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