Welcome to my second report on the National Cartoonists Society‘s annual Reuben Awards weekend that happened just one week ago in Jersey City, New Jersey. What an amazing time spent with cartoonists of all disciplines (animation, comic strips, comic panels, editorial, illustration, etc.) – no fans, just pros with pros and their families. President Jeff Keane along with his helpers put on a terrific convention over the three day Memorial Day weekend.
So, when last we met, I ended with tales of the seminars on Friday. That leaves us with the opening night reception….
Friday, May 28
As the sun set Friday night on the Hudson River, a beautiful golden glow enhanced the view of the New York City skyline while all the cartoonists gathered in a beautiful banquet room surrounded by windows. The 2010 Reuben Weekend opening night party was underway. In one corner you could see Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury) chatting with Jerry Scott (Baby Blues & Zits), or Mell Lazarus (Momma) in conversation with Cathy Guisewite (Cathy). It was a great way to kick off the rest of the weekend properly.
After the opening night reception, the gathering herded to another room on the first floor for a little cartoonist karaoke and more socializing. For some odd layout reason, the room was located at the end of a residential hall of the hotel. All the guests staying on that hall were “treated” to the sounds of off key cartoonists. I have a feeling that those guests had little idea that many of the people who make them laugh every day in the newspaper were now making them cry as they tried to sleep through the racket that carried on until 2am. Below are a few shots from that event.
Saturday, May 29
When one attends the Reuben Awards convention, one does so knowing full well the fragility of sleep. When an organized event has ended, cartoonists always gather in the hotel lobby to continue the socializing. I often went to bed at 3:30am throughout the weekend, and was by far NOT the last one up. Mornings are a bit rough, especially Saturday morning when breakfast was served to everyone at 8am. New York was looking pretty good, though. Or maybe this was just the view through groggy half-lidded eyes:
After a morning of breakfast and the annual general membership meeting, the second wave of seminars began. Saturday afternoon promised us two of our profession’s greats who were attending to receive their Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Awards that night. The New Yorker’s George Booth and the comic book artist of legend Joe Kubert both shared their careers with us in seminars. I’ll let the pictures (and captions) do the talking.
Come back for my next post that will feature photos of cartoonists in tuxedos when I’ll discuss the actual Reuben Awards banquet!