("Get Fuzzy") Conley's year, or maybe it's time for Stephan ("Pearls Before Swine") Pastis? Perhaps a political cartoonist such as Clay Bennett or Michael Ramirez? And who knows: Animator Mike Judge (from Beavis to Hank Hill) might just get the surprise call (regardless of whether he's a member), if not Pixar's legendary John Lasseter. (Was great to see Pixar honcho Ed Catmull recognized last night, btw. Also, Oscar congratulations to "WALL*E" animating director Angus MacLane, who gave Comic Riffs a swell interview in December. [You can find his and our "Iron Man" interviews in our "Interviews With Cartoonists" archives, at left.])
The Reubens ceremony's not for a few months, but before the pros vote: Who do you think is the best cartoonist who's due for the big award?
The ballot box is open, and the floor is now yours.
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE:
Stephan Pastis not only makes us laugh -- he also creates more work for us. (If only these were billable hours.) Today, starting with "shmulky shlumperdik," Rat launches into a one-rodent tour into the Joys of (Insult) Yiddish. Do you have any idea how many editors it takes to vet all these terms, Pastis?? Even among those who speak Yiddish? We kvetch at your chutzpah, even IF you are never a nudnik.
Uh-oh. Big Jeremy is thinking with the Little Jeremy again. THIS cannot lead anywhere good.
| February 23, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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