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2017 Reubens Recap

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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.
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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).
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Cartoonists Watch Cartoons

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I spent all afternoon and last Saturday night getting behind in deadline while hanging out with a few Florida NCS friends at the Inaugural Florida Animation Festival in Tallahassee.

The Festival served up four days of award-winning animated short programs, including:  Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts; Best Of The Fest International Children’s Animation; Song of the Sea (from the makers of Secret of Kells); and the sick and twisted, 2016 edition of Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation. Our very own chapter chairman, storyboard king, producer, director, Mark Simon presented Timmy’s Lessons In Nature, a series of twisted cartoon shorts he co-created.
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