National Cartoonist Society Winners Announced
The annual National Cartoonist Society annual awards were awarded Saturday night. The prestigious Reuben Award for cartoonist of the year went to Richard Thompson for the newspaper strip Cul de Sac. Jill Thompson was selected as best comic book artist for Beasts of Burton, beating out Stan Sakai and Chris Samnee, and Joyce Farmer and her Special Exits took home the prize for graphic novel, beating out Daryn Cooke and James Strum.
Jeff Parker and Steve Kelley were designated best newspaper comic strip cartoonists for Dustin, Mike Lester took the book illustration award for The Butt Book, and Glenn McCoy won the newspaper panel cartoon award for The Flying McCoys. Other prize winners included Michael McParlane for newspaper illustration, Gary McCoy for gag cartoons, Jim Benton for greeting cards, Anton Emdin for magazine illustration, Gary Varvel for editorial cartooning, Dave Whamond for advertising illustration, Dave Filoni for television animation (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Nicolas Marlet for feature animation (How to Train Your Dragon).
The NCS 65th annual awards dinner was held in Boston over the past several days. The artwork (above) was contributed by Mad Magazine’s Tom Richmond.