Welcome to the conclusion of my photo albums showcasing the goings on at the 2009 National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards weekend that took place over Memorial Day weekend in Hollywood, California. The previous post ended with the actual Reuben banquet night. Today you will see more of what happened on Sunday, May 24 at the home of Cathy Guisewite, and then the karaoke party that followed back at the Hollywood & Highland complex.
A unique experience at this year’s Reubens that did not echo the usual routine from years past was a trip out to the lovely estate of Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the “Cathy” comic strip. Four touring buses picked up convention goers at the hotel in the afternoon and took them to her wonderful home nestled in a quiet, unassuming neighborhood that I’m sure had no idea that many of the country’s top names in cartooning were descending upon them. Cathy’s parents were there to greet everyone with a smile and a mini “Cathy” book as a gift. But I’ll let the photos do all the talking….
After the buses returned everyone to the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, things started up with a final party for the weekend with the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez performing with his band, after which the karaoke kicked in!
Our fearless President Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”) who donned a wig and sang with all his might Randy Newman’s “I Love LA”.
And on that note, I have come to the conclusion of my photos of the 2009 Reuben Awards. Many thanks to those whose photography is represented in this Part 4 Reuben Report: Cedric Hohnstadt, Chari Pere, Sean Kelly, Bill Morrison, Wendy Peng and even a few of my own.
And thank you to our hostess Cathy Guisewite for a terrific afternoon in her home. She was very brave to have a bunch of unpredictable cartoonists invade her private space. Casa Cathy will probably never be the same, nor will her 5 bathrooms.
And thank you to Jeff and Melinda Keane who spearheaded a terrific Reuben Weekend. Only 11 more months until the next one!
For more information about the National Cartoonists Society, please visit www.Reuben.org!