Welcome to part three of my posts on this year’s National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards weekend. Today’s post will focus on the actual Reuben Awards themselves! They took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California on the evening of May 23.
For those of you not familiar with the Reuben Awards (named after the great Rube Goldberg), they are bestowed annually on the best and the brightest in the cartooning business. Awards are given in several categories of illustration, comic strips, animation, comic books, comic panels, and editorial cartooning. And of course, there is the very prestigious Reuben Award itself that is given to the Cartoonist of the Year. You can see all the categories and read about the history of the awards on the NCS website.
So, that being said, let’s get on with the photos, shall we? There are lots of cartoonists to see – cartoonists in ball gowns and tuxedos no less! You don’t see THAT every day!
The Reuben night began with a cocktail reception outside the Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom where the annual Governor’s Ball for the Oscars is always held. On one side of us were the exit doors from the upper level of the Kodak Theater, and on the other was the ballroom.
Once the cocktail reception ended, the party moved indoors where guests were treated to a wonderful dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck’s crew. Dinner was accompanied by a big band, and lots of shmoozing. Thankfully, there was a coffee table open throughout the night as the dinner and awards did not let up until close to midnight.
Even though the evening was late, many convention goers headed down to the lobby to continue socializing. They weren’t down there for long when Dave Coverly came down to round everyone up to head on up to the spacious Presidential Suite to join President Jeff Keane and wife Melinda. And so the party continued!
If you were hoping to find a complete list of winners from the night’s festivities, I invite you to check out my post in Part 1 of these Reubens Reports. All the winners are listed there!
Many thanks to illustrator Sean Kelly, and cartoonists Chari Pere,Rob Smith Jr. and Tom Stemmle for the use of their photos in this post. Come back again tomorrow when I will have my last of the 2009 Reuben photo spreads featuring the events on Sunday that include a late afternoon meal at the home of Cathy Guisewite and the evening karaoke party!
And a little P.S. to the Reuben Awards – This is Nicolas Marlet, character designer for Dreamworks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda” movie. Unable to attend the Reubens himself, I dropped by Dreamworks to hand Nico his Feature Animation Division Award.