Viva Las Vegas: The Reuben Weekend 2012 Photo Album Jun 25,2012 - by Tom Heintjes 4 Tom Richmond and Vicky Smart Gransee Mark Pett and Jack Davis Rick Kirkman arrives at the hotel. “Rhymes With Orange”‘s Hillary Price looks through the Reuben Journal in the hotel lobby. (l-r) Tom Stemmle, John Lotshaw and Bill Holbrook Jeannie Schulz, Cathy Martin, Greg Walker and Rick Marschall Bud Grace came equipped with groupies for his karaoke performance. Melinda Keane belts out a karaoke tune. Ray Billingsley, Jan Eliot and Mike Edholm Sarah Miller won the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship. Mark Parisi accepts the divisional award for newspaper panel cartoon. Tom Richmond is congratulated by a fellow Reuben Award nominee, Brian Crane. Veteran sports cartoonist Murray Olderman Cathy Guisewite and Mark Parisi immediately after Mark won the newspaper panel division An example of Bob Rich’s work, which won the newspaper illustration division Patti Hart and Mell Lazarus Bill Morrison channeling his inner Rat Pack during the ’60s-themed party Dancing broke out during the karaoke performances. Tom Gammill was the banquet’s master of ceremonies. Universal Press execs Lee Salem (left) and John McMeel Sergio Aragones arrives at the meeting hotel. Ken Alvine (right) spoke before Stan Goldberg received the Gold Key Award. Duck Edwing and Al Jaffee sketching following the Mad magazine panel Former Mad editor Nick Meglin (left) congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben win. John Hambrock helps stuff the goodie bags Kim Patterson and Hillary Price Jim Davis at his seminar Bill Kellogg and Jim Horwitz Abrams ComicArts editor Charlie Kochman speaks during the NCS business meeting. Bobby London and Greg Walker A father-daughter moment: Ralph and Ashley Smith An example of his comic book work Stan Goldberg used during the seminar overview of his career Sean Parkes (left) and Steve McGarry Heidi Silver and Bill Morrison Greg Evans, Dave Kellett and Gary Tyrrell Ashley Smith demonstrates her characteristic sense of style. Two of the evening’s winners: Tom Richmond (left) and Nick Galifianakis. Michelle Ollie Tom Richmond’s mother congratulates him after winning the evening’s top honor, Cartoonist of the Year. Murray Olderman and Lucy Caswell Jeff Keane and Bill Amend Al Jaffee sketching Mark Parisi with his award plaque for the newspaper panel division. Patrick McDonnell and Hillary Price Barbara Dale, surveying the bad-stuffing chore that lies ahead John Kovaleski (left) and Bud Grace Mick Mastroianna and Becky Beagell Chad Carpenter, Stan Goldberg and John Hambrock One of the highlights of each year’s NCS business meeting: Roy Doty takes the floor to air his opinions. Barbara Dale and Rick Stromoski chill out in the hotel lobby. Stu Rees sports the ubiquitous pink Reuben cap. Tom Richmond (left) and John Lothshaw Jeannie Schulz and Jim Davis Greg Preston (left) shows Frank Pauer some recent work. Mike Peters congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. Mad magazine, past and present: Jack Davis congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. Steve McGarry and Mell Lazarus croon a karaoke duet. Mike Ramirez has backup dancers for one of his karaoke performances. Greg Evans, Lynn Johnston and Bunny Hoest during the NCS business meeting Jim Davis, Frank Pauer (center) and Chad Frye discuss the Garfield collectible Frye holds. Bill Holbrook and his daughters Veteran gag cartoonist Don Orehek Joe D’Angelo and Don Orehek Larry Katzman, Bob Harvey and Jim Whiting The assembly line of volunteers stuff attendees’ goodie bags. Patrick McDonnell addresses the NCS business meeting. Tim Oliphant and Greg Preston Brad Anderson (left) and an impish Jim Davis Patti Hart and Mell Lazarus Bill Schorr watches Mike Peters sketching. Nick Galifianakis with his award for the advertising illustration division Tom Heintjes, Rick Marschall and David Folkman John Miller, Tom Heintjes and Kathy Landwehr John Kovaleski in his “Men in Black” mode Mike Peters prepares to announce the winner of the comic book division award winner. Mike Ramirez accepts the award plaque for editorial cartooning. Stuffing goodie bags under way, with Patti Hart (foreground) and Tom and Marie Stemmle pitching in Stephanie Piro (left) and Benita Epstein The Richmonds