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