Long day yesterday sleeping late, packing, and riding the air lanes, so I couldn’t find a moment to post anything new, but here are a few shots from Sunday night’s farewell speakeasy party at the 2013 Reubens.
It was like Gatsby, man.
The hard to find Speakeasy Bar in the Omni’s basement (a real life speakeasy during prohibition) was packed with cartoonists decked out in roaring 20s attire after a huge buffet dinner in the ballroom.
Another hilarious, rousing, suspenseful Reuben Awards Banquet has ended, and our congratulations go out to all the division award winners, and the big surprise of the night — we had a tie for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” — both Rick Kirkman (“Baby Blues”) and Brian Crane (“Pickles”) took home a Reuben statuette after all the envelopes were opened. The last and only time this has happened before was in 1968 when Johnny Hart (“BC”) and the colossal editorial cartoonist Pat Oliphant tied in the final judging.
Steve and I are in Pittsburgh for the 2013 Reuben Awards, where all this weekend, the biggest names in cartooning can be found looking at each other through the bottom of a glass at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Last night, the NCS Welcome Party packed Pittsburgh’s Toonseum with attendees who went all weak in the knees looking over the Reuben Art Exhibit. For the first time, original artwork from every winner of “The Reuben” has been gathered together in one exhibit, beginning with Milton Caniff, winner of the first NCS Cartoonist of the Year Award in 1946, and ending with last year’s winner, Tom Richmond of MAD magazine fame and current NCS President.