Saturday Morning Muse: Mort Walker

(Caricature by Tom Richmond and photo courtesy of the National Cartoonists Society)

I haven’t posted anything new in a while here on the Dustin blog for our “Saturday Morning Muse” feature.

Plus, it isn’t even Saturday.

But the cartooning world lost a mega titan over the weekend — Mort Walker, creator of “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois” died at the age of 94. He was the last of what some would call the greatest class of 20th Century cartoonists which included stars like Charles Schulz, Bil Keane, Hank Ketchum, Johnny Hart, Brandt Parker, and more.


2017 Reubens Recap


Artwork by Luke McGarry (photo courtesy of Ray Alma)

Last weekend I was in Portland, Oregon where I played tourist, hung out with cartoonist pals, and participated in the giant annual group hug known as the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend.

The Reubens attract the best in the business from all walks of the art. It’s a grand affair. Sort of the cartooning world’s answer to the Oscars.  Sadly, I was flying solo as Steve wasn’t able to attend. “Dustin” was nominated for the Best Newspaper Comic Strip division award, our fourth nomination in that division — with a surprise win in 2010.

Dustin Gets Another Nod

L to R, top row: Mike Richardson, Brian Walker, David Silverman, Tom Gammill. Second row: Brian Basset, Jason Chatfield, Nick Galifianakis, (Reuben emcee), Lynda Barry, Matt Groening. Front row, VIZ characters, Bill Plympton

Team Dustin is honored to learn our comic strip has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Silver Reuben Award for Best In Newspaper Comic Strips Division once again.  Congratulations to fellow Comic Strips division nominees, Brian Crane for his powerhouse strip “Pickles,” and Terri Libensen for her incomparable “Pajama Diaries” (last year’s Newspaper Comic Strips winner).