Viva Las Vegas: The Reuben Weekend 2012 Photo Album Jun 25,2012 - by Tom Heintjes 4 Al Jaffee and Grant Geissman Murray Olderman and Greg Evans Jeff Keane and Mell Lazarus Jim Davis, Frank Pauer (center) and Chad Frye discuss the Garfield collectible Frye holds. The event was held in Las Vegas, so naturally “Elvis Presley” helped during the awards banquet. Chad Carpenter, Stan Goldberg and John Hambrock Universal Press execs Lee Salem (left) and John McMeel Glen LeLievre, Dan Thompson and Matthew Diffee Tom Richmond Tom Richmond is congratulated by a fellow Reuben Award nominee, Brian Crane. Mike Peters prepares to announce the winner of the comic book division award winner. Sean Parkes (left) and Steve McGarry John Lotshaw participates in a seminar about comics and new media. Stan Goldberg, Chad Carpenter, and Wiley Miller Greg Evans, Lynn Johnston and Bunny Hoest during the NCS business meeting Jeannie Schulz, Cathy Martin, Greg Walker and Rick Marschall After the massive goodie-bag-stuffing mobilization, the stuffers kick back. Terri Libenson with the ubiquitous pink hat Ted Lay and Lynn Johnston Ken Alvine (right) spoke before Stan Goldberg received the Gold Key Award. Stu Rees sports the ubiquitous pink Reuben cap. Sam Viviano croons a karaoke tune. Stephanie Piro (left) and Benita Epstein Jeff Keane and Bill Amend Greg Preston, Stephanie Gladden and Chad Frye Rick Kirkman, Diane and Brian Crane, and Tom Gammill Jon Rosenberg accept his divisional award for online comic strip. An example of Mark Parisi’s “Off the Mark,” winner of the newspaper panel division. Lynn Johnston and “Elvis Presley” onstage during the awards presentation. Tom Richmond speaks from the dais as he accepts the Reuben Award as the year’s top cartoonist. Michelle Ollie Roy Doty and Betty Evans Mike Ramirez and Melinda Keane perform a karaoke duet. Karen O’Connell and Patrick McDonnell Nick Galifiankis (left) with Jack Davis, just after Galifianakis won the advertising division award Yong and Bruce Higdon The cover of Rosenberg’s book collection of “Scenes from a Multiverse” Rick Marschall has a lot on his plate. Bob Rich and his divisional award. Jim Horwitz, Chris Sparks and Greg Preston try to appear “street” as they wear the ubiquitous pink hats. (It’s not working.) Bill Hinds Arlene and Paul Fell and Bob Rich (right) (l-r) Tom Stemmle, John Lotshaw and Bill Holbrook Bill Schorr watches Mike Peters sketching. Patrick McDonnell addresses the NCS business meeting. At the Mad panel, Sam Viviano, Nick Meglin and Sergio Aragones Tom Richmond and Jerry van Amerongen Jim Davis and Lynn Johnston King Features execs Joe D’Angelo (left) and Rocky Shepard Jill and Jim Davis Mo Willems and Dan Piraro Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones and Tom Richmond, newly minted Reuben Award winner Tom Richmond’s mother congratulates him after winning the evening’s top honor, Cartoonist of the Year. At a seminar, Stan Goldberg discusses his long and amazingly varied career in cartooning. Stuffing goodie bags under way, with Patti Hart (foreground) and Tom and Marie Stemmle pitching in Mark Parisi with his award plaque for the newspaper panel division. Brad Anderson just wants to eat in peace. Dena Davis (left), Jeannie Schulz and Jack Davis Greg Preston (left) shows Frank Pauer some recent work. Dave Kellett participates in a seminar on comics and new media. Patrick McDonnell and Hillary Price Keith Robinson Amy Lago and Jeff Keane Linda Maloof Ashley Smith and Mason Mastroianni at the karaoke performance. Jim Davis sketches for Daily Cartoonist honcho Alan Gardner. Barbara Dale and Rick Stromoski chill out in the hotel lobby. Barbara Dale, surveying the bad-stuffing chore that lies ahead Jill and Jim Davis Tom Heintjes and Bobby London A father-daughter moment: Ralph and Ashley Smith