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Baby Blues creator Rick Kirkman and Pickles creator Brian Crane shared the Reuben Award this year, which honors the outstanding cartoonist of the year. According to the Daily Cartoonist’s Alan Gardner, this is only the second time in the award’s history that two cartoonists have shared the award, the previous time being in 1968.
The National Cartoonist Society presented the Reuben and its divisional awards in Pittsburgh, Penn. last night. Other winners included Rich Webber, director of the Aardman segments that appear on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation, as well as Joann Sfar for the animated The Rabbi’s Cat, Chris Ware for Building Stories, Bernie Wrightson for Frankenstein Alive, Alive!, and Vince Dorse for the Untold Tales of Bigfoot webcomic.
The complete list of winners can be found below.
THE REUBEN AWARD for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year:
Rick Kirkman and Brian Crane
Rich Webber, Director, Aardman Animation Studios, DC Nation
Joann Sfar, Director, The Rabbi’s Cat
NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS
Brian Basset, Red and Rover
NEWSPAPER PANEL CARTOONS
Hilary Price, Rhymes with Orange
MAGAZINE FEATURE/MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION
ADVERTISING and PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION
Bernie Wrightson, Frankenstein Alive, Alive!
Chris Ware, Building Stories
ON-LINE COMICS – SHORT FORM
Graham Harrop, Ten Cats
ON-LINE COMICS – LONG FORM
Vince Dorse, Untold Tales of Bigfoot