after Tom Richmond won the Reuben Award. Bud Grace (left) and Jim Horwitz wield their Wonder Twin powers. Brad Anderson and Bunny Hoest Tom Stemmle (left) and Stan Goldberg Stephanie Gladden and Bill Morrison Ted Lay and Lynn Johnston Patrick McDonnell, Lucy Caswell, and Karen O’Connell Jerry van Amerongen (left) and Ray Billingsley Keith Robinson Bob Rich and his divisional award. Steve McGarry gets his karaoke on. Jim Davis continues his Garfield sketch during his seminar. John Lotshaw participates in a seminar about comics and new media. Brad Anderson just wants to eat in peace. Amy Lago and Patti Hart Greg Evans and Cathy Guisewite attend the NCS business meeting. Mike Peters, Wiley Miller and Wiley’s cellphone. Jan Eliot and Lynn Johnston An example of Mark Parisi’s “Off the Mark,” winner of the newspaper panel division. Jim Davis also drew Odie during his presentation. Tom Richmond hefts the Reuben statuette. Greg Preston, Stephanie Gladden and Chad Frye Tom Richmond and Jerry van Amerongen Bill Amend and Rick Kirkman attend a seminar. Al Jaffee, Grant Geissman and Joyce Jaffee Jim Davis sketches for Daily Cartoonist honcho Alan Gardner. Paul and Arlene Fell (left) and Jim Whiting. Neal Walker with the ubiquitous pink Reuben weekend cap Sam Viviano (right) congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. Charlie Kochman, Nick Meglin, Tom Richmond, Sam Viviano and Mason Mastroianni Karen Angelica and Rick Marschall Melinda and Jeff Keane At the Mad panel, Sam Viviano, Nick Meglin and Sergio Aragones Cathy Guisewite presents the divisional award for newspaper panel cartooning to Mark Parisi. Barbara Dale (left) and Patti Hart kick back. Ray Billingsley and Bob Harvey Stephanie Piro (left) and Carol Lay Matthew Diffee and Bob Rich At the NCS business meeting: Hillary Price and Tom Richmond. Tom Richmond and Mell Lazarus Jeff and Melinda Keane Even the lovable curmudgeon Roy Doty got into the act with the ubiquitous pink hat. Amy Lago and Jeff Keane Mike Peters addresses attendees at the NCS business meeting. Anna and Tom Richmond (left) with Stan Goldberg Sergio Aragones congratulates Tom Richmond. Roy Doty and Betty Evans Jeff Keane, past NCS president, congratulates current NCS president and new Reuben Award winner Tom Richmond. Mo Willems and Dan Piraro Jim Davis begins a Garfield sketch during his seminar. Jim Davis and Lynn Johnston Greg Evans (left), Ray Billingsley (standing) and Rick Kirkman Al and Joyce Jaffee Jim Horwitz appears a bit abashed to be wearing the ubiquitous pink hat. Tom Gammill (left) and Sergio Aragones Bud Grace is a born karaoke performer. Ever the good sport, Jack Davis sports the ubiquitous pink hat. Greg Walker and Cathy Martin Tom Richmond is congratulated by Greg Evans Tom Heintjes and Vincent Waller The cover of Rosenberg’s book collection of “Scenes from a Multiverse” Al Jaffee and Bob Rich, who had just won the divisional award for newspaper illustration Jeff Keane and Mell Lazarus Pat Bagley Tom Richmond Greg Walker labels the goings-on. Stan Goldberg, Chad Carpenter, and Wiley Miller Linda Maloof The divisional award plaques flank the Reuben Award statuette. Lynn Johnston and Jim Davis Frank Pauer and Mark Simon Lynn Johnston and “Elvis Presley” onstage during the awards presentation. Patti Hart and Becky Beagell enjoy a karaoke performance. Jim Davis and Lynn Johnston Jim Davis sketches for Chad Carpenter. Chad Carpenter holds a Garfield portrait as Jim Davis looks on. Joe D’Angelo gets into the ubiquitous pink hat act. Stan Goldberg and Tom Richmond Butch Hartman conducts a seminar on his animation career. Tom Heintjes (left) and Ed Black Karen O’Connell and Patrick McDonnell Matthew Diffee, appearing a bit pained by being asked to wear the ubiquitous pink hat Jon Rosenberg accept his divisional award for online comic strip. Al Jaffee and Grant Geissman Roy Doty (left) and Don and Suzanne Orehek King Features execs Joe D’Angelo (left) and Rocky Shepard Bill Amend Tom Richmond speaks from the dais as he accepts the Reuben Award as the year’s top cartoonist. Arlene and Paul Fell and Bob Rich (right) Michael Jantze tickles the ivories. Bill Hinds Rick Marschall has a lot on his plate. Jerry van Amerongen, Bill Amend and Tom Gammill King Features’ Joe D’Angelo Patti Hart, Becky Beagell and Mick