Art Men & Reubens
Cartoonists Drawn to Philly for NCS Awards Ceremony

The National Cartoonists Society held its 72nd annual Reuben Awards dinner
on Saturday, May 26th, in Philadelphia.

Left: Photo of Glen Keane, a balding white man wearing glasses and a tuxedo, holding a Reuben statuette with engraved plaque. Right: Poster for the Reuben Awards in Philadelphia, featuring caricatures of a variety of guests and honorees, including Lynn Johnston, Mark Tatulli, and Lynda Barry with small versions of their characters beside them, incorporating such Philadelphia landmarks as a hoagie, the Liberty Bell, the Art Museum steps, the Center City skyline, and the famous LOVE sculpture reimagined to read NCS18.

Glen Keane was crowned Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year — a prize known simply
as The Reuben — for his 2017 short film “Dear Basketball”. Past winners include Walt Kelly, Mort Drucker, Bill Watterson, Milton Caniff, and Will Eisner. It appears to be the first time the top award has been given for work in animation.

The NCS conferred its Medal of Honor, presented “in recognition of a long and distinguished career of continued excellence in cartooning that has set the highest of standards and inspiration,” upon Lynn Johnston. Johnston, creator of For Better
or for Worse
, became the first female recipient of the Reuben in 1985.