The Reuben Awards: Congrats to 'Pearls,' 'Lio' & 'Cul de Sac'
A Pig. A guinea pig. And a cephalopod. Now THIS should be interesting.
The National Cartoonists Society has announced its nominees for most of this year's award categories, and I'm particularly struck by the spirited competition in the Comic Strip category. The 2009 finalists are "Pearls Before Swine," "Cul de Sac" and "Lio." In other words: Three strips, all created this decade, that have utterly fresh points of view.
Comic Riffs offers a hearty congrats to the three cartoonists -- STEPHAN PASTIS, RICHARD THOMPSON and MARK TATULLI, all of whom have shared insights and comments here as Friends of The Blog. (Thompson, of course, also does "Poor Richard's Almanack" for The Post.)
Tatulli's reaction to the nomination? "I'm surprised, flattered, and honored," he tells Comic Riffs. "But I really, really wish I was up against two other comics that suck."
Thompson, in turn, ups the adjectival ante. "I'm shocked, stunned, bowled over, taken aback, flummoxed, gobsmacked and honored," he tells 'Riffs with liquid prose. "Which is enough for me, I think, because they'll probably cut the award in two and give Mark and
Stephan each a piece. And they can each buy me a beer."
Pastis acknowledges that he's also up for the the NCS's Reuben, the cartoonist-of-the-year award that is the industry's Oscar. Of the double-nomination, Pastis says to 'Riffs: "I'm thrilled to be nominated for both. It's especially meaningful because they're both voted on by your peers."
For the Reuben, Pastis's co-finalists for this big kahuna of NCS awards reportedly are DAVE COVERLY ("Speed Bump," which runs in Post's print and online) and DAN PIRARO ("Bizarro," which runs on WashingtonPost.com).
Coverly (also a FOTB) tells 'Riffs of the Reuben nomination: "It's an amazing, flattering honor to be mentioned with Dan and Stephan, and further proof that my colleagues don't actually read 'Speed Bump.' "
Also nominated -- in the Magazine Feature/Magazine Illustration category -- is BOB STAAKE, who provides the witty and whimsical illustrations for The Post's Style Invitational. (And LARS LEETARU, who's freelanced for The Post, is nom'd for Newspaper Illustration.) The winners will be announced May 23 in Los Angeles.
Congratulations to the above artists, and to all the nominees. You can find the full list at the NCS WEB SITE.
PLUS: If you've got a reaction you'd like to share with any of the nominees, feel free to post in the Comments field below.
| March 17, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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