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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 02/22/2011

NCS REUBENS: Your 2011 'Cartoonist of the Year' finalists are... [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna

The National Cartoonists Society has just announced its three finalists for the 2011 Cartoonist of the Year Reuben award. And your trio of contenders are:

GLEN KEANE, the animator/director who most recently worked prominently on Disney's "Tangled." Keane has also worked on "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast," and according to the NCS has received the Annie Award for character animation (1992) and the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime contribution to animation (2007). This is the first Reuben nom for Keane, who has won the NCS divisional award for Best Feature Animation (1991).

STEPHAN PASTIS, the "Pearls Before Swine" creator who's a two-time winner of the NCS divisional award for Best Comic Strip (2003 and 2006). Pastis has been nominated for the Reuben three times, including last year.

RICHARD THOMPSON, the "Cul de Sac" creator and cartoonist of Teh Post's former cartoon weekly series, "Poor Richard's Almanac." Thompson has won NCS divisional awards for Magazine & Book Illustration (1995) and Newspaper Illustration (1995).
Thompson was nominated for the Reuben for the first time last year.

"It's a true honor," Pastis tells Comic Riffs. His comic-strip colleague felt similarly.

"I'm tickled and honored to be nominated with Glen and Stephan," Thompson tells Comic Riffs. "And I'm convinced it's likely all a big mistake. Are you sure? Better double-check that source."

The Cartoonist of the Year and all the divisional award winners will be announced May 28 at the NCS Reubens Awards in Boston.

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By Michael Cavna  | February 22, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  The Animation, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Disney animation, Glen Keane, NCS Reuben Awards, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis  
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I believe this is Thompson's 3rd nomination 2009, 2010 and now 2011. Soon he'll be the Dan Piraro of comics awards, now that Dan no longer is.

Posted by: Mrhode | February 22, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The NCS alleges it's Thompson's second Reuben nom and Pastis's third. The past four years [w=winner]:

2008: Al Jaffee (w); Dan Piraro; Dave Coverly.
2009: Coverly (w); Piraro, Stephan Pastis.
2010: Piraro (w); Pastis; Richard Thompson.
2011: Glen Keane; Pastis; Thompson.


Posted by: cavnam | February 22, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting group here. I love both Pearls Before Swine and Cul De Sac. Thompson and Pastis both have a unique way of looking at the world and we all benefit from it. I would be delighted if either one got the Reuben.

And as an interesting side note - Glen Keane is the son of Bil Keane and the brother of Jeff Keane of the Family Circus comic. Glen was immortalized as the character of Billy in Family Circus. Bil won the Reuben in 1982. Would it be the first father/son pair to win? Stephan Pastis and Jeff Keane have a delightful mock feud going on and Family Circus characters have often appeared in Pearls before Swine and vice verse.

Posted by: elyrest | February 24, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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