“I’m extremely honored to be a Reuben Award finalist,” Chast tells The Post’s Comic Riffs today.
It is the first time Chast, the veteran New Yorker magazine cartoonist, has been a finalist; this marks the second time for Price, and the seventh nod for Pastis (both were finalists last year). No woman has won the award in the past two decades, and only two women (Cathy Guisewite and Lynn Johnston) have received the Reuben in the organization’s nearly 70-year history.
Chast’s recent eldercare memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” (Bloomsbury), has proved to be positively electromagnetic during a season of medals. The graphic novel won the first-ever Kirkus Prize and has also received National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle recognition.
The Reuben Awards ceremony will be May 23 in Washington.
Recent winners of the NCS Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year award:
[2014 REUBEN AWARDS: Reuben winner Wiley Miller (‘Non Sequitur’) appreciates honor’s esteemed legacy]
[2013 REUBEN AWARDS: Crane (‘Pickles’) and Kirkman (‘Baby Blues’) share Cartoonist of the Year Award]
[2012 REUBEN AWARDS: MAD’s Richmond, Post’s Galifianakis react to big wins]
[2011 REUBEN AWARDS: ‘Cul de Sac’s’ Richard Thompson wins the Reuben Award]
[2010 REUBEN AWARDS: History, ‘Bizarro’ top the marquee at cartooning’s Oscars]