Mark Parisi accepts the divisional award for newspaper panel cartoon. Jim and Jill Davis in their ’60s regalia, with Mark “Austin Powers” Simon beside them. Groovy, baby! Mason Mastroinanni gets into the karaoke zone. Terri Libenson and Ed Black Mike Peters addresses attendees at the NCS business meeting. Michael Jantze tickles the ivories. Jim Davis also drew Odie during his presentation. Greg Walker labels the goings-on. Chris Sparks and Hillary Price Patti Hart and Mell Lazarus Larry Katzman, Bob Harvey and Jim Whiting Joe D’Angelo and Don Orehek Tom Heintjes and Vincent Waller Matthew Diffee, appearing a bit pained by being asked to wear the ubiquitous pink hat Lynn Johnston and David Stanford The awards banquet room Tom Richmond (left) and John Lothshaw Rick Kirkman arrives at the hotel. Bill Holbrook and his daughters Grant Geissman (left) and Tom Heintjes Paul and Arlene Fell (left) and Jim Whiting. Pat Bagley Roy Doty (left) and Murray Olderman John Kovaleski (left) and Bud Grace Linda Maloof and Nick Meglin Jen Sorensen Two of the evening’s winners: Tom Richmond (left) and Nick Galifianakis. Jan Eliot and Lynn Johnston Al and Joyce Jaffee Stan Goldberg with his Gold Key Award. Mark Simon conducted a workshop on garnering free publicity for cartoonists. An example of Nick Galifianakis’ illustration Nick Galifianakis accepts his award for advertising illustration. Patti Hart, Becky Beagell and Mick Mastroianni Bill Morrison (left) and Sean Parkes Sergio Aragones arrives at the meeting hotel. Patti Hart croons a karaoke tune. Bobby London and Greg Walker Brad Anderson shows his fashion flair with the ubiquitous pink hat. Tom Heintjes, Rick Marschall and David Folkman Veteran gag cartoonist Don Orehek Kim Patterson and Hillary Price Steve McGarry and Mell Lazarus croon a karaoke duet. Steve McGarry gets his karaoke on. Todd Clark and Mell Lazarus Jack Pittman (right) congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. Dan Piraro stepped out in style at the Reuben Award banquet. A Joe Jackson homage? Charlie Kochman, Nick Meglin, Tom Richmond, Sam Viviano and Mason Mastroianni Tom Richmond and Dena Davis Bill Kellogg and Jim Horwitz Tom Gammill, Mell Lazarus and Cathy Guisewite Nick Galifianakis with his award for the advertising illustration division Jerry van Amerongen (left) and Ray Billingsley Tom Stemmle (left) and Stan Goldberg Bill Morrison channeling his inner Rat Pack during the ’60s-themed party Norm Feuti Tom Richmond and Bill Morrison Mike Peters congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. Lynn Johnston and her granddaughter Karen Angelica and Rick Marschall Jim Davis sketches for Chad Carpenter. Cathy Guisewite presents the divisional award for newspaper panel cartooning to Mark Parisi. Butch Hartman conducts a seminar on his animation career. Michael Jantze participates in a seminar on comics and new media. John Hambrock, Tom Richmond, Kelly McNutt and Michael Jantze Sergio Aragones and Nick Meglin watch the NCS business meeting. Jeff Keane, past NCS president, congratulates current NCS president and new Reuben Award winner Tom Richmond. Tom Richmond and Daryl Cagle Brad Anderson and Bunny Hoest Tom Gammill and Patrick O’Donnell Jim Davis continues his Garfield sketch during his seminar. Dancing broke out during the karaoke performances. Cathy Guisewite attends the NCS business meeting Ashley Smith demonstrates her characteristic sense of style. Three Mad men: Sergio Aragones, Jack Davis and Al Jaffee. Jerry van Amerongen, Bill Amend and Tom Gammill Jim Davis and Lynn Johnston An example of Mike Ramirez’s editorial cartooning, which won the divisional award. Veteran sports cartoonist Murray Olderman Tom Stemmle (left) and Greg Cravens Frank Pauer and Mark Simon Sarah Miller won the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship. An