Cartooning's Oscars: This Weekend, Lines Will Be Crossed!
It's time, once again, to honor the year's best in cartooning by handing out the funkiest-looking trophy in the land -- picture the Blue Man Group having vaguely tawdry relations with an inkwell -- to some of the funniest creators in the land.
Yessir, the members of the National Cartoonists Society are gathered this weekend in Hollywood to talk shop, hold seminars and then dress up in tux and gown to mock each other affectionately in fewer words than it takes to fill a word balloon. The Reubens -- a.k.a. cartooning's Oscars -- allow for members of an oft-isolated breed to mingle, fraternize and then reminisce about that era when appearing in 200 newspapers was as good as gold in Fort Knox. That era, we should note, was 2007.
In the spirit of the Reubens, Comic Riffs pauses today to salute all the nominees -- some of whom commented on this blog upon receiving word of their nomination. Many of the print-cartoon nominees, especially, are Friends Of Comic Riffs. So we pay tribute today by offering this gallery of their recent work.
Best of luck to all this weekend -- and when you mock each other, play nice. Those rental cummerbunds ain't cheap.
(You can click here for a full list of nominees -- and you can check back here next week for the winners' list):
REUBEN AWARD NOMINEES: Stephan Pastis ("Pearls Before Swine"); Dave Coverly ("Speed Bump"); Dan Piraro ("Bizarro").
BEST NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIP: Stephan Pastis ("Pearls Before Swine"); Mark Tatulli ("Lio"); Richard Thompson ("Cul de Sac").
BEST EDITORIAL CARTOONS: Mike Luckovich; Jeff Parker; Michael Ramirez.
BEST NEWSPAPER PANEL CARTOON: Vic Lee ("Pardon My Planet"); Mark Parisi (LINK: "Off the Mark"); Jeff Stahler ("Moderately Confused").
| May 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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