So many GoComics creators were nominated for The National Cartoonist Society's 71st annual Reuben Awards this year, we knew it was going to be a busy weekend. Still, with five winners across 15 regular categories, we think 2017 may be one of our most fully-stocked years yet.
Congratulations to Editorial Cartoons winner Michael Luckovich, Newspaper Panels winner (and Reubens host) Nick Galifianakis (Nick and Zuzu), Advertising/Product Illustration winner Luke McGarry (of TLDR fame), Online Comics - Short Form winner Ruben Bolling, and Book Illustration winner Dave Whamond (of Reality Check) for wins in their respective categories.
And the (full list of) NCS Division Award winners are...
Cory Loftis, Disney’s Zootopia
Chris Savino, Nickelodeon’s The Loud House
Newspaper Comic Strip
Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker, Dustin
Newspaper Panel Feature
Max Sarin and Liz Fleming, Giant Days
Rick Geary, Black Dahlia
Online Comics - Short Form
Ruben Bolling, Donald & John
Online Comic - Long Form
Ngozi Ukazu, OMG Check Please
In addition to these Division Awards, The Washington Post's Ann Telnaes was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Lynda Barry (Ernie Pook's Comeek) took home the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award for her career in cartooning, illustration and other creative fields. Ruby Xia, an animation major at the Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, was recognized for her work in animated shorts with the $5,000 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.
Congratulations to all of the nominees, winners and particularly regular GC's John Glynn for being in attendance to congratulate (we presume with high-fives) attendees in-person.