example of Tom Richmond’s Mad magazine work. Mark Pett and Jack Davis Bobby London and Karen Angelica Sam Viviano (right) congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. Lynn Johnston and Jim Davis Bud Grace is a born karaoke performer. Neal Walker with the ubiquitous pink Reuben weekend cap Jon Rosenberg with the plaque for winning the online comic strip division. Brad Anderson (left) and an impish Jim Davis John Hambrock helps stuff the goodie bags Jim Davis and Chad Frye, holding a Garfield clock The assembly line of volunteers stuff attendees’ goodie bags. Jim Horwitz appears a bit abashed to be wearing the ubiquitous pink hat. Steve McGarry with his Silver T-Square award Garry Trudeau (left) and Mike Ramirez, moments after Ramirez won the editorial cartooning division Tom Gammill was the banquet’s master of ceremonies. Al Jaffee and Bob Rich, who had just won the divisional award for newspaper illustration Mike Ramirez accepts the award plaque for editorial cartooning. Anna and Tom Richmond (left) with Stan Goldberg Jeannie Schulz and Jack Davis Bill Amend and Rick Kirkman attend a seminar. Mike Ramirez with his plaque for the editorial cartooning division. The divisional award plaques flank the Reuben Award statuette. Stephanie Piro (left) and Carol Lay Heidi Silver and Bill Morrison Sam Viviano arrives in the hotel lobby. Stephanie Gladden and Bill Morrison Patti Hart and Mell Lazarus Greg Walker and Cathy Martin Tom Richmond poses next to the Reuben Journal, whose cover put his face on the Sphinx. Mike Peters, Wiley Miller and Wiley’s cellphone. Tom Richmond and Vicky Smart Gransee Chad Carpenter holds a Garfield portrait as Jim Davis looks on. Cathy Guisewite and Tom Heintjes An example of his comic book work Stan Goldberg used during the seminar overview of his career Victoria Richmond congratulates her father, Tom, after winning the Reuben Award. Anna Richmond looks on as her husband, Tom Richmond, is congratulated immediately after winning the Reuben Award. Even the lovable curmudgeon Roy Doty got into the act with the ubiquitous pink hat. Tom Richmond and Mell Lazarus Barbara Dale (left) and Patti Hart kick back. Alan Shearer and Amy Lago Ray Billingsley and Bob Harvey Abrams ComicArts editor Charlie Kochman speaks during the NCS business meeting. Jim Davis at his seminar Mad magazine, past and present: Jack Davis congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. At the NCS business meeting: Hillary Price and Tom Richmond. Stan Goldberg and Tom Richmond Jim Davis begins a Garfield sketch during his seminar. Tom and Marie Stemmle Greg Evans and Cathy Guisewite attend the NCS business meeting. Patrick McDonnell, Lucy Caswell, and Karen O’Connell The Richmonds after Tom Richmond won the Reuben Award. Jeannie Schulz and Jim Davis Matthew Diffee and Bob Rich Mike Peters is all laughs during the NCS business meeting. Chad Frye (left) and Mark Parisi Sergio Aragones and Duck Edwing Bud Grace came equipped with groupies for his karaoke performance. Greg Evans, Dave Kellett and Gary Tyrrell Duck Edwing and Al Jaffee during the Mad magazine panel Tom Richmond hefts the Reuben statuette. Tom Gammill (left) and Sergio Aragones Melinda and Jeff Keane Jeff and Melinda Keane Joe D’Angelo gets into the ubiquitous pink hat act. Bud Grace (left) and Jim Horwitz wield their Wonder Twin powers. Cathy Guisewite duets with “Elvis” during the awards banquet. Tom Richmond with his Reuben Award. Murray Olderman and Lucy Caswell Amy Lago and Patti Hart Tim Oliphant and Greg Preston John Miller, Tom Heintjes and Kathy Landwehr Tom Heintjes (left) and Ed Black Al Jaffee, Grant Geissman and Joyce Jaffee Jim Davis and Chad Carpenter Melinda Keane belts out a karaoke tune. “Rhymes With Orange”‘s Hillary Price looks through the Reuben Journal