Mastroianni Lisa and Bill Hinds, with Mark Simon (as Austin Powers) having some fun behind them. Mike Peters is all laughs during the NCS business meeting. Jeannie Schulz and Jack Davis John Hambrock, Tom Richmond, Kelly McNutt and Michael Jantze Tom Richmond with his Reuben Award. Duck Edwing and Al Jaffee during the Mad magazine panel Norm Feuti Jim Davis and Chad Carpenter Anna Richmond looks on as her husband, Tom Richmond, is congratulated immediately after winning the Reuben Award. Cathy Guisewite and “Elvis Presley.” Viva Las Vegas! Todd Clark and Mell Lazarus Mike Ramirez with his plaque for the editorial cartooning division. Nick Galifiankis (left) with Jack Davis, just after Galifianakis won the advertising division award Grant Geissman (left) and Tom Richmond Grant Geissman (left) and Tom Heintjes Garry Trudeau (left) and Mike Ramirez, moments after Ramirez won the editorial cartooning division Michael Jantze participates in a seminar on comics and new media. Jim Horwitz, Chris Sparks and Greg Preston try to appear “street” as they wear the ubiquitous pink hats. (It’s not working.) Ashley Smith and Mason Mastroianni at the karaoke performance. Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones and Tom Richmond, newly minted Reuben Award winner Al Jaffee and Hector Cantu Linda Maloof and Nick Meglin Mason Mastroinanni gets into the karaoke zone. Stan Goldberg with his Gold Key Award. At a seminar, Stan Goldberg discusses his long and amazingly varied career in cartooning. Sam Viviano arrives in the hotel lobby. An example of Nick Galifianakis’ illustration Terri Libenson with the ubiquitous pink hat Alan Shearer and Amy Lago Mike Ramirez and Melinda Keane perform a karaoke duet. Lynn Johnston and David Stanford Tom and Marie Stemmle Tom Richmond and Bill Morrison Cathy Guisewite and Tom Heintjes Glen LeLievre, Dan Thompson and Matthew Diffee The awards banquet room Dave Kellett participates in a seminar on comics and new media. Tom Richmond poses next to the Reuben Journal, whose cover put his face on the Sphinx. Steve McGarry with his Silver T-Square award Roy Doty (left) and Murray Olderman Sergio Aragones and Duck Edwing Three Mad men: Sergio Aragones, Jack Davis and Al Jaffee. An example of Mike Ramirez’s editorial cartooning, which won the divisional award. After the massive goodie-bag-stuffing mobilization, the stuffers kick back. Cathy Guisewite duets with “Elvis” during the awards banquet. Dan Piraro stepped out in style at the Reuben Award banquet. A Joe Jackson homage? Garry Trudeau prepares to present the winner of the editorial cartooning division. Mark Simon conducted a workshop on garnering free publicity for cartoonists. Tom Richmond and Daryl Cagle Dena Davis (left), Jeannie Schulz and Jack Davis Sam Viviano croons a karaoke tune. Jim Davis and Chad Frye, holding a Garfield clock Rick Kirkman, Diane and Brian Crane, and Tom Gammill Jill and Jim Davis Chris Sparks and Hillary Price Jim Davis prepares to present the newspaper strip division award to Glenn McCoy. Jack Pittman (right) congratulates Tom Richmond on his Reuben Award win. Terri Libenson and Ed Black Cathy Guisewite attends the NCS business meeting Tom Gammill, Mell Lazarus and Cathy Guisewite Yong and Bruce Higdon Tom Heintjes and Bobby London Jim and Jill Davis in their ’60s regalia, with Mark “Austin Powers” Simon beside them. Groovy, baby! Mark Simon as Austin Powers at the ’60s-themed party. Bobby London and Karen Angelica Tom Richmond and Dena Davis Murray Olderman and Greg Evans Jen Sorensen Bill Morrison (left) and Sean Parkes Jon Rosenberg with the plaque for winning the online comic strip division. Tom Stemmle (left) and Greg Cravens Chad Frye (left) and Mark Parisi An example of Tom Richmond’s Mad magazine work. Nick Galifianakis accepts his award for advertising illustration. Tom Gammill and Patrick O’Donnell Patti Hart croons a karaoke tune. Lynn Johnston and her granddaughter Victoria Richmond congratulates her father, Tom, after winning the Reuben Award. Jill and Jim Davis Sergio Aragones and Nick Meglin watch the NCS business meeting. The event was held in Las Vegas, so naturally “Elvis Presley” helped during the awards banquet. Brad Anderson shows his fashion flair with the ubiquitous pink hat. 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.