“PICKLES” creator Brian Crane and “Baby Blues” co-creator Rick Kirkman shared the win for the Reuben “Cartoonist of the Year” Award on Saturday night during the National Cartoonists Society ceremony at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh.
The result was only the second tie in the history of the Reuben Award category; in 1968, Johnny Hart and Pat Oliphant shared the big honor.
It was the first Reuben nomination for Kirkman, whose ”Baby Blues” co-creator, Jerry Scott, received the Reuben in 2001. Previously, Kirkman won the NCS’s Best Newspaper Comic Strip honor (1995) for “Baby Blues,” which King Features syndicates to more than 1,200 papers.
And it was the third Reuben nomination for Crane, whose “Pickles” (syndicated by The Washington Post News Service to more than 800 newspapers) won the Best Newspaper Comic Strip award in 2001.
Elsewhere, Dave Whamond — who was nominated twice — won the divisional award for Newspaper Illustration. In the Book Illustration category, he was topped by John Manders.
In other newspaper honors, Brian Basset (“Red and Rover”) won for Comic Strips, and Hilary Price (“Rhymes With Orange”) won for Newspaper Panels, the second time she’s received that honor.
Alt-cartoonist Jen Sorensen (who was a 2012 Herblock Prize finalist) won for Editorial Cartoons; Roz Chast (The New Yorker) won for Gag Cartoons; Bernie Wrightson (“Frankstein Alive, Alive!”) won for Comic Books; and Chris Ware — whose acclaimed “Building Stories” is nominated for multiple 2013 Eisner Awards — won for Graphic Novels.
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Rich Webber (“DC Nation”) and Joann Sfar (“The Rabbi’s Cat”) won in the animation categories. Graham Harrop (“Ten Cats”) and Vince Dorse (“Untold Tales of Bigfoot”) won in the online comic categories.
Also honored at the 67th annual Reuben Awards ceremony were two legends: Longtime Andrews McMeel/Universal editor Lee Salem, who received the Silver T-Square Award, and “Marmaduke” creator Brad Anderson, who was presented (by Jerry Scott) with the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award.
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And young cartoonist Charlotte Mao was presented with the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Award.
HERE IS is the full list of 2013 winners from the 67th annual Reuben Awards:
THE REUBEN AWARD (Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year):
Brian Crane (“Pickles”) and Rick Kirkman (“Baby Blues”)
Rich Webber, director, Aardman Animation Studios, “DC Nation”
Joann Sfar, director, “The Rabbi’s Cat”
NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIP
Brian Basset, “Red and Rover”
Hilary Price, “Rhymes With Orange”
MAGAZINE FEATURE/MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION
ADVERTISING and PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION
Bernie Wrightson, “Frankenstein Alive, Alive!”
Chris Ware, “Building Stories”
ONLINE COMICS — SHORT FORM
Graham Harrop, “Ten Cats”
ONLINE COMICS — LONG FORM
Vince Dorse, “Untold Tales of Bigfoot”
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SKETCH: LEE SALEM: