ILLUSTRATOR DAVE WHAMOND was shocked by Tuesday’s phone call.
Upon returning a message, he learned that he wasn’t nominated in a single category for the National Cartoonists Society’s NCS divisional categories..
Instead, he was blindsided by the news: He was cited in two categories.
Whamond’s twin honors led the field as the NCS today announced its 2013 divisional nominees in 15 categories for the 67th annual Reuben Awards.
“My first reaction to hearing [NCS officer] Sean Parkes telling me I was nominated in Newspaper Illustration was disbelief,” Whamond tells Comic Riffs on Tuesday.
“I was in shock at the first nomination, then he said, ‘Aaaannnd ... you have a second nomination in Best Book Illustration.’ The room then started spinning and I don’t remember much after that.”
Turns out, one reason for the dizzy reaction was that Whamond’s guard was down.
“Part of it was that Sean had left me a message earlier that he needed me to call him back, as he had a quick question,” Whamond tells us, “so it was the last thing I expected.
The other nominees in Newspaper Illustration are Mark Brewer and Bob Rich; the other finalists in Book Illustration are John Manders and John Martz. (Whamond wrote and illustrated the 2012 book “Oddrey.”)
The field of finalists is an embarrassment of richly honored top talents, including winners of the Reuben, the Pulitzer, the Eisner and the Harvey — as well as Oscar nominees and a handful of New Yorker cartoonists.
The NCS announced the Reuben finalists last month: “Pickles” creator Brian Crane, “Baby Blues” co-creator Rick Kirkmanand “Pearls Before Swine” creator Stephan Pastis.
The Reuben (named for the legendary Rube Goldberg) will be presented May 25 at the NCS awards dinner in Pittsburgh.
Here is the full list of 2013 NCS division finalists:
NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS
Brian Basset, “Red and Rover”
NEWSPAPER PANEL CARTOONS
Tony Carrillo, “F-Minus”
Dave Coverly, “Speed Bump”
Hilary Price, “Rhymes with Orange”
Michael de Adder
Amanda Conner, “Silk Spectre”
Evan Dorkin, “House of Fun”
Bernie Wrightson, “Frankenstein Alive, Alive!”
Derf, “My Friend Dahmer”
Joseph Lambert, “Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller”
Chris Ware, “Building Stories”
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Graham Harrop, “Ten Cats“
Jonathan Lemon, “Rabbits Against Magic“
Michael McParlane, “Mac“
ONLINE COMICS — LONG FORM
Vince Dorse, “Untold Tales of Bigfoot“
Pat N. Lewis, “Muscles Diablo in Where Terror Lurks“
Rich Moore, director, “Wreck-It Ralph”
Joann Sfar, director, “The Rabbi’s Cat”
Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director, “The Secret World of Arriety”
Todd Kauffman, executive producer, “Sidekick”
Alberto Mielgo, production design, “Tron: Uprising”
Rich Webber, director, Aardman Animation Studios, “DC Nation”
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