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