The creators of “Pearls Before Swine” and “Rhymes With Orange” are now double nominees this year for the Reuben Awards ceremony, as judged by their National Cartoonists Society peers.
Stephan Pastis and Hilary Price are finalists in the Newspaper Strips and Newspaper Panels categories, respectively, as announced today by the NCS. Both creators are also up for the “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” Reuben Award, as is New Yorker cartoonist/author Roz Chast.
The NCS divisional awards, or “Silver Reubens,” span 15 categories, ranging from webcomics to advertising illustration to TV animation. The finalists include Pulitzer Prize winners and Academy Award nominees.
Other double NCS nominees include “The Duplex” creator Glenn McCoy (for Newspaper Strips and Greeting Cards) and Anton Emdin (for Magazine Illustration and Book Illustration).
All three finalists in the Newspaper Strips category — McCoy, Pastis and Brian Bassett (“Red and Rover'”) — have previously taken home that trophy. Similarly, all three finalists in the Editorial Cartoons category — Clay Bennett, Michael Ramirez and Jen Sorensen — have won that award previously, with Ramirez shooting for his fifth win.
Brothers Glenn and Gary McCoy are both nominated for Greeting Cards; they’ve kept that statuette all in the family a total of five times.
Elsewhere, the Feature Animation finalists represent three films (“Big Hero 6,” “Song of the Sea” and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”) that all received Oscar nominations this year; that first film won the Academy Award.
Below are all the 2015 Silver Reuben finalists. The winners will be announced at the 69th annual Reuben Awards black-tie ceremony May 23 in Washington.
Marla Frazee (“The Farmer and the Clown”)
Yasmeen Ismail (“Time for Bed, Fred”)
Shaun Tan (“Rules of Summer”)
Jason Latour (Southern Bastards)
Babs Tarr (Batgirl)
J.H. Williams III (The Sandman Overture)
Paul Felix (production designer, “Big Hero 6”)
Tomm Moore (director, “Song of the Sea”)
Isao Takahata (director, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”)
Jules Feiffer (“Kill My Mother”)
Mike Maihak (“Cleopatra in Space”)
Jillian Tamaki (“This One Summer”)
NEWSPAPER COMIC PANELS
Dave Blazek (“Loose Parts”)
Mark Parisi (“Off the Mark”)
Hilary Price (“Rhymes With Orange”)
NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS
Brian Bassett (“Red and Rover”)
Stephan Pastis (“Pearls Before Swine”)
Glenn McCoy (“The Duplex)”
ONLINE, LONG FORM
Vince Dorse (The Untold Tales of Bigfoot)
Mike Norton (Battlepug)
Minna Sundberg (Stand Still, Stay Silent)
ONLINE, SHORT FORM
Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots)
Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic)
Rich Powell (Wide Open)
Mark Ackland (Storyboards- “The Void” : “Wander Over Yonder)
Patrick McHale (Creator “Over the Garden Wall”)
Kyle Menke (storyboards- “Star Wars” parody episode “Phineas and Ferb”)
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]