in the hotel lobby. King Features’ Joe D’Angelo Cathy Guisewite and “Elvis Presley.” Viva Las Vegas! Ever the good sport, Jack Davis sports the ubiquitous pink hat. Patti Hart and Becky Beagell enjoy a karaoke performance. Mick Mastroianna and Becky Beagell John Kovaleski in his “Men in Black” mode Garry Trudeau prepares to present the winner of the editorial cartooning division. Jim Davis prepares to present the newspaper strip division award to Glenn McCoy. Sergio Aragones congratulates Tom Richmond. Roy Doty (left) and Don and Suzanne Orehek An example of Bob Rich’s work, which won the newspaper illustration division Grant Geissman (left) and Tom Richmond Ray Billingsley, Jan Eliot and Mike Edholm Tom Richmond is congratulated by Greg Evans One of the highlights of each year’s NCS business meeting: Roy Doty takes the floor to air his opinions. Al Jaffee sketching Former Mad editor Nick Meglin (left) congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben win. Mark Simon as Austin Powers at the ’60s-themed party. Duck Edwing and Al Jaffee sketching following the Mad magazine panel Bill Amend Mike Ramirez has backup dancers for one of his karaoke performances. Al Jaffee and Hector Cantu Greg Evans (left), Ray Billingsley (standing) and Rick Kirkman Cathy Guisewite and Mark Parisi immediately after Mark won the newspaper panel division Lisa and Bill Hinds, with Mark Simon (as Austin Powers) having some fun behind them. Share this:ShareFacebookTwitterPrintGoogle Pages: 1 2 Tweet Tom Heintjes 4 Responses to “Viva Las Vegas: The Reuben Weekend 2012 Photo Album” Michael Walker Jun 26. 2012 The best of the best at one show! Log in to Reply mike peters Jun 26. 2012 Hogan’s Alley, Thanks you so much for these great photos. It was a great weekend.But, and this is a big BUT, NCS has got to find a way for the winners to come to this event. It was embarrassing that so many of these cartoonists were missing. The Elvis was cute but Nine out of twelve or thirteen did not show up…. And that was Las Vegas for pete’s sake! Tell them they won’t win the award or give them some travel money but do something . The next place is Pittsburg not a huge appeal, so do something. We love this organization don’t let it wither away. Mike Peters Log in to Reply hogan Jun 27. 2012 Mike–I could not agree more! I cringed when division winner after division winner were no-shows. Some people ask why aren’t the Reubens webcast…and I would cite situations like that as a reason to thank God they aren’t! I would hate for the rest of the world to see awards being accepted on behalf of creators who couldn’t be bothered to show up. It’s definitely something for the NCS board to take up in their discussions. Log in to Reply Howard Cruse Jun 28. 2012 I’m sure that many cartoonists, even award-level ones, regret being no-shows. In all likelihood many seasoned cartoonists can no longer afford neither the membership fees not the travel costs of being part of the NCS scene, particularly in these hard times for publications in which layoffs are rampant and the markets for illustrators are collapsing. I was a member of the NCS for a couple of years a couple of decades ago and although it was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, it quickly became clear that continued participation was beyond my means. I managed to make it to one small event that took place within geographical reach. When it was announced that the following year’s convention was going to be held on a cruise ship, thus ruling out the option of traveling to a hosting city where I could maybe stay with friends, I realized that I was not a candidate for inclusion in what seems, from the photos, like a great — though pricey — opportunity to spend time with colleagues I admire. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.